Over the din of our iPods and kids’ bickering, we heard you mother runners asking us to do a radio show. You told us you want to listen to us chat as you run–or fold laundry or cook dinner. Well, here goes.
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Another Mother Runner Radio 84: 100 Miles in 24 Hours…On a Treadmill
Dimity and Sarah stammer in amazement at the accomplishments of this show’s guest, Emily “Emz” Toia, who recently ran her second 100-miles-in-24-hours fundraiser on a treadmill. This 36-year-old mother of one tells the gals how she ran ’round the clock—yet kept the treadmill console covered with a towel the entire time so she couldn’t see the mileage or pace readout. Dimity peppers Emily with questions, including ones about bathroom breaks and “output.” Emily talks about why 4:00 a.m. was the toughest time to run, and why she, “enjoys these weird, long runs.” But to kick things off, the gals travel back in time to 1859.
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Another Mother Runner Radio 83: Safety First
Sarah and Dimity finally found an ideal expert to talk about running safety: Susan Schorn, the author of Smile at Strangers, and Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly and a second-degree black belt who has been teaching karate and self-defense for almost 15 years. Bonus: Susan, a recreational runner and mom of two, has a sense of humor. Talking about self-defense from an empowerment perspective, Susan shares some small, habitual behaviors that are easy to put into practice. She also instructs runners to aim for the “soft spots” on an attacker’s body, catching, “hold of everything you can.” (Male listeners are sure to squirm at this point in the podcast.) Susan shares wisdom in projecting self-confidence while running, and recognizing the power you already have.
Another Mother Runner Radio 82: Fueling for Epic Races Like runDisney
Dimity and Sarah, along with registered dietician Jennifer Upton, tell you how to dine and dash. No, not leaving a restaurant without paying your bill, but how to fuel your body before a race that starts super-late (or super-early), like the upcoming runDisney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon, or Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas, or a multi-day series of races like runDisney’s Dopey Challenge. It’s tough enough running 13.1 (or more!) miles, so Jen guides gals through fueling on race day as well as refueling post-race when runners might be surrounded by sumptuous offerings. Sarah and Jen (both moms of twins!) also share their fueling plans during a half-marathon, while Jen talks through her race strategy for the inaugural Dopey. But first, hear Sarah and Dimity debate who should get the Mother of the Year award: Sarah thinks her recent cross-country meet debacle with her twins puts her strongly in the running. (Fair warning: Be prepared to have a few Disney ditties stuck in your head after listening to this podcast!)
Another Mother Runner Radio 81: Zombie Runs: Get Faster Running From the Undead!
Just in time for Halloween, Sarah and Dimity unearth the appeal of zombie runs by talking to three guests. First up: Bill Ward, the marketing guy for the series Run for Your Life, “a zombie infested 5K obstacle course race.” Bill describes zombie hordes and apocalypse parties, and he tells tales of runners finishing the race “infected.” Then the gals, um, pick the brains of two mother runners, Lori Vickerman and Jenn Sloggie-Pierce, to find out what happened when they got chased by the undead. (Spoiler alert: They both let loose a slew of swear words.) If you’re anything like Sarah, don’t listen to this creepy-but-hilarious podcast while running in the dark. But make sure you don’t miss Dimity stumbling over the pronunciation of, “inaugural.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 80: Ragnar Relay D.C. Recap
After traversing nearly 200 miles with 23 other mother runners, Dimity and Sarah have a lot of ground to cover in this race recap of the Ragnar Relay D.C. They get help in the telling from Aimee from Team Dimity’s second van and Lorraine in Van 2 for Team Sarah. Lorraine sums up the relay-running, sleep-in-vans experience best when she calls it, “a big slumber party.” Turns out the two teams have Aimee to thank for their unofficial battle cry of, “Fear the tutu.” Aimee talks about rockin’ “jorts” under her tutu, and she introduces us to new slang—“manky”—for stinky workout wear. Lots of laughs in this podcast, including Sarah’s tale of being recognized in a, um, compromising situation.
Another Mother Runner Radio 79: Find Out How to Run4Good
Dimity and Sarah showcase their current favorite BOGO–Saucony’s Run4Good app —by chatting with two grant recipients, Amanda Fulmer and Jeff Knight. By logging your miles using the Run4Good app, you are helping community organizers get funds for their programs that fight childhood obesity. Amanda talks about trailblazing a track around the elementary school where she works as a P.E. teacher to allow the students to run laps at recess, while Jeff recounts the tear-inducing pride and joy of getting 17 high school students across the finish line of the 2013 Austin Marathon. Along the way, both Amanda and Jeff share tips for getting kids moving and organizing community running programs.
Multitask on your next run by listening to this podcast while logging your miles on the Run4Good app: Three mother runners who complete at least 10 runs with the app before November 4 are each eligible to win her choice of one piece of Saucony gear + an AMR lifestyle tee.
Another Mother Runner Radio 78: 2nd Skype Call-in Show!
Continuing to pay homage to Click and Clack, Dimity and Sarah laugh their way through another Skype call-in show. The mother runners answer questions, too, such as giving pointers to self-proclaimed “slow runner” Lauren on how to carry on a conversation while running and helping Nicole negotiate marital harmony while balancing conflicting workout schedules. They talk low iron levels with Kim, solutions to training burnout with Rachel, and the beauty of shorter races with Kithy. From Lisa, they resolve the debate of stretching versus foam rolling. Be sure to catch the analogy Dimity tosses out in the first call. (She’s obviously been hanging around slang-girl Sarah too much.)
Another Mother Runner Radio 77: First-Time Marathoners
Another fall marathon season is upon us, so Sarah and Dimity chat up two mother runners who are both taking a 26.2-mile victory lap on Sunday, October 6. While they are both novice marathoners, they are very different runners. First up: Carrie Tollefson, an elite mid-distance runner who competed in the 1500 meters in the 2004 Olympics, who is running the Twin Cities Marathon a mere three months after giving birth to her second child. Then the gals talk to Stephanie Rice, also a mom of two, who is running the Portland Marathon (after following the Marathon: Finish It plan from Train Like a Mother. Both ladies talk about taking on the unknown, as well as juggling being a mom, working full-time, and training to go long. Find out what happened, for the first time ever (!!), to Carrie on a recent training run. We’ll just admit here: We still love her, even though it took her this long.
