Mom's Running It Blog

Minimalism Through The Holidays

Stress, spending money, too many things to do. None of which most of us want, especially around the holidays. Most of it we bring on ourselves though, so if you're looking for less stress during the holidays, take a good hard look in the mirror and start talking.  That's the person with control.  To get the think tank going, here are five ways to minimize (and reduce your stress) during the holidays:

  1. Say no.  That little word that we aren't always good at using.  Say it.  Practice.  Feel th…

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The Relationship Benefits of Date Night

There are so many benefits to date night. It is imperative in a relationship with kids.  I look forward to Saturday night and I won't lie, it's on a countdown some weeks.  We have some rules about date night.  No discussing our relationship and no discussing the kids.  This is both a relief and a challenge, but date night is about us tapping into each other, focusing on each other, feeling special and important, and getting away from the issues that cause stress.  It's not only about staying in …

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The Importance of Knowing How to Fix Stuff

One good thing that came out of growing up poor is that I learned to fix things.  Toilets, the TV set up (OK, the new stuff I don't get as easily), changing a flat tire, garbage disposals.  When you don't have money and you want things to work, you figure it out.  Probably part of why I still ask too many questions and I need things to make sense.  

Recently both headlights on my 97 Toyota Forerunner went out.  Within hours of each other.  I'm guessing these babies were nearly originals by ho…

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The Best Gear for Winter Running

Reno is the only place I've lived where I can go running in shorts and a T-shirt in nearly 60* weather on a Sunday, and Tuesday have to figure out what to wear in 23* with ice and snow.  We tend not to ease into winter - it just wakes up one day and bludgeons us.  Our temperatures do fluctuate during the day so if morning running is too chilly, you can go at 3 in the afternoon and add 20*.  As the expression goes - if you don't like Reno weather, wait 5 minutes. Keep reading for my list of the b…

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Teaching Kids About Consumerism

Teaching kids about consumerism can be a big task.  Regardless of your income or your priorities, it's an issue parents have to face.  No matter how often you succumb to "the gimmies", there will always be more.  Commercials on TV, ads on the internet, friends who own more "stuff", the ability for social media to track what you look for and like - it's never-ending.  

Want to be thinner?  Faster?  Stronger?  Better looking? Have more energy?  Look better?  There's a product for everything and…

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The Black Friday Challenge

It's time for something different this Black Friday! REI recently released their Black Friday policy, which I wish other companies would take as a personal affront and challenge.  #OptOutside is their campaign and the message is clear:

REI believes that being outside makes our lives better. That's why this Black Friday, we're closing all 143 of our stores and paying our employees to head outside.

You are invited to join them by exploring the outdoors yourself.  You can say where you'll be, w…

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Net Down Marathon Run

Net down!  Get those words right out of your head.  They mean ONLY that from the start to the finish of a marathon, you have gone down in elevation.  This is the second race I've done this summer that was a "net down" and they were the two most difficult races of the year (Bizz Johnson and this one).  They also were both on trails which I find to be technically more difficult but a lot more fun.

We're already moving so fast, the photo is blurry Chris and I drove to Redding, CA on Friday eveni…

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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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The Minimalism Process

The minimalism process has its benefits. It all started a little rocky though. Those moments when we were minimizing and I was in tears for every reason and no reason at all and I wanted to burn the house down? Yes, I remember those moments. Where every decision about something I owned became emotionally charged and sentimental? And every time I let go I felt as though I was disappointing someone? Yes, those moments I remember as well. The moments when I was completely lost and I couldn't put it…

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Running the Bizz Johnson Express Half Marathon

First, let me preface by saying that running the Bizz Johnson half marathon is by far one of my favorite races.  It's absolutely beautiful, well run, super fun and low key.  It's a net down but feels flat (except one big down followed immediately by an up).  Great aid stations, good people, a bus system that actually works seamlessly, and a finish that feeds an army.  With beer included.  Amazing and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.  Having said that........  It was not one of my better days, but…

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