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Virtual Running Group – Week 4

We made it to week 4 and we are 1/3 of the way there!!!

This week we are adding another mile to our long run for a total of 5 while keeping our 3 miles run for our short runs. Soon we will be increasing our short runs but for now, enjoy the mini runs and try to increase your strength.

Week 4 of 12 running challenge:

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Map out your long run and find fun places to run and explore. The great thing about running is the views and all the treasures you find along the way. I’ve been feet away from deers and so close to sites that I usually wouldn’t have seen by foot like fun street art or recently artist crosswalks on the streets near schools. I sometimes stop to snap a photo and it has been a great way to see my city in ways I have never seen it. It also gets me exploring areas I may not have visited otherwise. It is easy to just do the same route but I find exploring other areas really makes running that much more fun.

Share some of your sites and view!!! Make sure to follow Two Working Moms and use the hashtag #TWMrunners to keep us posted on how you are doing. * L


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Virtual Running Group – Week 3

Hello Runners, hope you have enjoyed joining the group and happy you have week 2 behind you. Follow Two Working Moms and use the hashtag #TWMrunners to keep the group going. If you don’t have a running app, just take a photo and give us the details about your run in your Facebook or Instagram comments.

This week we are adding another mile to our long run while keeping our 3 miles run for our short runs. Personally, I love even mile runs since they are easy out and backs and by doing that you have no way to skimp since you need to get back home/to your car and walking will only make it that much longer.

Week 3 of 12 running challenge:

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For my long runs, I like to meet up with the Seattle Green Lake Running Group. They do a morning run every Saturday at 7am rain or shine. Even thou I’m an introvert runner (headphones in and like to be at the back of the pack) I do love running with a group. Try it out and find a group in your area to run with.

Of course, your virtual team is here too.

Keep running and keep us posted on how your weekly challenges are going. * L


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Virtual Running Group – Week 2

A virtual running group is perfect for me since I am kind of an antisocial runner. Even when I run with the Seattle Green Lake Running Group I run at the back of the pack and have my headphones in. I’m kind of an introvert and running is “me time” and I do a lot of reflection.

Hope you have enjoyed joining the group and happy you have week 1 behind you.

Follow Two Working Moms and use the hashtag #TWMrunners to keep the group going. If you don’t have a running app, just take a photo and give us the details about your run in your Facebook or Instagram comments.

This week we are adding another day to our weekly running schedule for a total of 3 runs. This will be our schedule for the remaining 10 weeks. Of course, listen to your body and do what you think is best.

Week 2 of 12 running challenge:

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Now that you know we will have 3 runs a week this is a great time to think about your running schedule and when to run. Ideally, you will have a rest day in between runs. So maybe if you want to keep your weekends free you can run on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Next week we are going to add in one long run a week for the rest of the challenge. If you are doing a MWF schedule, think about what day you want to do your long run. Will you have 2 hours to run 10 miles on Monday or is Friday a better day?

Life happens and sometimes you have to adjust as you go. For me, I like to run my two shorter runs during the weekday, early before heading to work. I then do my long run over the weekend when I have more time.

Keep up the good work and trust me, you will get stronger, and it will get easier if you keep it up. * L


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Virtual Running Group – Week 1

Q: Want to start running?

Q: Have a half marathon you are doing this fall and want someone to run with?

Q: Love running with friends but just don’t have any in the area to run with?

Let’s do it virtually with the Two Working Mom Virtual Running Group. Each Sunday I will post a running challenge (schedule) for the week, for 12 weeks. Run when you have time that week at a destination that works for you. Your running group will be with you virtually, ready to cheer you on! Use a running app to post a photo of your progress on Instagram. Follow Two Working Moms and use the hashtag #TWMrunners to keep the group going. If you don’t have a running app, just take a photo and give us the details about your run in your Facebook or Instagram comments.

We just started our first challenge last week, but don’t worry. You can start the 12-week running challenge whenever you are ready.

Last week was week 1 out of 12.

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This is a good time to take a look at your running shoes. When I started training for my first half marathon I was using 5-year-old shoes. My feet really started hurting once I got into my long runs and I finally broke down and got new running shoes the day before my race. You do NOT want this to be you. Get new running shoes now, save your feet and body from injury, and invest in new shoes and break them in before race day.

Remember, work hard, stay consistent, and be patient. You will get stronger and this will get easier. Let’s keep each other running. * L


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100 Dreams

I just love Laura Vanderkam and her tips on making the most of the time you do have. One of the things she does to also stay focus is by making a dream list of 100 things you want to do or have in life.

As Laura mentions a lot of people have a bucket list but they don’t usually go beyond the 25-50 things. When you force yourself to think of 100 things you go beyond the travel destinations and get more granular. Plus thinking about them, writing them down, will help your dreams to move into an action, and into the planning part of your brain. As Laura says, you might discover you don’t like something or might want to edit this list as you try or learn new things. That is totally OK.