Another Mother Runner Radio 76: All About Ragnar
Dimity, fresh off running the Ragnar Relay in the mountains of Colorado, and Sarah host Tanner Bell, the co-founder of the 15-race relay series. Tanner talks about what makes a Ragnar so “magical,” and how he and his energetic co-horts choose relay destinations—including the new trail running editions. Tanner and the ladies laugh about the creativity of team names and outfits (sorry, gals, tutus + our tees aren’t enough to win “best costume”—find out which out-there teams get bestowed that honor). The veteran of 10 Ragnar Relays shares his three top tips for success in the overnight races, which morphs into slightly gag-inducing conversation about dropping a cell phone into a port-a-potty. (A mishap that Sarah has borderline-phobic concerns about.) And, vocab-alert: Dimity tosses around a few $5 words, including, “detritus.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 75: Sage Rountree Tells How to Race Wisely
Sarah and Dimity welcome back noted yogini and triathlon coach Sage Rountree to talk about Sage’s latest book, Racing Wisely: a Practical and Philosophical Guide to Performing at Your Personal Best. The gals dive into the difference between a race intention and race goal, plus the importance of having a spectrum of goals. The conversation naturally flows into the definition of “personal best.” They talk about the four quarters of a race and why the third is always the toughest (quarters/trimesters: Sarah tosses out a pregnancy analogy). To help tackle late-stage challenges, Sage advocates lots of testing during training. Perhaps most critical of all: Find out which mother runner would have to be Shirley if the gals ever recreate “Laverne & Shirley.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 74: Extra-long Q&A Sesssion
Spurred on by Sarah’s recent trail 10K, the mother runners talk about the myriad joys of off-road races before moving on to answering questions from the tribe. They offer up a solution for Amy, who is debating between slower, heart-rate monitor runs versus running with faster friends, and they urge Amanda to move out of her comfort zone to find a running partner. Listen to Sarah’s theory about why longer races (13.1 and beyond) are like pregnancy, and why Dimity thinks one marathon a year is plenty. Then, in response to Jordan’s question, the gals sing the praises of strength training. They tell Tami what to look for when buying a treadmill, then assure Kimberly race PRs are still possible post-baby. Along the way, hear Dimity make a most impressive sound, which might just earn her a new nickname (like Raven or The Crow).
Another Mother Runner Radio 73: New Badas$ Mother Runner Lauren Fleshman
Two-time U.S. 5000-meter Champion, 2:37 marathoner, and brand-new mom Lauren Fleshman gets real with Dimity and Sarah, talking about the ups-and-downs of running while pregnant and coming back post-partum. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief along with the mother runners to hear a professional runner say she “couldn’t have cared less about” her own running in the first few weeks after the birth of her son. Lauren even admits running, “felt bad from almost the moment that pee stick turned pink.” Then Lauren waxes poetically—but practically—about garnering the most enjoyment and success from running, including imparting the wisdom that, “you have to be an active participant in the mental aspect of your sport.” Speaking of the mental side of things, Dimity admits to being, “one big Tupperware bowl full” of her emotions, to-do list, and bodily sensations.
Another Mother Runner Radio 72: Best Running Friends (BRFs)
Dimity and Sarah firmly believe the best running “accessory” is a friend to cover the miles with, so this podcast celebrates bonds forged by running. Dimity reads the friendship chapter from Run Like a Mother (Sarah’s fave chapter of the book), which contains perhaps the best line in the entire book. “When you keep your eyes on the road, you can speak from your heart.” Then the mother runners serve up a reading from Train Like a Mother with tips on how to successfully run a race with a friend. (It’s not as easy as you might think.) And find out why, some mornings, Sarah and her BRF, Molly, fancy they are auditioning for a 1970s shampoo commercial.
Another Mother Runner Radio 71: Weight, Weight…: Running and Weight Management
Sarah and Dimity have heard from countless frustrated mother runners who have seen the number on the scale creep up instead of down while training for a half- or full marathon. So the gals talk to two guests about keeping weight in check while running. First up: sports dietician (and mother of two) Jackie Dikos, who talks about how to find a better balance that’ll make you feel satisfied, not deprived. Jackie also emphasizes the importance of “redefining rewards” for effort. Then the gals gab with Christy Zuzelo, another mother runner of two, but she’s cycled through 60-pound weight loss (and gain) three times. Training for her third marathon, Christy shares her tips for keeping excess weight off for good. (E.g. “If you bite it, you write it.”) Sarah and Christy bond over a shared love of Greek yogurt, and Dimity rants about yet another, “handful of frickin’ almonds.” Warning: Be prepared to drool while Jackie talks about cocoa-laced oatmeal, and when Christy shares her recipe for Lentil Chard Soup.
Another Mother Runner Radio 70: Inaugural Call-In Show
Sarah and Dimity decided to go all Click and Clack (from “Car Talk”), and have gals call in on Skype to chat and get answers. All the questions deal with marathon training: Mom of six Sarah wants to know how to build speed as well as endurance; Cyndie wonders how to work around an injury; and novice marathoner Julie wants to know the pros and cons of doing an extra-long (26 miles!) training run. (The gals talk her out of that one.) Phoebe, the final caller (Skyper?), introduces a new word into the mother runner lexicon: “mojo-tivation.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 69: A Conversation about Feet and Toes
Perfect timing: Dimity’s feet are extra-gnarly thanks to doing the Ironman, so the mother runners welcome Jane Andersen, a podiatrist in private practice Chapel Hill, N.C., to talk all things feet. All three gals have big paws, so they start by talking about the importance of having roomy-enough shoes—and, perhaps surprisingly, big-enough socks to give feet and toes room enough to spread while running. Things get a bit yucky with discussion on the best ways to cut toenails, remove calluses, and lance yucky blood blisters under toenails. (Ew!) But the ladies work the laughs, so don’t shy away. Then the good doctor, who is also a mother runner of two, talks about more extreme issues, including stress fractures and plantar fasciitis.
