Weekend Trip: White Sands National Park

This past weekend we ventured to White Sands National Park. The park is famous for its sparkling white sand dunes, which exist in the middle of the southern New Mexico desert. I'll talk a bit about kid-organization, and a bit about the geology of White Sands.

Patellar Osteoarthritis & a Cortisone Shot

I have been having pain in my right knee for a few months. For the past several years (or a decade?) my knee occasionally will ‘click’ when I run downhill when very fatigued, or on an occasional swim day when I am flutter kicking. The pain has been growing over the summer and fall, finally making it so painful to run downhill that I have had to stop running. I made an appointment to visit an orthopedist. A few xrays and a quick physical exam and history, and the diagnosis of patellar osteoarthritis was made.

It’s Fall

The best time of year. I'm spending as much time in the woods as I can, catching the changing seasons and savoring the cooler temperatures. This past weekend we did a 'divide and conquer' hike, with me and kids starting a hike in an aspen wonderland, then returning to the car while my husband hiked …

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The Next Big Adventure

Our eldest daughter asked to climb a fourteener for her 10th birthday. This quickly progressed to a "14er Project" with the goal of climbing 14 Fourteeners by the time she was 14. We climbed Mt. Yale as our first mountain peak, and had a great time.

Mt. Whitney: A Successful Summit

I hiked Mt. Whitney a couple of weeks ago in late August, and have spent the past two weeks basking in the glory of topping the tallest mountain in the contiguous 48 states (also, letting my calves recover, and getting into the back-to-school routine with my children). The hike was marvelous. It was long, gorgeous, …

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Hiking Foot Care, or, I have Bony Feet

As I’ve been training for my Mt. Whitney hike, which will take place later this month, I’ve been doing a lot of hiking. One of the questions I get most often both from runners and hikers is how to prevent blisters.  I have bony, narrow feet. In particular, one of the things that I need …

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What to eat on a long day hike?

What you eat before, during, and after a long day hike has a huge impact on how your hike goes. Ideally, you want to be optimally fueled so as to have an awesome, energy-filled hike and quick recovery after your long effort.  Hiking food and distance running fuel look a lot alike in basic nutritional …

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Training for Mt. Whitney

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m preparing to hike Mt. Whitney in late August. I’m really excited about this adventure, and am spending a lot of time thinking about how to best prepare myself for the hike. To recap, we have a 24 hour permit, so we need to hike the 22-mile, 6,000 foot …

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Building a Lifetime of Adventure

I recently wrote a post for the Trail Sisters journal. I'll copy it here, but you can also go ahead and check it out on their page. The more the merrier: My children and their cousins enjoying a summer hike. I grew up loving to run. In college, I ran cross country and track for …

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Can I have pelvic floor problems if I haven’t had children?

I recently wrote about my experiences with post-partum physical therapy, and some of the benefits and process I went through. I got a lot of questions about do you need to have had a baby to have pelvic floor or pelvic issues. The answer is absolutely! Any person - man or woman - can experience …

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