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    First-Ever AMR Retreat!

    Little Rock: Are you ready for the mother runners? We're going to have a badass ball—with a few miles thrown in—at our first-ever AMR retreat. Join us!

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    Badass Mother Runner Hoody

    This ultra-soft hoody keeps the chill out and your attitude on display...right where we like it.

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    Watch out Boston: Here Comes Bethany!

    An introduction to Bethany Meyer, a talented writer and runner and mother of four boys, who is taking on the Boston Marathon this spring.

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    Join us for Nuun Year: No Limits Challenge!

    What's a Challenge, you ask? Fifteen weeks of camraderie, community, an innovative training plan delivered in your inbox daily, cool finishers' gifts (including this cool medal + tee), and so much swag, you'll hardly believe it. (Think Nuun, GU, Balega socks...) 10K and Half-Marathon Challenges start on January 26, so don't delay in signing up!

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Martini Fridays: embrace the taper

Martini Fridays: embrace the taper

I have thoroughly embraced the taper. Oh, taper. I love you — and you showed up right when I needed you the most.

This Tuesday, I started a new job as the writer/editor for my university’s alumni magazine. It’s a full-time gig and one that I am thrilled to have, because it will be a nice change of pace to be a writer whose primary job is writing. Crazy talk, I know.

The sticky bit, however, is that I still need to finish out my teaching commitments for this semester. Between now and mid-December, that essentially means that I will have two three-quarter time jobs simultaneously, which is just as confusing/exhausting as you might think…

 
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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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