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…

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…

For Dad: Labor Day miles challenge

Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite three-day holidays. As a kid, it would mark the start to the school year. It was a nice, much needed break from everything before the Thanksgiving and Christmas season fell upon us. But I like it mostly because some years it would fall on my dad’s birthday….

Fog and refocusing

The fog rolls in, Into my mind, making decisions hard. It clouds reality, makes easy tasks impossible. — I have been dealing with a virus for several weeks now. While my co-workers have a nagging cough and feel crappy, I have a constantly runny nose and feel crappy. This crapiness seems to be compounded by…

A world without selfies

I like challenges … sometimes. My husband threw down what is probably one of my most difficult challenges: Don’t take any selfies. He didn’t say for how long, just don’t take a selfie. I lived for 30-something years without selfies, but this is hard. You have to shift your focus from “me” to finding something…

Darkness my old friend

It’s good to talk with you again … DARK O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING — I haven’t been myself since my dad’s death. For the most part, it’s a good thing. On the good side, his death opened up some things that I thought I purged my life of long ago. These memories come and go…

My first crush

This werkend was among the saddest in my house. My first “boyfriend.” I loved him with all my heart and soul, and I still do. When I was young, we played in the snow together, and he showed me the planes he fixed. He showed me around the base where he served as an Air…

Just doing it

“There is no try.” — Yoda, Jedi master I’m inspired to write because of this blog post on the Team RWB website. He wrote what I have been trying to explain to countless people: Why I moved, where I am and where I hope to be. The pain is temporary, but the long-term gains will last forever. It was…

Learning by doing

I missed all of last week’s “homework” for Blogging 101. I’ve been sick and dealing with life. Today’s Blogging 101 homework is to work with a writing prompt. Mine happens to be Learning Style. When I was a teenager, I was a very good student in social studies. So much that I spent most of…

Burnt cookies, a reintroduction

I have been writing, putting up songs of the post and pictures and editing in this part of cyberspace for about four years now. In the pages, you can read the introduction, where I explain why I started Runningmtnmama. I can’t say that the reason I started keeps me writing anymore.  I still remember holding…

Hello 2017

As part of the Resolution Rally, hosted by Run the Edge, a company that offers training programs for runners, I’m supposed to writes letter to myself in 2017. So I thought I’d post it here. Dear 2017 me, Wow, you survived another year. This was a tough year but you wanted it that way, you…