Just a quick post to let you know what I will be up to this weekend.
I will be running.
Ok. End of post.
Ok, ok, I kid. I am not one to be so short. Just ask the bf, I talk his ear off.
Saturday is the Detroit Edition of the IRC Skunk Run! I am so excited about it! There will be food, prizes, running and Idiots. What more could you ask for? To find out more about the event click here. We would love to have you join us.
On Sunday we will be doing the Kona St. Patrick’s Day Run. The bf and I are both doing the 10k because it includes a medal and it has been a while since we have added one to our medal racks! It is also the first race in the Kona Grand Slam series which is one my goals for this year. Woohoo!
I am sure that I will be recapping both of these events sometime next week, so stay tuned!
What are you up to this weekend?
Since I have not been running very consistently lately one question in particular keeps popping into my mind: “What if I was no longer a runner?”
I don’t have any plans to stop running. I just need to tweak some things in my daily schedule and regain the commitment that I once had to it and myself. But that question has led me to think about how much I define myself by what I do.
If you ask me about myself odds are I will tell you what I do for a living. I will then tell you that I am a Mom, runner and blogger. I would probably also mention that I love country music because it would be remiss of me to leave that out.
Now my answer certainly does reveal a lot about me. The things I would mention are definitely big parts of my life and are my primary focus but at the end of the day they tell you nothing about ME.
You could strip all of that stuff away (except for being a mom of course) and I would still be me. So who am I?
I am very loving, passionate and empathetic. I am also very stubborn and hard-headed. I fight for the things that I believe in and I don’t like to be wrong. I get bored easily and I love going on adventures. At my core I am an introvert. I enjoy being social but I need to have some me time in order to recharge. I am silly and weird and I like that about myself. I am not perfect and I like that too.
The bottom line is, I am more than what I do. And so are you!
Now I want to hear from you!
Tell me who you really are!
You all know that I love love love the “What if Everybody Ran” campaign from Mizuno. I did blog about it after all.
I also love encouraging people to become runners because running has been such a gift to me. There is just something about lacing up my running shoes, enjoying some time by myself and accomplishing distances that once seemed impossible.
However, I do know that not everybody is a runner. Maybe you have tried it and you don’t like it or maybe you have no interest in running whatsoever.
As a runner I am here to tell you that it is okay if you are not a runner.
I think that as long as you DO SOMETHING, you can still reap the same benefits that Mizuno reported in their study of runners. Because really at the end of that day, isn’t it about finding something that speaks to you AND gets you off the couch?
Maybe your something is lifting weights, or doing yoga or even Zumba!
Whatever your something is, I encourage you to go after it, lose yourself in it and allow it to take you to places that you only dreamed of. You deserve it!
So I have to ask you, What if everybody DID SOMETHING?
And what is your something?
I received a synopsis of SPARTAN UP! and I will be receiving a full copy of the book when it is released in exchange for my honest review of the book. All opinions are my own!
For most of the year I have been stalking the Spartan Race website to plan the races that I will be doing in order to complete the Spartan Trifecta. So far I am signed up for the Indiana Sprint on 4/26 and the Chicago Super on 9/27. I still need to find a Beast that works for my schedule, so I am
patiently waiting for more Beast dates to be revealed.
While on the Spartan website I noticed that Joe De Sena, the founder of Spartan Race, has written a book called Spartan Up! The book will be released on May 17th but since patience is not my virtue, Spartan was nice enough to provide me with a synopsis of the book to hold me over until it is released.
And guess what? I devoured the synopsis! I have no doubt that Spartan Up! is going to be a great read as the synopsis alone was entertaining and motivating.
I have to say that I really think that Spartan Up! is a book for everyone. Whether you already run OCR’s, have thought about running OCR’s or even if you think you have no interest in OCR’s, you will get something out of this book.
According to the synopsis, Spartan Up! is based on three key ideas: Question your assumptions, less is more and discipline is everything. Those are three things I think we can all use in our lives.
The book is broken up into ten chapters that will help you apply the Spartan way into all areas of your everyday life. One of those areas is attitude and this quote from the synopsis very much resonated with me.
“Distance events force you to focus your mind. In contrast, our society likes to stay distracted, always chasing the next shiny object. We train to keep our minds busy, and our minds are willing accomplices. Soon we have no choice: We are slaves to our anxious, darting minds and the constant stream of useless mental chitchat. This sort of mental chatter isn’t really thinking, it’s neurological white noise driving you to distraction from what really matters.”
So are your ready to Spartan Up? You can pre-order your copy of the book on amazon by clicking here!
