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 New on Modern Media Mom

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See that widget over there in the right sidebar? I’m tracking my miles as I prepare for the Country Music Marathon. It’s from a great site, DailyMile.com. Check out Become a Runner or Train for a Race Online for some great applications to get you started. (I’ve also included a list of my current running tunes)

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Are your kids on Facebook? There is a great guest post by Sarah (RealLifeSarah) on the Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting with Your Kids on Facebook.

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Become a Runner or Train for a Race Online

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Running is hard. But it can also be a great way to de-stress and get fit.

Maybe you’ve never been a runner, but would like to try it out. Maybe you are a seasoned runner, who just needs some encouragement to work through those winter doldrums. Wherever you fall in that spectrum, I’ve found some applications on line that will help you get moving. I’ve also included a list of songs on my Zune that help me keep my pace and my motivation going during a run.

*before you start a running program, look for articles on how to dress appropriately and how to get started. If you do it incorrectly, you’ll hate it.

DailyMile.com: This site has been a huge encouragement for me as I train for half and full marathons. You can friend other runners, send encouragement to runners who are struggling, record your workouts and distances, look for races… that it just for starters. I’ve placed a widget on my personal blog as a reminder. I know it’s out there for everyone to see. And you can set your updates to automatically post to Twitter.

RunKeeper: have an iPhone? this application can be downloaded right onto your phone to keep track of your run. A free version is available. Paid version doesn’t show ads. Sadly, I have no iPhone, so I haven’t been able to try it out for myself.

FavoriteRun: map your runs right on the page and print them out. Then track your mileage, pace and times. You can save routes for others to try.

Runner’s Diary: I am motivated best when I know that others are able to see when I’m slacking. But if you want to keep your training more private, try Runner’s Diary. It creates various tables for you to track yourself: ie – avg. heart rate, calories burned, mileage. There is even a chart that will track the mileage on your shoes, so you know when to retire the ones you have and purchase new ones.

What I currently listen to during a run: (an eclectic mix of secular and Christian songs; I will update with links shortly)

Barenaked Ladies:
Easy
One Week

Cake:
The Distance
Short Skirt/Long Jacket

David Crowder Band:
Can You Feel It?
We Won’t Be Quiet

The English Beat:
Mirror in the Bathroom

Feist:
SeaLion

Gnarls Barkley:
Run
Gone Daddy Gone
Crazy

Kings of Leon:
Sex on Fire

Lucious Jackson:
Naked Eye

Newsboys:
Spirit Thing

Sara Groves:
Esther

Tobymac:
Getaway Car

U2:
Vertigo

Do you have a site that you have used that helps keep you motivated with your runs? Share them in the comments. And feel free to share your favorite running song.

Using the Internet to Keep Your Resolutions

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It’s a new year. Out with the old; in with the new!

You probably made your resolutions and charted a way to reach them.

Maybe you want to lose weight. Become more active. More organized. Dress less frumpy.

Maybe you want to do more with your kids. Eat more meals together as a family. Learn a new skill.

Did you consider using the internet as a way to help you achieve your goals?

If not, consider this:

What do you use the internet for? Do you use it casually, or are you learning ways to incorporate it into your every day life?

Yes – the internet can be a time-suck if you don’t use it with a purpose. But consider the internet your resolutions best friend. Why not make it part of your game plan and use it to take action, to make changes.

Search out fun family-friendly menus.

Google beginner fitness plans.

Look for tools and applications to remind you of your plans.

You won’t be doing it alone. Modern Media Mom’s goal and mission is to use the internet to make your life easier.