He flops around like a tuna on a boat deck,
sending shock waves across the mattress.
Left hip starts complaining,
fed up with being laid on too long.
Deep snores penetrate earplugs;
pillow over head only muffles slightly.
Frolicky kitten, escaped from his room,
pounces, then skitters across covers.
Bladder, filled to capacity,
demands to be released.
Now he twitches in deep slumber, kicking calf
that gave such problems on yesterday’s long run.
Lyrics start playing on loop in head,
today it’s Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Standing by bed, children mock-whisper
“Can we play Wii? Can we, can we?”
Family, it’s Sunday, the day of rest—
And Mom’s one morning with no workout…
The ladies channel their inner Sam Champion and talk about running in the rain and wind. Sarah draws on her hundreds of hours spent in the Portland rain for practical tips, while Dimity gives great advice on how not to feel pushed around by the wind. But first they share tales about baking cakes for their respective Aquarius husbands, and falling on their butts in Salt Lake City. Ultimately the show takes a turn into enchanted landscapes, complete with ferns growing in trees and lines from a Robert Frost poem. An epic storm of a podcast!
If you’re digging our podcasts, we’d be super-grateful if you’d take a minute (because we *know* you have so many to spare!) to write a review on iTunes…
Lately all the members of my family have been burying their noses into books. Seven-year-old John just got turned on to the Captain Underpants series, leaving him turning pages and giggling well after he’s supposed to turn off the light. His twin sister, Daphne, is on an eclectic non-fiction jag, switching between books about crystals, U.S. presidents, pandas, and life on an 1850s Southern plantation. Big-sis Phoebe is obsessed with the Mother-Daughter Book Club series by Heather Vogel Frederick (who, I might add, lives here in Portland, so I’ve been begging Phoebe to write her a fan letter!)…
When mother runner Celeste posed to the AMR tribe the tough question of how to deal with a less-than-supportive husband, many of you chimed in—with been-there, done-that empathy and encouragement, as well as sound advice.
And clearly it isn’t only Celeste who is experiencing this right now and benefitted from the support. Numerous comments on the AMR Facebook page echoed her sentiments that while her husband says he’s supportive, his actions and attitude tell a different story. As mother runner Wendy says, “I thought I was the only one! Sometimes he’s supportive and sometimes he’s not … my theory is that as long as my running doesn’t inconvenience him, it is OK…
In the past year, sole sisters and Canadian BAMRs Jodi Snowdon and Alana McGilly Lamain took up running and decided to not only train together for a Disney race – the Princess Half Marathon Feb. 24– but also to chronicle their fitness journey online. “We started blogging to ‘scrapbook’ our race to the castle,” says Jodi, a.k.a. Princess Aurora for her upcoming 13.1-mile race. “We share how we’re doing it while juggling families and careers, and what we’re learning – warts and all. We talk about everything from motivation and time management to injuries and costumes. We’re not training for the Olympics; we’re just two moms on the run…