Happy Mothers Day!

Mothers Day is May 8!  
Since there are now more female runners in the US than male – 21.8 vs 20.2 million – and 57% of race entries are women (!) – Mothers Day is more noteworthy than ever.  Obviously, mothers comprise only a percentage of these overall numbers, but we wondered:  What are the challenges?  Can you raise children and lower your race times at the same time?
For this very non-comprehensive survey, we asked Pam Smith and Sarah Lavender Smith (no relation!) their esteemed thoughts – – –
Now that's what I'm talkin' about ...

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about …

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I Love My PB

With Stephanie Ehret and Peter Bakwin

“I think we met while drinking whisky out of a bottle and wrestling on the couch. I accidentally poured some in Peters eye.”
“It stung.”

That was in the 10th grade – 37 years ago – and this ultra couple has been together ever since, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary this last December.

Peter Bakwin is of course, the signature on the award-winning “PB Adventure Vest”. But he’s not on Facebook, ignores all social media, and never speaks of himself. So who is PB??

PB Garage

PnS 1

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What is Scott Jurek Doing?

“We focus on something external to motivate us, but we need to remember that it’s the process of reaching for that prize—not the prize itself—that can bring us peace, and joy.” Eat & Run, p.177

We spoke with Scott Jurek while filming a Video (we’ll put it up soon!) Scott has been uncharacteristically at home this summer, enjoying cooking and running in the mountains, as he explains in this conversation.

Q – What kind of running have you been doing?

I’ve been getting up into the Indian Peaks Wilderness, and finally did the Buchannen/Pawnee Loop; I’ve done a bunch of runs up there, but this one is a classic 28 miler, with two big passes, 12,000′ high, that take you over to the other side of the Continental Divide then back again. It’s been a lot of fun.

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Eat & Run: Conversation with Scott Jurek

SCOTT JUREK’S new book – Eat & Run; My Unlikely Journey To Ultramarathon Greatness was released on June 5. It immediately went to the #34 on the Amazon List and has remained in the Top 100. Scott is the best-known ultrarunner in the world, with 7 victories in a row at the Western States 100, and a 3-time winner at Greece’s 153 mile Spartathlon. He is currently designing a new style of hydration pack for Ultimate Direction.

On Sunday, we caught up with Scott in the middle of his 14 city book tour.  He gave us the up-to-date insider scoop on the tour and how he feels about the book.

WHERE ARE YOU?

Portland, OR. Jenny and I have an off-day. It’s been crazy! I’m recharging the batteries for the coming week.

WHAT’S BEEN THE RESPONSE?

We’ve had amazing turnouts – 650 came to the talk in New York City, and 300 did the Fun Run in Central Park. Boston sold out a 250 seat auditorium, 450 came in Chicago, and about 400 people for the Run.

The first day of tour we did a 50k in New York City – 50 people joined me at 5 am to circumnavigate Manhattan – I’ve always wanted to do that. One gentleman who had never run 15 miles did his first marathon that morning.

It’s been good! People are really jazzed; it’s a lot of fun.

Counterclockwise around Manhatten - Brooklyn Bridge in rearview mirror

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