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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Get Ready: Let’s hike Mt. Whitney!

I am excited to be planning to hike Mt. Whitney this August! Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states, reaching 14,505 feet elevation, and is a major "bucket list" item for many hikers. I am so lucky to get a chance to climb this peak: One of my friends from college drew a permit and invited me to join her group. How to prepare for this adventure? The two biggest challenges I see a major need to train for are 1) the time on my feet (12-14 hours hiking is a long time!) and 2) to be walking on an unstable surface for that length of time/distance.

What is pelvic physical therapy?

I first met with a pelvic floor PT a few years after having my second child, and only after I was in so much pain I could barely walk, much less run. I should have visited one much sooner, as I suffered extreme pubic symphysis dysfunction. I could easily ‘click’ my pubic symphysis joint in …

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5 Strategies for Returning to Running Postpartum

It makes sense that each return to running will have it’s own unique twists and turns.

It makes sense that each return to running will have it’s own unique twists and turns. Try not to compare to previous pregnancies, those of friends or family, or those you see on social media. When you get tired, rest. Have a snack. Don’t beat yourself up because you opted to prioritize sleep instead of pushing to get an early morning run when you’re starved for rest. Laugh at yourself when things go wonky (they will), and remember that your running should support, compliment, and encourage your whole life. 

Have fun! Forgive yourself for your stumbles, and learn from them. Move forward wiser, stronger, and more resilient.

10 Years of Bun on the Run!

I wrote my first blog post here 10 years ago. I had qualified for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials, was a newly signed Brooks athlete, and found out I was pregnant just over a month before the race. I was having a rough first trimester and was looking for running mother inspiration - check …

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The Walk-Run

As you know from recent posts, most of my activity lately has been on the walking and hiking range of things. My son is now 4 and a half months old, and after doing pelvic PT for the past 3 months, I have been cleared to do short runs! Nothing like a major run, but …

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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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Age vs Qualifying Time for US Women’s 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

I recently wrote a post looking into the qualifying times and which races the record-number of participants in the 2020 Women's Olympic Marathon Trials qualified. Today, I explore the race day ages and qualifying times of the women's field. Initial graph setup: qualifying time plotted on the horizontal (x) axis, while age increases up the …

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