RDM Blog2018-10-19T20:39:27+00:00

Welcome to the RDM Blog

Thanks for taking a break from your run and being here!

I enjoy writing about my own personal running journey, bragging about my clients, sharing tips, writing race reports and sharing product reviews for active families. I have worked with close to 300 different brands and events to review and share their products and services.

Earlier blog posts, race reports and product reviews are available on my old blog (2009-2018)

1006, 2021

Dapple Baby Foaming Hand Soap Review

Our family has had the opportunity to try the Dapple Baby Foaming Hand Soap. I was going to keep it in the kids' bathroom. But I wanted to personally try it a lot and give the whole family a shot at it. So, it has been used in our kitchen. I'm not much for foaming hand soap, but this worked just fine for us with frequent handwashing with cooking, cleaning, coming in from playing outside and general hand-washing. I loved the lavender scent. The delicious scent is made from essential oils and aloe. There are no dyes or fragrances in this bottle. A full list of fragrances is listed below. It sure left that hands feeling soft, even after so much hand-washing and disinfecting

406, 2021

That number does NOT tell your whole story.

I know that I've said this before -- and you've probably heard it elsewhere -- but, you really ARE more than that number on the scale! The photo on the left is a whopping 14 lbs lighter than the photo on the right. I am heavier now -- but am the fittest that I have been. I felt FIT, SUCCESSFUL and HAPPY in both photos. The same clothes still fit, but they fit differently now. I had never lifted a weight in the photo on the left. I was not fueling my workouts properly on the left and became extremely injured. I was a strong runner, but not fit overall. I now feel even better in my clothes. And then I step on that

206, 2021

Stretchmarked, chaffed and earned.

Strong girls can have thick thighs and imperfections too. My body is marked with stretch marks from years of fluctuating body weight changes and three pregnancies and natural childbirths. My legs can run ultramarathons. But my thick thighs still rub together, which forced me to give up running skirts years ago as my distances increased. And during this weekend’s sweaty twenty miler, there was no amount of Body Glide that could keep my arms from chaffing against my sweat-stained tank. Be proud of those badges ladies! Just like those medals ... you e earned them!!

605, 2021

Crystal Magnesium Deodorant Stick Review

I have struggled FOREVER to find a deodorant that will work well for me. I am naturally a sweaty betty. I use to sweat through suit jackets. I have tried all sorts of deodorant sticks, sprays and creams on the market as well as homemade varieties. There was an all natural deodorant that worked pretty well for me for many years. But that has slowly stopped working too. Not to mention that I have trouble finding it at the store. So, when I was given the opportunity to pick out a Crystal Magnesium Deodorant Stick of my choosing -- I jumped at the chance. What a no brainer. I was really excited to see if this would be "the one".  They offer five different

2104, 2021

Dapple Baby Laundry Detergent Review

Have you heard about baby-friendly and child-friendly detergents and household cleaning products from Dapple Baby? You may have seen their products during your last Target run or while browsing the aisles of Walmart or searching for baby products on Amazon. Their products are natural and have plant-based formulas that work on even the toughest (and most disgusting!) baby and toddler messes and spills. The natural products remove the stains and odors that your little one leaves behind on surfaces and clothing. The products are cruelty-free and made in the USA (yeah!). The Dapple Baby products are also great for little ones (and family members) who have sensitive skins. No dyes and artificial fragrances or additives mean that these products are soft and gentle on even

1504, 2021

Anakeesta Review – Spring Break 2021

I was personally most thrilled to visit Anakeesta during our second trip to the Smokies. The Gatlinburg theme park is located on the top of a small mountain, overlooking the city. The mini "village" is filled with a mountain coaster, various rope courses and bridges, treehouses, gift shops, food carts and restaurants -- and unbelievable views of the Smokies. They also recently added a lookout tower. We saved our Anakeesta visit until our last day in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We ended up driving a bit in the National Park that morning -- to the North Carolina border, so that the kids could say that they had been to another state on this visit.  This meant that we arrived at downtown Gatlinburg about an

1404, 2021

Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge Review

When our family visited Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee for spring break last month - I knew that the Titanic Museum would absolutely be on our list to visit. My 17 year old was especially excited to visit the attraction, which calls itself the world's largest museum attraction. My 13 year old was looking forward to joining us too. We ultimately decided that my husband would take our 5 year old on go-karts and play arcade games elsewhere, so that the big kids could fully enjoy the experience of the tour and we could take our time. We were all really happy with our decision. It was a nice stress-free stroll through the quiet museum and we could read what we wanted and look