Another Mother Runner Radio 68: Recommended Reading: Sporty Books for Summer
Other than exercise, Dimity and Sarah don’t have many hobbies, but they are both avid readers. In this podcast, they share some of their favorite sports-related books, ranging from the incredibly inspiring (Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports by Kathrine Switzer; Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmerby Lynne Cox; and Devoted: The Story of a Father’s Love for His Son by Dick Hoyt and Don Yaeger) to the dishy and gripping (The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle and Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run by Matt Fitzgerald), as well as a new page-turner of a novel (Flat Water Tuesday: A Novel by Ron Irwin). All perfect poolside companions while kids are in swim lessons. And Sarah would like to point out that the vocab word of the week, “tousled,” is pronounced her way by many reputable sites.
Another Mother Runner Radio 67: Back to the Start of Women’s Running
Sharon Barbano, a past winner of the Finland and Long Island marathons, talks Dimity and Sarah through the experience of being part of the first-ever women’s Olympic Marathon Trials: from the spectators that lined the course even hours before the 11 a.m. start to horrifying pre-race “test” each competitor had to pass. Sarah and Dimity get this former U.S. 50K Trail Champion to share how she’s continued to find her strong over the years, including becoming a long-distance kayaker and black belt in karate. If you’re in need of inspiration, this podcast has it in spades. Even Dimity’s talk of her daughter’s quest to make state swimming championships will get you fired up!
Another Mother Runner Radio 66: Shiver with Race Anticipation
Recorded when Dimity was mere days away from tackling her Ironman triathlon, the mother runners discuss the days (and hours and minutes) leading up to a starting line. They reveal when the reality of a race sets in for them: For SBS, it’s all about dairy product expiration dates; for Dimity, it’s often not until morning-of. They lament second-guessing elements of training, whether it’s foam rolling, core work, or end-of-run strides. (All fall under the category of, “shoulda, woulda, coulda,” for Sarah.) In their taper-talk, Dimity offers the pearl of, “Keep up on some intensity, but cut back on the volume.” Then Dim sums up toeing the line in a nutshell, “This is what we do.” And by “we,” she means mother runners.
Another Mother Runner Radio 65: Pace Like a Mother: A Chat with Coach Greg McMillan
Dimity and Sarah talk to the pace guru Greg McMillan, the coach whose online calculator is like a Magic 8-Ball for runners: It not only predicts the time of your next race finish, but also tells you what speed to muster on your long runs, tempo runs, and track workouts. In this podcast, Greg gives great injury-prevention advice for newbie runners, including to run less mileage than you think you can (love that!), as well as offers sane words on how to accept age-related slower paces. (Sigh.) And he answers the head-scratcher of race versus tempo pace.
Another Mother Runner Radio 64: Dimity Walks Us through Her Ironman Race
Our most epic podcast yet: Dimity tells, in wonderfully recalled detail, about her strong, heroic effort at Ironman Coeur d’Alene. From the 62-degree swim, to the wetsuit strippers, onto her trusty tri-bike Lyle, up hills and down, a chat with a cute guy named Ryan, to the final 26.2-mile run/walk, that starts with searing pain and includes an amazing shift in mental attitude, Dimity shares it all. (And SBS asks about details Dim would have otherwise left out, such as pooping and the changing tent.) And since 140.6 miles takes a while to talk through (let alone swim/bike/run!), this beauty is slightly more than an hour long. Deserving of such a long, tortuous race, the vocab word of this podcast is, “anthropomorphize.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 63: Solutions for Summer Running
As temps are heating up across the country, Sarah and Dimity answer your questions about sweaty summer concerns. Hope it doesn’t rub you the wrong way, but they spend quite a bit of time talking about chafing. They move on to myriad tips on how to have enough fluids for long runs. (One important take-away: Do as Dimity says, not as she does.) They also cover sunscreen, the importance of slowing down, and acclimatization (glad they didn’t have to blurt out that mouthful of a word, though!).
Another Mother Runner Radio 62: Our Talk with a Running Stroller Innovator
For Father’s Day, Dimity and Sarah brought on Dan Britton, father of five and founder of Chariot Carriers. These innovative strollers convert from a running carrier to a bike trailer to even a ski (!) carrier. Dan tells about the design process, describes proper running-with-stroller form, and lets you know it’s okay to occasionally drown out the sound of whining with music. (For your chance to win a Chariot Cougar 2, worth nearly $700, enter our giveaway, which ends June 18, 2013.)
Another Mother Runner Radio 61: Find Your Strong: Our Chat with Dorothy Beal
The gals know many of you admire and adore their guest, Dorothy Beal of Mile Posts as much as they do. This mother of three youngsters and veteran of 24 (!!) marathons inspires many, having cut more than an hour pushing a triple stroller. Dorothy confesses to Sarah and Dimity what kept her going while running 30 miles on a treadmill recently, as well as admitting that while she started running to lose weight, “it’s not about the calories anymore.” She also shares that, in one way or another, she finds her strong in every run she takes. (Yup, that’s Dorothy at the start and end of this video.)
Another Mother Runner Radio 60: A Chat with Swim Bike Mom, Meredith Atwood
Time to talk triathlon (and weight loss and the mantra, “just keep moving forward”): Dimity and Sarah are joined by Meredith Atwood, known to many of you as Swim Bike Mom. As recently as the summer of 2010, this mom of two and practicing attorney weighed 280 pound; her only foray into cardio exercise was a handful of 5K races. Now Meredith will be taking on Ironman Coeur d’Alene (IMCDA), with its 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and, gulp!, marathon-distance run. The mother runners get Meredith talking about her 80+-pound weight loss, her mental metamorphosis, and her unflinching, funny book, Triathlon for Every Woman. Dimity and Meredith commiserate over training for IMCDA, while Sarah and Meredith bond over the use of the word, “butthead.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 59: All the Details of Dimity’s 70.3 Triathlon
You read her written race report, now hear Dimity describe her journey through a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run in Grand Junction last weekend. This Ironmother takes you from the churning water to the stool in the transition area to her aerobars on her beloved bike, Lyle, then out onto the windswept out-and-back of the run. (Oh, yeah, with a stop in the port-a-potty for good measure.) Dimity gets a bit tearful at the end of the podcast, but she emerges like she did from the triathlon: stronger than ever.
