The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast E 14: “From 5K to 50K” with Susan McLoughlin, Co-Leader of Trail Sisters Louisville




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E 14: “From 5K to 50K” with Susan McLoughlin, Co-Leader of Trail Sisters Louisville


In this episode, Trail Sisters Louisville Co-Leader, Susan McLoughlin, chats with Stephanie about her running journey. She tells us how she started running, when she decided to take that leap to long distance running and how she ultimately found (and fell in love with) trail running. Susan shares insight on balancing running with being a mom and also shares some fun stories about her kids and her races. You will also learn more about Trail Sisters and how local races are now jumping onboard to meet the needs of women in the sport. I hope you enjoy this light-hearted chat and get some inspiration to follow your dreams, big or small.
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The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast – Episode 13: “Find Your Community” with Kaitlin Buchanan

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The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast – Episode 13: “Find Your Community” with Kaitlin Buchanan


Kaitlin joins the Bluegrass BAMR in the latest episode-Lucky Number 13! Kaitlin is currently expecting her second child and is an avid runner and badass stroller mom.  In our local running community, you can find her at Feet Fleet runs and Moms Run This Town events, always wearing a big smile!  In this episode, we chat about several topics, including the importance of finding a running community that fits you and we hear about her motivation for running her first marathon, the Flying Pig!  No matter where you are in your running journey, Kaitlin’s story will inspire you.

Show Notes

Find Kaitlin on Instagram

Fleet Feet

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon

Flying Pig Marathon

Moms/She Run This Town

The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast -Episode 12: “Who the Hell is Amy?” with my fellow BibRave Pros


My #BRPSummitChi19 Roomies – Jenn, Amy, Renee, Jessica & me (left to right)


Watch out! Stephanie is fresh off of the 2019 Chicago BibRave Pro Summit and Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon in this podcast episode.  Listen in as she talks about it with BibRave Pros: Amy, Jenn, Jessica, and Renee. They will share their thoughts on the Summit weekend as well as how they started running and what motivates them to keep going.  In true BAMR style, they give advice to new runners and talk about what makes someone a BAMR.  Enjoy and don’t stop being a badass!

Show Notes:

Find Amy on Twitter and Instagram

Find Jenn on Twitter and Instagram

Find Jessica on Twitter  and Instagram

Find Renee on Twitter and Instagram



Listen, Subscribe and rate this episode here.

Pushing Boundaries with Science in Sport Gel – A Product Review

“Disclaimer: I received SiS isotonic gels to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!”

If you read my previous blog post, you know I had an Instagram contest going on to give away 2 6-packs of Science in Sport Energy Gel.  Congratulations to the winners of that giveaway @Januaryrunr11 and @samoorebrown!  I hope you enjoy your 6-pack.

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Now for the review of the product.  Honestly, I didn’t feel sold on the idea of an energy gel that did not require water intake.  I primarily use gels or gel blocks on longish runs and for marathons and I realize the need to take the appropriate amount of water with those products.  Science in Sport shipped me a generous supply of 4 types of gels:

My first sample was the Apple Isotonic Gel. The flavor was pretty light, not sour, and the consistency was like a melted down applesauce or jello cup.  I liked the idea of not having to take water with these.  I followed the instructions on the box and used them for my first run and I definitely did not feel fatigued during or after the run. The gels did not bother my stomach at all!  I feel like these could be very useful for long runs and ultra runs where I have more trouble swallowing thick gels or real food towards the later stages of the race. The pouches are easy to store in my pack, too.

I then tried both of the energy gels later in the week on different runs.  These you have to take with water. The flavor of both was mild, although I preferred the Salted Strawberry flavor over the Lemon + Mint.  The consistency of these is much thinner than the Apple Isotonic Gel.

Last, but not least, was the Expresso flavored caffeinated gels. These really pack a  punch! I can see me using these before early morning runs (instead of drinking coffee) and also in the last half of long runs/races for a little kick.

I took some samples to friends in my running group to try.  Several said they liked the flavors but there were mixed reviews on the consistency.

I was able to train with them and use them during the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in Chicago this weekend.  And, much to my happiness, SIS was on course for this race! I took 3 gels over the course of the race and let me tell you, they were lifesavers.  Race morning was around 78 degrees but the humidity was high, making the forecast for the heat index a hot one.  Let me just say, this was by far the hottest race I have run in a while and I really felt like the SIS helped me power through. Bonus: I didn’t have to take water with it, so I timed my nutrition around the water stops.  Double Bonus: It was so hot, I really didn’t want to eat anything, but the gels went down nice and smooth and set well on my stomach.  I ended up running that half marathon right at a 2:05, which was not my desired pace but definitely made me push my boundaries- and SIS Isotonic gels were there to help me do it!

Personally, I feel like if the product works well for you, then over time the consistency will grow on you! In summary:


  • Product is in easy to carry pouches
  • Easy to take and digest
  • Nice, subtle flavor
  • Most SIS Products are suitable for vegans and people with serious allergens (see more here).
  • Great value


  • Pouches are larger than most gels I am used to carrying
  • Pouches can be difficult to open
  • Some people may not like the consistency


If you are ready to try Science in Sport products visit and use code TRYSIS25 for 25% OFF your order today.



