This Running Mom's Life

As a stay at home mom to two energetic boys, we spend a lot of time outside. This Running Mom's Life chronicles my training and racing as a runner as well as family fun activities. I try to life and enjoy life "one mile at a time".

Anne is a winner of Top 25 Outdoorsy Moms - 2013

What's your favorite affordable outdoor activity to do with your kids?

Our family loves to take "Adventure Walks". Sometimes these are just around our neighborhood looking for dinosaurs and sometimes they are at the local metro parks. We look at sticks, leaves, trees, flowers, we stop to watch worms cross the sidewalk. Basically we just explore our world. During the winter, we will go after dinner and take flashlights to see in the dark. Let's face it, anything is more fun with a flashlight! Our adventure walks are a free, easy way to get everyone outside, to get a little exercise and have some great family time.

What tips do you have for spending time outdoors when its cold?

Bundle up! When it's cold and windy, I make sure that everyone has the proper clothing on, then we go out to play. We go sledding, build snowmen, make snow forts and even play on our swing-set year round. I make sure to watch the kids for signs that they have been in the cold for too long. When we've had enough, we go inside and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!

What's a great vacation destination for families that want to spend time outside?

Camping is one of my favorite family vacation destinations. It's typically very cost effective and leads you to so many outside activities. Whether you stay local and explore the state parks or use camping to make a family vacation more affordable. While growing up, we camped almost everywhere we went and I was able to see so much more of the country this way. We are planning to do the same with our kids!