Another Mother Runner Radio 58: AMR Virtual 5K Accompaniment
Dimity and Sarah recount a brutally hot run they recently survived in Sacramento, showing sometimes they don’t heed their own advice. After their done laughing at their own stupidity (and chafing!), they answer a few questions from mother runners, including how to come back from a stress fracture and how to run races on a budget. Finally the mothers ponder how to stay motivated and gain satisfaction despite slowing down, and SBS admits she’s actually been contemplating stepping up to an ultramarathon. Listen all the way through to hear the debated word of the week.
Another Mother Runner Radio 56: AMR Virtual 5K Accompaniment
In an extra-special, hour-long podcast, Dimity and Sarah offer advice and encouragement for gals running the Another Mother Runner Virtual 5K. They talk about the importance of getting a little goofy in a race, yet also fighting like a warrior to make a goal. Songs get woven into the mix, everything from One Direction to P!nk, Macklemore, Flo Rida, Alicia Keys, and Dimity’s fave, The Avett Brothers. Along the way, they cheer on Roz, Karen, Sharon, Jennifer, Connie, and a host of other mother runners gunning for the finish line. Go, girls, GO!
Another Mother Runner Radio 55: The NuttZo Lady
Dimity and Sarah dig in with Danielle LiVolsi, the mother of three who created the delicious and nutritious nut and seed butter called NuttZo. Find out how the textured yumminess made its way from her home food processor—where Danielle whirred together nuts and seeds to provide a hearty and healthy food for her two adopted-from-Ukraine sons—to being Dr. Oz’s number-one must-have food. Danielle also shares details of Project Left Behind, a non-profit she and her husband founded to help orphanages in places as far flung as Nepal and Peru. Before the gals get to the good works, Sarah talks about her mindset for the Vancouver Marathon, which she might be running even as you read these words.
Another Mother Runner Radio 54: Training Tips from Two in the Thick of It
Sarah and Dimity trade training tips as they both stare down starting lines: Sarah is set to run the Vancouver Marathon in a mere week, while Dimity now has less than two months to go until Ironman Couer d’Alene. They share secrets on how to keep workouts—and yourself—feeling fresh. Some of the advice is even packaged in easy-to-remember snippets, such as, “Need a day, take a day,” and “If you’re shoes aren’t working for you, ditch ’em and switch ’em.” Thankfully, the conversation does not erupt into the word Sarah learns how to pronounce.
Another Mother Runner Radio 53: The Boston Marathon Tragedy through the Eyes of Two Mother Runners
Dimity and Sarah each talk to a mother runner who ran the 2013 Boston Marathon to hear the story in their own words. Melissa Fryback of Portland dug deep and set a PR (3:43:46) but had barely 20 minutes to celebrate before the blasts, while Katherine Sullivan and her friend Becky Stouder finished just ahead of the terrifying explosions. We cried while talking with these strong women, and we suspect more tears will be had while listening to them. Let them mix with your sweat on your next life-affirming run.
Another Mother Runner Radio 52: Runner’s World Editor Tish Hamilton Talks about Squeaking into Boston Marathon
With mere hours to the start of Boston Marathon, listen as Sarah and Dimity talk with Tish Hamilton, executive editor of Runner’s World and mother of one, who is about to run her 10th Boston (and 42nd marathon!). The gals gab like the longtime pals they are, about everything from Tish “squeaking” out yet another Boston-qualifying time to her fitting in runs as a solo parent. The ladies all admit they’re not willing to give up wine and ice cream to get faster. And Tish lets Sarah break a rough revelation to dear (read: hopelessly naïve) Dimity.
Another Mother Runner Radio 51: Kara Goucher Talks about Running Boston Marathon, and Answers Your Questions
Kara Goucher in the house! Dimity and Sarah gleefully interview Olympic marathoner Kara Goucher as she preps for her third Boston Marathon. Kara answers questions from @TheMotherRunner Twitter followers, like about running while pregnant three years ago and how her training has changed since then. She talks about cooking dinner for her husband, Adam, and son, Colt, nearly every night—then often debating cookie v. brownie for dessert. When talk turns to staying mentally tough, Kara admits why she now races in sunglasses. And she shares her new mantra for racing Boston.
Another Mother Runner Radio 50: Coach Christine Answers Virtual 5K Training Questions
Sarah and Dimity bring on Coach Christine Hinton to enlighten all of you who are now four weeks into training for the AMR Virtual 5K—or training for any race. The ladies talk about how to maintain an even pace while running and how to get over a sucky run. (Everyone has ‘em!) They delve into the topic of best foods for fueling and recovery methods. And they shed light on the burning question of how to get faster. But first they talk about Dimity’s ailing toe—and the bit of bone that’s bugging it. (Gag!)
Another Mother Runner Radio 49: What’s for Lunch—and What Should I Do?
The ladies launch into a discussion about lunch-making fatigue: Dimity suffers from it, and Sarah has recently discovered a few cures. After reliving encounters with various lunchmeats during their formative years, the mother runners get to the meat of the show: answering questions from their Facebook community. They give Amy advice on how to stick to a training schedule despite constant roadblocks; they tell Shannan how to fit in cross-training. And they debate the merits of massage during a training cycle versus post-race. As usual, the duo is true yin and yang.
