Sunday, June 29, 2014


It all began with an email and soon thereafter, I joined a virtual mother-runner half-marathon training group: 13.FUN!

I am a follower of Another Mother Runner blog/emails/Facebook/Twitter ( and have read both of their books: Run Like A Mother and Train Like A Mother. Good grief, that makes me sound like a stalker with all kinds of time on my hands!  Honestly, I enjoy and appreciate their candid discussions, relevant mother-runner topics, and witty sense of humor. 

I've followed training plans before, but never with an online running club. Amazing what opportunities technology has opened up for us! I stepped out of my comfort zone again and signed up despite not knowing how it all works! 

Shortly after signing up, I received an email welcoming me to the 13.FUN private club on Strava and three training plans to choose from. I added a Strava app on my phone, downloaded the Race It Plan, and I was off and running, literally.

After my first morning run was posted on the club board, I began receiving kudos from complete strangers. Odd and encouraging all at the same time! 

Being a newbie, I don't know what to expect nor the unwritten rules of virtual training clubs.  Guess I'll learn by trial and error along with the other 85 13.FUN mother-runners just as crazy as I am!

When I returned home from vacation, I was surprised with a 13.FUN welcome package at my doorstep filled with some awesome goodies! Thanks, BAMRs (Bad Ass Mother Runners)!

Follow along as my 13.FUN virtual adventure unfolds over the next few months and culminates with a half-marathon in October.  Feel fee to follow me on Strava or Twitter (Smarty Mack, or @seesmartyrun). I hope to see you out there! Better yet, there are still a few days left if you're a mother-runner and want to sign up and join in on the fun at

Happy running!