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Weight, Weight…: Running and Weight Management

Sarah and Dimity have heard from countless frustrated mother runners who have seen the number on the scale creep up instead of down while training for a half- or full marathon. So the gals talk to two guests about keeping weight in check while running. First up: sports dietician (and mother of two) Jackie Dikos, who talks about how to find a better balance that’ll make you feel satisfied, not deprived. Jackie also emphasizes the importance of “redefining rewards” for effort. Then the gals gab with Christy Zuzelo, another mother runner of two, but she’s cycled through 60-pound weight loss (and gain) three times…


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New Column: The Most Important Mile of My Life

New Column: The Most Important Mile of My Life

The run Katherine and I did on a random weekday morning in preparation for the 2007 Nike Women’s Marathon, was almost over, but we were supposed to bookend the four miles with four strides, short bursts of gradually increasing speed. On the fourth stride, my heel didn’t exactly crack, but I imagine it splintered, like a shell of a hard-boiled egg does when you lightly tap it.

I knew immediately I was injured. With a capital “I.”

While those strides weren’t quite a mile, the four laps up and down the path drew a big crack in my life: on one side, pre-stress fracture and on the other, post-stress fracture (SF)…

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Follow This Mother!

Follow This Mother!

Kimberly Hatting and her family—husband Patrick and their three kiddos Kaylynn, Ashton, and Liliann—look forward to “someday” visiting Disney, where Kimberly can run a race. (“Our family LOVES everything Disney,” she says.) She’d also like to run a race in every state—“and have the hardware to show for it.” In the meantime, however, this mother runner from Grinnell, Iowa, is training for the Quad Cities Marathon in Moline, Ill., on Sept. 22—her very first 26.2.

Best recent run: I recently ran 17 miles, and it was the farthest I have ever run. It was great because it reminded me of the first time I ran 10 miles (in training for my first half marathon)…

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Hump Day Giveaway: Saucony Hoody, Top + Capris

Hump Day Giveaway: Saucony Hoody, Top + Capris

My pals and I meet a couple times a week at a nearby park, which is our starting place for a handful of different runs. One route is the short Cherry Creek route, which requires a long hill climb that makes you feel like Bruce S. for conquering it, then a beautiful little stretch on dirt, typically with views of a vivd ‘rado sunrise. After the dirt, you hit the road, and then after the road, you hit the asphalt.

I hate the asphalt. It’s maybe half a mile long; it’s uphill enough to feel plenty hard but not hard enough to produce a gonna-beat-this-baby feeling; your back is to the reservoir and the orangish, pinkish sky; there’s absolutely nothing redeeming about it…

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My can't-run-long-without companions.

Tell Me Tuesday: How to Do a GU

While we don’t judge, Dimity and I are always slightly aghast when we meet a mother runner who tells us she ran a marathon or completed a long training run without taking in any calories. We’ve run long and far enough–and interviewed enough sports dieticians and nutritionists–to know you’ve got to give your engine fuel (read: carbohydrates) to keep going strong. For us, GU energy gels, in a panoply of flavors, works best, so here’s the 411 on how to do a GU.

-If you’re going to be running longer than 60 to 75 minutes, plan on ingesting a GU every 45 minutes on your run. E.g. When running for two hours, suck down a GU 45 minutes into your effort, then take another one at the 90-minute mark…

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