Another Mother Runner Radio 48: Music and Answers
The show opens with Dimity’s big confession of which singer she’s groovin’ to these days (we won’t spoil it for you), while Sarah admits to loving slightly more racy tunes (and to letting her children watch “Glee”!). At long last the mother runners move on to providing answers to questions, including one from Karen about adapting to altitude (Sarah admits she sucks at running on high) and Christina’s query about staying “race ready” over the summer even if she’s not on a training plan. They also talk about how to train your kids to survive your absence during runs. Along the way, they stumble onto the episode’s pronouncement—“oeuvre.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 47: Taking the World (Marathon Majors) by Storm
Be prepared to be inspired by the lovely guest Sarah and Dimity talk with on this episode: Sandi Borgman, a mom of three who has run the World Marathon Majors (New York, Chicago, London, Boston, and Berlin marathons) since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She ran her first half-marathon after her diagnosis about a decade ago, and she’s gotten faster over the years. (Except for the London Marathon, which she ran pregnant!) Now if she could only decipher how to register for the Tokyo Marathon, which was added to the Majors’ series a mere month after she completed the “final” 26.2. Next up for Sandi: Boston 2 Big Sur this spring. Watch out, world!
Another Mother Runner Radio 46: The Mothers Answer Fresh Questions
Dimity and Sarah’s version of a call-in show: answering questions from gals on Facebook. They assure Sue it’s okay to walk during a race; counsel Laura on coming back from a sprained ankle; give Shelly advice on how to race two half-marathons close together (this conversation leads to an interesting debate between our mother runners); and mull over ways for Adrienne to keep track of laps at a track. (They want your help with a solution for that question.) But before they dive into questions, they relive the Disney Princess Half-Marathon…and vow to smile more.
Another Mother Runner Radio 45: Time for Another (Mother Runner) Q&A
Enough with Sarah and Dimity: We invite mother runners into the conversation, in the form of questions culled from our Facebook page. We tell Nicole she really should ease back into running after an injury with a run/walk program; we give Letty and Alissa the 411 on marathon prerequisites; and we talk a lot about acceptance of size, shape, and pace when self-described “bigger and slower” Carolyn asks about making peace with bringing up the rear. But first the gals share their excitement about heading to Disney Princess Half-Marathon! (Shhhh, don’t tell Sarah’s kids: Mom’s fibbed, saying she’s heading to Houston.)
Another Mother Runner Radio 44: The One Where They’re Both Injured
The unthinkable—but the inevitable—has happened: Dimity and Sarah are injured at the same time. The mother runners talk about what’s causing them pain and keeping them awake at night, then they divulge the treatment alternatives they’re pursuing. Based on personal experience, they share the importance of listening to your gut and finding a trusted practitioner (giving rise to a new category in our AMR Connect forums). But first Dimity tells about making a treacly kid-toffee that even her 9-year-old daughter dubbed, “too rich,” and the gals discover the correct pronunciation of, “nonpareil.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 43: A Chat with Chris McDougall, author of Born to Run
Find out why Dimity dubbed this, “our best podcast ever!” Chris McDougall, author of the bestselling book Born to Run that spawned the barefoot running movement, dishes with Sarah and Dimity about the movie adaptation of B2R, his favorite running route, and the topic of his next book (which he admits to being “1.7 years” past deadline). Chris reaffirms the importance of running for fun and pleasure.
Follow along as a conversation about the 100 Up drill morphs into an idea of training for incarcerated individuals, and idle chitchat about running in Oregon leads to a possible side business for the trio. And find out what state is, “steps away from greatness™.”
Another Mother Runner Radio 42: Don’t Let the Weather Get You Down!
The ladies channel their inner Sam Champion and talk about running in the rain and wind. Sarah draws on her hundreds of hours spent in the Portland rain for practical tips, while Dimity gives great advice on how not to feel pushed around by the wind. But first they share tales about baking cakes for their respective Aquarius husbands, and falling on their butts in Salt Lake City. Ultimately the show takes a turn into enchanted landscapes, complete with ferns growing in trees and lines from a Robert Frost poem. An epic storm of a podcast!
Another Mother Runner Radio 41: Wheezes and Sneezes: Our Talk with an Allergy Doctor
Dimity and Sarah talk to David Fitzhugh, a doctor specializing in allergy and immunology in Chapel Hill, N.C., because it sometimes seems they’re the only mother runners not suffering from allergies or asthma. (Knock on wood.) Dr. Fitzhugh assures the gals that “everything that wheezes isn’t asthma,” and he shares numerous suggestions to managing symptoms if it is. He also gives the 101 on gluten-intolerance, which he believes is more common than some folks think. Not to be outdone by Lance and Oprah, we talk steroids.
Another Mother Runner Radio 40: Baby, It’s Cold (and Snowy and Icy) Outside!
Sarah and Dimity kick off their now weekly podcasts (yes, we’ll now be coming to you every week instead of every other!) by talking to Michelle Yezycki, a triathlete extraordinaire. This Hyland’s Masters athlete talks about thriving on, rather than merely surviving, the emotional rollercoaster of a race. The ladies also discuss work-life balance, debating whether all things can ever really be equal. And find out what fitness element SBS has finally added into her training.
Another Mother Runner Radio 39: It’s All about [Work-Life] Balance
Sarah and Dimity kick off their now weekly podcasts (yes, we’ll now be coming to you every week instead of every other!) by talking to Michelle Jezycki, a triathlete extraordinaire. This Hyland’s Masters athlete talks about thriving on, rather than merely surviving, the emotional rollercoaster of a race. The ladies also discuss work-life balance, debating whether all things can ever really be equal. And find out what fitness element SBS has finally added into her training.
Another Mother Runner Radio 38: Reflections on Our 2012 Races—and Sports Pride
Sarah and Dimity intended to spend the half-hour looking back at their 2012 races, but, like an exciting, uncharted run, the conversation took some unexpected turns. Dimity laments about lice, while Sarah offers been-there, picked-that advice. Then, Sarah’s seemingly simple question about proudest race moments evolves into an intriguing dialog about the feelings and emotions the mother runners feel after a race. And Sarah reveals her 2013 marathon.
