cooking · Fitness · food · Running · Spring

At Least We Still Have Coffee

Hi everyone. Are you all doing okay? These are unquestionably bizarre times. Schools have closed, libraries have closed, toilet paper is becoming more valuable than water, and I think it’s safe to say we’re all feeling a little…bewildered. How do we ensure the health of ourselves and our families? How long will this last? What… Continue reading At Least We Still Have Coffee

motherhood · pregnancy · Running

That 20-Mile Feeling, and Dealing With It

Ask any marathoner and they could probably describe the 20-mile feeling. At its worst, it’s called the Wall, or bonking. At its best, it’s called…running a marathon. No matter its strength, it’s often characterized by feeling depleted, detached, and demoralized, with a ferociously strong desire to offer up your favorite dismissive profanity, toddle yourself over… Continue reading That 20-Mile Feeling, and Dealing With It

Albuquerque · Fall · motherhood · pregnancy · Running

We’ve Made It!

The season, she’s-a finally changing. Summer’s still fighting, but the momentum has unquestionably shifted. I felt it this morning when I was walking around the neighborhood, noting that tomorrow I may actually (gasp!) wear capris instead of shorts. It’s more momentous than it sounds. I felt it when I took Caroline to the playground and… Continue reading We’ve Made It!

Albuquerque · education · Running

A Great Runner and a Little Neighborhood History

In a few years, Caroline and her little sister (oh yeah, hey, we’re having another girl!) will attend John Baker Elementary School. Until recently, I had no idea who John Baker was, and didn’t much care. Probably some local public servant, maybe politician, pillar of the community, yawn. The school is supposedly a good one,… Continue reading A Great Runner and a Little Neighborhood History

Arizona · gratitude · motherhood · pregnancy · Running · Travel

Morning in the Valley of the Sun

Shhhh. It’s a hair after 6 a.m. and I’ve just gotten back from my run. I’m in Scottsdale, Arizona with the family, visiting friends, hence the early hour. Wait for the sun to rise fully before starting an outside workout around here and…. sizzlefrysizzlefrysizzlefry. It’s not pretty. But now? Now is good. Now I feel… Continue reading Morning in the Valley of the Sun

empowerment · motherhood · Running

Your Legs

Now you’re beginning to see Their strength, their purpose, Their possibilities. Walking, running, dancing, skipping, jumping. Moving, resting. They’ll only get stronger. Who knows the miles they’ll cover, The scratches and scars, the muscles and lines, The dimples, bumps, and bruises Which will become their story, their song. They’ll only get stronger. You’ll fall, you’ll… Continue reading Your Legs

faith · food · Running · Uncategorized

Flipping the Switch

You never know what’s going to flip that switch and shift you from sitting-there-revving-the-engines mode into step-on-the-gas mode. For me, several things happened in quick succession. I received my first-ever Garmin as a gift a couple of weeks ago. Yup, my first-EVER Garmin. I’ve shrugged off such technology in the past because frankly, I haven’t… Continue reading Flipping the Switch

motherhood · parenthood

Basically, I Still Have No Idea What I’m Doing

My baby’s going to be a year old soon. A full year. I don’t know how to process this. I’m still processing the fact – undeniable! She’s right there! – that I am indeed a mother, that I have a daughter, that we’re bound forever. She’ll always be part of me and I’ll always be… Continue reading Basically, I Still Have No Idea What I’m Doing

marathons · motherhood · Running

Bright Lights, Big Race: It’s NYC Marathon Eve!

I’m standing in my kitchen in the early-morning, daylight-savings darkness, nursing a cup of coffee. I’ve just come back from a 2.5 mile run, and am enjoying quiet time before everyone else wakes up. I’ve said prayers and done stretches and eaten a granola bar, and the caffeine is starting to kick in, so to… Continue reading Bright Lights, Big Race: It’s NYC Marathon Eve!

parenthood · summer · Texas · Travel · vacation

In Which Texas Teaches Me a Thing or Two

We left for Texas on a Thursday, our Tundra stuffed to the gills with, well, stuff. The flotsam that surrounds a hunter going to Texas; a 9-month-old baby; and a, cough, slightly anxious mother embarking on her first major road trip with said baby. Our dog, God love her, stayed with a friend. My sanity… Continue reading In Which Texas Teaches Me a Thing or Two

Albuquerque · motherhood · parenthood · Running · school

It’s That Time Again

Funny, the magic that encircles a new school year even if you don’t have kids in school. Albuquerque students started back on Monday, and even though I won’t be shopping for school supplies for another few years, little things have happened over the past week that smack of optimism, exciting change, and goals for the… Continue reading It’s That Time Again