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Hump Day Giveaway Winner: Saucony Mirage 3 (and Other Mirages)

Here's one mother runner's, um, tasty mirage.
Here's one mother runner's, um, tasty mirage.

If you're reading this Saturday morning, please send me some positive mojo: I'll be running 20 miles as prep for Vancouver Marathon with my steady sidekick, Molly. This is actually the second 20-miler on the Marathon: Own It plan from Train Like a Mother: How to Get Across Any Finish Line - and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity, but I skipped the final 10K of the first one to go easy on my knee. I'm excited for the run and it's one of my favorite long run routes--it cuts through all four of Portland's major quadrants and includes a great, steady 2-mile climb. (Wait, did I say I'm excited for it!? I meant I'm dreading it...J/K, J/K.)

But if things go haywire, I might be seeing things by the side of the road. More than 1,100 of you wrote in last week about sites you'd envision by the side of the road during a race or tough run. Before getting to the giveaway winner, I want to share with you some vivid responses:

"Hug station manned by men in uniform: marines, army, police officers, firefighters, etc."

"I envision Tatum Channing handing out Twizzlers on a marathon. Candy from some eye candy!"

"I envision Mat Kearney, U2, and Mumford & Sons all following me around on a parade float, serenading me during my entire run while giving me the nod to power on."

"I can imagine Ryan Gosling holding a nice Starbucks iced latte. Yum and yum."

Sensing a theme!? Okay, maybe I cherry-picked those ones because they made me laugh. There were a heartwarming number of family/friends cheering stations. Nice, mother runners.

Tara, meet your new running partner: the Saucony Mirage 3
Tara, meet your new running partner: the Saucony Mirage 3

But now for the mirage--and the gal who dreamed it up--who chose to win a really kickin' pair of natural-running Saucony Mirage 3 kicks:

Tara: "I think the aid station I would like to see is one where a super-fast runner takes over for me for a few miles so my time is improved, and I get a break. That would be nice."

We agree, Tara: That's an appealing daydream to have mid-run. Please email us at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com your full name, mailing address, phone (for shipping purposes), and your running shoe size. Every one else: Here's to happy roadside visions as you run this weekend!

5 responses to “Hump Day Giveaway Winner: Saucony Mirage 3 (and Other Mirages)

  1. Sending you tons of cheers from my big, loud, crazy family of 6 in MD on your 20 mile this am. May you be blessed with a nap layer today. Go, go, go!!!!! You can do it.

    Hope yor knee does not bother you.

  2. Oh I feel ya….I’m up its dark, and its 5am. Heading out on my 18 miler. Thankfully I have a girlfriend meeting me for the second 6 miles. I know you will ROCK that run Sara!! BTW….love the podcasts I always put one in for the last 30 mins of my long runs…..I always wonder what people must think as they pass by…..I’ve been known to honestly laugh out loud and I know the smile on my face must confuse them! Go Sara go!!!

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