Mom's Running It Blog

WOMEN'S FITNESS

Tips to Balance Fitness and Family

The question I probably get asked most frequently is how I successfully balance fitness and family.  First and most importantly in my opinion are priorities. It has always been a top priority for me to stay in shape, so regardless of my situation I carved out the time.  Period. There are no reasons not to be healthy and fit, only excuses. Achieving balance, however, means that by staying fit and healthy, I didn’t compromise other aspects of my life – most importantly my family.  There are a mu…

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Supplements for a Healthier Me

My experience with supplements includes a little story like this - I broke my foot a year ago, was in a boot, couldn't run for over 6 months, and put on 12 pounds.  Twelve might not be a big number, especially since I was at a good weight, but I didn't want to keep it on.  I started running in March - and I use the word "running" loosely since it started as walking a mile on a treadmill.  In October I ran my first half marathon in 18 months and I'm consistently running about 20 miles a week over…

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My 4 Favorite Fitness Apps

At work, I have a desk job. Well, not entirely. I'm out and about in the community quite a bit talking with people, but also at my desk quite a bit. Getting in exercise during my workday (and even weekends) can sometimes seem daunting.

In Reno, we joke about how the weather has ADD. It just can't make up its mind and then - squirrel! Plus we tend to have higher-than-normal-and-I-hate-them winds.  The expressions go:  If you don't like the weather in Reno, wait 5 minutes.  I have mentioned tha…

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Healthy Habits - Drink More Water

Guidelines for water consumption are all over the board. 

Eight 8 ounce glasses a day.  1 ml (about 1/5 of a teaspoon) of water for each calorie he or she consumes. The average diet at the time was approximately 1900 calories, meaning you needed about 64 ounces of water per day...  Drink more if urine isn't clear.  Women should drink 91 ounces and men 125..water glass

I have a great friend that texts me the same picture every time I complain about anything.  Headache?  Tired?  Feeling slow?  Feeling fa…

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Parenting Win with my Teenager's Pyramid Lake Triathlon

My 16-year-old daughter, Alana, earned a triathlon by getting good grades.  That doesn't mean she got great grades, or that every quarter was stellar, but she earned it. 

Her Dad and I bought her a bike, a tri suit, clip-in shoes.  She loved doing a tri with me last summer - it was on her "bucket list" if a person that age can have one of those.  I beat her last year by 4 minutes.  Her only goal was to beat me.  I suppose it's a compliment when a 16-year-olds goal is to beat her 43-year-old M…

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Keeping In Shape The Right Way

Body image.  Many people fall prey to issues, especially in the summertime when bikini's, shorts and summer dresses are everywhere.

I have very few issues with body image.  I'm hard on myself - although I know it's not logical - I want to stay looking 20 years old and modeling.  More realistically, I told myself at a very young age that I would age gracefully and not fall prey to pressure and gimmicks.  Generally, I exercise enough and eat clean enough that my weight is never even on my radar…

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Managing Life with Exercise-Induced Asthma

Occasionally life throws you a curveball.  My most recent was this past summer when my running took a major nosedive. 

Just when things seemed to be getting better, I just crashed.  My times were getting slower and my "side effects" were exhaustion - not just a little tired after a run.  Falling asleep sitting up on the couch with the TV on and my face mashed into an armrest kind of exhaustion.  Muscle cramps - primarily my calves and the arches in my feet.  Cramping - those excruciating diap…

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4 Steps to Being Healthy

My niece recently emailed me asking about diet, exercise, losing and maintaining weight, etc... 

Here's some scary information: Plate size has actually gotten bigger.  What used to be a normal-sized plate is now considered a child's size.  We still fill the plate.  Portion sizes are huge now.

Holy cow.  Please don't super size me

Holy cow. Please don't supersize me

What a difference

What a difference

Serving sizes have changed.  For example, 2T ketchup used to be one serving.  Now it's 4T.

On another note, sizes have stretched 4" over the …

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How A Hysterectomy Gave Me a Second Chance

February marked ten years since I had my hysterectomy.

It's amazing how time flies.  It was my seventh pregnancy and I lost twins at 19 weeks.  To say it was an emotional time is an enormous understatement.  I went through a series of three surgeries.  One to "clean up" my insides and perform the D&C, one to perform the hysterectomy and the third because I was bleeding internally.  Several hours and 5 blood transfusions later, the doctor told me I shouldn't be here.  But I was.

Post hysterectomy with a one year old little boy who just needed his Mommy

A couple of…

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An Eye-Opening Guide to Heart Rate Zone Training

There are benefits of training in every heart rate zone. Here is an eye-opening guide to heart rate zone training. 

Being on a team means there are people at varying levels of running fitness, speed, etc...  I am fortunate to be able to run with elite athletes going pro and athletes just beginning their fitness journey.

Polar - one of my teams sponsors - illustrating the heart rate zone break down

Polar - one of my team's sponsors - illustrating the heart rate zone break down

Once I understood the value of training at every heart rate zone, it became easy to switch …

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