Unlike last fall's Cape Cod AMR Retreat, during which Ma Nature dumped a ton of rain on a bunch of resilient BAMRS, this weekend in Eau Claire, she decided to let herself shine, and shine, and shine.
Which is, of course, a really good thing 95% of the time.
But before we get to race-day weather, let's talk about what else was shining as we ran, learned (from Justin Ross, Ellie Kempton, Kolleen, a TriggerPoint guru, and the Train Like a Mother coaches), yoga'd, push-up'ed, ate local cheese and other delicious foods, celebrated, laughed, chatted and chatted, and connected:
Yes, that would be BAMRs shining all.weekend.long!
80+ smiles, representing 31 states, Canada, and Australia!
Smiles from Team AMR lasted the whole weekend—and are still plastered on our faces.
Sisters Judith and Sarah driving in. Attendees included four sets of sisters, one set of sister-in-laws, one aunt/niece combo, a cousin duo, and three mother/daughter pairs join us in Eau Claire, bringing a new dimension to the term BAMR FAM.
100% guaranteed Emi, the race director and a #motherrunner, is smiling as she chats with the BAMRs about the weekend ahead.
Because the ECM team, a family affair, is the kind of organization that pays attention to the details. "Seriously?!," says Jenny, "What kindness to pick up on birthdays in registration and attach a card to my bib!"
They're also the kind of race organizers that give BAMRs their own private port-a-john—perhaps the most celebrated part of the weekend.
Some race day lovelies: Kim + the first blue babe.
Sisters Brenda + Stacy and the second blue babe.
Linda, in the half-marathon. In true BAMR style, she befriended this college student in the first mile, and ran with her until the end.
(And her new BRF couldn't believe how many random people were cheering for her at mile 7.5.)Janice looking like a blue babe: "Beat you to this found change, SBS!"
One of four AMR marathon relay teams: all had excellent names (Perfect Strangers; BAMRS over Bridges for two) and one was a little too overzealous!
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