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The Portland gals after the show: Santha, Sarah, and Dana (l-to-r)

#106: Two Friends + Boston Marathon 2014

With Dimity on Skype, Sarah is joined in the studio by Dana Sullivan and Santha Cassell, two longtime BRFs (best running friends) who both ran the 2013 Boston Marathon. These Portland moms talk about the journey—months of hard training and several marathon attempts spread out over a few years—that lead them to the Hopkinton, MA, starting line. Then they share their experiences on April 15, 2013. (Spoiler alerts: Neither Santha nor Dana reached the finish line and neither were injured in the blasts.) The four mother runners dive into Dana’s decision to return to run this year’s Boston Marathon—and why, mid-training-cycle, Santha decided against it…


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Don't be *green* with envy: We're giving away two more Thule Chariot Cougar 2 carriers this year!

2 x 2: Two Winners of Thule Chariot Cougar 2

Last week, after being gone from my family for five days and flying home from North Carolina, I was conflicted: I craved time with my children–yet after a cross-country flight, I was itching to stretch my legs and get in a few miles. My solution? Have Daphne, my youngest and most adoring child, join me for part of my run. Dear Daphne is the only one of my three kiddos who even asks to run with me, so she eagerly laced up her sneaks and put on her shorts.

As we headed west on our quiet, tree-lined side street, we giggled hard when we turned around and saw our cat, Miller, following us. As with any sympatico running partners, we easily fell into conversation…

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Martini Fridays: A Newt Named George

Martini Fridays: A Newt Named George

Race day for Adrienne Martini at the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon is getting closer, and on this episode of Martini Fridays, she meets the dark side of her soul and a newt.

To cut right to the chase, Saturday’s 12-miler was all that you could hope a 12-miler might be, which is 12 miles long and full of opportunities for growth.

Given that spring is finally here—I love you spring!—my sinus cavities were visited by the pollen fairy the night before my big run. Antihistamines are not a performance enhancing drug, by the way. But it was nice to be able to breathe through both nostrils, more or less, even if my brain felt like it was full of cotton…

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We think this mother runner is a, ahem, shoe-in for a much-appreciated Mother's Day gift.

Special Mother Runner Pendants Giveaway

Spoons: That’s what both Dimity and I received from our respective husbands for Christmas last year. Spoons, yes, spoons. Not antique, put-in-a-display-cabinet spoons, but practical, toss-lettuce-and-vinaigrette or serve-pasta-salad spoons. As we talked about on our podcast, Dimity had asked her hubby, Grant, for a new plastic spoon to replace one she’d lost, while my salad servers were an impulse gift purchase by my man, Jack. And as I admitted in a later podcast, I returned my gift: Our family has enough spoons for a soup test-kitchen.

So you might say Dimity and I aren’t holding out much hope for a thoughtful, heart-felt gift for Mother’s Day…

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Two Winners of 26Strong

Two Winners of 26Strong

Is it the Love and Logic parenting style that advocates giving your child two choices—and only two? “We can leave in five minutes or we can leave in two minutes: your choice.” “You can have an apple or a banana: your choice.” “You can go to sleep quietly now or in 60 seconds: your choice.”

Wishing we had such an easy choice to pick the two women to run their first marathons with the Saucony 26Strong Program. Sarah and I have combed through the entries again and again…cancer survivors; mothers who have lost children; funny women; women in need of some mojo; women who have come to running later in life and are discovering how beautiful their strong is…

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