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    Why I Run

    A whole bunch of great reasons and beautiful essay. On a hot afternoon, crank the A/C and dig in!

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    Born to run.

    No pressure or anything, though.

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    AMR Club on Strava: Join Us!

    Join the AMR Tribe over on Strava, where you can log your miles, cheer each other on, and find motivation and inspiration in spades. All paces and levels welcome!

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  • Nuun, glorious Nuun!

    Win NUUN!

    Our fave way to hydrate on the hot summer—or any—days, really.

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  • Nuun, glorious Nuun!
 
 
 
 
 
Hump Day Giveaway: Tough Girl Tutus

Hump Day Giveaway: Tough Girl Tutus

I have never taken my running too seriously. Sure, I have time goals and yes, I’ve lapped that cursed black oval more times than I care to remember.  But ask me to don a costume, yuk it up with a crowd, and I’m game. (The crowd may not be game, but that’s another story.) I don’t think anybody has ever been on their deathbed and thought, I wish I would’ve done one more 800, but I’m pretty sure plenty of people have thought, I wish I would’ve had more fun.

In other words, life is too short not to wear an occasional tutu.

And when that tutu is a brilliantly named Tough Girl Tutu? You just gotta go with it…

 
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3. Then take a deep breath, and head on under. I had to go in several times to release all the liquid/pressure. So gross, but ahhh.

Tell Me Tuesday: DIY Toenail Surgery

 

Reader advisory: this post is fairly gross because
1. My feet, while quite useful, are not very attractive. I have not had a pedicure since late April, I think.
2. And when I shoot them close-up to show all their blisters and flaws, they’re downright disgusting.

Consider yourself warned.

I had very few nail issues while training for Ironmother. The second toe of my right foot, as usual, was the martyr of the 10, and was constantly sore. Also, due to the fact that I’ve lost and regrown that puppie about, oh, 17 times at this point, the nail was thicker than a dictionary.

But 26…

 
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Molly and me with more pep in our step at about Mile 22 of 2011 Portland Marathon.

Sarah and Molly’s Saturday Run

Brightly sunny with just a hint of coolness in the air, Saturday was a perfect summer day for running. I set off to meet Molly, wearing a smile. Two GU packets were tucked into my Ultimate Direction Thunderbolt belt; the bottles held cold orange nuun. Molly and I had a lot more catching up to do—during our five miles on Wednesday morning, we’d only scratched the surface of my family’s trip to San Francisco and the goings-on of her three teenage daughters. I excitedly felt our 12 miles, prep for the Happy Girls Forest Grove Half-Marathon, were going to roll by in a blur.

Instead, it turned into an epic fail…

 
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July 19: Anybody have a race right around then?

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…

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Four kinds of healthy deliciousness, including a caffeinated one (Cherry Limeade).

Five Winners of Four Tubes of Nuun

When we announced our Hump Day Giveaway of four tubes of juicy, bursting-with-flavor nuun tablets plus a water bottle, I wrote about Ashleigh, a hard-working fitness instructor and mother of four who was complaining of muscle cramps while pointing and flexing in barre-style classes or after a run. That was a mere two weeks ago, when I told Ashleigh the electrolytes in nuun could probably solve all her charley horse problems–and now she’s as addicted to nuun as Dimity and I are! (Dim and I easily go through a tube of 12 tablets while working a weekend-long race expo.)

Now we can either start five new addictions–or quench the active desires of five women who already love the light flavor and less-than-7-calories a nuun tablet delivers when dropped into a bottle of water…

 
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