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    Why I Run

    A whole bunch of great reasons and beautiful essay. On a hot afternoon, crank the A/C and dig in!

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    Born to run.

    No pressure or anything, though.

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    AMR Club on Strava: Join Us!

    Join the AMR Tribe over on Strava, where you can log your miles, cheer each other on, and find motivation and inspiration in spades. All paces and levels welcome!

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    Win NUUN!

    Our fave way to hydrate on the hot summer—or any—days, really.

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Kick up your heels in these pretty, patterned, patent leather Dansko clogs.

Two (2!) Winners of a Pair of Dankso Footwear

In the post for this Hump Day Giveaway, I admitted I always had a Pepsi Light by my side in high school. To enter the (not-artificially) sweet giveaway, you mother runners had to tell us what you were Never Without. Based on the more than 1,000 responses, I think we should all buy stock in the companies that makes Chapstick or Burt’s Bees! Some form of lip balm was far-and-away the top response, even more so than the ubiquitous cell phone.

Now on to the winners, chosen by random.og: Each gal gets her choice of a pair of Dansko shoes from the spring 2014 collection. Here’s who they are and what is indispensable in their lives:

Cynthia V…

 
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Martini Fridays: The Agony + The Ingenuity

Martini Fridays: The Agony + The Ingenuity

Week two is upon Adrienne Martini, as she trains for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon using the Train Like a Mother: Finish It plan. So are wicked cold winter temperatures, as many of you well know. 

Let’s go from worst to best, shall we?

In all sincerity, I was really, really looking forward to Saturday’s seven-miler. I had a bunch of my favorite podcasts stored up and two hours cleared, which meant that I could foam roll afterwards and take a leisurely shower. The forecast was calling for upper teens and clear skies. Not ideal, but one takes what one can get in January.

My plan was to run up to the local high school, around the track for 6ish miles, then home, which would add up to a little over 7 miles…

 
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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

Mary Jo Rosso’s running has taken on new meaning in recent months after her daughter Marisa, 9, was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome. She’s run half-marathons and marathons, but Mary Jo, a 38-year-old Chicago mother runner of two (she also has a 7-year-old son, Luke), says her early-morning sweat sessions are especially significant as she cares for Marisa, whom she is now homeschooling. “It leaves me feeling strong and in control and clears my head so that I can attend to every whirlwind day.”

Best recent run: About a week and a half ago, I reluctantly headed over to the gym and even more reluctantly hit the start button on the treadmill…

 
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Hump Day Giveaway: Sof Sole Socks + Insoles

Hump Day Giveaway: Sof Sole Socks + Insoles

 

“Grow your feet into the floor,” my yoga instructor pal, Bine, always says whenever we hit the tree pose portion of her class, “Give them roots.” I do my best to visualize my feet sprouting little ferns like Timothy Green and digging through the hard wood floor. The more I can sink my feet into the soil—and ignore my limby branches swaying in the wind—the less chance I’m going to topple.

Makes sense: the feet are the foundation of all physical movement. They are ground zero, providing both stability and mobility and setting the tone for how the rest of your body will move: how your hips, ankles, and knees align, how your body absorbs the impact of running…

 
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Pool Running 101: Tips for swimming your way through a running injury

Pool Running 101: Tips for swimming your way through a running injury

When our bodies tell us to give running a break because of injury, the idea of giving up our beloved road or ‘mill sweat sessions is tough to swallow. Even our tried-and-true cross-training activities, whether Pilates or spinning or snowshoeing, don’t necessarily feel like enough. (OK, not at all.) Which is why donning a swimsuit and hitting the pool may just be the answer.

Yep, experts say pool running is the best way for us to train while injured to maintain fitness. This is because it works all the same muscles that running does, only with added resistance of water. Even if we’re not injured, turning to water for its excellent fitness benefits and breaking from pavement pounding can prove beneficial: it can help prevent injuries in the first place since it is non-weight bearing and there is no impact on our bodies…

 
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