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Frothy milk, one of life's little luxuries

I’m easy to please. If you have little kids you understand what I mean. A hot shower 3 days in a row is good. So is being able to go to the bathroom without someone yelling for juice or to get two stuck Leggo pieces apart. An hour at home alone is also way up there on the super awesome list of little luxuries as is drinking a cup of coffee while it’s hot.

Today I got a small luxury in the mail for my birthday on Saturday.  My bestie and business partner, Michelle, said to expect a package, so when I got it, I dropped everything and tore into it. When I took a quick look inside, I saw two batteries and a long, slender case. Gasp! Really? Is that what I think it is? She’s the buddy that knows EVERYTHING, so OK, I could use a new one of THOSE, I thought to myself. Oh, but kids are in the room, can’t open it now. I threw it up on a high shelf, then, after the kids went to bed, I finished opening the package to find…. an Aerolatte. It wasn’t a you-know-what, but I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a steam-free milk frother and within 3 minutes I had a hot Chai Tea Latte with cinnamon! You just stick the little battery-operated whisk in a mug of hot milk and in 20 seconds you’ve got whipped up yumminess. I tucked myself in bed with Netflix-streamed 30 Rock episodes I’ve missed and sipped sipped away. A little bit of luxury!

And, sometimes, there are big luxuries for mommas like me.

Michelle and I have been working on creating one.  Today we  launched registration for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Trails Women’s Running Retreat! It’s scary and exciting at the same time. This is no small deal. It’s a lot of work and it’s not cheap. Our mission is celebrating women who run….and we hope this is a full-on-blow-out celebration.

Michelle checks out the cabins' deep soaking tubs. Big Luxury!

I did a test run of coffee by the fire after a chilly trail run. Yep, you'll love it!

Sweet accommodations, awesome food, beer, wine, speakers, oh, and running! FivePine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon will be our host. Their cabins are gorgeous, the event space beautiful and the grounds are like a park.

We’ll have unlimited access to Sister’s Athletic Club and there’s a top-notch spa and yummy brewery on the campus too. Michelle and I snuck over to Sisters all stealth-like a few weeks ago and spent the night, got the tour and did some serious schedule crunching to figure out how to create a fun weekend for women runners filled with just enough activities and free time in a naturific and hip little town. The super fun bonus for us is that we get to work with one of our dear friends, Tricia, who’s the event director at FivePine. Michelle, Tricia and I all worked together 16 years ago and are so excited to be reconnected for such a special event. That means three cool chicks are pouring their hearts into this retreat. We would love for you join us. You can learn all about the retreat and register on our website.

Oh, and they will have little luxuries there too. Like freshly ground coffee from local roasters in our rooms. And we’ll get to drink it while it’s hot!

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Silly chica at the Portland Marathon Expo Hilton. See, she's perfect for us RMR gals!

Let’s cut to the chase… Run Momma Run is overly-excited about announcing the addition of Michelle Hart to the company as VP of Events and Marketing!! She’s awesome. And I’m not just saying that because she’s been a friend of mine for over 16 years or that she’s run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain or that she knows how to do one of those crab-a-chain-link-fence-with-her-hands-and-launch-over-it moves, although those things do add to her awesomeness. Here’s some more reasons why she’ll be great in supporting our mission of celebrating and supporting women who run:

Plus she's helped me at marathon expos already and know how the wear the goods!

She’s a newer runner. This is very exciting for all of us because she has that fresh look at running, the burning questions and dreams that all of us started with. You know, like that new-car smell.

She’s a kick-ass Crossfitter and Certified Crossfit Instructor. She giggles when she tells me how many burpees she’s done or hand stands or other crazy-to-me stunts with PVC pipe and kettle bells. If you ever need motivation to cross-train, just talk to Michelle.

She’s a rockin event planner and caterer extraordinaire. This is very handy because, as you know, we like events with FOOD!

She’s stubborn as hell. In the best way. When she puts her mind to it, big things happen.

She’s got this strange ability to make people smile and talk to her like they’ve known her all their life. For 16 years she has amazed me with this talent. Crabby waiters melt, sales clerks check stock rooms for the “good one in the back”, event staff save her special parking spots at tradeshows and anyone selling anything lowers their prices when she’s around.

She’s smart as a whip. Even without caffeine. I pride myself at being a pretty good multi-tasker, but she usually runs circles around me. This is nice. Maybe my brain can take a little break.

She’s funny as sh*#. Often funnier than me. I know, hard to believe, right? I LOVE funny women. There are not enough of us out there.

She’s real. Very real. There is no plastic coating or sugar coating with Michelle. She will tell you like it is, with compassion, humor and just generally love you up.

This was our first trail run together earlier this week in Sisters. It was 27 degrees. Yep, that's our girl!

Please welcome Michelle to our team (“our” meaning you and me) and enjoy getting to know her. She’s stoked about meeting all of you. Watch for her blog posts, FB posts, Tweets and “Michelle-isms”.

Oh, and be prepared for a kick-butt 2012 with Run Momma Run. We have some seriously fun things planned.

Learn more about Michelle on our website.

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