#11: How to Raise a Runner
Dimity talks to three generations of runners—a 74-year-old grandmother, her daughter, and her granddaughter—to get the family's perspective on how to help kids start and enjoy running. The trio let us in on:
- why a 5K is a great place to get youngsters started;
- what to say—or not to say—when a kid is complaining on a run;
- why a parent's mantra should be, "no pressure"; and,
- how modeling healthy behavior is the best influence of all.
#10: Running in the Heat
According to our Weather Girl sources, humidity is rising—and so are temperatures. Don’t head for the treadmill just yet; listen in as Dimity chats with Train Like a Mother Club coaches Jennifer Harrison and Elizabeth Waterstraat to get their tips and tricks on how to handle summer running. Their advice includes:
- how long it takes your body to acclimate to warmer weather;
- what workouts are best done super early—or on the treadmill;
- best hydration practices before and during a run; and,
- the shorts Coach Jen can’t live without.
#9: The Athlete’s Gut
Getting in line for the Port-a-Potties at every race start, Dimity talks to Dr. Patrick Wilson, Ph.D., R.D., author of the newly released book The Athlete’s Gut: The Inside Science of Digestion, Nutrition and Stomach Distress.
Among other things, Patrick explains:
- common causes of cramps and diarrhea;
- the science behind your body burning fats v. carbs;
- the only scientifically proven way to stop side stitches; and,
- why mindfulness can help your intestines calm down.
Interested in being a potential future Athlete’s Gut research participant? Follow Patrick on Twitter.
#8: DIY Ultras: How Two Women Ran Virtual 50Ks
Dimity talks to two women who each recently ran 50K on their own because of COVID-19: Kelli Anderson, a stay-at-home mom of two in the Yukon Territory, and Lora Morgan, a veterinarian and stepmother of one in Georgia.
Tune in to learn:
- how Lora got through the miles going back and forth on her long, dirt driveway;
- why Kelli set up her aid station in the garage, not in her house;
- the helpful beauty of doing the exact same lap again and again; and,
- how both women got through the rough spots of a long, long day.
#7: How to Happily Run in the Rain
Helping you lean into—not curse—April’s showers, Dimity chats with Sarah, a proud Pacific Northwester, about how to embrace the wet—and refreshing—runs in the rain. The duo covers:
- Best attire to keep you comfortable;
- How to minimize chafe + phone damage;
- How to mentally embrace—and enjoy—the challenge;
- And why a rainy day trumps a hot or windy day for running.
#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.
- 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.
, a 12-week program focused on weight loss and metabolic makeover, runs from January 13 to April 5.