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#147: Tales from Another Mother Runner Essayist Alison Overholt

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With just a few weeks until the debut of Tales from Another Mother Runner, Dimity and Sarah welcome Alison Overholt, one of 20 mother runners who contributed an essay to the book. Alison, editor in chief of espnW, starts of by telling how--and why--she morphed from being a hoops player to a runner. Alison reads from her poignant TAMR essay, which deals with the death of her mother and the birth of her daughter. Then, taking the AMR game up a notch, she quotes Sheryl Sandberg's recent talk at Davos (fancy!), followed by lessons she learned about mother running from Kara Goucher. This prompts a conversation about "power words:" Alison's 2015 power word is "focus." (Dim and Sarah land on theirs toward the end of the podcast.) Alison shares a panic-inducing tale of the day before she ran the NYC Marathon; call it The Case of the Missing Shoes with Orthotics in Them.

What makes this podcast even more noteworthy? It's the first one to be recorded in Sarah's basement, in a room that does double-duty as the Mother Runner Store shipping hub. Finally: Check out the amazing Nuun giveaway Sarah references at beginning of the show. One winner gets registration for two to AMR Run + Refresh Retreat.

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2 responses to “#147: Tales from Another Mother Runner Essayist Alison Overholt

  1. I listened to this podcast on Tuesday during a 5 mile run that I did NOT want to do. My daughter has been sick this week and I have maybe had 5 consecutive hours of sleep since last Friday… I immediately busted into big ugly tears when Alison began her essay detailing the birth of her daughter and the loss of her mother. I lost my father when I was 12 to a massive heart attack and her thoughts about wanting to be healthy for her daughter and seeing so much of her mom in her daughter really punched me in the gut. I empathize with you Alison, it’s a very sad club to join when you lose a parent too soon. Big huge hugs and prayers go out to you all the way from Kentucky. You touched my heart and managed to get me through that dreaded 5 mile run with a smile on my face.

  2. As I stood folding laundry today and listening to the show, I found myself paralyzed momentarily, tears in my eyes, as Alison began the excerpt from her essay. My own mother was diagnosed with cancer in October and is currently undergoing chemo. My BRF’s mother lost her battle with cancer while my friend was pregnant with her first child, nearly 5 years ago. So moving to hear Alison’s emotion as she read her own words.

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