Another Mother Runner Radio 37: Running while on Vacation
With Sarah headed south of the border for a family get-away, the mother runners talk about the in’s and out’s of exercising while away from home. They talk about the guilt of taking time away from the family—and about the necessity of getting that alone-time. Dimity and Sarah weave in helpful suggestions culled from their Facebook page, including the best ways to find routes in new locales. And, as a bonus, find out what a “stricture” is—and why Sarah loves a life without them.
Another Mother Runner Radio 36: Eat Smart to Run Better
Dimity and Sarah serve up a conversation with Cassie Dimmick, a sports dietician and certified running coach in Springfield, Missouri. She’s also a mother runner who knocked 45 minutes off her marathon PR by making a few simple changes to her diet and training so this woman practices what she preaches. According to Cassie, our gut needs to be trained just like muscles and heart do, so she talks about how to be well fueled for a run and how to deal with GI issues during and after a race. Once this podcast hits, we predict a spike in sales of apple sauce. Oh, and find out about Sarah’s new baby.
Another Mother Runner Radio 35: Magic Fingers: The Power of Massage
While Sarah and Dimity don’t get massages nearly as often as they’d like, talk is cheap so they chat with Angella King, a massage therapist in Portland, Oregon. Angella clues mother runners into how often to get massage (budget allowing), along with the different styles of massage and when to slot them into your training. Angella touches upon self-care technique, including using tool like The Stick and a good ol’ tennis ball. She also talks about the importance of speaking up when you’re on the table—“you’re the boss.” (We’d like to point out, however: In her personal relationship, Angella is the boss: Even her new fiancé has to book an appointment and pay for her healing touch on his triathlon-training muscles!)
Another Mother Runner Radio 34: Help for the Skin You’re in
The mother runners invited Dr. Brooke Jackson, a respected dermatologist and the founder of the Skin Wellness Center in Chicago, on the show to talk about skin issues like chafing, sunscreen, showering in the winter, and adult acne. Turns out the good doctor has run 10 marathons, done 8 triathlons, and is the adoptive mother of three kiddos. Sarah and Dimity quickly discover this lady has a lot of insight and wisdom to share about racing, training, and skincare, along with giving Dimity a new favorite allusion for life as a harried mom: a lazy Susan.
Another Mother Runner Radio 33: Ready, Set, Go: It’s Race Day!
Recorded days before heading to the Twin Cities to run the marathon (Sarah) and 10-miler (Dimity), the gals reminisce about memorable race day mornings—including such beauties as when SBS kept gagging while brushing her teeth before the Nike Women’s Marathon. Then the mother runners read the final chapter of Train Like a Mother, which counts down the days and minutes leading up to the start of a race. But the not-to-be-missed moment of this podcast is when Dimity uses the phrase “freeballing.” (She later admits she meant “freewheeling.”)
Another Mother Runner Radio 32: Supermodel, Super Mother Runner
Sarah and Dimity chat with supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, who, at 5’ 10”, is the pipsqueak of the trio. The founder of the non-profit Every Mother Counts, Christy has switched from strutting the catwalk to running to raise awareness for global maternal health. Christy talks about the mission and roots of her organization as well as training for her second consecutive ING New York City Marathon. This mother of two also shares the painful significance of the distances 26.2 miles and 5K to pregnant women in developing nations. And as proof Christy was Skyping from the Big Apple, listen for a few NYC taxis honking during the show.
Another Mother Runner Radio 31: The Gals Gab about Disneyland Half-Marathon and Other Races
Despite just seeing each other—and their families—in Disneyland over Labor Day, the gals have a lot of catching up to do. Listen in as they recount their debut runDisney race, which they both adored. But find out why they each ditched their respective pace groups and how Dimity cleverly had Sarah’s son climb an obelisk at the Magic Kingdom to keep him in her sights, post-race. Talk turns to Dimity’s recent “aquabike” race and Sarah’s final 20-miler for the Twin Cities Marathon. Be forewarned: Dimity’s bum-crack comes up in conversation!
Another Mother Runner Radio 30: Golden Child: Gals Chat with Founder of Altra Zero Drop Footwear
Sarah and Dimity can’t imagine blazing a marathon in 2:45, let alone age 12 (yes, 1-2), but that’s what Golden Harper, a co-founder of Altra Zero Drop Footwear did. This wunderkind (who’s now, we reckon in his late 20s) tells us about the origins of these revolutionary shoes (they are the ones we sport at expos and that Dimity wore in Disneyland Half-Marathon)—and how he still cooks with the toaster oven he baked the flat-from-heel-to-toe outsoles in. Find out why Golden says natural running is particularly, uh, natural for folks just starting out.
Another Mother Runner Radio 29: Eavesdrop on an AMR House Party
Thanks to modern technology, the second half of this podcast allows you to be there as Sarah and Dimity read from Train Like a Mother and chat about their work together in front of a lively audience near Portland, Oregon. This episode was recorded at one of the house parties the gals hosted this spring to promote the publication of TLAM and to bring mother runners together. As you listen, decide for yourself: Is Sarah that drunk, or not?
Another Mother Runner Radio 28: Behind the Scenes with a Race Director
After Dimity recounts a recent tumultuous stay at a Wyoming dude ranch (“woah!”), she and Sarah welcome Brae Blackley, founder of the ZOOMA women’s half-marathon series, on the show. Brae, a mom of two, tells us how she morphed from being an attorney to a race director who didn’t sleep a wink the night before the first ZOOMA half. She takes us behind the scenes to explain race logistics, like permits and water stops. And Brae tells us how ZOOMA personnel handle it when “a person with a penis” (Sarah’s poetic term!) runs one of her overwhelmingly female competitions.
Another Mother Runner Radio 27: Answers to More of Your Questions
Sarah and Dimity serve up answers to several questions related to long runs, including training v. racing pace; how much you can slack off during marathon training; alternative fuel sources; and how to talk back to that evil voice in your head that tells you to walk at the end of races. Dimity also recounts her recent return to the wonderful world of triathlon.
