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    First-Ever AMR Retreat!

    Little Rock: Are you ready for the mother runners? We're going to have a badass ball—with a few miles thrown in—at our first-ever AMR retreat. Join us!

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    Crosstrain, XTrain, XT: Call it what you want. Just do it.

    A throwback to Train Like a Mother--or actually, what was left on the cutting-room floor of Train Like a Mother. A space thing--not a content thing. (Good stuff, that crosstraining: we promise!)

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    Fear the tutu!

    Snakes, heights, monsters under the bed? No worries. But a tutu? Be scared, runners, be scared! Click through to send a tulle-laced message to the world.

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  • Add in a Chase Beanie + baa-liciously cushioned socks, and your extremities are happy.

    Win Some Woolie Goodies from Icebreaker

    Merino wool is Ma Nature's perfect way for climate control—and comfort. Win a trio of running gear, including a zip-top, cap, and socks.

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  • Add in a Chase Beanie + baa-liciously cushioned socks, and your extremities are happy.
 
 
 
 
 
Three Lucky Winners: Saucony Outfit + Hyland’s Gift Basket

Three Lucky Winners: Saucony Outfit + Hyland’s Gift Basket

I ran hills yesterday and then, breaking my don’t-run-two-days-in-a-row-so-I-don’t-break-my-body rule, I ran again this morning for a variety of reasons too boring to go into here. (But the good news is that I’m pretty sure I didn’t break anything on run #2.)

Three things I was reminded of as I ran:

1. Do not underestimate your arms on hills. Pump those upper limbs, and I swear, your lower limbs magically get stronger. (Even if you don’t believe me, at least you’re concentrating on your arms, and not how much longer you have to go.)

2. Run up and over the hill. This is hard, and I admit, I didn’t really do it on the hill repeats…

 
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Lynn (right), me, and my then-7-year-old daughter, Phoebe after my marathon PR.

The Most Important Mile of My Life: SBS Edition

I’d done a timed mile before–but never one with the eyes of an Olympian glued to me. This time, Lynn Jennings, the 10,000 meter bronze medalist in the 1992 Games and three-time world cross-country champion, is encouraging me to run all out four times around a track. Two years previous to this overcast, chilly morning, I’d run 7:34 for the mile, and I had been elated. In the intervening years I’d honed my speed, and Lynn has unwavering confidence I can run well under 7:00. The number sounds dauntingly hard, but having a world champion believe in you does wonders for your ability.

Under the weak winter light, Lynn stands on the far curve of the Grant High School track, hunching over slightly in her Gore-Tex jacket and baseball cap with an iPhone in her hand…

 
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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

Mindy Ward, mother runner of three living in Huxley, Iowa, can’t think of a time when she didn’t run. “I think something in me would explode if I didn’t run,” she says. But Mindy only in recent years began training and racing. The trick now, she’s finding, is striking a balance between racing and training, and “running for the sake of running … I don’t want to be so intense all the time that I can’t give myself a break and just have fun.”

Finding time for running: My motivation is that I want to run certain distances or difficulties in races and so the training has to happen…

 
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Hump Day Giveaway: Smith Pivlock V90 Sunglasses

Hump Day Giveaway: Smith Pivlock V90 Sunglasses

Once in a while, you run across a piece of gear that works so well, you simply can’t fathom wearing anything else. As I ran and biked my badass off this spring and summer, one of those magic pieces was my Smith Pivlock V90′s, a pair of shades that come with two additional, interchangeable lenses. These sporty sunglasses are everything my kids aren’t. They are barely noticeable; they don’t (accidentally) hurt any part of my body; they’re slightly flexible; and they’re always performance oriented without my nagging them one, always-do-your-best, tiny bit. (In other words, no fogging or slipping with these puppies…

 
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Ragnar Relay Packing List

Ragnar Relay Packing List

You might recall from my two big races I did this spring, I’m not so good making a list and checking it twice. (“Remember that time at band camp when I forgot to bring my bike helmet to the half-Ironman? Good times, good times.”)

I’m heading into what I’m officially calling Ragnumn (Ragnar + Autumn, kind of). Ragnar Colorado, in about two weeks, is up first, followed by Ragnar DC. I’m running Ragnar ‘Rado with 11 members of what my friend and teammate Bine calls, “our village.” Friends and mother runners who I’m blessed to have in my life. Hoping I’ll feel that way after 192 miles. (Kidding, kidding…

 
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