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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Public perception – and reactions – to activity during pregnancy

Walking from the backpack cubbies into the climbing gym has become an avenue of double takes, elbows and the ever-subtle chin-point.  If the slightly rumpled, chalk-dusted, lithely muscular patrons of our climbing gym managed to take in my strange-looking body harness without pause, my now 25-week pregnant belly is impossible to ignore.  I admit - …

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Support Systems – No woman is an island

Through five years of NCAA Division I competition and seven years of post-collegiate competition, I have learned that my racing success depends on much more than just me:  my competitive self relies on a broad and varied support system. Each node of this system is critical to some aspect of my well-being, training details, mental …

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Alternative Exercise – I’ve rediscovered some energy

I’m now 21 weeks pregnant – just over half-way through my 40week pregnancy adventure! Fun facts: I have gained 12 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight, and I now register at 132 pounds – a number combination I’ve never before seen on the scale! As my waist has vanished, replaced by the novel curves of my …

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