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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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Two Hump Day Giveaway Winners: Oiselle/Every Mother Counts Hoodies

Our household water usage must have plummeted this week: In recovery-mode after last Sunday’s marathon, I only worked out one day (boot camp yesterday). This meant no sweaty workout wear to launder, and only one shower for me. You read that correctly: During the entire workweek, soap and water only touched my bod once. (Come on, I have wavy hair–it looks better when it’s weighed down with some natural oils!) Overshare??

But I did wear workout wear–yoga pants, tanks, and hoodies–for the first two days after running 26.2 miles. I figured I’d have enough trouble going to the bathroom and navigating stairs without fiddling with zippers and constrictive garb…

 
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Top 5 Family-friendly Marathons

Top 5 Family-friendly Marathons

It wasn’t until this past spring—some six or so years into my running journey—when I truly appreciated what my husband has experienced as a spectator and my No. 1 fan at my numerous races. More specifically, I realized exactly what he’d been going through as a spectator with our three kids. It was in May when, coming off running Boston and needing to give my body a break from racing, I sat out a planned half-marathon and instead enthusiastically took on the role of cheerleader for Joe as he ran the 10K event—his first road race in more than a decade. I had known it wasn’t always easy to corral kiddos on the sidelines, but I definitely gained fresh insight into the work involved to include your family in the entire race weekend experience, from finding just the right cheering spots and keeping the troops happy while waiting for Daddy to go by, to making it to the finish line in time and capturing post-race moments…

 
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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

Christa Paustenbaugh, 39, is on the go—not just as a mother runner but as the globe-traveling wife of Terry, a U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel. This summer her family of four moved to Okinawa, Japan, where Christa snaps photos, scrapbooks and, of course, runs. She’s currently training with friends for a Nov. 3 half-marathon.

Best recent run: I had a great run about three weeks ago that left me with that this-is- why-I-do-this feeling once again. I went on a run with two friends after yet another typhoon had moved through our island. The air was a bit cooler, there was a nice breeze on us—and even a bit of mist to cool us off…

 
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Glad Dimity captured this image as I have very little memory of seeing my posse of supporters near Mile 15. But this BAMR was smiling!

Twin Cities Marathon Race Report

In the starting corral of Sunday’s Twin Cities Marathon, Shannon, a mother runner friend, and I huddled together in the brisk 28-degree air, trying to find a patch of sunshine to stand in. Flanked by downtown buildings, I envisioned the mother runners I knew who would be along the race course, as well as the natural beauty that awaited.

The first few miles went by in a settle-in blur. There were a few more short climbs than I expected, but I was able to settle into a pace of about 9:06, which would have put me under 4 hours. Instead of having a hard-and-fast time goal, I had a range–from 3:59 to 4:08…

 
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10 Miles with Dad + Sarah + Ham

10 Miles with Dad + Sarah + Ham

I had three goals for the Medtronic TC 10-Mile–finish between 1:30-1:35; start slow and finish strong; get to the starting line energized and healthy–and I’m happy to say, I nailed all of those.

What I didn’t know was that another trio was actually going to make the race one of my most memorable events ever.

I’ll just put this out there: As a child, I was rich in imaginary friends. In our playroom, I taught whole classes of students you couldn’t see; on the trampoline, I taught hundreds of virtual kids how to do a seat drop; and most importantly, I had an imaginary friend named Elizabeth who was my BFF for most of elementary school: We sat next to each other at dinner every night, and I was allowed to call her once a day (which entailed dialing our home number and talking to the busy signal–as complicated as phone tech got back then)…

 
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