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Episode 1 – Run Mama Run

RMR Ep 1Episode 1 of “Run Mama Run” was one of the toughest to film and is still one of the hardest to watch.  While those who truly knew us and knew our intent, approach and purpose showered us in support, those who don’t, sometimes didn’t; And often times could be downright ugly.  We faced that negativity head-on when it was unavoidable and, together, persevered through some harsh and hurtful criticisms. Continue reading


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Washington Post: Training for the Olympics is grueling enough; imagine being pregnant while doing it

THIS.

Training for the Olympics is grueling enough; imagine being pregnant while doing it

Training for the Olympics is grueling enough; imagine being pregnant while doing it

It’s a development that still has its skeptics but one that has been given a boost by elite female athletes like professional runner Sarah Brown, who gave birth last Friday after training throughout her pregnancy and is now set to compete at the Olympic Trials in July.

“Initially, we approached the guidelines with much caution,” Artal said. “Over the years, it progressed to where we said, ‘It’s okay to exercise in pregnancy.’ It was not until this past year that we said, ‘It’s also okay to engage in vigorous, intensive exercise, provided there are no complications of pregnancy.’”

Read the whole story by Kelyn Soong of the Washington Post HERE

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So-long Solana (Part 2)

We kick off 2016 with Part 2 of So-Long Solana – an explanation of our hiatus, blessings, chaos and changes over the past month and a half. If you have not yet read yesterday’s post, please go do that now.  It will help you better understand the moments that have led to this point …

As we begin 2016, three major changes are happening in our lives:

  1. I am leaving ElliptiGO
  2. We are moving to Northern Virginia at the beginning of winter
  3. We are moving in with Sarah’s parents.

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Solana Beach Sunset


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So-long Solana (Part 1)

Aside from the unfortunately necessary post about our dear friend Mike Byrnes just days after Christmas, The BTeamRunning blog has been eerily quiet lately. Some of you may be thinking, “well, things must not be going well with the training”, or maybe you thought, “I guess they haven’t had anything exciting happen lately”. Well, it’s just the opposite actually. Everything – and I mean everything – is going great. And everything is changing. We continue to be truly blessed with the people and opportunities God has placed in our life. As a result, we have barely had a moment to sit, let alone write about all we are doing.

Long story, short … we’re moving! Continue reading


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FitBump What’s My Workout: Sarah Brown

Check out our “What’s My Workout” feature on FitBump. You can see our answers below and view the full article HERE.

San Dieguito LagoonAn elite runner can face a lot of surprises during training. But 1,500-meter specialist Sarah Brown got the shock of her life when, after some lagging weeks of training with no apparent cause, she discovered she was pregnant—despite using an intrauterine device (IUD) as birth control. (IUDs are typically 99 percent effective.) Due March 22, Brown, who lives in Solana Beach, California, with her coach and husband Darren Brown, is taking it all in stride by keeping on track to make her goal of competing at the 2016 Olympic trials next July. “If the odds can be so stacked against me getting pregnant and yet I still manage to find a way,” she recently wrote on her blog, “then who’s to say that I can’t beat the odds again?” We got her to weigh in on the joys of cross-training, adaptability and starting new chapters. Continue reading

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See My Schedule – Travel & Training at 19 Weeks

Post By: Darren Brown – Father/Husband/Coach

As mentioned last week, we entered this week knowing that flexibility and adaptability would be paramount.  The last time Sarah traveled cross-country, she started to notice the onset of her PGP (SPD).  We knew that another long flight this week could potentially cause those issues to return, and worse, if we weren’t careful.  We also knew that there would be some shifting that had to take place in our regular “routine” based on an early flight Wednesday, long day Thursday and early flight Friday.  With all that in mind, we entered this week fully accepting that it may be a less-than-ideal week of training … and that this would be “ok” as long as she came out the other end healthy and feeling good.  Here’s what the week looked like  and a few quick insights into new modalities, double-runs (*gasp*) and unfortunate circumstances that happen at just the right time … Continue reading