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Happy National Running Day!

5 Jun

I haven’t written a blog in exactly 239 days. I know many of you thought I may have fallen off the face of the Earth, and, for a while, I felt like I had. Much has changed in my life in the last 239 days (which I will go into detail in a later post), but I am feeling like I have my blogging mojo back. So, here I am! I thought National Running Day would be the most appropriate day for me to bust back on the blogging scene. TA-DA! Moving on…

HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!

According to the official website, National Running Day is held annually on the first Wednesday in June and is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Obviously, this is something I can totally get behind. I may never be the fastest or longest distance runner, but I can tell you that I have a passion for this sport, so this is the perfect day for me. I like that the idea behind celebrating is to be inclusive for runners of all speeds and abilities. So often we are drawn to events where we feel like if we are not the fastest, biggest, strongest, best, whatever…then we don’t count. Well, today, we ALL count!

To get your own badge, head over to www.runningday.org/!

I know you are thinking, “How can I get in on this sweet National Running Day action?”, right? That’s easy, there are lots of ways to participate!

  • Head over to the National Running Day website, Facebook, or Twitter and see what they’re all about. While you are there, drop them a line to tell them what running means to you and grab a badge to post on your page.
  • Get social off-line! Find a group run today and make a new running buddy!
  • Can’t find a group run? Start one. Pick a location. Pick a time. Invite your friends. It is that simple!
  • Join a local track club.
  • Sign up for a race. Whether it is a 5k or a marathon (or longer!), a goal race will help keep you motivated!
  • Help or encourage a new runner. Got a friend who is thinking about taking up running? Invite him/her for a casual run/walk around the neighborhood. Don’t worry about speed or pace. Find out what his/her questions are and get them started in the right direction!
  • Get outside and GO FOR A RUN! It’s just that simple. Personally, this is how I will be celebrating this evening. After work, Kiddo will be strapped in the running stroller and we will be hitting the trail!

GET INSPIRED.

Need an extra push to help get you out the door today? Check out this video the Hoyts. If this doesn’t rustle up some motivation and inspiration in your soul, I don’t know what will.


Be sure to check out the #RunFor hashtag on Twitter for more inspirational stories. Let Dick’s Sporting Goods know what you #RunFor!

NATIONAL RUNNING DAY STEALS, DEAL, PRIZES, AND GIVEAWAYS

Some of the best perks about National Running Day are all the great discounts from our favorite brands. I know we all love running, but I am pretty sure we all love saving a little money too! Here is a list of sales, discount codes, etc. that you might want to cash in!

Help Timex donate to One Fund Boston! Send a Tweet or post to Instagram using the hashtag #IMARUNNER. For each hashtag, Timex will donate $5, up to $15,000, to One Fund Boston to help those affected on April 15, 2013. In addition, Timex will be giving away 60 Timex Ironman watches to runners who use the hashtag! Feel free to also submit a story to the Timex Facebook page. (Offcial Rules)

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Join the Brooks Running group run on Facebook! Log your miles today at RUNNOW.COM (or brag on Twitter using the hashtag #RUNNOW) and you could win some awesome gear! Also, while you are over at RunNow.com, check out their super cool bracelets benefitting One Fund Boston.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is offering $20 off, as well as prizes and giveaways throughout the day!

Women’s Running Series is offering $20 off!

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Sparkly Soul is offering 15% off of their headbands today! Use coupon code RUNNINGDAY during checkout!

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RockMyRun is offering 40% off their annual premium memberships today only! This site offers awesome running mixes for download.

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MyRaceRagz.com creates custom running shirts. Minimum order? One! Save 20% off your order today using the discount code NATIONAL at checkout!

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The NFL Run Series is offering $5 off registration for one of their NFL affiliated 5k races…today only!

If you know of some other great discounts, prizes, or giveaways that are not listed here, please leave a comment below to share it with other readers or drop me an e-mail and I will add it to the site!

