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#233: Heart Rate Training Race Reports

Heidi (white tank), Alicia (arms out), Kirsten (yellow tank), Amy (w/hubs).
Heidi (white tank), Alicia (arms out), Kirsten (yellow tank), Amy (w/hubs).

A special episode in which Dimity takes the reigns of hosting! Sarah gabs a bit in the intro, then bows out to let Train Like a Mother Club heart rate coach MK Fleming join in the party. One after another, Dimity and MK welcome three mother runners to recount their recent races after taking part in the TLAM Club inaugural heart rate training programs. First up is Amy, an attorney who returned to racing this year after a decade-plus hiatus. Amy details how HRT allowed her to cut three minutes off her half-marathon PR, despite being 12 years old and 30 pounds heavier! Next, twin mom Alicia describes how she ran nearly equal splits in her debut marathon earlier this month. Finally, Heidi talks about how heart-rate training finally allowed her to run a marathon injury free on legs that weren’t constantly sore.

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2 responses to “#233: Heart Rate Training Race Reports

  1. I listened to this podcast a few days ago and was going to comment but didn’t; after today’s run, I felt that I must. I’ve been running for 6 years. I’m a solid mid-packer but I strive to be so much better. Most times, I set goals that are too high for my abilities and am constantly pushing myself, am usually injured, and perpetually disappointed in myself. Recently, a new running partner encouraged me to look at the birds and the trees as I run; a joke as all I focus on is my pace and how far I need to go. After dropping from a second marathon this year, I heard MK getting emotional and saying that as mothers, we are constantly set up for failure, why should we let running do the same? And this time, it resonated with me. She was so right. There are so many opportunities daily in which we can be made to feel inferior, I can no longer let my running do that as well. I went for a run today – alone, as today was the NYC Marathon and all my friends ran it but I chose not to this year after my finishing time last year (see, there it is again). I ran the paths and trails of the local preserve. I saw trees, birds, dogs, the beautiful colors of fall. What I heard over and over in my head was MK saying those words. My run didn’t hit my prescribed pace but it was the best run I’ve had in a while. I allowed myself to just run and it was freeing. Thank you so much for those words of wisdom, MK!

  2. I listened to the Podcast today. I need to listen to the last interview again and take down some of the quotes by MK and Dimity. The one where you discussed that running should be fun rather than constantly beating yourself up and another way to put ourselves down when society does that already… or something along those lines. it was a great podcast and I enjoyed hearing the women talk about what they gained than just a PR.

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