I’m proud member of this tribe. I still remember the sense of ‘oh, thank Garmin!’ when I found out that Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea were writing a book for mother runners. They were far and away my favorite Runner’s World contributing authors and I was ready to leave the magazine and it’s two dozen rotating articles behind for good. 

Run Like a Mother spawned the website, and eventually developed into a follow up book, Train Like a Mother. Two books feels incomplete and there just isn’t enough neon on my bookshelves, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a third. 

Today’s AMR newsletter  was a check in on New Year’s goals. Weird, since I sure it’s only the beginning of March…

But okay.

1. Run naked- no tech gear, folks. No one is going nudist. This is done and done. When I first started running I thought there was no way I would ever do it without music. I’ve been running without music for a few months now. First the iPod died, then when I got a replacement my earbuds went on a deep sea diving excursion in the fish tank (post coming eventually on that). I ran my solo marathon without music. The garmin is harder to leave behind. But I raced without it in early June so that’s a huge deal to me.

2. Run a trail- this is hard to admit, but I haven’t been on a real trail this year. I say real trail because I did run a trail half in March, but the trail is one of those rail-to-road deals so it’s wide, totally flat, and paved. It’s not the street, but it’s definitely not a trail. I’m running my first trail 10K in August, though. I’m trying to decide between three in October and I’m eyeing another in November. #trail addict

3. Find a new route- I moved in April, so I’ve been doing a lot of trail blazing these last few months. 

4. When in pain, do not ignore it- I took a week off to rest some brand new shin splints. That one week spiraled into almost 5 weeks (illness, moving, just plain lazy), but the shins are fine now. Talk about turning over a new leaf. 

5. Don’t qualify your status as a runner- if you run, you are a runner, end of story. I’m there. I am a runner. 

6. Volunteer at one race minimum- mine is coming up later this month. Details in a future post.

7. Take it all in, for just one race- done and done. (check out the Fremont 5K recap somewhere down the page.) 

8. Set a numerical goal- I never did set a goal for this. I set off strong enough to hit 1000 miles in the year, but I don’t always actively track it and I have the memory of a goldfish, so who knows where I’m at for that. Let’s pretend that my distance race goals are the numbers we’re talking about here. 

9. Strength training- I have been SO GOOD about strength training since… September 2012. SO GOOD. And I like it. Need to finish this up so I can go do my strength training today…

10. Give yourself days off after racing- done. I like the chance to bask in victory. After my half in March, I needed the time off (hello, being improperly trained). 

11. Take the spawn(s) with you- the boy and I are participating in a virtual run this summer. I can’t wait to start this with him!

12. Ask a friend to run- uh, no. Nothing against anyone in my life, but I really prefer running alone. My mom is currently in Nicaragua, but when she gets back, we’re starting C25K. She’s been talking about wanting to do a 5K for ages, so surprise! we’re doing it. 

13. Go out even when you don’t feel like it- those crazy days where you just don’t have it in you, head out for a half mile and if that’s all you’ve got, turn around and head home. Or keep going. This has been pretty much every run for me since the end of April. 

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