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    First-Ever AMR Retreat!

    Little Rock: Are you ready for the mother runners? We're going to have a badass ball—with a few miles thrown in—at our first-ever AMR retreat. Join us!

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    Crosstrain, XTrain, XT: Call it what you want. Just do it.

    A throwback to Train Like a Mother--or actually, what was left on the cutting-room floor of Train Like a Mother. A space thing--not a content thing. (Good stuff, that crosstraining: we promise!)

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    Fear the tutu!

    Snakes, heights, monsters under the bed? No worries. But a tutu? Be scared, runners, be scared! Click through to send a tulle-laced message to the world.

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    Win Some Woolie Goodies from Icebreaker

    Merino wool is Ma Nature's perfect way for climate control—and comfort. Win a trio of running gear, including a zip-top, cap, and socks.

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  • Add in a Chase Beanie + baa-liciously cushioned socks, and your extremities are happy.
 
 
 
 
 
Steamboat Springs Half-Marathon: 13.1 Miles for 14 Years

Steamboat Springs Half-Marathon: 13.1 Miles for 14 Years

Grant and I celebrate 14 years of wedded bliss about a week ago, and this year—for the first time since we walked down the aisle—we actually celebrated beyond flowers, a thoughtful dinner, a bar or three of chocolate. (Rituals, it should be noted, that don’t happen annually…I have totally forgetten our anniversary more than once.)
Anyway on Friday, I dropped the dog off at the dogsitter, we left the kids at my sister’s house, and then motored west and north to Steamboat Springs, one of my favorite mountain towns. Although we were both going to run Steamboat Springs Half-Marathon, the weekend was far from focused on the miles—which is probably why I had such a good race…

 
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#113: Questions and Answers

On this week’s running podcast, Sarah and Dimity dive into a new batch of questions culled from the AMR Facebook page. The mother runners steer Emily away from potato chips and toward Nuun to satisfy her sodium cravings after sweat session, then debate the next step up—salt tablets. They dive into pointers for running while pregnant, then the next step from there: tips on running form while pushing a stroller. Along the way, they also weigh in on the debate regarding when—if ever—to try a marathon. The show wraps with perhaps the tastiest, most-fully baked analogy rationalizing the importance of a pre-race taper…

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Block rays with Smith Pivlock V2 Max

Winner of Smith Pivlock V2 Max

This week, Portland has been doing its dang-good imitation of Denver and other bright, cloud-free climes. And with our far-north latitude, it is light here from about 5:00 a.m. until nearly 10 p.m. So I’ve been putting my Smith Optics sunglasses through their paces–and then some: On runs. On carpool duty. On after-dinner strolls with kids. On jaunts to the library (to peruse options for our upcoming 2nd annual Summer Reading podcast!). Even while working in our podcast producers’ office, which has several skylights.

I know I’ll be sporting them as I cover 10 miles this morning, with half-mile bursts of tempo at Miles 3, 6, and 8, and again tomorrow when I do a lunge series  prior to knocking out seven miles…

 
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Martini Fridays: The Legs and Tush Say “No”

Martini Fridays: The Legs and Tush Say “No”

Not sure what Martini Fridays are? Catch up on Adrienne Martini’s mother runner tales here. 

My running life during the last two weeks could most charitably be labeled “directionless.” After however many weeks training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, I’m not sorry about my lack of focus.

The Burlington Marathon Relay two weekends ago was lovely. The race itself could have been a smidge more relay-runner friendly. The focus was clearly on the marathoners (as it should be, to a certain extent) but the rest of us ponied up some serious cash, too. The Fitter Knitter Relay Team, however, brought the party…

 
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Why Tough Races Rule

Why Tough Races Rule

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 April 7, 2013

With Boston Marathon a mere week away, my thoughts turn back to that epic race. I’d worked for years to qualify, narrowly missing my age/gender cutoff by roughly a minute not once, but twice. Third time was the charm, and I eagerly anticipated the 26.2-mile journey from quaint Hopkinton to urbane Boston. Then race day dawn with a ferocious heat, predicted to make it the hottest running of the race in its 116-year history…

 
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