Another Mother Runner Radio 26: Sage (Rountree) Advice About Yoga
Sarah and Dimity get their “om” on with noted yogini and triathlon coach Sage Rountree, author of “The Athlete’s Guide to Yoga.” The gals discuss the best type of yoga for runners (you Type A’s might not like the answer), and they touch on the hot button issue of hot yoga. Sage shares easy, post-run stretches that’ll open your hips and release your lower back (oh, yeah, right there!). And Sarah feels a release: Sage gives her permission to stop fretting about her tight hips and hamstrings.
Another Mother Runner Radio 25: The Ladies Reminisce About Running Together
Together at last! On a recent visit to Portland, Dimity and Sarah finally get to record a podcast sitting within spitting distance of each other. (Thankfully the mikes served as spittle-shields.) In honor of the occasion, the mother runners relive runs they’ve taken together—from a sweltering 10-miler along the banks of Lake Michigan to the Nike Women’s Marathon (the genesis of their books) and a few Seattle-area jaunts. And Sarah admits to contemplating getting a tattoo.
Another Mother Runner Radio 24: Run across A-mom-ica
Talk about an epic run: Dimity and Sarah talk to Laura Mount, who took part in a 3,458-mile, 21-day journey across the United States on foot. During the three weeks, Laura ran anywhere from 9 to 22 miles, day in, day out. Sarah and Laura bond over being mother runners of boy-girl twins, while Dimity asks all about the nitty-gritty details of no showers and lots of sweat. (Warning: Laura has a voice as deep as Sarah and Dimity: Good luck trying to discern who’s talking!)
Another Mother Runner Radio 23: Our Breast Podcast
Sarah and Dimity talk with LaJean Lawson, the country’s foremost expert on sports bras and breast movement: This is a woman knows about ta-ta tamers. The ladies cover such topics as the biggest mistakes women make when it comes to sports bras and the best ways to minimize bounce. Along the way, LaJean enlightens us about how much large breasts really weigh, and she confesses to having done a 180-degree change on wearing two bras at one time. (She, ahem, supports it in certain situations.)
Another Mother Runner Radio 22: You Asked for It: Another Q&A Podcast
Dimity and Sarah answer questions posted by their Facebook community, like whether to wear headphones in a race or not and what running gear is splurge-worthy. They spend a lot of time talking maintenance miles, fancy-talk for running while you’re not on a training plan. Interspersed throughout: disagreements on name pronunciation, the mother runner version of, “tomato/tomahto; potato/potahto,” as well as Sarah’s applicable anecdotes from the recent Boston Marathon.
Another Mother Runner Radio 21: The Importance of Rest
Sarah and Dimity talk about nothing—doing nothing, that is. Rest is a crucial part of an exercise program, whether it’s a rest day during a training plan; recovering properly after a race; not overdoing it on “easy” days; or getting enough sleep. The gals cover all these forms of rest as they crack each other up. This podcast also reveals such personal details about Dimity as her family dinner routine, her bedtime, and her astrological sign.
Another Mother Runner Radio 20: Strong Women Lift Weights
Sarah and Dimity host guest Ashleigh Kayser, the beautifully buff personal trainer and mom of 4, who designed the at-home strength training plan in Train Like a Mother. Ashleigh leads the circuit training class that Sarah grunts-yet-laughs through twice a week, so the truth comes out about one mother-runner’s weak spots. Ashleigh highlights the imbalances most runners have, and how they can overcome them with some multi-muscle moves (which Dimity remembers to call, “compound exercises”). She also tells us (and you) how to strengthen those muscles nobody but your doc and maybe your partner sees.
Another Mother Runner Radio 19: Boston Marathon, Baby!
The ladies had planned to talk race-day preparation, but Dimity turned the conversation into a chat about Sarah’s upcoming race, the Boston Marathon. It felt like a gift to Sarah, letting her talk and contemplate her choices for the race—from what she’ll wear to when and where she’ll eat the night before and how to ensure she stays present in the (glorious, somewhat painful) moment. Along the way, the ladies impart a few race-day tips—and tell a surprisingly amusing anecdote about Dimity’s mom hiding under a desk during a recent bank heist.
Another Mother Runner Radio 18: So Many Choices!
Giddy from the debut of Train Like a Mother, the mother runners discuss (Dimity might even say, “pontificate”) the options to consider when going for a run: Indoors or out? Which route to follow? Solo or with a pal? Silence, playlist, podcast–or the steady beat of a metronome.
Along the way, discover how Dimity almost loses the podcast’s FCC “clean” rating, and hear her tell about her recent massive wipeout. And excuse Sarah for misquoting “Rain Man.” It’s 82, not 84. She quickly realized her error….but figured it would seem neurotic to correct herself on air. She knows her husband, Jack, will never let her live down the mistake (neither will her producer – make sure to listen to the very end!).
Another Mother Runner Radio 17: Train Like a Mother Coach is in the House
Dimity and Sarah talk training with Christine Hinton, the coach and mom of two who created eight of the nine plans in Train Like a Mother, which debuts March 20. Coach Hinton lets you know it’s okay to bail on an occasional workout; clues you in to must-do sessions; tells you how to wake up your fast-twitch muscles; and talks about why you don’t want to “race” your workouts. Also in this info-packed podcast, Dimity tosses out the word, “ennui.” Look out!
Another Mother Runner Radio 16: A Run Down Memory Lane
The mother runners reflect on their “salad days” of running—from Dimity’s first sprint (in pursuit of a band hat) to Sarah discovering sports in college as an alternative to fraternity-house debauchery. They laugh over Dimity’s failed celebratory cheer in Central Park during the 1997 New York City Marathon, as well as Sarah’s inability to come up with a single standout race moment during her 30’s. This podcast is heavy on chitchat and laughter, light on advice.