You don’t have to just take my word for it, you can see other reviews from my fellow BibRave Pros here:

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Becky C. –
Jenn S:
Kim G –
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Lissa N. –
Ben W. –


The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast – Episode 10: “Life as a Celiathlete” with Karen Brady

“Life as a Celiathlete” with Karen Brady

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Karen Brady, aka The Celiathlete, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at the age of 30. After some trial and error, and help from a Registered Dietitian, Karen was able to find the nutritional solutions to help fuel her greatest passion: running.  Not only has Karen learned to live and run with her celiac diagnosis, she has also overcome an injury that caused a major setback to her first Boston Marathon experience in 2015.  She is now back and ready to chase Boston again!  Karen’s story is one of great inspiration and motivation- I hope you enjoy it and are inspired by Karen’s positive spirit and love for running.

Show Notes

Read/Follow Karen’s blog here

Karen on Instagram

Karen on Twitter

Karen on Facebook

Indy Monumental Marathon

Running with Celiac Disease

Episode 9: “Take that Baby Step” with Tara Jo Thomas

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Episode 9:  “Take that Baby Step” with Tara Jo Thomas


Tara Jo Thomas, 2020 KDF Ambassador, mom, and Army wife shares her passions and future goals with us in this fun episode.  Tara Jo shares with us how her unhealthy habits led her to start a running journey she never imagined.  And, little did she realize joining a running club would help her find her current passion project; she helps motivate moms to get out and run…with their strollers!  An OG of the Louisville Moms Run This Town stroller crew, she loves getting moms out to run and connect with other moms! You will laugh and get motivated with Episode 9, just “Take that baby step.”!

Show Notes:

Tara Jo on Instagram

Level Up Run Coaching

Moms Run This Town/She Runs This Town – Louisville, KY 

Derby Festival Marathon Ambassadors

World Refugee Day – Be a part of the movement with a virtual 5K!

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Disclaimer: I received free entry to the World Refugee Virtual 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

From time to time I will hear runners question the value of running a virtual race.  For me, it is typically about running to raise awareness and/or funds for a favorite cause.  I figure if I am healthy enough to run a 5K or more, surely I can put my gift of health and fitness towards helping others, right?  If you feel the same way, consider the World Refugee Day 5K, which is happening around the globe now through June 20th, 2019!

I will be running on June 20th (in Canada), along with many of my fellow BibRave Pros. Join us!  Your registration also includes a donation to the work of American Refugee Committee ( According to the website, ARC is able to bring more than 35 years of expertise in services – like health care and sanitation – that are critical to refugee communities.

The Details
Join us:
Virtual 5k Run/Walk to celebrate World Refugee Day
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What you get: Exclusive World Refugee Day 5k Hat and Commemorative Race Bib

Register to run anywhere, anytime between now and June 20th:

Use code BR5 for $5 off your registration!

I am already registered.  I hope you will join me for a great cause! Comment below if you plan on running during World Refugee Day, too.


Here are a few other BibRave Pros thoughts on this cool virtual race!

Run Nerd Girl

Barking Mad about Running

Daddy, Did You Win?

Running for Coffee

Blind Girl Fit

3 Dot Juan

Scoot A Doot

Run Becky Run

Ken Stands On Things

Brenda Runs


The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast: Episode 8

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Episode 8: “Keep Moving Forward” with Donna Yurt Giovenco, RDN, LD, CN, ACSM-CPT

In Episode 8, Stephanie chats with Donna Giovenco, RDN, LD, CN, ACSM-CPT.  Donna has an amazing running resume that includes earning a BQ and completing Ironman.  We find out more about how Donna started running and what running has brought to her life, including great friends, her husband and an attitude that inspires new and seasoned runners alike!  Donna has some great advice for new runners who might be hearing their inner critic and she shares how she has been able to deal with her own inner critic to achieve her goals. You do not want to miss this health enthusiast’s inspirational words of wisdom.

Show Notes

Donna’s blog (and social media account) page



The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast: Episode 7 – “Don’t Overthink It” with Abby Auger



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The Bluegrass BAMR Podcast: Episode 7 – “Don’t Overthink It” with Abby Auger

Get to know Abbi Auger in this episode! Abbi is an Ironman, Ultrarunner, Achilles Athlete and all-around BAMR.  Hear more about Abbi’s running journey, including how she balances training with life, advice she gives new runners, as well as her take on living with Bechet’s disease.  Abbi has a contagious spirit and is always willing to help motivate her fellow athletes. We hope you benefit from her take on running, and life in general, which is: “Don’t Overthink It’.


Click here now: or find it anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Episode 5 of the Bluegrass BAMR podcast is now available!

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E5: Happy BAMR’s Day: Special Episode with the Bluegrass BAMR boys

In Episode 5, Stephanie interviews her sons, Cole and Vance. The boys describe the beginnings of their running journeys at ages 4 and 6, respectively, and provide encouraging words to kids who might be thinking about taking up the sport of running or triathlons. Also, in celebration of Mother’s Day, they have some encouraging words of advice for moms who run. This lighthearted interview takes you into the minds of 10 and 12 year old kids and what they think BAMR means.