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T-shirt twins Paula Harkin (left) and SBS chitchat pre-podcast

#119: (Running) Streaker Paula Harkin Bares All

Dimity and Sarah reconnect with Paula Harkin, the Portland mom of two, “proficient” runner, and coach who trained SBS for the 2007 marathon that kicked off Run Like a Mother. Main topic of conversation: Paula surpassing her 2000th day of of running at least a mile a day. The mother runners delve into the origins of Paula’s noteworthy running streak, the speedbumps along the way, and if it shows any signs of ending. Much to the TMI delight of Sarah, Paula shares the gory details of a fibroid-fueled episode that nearly sidelined her. Dimity and Sarah also have Portland Running Company co-owner share insight about hurdling the intimidation factor of shopping at a running specialty store…


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Three Icebreaker Aero Crewe wool tees; three winners.

Three Winners of Icebreaker Wool Tees

Today is a two-fer wool day for me: I’ll be sporting an Icebreaker wool tee on a 15-mile run–the longest jaunt so far in my build-up to the Victoria Marathon–then I’ll bundle up in a heavier Icebreaker hoodie as I take my first ice bath of this training cycle. Brrrrr, I shiver just thinking about the ice and cold water on my lady parts!! But while my biscuit-and-bum freeze, my upper body and noggin will remain warm thanks to midweight wool. I love the dichotomy of wool: It’ll help keep me cooler while running, yet keep me warm when my body needs some heat.

Three mother runners will get to experience the beauty of  Icebreaker wool for themselves…

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Martini Fridays: A Double Shot

Martini Fridays: A Double Shot

So last Thursday, as I headed to see Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me live at Red Rocks, I had a nagging feeling I was forgetting something. Tickets? Got ‘em. My friend Jo? Yep, she’s there. My disappointment that I didn’t get to run with Peter Sagal? Carrying that too.

Turns out, I forgot to load the first 13.FUN episode of Martini Fridays. Duh. I emailed Adrienne after the mistake was brought to my attention to tell her that she didn’t need to do one for today, but like the true BAMR she is, she wrote two posts. Lucky us: we get a double shot today. Thanks, Adrienne!
Shot One

I’m certain that you all have been on the edges of your proverbial seats and unable to focus on anything other than which 13…

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Throwback Thursday: The Power of a 20 Minute Run

Throwback Thursday: The Power of a 20 Minute Run

As we’re finishing up our third mother runner book, we’re going green this summer and recycling some of our blog posts. This post originally appeared on our site on July 26, 2010

This landed in our inbox recently, and both Sarah and I were moved by the honesty and power of her story–and were, once again, reminded of the healing qualities of running. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say running saved the life of this mother of two, who requested to remain anonymous. We should all be so lucky to have a friend like her’s.

I was a non-runner, married a marathoner. I also have a bunch of friends who are runners…

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Nuun, glorious Nuun!

Hump Day Giveaway: Nuun Three Ways!


Even though it’s summer break,  I’m here to school you!

Today’s lesson, mother runners, is in hydration. Since this is a 200-level course, I’ll just briefly remind you things you should already know, such as the importance of drinking 12 to 24 ounces of liquid before you run; imbibing during your run (especially in hotter or drier conditions and on runs lasting an hour); then replenishing your fluid levels once you stop. While water suffices in all these instances, adding Nuun electrolyte tablets to your H2O makes your water work harder for you. The addition of sodium, potassium, and magnesium allows your body to store water: It’s like your cells are sponges so your system has more water to tap into during your sweat session…

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