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Race Report: 2014 Victoria Marathon

“You look sttttt-rrrrrrreeeesssed!” exclaims Lane, the  18-year-old daughter of my running partner, Molly, as she opens up the door to her family’s hotel room. Ah, the astute–and blunt–observational skills of a teenager.

Lane, like me, is about to run the Victoria Marathon in the capital city of British Columbia; unlike me, she seems as lighthearted and relaxed as a teen headed to a Katy Perry concert. I’ve been fighting the urge to puke all morning, and had woken up hours before my alarm, sweating and fretting in the hotel bed next to my slumbering husband, Jack. It is almost go-time, yet I only want to run and hide…

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Roll, roll, roll your calf: Dimity taking an STK break during Ragnar.

Hump Day Running Giveaway: TriggerPoint GRID STK and STK-X

Post-race recovery is very much on my mind: As I write this post, my 26.2-mile victory lap in Victoria, B.C., is barely more than 48 hours in my mind’s rearview mirror. Despite running my second-fastest marathon ever, the lower half of my body feels better than it has after any 26.2-miler. [Full race report tomorrow!]

I credit three things (plus one person–the supremely talented coach, Briana Boehmer) to today being able to walk down stairs without wincing and to squat on the toilet without whimpering. They are:

-Taking a 10-minute-long, ersatz ice bath in the Victoria Harbour. Our lovely hotel room didn’t have a bathtub, so I improvised by submerging myself, fully clad minus shoes, up to my armpits…

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My Most Important Mile: Alison Taylor

My Most Important Mile: Alison Taylor


Hard to say if Mile 11 of the Drop 13 Half-Marathon was the Most Important Mile of my Life, but it was certainly the most meaningful, and one I will always remember.

I started running 4 years earlier, at age 48. My goal was just to finish a 5K. Then this darn yellow book made its way into my life and convinced me I could run a half.  So I did, and clocked a 2:17 for the first one. I was hooked. 

Then I wanted PRs. After a few of those, I wanted a sub two-hour 13.1. Mind you, I’m still 20 pounds overweight, I work almost full time, I have four kids, etc.

Whatever. Before I got too dang old, I wanted sub 2:00…

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A Break From My Regularly Scheduled Programming

A Break From My Regularly Scheduled Programming

I know the vitality cycle: In order to perform, maintain your sanity, stay strong, be happy, be able to focus, you must rest. A nightly sleep. Rest days during training blocks. Easy weeks after a tough race.

I understand and actively do all that regularly, but the concept of walking away from work—a small business I love to do—doesn’t come naturally to me. Still, for about the last month, every cell in my body was politely requesting that I take a break—or something more important would fall apart in the next few weeks or months.

I spent August finishing Tales From Another Mother Runner, and climbing Pikes Peak, and getting Thing 1 and Thing 2 off to 6th and 3rd grade…

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#131: Tips for Creative—and Thrifty!—Running Costumes

First up: Dimity talks about the 27 miles she covered in southern California, while enjoying some solo R&R. Then Sarah tells what’s been ringing her cowbell lately. Dimity ducks out, and Sarah chats with Amy Peavy-Smith, a mom of two who is the Queen of Running Costumes! Okay, that’s a fictional distinction, but Amy really is a multi-time winner of a Spirit Award in a national race series. Find out how Amy gets moo-ving in a race, even roping her school-age son into the act; and how she rocked a Tough Girl Tutu at her recent debut Ironman race. Amy shares tips and tricks for making simple, creative, and thrifty costumes that are race-ready—everything from a cat, witch, or devil to Tweedledum and Tweedledee…

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