“It takes things from the realm of what if to knowing truly who you are.”

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If you are having a hard time start by think of something easy like places or people to visit. Here is my list of 100 dreams:

Travel Goals

  1. Go back to Paris with hubby for our 10th wedding anniversary (2 more years)
  2. Take the kids the Grand Canyon
  3. Visit Mount Rushmore with the Family
  4. Backpack and hike Machu Pichu Peru
  5. Experience the Northern Lights in (Iceland, Sweden, Canada or Norway)
  6. Spend a night in an overwater bungalow (Maldives, French Polynesia or Fiji)
  7. Do island hopping in Greece
  8. Take a Pasta Cooking class in Italy
  9. Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  10. Take my Mom to Spain for her 80th Birthday
  11. Visit crater lake in OR
  12. Winter wonderland trip with the kids for the holiday season
  13. Mexico City for the day of the dead
  14. Rent a house for a week with a private infinity pool and view
  15. New Zealand the glowing caves
  16. Hike the Havasu Falls
  17. Taiwan Lantern Festival
  18. Boat ride in Venice Italy with my Love
  19. Explore Chefchaouen Morocco
  20. Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia

Personal Goals

  1. Make beautiful pasta to eat
  2. Yearly Half Marathon in beautiful places
  3. Annual Ladies Trip
  4. Learn more Spanish
  5. Live in Baja for a few months a year
  6. Creative time and space (build a painting area in the garage)
  7. Cultivate and maintain amazing friends and spend time with them regularly
  8. More color and flare in my wardrobe
  9. A special celebration for hubby and my 50th birthday
  10. More fashionable
  11. Hit/Maintain 135lbs
  12. Art station at home
  13. Quality over quantity around the home
  14. Birthday cards mailed to friends
  15. Get 1:1 time with my kids 2 times a month
  16. Take my Mom to Europe
  17. Do an annual Mommy and Me friendcation with some of my chicas
  18. Weekly dates with hubby (2 at home and 2 out a month)
  19. Make my kids blankets for their big beds
  20. A strong Instagram tribe

Professional Goals

  1. Re-launch my nonprofit Starlight Scholars
  2. Write a novel
  3. Make my nonprofit Starlight Scholars profitable
  4. Make an impact (by helping mother’s find jobs that support equality)
  5. Support women’s leadership conferences
  6. Blog regularly and share, education, and grow a community
  7. Create a working moms tribe
  8. Help Others Succeed
  9. Read a book a month (stay in my book club)
  10. Don’t cry at work (or at least not in front of anyone)
  11. Be an ally for working moms
  12. Retire or work for myself at 55
  13. Globally recognized award for innovated learning development
  14. Attend People School
  15. Work with cutting-edge technology
  16. Redefine Learning
  17. Grow as a brand ambassador
  18. Two Working Moms a successful foundation
  19. Be an Example for my Kids
  20. 1st Starlight Scholars Project in 2019

Kid Goals

  1. Write a children’s book with my kids
  2. Run a half marathon with my son
  3. Family photos often (at least once a year)
  4. Do volunteering as a family and teach empathy
  5. Make my kids blankets (for their big beds)
  6. Expose my kids to diversity
  7. Kids attend summer school in Mexico (learn Spanish)
  8. An active parent at school with my kids
  9. Make bento box lunches
  10. Teach my kids how to swim
  11. Teach my kids how to snowboard
  12. Get a little dog for the kids as a gift for Christmas
  13. Summer vacations with family
  14. 2-year-old potty trained
  15. 5 year old learns how to read
  16. Quality time with Grandma
  17. Penpal for my son
  18. Kids cooking classes for my son
  19. Science classes for my daughter
  20. Go to church (time to connect with our spirituality)

Family Goals

  1. Family Tree in the Baja House (with photos)
  2. Buy a boat and spend more time on the water as a family
  3. See live shows
  4. Fancy dinners, high-tea, and Galla events
  5. Build a casita in our backyard
  6. Add a second story to our Seattle home
  7. Finish the Baja House
  8. Host a regular play date, dinner, party, or social activity with families monthly
  9. Eat dinners together (do facetime goodnights when I am traveling)
  10. Summer vacations to visit family members
  11. Go up to the snow in the winter time
  12. Annual trip to a new place (to the kids) and learn about it all year long
  13. Summer picnics while watching the sailboat races
  14. Big event or activity to do as a family on weekends
  15. Family New Years Resolutions
  16. Kindness calendar for the holidays
  17. Strawberry, raspberry, or apple picking and cook something
  18. Teach our kids about money
  19. Grow a big edible backyard garden
  20. Create less waste (straws, plastic bags, & trash)

It really helped me to have buckets. I started with personal goals and realized so many of them are in fact family and kid goals. Having 20 goals for each area really made me focus and think about what does Liana want, me as a person, not me as a mom, wife or daughter.

Hope to knock a few of these goals off the list right away and I will keep you all posted on how it goes. * L