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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2015 New Year Goals: A focus on enjoying the outdoors with my family

This year, my traditional resolutions have been replaced with goals. Most of these goals focus on exploring and introducing my daughter to new outdoor activities. Read on and share your thoughts below! Family running time. Much of my running is very focused and directed, however, I love spending time running as a family. Here in Albuquerque, we’re …

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Prioritization & Refreshment

Last October 2013, I looked forward on my Google calendar to September and October 2014 and put a 2-month-long “appointment” titled “Do not overbook! Fall = favorite season!” As fall approached this year, I noticed my calendar filling up. Everything I marked down for those 2 months was good: a high-profile talk, a field conference & debut of a mobile device …

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Home alone – with a toddler

This week, my husband is on travel and I am home along with our daughter.  This presents both a challenge and the opportunity for great fun, as this week will be the longest time we've been apart since the babe was born. On the fun side of things, we’ve eaten our - ok, my - …

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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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The Jekyll-and-Hyde half hour

Spring semester is underway, our little is in full-time day care, somehow it is February, and  days and hours pass in blurs. Today I thought I would talk a bit about time: the half hour, to be precise.  Why a half hour?  It takes me approximately 30 minutes to be at day care, pick up …

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New Year Philosophies

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, goals & resolutions are a hot topic as each year begins.  As I reflect on 2013, I know I spent the year “getting back” into many things, including running and academia.  The year was pretty hectic for me, and culminated in an emotional whirlwind of a holiday season during which …

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Dear Santa Fe, a holiday letter from another toddler

Everyone around me (ok, my Mom & Dad) are really into lists. Ok, mostly, my Mom is into lists. She has a list for everything. What food to buy. Activities. “Important” phone numbers. What food is for dinner. When I go to “daycare” (or better known as “toddler’s united in guilt-tripping parents for abandonment”). And …

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A Reflection on Thanksgiving Travel with Toddler

This Thanksgiving, my husband, 15 month old daughter and I flew across the country to celebrate Thanksgiving and Mundan with family in Connecticut.  Reflecting on this trip, I have much to giggle about, and thought I’d share. Packing My M.O.: Baby = priority numero uno. Organize, reorganize, and then double-check quantity of leggings, onesies, fuzzy …

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