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Head-to-Toe Winter Wear: Staying warm and safe this season

Head-to-Toe Winter Wear: Staying warm and safe this season

Maybe it’s a combination of body chemistry (I warm up fast while running) and my Midwest upbringing that makes me love winter running so much. I grew up understanding the power of lake-effect snow, having lived in cities on both sides of Lake Michigan, and appreciating even the coldest of cold temperatures (that would be in Minnesota, where I worked for several years in the late 1990s), which weren’t feared, but rather celebrated with things like elaborate ice sculpture contests and fun and frigid outdoor festivals. Long, cold winter? Bring it!

Today, back living in northern Michigan, I continue to embrace the chill, both with my family—we especially like snowshoeing and downhill skiing together—and definitely when I’m running solo and with friends…

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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

With her 5Ks, full marathon, and a handful of sprint triathlons, mother runner Barb Ruess of Crown Point, Ind. has racked up some serious miles in the three years she’s been running. This year she mapped out a plan to run half-marathons each season—she’s got just one to go, this weekend. I couldn’t help feeling a kinship with Barb—mom to 13-year-old Katie, 11-year-old Emily and 8-year-old Jackson—because she, too, loves Lake Michigan and running along the shores of this Great Lake whenever she can.

Best recent run: I am lucky enough to live about 30 miles away from Lake Michigan – the place I call my heart home because I love it so much…

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A yurbuds giftpack: the new Inspire 'buds, just for us women; plus a yurbuds sweaty band; an Inspire towel to wipe away all the sweat the band doesn't catch; and a tiny Luna bar for a post-run snack.

Hump Day Giveaway: Yurbuds Inspire Female Headphones

I don’t profess to be hip; I just don’t want to be dubbed a geek, a nerd, or a square. (Do people even use that term anymore? Does fact I just did actually make me a “square”?!) I freely admit to not knowing at least half the “celebrities” in USWeekly and having seen only two movies in theatres this year–make that one if you discount “Brave”. The only jeans I own that aren’t from the Gap or Target are hand-me-downs from my taller mother runner pal.

But music: There’s something I’m up on. As I wrote in Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving–and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity, I have myriad ways of finding new songs and staying up on current releases, including Spotify, Pandora, Shazam app, Entertainment Weekly…

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Today I ran…ZOOMA Great Lakes

As many of you know, Sarah and I have been ZOOMA fanatics for the past three years. Brae Blackley, the founder, was generous enough to give us a table at the ZOOMA Texas race in 2010, just a week or so after Run Like a Mother was launched…and her continued support helped launch us into the race-expo-speaking duo we are now. To say we are extremely grateful doesn’t even begin to cover it.

2013 is bringing lots of new things for us both: ZOOMA is headed to Amelia Island, for one, and we are still planning where we’ll be. So this may be my last shot at a ZOOMA video where I pretend I’m Sofia Coppola…

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Three amigas on first run together

Family Comes in First

My next race was all lined up: the Holiday Half in mid-December in Portland. My usual running pal, Molly, and I were going to run it with Kristin, a smart, sassy runner I met last May who makes us laugh almost as hard as we sweat. I was going to help them both cross the line in under two hours, something Kristin had come painfully close to doing (2:00:43) and Molly had done once before when she and I raced a half-marathon.

Last Saturday we did our second long run together. The weather was pretty miserable—heavy rain and temps in the low 50s—but we had a blast. On the docket: 14 miles with five at race pace…

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