MEET THE TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER COACHING TEAMDimity2017-10-17T19:05:54+00:00
DIMITY MCDOWELLCHIEF TRAIN LIKE A MOTHER-ER
Denver, CO; Mother of two (ages 13 + 10)
Running like a mother since: 2010. Coaching certifications: RRCA + Lydiard After a workout, I: Am flying at about 30,000 feet and am ready to face the day. Two athletic accomplishments:
1. Looking like a total badass in the above picture. (I may look intense, but I am decidedly not.) 2. Finisher of large variety of races from trails to triathlons. Two maternal accomplishments: 1. Getting my kids to watch (but likely not understand) “60 Minutes” with me on Sunday nights, like I did with my mom. 2. Not confusing their names more than 3 times daily. Don’t ask me to: Run another road marathon. A trail one? Youbetcha. Coaching style in one word: Cheerleader.
SARAH BOWEN SHEACO-ANOTHER MOTHER RUNNER-ER
Portland, Oregon; Mother of three (ages 14 + 11-year-old twins)
Running like a mother since: 2010. After a workout, I: gotta take a shower, otherwise my hands turn into ice pops! Two athletic accomplishments: 1. Qualified for and ran Boston Marathon twice (and, thanks to extreme heat, they are my two slowest 26.2s!) 2. Back in the day, won an adventure race w/ two other women, narrowly beating out a team of (badass) Playboy bunnies. Two maternal accomplishments: 1. Exclusively breastfed our boy-girl twins for a year.
2. I kept our older daughter alive during that same year. Don’t ask me to: break up with my best running friend, Molly. I love her with all my heart! Coaching style in one word: By-the-book (as in, Train Like a Mother).
Coaching since: 2014. Coaching certifications: RRCA, Lydiard, Daniels + Life Time; Master BOSU Trainer After a workout, I: Consume collagen gummies while I foam roll, then make a beeline for the shower. (I hate the feeling of sticky, sweaty skin. Once the run ends, my mood sours until that feeling is gone.) Two athletic accomplishments: 1. I am still marathoning after 20 years. 2. I can carry one screaming, kicking toddler over each shoulder for up to half a mile without dropping them. Two maternal accomplishments: 1.Pants: For real, I wear them even when I don’t have to. 2. I still want a fourth child. #winning Don’t ask me to: Pretend. Coaching style in one word: StageCoachLovesYou.
Coaching since: 2010. Coaching certifications: RRCA After a workout, I: Load up with a big breakfast. I don’t eat before I workout so I love a good refueling meal! Two athletic accomplishments: 1. Completed Ironman Lake Placid (in 1999, the very first IM Lake Placid). 2. Qualified for Boston at my first marathon in 1998. Two maternal accomplishments: 1. I have raised readers, which warms my book-loving heart.
2. I think/hope I have raised two kind kids who can care/think about others. Don’t ask me to: Listen to my daughter’s choice in music! Coaching style in one word: Interactive. (Big believer that a coach is only as good as the feedback she gets from athletes.)
Coaching since: 2010. Coaching certifications: MS Exercise Physiology; PhD in Exercise Physiology + Nutrition. After a workout, I: Eat my post-run snack, put on comfy pants, stretch + smile. Usually a good sigh or too in there as well. Two athletic accomplishments:
1.Winner of 2014 Western States (100 miles). 2.Overall (male + female) winner of 2017 Bandera 100K, the national championship. My take on being Riley’s mom: My day is just better with my dog. How can you not smile when you come home to someone SO excited to see you no matter what?! Don’t ask me to: Eat caramels or take a cruise. Coaching style in one(ish) word: Quality over quantity.
Coaching since: 2012. Coaching certifications: RRCA After a workout, I: Shower + eat. Two athletic accomplishments:
1. Qualified for Boston twice: during my first marathon and four months postpartum. (I don’t recommend that.) 2. Ran 20 miles pushing a stroller. (Not sure I recommend that either.) Two maternal accomplishments: 1. I’ve given up trying to “make” all the baby food and let them eat the damn flavor ice.
2. Deciding that as long as everyone’s sleeping, I don‘t really care if it’s in their bed or mine. Don’t ask me to: Give up caffeine or carbs! Coaching style in one-ish word: Fun but no BS.
Coaching since: 1999. Coaching certifications: USA Triathlon Level 1 + 2; RRCA After a workout, I: EAT! Two athletic accomplishments:
1.USA Triathlon All American for 15+ years. 2. 3x Ironman Hawaii finisher. Two maternal accomplishments: 1. My kids are still alive at 14.
2. Although they may be typical grumpy teenagers, they are kind and say please and thank you. So I did something right. Don’t ask me to: Stay up past 10 pm or give up chocolate. Coaching style in one word: Thorough.
Coaching since: 2010. Coaching certifications: USA Triathlon Youth & Junior + Level 2; US Master’s Swimming Level III; RRCA + Lydiard After a workout, I: Focus on recovery! I put food and drink into my mouth within 30 minutes. Two athletic accomplishments: 1. 4x Ironman World Championship qualifier. 2. 4x National Long Course Triathlon Champion. Two maternal accomplishments: 1. 3 kids under age 6 . That’s so wrong, there’s no way I can be right. 2. They eat vegetables. (And by that, I mean they eat peas!) Don’t ask me to: Listen to excuses. Make it happen, find a way! Coaching style in one word: Educational.
Coaching since: 2011 Coaching certifications: MSN, RD After a workout, I: I immediately begin thinking about what I’m going to eat (duh!). My favorite post-workout meal? My original Microwavable English Muffin + egg, with avocado, butter (glorious butter!) and a drizzle of raw honey. Two athletic accomplishments: 1. Two-time Olympic Swimming Trials qualifier. 2. Four-time Athletic and Academic All-American. Two maternal accomplishments: 1. Do four-legged kids count? Ok, good. I rescued a racehorse off the track, and, despite a few broken bones and concussions I incurred along the way, trained him to be a three-day eventing competitor. (Selfishly, I’m hoping kids are less dangerous.) 2. Currently raising a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy to be my running partner. Don’t ask me to: Go more than three days without dark chocolate or grass-fed butter; they give me wings! Coaching style in one word: Empathetic. I listen to your story, which drives my protocol for you.
DR. JUSTIN ROSSSPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST
Denver, CO; Father of two (ages 4 + 2)
Coaching since: 2007 Professional certifications: PsyD After a workout, I: foam roll, stretch, and drink coconut water with protein. Two athletic accomplishments: 1. Qualified for Boston in 2016 with a 3:03 marathon. 2 5:15 PR at Boulder 70.3 in 2015. Two paternal accomplishments:
1. Keeping my two kids healthy and relatively well adjusted is the biggest achievement and continued focus I have as a father.
2. That’s more than enough, right? Don’t ask me to: Fix you. You’re not broken. One word that describes my coaching style: Collaborative.