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Mike saluting one of the 2,tkt flags he's planted from Minnesota to Texas.

A Father Runner (and Veteran) Completes Project America Run

Our friends over at Hyland’s Active told us about Mike Ehredt, an Army veteran and father of two grown children who just completed an amazing running feat, and we wanted to share his story with you as we celebrate those who have served and are currently serving our country.
In 2010, Mike Ehredt ran from Oregon to Maine, stopping every mile to plant a small flag in memory of a fallen American service man or woman in the Iraq War. This year, Ehredt ran from International Falls, Minnesota, to Galveston, Texas, to set flags for those lost in Afghanistan, an undertaking dubbed Project America Run Part II…

 
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Would you believe me if I said this is a photo of Dimity and me in costume?

Winners of the Disney Princess Half-Marathon Entries

When writing your comments to win one of two entries to the Disney Princess Half-Marathon, many of you compared choosing between Dimity and me to run with as, “like choosing a favorite child” or, as Susan wrote, “very ‘Sophie’s Choice.’” That’s pretty  much how Dim and I felt as we sat in our San Antonio hotel room (we’re here for the Rock ‘n’ Roll expo), trying to pick the two winners. We laughed out loud at many of the costume suggestions–like 5′ 2″ Paula’s suggestion that Dimity be Pinocchio to her Jiminy Cricket–and I empathized with every twin mom. We debated long and hard (even though we longed to hit the hay after a full day of meeting so many great mother runners), but we finally came to a decision…

 
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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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