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Hump Day Giveaway: Saucony Triumph ISO (Whoa!)

Back in August at a trade show, Sarah and I got to try on a pair of the yet-to-debut Saucony Triumph ISO, a. After a long day of walking to and standing at booths, my feet felt like they landed smack dab in the middle of the best pillow ever. Truly, the Triumphs, which fit like a sock and feel like a million bucks, make you say, “Whoa.”
We sat down, shoes still on, and went through the rest of the Saucony gear, but all I could think was, “I want these shoes. I need these shoes. I wonder if they’ll notice if I walk away in these shoes.”
Alas, we had to give them back, but I thought about the Triumphs ISOs often in September and October, especially when things started to go south with my foot…

 
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Tell Me Tuesday: How to Give Back to Running

Tell Me Tuesday: How to Give Back to Running

For being a relatively simple sport—one foot in front of the other—running provides invaluable benefits: a strong heart + lungs, killer legs, endorphins, a clear-head and an instant kinship with anybody else who laces up, to name just a few.

That said, it’s also pretty much a solo sport, and it’s too easy to get caught up in your splits, your mileage, your recent PR—or lack thereof. So with the season of giving upon us, we wanted to suggest a few ways to give back to running.

Volunteer at a Race: So ridiculously simple to do—you can slice oranges or pour water, right?—and so inspiring, especially if you’re typically in either the front or back of the pack…

 
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Patience is a Revolutionary Act

Patience is a Revolutionary Act

Flash back a few weeks ago, pre-Thanksgiving. I was headed home from the Philadelphia Marathon, where I truly had a great time, and didn’t acutely feel the pain that I wasn’t going to be able to run 26.2 because of my bum foot. My heart was full with mother runners and love and all that jazz.

Until I got in the shuttle to go to the airport to fly home. It seemed like all the other passengers were runners, fresh off of running the half or full. Eavesdropping on their race reports and seeing their glowy faces, I became really bitter. At my foot, at my injury-prone body, at caring so much about a sport I’m not even good at, at the whole stupid situation…

 
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Angela Bekkala (left) and her Saucony 26Strong cadet, Kailey Ingerman, at the start of their marathon journey, which culminates this weekend in Honolulu.

#140: When and How to Hire a Coach

Coaches aren’t just for top-tier athletes: Dimity and Sarah are joined by two running coaches who talk about how a pro can get any runner or triathlete to her very best. First up: Angela Bekkala. This mother of twins and running coach in New Hampshire describes a coach as a neutral party who can help you discover your potential and prevent injury—two worthy goals in the mother runner playbook. She also talks about, “the power of trying,” and how a coach addresses the brain plus the body. Next, Briana Boehmer, the coach who guided Dimity to her Ironman success and Sarah to her recent Boston-qualifying marathon finish, describes how a coach makes good decisions for you and opens your eyes to what you can do…

 
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Martini Friday: Time is not on my side

Martini Friday: Time is not on my side

I wound up taking just a leeetle bit more time off after the Philly Half than I’d intended to. What with holiday travel and the end of the semester, eight or nine days went by before I managed to lace up my Brooks Ghost 6s and head out for a 3 mile run.

(An aside: can I mention how irritating it is to finally find a pair of running shoes you love only to have them discontinued and/or replaced with a new model? I know, I know. There are Ghost 7s but I fear change. First, they came for my favorite socks and I said, well, not nothing but very little. Now they’ve come for my Ghost 6s. Weenies…

 
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