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Your Chance to Be a Model Runner!

May 2, 2011

You, yes, YOU could have your photo in September issue of this gorgeous mag!

This is your chance at the big times, ladies! Alas, no, not a chance to run with Kara Goucher or film a love scene with Jon Hamm, but pretty exciting nonetheless: Whole Living magazine (owned by Martha Stewart)  is looking to feature runners and runner/walkers from our wonderful tribe for a fall fitness story (written by SBS). It’ll be a photo shoot sometime in May done onLong Island.

 Here’s what the editors are looking for:

–Runners and runner/walkers of all backgrounds and abilities, ages 20s thru 50s. NY-area residents only. (We can’t stress this enough!)

–BONUS: People who run/walk with friends! If you want to submit you and your friends for consideration, make sure you tell us their names as well as your own (and send us a photo of you all together!).

 INTERESTED?

Please send the following to mail@wholeliving.com: (Please don’t “enter” in the comments section–the editors are choosing the real-women models.)

 -1 or 2 jpg photos (and be sure it’s clear who YOU are in the photo)
-Your full name
-Your age
-Your occupation/a little about you
-How long you’ve been running (or run/walking) and what you love about it. (A few lines is more than enough)

The editors want you to know they appreciate ALL your submissions, but may not be able to respond to every one. (And, please, they don’t have the doll-hairs to fly gals out for photo shoot, so you really need to live in the area and be able to get yourself to shoot.) Thank you in advance for your interest, and please spread the word to all your NYC-area running and walking friends!

Follow This Mother!

April 28, 2011

Setting great example for her five kids: Gina before (at ~225) and now at 167 pounds

Gina Mooney is a member of the Run Like a Mother: The Book Facebook tribe—she recently posted a photo of herself wearing a Run Like a Mother Bondi Band. Despite only taking up running about 15 months ago, Gina won her age group and was second woman overall in a recent 5K near her home in Seminary, Mississippi. Even so, find out why her blog is called Slow Is the New Fast.

Best recent run: A 7.7- mile one because I felt great!!  I didn’t set my Nikeplus for a certain time or distance (something I normally do), and it was liberating. I also used visualization on my way over to the paved trail where I run, imagining it being a great run—and it was. The flowers were blooming; as I zoomed along the trail, it was the most amazing feeling to smell the flowers and not be gasping for air. I felt so strong at the end that if I could have, I would have gone much, much farther (had to get home to kiddos, though).

Gina sporting her hard-won hardware

Slow is the new fast: Compared to many runners, I’m slow, but I remind myself I’ve only been running since February 2010. I have “speed envy” when I see other runners breezing effortlessly past me in races or even when I read posts about fast run times. But in the last few months, something has finally clicked, and I’ve been consistently putting up some really impressive numbers…for me. I PR’d three weeks in a row at three different 5K races. (32:04, 31:08, 29:47). While these race times would make most fast runners hang up their running shoes for good, it was a miracle for me! I’m owning my newfound “speed,” so Slow is the New Fast seemed an appropriate name for my blog.

Dropping pounds—and depression: I became depressed after the birth of my fourth child, who is now five years old. My doctor put me on antidepressants, but they didn’t make me feel much better. Because I still felt bad, I began to gain weight and because I gained weight, I felt even worse! Before I knew it, I was on more than one blood pressure medication plus the antidepressants. I was miserable. When I got pregnant with youngest daughter (now 1 year old), I actually began losing weight while I was pregnant. It wasn’t intentional–I think it was because I was off the meds. After I having her, the weight started coming off because I was nursing and started walking. I started running when she was six months old, and I’ve now lost roughly 57 pounds. It hurts me to look back and see how unhealthy I’d become because I’d always been the “tall, skinny” girl when I was younger. I’ve decided now I don’t have to be skinny. I just want to be the strong and healthy mom! I hope my blog will help other moms realize they can accomplish this, too.

