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…

Embracing time

This week I don’t have a training plan. I just work out when I can and try to eat mindfully. Some days are better than others. But this week is about trusting the process, trusting time to heal wounds and open my spirit to the possibilities. This week marks the anniversary of when we adopted…

HEC Recap Part 3: Matter over mind

The last time I did a night run, it was 2015. I did the 4-mile loop at Ragnar Appalachians with a few Team Red, White and Blue members. It would be my last activity with the Morgantown chapter, as I moved the week prior.  My headlamp went out, there were rocks you had to climb…

HEC Race Recap: Course description

Name of race: Hoorah 2 Heroes Law Enforcement Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge When held: Last weekend in February. In 2017, there were Saturday night and Sunday morning races. Plans in 2018 include these races, a mountain bike course and a high school race. Where held: The Highlands in Ohio County, W.Va. Course description: Looping 6-mile course…

Finding the hero within

This is the first of a three part race recap of the Hoorah 2 Heroes Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge. Parts two and three will deal with each part of the two-day race.   The first time Mike and I meet to form our local Team Red, White and Blue chapter, we brainstormed on which groups…

The Bucket List

I recently applied for a fellowship. As part of the application, I was asked what the top three items on my bucket list are. To be honest, due to my depression and other anxiety issues, I never created a bucket list. So I stared at the application … what do I put, I asked myself….

Race preparation: Product reviews

Besides the physical training, a lot of my activity involves race-day preparation — finding which fuels don’t upset my stomach, figuring out which layers work best in certain weather conditions, placement of my water bottle for easiest access, etc. There are certain items that are required by the race directors of my Febraury race. Fail…

My inner trail beast: Velma Dinkley

“I can’t see without my glasses.” We’ll be OK. Just concentrate on the light ahead of you. He’s our running buddy. “But it’s highly improbably that you’re ready for this. Jinxies, you almost lost your shoe. The mud is too much, we have to quit.” In the book, “The Tao of Running,” ultra-marathon runner and…

Becoming a zombie? Here’s what to do

Week 2: Zombie Apocalypse Training Well, we just finished up Week 2 of 2017. And I may say, maintaining the training has been easier now that I set a benchmark. In late February, I’ll be running a 7-mile trail race called the Hillraiser Challenge. I’m scared and excited at the same time. The first offering…

Quick tips: Gear storage

As someone looking to improve her fitness, I’ve gathered stuff. Buffs, water bottles, phone holders, etc. As a mom, I have to put these items somewhere safe. I can’t keep things in reach of my kids, or I’ll never find them again. They like shiny, new things — strange items that they don’t see in…