704, 2021

Dollywood 2021 Review

We first visited and reviewed Dollywood in November 2019 - over Thanksgiving. I was told after our visit that it was one of the (if not THE) busiest day of the year. This was prior to the pandemic and it was really busy, but I didn't think it was terrible. We only brought our toddler on that Thanksgiving visit. When we wanted to return to the Smokies this spring, the main purpose was to share the experience with our older children - including Dollywood. Instead of taking the tram to the front entrance, we walked it. I told the kids it would be a good warm-up for getting all the steps in for the day. I could also tell by the parking lot that

1103, 2021

Spring Cleaning with Enzyme Cleaners

We inherited this adorable over-stuffed chair from a friend. It was a perfect addition to our new playroom. Since the Big Brooke is now a teenager, this chair had a little cleaning up before it could be used by Little Brooke. I simply unzipped the slip cover and threw it in our washing machine with our normal laundry detergent, after applying Biz Liquid Stain and Odor Eliminator on the stained areas. I let the slipcover sit for five minutes before starting my load of laundry. Five minutes, just because I'm impatient! Biz recommends letting your items sit for five to ten minutes. After going through the normal wash cycle, the slip cover came out like new and Little Brooke has been able to enjoy

2502, 2021

How I Wake-up at 3:50 am everyday!

After several years of being a morning person, I have become even more of a morning person in the past couple of years. I use to open the office at 6:30 am and loved starting my day by getting the office and myself on the right foot. Now, as a personal trainer, my mornings have become even earlier - starting daily at 5:00 am. The early morning hours aren't always for me now. But, I love the quiet time. I love the control that I have over this part of my day. I love planning the night before and being ready for my day, as soon as my feet hit the floor. I love that I get things out of the way first thing

1702, 2021

2 year self-employment update.

WOW, this month marks two years since I finally had the courage to venture out into the world of self-employment on a full time basis. Nothing like quitting your cushy-state job in the middle of a Polar Vortex to pursue your dream of becoming a full-time running coach and personal trainer for women in Wisconsin. Brrrrr, man was it ever freaking cold that winter!! After several months of trying to get up the courage say good-bye to something that wasn't lighting me up, I finally submitted my resignation in January 2019 and left that position after six weeks of transitioning away from my desk. I realized after twenty years, that I was not built to sit at a desk all day. And, two years

1302, 2021

hold on …. I’m recharging ….

Today I made another great choice for my mental health. I embrace movement ... every. Single. Day. Yup, everyday. Movement motivates me. It’s just who I am. And when I don’t move, I am a wreck. Always feeling like I should be doing more. I am embracing a full 24 hours of rest. And my watch will be sitting here charging for the rest of the day. So that it doesn’t remind me of what I’m NOT doing today. (a clever suggestion from my hubby.) Instead ... I am going to focus on what I AM doing today: didn’t wake up at 3:50 — instead woke up at 6:00 to my husband cuddling with me. didn’t rush though my morning cup of coffee —

1102, 2021

Cleaning up my mental health

Okay, I'm coming clean. If you ask any of my kids, they will tell you that I'm thrifty. Actually, they will probably tell you that I'm cheap. But I would like to think that they understand why I make thoughtful financial decisions for our family every single day. After having been in debt for a decade and getting out of that situation where I felt trapped and buried, I have chosen to live the last ten years without a credit card. Not once have I used a plastic card in my wallet for a purchase or to support my immediate wants, spending habits or impulse decisions. I was able to shift my financial mindset after transitioning through a pivotal moment of my life. And

902, 2021

Valentine’s Day Bean Bag Toss Workout

Grab a set of 5 pound dumbbells and a resistance band with handles and get ready for a great full body workout this month. Print out this workout and add some variety, fun and unpredictability to your workouts this week -- get your partner or the whole family involved! If you don't have a similar bean bag game handy you can also use dice, a deck of cards or a random number generator app on your phone. You could also have the kiddos make a similar bean bag toss with all of those art supplies you have laying around. You may also want to have a set of 8-10 pound bells available for lighter repetitions. Valentines Day Bean Bag Toss (PDF)

302, 2021

17 songs with “run” lyrics for running

I am super motivated by music, a steady rhythm ... and words. I love being moved by the right song and the right lyrics. I enjoy running to songs that feature running in the lyrics, repeat the theme of movement or pushing yourself to new limits. Here is my "running lyrics" playlist. These 17 songs with "run" in the chorus and the lyrics are perfect for your next treadmill session or outdoor run. Some of the songs have a few explicit lyrics. So be cautious if you aren't listening with earbuds. The playlist starts off slow and light, as you elevate your heart rate and then the beat picks up after you're warmed-up and ready to push through that next barrier. This playlist is