Gina and her beloved booster/husband, Jason

One for each finger:Juggling five children is not easy, but it can be done!! The hardest thing is they are all at different stages of development [age range 1.5-19 years]. I have to switch from “changing diapers and watching ‘Sesame Street’” mode to “Why haven’t you cleaned your room and be home by 10” mode. I have one child who has just learned to walk, one who is learning to read, one who is struggling in the stage of leaving childhood and being a teenager, one who’s nearly ready to graduate high school, and one that’s right on the cusp of adulthood. Having such an age gap can make things easier at times, too. My older kids are very sweet to the little ones and help me out tremendously. My oldest daughter has been key to me being able to run during the day. I would have never gotten in all of my miles for my half marathon training if it hadn’t been for her helping me out on certain days. Me-time comes few and far between. There have been many days that I haven’t had a chance to go run until dinner was cooked or after the little ones had gone to bed, which never seems to be early on nights that I’m pacing the floor waiting to go! My husband, who is also a runner, is a great encourager/coach and doesn’t let me skip out on a run when he knows I’ve got to work one in. I would definitely say it takes a team effort at our home for “Mama” to run.

13.1 down…: The only hard thing about training for a half marathon was not the three lost toenails but the long hours invested in getting ready for it. I always have a little voice inside my head reminding me of the time I’d been gone from the family. As much as I love running long distances, though, I want a do-over for my first half-marathon [in January]. There were no mile markers, so I had to go by my Nikeplus, which congratulated me for completing my half marathon miles before the finish line. *Sigh.* I finished 20 minutes later than my projected goal time, a huge letdown. I nearly threw up on my way back to the hotel, and I wonder if it was just utter disappointment. Next up, though: a half marathon this November, and a marathon in either January or March.

Can’t run without: My iPod with Nikeplus sensor and chewing gum. I have a love-hate relationship with my Nikeplus. I complain about it constantly, yet I have actually been nearly to my running trail, realized I’d forgotten it, drove back home to get it, then went back. So, yeah, it’s pretty much definitely on my list of “must haves” when I run. I chew gum just to have something to taste and to give me something to take my mind off of things if I start struggling. (It takes a special talent to juggle gum and Sport Beans in your mouth on a long run!)

Heat v. hills: Last May, one of my worst runs was at a race that had hills and heat–and I had a stress fracture in my shin (I thought it was only shin splints). That run left a really bad taste in my mouth for hills. I’ve been working hard to conquer my fears by doing at least one day of hill work every week. Heat, on the other hand, is still a huge problem. I believe it’s heat and humidity working together that causes the biggest trouble for me. When I hit “The Wall,” I hit it hard. Immediately, a battle starts, and it gets really ugly sometimes. I’m always excited when “She” shows up–the feisty girl inside of me who stands up to the wimpy girl who always wants to quit. They have heated arguments but in the end, “She” always wins, and I kick that wall down and run over it! When it comes down to it, I’m way too stubborn to quit.

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Hump Day Giveaway: I’ve Been Everywhere

April 27, 2011
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These tunes are already so under my skin, I might need to wear a one of these instead of my trusty sweat-wicker on Saturday.

So iTunes made about a $30 profit in 60 minutes last night, as I perused the 100+ country music suggestions you guys sent on Facebook. I’ll admit, I couldn’t sample them all, but I feel like this is a solid, fun list, heavy on inspiration and slide guitar.

A couple disclaimers: I realize Sting isn’t country, but in his excellent song “Fill Her Up” he mentions a V-8 engine, which is good enough for me; you need to put this on “shuffle” so you don’t get too many Dixie Chicks in a row (if there is such a thing); our 1995  Toyota 4-Runner is named Old Black, in tribute to Mr. Lovett’s “The Truck Song”; after hearing “Mean,”  I’ll never say another mean word about Taylor Swift (although why is she on so many magazine covers?); this list is exactly 2 hours long, which is my goal time for Saturday; and the song “A Good Day to Run” will forever be on my playlist.

Finally, you can find this playlist on iTunes; go to Ping and look up the name “Dimity Davis”, and there you’ll find my first playlist labeled Country Music Marathon. A good place to sample the tunes.

