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One Tip Wednesday: For when life is hard, you guys

Oh, a momma’s heart is a tender thing. And when the babies are hurting or scared or turning into teenagers that know not what they do to our tender hearts (or their own hearts), life gets hard. I’m so very proud and in love with my kids, but this touchy tween-teen thing is not for the faint of heart. They … [continue]

One Tip Wednesday: How to get through a bad patch

Up. Down. Up. Down. Up. Slump. Up. Down. Repeat. Such is the relationship we have to running. It’s a wonder we don’t quit at the first “down” we hit. Well, I guess some of us do. But if you’re reading this, you know what I mean and have probably bounced up and down a bit yourself. Of course, there are … [continue]

One Tip Wednesday: The most important question to ask yourself before every run

So……. “Why the heck am I up at 5:00am to go running?!” This has often been the question I ask myself because, let’s face it, runners are a wacky breed and sometimes I have to check in with myself out loud. (Quietly, of course, so as not to wake the kids.) Whether it’s a dark, rainy morning run, a post-work … [continue]

How running set me free: from worry, stress, and combat boots

This article first appeared in OutdoorsNW, an adventure, travel, and recreational magazine for outdoorsy types in the beautiful Northwest. In my early twenties, I was an Air Force staff sergeant working for the Electronic Security Command in Europe. I think that’s all I am allowed to tell you about my job except that my windowless office was located deep within … [continue]