Robert’s cousin Megan bought Thunderfoot the book The Girl Who Ran by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee, back in August. When I first saw the book I thought well that is so appropriate, a children’s book about running. Then I realized it was about Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon (although she technically was not allowed to do so). After reading the book to Ellie I can honestly say as a mother, runner, history lover, and female I think this is an amazing book to read to any child, but even more so if you are a runner parent and hope to share that passion with your children!
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve which means our first Christmas with Ellie J. and I could not be more excited about it. We tried to take a family run this morning because it was 65 degrees out, but to our dismay the rain started earlier than forecasted and we had to run solo. Although I was somewhat bummed by this set of events it gave me some time to think about my run and take in the surroundings instead of just staring at the beautiful little girl in front of me like I usually do. While looking around in the neighborhoods I was running in I started noticing how many houses were decked out in holiday decor. That’s when I had the marvelous idea of having a Christmas Eve (or day) family scavenger hunt for holiday decor on our run. TeamMcMILEan wants to challenge you and your family to find as many items on the list as well while either walking, running, or biking. No matter how cold it is you can take part in this challenge- bundle up and get some fresh air- you’ll be glad you did when you get the fifth Christmas cookie.
The holidays are a great time to show the people in your life that you care and most of us do so by scratching our heads to try and figure out the PERFECT gift to match someone’s personality. If, like me, you have yet to decide what the ultimate gift might be for someone you treasure have no fear. The following is my list of my top four gift ideas for the runner or athlete in your life in both the stocking stuffer and under the tree categories. I do realize this list is a little late with Christmas next weekend, but it is better late than never. Have someone who keeps saying this year will be the one where they actually achieve their “workout” New Year’s Resolution? Get them a gift that will support their ambition and maybe you can be part of the reason they are able to accomplish that goal!