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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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    Win NUUN!

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

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Shift into 110% Overdrive Compression + Ice Kit.

Hump Day Giveaway: 110% Overdrive Compression + Ice Kit

The phrase, “I feel your pain,” can sometimes seem like an insincere platitude. But in the case this week of my poor husband, I have been empathizing like a, well, mother. Wincing and hobbling, Jack is experiencing a miserable recurrence of plantar fasciitis. I remember all too well that deep, sharp pain shooting up from my heel when stepping out of bed or standing after sitting for an hour or so. That shooting pain that reaches up from my foot and grips my calf after standing too long. And the buzz-crushing dejection when I thought about how long I might be sidelined.

In a nutshell: Plantar fasciitis sucks hard, and I feel dreadful that my man has it again—and I know it could just as easily be me…

 
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Tell Me Tuesday: How To Commemorate a Running Milestone

Tell Me Tuesday: How To Commemorate a Running Milestone

My very first race, back in the spring of 2007, was a 25K in a city two hours away from home. Looking back on it now, I’m in awe of my blind bravery—no 5K for me; let’s just go with triple that distance! I had trained hard for this race, though, and I’d been running consistently for several months, all thanks to a group of accomplished, sometimes intimidating running friends. (OK, so my decision to run a 25K right out of the gate was partly due to some blissful ignorance, as well as thinking, ‘If they can do it, so can I!’ I’m a bit hard-headed like that.)

Crazy or not, this race/girls’ weekend ultimately was a defining moment in my then-new life as a runner…

 
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5 Reasons Why I Won’t Do Another Ironmother

5 Reasons Why I Won’t Do Another Ironmother

 

Let’s cut to the chase. Inquiring minds want to know: Will you do it again?

The short answer: no.

The longer answer: if I had a $5,000 gift card to Whole Foods; a weekly cleaning lady; a weekly allowance for massage and chiropractic work; two weeks where I could just train and sleep and eat like the pros do (and do it in a cool place like Hawaii or New Zealand, even better); and somebody who hung out all my workout gear so it wouldn’t shrink in the dryer, I might entertain the idea.

Seriously, though, I’m about a month out from Ironman Coeur d’Alene: The giddiness from the finish line has died down, and I’ve had some time to think about whether or not I’d go 140…

 
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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)…

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The closest I'll ever come to running the Colorado Marathon. The built-in bib holder is a great idea...no safety pin snags on your tutu or other gear.

Three Winners of Tough Girl Tutus

In the cool, early morning mist, I set out down the quiet, tree-draped road. For the first half-mile, my legs felt leaden, but then I started warming up–and runners on the road and passing in vans started hooting and honking for me and the vivid pink confection around my waist. A smile creeped across my face, cracking the lines of dried drool and sweat. I zipped through the rest of the 3.3-mile portion of run, faster and happier thanks to the tutu.

Three ladies will get to feel the same pep in their step thanks to the awesomely named Tough Girl Tutus, decidedly not homemade with the wide elastic waistband and built-in race bib holder (genius!)…

 
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