UPDATE!
To register for The Louisiana Marathon at last month’s discounted rates, use code STILLMAY at checkout!

Save $13.10 on registration for the Woman’s Half Marathon using code RUNDAY2013!

Save $13.10 on registration for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon using code RUNDAY!

Okay, well, that’s all I have got for you today! Not too shabby for a “comeback blog”, eh?


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National Running Day 2012

6 Jun

For my 2011 National Running Day post, click here. (So much has happened since then!)

Today is National Running Day! As if my facebook and Twitter feeds aren’t filled enough with running news, updates, and posts, a day like this really takes it up a notch. It’s funny…it is almost like this day reminds us to stay excited about running. All the buzz about #RunningDay made me feel excited to run and re-energized me a little! Woot!

National Running Day Badge

This is what I *used* to run for…

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National Running Day Badge
National Running Day Badge

The obvious question is…how did I celebrate?

Well, I Tweeted out DOZENS of race promo and discount codes for races all over the country. Most of them were only good for today, but if you see a race you are interested after today, go ahead and try the code. There are chances that it might still work!

(If you are not on Twitter, you can check out the screen shots here, here, here, and here for the codes and links. By the way, why are you NOT on Twitter??)

I registered for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon in November! This will qualify me for Heavy Medal this year from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series! WOOT!

As I left work and walked to my car, I started getting pretty excited about getting home, scooping up Baby Key in the BabyJogger, and going for a few laps around our apartment complex. And then this happened…
Rainy Interstate

Booooooo! I know I am not made of sugar and I am fully capable of running in the rain, but dragging Baby Key out in a thunderstorm with lightning is just not a good idea.

But all was not lost! By late this evening, however, there was a brief window where the rain stopped and we went out and got our run on. Granted, we “only” went 2 miles, but 2 miles is better than 0 miles!

After my run, I went to Competitor Group’s site, logged my miles, and got my badge. BOOYAH!
National Running Day Badge

Playing “single mama” while my husband has been out of town has been tough and it means that I have even less free time in the evenings with making sure Baby Key is taken care of. Between that and the cruddy weather, I am quite content with my National Running Day 2-Miler!

How did you celebrate National Running Day today?

It is nice to be NICE.

2 Jun

When I was in elementary school, I had this favorite substitute teacher, named Mrs. Cozy. She was the most quintessential “grandma.” Her body was soft and round and she had that look about her that made you think that she probably gave the best hugs and made the best chocolate chip cookies EVER. Mrs. Cozy. She was my favorite. One of the things I remember most about her was her saying, “It is nice to be nice.”

Cartoon Mrs. Cozy 🙂

She popped in my head recently and it got me thinking about the nice things others have done for me.

At my first duathlon (bear in mind I had signed up with NO knowledge of what I was really in for), as I was setting up my duffle bag transition area, I realized that the directions said I was supposed to have my number on a race belt. Race belt!? What the heck was that!? The lady next to me overheard my out-loud mini freak-out and said, “No problem, I have an extra one. You can just have it.” It was as if the clouds parted and the sun shined down. I smiled from ear to ear and gave her a great big, “THANK YOU!

A couple of years ago, two days after I got my bike, I took a NASTY spill on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. I mean, NASTY. (Apparently I completely forgot which hand brake controlled the front and which controlled the rear.) People came from both directions to help pull me up out of the ditch and remove the sticks and leaves from my helmet. One even offered to call 911 or my husband for me. I was shaken, and embarrassed, but otherwise okay.


And last night, when I really (I mean, REALLY) did not want to get out in the Louisiana heat, my sweet husband reminded me that it was National Running Day and that I really did want to get outside and run…even just a couple of miles. I really needed that encouragement (and the hoist off the couch).

I suppose that sometimes I am just so used to people being rude to each other or even just complacent all the time. It is a shame that when people actually do NICE things that I get surprised.

I wanted to know some of the nice things my fellow runners have done for other runners/cyclists/athletes, so I took to my Twitter. Here are some of the responses. They made me smile and helped remind me just how many GOOD people there are out there.

