If you've been around this blog for a while, you know that one of the main reasons I run is to combat depression. It helped me overcome postpartum depression and it has helped me many times in situational depression. If there was ever a time when situational depression would rear its ugly head, isolation due to Covid 19/coronavirus is that time. I am currently on day 19 of a minimum of 15 minutes a day running streak, in an attempt to keep from a downward slide. So, obviously I'm concerned with running without putting myself or others at risk. I live in a highly populated area. It's not quite like living downtown with all the high rises, but there are a lot of people in my area. Gone are the days when I'd go on a 10:30am run and see … [Read more...]
Safety Survey: Do you feel safe on the run?
We all discuss running and safety on our blogs on a pretty regular basis. Recently, a grad student at the University of Virginia reached out to me about a survey that they are doing to assess runners' perception of risk and how they cope with it. As a UVA grad myself and a runner in an urban area, this is a topic of interest to me. They promise to share the results with me and I plan to share them here as well. So help them out and take this survey! After you've taken the survey, feel free to check out my tips on running at night and running in an urban setting. Thanks to all who participate! … [Read more...]
Be ready for anything summer throws at you
Summer is a lazy time for us. Or more specifically, for my kids. They don't wake up early. Pajamas make up a large percentage of their wardrobe choices. Not every week includes a camp. Etc. (We aren't going to talk about the fact that I'm up and out the door running early every morning when I'd rather be sleeping in too...) But even though we are taking it easier this summer than many summers, that doesn't mean we aren't out there doing things. We've hit the zoo, we are going white water rafting soon, we are hitting various state and county fairs, we go to the pool, Shoo has soccer practice twice a week... We are just less tied to a schedule than we usually are. So, here are my tips for those days when you actually … [Read more...]
Keep your kids healthy and safe this summer #ReadySetCamp
Disclaimer: I received promotional consideration from Minute Clinic to discuss keeping kids healthy at camp, but all opinions are my own. School's out for the summer!!! Finally. Finally we made it through the last few days of school. (OK, we aren't completely there, but Jones is done and Shoo has a short day today.) Now it's time to focus on summer fun. Pools. Hiking. Visits to museums, zoos, and amusement parks. Camps. Sunburns. Poison Ivy. Bug bites. Yeah, I know those last three things aren't fun, but they often go hand in hand with summer fun, especially summer fun outdoors and at camp. So here are five tips for keeping your kids healthy and safe this summer. Get your camper (or you!) a camp physical. … [Read more...]