Finding small joys in all the strangeness

I am 32 weeks pregnant, with 8(-ish) weeks to go until my third child is set to arrive.  This is my third pregnancy, and it’s playing out quite differently than the first two, and even differently from what was laid out by my OB/GYN back in November and December. Most notably, I’m over 35 ("elderly …

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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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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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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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A Fall to Remember

September had two major events for me and my family. First, I defended my PhD dissertation the second week of September. This is huge! I started my PhD at the University of New Mexico, where I study geology, in 2010. I took a year off following the birth of my first daughter (2012-2013), but otherwise, …

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Summer Exercise for the Pregnant Athlete

Welcome to the dog-days of summer. During pregnancy, body temperature is naturally slightly elevated. Add in soaring summer temperatures, and outdoor activity and exercise can be a significant challenge. I've hung up my running shoes for the rest of this pregnancy and am instead getting my exercise in alternative ways including walking, swimming, hiking and yoga. My …

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Running Through The Second Trimester

‘How has running changed over the past few months?’ and ‘How is running during this pregnancy different from your first?’ seem to be two common questions I’ve been hearing lately. To talk about the first: Running has changed a lot! After finding out I was pregnant, I actually spent most of my first trimester (or, …

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2015: Year of the Scenic Detour

As 2014 was drawing to a close, I was in a frantic routine of working to finish my PhD, applying for the grueling academic job market, and putting in long miles in the dark winter mornings of New Mexico. On those quiet, solo headlamp-lit morning runs, I found myself eagerly looking forward to 2015 as …

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