@JimDog – Not another runner, but last weekend while on my run I stopped to help a lady with her bike (chain came off). #runchat
(Before I knew how to fix my own bike chain, I loved people like you. Thank you for helping her!)

@KarenJanos – Just encouraging other newbie #runners to not quit especially when they feel they look like idiots.
(Sometimes we underestimate just how far an encouraging word can go!)

@fairelescourses – Gotten out of the way!
(Jeremy, you are too funny! But it’s true, sometimes I have felt most helpful too just by being aware and knowing when to move aside!)

@sbarrouquere – I can’t think of one big thing other than I try to be encouraging, courteous etc #runchat #RunLA
(A pat on the back speaks volumes!)

@RasberiRunner – I picked up a glove that a guy dropped ahead of me. It took me some 5 minutes to catch up and give it back! #runchat
(This is AWESOME! I’m not sure I could run that fast!)

@mkosterich – I always offer other runners my water or gels if they are without nutrition. And I offer a walk break to those struggling.
(That is so nice and VERY generous of you. I usually carry just enough for myself.)

@tpwatergirl – I was 6 months prego in the transition area before the NOLA 70.3 and a girls bike chain was stuck. I fixed her bike for her!
(Holy cow! I hope she appreciated it!)

@RunningRealtor1 – I’ve bought her an entrance into a local favorite 🙂
(Wow! It is one thing to offer a high five, but to break out your checkbook too? That rocks!)

@jamiecgary – Stopped in half marathon to give some guy potassium & water who was cramping in last 2 miles. Could have smashed PR.
(That was so kind that you put aside your PR to help another runner. That was very considerate of you.)

All of these things remind me that it really doesn’t take all that much effort to go the “extra mile” for a fellow runner.

What have you done that was above and beyond for a fellow runner or cyclist?

National Running Day and Hurricane Season are here!

1 Jun

I don’t know if I got a good night’s sleep, if the funk that had taken hold of my nasal cavities is finally going away, if these new prenatal vitamins are sitting better on my stomach (the old ones made me nauseous), or if I really am getting that second trimester energy I’ve been reading about, but HELLO WORLD…this little mama is up and moving and HAPPY today!

Today is National Running Day!

For someone like me, that means today comes right after Christmas and Halloween (respectively)! Okay, so maybe I would put my birthday right before it, but either way, it’s definitely up there!

I have decided to celebrate National Running Day by starting a run streak. (A run streak is where you see how many days in a row you can run without missing a day.) I have never done one before since I have always heard that running everyday without breaks can be bad for you. But, since I am running so slowly these days, I think I will be okay. The only rule I am setting for myself is that for it to “count” the run has to be a minimum of one mile. I am excited to get started tonight! I have even got one of my #RunLA peeps (@thisJeff) on board too! Won’t you join us? (If you decide to, leave me a comment to let me know! You know you want to…)

If you are looking for other creative ways to celebrate, be sure and check out 10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day for more ideas!

In more “Debbie Downer” type news…it is also the first day of hurricane season. Boo. The NOAA promises an above average season in activity, so I guess its time to start getting the supplies ready. As we have seen from hurricanes in the past **coughKATRINAcough** it is super important not to take these things too lightly or to underestimate the power of Mother Nature. Please keep in mind that I am not just talking to the Gulf Coasters out there! This includes everyone all along the Atlantic as well. Please be prepared.

Here are some good sites for tracking hurricanes or getting ideas on the types of supplies you and your family might need to stock up on:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/whurprep.htm
http://www.weather.com/activities/homeandgarden/home/hometips/severeweather/hurricane_prepare.html
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/pdf/EVACBOOK3.pdf
http://www.miamigov.com/fire/DEM/pages/EmergencyManagement/Hurricane/Survival%20Kit.pdf

1) Do you plan on celebrating National Running Day? If so, how?
2) Do you live in an area where hurricanes are an issue? If so, how do you get ready?