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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Keeping it real

Keeping it real in response to @LaurenFleshman's challenge to women to celebrate their "real" bodies - wiggles, wobbles, and all. It can be a real challenge to reveal our bodies at anything less than their best and to recognize beauty no matter what form we take.  So, here's my post-run photo submission. Women & men: celebrate …

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Staying busy, staying sane (while not running!)

The weeks since my last post, where I talked about discovering I had a metatarsal stress fracture have flown by. I have not been running, but I have been cross training. I spent the first 3-4 weeks of injury diligently and vigorously cross training, and felt pretty awesome. However, I soon succumbed to what I …

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