Welcome to AMR Trains, a new podcast under the Another Mother Runner pod umbrella and based on the Train Like a Mother Club.

In this podcast that comes out every other Tuesday, we’re going to focus on topics related to training: everything from the best cross-training for runners to how to mentally stay in a race and how to optimally nourish your body. Our guests will include Train Like a Mother Coaches, a variety of #motherrunners talking about their athletic feats (because we love vicarious racing and training!), and other engaging experts.

if you have a topic you'd like to suggest or would like to talk about your training cycle and race on AMR Trains, please contact us at [email protected]

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#6: a DIY Marathon: What to Do with Cancelled Races

Dimity (remotely) cozies up with Meghan Vanasek, a mother of four in Durham, N.C., whose  first marathon, mere days away, was cancelled because of the coronavirus situation. On race day, Meghan ran her own solo marathon. Meghan divulges:

  • the conflicting emotions she experienced when her race was canceled;
  • the alternatives she considered before plotting her own race;
  • how she set up her route and aid stations;
  • what helped her get through the tough miles; and,
  • why this race, “was not at all what [she] envisioned but, in some ways, was better.”


#5: Strength Training + Running: Solving the Equation

Dimity chats with Dr. Ellie Sommers, a USATF Level 1 Certified Run coach, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Certified Weightlifting Coach, and owner of SISU Sports Performance and Physical Therapy in Seattle about:

  • if runners truly need to strength train for performance (it’s not the answer you expect!);
  • why it’s especially important for women to lift weights;
  • vow varied strength training fits with the race training cycle;
  • what her favorite moves for female runners are; and,
  • why you should challenge yourself in the gym. “Pick something heavier than you usually do,” she says, “You might surprise yourself.”


#4: Talking Olympic Marathon Trials with Qualifier Ashley Paulson

Ashley Paulson, a mom of four and former pro triathlete, will be running in the Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta, Georgia, on February 29.


  • how she almost missed her qualifying time—and squeaked in by 10 seconds;
  • her mantra for her qualifying marathon (file under: #goodenough);
  • the treadmill workout she thrashes (hint: it involves 70 reps); and,
  • how she’s approaching the most competitive marathon of her career.


Episode #3: Training for + Running the 2019 Chicago Marathon

Host Dimity McDowell talks with Julie Masson, a Kansas City mother of three who took on her first marathon after only a year of running.


  • How her GPS misled her on race day;
  • How she realized her hydration needed a tune-up;
  • How her phone factored into a TMI incident; and,
  • How she’ll never look at a finisher’s medal the same way again.

Find the right Train Like a Mother Club Marathon Training program for you.


Episode #2: Setting—and Achieving—Seasonal Goals
Host Dimity McDowell talks with Jennifer Harrison and Elizabeth Waterstraat, Chicago-area triathlon and running coaches who oversee the Heart + Sole and Triathlon programs in the Train Like a Mother Club.

Find out:

  • the best guidelines for setting a goal;
  • why goals don’t necessarily need to be PR- or time-related;
  • the single most important thing achieving goals (it’s easier than you think!); and,
  • what BHAG (big hairy audacious goal) Coach Liz is aiming for in 2020.


Episode #1: How to Stop Sugar Cravings
Before host Dimity McDowell dives into fartleks and finish lines, she tackles a subject that affects our training—and our moods, metabolism, and pretty much everything else: sugar—and how to minimize its effect on us.

In this first episode, Dimity talks to dietician Ellie Kempton, MSN, RD, the expert behind Simply Nourished Like a Mother and Metabolic Reset, who helps us back away from the Ben + Jerry’s.
Simply Nourished Like a Mother, an 8-week foundational program, runs from January 13 to March 9.
Metabolic Reset, a 12-week program focused on weight loss and metabolic makeover, runs from January 13 to April 5.



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