The harvest

Are you getting the most out of your workouts? After a bad few weeks due to life changes, Mountain Mama and Mountain Kid 1 are back at it, counting miles and making them count.

Getting a future scientist to #optoutside

Today, Mountain Kid 2 turns 9. He was the biggest baby out of the three, almost 10 pounds. As of now, he’s the middle kid, in between his older sister and young brother in height. But he has the one with the biggest heart. (He’ll tell you he has a dark heart.) I knew he…

A new practice

Mountain Kid 1 and I are embarking on a different kind of training this summer. This upcoming school year, she’ll be old enough to participate in school sports. So we’re getting ready for fall cross-country season. I’ve put the zombie apocalypse training to a different course, concentrating more on running. Instead of detailing our training…

Wonder Women — redux

Blogger’s note: I was asked to revise my Wonder Women column after I saw the film. I cleaned the text up and added a bit. Steve Trevor is just as much of a hero as Diana. So, really everyone can be a superhero. The movie is a great film. I really encourage people to see…

My Wonder Women

As a child, my Wonder Woman didn’t wear a swimsuit. She didn’t have an invisible jet, Lasso of Truth or bracelets that deflected bullets. My mom had collected about 10 or so comics during her youth. In those pages was my Wonder Woman. She had lost her powers and wore Mod, a clothing style popular…

The end and beginning

June 2017 marks the end of my 40th year and the beginning of my 41st. To celebrate, my dog Blue ran away today. When we came home from school, he and about 10 of his tick friends came back to celebrate. I’ve been getting back on track exercise-wise after juggling a new work schedule. It…

Here and there …

So, this past weekend, I was supposed to run my first race of this year, a 5K held in conjunction with the N.C. Potato Festival. But my husband also wanted to run. Someone had to watch the kids, so I said I would. I still have a lot of that 5K energy in me —…

Just an update

So, yeah. Things have been busy here. Very busy. For every up, there is a down. Sometimes the down is so fast and brilliant, you don’t know you’ve hit bottom. I moved a lot as a kid. I thought it was cool and fun, until it wasn’t anymore. By then, I think I was on…

My daughter, Moana and myself

“There comes a day/When you’re gonna look around/And realize happiness is/Where you are.” — “Where You Are,” from the movie Moana LOW TIDE, ATLANTIC OCEAN, OUTER BANKS, N.C. — From a small hill on the sand, I saw her — Mountain Kid 1. Her wind-blown hair resting gently on her shoulders as she looked down….

Running? Mtn mama?

Spring usually notes change. Here in Appalachia, the race season begins. People start shedding their winter cabin fever for happy moments in the sunshine. The snow is replaced with green and blooming flowers. This year I have noticed that I’ve been drifting away from being a running Mountain Mama. I do more than run. I…

App review: ZP Challenge

Note: I haven’t been paid by ZP Challenge or any of its affiliates for this review. I just think this is a helpful, free app that can help anyone who wants/needs some accountability while they make lifestyle changes. “I don’t want this pancake, Mom. It’s all burnt on one side.” I take the pancake off…