Ready To Run: Dixie Chicks

Long Time Gone: Dixie Chicks

There’s Your Trouble: Dixie Chicks

I’ve Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash

Days Go By: Keith Urban

The Truck Song: Lyle Lovett

L.A. County: Lyle Lovett

Travelin’ Light: Robert Earl Keen

Stuck Like Glue: Sugarland

You Belong With Me: Taylor Swift

Mean: Taylor Swift

Beer for My Horses: Toby Keith & Willie Nelson

I’m In a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why): Alabama

Standing Outside the Fire: The Country Dance Kings (A Garth Brooks song)

Fill Her Up: Sting

This Is Us: Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris

Lover, Lover: Jerrod Niemann

The Race Is On: Sawyer Brown

The Road Goes On Forever: Robert Earl Keen

Wild At Heart: Gloriana

If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows): Rodney Atkins

I’m from the Country: Tracy Byrd

Wait So Long: Trampled by Turtles

These Are My People : Rodney Atkins

Down In Mississippi (Up to No Good): Sugarland

Speed of Life: Sugarland

Wave On Wave: Pat Green

Happy Girl: Martina McBride

Pretender: The JaneDear Girls

A Good Day to Run: Darryl Worley

Party for Two: Shania Twain & Billy Currington

Creepin’ In: Norah Jones (and Dolly P.)

That Don’t Impress Me: Shania Twain

Get Rhythm: Johnny Cash

Airr insoles: a treat for your feet.

Sof Sole has generously sponsored our appearance in Nashville; they have found a slot for us on the stage in Nashville (since neither of us play guitar, this is the only way we’d get on a stage in Nashville) at 11 a.m. on Friday morning. Then we’ll be in the Sof Sole booth, signing books and selling our wares for most of the afternoon before we both take on 13.1 on race day.

Cute + functional: our favorite combo. The stripes help keep the socks in place and blisters at bay.

Sof Sole is also sponsoring today’s Hump Day giveaway, giving away a pair of hi-tech insoles and a 3-pack of performance socks to two readers. The Airr insoles, provide climate control with some serious cush and support underfoot, while the socks, which are available in a range of styles from fine-knit bamboo to blister-busting anti-friction material, give any run some extra spring.

One of my favorite songs in the above list is Mr. Cash singing “I’ve Been Everywhere.” I’m sure your running feet have some great tales to tell. So in order to enter today’s contest, you just have to answer this question: What’s the most exotic/coolest/grossest/most memorable place your feet have taken you on a run?

Let us know and your feet may have some nice new accessories so they can continue on plenty of adventures.
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p.s. The random winner of the Icebreaker outfit is Sally Hess, who writes this about her running fabric preferences:

Lycra, hands down. It holds all the mom parts up where they’re supposed to be. My NewBalance running skirt is my current fave. I totally love the look of the wool skort though! The asymmetry is awesome!

You get to try that asymmetrical skirt, Sally! E-mail us and we’ll get you set up from head to toe in wool: runmother at gmail dot com. Congrats!

Bottle It

April 26, 2011
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Couldn't have said it better myself. (from brainlesstales.com)

Over the past two weeks, I’ve discovered a few kinks in my self-designed Run Some, Be Fine plan. Namely, my motivation is harder to find than Amelia’s other shoe when she’s already five minutes late for school. I lie in bed, after the alarm goes off at 5:20 or so, planning to hit six or so miles, and say to myself, “O.k., two more snoozes and then I’ll wake up.” I wake up forty minutes later, slingshot out the door with drool still slung across my cheek, go for 3 miles and call it good.

My low point hit two Sundays ago. I had 12 on my build-long-run-by-one-mile-weekly schedule, and I forced myself out around 8:30 a.m. It was hot for April in Denver–I immediately regretted wearing my 110% cargo capris–and my legs were lead. Usually I don’t get that weighted down feeling until at least mile six, but seriously, about 10 steps from my house, I was ready to stop. I kept going, thinking that I could break on through to the other side, but after about 45 minutes of feeling like I had gremlins pulling me down with every step, I decided to head home.

I can’t remember the last time I didn’t finish what I set out to do, and it didn’t sit well with me.

I rested on Monday, and before going to bed on Tuesday, I told Grant that I was getting up to do 12. This time for sure. “Why?” he asked, “I don’t think you need to do that.” But I gave him my spiel–Nashville in two weeks, every long run so far had been surprisingly hard for me, I have to represent–and he, that rational being he is, wasn’t buying it. So I trashed the idea of 12, and decided that I’d just keep my workouts short and play my luck out on the road. (Hey: that sounds like a country music song; stay tuned tomorrow for my country music playlist, btw.)

