Another Mother Runner


January 23, 2014 by Amy B

OMG, that’s me!

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Link to the post here

Thanks to Heather for the interview. It was a lot of fun!

Bike shtuff

Nothing huge here – just semi-relaxed spinning on the bike with my friends from Downton Abbey and the Biggest Loser.


Riding while watching Makeover Week? David, you had me crying like a baby. On my bike. Not pretty.

I know I’m working at least a little on these rides. I mean, I’m sweating like a pig. My heart rate is still lower than when I run, and I still don’t know what that means.

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Bailed before the workout ended to help put kids to bed

Anyway, I got in some time last night and an early 30 minute ride this morning before the kids woke up. Sturgeon 100, here I come?

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I’m still a runner

Today’s runch was much needed, because I’d been feeling less like a runner lately, mother or not. I hadn’t been out since the long run on Saturday, and it’s possible that my family was ready to kick me out the door tonight if I didn’t blow off some steam at lunch.

I met 2/5 of Team /var/run up at the indoor track for a short run with no expectations other than to get out and slog through a few miles. My shoulders hurt. My arms felt weird. I had new shoes and wasn’t sure how they’d feel.

Even though I still prefer running outside, today is fuh-reaking cold out. It looks absolutely lovely, almost winter picture postcard-esque.


But after a few minutes, when the wind starts whipping and head starts pounding from the subzero temp air, you go to the ticket office, buy a punchcard, and put on your indoor shoes.


I’ve decided I’m going to stop trying to count laps with my Garmin when I’m indoors, because I just. can’t. remember. They looked like this today:

Lap # Avg pace Dist
Lap 1 11:00 .13 mi
Lap 2 10:36 1.0 mi
Lap 3 9:54 1.0 mi
Lap 4 9:02 1.0 mi
Lap 5 8:27 1.0 mi
Lap 6 8:51 .37 mi

Lap 5 I ran on my own – Danno and RC Josh had to split – I remember looking at Garmin and wanting to keep a 9:00/mile pace. I settled in at a cadence of 90 (or is it 180?) and just held on. I was pretty shocked to see it register as 8:27. But hey, indoor running is easier and perhaps my running legs are just well-rested? Whatever the reason, I’ll take it. 🙂


I think I can make it through the rest of my day now. Also: the Mizunos? Love them. They passed the short run test.

2 thoughts on “Another Mother Runner

  1. sarahdudek80 says:

    Oh brr Houghton! Spent many a winter in Marquette for skating competitions. I too love Makeover Week!

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Amy, July 2013

I'm a thirty-something suburbanite turned ruralite living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Wife, mom of two, eater of all things delicious, and a runner. This is where I blather on about running and health. Baby Number Three will be here in November (so yes, I'm a little crazy), and I'm running through my pregnancy for as long as my body's willing and able. There's also more of me at Read more here.


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