Self Care Does Not Make You Selfish

As parents Robert and I have learned that we are no longer the priority. We have a little one now whose needs and well being trump any of our desires. However that does not mean we do not get to take some time for self care. We are in better moods and usually have more energy because we feel better physically after we take some time to take care of ourselves in some way, shape, or form. Self care does not make you a selfish parent it makes you a good one! Continue reading

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So You Want to Start Running

Recently this amazing thing happened. A few of our family members and friends have decided they want to start running on a consistent basis and have come to us to help them start on the wonderful adventure awaiting them. Most of their questions have been the same so I figured it might be good to get a post out there for all of you who are inspired to get out the door this summer, but have no clue where to start. Hopefully by looking at this post you can feel confident in what you need, what you can skip over, and what you should expect as you start running.

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6 Months of Stroller Strides

Now that we have added Ellie to #TeamMcMILEan we have had to learn how to incorporate stroller running into our training and race life. Thus far it has been an adventure and learning curve to say the least however with the transition of her to sitting up and looking out on runs versus having to be in the car seat looking directly up at the sky I think we are on course for more success. As with so many things in the parenting realm I never knew how DIFFICULT stroller running could be before actually having to do it myself. I am not talking about the physical component of having to push this massive thing in front of you without tripping up as you stride, I am referring to all the other factors that go into it that you probably would never think about (because I sure as heck didn’t) until you have to experience them on a daily basis. Continue reading

My Running #MeToo

So I hesitated a lot before writing this post. Our blog is not really one for serious conversations. Yes I rave about things I love here and I know there are a few lines of complaints when I am not totally in love with something, but this is a serious topic and I worry about writing about it. However I have this beautiful little girl in my life now. Our daughter who I read books to every night, who Robert and I constantly tell that she can be anything and do anything she wants. The little girl who I hope grows up to love running as much as we do. The little girl who will hopefully not have to deal with deciding which running route will make her the least target for an abduction, the one where she can avoid cat calls, maybe enjoy some solo night runs, or *gasp* run in just a sports bra when its over 90 degrees before factoring in humidity and every man is shirtless. This post is dedicated to you Miss Eleanor- hopefully me opening up a bit can bring some light to the issues women face while running so when you grow up, if you want to run, you can do so without the constant worry I know so many of us face each time we lace up. Continue reading

Never Have I Ever… Running Edition

I recently stumbled across an image of a runner’s Never Have I Ever checklist in one of the running groups I am a part of. It made Robert and I laughed when we went through the list and thought about all the funny moments, amazing adventures, and items we still want to check off our bucket list. The game was out of 20 points and I guess lowest score “wins” however in this case that simply depends on how you look at it. Here are my results from the game. Play along and see how many points you accrue.

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Dear Doctor…

As any athlete knows injuries really take a number on us both physically and mentally. By the time I will admit that there is an issue going on I am usually pretty far into the pain spectrum and a doctor needs to get involved before I am back to 100%. Going to the doctor means admitting to myself there is something serious going on that is not going to magically fix itself. It also means paying money to allow myself to be able to be fit and active to benefit my longterm health (I love high deductible health care plans). So it absolutely infuriates me when I walk into a doctor’s office and the first thing that pops out of the MD’s mouth is… “Well you really shouldn’t run.” Awesome. Thanks doc you really put a lot of effort in to that diagnosis. So finding the right doctor is all too important as an athlete because it allows us to feel comfortable not only when fixing that injury we let fester for far too long, but also in preventative care to maybe alleviate issues down the road. So to all the doctors out there listen up- we want to come see you, we want to not be injured- so stop making it so gosh darn difficult. Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 9.30.22 AM

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