302, 2021

5 at home exercises that require absolutely no equipment

If you don't currently have access to any equipment or are a frequent traveler, it can be difficult to be creative with versatile exercises that will challenge you and make you stronger -- without any equipment. I have created a repository of at home workouts and videos that help you perfect your form on my YouTube channel. All of the exercises require very minimal equipment -- and many require just your body weight. Here are five at home exercise that require absolutely no equipment. You can easily complete these from your living room, cramped quarters in a hotel room or outdoors at the local park while your little one is playing. This no equipment workout is called the double leg ab press. You'll use

302, 2021

Treadmill + Strength Workouts

Do you love a good cardio session, but need to also embrace your strength training? Of course you do! Grab a set of light dumbbells and join me for these quick workouts that combine the treadmill and strength training. These workouts range from 30-60 minutes and include a warm-up and cool-down walk, short bursts of running as well as arm, shoulder and exercises with some light hand weights and using your body weight. Go ahead, take a screen shot of one of the workouts or print it out. Plug in your own suggested paces. And, join me from your home gym or the treadmill at the gym. Treadmill & Strength Workout 1 Treadmill & Strength Workout 2

2001, 2021

Winter Running in Sun Prairie

Hopefully you have had the opportunity to share some of my favorite Madison-area running routes with me. Unfortunately, they aren’t all clear once the snow and ice arrive. If you are heading out for your next winter run in Sun Prairie, and are wondering what is clear for you, I have assembled this resource guide for local runners and walkers. Together with my personal knowledge of exploring thousands of miles of Sun Prairie on foot and the provided City of Sun Prairie bike path and road plow map, I have assembled this resource of running routes available in the Sun Prairie area during the winter. The timing and clearance of these roads, paths and sidewalks is heavily dependent on the amount and duration of

2212, 2020

REVIEW – Using KIDS’N’PETS Stain and Odor Remover in our new Dream Home

We recently moved into our dream home. And it feels wonderful! There is plenty of space for the five of us, extra room in fact. A nice, spacious yard. The home has had many updates and upgrades. Many external updates have been made that we won't have to think about for decades to come. Phew! A remodeled kitchen, updated fixtures and lighting have all been incorporated throughout the home. Fresh paint has also been done on all three floors. The only downfall that we inherited was the dated and worn ivory carpet throughout the upper level and the main entry area on the primary living space. These are also high traffic areas, including our main stairwell. With three busy kids and an active, shedding

1612, 2020

Holiday Workout Playlists

I love updating my playlists frequently and providing new tunes for my personal runs and my clients' strength and cardio sessions in the Running Diva Mom Studio. The holidays are no different. Here is my upbeat holiday workout playlist as well as an easy listening version for early morning yoga or post-run stretching. The Very Decent Christmas tunes may also provide some laughs and entertainment while you sweat! Upbeat Holiday Playlist All I Want for Christmas - Is My Two Front Teeth (MJ Cole Remix) - The Nat "King" Cole Trio Merry Mixmas: Christmas Classics Remix Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Billy May I'd Like You for Christmas - Julie London Everybody's Waitin' For - The Man With the Bag (Thunderball Mix) - Kay

1412, 2020

New Year’s Eve Countdown Workout

As the year concludes and the over-scheduled holiday season winds-down, take thirty minutes for yourself to complete this New Year's Eve Countdown Workout. Together, we will countdown from 20 to 1 with twenty different exercises that will tone and strengthen the entire body. You'll complete the assigned number of repetitions of each exercise. Tone the arms, strengthen the core, and get stronger, leaner legs with this fifteen minute workout. For a well-balanced thirty minute strength training session, complete the routine two times. Bring on the New Year with a positive attitude and a great mindset! New Year's Eve Countdown Workout (PDF) Workout along with me on YouTube

1412, 2020

Christmas Core & Arm At Home Workout

With the chaos and lack of routine around the holidays, it is even more important to make time for ourselves and make our health and wellness a priority. We should all try to carve out a minimum of thirty minutes for ourselves each day this holiday season. Schedule an appointment with yourself to move your body in a way that brings a smile to your face. You will be able to tackle holiday gatherings, projects and tasks with a different mindset. Use this quick workout to tone the entire body as the holidays approach. Though the eleven exercises will work the whole body, there is a primary focus on the core. You will need a set of five to ten pound dumbbells to complete

1811, 2020

Who’s exhausted?!

I’m the one that’s mentally exhausted from this week! But she’s the one that got a nap in. And I got a ton of movement in. Six miles of wind and sunshine. We both feel better now! #almostfive #stuffedherinthestroller

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