Happy National Bike Month

I don’t suppose National Bike Month is a celebration Hallmark even bothers with. Too bad. But if gas prices continue to climb, every month might soon become Bike Month.Despite what temperatures may indicate (we're having a heat wave in Los Angeles and it's snowing in Minneapolis), spring really is on its way! With the start of National Bike Month we thought we'd share some tips and new cycling accessories to get you and your family ready for two-wheel transportation....more

Another interesting thing to look into that some cities are starting to do is create "green ...more

Savage Joy: Part 2 The Main Event

(Editor's Note: If you missed Lisa's earlier post - check out how she trained for her big fight in Part 1)...more

Long Road To A Marathon

I have signed up with the hubs to run the Pittsburgh Marathon.   According to the countdown clock, I have 14 days. I’m starting to get nervous. 13 years ago, I attempted my first marathon and at the half-way mark (13 miles!) I was pulled off the course. It was cold and raining and I guess when I walked past this point in the race, a volunteer came up to me and asked if I was ok. I said yes, that I was just cramping up a bit and was trying to walk through it....more

CONGRATS!! You rock!! (somehow i didn't see your response until now). ...more

A Not-So-Tempered Tantrum

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ADVANCES IN FOOTBALL HELMET TECHNOLOGY, INFORMATION EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW...

 I wanted to share the story of John Lara a highschool football player who in January was injured in a football game. He was hit and went into a coma, his injuries were life threatening but today he is returning to school after 6 months of rehabilitation. Go to this link to see his story http://www.ksee24.com/news/video/Clovis-Norths-Comeback-Kid-120683519.html. I share this story with you because I believe it is important for parents to be informed about the dangers of athletics....more

Keeping a Busy Family Organized

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Simple sideline test can check athletes (and soldiers) for concussion

Rock on, female researchers!Kristin Bing, Amy Sharma and Teresa Selee created a new test using RADAR that can diagnose a concussion using a very simple test of multitasking.To screen someone, say, on the sideline of a high school football game, one would just: 1. Ask the athlete to walk a short distance while saying the months of the year in reverse order. (e.g. cognitive skill damage)2. Use the RADAR system to show if the person's gait pattern was different than that of a healthy athlete. (e.g. motor skill damage)...more

Adventures in Backpacking | Choosing Gear

Before you go out and put that pack on and walk into the wilderness you might want to think about getting some gear. Thankfully technology has improved backpacking gear in the last 30 years, particularly in the past 10 years. These days light wear gear is even more affordable and with the internet, deals abound!   Backpack ...more

That Competitive Spirit

   Trust me when I say I'm about as competitive as they come. I would probably race you to the door just so I could be the first one there. But there is a time and a place for competition, and I've learned how to suppress my competitiveness---to an extent. I admit that I'm super excitable with my son's sports. But in my defense, who doesn't like winning!?!...more

Perseverance is a Beautiful Quality

Perseverance Defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. My first encounter with organized scholastic sports came as I entered my sophomore year in high school. Trying out for the junior varsity basketball team taught me a life lesson.  I learned at that young impressionable age that the emerging athlete inside me would have struggles, both physically and mentally....more

For your kind words!

It has taken years for me to embrace as well, but it seems I had a good ...more