Cold water, warm smiles

This is part two of a two part series. The first part was about trusting the process. This is about how volunteering to teach kids to swim taught me to trust the process. Come get me, the girl with the pink swimcap said through her outstretched arms and warm smile. I waited, watching her rainbow-beaded…

Trusting the process

This is part one of a two part series. Today’s piece deals with trust. Part two will be about my experience as a volunteer at a local swimming camp. It was nine-plus hours of white-knuckle driving at its finest. I went to West Virginia to gather the few last things we wanted from our old…

Happy Birthday Skirt Sports

Skirt Sports, a clothing line for all active women, is celebrating its 13th birthday this week. In honor of the birthday, let me share a video of the founder, Nicole DeBloom, and the first skirt that started the company. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FSkirtSports%2Fvideos%2F10154919248581717%2F&show_text=0&width=560   To celebrate the company’s birthday, they are offering a special discount at their website,…

The hard stuff

I recently joined a Facebook group led by Jesse Itzler, author of “Living with a SEAL.” It’s called #wedohardstuff. While it’s mostly physically hard stuff, there have been some mental challenges as well.     Right now, doing hard stuff is not just physical. My mind has to be convinced. My bank balance needs to…

Three favorite things: Food prep

I am constantly in search for something that will let me explore the world of food without breaking my budget or calorie count. When it comes to food preparation, the things you cook and bake with, I try to go for inexpensive and high quality. I also look for multitaskers — equipment that I can…

Like vs. want: Getting back into fitness

Recommended reading/podcast: Mom is in Control School has started. And for me, that means spending most of my day by myself, doing whatever needs to get done until the kids get home and I have to start working. Back when Mountain Kid 3 was three or so, I would spend that time working out, and…

Brooks Launch 3 vs. the dog

Bike rides are cool. Getting attacked by a dog after making a wrong decision during a ride isn’t cool. I wish I had some helpful hints. But I was just scared. And my shoes saved my foot.

Insights from adult talk

After a long work day of crashing servers and losing important progress, I headed out of the house, with a beer in my pocket and Mountain Papa by my side. We navigated through the dark, up a staircase and across a little bridge. Then we went back down the stairs. He occasionally looked back as…

Summer shuffle

Right now, the crickets and cicadas are chirping and hissing on the dune. The dull crash of the waves echo in the distance in a calming rhythm — swoosh in, swoosh out. We have been trying to make for lost time this summer. At least, it seems that way. Things from my husband’s past have…

Recommendations

As a Running Mountain Mama, I try to encourage people to use their resources wisely. After all that's what Mountain Mamas, and moms in general, do every day. With that in mind, here are some suggestions that I hope will help you stretch your budget and give you some valuable resources you can turn to…

Race recap: Eagle Charge

Race: Eagle Charge Type: Virtual (you can do it anywhere during the first week of July) Distance: You can run either a 4-mile or 7-mile distance. You also can do both for a total of 11 miles. Charity it benefits: Team Red, White and Blue, a nonprofit for civilians and veterans that aims to enrich…

In the end …

As I began my work day, a notice flashed on the screen: “Linkin Park singer dead, Los Angeles coroner says.” To be honest, I didn’t know Chester Bennington’s name until today. I just knew him as the Linkin Park singer. I knew how much I admire his vocal ability. The raw emotion that flowed out…