Another Mother Runner Radio 15: Lady Doc: An OB/GYN Gives Advice for Active Moms
Sarah and Dimity talk with Dr. Amanda Hurtubise, an OB/GYN in Port Huron, Michigan, who they found through her informed, insightful comments on their Facebook page. This mom of three and beginning-again runner quickly dubs this show about “the fallout of running,” addressing TMI topics like vaginal prolapse, urinary incontinence, and risk of infection from hanging out in sweaty workout wear. The good doctor also talks about running during pregnancy. The show’s highlight, though, is Dimity oversharing about her shaving habits. Talk about TMI!
Another Mother Runner Radio 14: Tips for Newbie–and Returning Injured—Runners
Whether you recently took up running or are coming back to our beloved sport after some time off, Dimity and Sarah dish out loads of advice you need to know. Dimity is right there with you, staring down yet another return to running after an injury (or two). The mother runners talk about the importance of not comparing yourself to anyone else, incorporating walking breaks, focusing on distance not speed, and finding a running buddy. And the ladies tell you why they envy your fresh, only-just-begun slate.
Another Mother Runner Radio 13: Goal Setting, Goal Keeping
Go for goals: Dimity and Sarah eschew the word “resolutions,” preferring instead to talk about New Year’s goals. The mother runners impart advice and insight about making goals—set the bar high, but not too lofty–and attaining them. They talk about the importance of having a contingency plan for when life backfires on you and your planned workout. Along the way, Sarah nearly laughs herself silly, and Dimity tosses out an award-winning array of pithy aphorisms. (Sarah must be rubbing off on her!)
Another Mother Runner Radio 12: We’re Just Full of Answers: Another Q&A Podcast
As journalists, we’re usually the ones asking questions. But we like the tables being turned and having other mothers pry us for info. In this podcast, we clue you in on how to do speedwork as a newbie; how to maintain your spirit when you’re injured; how to balance proper fueling against fears of weight gain; and how to keep your running group from falling apart during the winter. And we apologize in advance for talking too much about holiday cookies!
Another Mother Runner Radio 11: You Asked, We Answered: Our First Q&A Podcast
This show covers a lot of ground, which is in keeping with the season, when we are all dashing this way and shopping that way. We answer an array of questions from our Facebook community, from how to find a best running buddy to getting your kids involved with our beloved sport to whether you should train for a big race while trying to get knocked up. Along the way, Dimity and SBS ho-ho-ho at themselves and each other.
Another Mother Runner Radio 10: Shoe Business: Find Your Perfect Running Shoe
Let’s start from the ground up: Unless you’re jumping on the barefoot movement, one of the two must-haves for mother runners is running shoes (the other is a sports bra). While Dimity and Sarah consider themselves shoe-geeks (well, SBS does anyway), on this show, they brought on a true professional, Sonya Estes, owner of Runners Roost in Lakewood, Colorado, to talk pronation, cushioning, stability, and all things footwear-related to help guide you to your perfect pair.
Another Mother Runner Radio 9: Post-race Recovery
Congratulations, you’ve crossed the finish line! Now what? Post-race recovery is the oft-overlooked part of a race plan, yet it’s as important to your overall running health as training. After walking you through the steps of a reverse taper, Sarah and Dimity discuss how soon to sign up for another race as well as how to get over the post-race blues. Go ahead, wear your finisher’s medal while you listen—you earned it.
Another Mother Runner Radio 8: Does Size Matter?
Bart Yasso in the house! Dimity and Sarah knew there’s no one better than Runner’s World Chief Running Officer, and general race expo bon vivant, to debate the pros and cons of of big race versus smaller race, so the gals brought their bud Bart on to chat. They let Bart lead the conversation, and it ends with the gals getting a little choked up and teary-eyed. In a word: acceptance.
Another Mother Runner Radio 7: Run-ready Costumes
Sarah and Dimity provide inspiration and ideas for a costume for an upcoming Halloween or Muddy Buddy race. From Wonder Woman to Vikings, the ladies offer suggestions for creative, non-chafing options.
Midshow, the gals are joined by Kelly Lewis, a mom of 3 and creative genius, who flew to a personal best in a recent Disney half-marathon dressed as Tinkerbell.
Another Mother Runner Radio 6: Kill the Hill
Yes, “hill” and “hell” are only one letter apart, but you can make hills less devilish if you follow the suggestions Dimity and Sarah share in this episode. They tell you how to “kill the hill” with simple hill-climbing tactics and shifts in your attitude about inclines. Plus, laugh along as the gals throw out enough 5-dollar words to pay a race entry fee.
Another Mother Runner Radio 5: Gotta Get a Goal
With big fall races happening every weekend, Dimity and Sarah suspect mother runners have been reflecting (read: obsessing) on their race goals. Listen as the ladies reflect on their own personal goals – those met and those unmet (ouch!) – and share the wisdom of setting multiple goals. Along the way, hear the gals struggle with math computations and pronoun agreement.
Another Mother Runner Radio 4: Drink Up; Eat Well
With fall racing season rapidly approaching, Dimity and Sarah remind the tribe about the importance of staying well hydrated and fueling—before, during, and after running. Learn what the phrase, “doing a bunk bed” means in Sarah’s family (hint: it has to do with peeing!), and find out whether or not Dimity is “a good cooker.”
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Another Mother Runner Radio 3: How to Prepare for Relay Races
Dimity and Sarah share strategies and anecdotes about running The Mother of All Relay Races, Oregon’s Hood to Coast. The lessons learned can apply to any relay race—or life in general, including managing expectations, staying hydrating, eating real food, and peeing by in the bushes.
Another Mother Runner Radio 2: Don’t Let the Summer Knock You Down
Heat, humidity, and a summer schedule tapping your motivation? Dimity and Sarah tell you how to overcome bumps in your running road. (And Dimity talks about why she’s going to “run naked” in her next race.)
Another Mother Runner Radio 1: It’s Time to Run Like a Mother!
They write, they blog, they Facebook, now hear them talk! Listen to Dimity and Sarah share how to run like a mother. Hint: All that’s required is the right attitude, not necessarily ankle-biters.
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