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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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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

 

Smitha Barki, 36, calls herself the Faux Runner, but we say she’s every bit the real deal. We had the opportunity to meet Smitha, of Marietta, Ga., at our Atlanta house party earlier this year. Read on to learn more about this mom of two girls, ages 6 and 3, who happen to share her love of running skirts.

Best recent run: Two months ago, I had an injury scare: I was told that I had a stress fracture. I spent two weeks in crutches and in tears before I got a second opinion. The first run I took after I was told that it was actually severe shin splints misdiagnosed was the most amazing run ever…

 
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Hump Day Giveaway: The New Garmin 10

Hump Day Giveaway: The New Garmin 10

While I love the idea of a new gadget, I don’t always love how complicated a supposedly simple gadget can make my routine. I’ll take a blender over a juicer; a paper calendar over a virtual one; a room-by-room thermostat over a whole house one; an abacus over a calculator. O.k., maybe not that last one, but you get my drift.

The Garmin 10, thankfully, is the exception to the gadgets that can deceive. SBS and I were lucky enough to receive one of these beauties in the mail a few weeks ago, and I charged mine right up–they charge through a computer–and charged out the door. Hit one button, a satellite locks in…

 
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Ellison running the 2010 Boston Marathon, no skeevy guys in a truck in sight.

What Would Another Mother Runner Do?

Like my three kids being away from the soccer pitch this summer, we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from this “game” we created last spring. In our last installment of What Would Another Mother Runner Do (WWAMRD), we told the tale of Jenn from N.C. who brought two left shoes to compete in a sprint triathlon…so she ran the 5K barefoot. (Yeah, we’re still in awe of her badass self!)

Today’s true tale happened to my good friend Ellison here in Portland. Before I recount it, I want to say we are in no way making light of a potentially dangerous situation–like an airlines, safety is our number one priority–but I will admit I love the James Bondian resolution to the situation…

 
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Dimity’s 10 Running Answers

Dimity’s 10 Running Answers

My turn to play along with the 10-question game SBS started last week.

1. Best run ever: That’s a really hard one to start with. Ever? Well, some of my most fond running memories are on the Dale Ball Trails in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with my sometimes reluctant running partner, Dharma. (When she didn’t want to go any farther, she’d just pull up  in the middle of the trail and not move, then look at me like I was crazy when I called her to keep coming. Glad I usually remembered to bring treats–and a leash.) The trails, which were a 7 minute drive from my house, are super interesting: lots of ups and downs and turns, plenty of options to vary the route,  plus they wind through some lovely high desert landscape…

 
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Not only will this Altra Instinct let you run with a more natural gait, it'll also coordinate *beautifully* with a new long-sleeve tech tee we're debuting in about a week!

Winner of the Altra Instincts

I’m just going to come clean: Friday was such a hectic day I forgot to write this post and choose a winner of the Altra Instincts. (Highlight of the busy-busy day: Interviewing Christy Turlington Burns for an upcoming podcast. Yes, the Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel, marathon mother runner, and founder of Every Mother Counts, a wonderful non-profit focused on improving maternal health.) Now it’s 10:11 p.m., and as Dimity often says after a full day at a race expo, I’ve run out of words.

Thus, without further ado, the winner of the niftiest zero-drop kicks on the block is, as fate (and random…

 
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