I had one more chance to gain some confidence though: this past Saturday, I had to squeeze in my miles before a 9 a.m. soccer game. The chilly air greeted me and my cargo capris (perfect choice this time) at 6:15, and I set out to do part of the route I abandoned last time. Clicked off eight with barely an issue, and extended my run by another half-mile or so because everything just felt so right. By right, I mean, I hardly walked and ran up every hill, which hasn’t happened in a long time. Every (overplayed) song on my Nano was perfect, every time I looked at my watch, I was surprised at how much time had passed. Watch out, Nashville, I thought, I’m coming for you next weekend, as Pink raised a glass for me during the last downhill home.

I came home, gushed to Grant about how amazing that run was, and then told him, “I want to bottle it,” repeating a line I had heard skydivers use about their sport. (I jumped once, glad I did so, but no desire to fling myself out of a plane again.) But I understood what they were saying, and a run through Utopia makes me want my own elixir. I want to sip that water before the starting line in Nashville, I want to have it at my disposal when all my systems are no.

Unlike skydiving, when you know hurtling towards the ground will give you that life-is-precious high, there is no guaranteed rush in running. No certainty that every run is going to be euphoric. No pre-packaged bottled feeling you know you get to enjoy. I gutted out every run from the Quadrathlon until Saturday–over two months–to finally get an unexpected taste of bliss.

On Saturday, I remembered why I choose to run. All those hard and mediocre miles bring me to a place where very few people get to visit: heaven on their own two legs.

So even if I drag my badass in Nashville (another potential country song?), I’ll try to assuage myself with the knowledge every bad or mundane run bring me one more run closer to another precious sip.

Raise a glass indeed.

Crazy about Running

April 25, 2011

We all know it's sorta crazy to wear a single glove: Molly (979) and I in our April 3 half

With the exception of “Glee” (okay, and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” back in the day), I don’t see myself as a diehard fan of anything. Unlike my husband, Jack, I don’t follow professional sports, and I haven’t been addicted to a band since seeing R.E.M. seven, no, eight times in college. Oh, yeah, except for running. Guess most people might say I’m addicted to running. (I prefer the gentler term, “devoted.”)

So it only makes sense that I become a Half Marathon Fanatic, right?! With the tagline, “Half Marathon Crazy,” the organization is fairly self-explanatory—it’s for folks who totally dig running 13.1-mile races. And as much as my heart belongs to the epic glory of 26.2-mile ones, the pain (before, during, and especially after) involved in marathons makes me take an occasional respite from them. For me, a half-marathon has nearly the same glory as a full, but way less than half the hurt.

Perhaps this should be my new running jacket...

The various levels in the “Half Marathon Asylum,” as it’s dubbed, are named after celestial bodies, such as Saturn (4 half marathons in 37 or 12 to 18 of them in 365 days) and Mars (3 half marathons in 3 days). I’m aiming for the lowly Neptune, the entry level group that “only” requires running two half marathons in 16 days or three 13.1-mile races in 90 days.

I didn’t set out to become a Fanatic–fate sort of forked it over. (Okay, fate and work commitments—Dimity and I are speaking at two upcoming races, the Rock N Roll Nashville Marathon and Half Marathon on April 30 and the Ogden Marathon on May 21, and part of our gigs are running them. Better 13.1 than 26.2, we figured.) Factor in the local Race for the Roses I ran on April 3, and I am slated to end up running three half marathons in about 50 days. Well below the Uranus level (but, come on, who wants a level with that make-me-snicker name?), but firmly at Neptune.

With one race down and my legs (and mind) feeling fresh, I believe I’ve got this triple-13.1 in the bag—mainly because there’s no time limit. While my sports-ego “requires” me to run each race in less than two hours, speed isn’t a prerequisite for Half Marathon Fanatic entry. We’ll see how I feel after running the third half in Utah (at altitude!)…my fanaticism might have waned.

Hot (Sweaty) Winners

April 22, 2011
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Looking over our to-do lists, we realized we hadn’t announced the winners of Hot (Sweaty) Mamas, a giveaway we did when we followed these mothers. So, without further ado, here are the five winners of the book, plus their best (relatively) recent run. Hot sweaty winners: please e-mail us your name and address at runmother at gmail dot com and we’ll get your new reading material out to you pronto.

