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Colorado Women’s Classic 5k: Race Report

Race morning, Sweet Pea is in my room at 5:45 am. "Can we snuggle? Open your Mother's Day present!" She's standing an inch from my face. I mentally berate myself for convincing her to wait until Mother's Day to give me the present she was dying to give me the day before. My alarm is set only fifteen minutes from now but sleep is delicious and I want more. Through half open eyes, with the gray light peeking through the cracks in the curtains, I tear off the wrapping paper, revealing a … [Continue reading...]

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Race Report: Horsetooth Half Marathon 2017

Horsetooth Half Marathon Race Report

When I put the Horsetooth Half Marathon on my calendar, my good friend and running buddy told me not to expect a PR. She'd done the race before and knew the punishing course. Being overconfident and really bad with things like maps and elevation profiles, I dismissed her doubts. After all, I was in a totally different place than I was when I ran my last half marathon. So what if I set my PR five years ago at sea level? Who cared if Horsetooth was known for being hilly? I was more experienced … [Continue reading...]

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Passover, links, and other April stuff

Happy Passover! The holiday inspired me to write The Four Questions: A Middle Aged Mom's Retrospective for Mazel Together. (Click over there if you've ever sat at the kids table, waiting for Elijah. I know you'll feel me). I struggled with whether to use the term "middle aged" and decided nothing else would do. I am on a quest to find the perfect eye cream and the oldies station plays music from my childhood, and am therefore definitely middle aged. If you're not familiar with Passover, it's … [Continue reading...]

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Real moms, real stories

Moms Living a Life They LOVE

I was catching up with an old friend over the phone recently. "You have everything together," she remarked. I nearly choked. "What!?" According to Facebook and my blog, apparently I look like I know what I'm doing. The truth is, I'm making everything up as I go along. One of the greatest shocks of my adult life is that, at 38 years old, I'm still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, and that grown-ups don't actually have all the answers. I went to graduate school right … [Continue reading...]

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March update

I feel like a March update is easier if I break this down into sections, so... Shopping/Parenting (which don't go together at all, but roll with it, ok?) Sunday felt like spring. The air was all sunshine, soft breezes and bird songs. Also, we were home, doing nothing because Sweet Pea was sick. Puking, avoiding the birthday party and the get-together with friends we were supposed to attend sick. I did sneak out to Pearl Street in the afternoon with Lady Bug to enjoy some fresh air and … [Continue reading...]

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Random February Stuff

February February has historically been a good month for me. February is the month in which... -I ran my first marathon (Myrtle Beach, 2001) -I met Dan (Valentine's Day, 2008) -We closed on our house (2010) -Sweet Pea was born (2012) Birthdays, Books, and Clothes It feels like Sweet Pea was born yesterday. And suddenly I'm drowning in my baby's Hello Kitty birthday party supplies. While searching for Hello Kitty stuff on Amazon, a book called "Hello Kitty Must Die" popped up and I had … [Continue reading...]

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Prairie Dog 10k Race Report

Prairie Dog 10k

When I found out I was pregnant with Sweet Pea in June 2011, my first thought was "Yay!" My second thought was, "Shit, this is not going to be the summer I break 47 minutes in the 10k." I was right. I spent that summer being bloated and nauseated as a little human began to grow inside me. I didn't know then that I would eventually break 47 minutes, five and a half years later. It turns out, that's not as long of a time as it sounds like. How is my baby starting kindergarten in the fall??? (A … [Continue reading...]

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Name Your Demons

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown suggests silencing the voices in your head—the ones trying squelch your greatness—by naming them. I went a step further.  *         *         * I'm old Aggie. You know how in a dream, someone's someone but they look just like someone else's cousin or whatever? Well, my name is old Aggie and I look just like Nancy Kleinfeld*. that horrible lady your parents left you with for a week in the fifth grade. Honestly, I don't know why they did that either. I … [Continue reading...]

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