Times of Change

So much has changed since last posting. Last time, I wrote about giving kids the tools to plan their outdoor adventures. In the weeks between, the COVID-19 virus has upended our lives, and everyone is dealing with a new reality. My daughters’ school and day care are closed, and we are self-isolating as a family …

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Kids in Charge: Planning Activities

Recently, I wrote about flexibility when planning activities with kids. Today, I'm writing about stepping back and letting my children take more of a planning role in our activities. My family loves to hike. I have a lot of ideas about where and how to hike in and around Albuquerque. My daughters also have a …

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Flexibility

I’ve been writing about parenting in an active family, and modeling active behavior. This all sounds great, but there’s a lot of planning and preparation that goes into establishing and maintaining these behaviors. One of the key habits I have to constantly work on is flexibility.  I love to run, hike, camp, and adventure out …

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Modeling (as in, role modeling)

Last post I wrote of some overarching goals I have in active parenting. These goals are uniquely mine, and I hope sharing these thoughts is helpful.  I do believe that in order to truly promote an ideal (e.g., “being active and self aware”) to a person - especially a child, it is critical to model …

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Life Theme: Active Parenting

One of my life goals is to have an active lifestyle. This takes many forms for me: elite distance running, backpacking, hiking, rock climbing. Corollary to that active lifestyle goal is to raise my family in an active manner.  For me, one of my main parenting goals is to raise my children so they are …

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Let’s Talk Morning Routines!

I was happy to talk with Another Mother Runner about morning running routines with a group of other women runners. Take a listen to the podcast  (#399) here! My biggest advice: Find what works for you, and make it as absolutely fail-proof and streamlined as possible in order to work towards consistency. What's your morning …

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Finding focus for the New Year

Last week I took a day off work and went on a hike with my husband. This first week back to ‘regular life’ after the holidays was a hectic one: new schedules, new after school activities, filtering and organizing the newly imminent 2020 tasks and deadlines. Plus two doctors appointments for me, including my important …

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Mothers Need Each Other

This is my third pregnancy, and it's a new and familiar feeling. Each pregnancy is unique, and so far I've been glad to be running most days of the week. I'm not running far, nor am I running fast, but I try to get out and enjoy the movement. One thing that has been key …

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Active moms! Collecting your best tips & tricks for exercise while pregnant and postpartum!

Runner and active moms! I need your help! I'm in search of your best advice to new moms or newly pregnant women who are active, and are hoping to stay that way! I have my own list of good practices, but I would LOVE to hear from you about what worked for you (or didn't …

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The Training Journal Part 3: Motivation & Confidence

One of the less obvious but most powerful reasons to keep a training journal is the motivation that can be derived from the journal.  Both the practice of physically writing down your hard work, and the later reflection back upon this compiled work you've done are wonderful confidence builders. Many of us have busy lives, …

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