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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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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

Joselyn Vaughn, 37, is a mother runner and romance novelist, and she usually writes running scenes into her books. “In most of my books there is a character that goes for a run to sort some things out,” says Joselyn, who lives with her husband and three kids in Michigan. Perhaps another mention of 26.2 will make an appearance in an upcoming novel — Joselyn is running the Sleeping Bear Marathon in Empire, MI this fall.
Best recent run: I made it through 16 miles this morning and 11 was on the treadmill. I had some stomach issues at the start, so finishing the distance I wanted felt pretty good…

 
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Susan giving a royal wave in a 2012 half.

What Would Another Mother Runner Do: Stress Fracture, or Not?

This installation of our on-going series of mother runner dilemmas came to us from a longtime member of the tribe, Susan DiLeo. If you’ve been on our Facebook page or Strava discussion boards, you probably feel you know this compassionate, dedicated runner who lives in New Jersey. We have been all sorts of excited to hang with Susan at November’s Philadelphia Marathon (which is shaping up to be the marathon/half-marathon for mother runners to convene at this fall!) This edition of WWAMRD is about, alas, an injury–and whether or not to ramp up training for a race, or not. Read on! 

Susan has spent most of this year ignoring shin splints, employing the logic that as long as running felt better than the splints felt painful, she’s keep hoofing it…

 
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#121: How to Run a Sub 2 Hour Half Marathon

Sarah and Dimity bring back Coach Greg McMillan to the show to discuss the in’s and out’s of running the highly sought-after goal of a sub-2:00 half-marathon. Greg talks about how much time is realistic to shave off a finish time from one half to the next (imparting good news for newbie runners!), as well as clueing listeners in to realistic 5K and 10K results as predictors for for half-marathon success. In his reassuring Southern twang, Greg emphasizes the importance of staying mentally, as well as physically, strong and alert during the entire 13.1-mile course. This podcast provides the details—and motivation—to aim for a 1:XX half-marathon finish!

In the intro gab-session, find out how Dimity spent her epic-in-a-different-way Saturday and why Sarah now has a giraffe in her house…

 
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Winner of Saucony Shoes

Winner of Saucony Shoes

Living in the Pacific Northwest, I’m no stranger to soggy shoes after a run. With the precipitation we get, shoes can get wet even on a 3-mile run. But usually in non-rainy months, my shoes stay relatively dry. But not this year, thanks to a string of hot days turning into a necklace of hot weeks–oh, yeah, and marathon training–my shoes are often damp post-run.

This is just one of the many reasons why I’m glad I own two pairs of Saucony Guides in rotation. One pair has a chance to dry out–and regain its bounce. A running shoe midsole–the layer of foam sandwiched between the fabric upper and the part of the sole that touches the ground–provides the majority of a shoes’s cushioning, and it gets compacted with the pounding motion of our beloved sport…

 
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Martini Fridays: Jerkface, the Fibroid, and Other Tales

Martini Fridays: Jerkface, the Fibroid, and Other Tales

Welcome to Friday, and this edition of Martini Fridays, where Adrienne Martini runs long and talks about Jerkface.

Apparently, I’m going to spend the entire summer—well, what’s left of it—re-arranging the training schedule. Week 4’s long run had to go on Thursday, not Saturday, which pushed Thursday’s NS: 5 miles (3,2) to Saturday, which, given how I’d re-arranged the rest of the week, made Friday a rest day. Confused? Yeah. Me, too. But I’ve been drawing circles and arrows all over my copy of the training plan so that I can keep track.

The long run was the first ten miler of this cycle…

 
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