What causes a side stitch while running? (and how to get rid of it)
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
22h ago
Ever been happily running along on your favorite route and all of the sudden get a side stitch? No fun at all. Wondering what causes them? And, more importantly, how to get rid of them? What Causes a Side Stitch while running? A side stitch is a muscle spasm felt as localized pain on one side of the abdomen.While the exact cause is not fully understood, there are some running hypothesis (pun intended). One in five runners reportedly experience side stitches at some point. Don’t let a side stitch derail your next run #RunningTips #Runner Click To Tweet One possible culprit is improper breathin ..read more
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Eclipse, Recovery & A Few Laughs Weekly Run Down
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
2d ago
Thanks for joining Kim and me for the weekly run down. This week was busy-in a good way! We had the excitement of the eclipse followed by some very intentional rest and recovery after the Cherry Blossom. Mid week there were a few laughs. Here’s a peek into my week! Eclipse, Recovery & A Few Laughs Weekly Run Down  Sunday-Cherry Blossom 10 miler + stretch I could not be more thankful to be back running my favorite hometown race. My legs were toast as I am not so accustom to running this distance the past year. My son’s girlfriend also ran the race and he greeted us both at the finish ..read more
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April Showers…Weekly Run Down
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
1w ago
Thanks for joining me and Kim for the weekly run down. This week I am freaking out about I am preparing to run the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler today. It will be my 12th time running it over the last 15 years and will be a little different for me in terms of goals this time around. More on that later. Here’s a peek into my week of April showers. April showers Weekly Run Down  Sunday- 5.5 mile run + stretch I slept in and therefore, had a solo run again. Not as much fun but I got it done on a gorgeous morning with temps in the 50’s. Monday-Peloton walk + upper body strength + cycle ..read more
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April 2024 Ultimate Coffee Date
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
1w ago
Thanks for joining me and Coco for the April 2024 Ultimate Coffee Date. Grab your big coffee mug today because I’ve got a lot to share. Let’s jump right in and catch up! April 2024 Ultimate Coffee Date If we were having coffee, I would tell you… A few months ago I saw a news story about a program at The FBI called The Citizens Academy. The purpose of this program is to bring in leaders in their community to give them an inside look at The FBI in their region. Students will learn a great understanding of the role of the Federal Agents in their local community. I applied on a whim and was sele ..read more
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Running Out of March-Weekly run down
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
2w ago
Thanks for joining me and Kim for the weekly run down. This week was about finishing the month of March strong. I had a few wrenches thrown into my week but it all ended on a good note. Between our ski trip and our visit to Chicago, March seems to have flown by! Here’s a peek into my week. Running out March Weekly Run Down  Sunday- Shamrock Shuffle 8K + fly home Up and out super early to meet Wendy and 29K of our friends for the Shamrock Shuffle 8K. We had a blast runnnng the streets of Chicago together chatting the whole way. The miles really flew by! A quick change and brunch with my d ..read more
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March 2024 Confessions and Runfessions
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
3w ago
I can’t remember if March is in like a lamb and out like a lion or the opposite. Over here, March was in like a lamb and heading out like a roaring lion. Good thing it’s time for the March Confessions and Runfessions. Thanks to Marcia for hosting. March 2024 Confessions and Runfessions  I confess and Runfess… I mentioned how nervous I was skiing a few weeks ago. What I did not tell you was that I found myself singing songs in my head to relax me. I didn’t plan them and they just kind of popped up. “I’m still standing” by Elton John was a frequent one as well as “unwritten”. No idea why i ..read more
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Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8K 2024
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
3w ago
If you are a regular reader around here, you know how much I love a themed race. I love it even more when I get to run with friends. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to run the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8K. Here’s a a quick recap of the race. Chicago Shamrock Shuffle 8K I had planned to visit Chicago this past weekend to celebrate my favorite daughter’s birthday with her. When I mentioned my upcoming visit to Wendy, she had me convinced to run the race with her as a way to catch up. I was not going to pass that up. Packet pickup and swag I opted to have my packet mailed ..read more
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Next Stop Chicago Weekly Run Down
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
3w ago
Thanks for joining me and Kim for the weekly run down. We returned from Colorado, had a few days at home and our next stop is Chicago. We wanted to drop in and visit our daughter for her birthday. Here’s a peek into my week of fitness and fun. Next Stop Chicago Sunday- 6.2 mile run + stretch We got home last night and I was determined to get back on schedule with my runs and strength classes. It was a little slow going out there but I got it done. Plus, I never miss a holiday themed run opportunity. We are all a little Irish on St Paddy’s Day! Monday-Peloton walk + upper body strength + core ..read more
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Does Your Home Gym Need A Spring Clean?
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
1M ago
Spring is the perfect time to revitalize your home gym. Whether you have a dedicated space or just a corner of a room, a thorough spring cleaning can revitalize and create a more inviting environment to workout in. Here are my top tips to get started. This post contains affiliate links. Spring Clean Your Home Gym Declutter Start by removing any unused or broken equipment, as well as any items that don’t belong in your space. This will help to make your gym feel more spacious and organized. Hanging resistance bands on easy to mount hooks is my favorite hack. Clean Equipment Dust and wipe down ..read more
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Ski Ya Later Weekly Run Down
Confessions of a Mother Runner
by Deborah Brooks
1M ago
Thanks for joining me and Kim for the weekly run down. This week we were in Aspen, Colorado getting in some amazing ski runs and the most beautiful views. If you missed my story about the last time I skied and why it took me 20 years to try it again, you can read it here. Here’s a peek into my week! Ski Ya Later-weekly run down  Sunday- travel to Aspen + numerous airport Peloton walks  Travel days are never optimal for time changes! That early morning wake up was rough but so worth it. We had a slight delay in Denver-which always happens to us before finally making it Aspen. The wea ..read more
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