i’m a #motherrunner: smitha arons (aka running with sd mom!)

I’m so excited about this month’s Mother Runner!  Smitha is a fellow Rock ‘n’ Blogger and is quite accomplished for the short time she has been running!  I absolutely love her parenting advice and am so impressed for how she is able to fit in running into her very busy schedule!

The Concrete Runner - I am a Mother Runner

Name:  Smitha Arons

Age: 38

Hometown:  San Diego 

Social Media Links:

  • Blog: www.RunningwithSDMom.comInstagram: www.instagram.com/RunningwithSD

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/RunningwithSD

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/sdmomof2

    Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/RunningwithSD

Number of years running:  3IMG_4561

Names + Ages of Kids:  Drew – almost 9; Serena – 6.5

Favorite Distance to Run: 10 miles. It is the perfect starting and ending point for Half Marathon training.

Favorite or Most Memorable Race:  I would have to say the LA Marathon. Even though it was my slowest marathon to date, it was so exciting to run thru Hollywood and Beverly Hills and end at the Santa Monica Pier.

Best Running Accomplishment:  That I have only been running since I was 35 but I have already done 14 Half Marathons and 3 Fulls.

Best Parenting Accomplishment:  Hearing people tell me what good kids I have. Must be doing something right!

Advice for how you fit running into your busy schedule:  I am a full time attorney and I fundraise heavily for the Epilepsy Foundation. So with limited time, I have to schedule runs like appointments and mostly fit them in during my lunch hour.

Best parenting advice you’ve gotten:  Pay attention. To their friends. Their words. Their expressions. Their hearts. Their moods. Just always pay attention.

Want to be featured as a Mother Runner?  I’d love to hear from you!  Fill out THIS FORM or click up at the “mother runner” tab at the top!

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littles, links, + loves // june 2015

The Concrete Runner - Littles -- Links -- Loves

The first month of summer is coming to an end.  WAH!  Only one month left before it’s back to the grind.  Boo.  But, I definitely feel like it’s been a fun-filled summer so far.  I love packing an entire year’s worth of fun into 2 months, especially when it involves traveling and spending time with my family.


Miles is now 18 months old – I cannot believe it!  Crazy to think that we are already half way to 2.  He is at such a great age right now!  He is repeating everything we say and it is so nice to be able to communicate with him.  He is still the happiest baby ever and he is so active.  We have quite the daredevil on our hands!  His favorite things right now are his Sissy, playing with cars, his blankie and Abby (his taggie puppy), and being outside.  Anytime he sees shoes, he asks, “Outside?”  Too cute.

Miles - 18 months

MacKenna, on the other hand, has not been quite as fun.  Apparently, we have a limit to how much “together” time we can have.  The limit is about a month before she becomes a complete brat, doing things she has never done before, like hitting + biting.  Thankfully, it is only to us, but she is just on the evil little streak.  I’ve seen a lot of improvement in the past week, thankfully, but man, it is definitely not as fun as my sweet and sassy little girl.  I can take the sass, but brat I cannot.  Hopefully, we get through this phase quickly!



I’ve been spending a lot of time lately working on my run coaching business, so I have been doing a lot of personal/professional development.  That means lots of reading (currently reading Alan Culpepper’s “Run Like a Champion”), as well as listening to a LOT of podcasts.  One thing that I’ve absolutely been loving lately is Periscope.  If you don’t know about Periscope, it’s live video, mostly from your favorite people on social media, giving you tips, advice, and a sneak peak into their personal lives.  I have yet to jump on the bandwagon and create my own scope, but I have a few ideas in mind that I am hoping to Scope soon!  Great people to follow include @fitparenting and @coachjasmin_ – they are the 2 I religiously watch.  And the best part, if you can’t watch it live, you can catch a replay later on!

Another thing that I have fallen in love with lately (yes, this includes a link, I promise) are bullet journals.  Katy Widrick posted this article about how to bullet journal on Facebook about a month ago, and I have been doing it ever since!  I am using my Plum Paper planner to do it right now (I already ordered it before I learned about bullet journals) and I am loving it!  You can read the article to understand more about it, but I have pinned a TON of things.  Right now, I’m in the process of creating a REAL one specifically for run coaching things to give me a little more space and to keep me organized.  If you’re a Type A freak who loves organizing and planning, you NEED to research bullet journaling.


Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already heard my big “announcement”, but I’m happy to announce that I am now a Legend Compression Ambassador!  I’ve been wearing compression socks for about a year now and I don’t think I will ever go back.  They have helped me combat soreness, as well as helped with my plantar fasciitis that doesn’t seem to want to go away completely.  I’ve also been dealing with some peroneal tendonitis on my left foot that compression socks have helped me stay pain free on my runs.

Legend Compression - Right Not Tight Campaign

I just started wearing Legend and have fallen in love with them!  They proclaim being “right not tight” in order to provide the perfect compression.  And perfect compression they provide!  I honestly forget that they are even on, but can feel the support in my feet and ankles through my runs.

If you are interested in getting a pair for yourself, you can use the coupon code RIGHTNOTTIGHT at checkout for 20% off!  I know that I’ll be purchasing SEVERAL more soon!  Because you know you need one in every color, right?!

And my goofy little LOVE right now, we have been doing Just Dance on Wii before bedtime lately.  We have been renting them from the library (FREE 7-day checkouts) but I decided to see if there were any Disney ones on Amazon.  Um, hello Just Dance Disney 2, with a TON of Teen Beach Movie 2 songs!  Such a fun was to be active with my little girl!

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#rnrchi training 2016: week 8

The Concrete Runner - RNRCHI Training

I really don’t know how single mamas or mamas with hubbies who travel often do it.  I do not think I am mentally strong enough to handle Matt being gone more than a few days once or twice a year.  Matt had a really awesome opportunity for the SECOND time this year to travel to Mount Vernon in Washington DC as part of their Teacher Institute.  He went this past fall, and got asked to come back to shadow as a facilitator, which means he will be going back next year!  I am so proud of him for not only receiving this scholarship in the fall, but for being knowledgeable (and outgoing) enough for them to actually hand-select him to come back.  If you know Matt personally, this would not surprise you in the slightest – he is very outgoing and extremely smart and can pretty much talk to anyone.

But, let’s face it, I’m happy to have him back home!  Two kids for 5 days, by myself, was not my idea of a party.  It wasn’t so bad back in the fall when he went, mostly because I was working so I wasn’t with the kids ALL DAY.  This time around, it took a lot of mental toughness – and a great tribe of family and friends – to survive.  Again, I am not cut out to be a single mom or have a hubby who travels.  Props to those of you who do this frequently, and with more than 2 kids!

Matt being gone meant that I had to get creative with my training.  I will admit that I am not a big stroller running fan – at least not the double stroller.  Luckily, it is fairly flat where we live, except for a nice little uphill on the way back home.  I managed to get in 3 stroller runs while Matt was gone – of course, it was NOT what my training plan called for, but sometimes you have to adapt, and that’s OK.  Any run will help my fitness, even if it is not the speed workouts that my training plan called for.  Thank goodness I coach myself!

Monday:  5 x 1000m w/ 2:30 rest (6.09 miles @ 7:24/mile)

50-40-30-20-10 reps:
Jump Rope

Tuesday:  10K @ 80% 10K pace (6.2 miles @ 7:31/mile)

Wednesday:  PiYo Strength Intervals

Thursday:  4 miles with the double stroller (4 miles @ 8:59/mile)

3 rounds:
Split Squat Jumps 10x each leg
Pushups 10x
Dips 10x
Wall Balls (w/ Miles instead of ball + not against a wall) 10x

Friday:  2 x 8 x hill sprints – WU/CD with double stroller (3.14 miles @ 9:04/mile)

Saturday:  60 minutes with single stroller – Miles only! (6.85 miles @ 8:46/mile)

Sunday:  OFF

Total:  26.28

I’d say that was a pretty good training week despite what I had anticipated!

And for those of you who are looking to increase your speed with short, intense workouts that you can not only fit into your daily life but into your training schedule, registration is now opened for my Time Crunched Training 3-Week Bootcamp!

The Concrete Runner - Time Crunched Training Banner

I am spending this week testing out some new workouts specifically for this bootcamp!  I would LOVE to have you join me!

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