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Michigan winters don't stop BAMR Bari Fitzpatrick from running outdoors--sometimes in short sleeves.
Michigan winters don't stop BAMR Bari Fitzpatrick from running outdoors--sometimes in short sleeves.

Bari Fitzpatrick lives, runs, and blogs in Grandville, Mich. She and husband Mike have two teenagers, twins Kaylee and David, 16. For Bari, who completed a slew of races this summer, the best part about being a runner right now is mentoring other runners. She does this through the site Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans: "It’s my role to run the virtual Couch to 5K program, and I help out with the Run with the Sisterhood Facebook page."

Best Recent Run: Last weekend I ran intervals on Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich., along Lake Michigan. I loved splashing though the water like a kid.
Best Recent Run:
Last weekend I ran intervals on Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich., along Lake Michigan. I loved splashing though the water like a kid.

Running skirt or capris? Either – it depends on the season. Mostly it’s skirts – the Relay Skort from Athleta is my current favorite. (I buy a tall even though I’m short so they are a bit longer)

Morning or night runner? Morning – it’s cooler and then the run is done before the business of the day starts.

Must-have post-run fuel: Is it bad to say a beer?  I’m actually very bad at post-run refueling. I don’t feel well after long runs and it’s hard to eat but I’m working on this.
Must-have post-run fuel:
Is it bad to say a beer? I’m actually very bad at post-run refueling. I don’t feel well after long runs and it’s hard to eat but I’m working on this.

Running-related pet-peeves: Not a fan of the snot rocket – won’t blow them and prefer others not blow them near me. I also hate shorts that ride up.

Favorite race ever: Bayshore Half Marathon because I killed my PR there and the course is freaking gorgeous!
Favorite race ever: Bayshore Half Marathon because I killed my PR there and the course is freaking gorgeous!

Follow This Mother on Twitter, Instagram, her blog Live Laugh Run Breathe. She also contributes to Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans.

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