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Martini Fridays: TMI + Other Physical Indignities

Martini Fridays: TMI + Other Physical Indignities

Seven days later, and we’ve happily landed again on Martini Fridays, where Adrienne Martini, recounts her training for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon using the Train Like a Mother: Finish It Half-Marathon plan.

Despite the lovely country pic that leads this post, I’m going to warn you up front that this post contains TMI issues. So if you don’t want to read a quasi-graphic description of things that can happen to the female body, you might want to give this post a pass. Take a minute and give this a good think, especially if you are my father, who has been known to skip over to another mother runner on occasion, if only to see what I’ve gotten myself into this time…

 
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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

Cassie Jackson, 40 and BAMR of three, started a family-friendly running group earlier this year so that more mother runners could lace up and hit the pavement with their daughters. Cassie, who lives with husband Dan and their daughter, 8, and sons, 10 and 5, in Vienna, Va., is looking forward to running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. later this month.

Best Recent Run: Sunrise 5-miler last week. I was dragging and cold when getting up to get two of my kids to their early morning swim practice, but I knew if I didn’t do it during their practice I wouldn’t get it in…

 
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Sleek, simple, effective: TriggerPoint Performance Therapy Cold Roller

Hump Day Giveaway: Two TriggerPoint Cold Rollers

Right now, I’m not training for anything other than life. My next race–ZOOMA Napa Valley Half-Marathon–is nearly three months away, and my next go-big-or-go-home event (Victoria Marathon) is more than half a year in the future. Doesn’t mean I’m sleeping in or kicking back: I still run four days a week and strength train Tuesdays and Thursdays. While these workouts are laying the groundwork for my on-the-distant-horizon races, times like these remind me sweat sessions aren’t always about miles.

It’s the act of running, of clearing your head, of stretching your legs, of enjoying the quiet (or the conversation)…

 
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A Bit of Honey: Ode to My Best Running Friend

Friday night, I cooked a new pasta dish. It was tasty—bursting with bits of artichoke and tomato–yet slightly bitter. The recipe called for adding a bit of honey at the end if the sauce tasted too tart, yet I was in such a hurry to serve my ravenous gang, I skimmed right past that end note. With every bite, I kept thinking the dish was good, but it lacked something. I just couldn’t put my finger on what it was.

Looking back a few years, I now can see my running was like that Pasta Rafael recipe: enjoyable, but missing something. I realize it was a regular running partner.

When my kids were little, I’d occasionally run with my good friend Ellison: The miles passed by in an engaging blur of books read and childhood memories shared…

 
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