Happy almost weekend to all!

Jessica Hofheimer: A solo 7 mile run on Sunday outside on my favorite trail – the longest since giving birth to my third child 8 weeks ago! I’ve been having issues with the strength of my pelvic floor and hip stability so I’ve been doing pilates exercises and easing back into my running. This run showed me that my hard work is paying off and that I will regain my fitness. I am so grateful.

Joyce: My best recent run was the 4 miles I ran on the first nice day of spring, when I could finally get out and go with the warm sun shining on me again, without wearing gloves or worrying about snot freezing on my face. (I am a total wuss when it comes to running outside in cold weather.) Perhaps the best part of that run came at the end – running a cool-down lap around the neghborhood with my four-year-old, who is so excited about “training” for his first race – a 1K Fun Run.

Amanda Benson: This past weekend – I ran 5 miles after battling the flu for two weeks and then taking care of the kids (2) and husband (because of course it spread through the family like a wild fire). I felt strong, powerful and in control again.

Kdubs: Finishing my marathon this past Saturday and having my friends & family there to cheer me on!

Jasmine: Running with a No Boundaries group that I am coaching. They are training to run/walk their first 5K. I started running with this program a year ago and now I’m coaching it. It’s so fulfilling to get to help coach…definitely a full circle moment. I love seeing the progress this group of ladies makes each week. We ran about 2.5 miles this week.

Follow This Mother!

April 21, 2011

In the Magic Kingdom: Heather with her oldest and youngest daughters...and a Fairy Godmother (not Little Bo Peep in her AARP years!)

Heather Gonzalez, a mom of three girls inIrvine,Calif., introduced herself by sending us her info and photo to be a part of our posse of Other Mother Runners. I’ll admit: She stood out because her youngest daughter, Gabby, age 4, was diagnosed with leukemia on the first day of 2011. Turns out Heather is a crack-up who has suddenly dropped her pace by nearly a minute. Love her!

Best recent run: I’m a new runner–and sloooow. I’m pretty consistently around 11:30- to 12-minute pace. Something, in the last few weeks, has suddenly just clicked with me, and every run, I’m knocking out 10:38-10:48 paces like it’s nothing. I can’t really pick ONE great run recently, because seeing my hard work and sweat pay off the last few weeks has been indescribable.

Gabby Gets Me Going: When I started running last year, I was lazy about it. I would struggle with a 12-minute pace. I never pushed. After Gabby was diagnosed with leukemia, running became more intense. I have to make each run count; each run is an hour (or two) that I’m spending away from my kids. When I’m tired, or my quads are burning, or just mentally not there, I remind myself, it’s not chemo. I’ve GOT this.

Half good, not half bad: The PCRF [Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation] Cinco De Mayo Halfwill be my second half marathon. I ran the

Heather, the Proud Princess

Disney Princess Half in February in 3:07:32. My training was limited, I took 100 pictures, and just had fun. I have worked HARD since then, and I’m heading into taper hugely confident. I feel strong. I feel fast(er). I feel ready. At the very least, it’ll be hard not  to PR!

Suck Less Challenge: The Suck Less Challenge was born from a need to cross train. I combined three Couch to 5K-type programs into one, creating a simple program that works my problem areas. It is easy to follow–every step is spelled out for you. It garnered some interest, so I’ve challenged friends and blog followers to join me, and Suck Less! It’s a combination of sit-ups, squats, push-ups, add in some plank, and voila—cross-training complete!

Pretty in… It’s not original, it’s pretty cliché, but I love pink! I don’t wear pink during my “real” life, but while I’m running, I love it: I feel strong, vibrant, colorful, sweaty, gross, and grimy, all wrapped up in a pretty pink package.

Zombie Chases Runner: I joke about preparing for the zombie apocalypse, but…truth is, I have this paranoia in the back of my mind that The Big One will strike, and I’ll be unprepared. Whenever I start remembering I live in earthquake country and want to stock up on creepy canned foods and survival bracelets, I call it “Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.” And, what’s the first rule when dealing with zombies? Cardio.

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