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
This post was sponsored by Tomoson and Majestical Jewelry. All opinions are my own!
When I am not getting muddy from my mud runs or sweaty from my workouts, I really do like to clean up and embrace my feminine side. I enjoy dressing up and wearing jewelry whether I am headed out for a night out or even for a night at home.
Recently I received some earrings from Majestical Jewelry.
Majestical Jewelry is an online jewelry store where you can find any and every piece of jewelry that you can imagine! There are some great necklaces there that I have my eye on.
I encourage you to check out their site and find a few things to add to your jewelry collection. You can use code 15DOLLARSOFF to get $15 off orders of $55 or more.
In addition to that, you can try to win the earrings that you see in the picture above by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below. The giveaway is valid in the continental US only.
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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Last night I participated in a Twitter chat hosted by FitFluential and Mizuno Running. The chat was about a very thought-provoking question: What if everybody ran?
Since I am a runner, I understand how life changing becoming a runner can be.
As you may know, I have been a runner on and off since high school. I became more serious about running during the time that my relationship with B’s Dad was becoming unstable. Running provided me with an outlet. It provided me the stability that I was not getting from that relationship. It was my coping mechanism. It was my sanity. And most of all, it showed me just how strong I was.
My story is not unique. There are lots and lots of people who have found what they needed through running. However, there are still lots and lots of people who have not yet discovered what running can do for them.
So what do I think would happen if everybody ran? I think that everybody would realize that they are worthy, that they are strong and that they are capable of so much more than they ever thought possible.
Don’t just take my word for it. Click here to check out the analysis performed by Mizuno Running regarding all the great things that could change just by becoming a runner.
I would love to hear from you!
Are you a runner? How did your life change when you became a runner?
What are your thoughts on Mizuno’s findings?
If you haven’t already guessed, there is a new karate kid on the block! (And he is super cute, if you ask me!)
B started karate last week and he is SO excited about it. He has been asking me to take him karate for at least six months now. At first when he started asking I thought it was a fleeting request that would change as he discovered something else he would like to do. But no, his one and only extra-curricular request has been karate.
The main reason I have not enrolled him until now is because all the classes for five year olds started too early in the night. But now that B is six, the class is at a perfect time!
B has only been to two classes so far but I can already tell that it is going to be such a good fit for him. The karate teacher is very very good with the kids. The class has an excellent balance of fun and instruction that keeps the kids entertained from start to finish. I can already see that B is going to benefit in many ways from the class.
I am also getting an immense benefit from the class as well. I love watching him and seeing how much joy he is getting from the experience. It makes me happy to see him so happy.
Have you heard the news?!
Drum roll please…………
I have received approval from the big man of the Idiots Running Club to host an official satellite version of the Idiots Running Club Skunk Run!
That’s right! All of the proper forms have been filled out, the red tape has been cut through and I have begged all the right people to make it happen.
Now that I have done all of that, I need you (if you are in the Detroit area) to rally your running friends and meet up with the rest of the IRC of Detroit crew on March 15th at 8:15am at Lake St Clair Metro Park! We will be doing a group run at any distance and pace of your choosing. There will be snacks, there will be prizes and most importantly there will be Idiots!
To get more info on the run and to officially join it, just click here to view the event on Facebook.
Not from Detroit? No worries. You too can be an Idiot and can run virtually on your own that day as well. Click here for more info on that.
Hope to see you there!
So when it comes to goal setting, what camp do you reside in? Do you tell everyone about your goals, do you keep them a secret or do you do a little bit of both?
For the most part, a majority of my goals are extremely public. Hard to believe, right?
But I do keep some goals secret. The BIG goals.
The goals I am afraid to admit to myself or say out loud stay locked away for a little while. Then I may tell a few people who I am close to about them or even just drop hints about them in a round about kind of way.
At the end, all of my goals come out one way or another. And I am always grateful that I let them out. I like the accountability that I feel by announcing my goals and I feel that I am more likely to accomplish the goals that I say out loud.
So with all of that being said, I am going to let you in on goal that I have been keeping a secret. It has been a secret partly because it is a big goal and partly because it is a future goal.
But I am going to let it out.
Here I go.
2016……will be the year of the marathon! My first marathon! Yippee!
I have my eye on the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon in particular.
To get to marathon day I must first get back into half marathon shape this year and start marathon training in 2015! Both are very achievable and I am very excited about both!
Now I want to hear from you.
What camp do you fall into for goal setting?
Do you have any goals you are keeping secret that you want to let out??
Also do you have any marathon tips? I want to hear them!