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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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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Crack! Stress fracture stealth attack

Two weeks ago, after finishing a great workout, I was high-stepping across the dewy grass of the track infield to my car. It was 7 am, and I was feeling giddily triumphant about controlling the mental aspects of what was a hard workout. As I bounced through the grass, I felt a sudden sharp pain …

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New baby, new [blog] direction!

This blog has thus far chronicled my adventures through pregnancy, and the ways I kept physically fit while “with child.” John and I were happy to welcome our daughter, MariaElena, into our lives in early August, and have spent the last four weeks in a whirlwind of emotions, excitement, learning, loving and exhaustion. First, a …

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Baby goes camping

As Albuquerque sizzles in the summer heat, the cool, blue, pine-forested mountains of northern New Mexico look increasingly delightful.  Normally, my summer is filled with backpacking and geology trips throughout the southern Rocky Mountains.  This summer, my backpack and hiking boots have remained in the closet. Not to be discouraged from enjoying the wilderness entirely …

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Anticipation

Wow – it’s been a while since I last posted an entry.  I’ve been flying across the country, have had in-laws visiting, and am frantically trying to finish writing  a geology journal article on my current PhD research before Baby Donahue arrives.  Thus, my thoughts have largely stayed in the realms of “When does our …

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Hot Mama: The pregnant “glow” is a wildfire hazard

As summer starts to settle in, the temperature is rising.  I knew this was coming; in fact, all winter long, I was secretly looking forward to the days when all I would have to do was throw on a sundress and sandals and head out into the sunshine.  Now, instead of loving the sun warming …

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Preparedness: Weeks to go move into single digits

Preparation.  The word conjures up lists, planning, expectation, excitement, goals, and work.  I think of this word in a few realms: athletics, academics, and, recently, to the imminent arrival of the baby I’ve been toting around inside of me for the last 31 weeks.  Yep, that is correct: I am statistically 75% of the way …

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