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Pancakes on Mother’s Day

Like everyone else until the day you’re anointed a mom, I spent my life on the appreciating end of Mother’s Day, which meant that every year about this time I was reliably filled with dread. How do you sufficiently appreciate your mother in one day? Does a pancake breakfast in bed suffice? What if you add blueberries? Maybe a Mother’s Day card that sings “Wind Beneath My Wings”?

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Tags: This Week in Moms, Moms, Mother, Mommy, child, Children, Kid, Kids, baby, babies, youth, youth development, Mother's Day, celebration, pancakes, the y, YMCA

Set PRs While Pushing a Stroller and Celebrate 60 Years of Sub-4 Miles

A man running a sub-4 minute mile and a mom running a six minute mile while pushing a stroller are impressive feats on many levels. For more day-to-day concerns, running bloggers also offer tips on what to bring on race day, avoiding blisters and keeping sugar off your noodles! more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, training, strollers, sub-4 mile, blisters, running bloggers, low sugar spaghetti sauce

FOMO vs. JOLL

So, if we have to tell you what that means, then you probably have a good handle on your Facebook feed and your Instagram binges in check. For the rest of us, FOMO often stands in the way of getting out there and getting connected with real friends and real live scenery. What's the cure for FOMO? We don't have a scientific answer, but why not give JOLL a try? 

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Tags: Millennials, youth development, youth, young leaders, leader, Leadership, social media, FOMO, Facebook, Instagram, friends, outdoors, life

Measure Your Milestones With One Simple Mile

With race participation at an all-time high, it seems that everyone races. But for every person registering for 5Ks to marathons, there are many more who just run. There's nothing wrong with that, but if you'd like to set goals to improve your speed and fitness, or run your first race, a simple mile time trial is the best option. more

Tags: Y, YMCA, Run, Running, Jog, fitness, training, time trial, pacing, mile

Why Wait?

A few weeks ago, we posted a blog about a very creative use of post-it notes. While the fruits of these labors were pretty impressive (and quite beautiful), it got us to thinking what we actually write on these littles stickies to get things done. Are you crossing out the things on your to-do list or are they just littering your desk? If they're piling up, there may be a reason for this...

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Tags: young leaders, youth development, motivation, inspiration, quiz, game, the y, YMCA, Leadership, Leaders, Millennials

Happy Together

Even though I know my tiny person is unfolding and that I’ll just have to sit on my hands a little longer to get to let the nooks and crannies of her personality come to light, there are some things that I cannot wait to foist upon her. Today we checked off one such box: the swimming pool. more

Tags: ymca. the y, swim, parenting, pool

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