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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Grandma’s Marathon & OTQ!

I recently ran the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN, placing 16th overall with a time of 2:42:02 (a PR!). My training for this first post-baby marathon has been very consistent. Following a freak hamstring tweak that knocked me out from running for 2-3 weeks in April, I have seen my body steadily become stronger over …

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Dad keeps Mom running, and our active family takes teamwork

I have big goals for my running over the next few years.  However, my approach and philosophy has undergone a change: I am no longer quite the same very nerdy girl who wakes up dreaming of the Olympic Trials at 4:45 to get my mid-week long run in before going to spend 12 hours a …

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Baby-assisted strength training – Part 1

For a fun – but effective – twist on strength training, I have crafted what my husband has dubbed the “Med-Ball-Baby Workout.”  Wait! Before you gasp thinking I’m tossing my 6-month old baby about in the air, let me assure you: I am not chucking the baby around, but I am using her (not insignificant!) …

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“Mom Friends”

While I was pregnant, every other person seemed to tell me to ‘never turn down any offer of help.’  In the simmering heat of last summer, I think I gave each of those people a sideways look and a big halfway grin while nodding my head politely and thinking to myself, “Suuuure… don’t turn down …

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