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The Most Important Mile of My Life: Erika Spracher

The Most Important Mile of My Life: Erika Spracher

I started running several years ago as an outlet, a stress relief of life. I completed my first half-marathon in 2009, and am currently training for half-marathon #6 and marathon #2. I used to run for myself and by myself.

Last spring I joined my local chapter of Moms Run This Town where I met some of the most caring, encouraging, and loving mother runners and friends. I also discovered an amazing organization called I Run For which matches runners and athletes with special needs children and adults who cannot run for themselves. On July 31, 2013 I was matched with a boy named Dylan who has Down Syndrome…

 
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Good Enough

Good Enough

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 August 9, 2010

I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s been an unsmooth few weeks around here. One dog—the one we just dropped big bucks on to get her ACL fixed—ate half of an area rug, which landed her at the vet (read: more $); Amelia got into a charter school, which I applied to on a whim this winter—and had forgotten I had until I got a call that said one seat was open in 2nd grade (read: huge decision to make in 48 hours, with no schools in session or teachers around to consult); then her week-long, 8 a…

 
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Hump Day Giveaway: GU Energy Gels + Chomps

Point one: If you want somebody to tell you how something tastes, ask a kid—or at least my kids and their pals. They have no filter when it comes to comments on flavors.

Point two: Swim meets are interminably long. Like five hours is a quick meet. Plus, if your kid is swimming in, say, 5 events, you’ll probably have 10 minutes of action, max.

Point three: I was lucky enough to recently receive a stocked box from GU Energy with three of their newest flavors: Salted Watermelon and Chocolate Peanut Butter Gels, and Black Cherry Chomps.

Add up the three points, and ta-da: I hold a GU taste-testing at a swim meet…

 
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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

Karen Iddings, 44, ran her first marathon when she was five months pregnant with her now 2 ½ year old daughter, Gracie Marie. “I had already signed up to run Utah Valley Marathon in 2011 when I found out I was pregnant — there were over 20 of us from the Havasu Hustlers run club participating and I didn’t want to miss out.” Iddings, a coach and triathlete BAMR living in Lake Havasu City, AZ, did make sure to get OK from her doctor first. “I just had to slow down a bit and be sure to stay well hydrated during our long runs. I completed the marathon in 4:34:26.”

Best recent run: Surprisingly, my best recent run was a 15-miler in 87 degrees, for two reasons: 1…

 
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Born to Run, Infant Style

Born to Run, Infant Style

I—Dimity—just dropped off our kids at sleepaway camp until Friday. It’s the second year for Amelia (just turned 11) and the first for Ben (8). Once we got them checked in and lower bunks made—we weren’t early enough so they could grab a prize upper bunk—they were done with me. “Can I take a quick picture of you on your bunk?,” I asked Ben, who, after 20 minutes, was outside running around with his soon-to-be-best pals. “No.” This is what I got instead.

I’m not complaining; Lord knows, nearly six days of no kids is good for all aspects of my life. (My main focus until July 4: Mother Runner Book #3…

 
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