About Magdalena

Hi!  I’m glad you’ve stopped by my blog!

We love track!
We love track!

I am an elite runner, and new mom.  I am also working towards my PhD in geology at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, NM.  My husband and I are working hard at becoming expert parents as we learn first-hand from our daughter just what this parenting thing is all about.

I started this blog while pregnant as a means of stimulating discussion about the excitement, nervousness, challenges and questions that bubbled up within me as our daughter was growing.  I found myself pregnant at peak form: I had qualified for and was training to compete in the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston, TX.  The fatigue I had attributed to training and end-of-semester exhaustion turned out to be much more! At twelve weeks pregnant, I raced in the US Marathon Trials, yikes!  Six very active and interesting months later, our lovely, healthy daughter was born.

As a new mom who is returning to running and racing form, I am using this blog to share my experiences – both the good and the “bumpy” – about new motherhood, returning to racing, and the combination of “high-power” academics, athletics and parenting.  Hopefully, this blog is a forum in which parents, academics, and active people can share their knowledge, support each other and learn from other’s experiences.  Here’s to cultivating a rich, diverse and active life!

A brief background for you: apart from being a runner, I am also graduate student, wife and outdoor enthusiast.  I am lucky to be married to a wonderful man, John; we live in  Albuquerque, NM, a place that I love 66% of the year: I despise the 33% of the year classified as “spring,” a time of wildly oscillating temperatures, sustained winds, and dryness!  I am a PhD graduate student at the University of New Mexico Earth & Planetary Science department, where I am studying the uplift history of the Rocky Mountains.  I ran track and cross country for the University of Oregon where I majored in geology and fine art photography, and prior to that enjoyed high school is northern New Mexico.

Please feel free to leave your constructive comments, thoughts, and suggestions for future topics!

I’m glad to thank Brooks and Powerbar for their support of my running and nutrition. Please follow me at @RunMagdalena and like my Facebook Page so you stay up to date on all of our happenings. While you’re at it, go on over to the subscribe via email box and follow this blog!

Some fun pictures of what my husband and I do:


3 thoughts on “About Magdalena

  1. Antonio Alberto (Sandoval)

    Hi Magdalena, congratulations on the coming baby. I knew your dad as a cousin growing up in Truchas. My step-dad is his uncle Flaymon. I haven’t seen Anthony for a few years, but whenever I do, it always seems to be in the mountains. Glad to hear you’re continuing to do well in academics and in running. Best of luck in your future endeavors. Pass along my regards to your dad.

  2. Hi Magdalena, I’m impressed with your running and enjoy your blog. I am runner, though not elite. (I was an all-American soccer player way back when). I’ve run two marathons and a couple halfs. My husband, two young boys and I just moved to Albuquerque a few weeks ago and I’m hoping to find a running community — moms or not. Do you have any suggestions. Thanks so much and good luck with your third trimester! Erin

    1. magdalenadonahue

      Hi Erin,
      Welcome to Albuquerque! There are lots of runners here in town – of all flavors. A big group are the Abq Road Runners, there is the Dukes Track Club, I am just starting a summer running group called Beat the Heat which trains for the Duke City half/full Marathon, and there are many more. Send me a message, and I’ll be happy to discuss other resources for running groups!

      Thanks – third trimester is going to be tough, but, I’m loving our monsoon rains that are keeping things cooler (for now!). Cheers!

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