We all know that although we may not run solely for the bling getting an awesome medal as you cross the finish line is icing on the cake after accomplishing your goal. Some road races are known for their medals because of their uniqueness and that can be a factor in deciding what race you will run because there are so many to choose from. After earning the medal though you need to put it somewhere since for some odd reason wearing them around your neck everyday is socially unacceptable. Figuring out how to highlight running accomplishments and display the memories made at those events can be really tricky. Robert and I have lived in four different places since running our first marathon together which means that we have not only had to determine how our medals and race bibs would be showcased, but also where they would reside in each of our abodes. So for this #medalmonday I am revealing our displays- those we bought, were gifted, or made ourselves- and where we have them in our house. Continue reading
5 miles, 5 days, 5 marathons, 5 races, 5 minutes. I’m all about the alliteration today so on this lovely Friday I’m diving into five things that I’m recently loving or have started looking forward to lately that for some reason all have to do with the number five. Sadly none of them deal with the amazing boy band Five… gosh I hope Ellie will one day know how much better music was with choreographed dances. Continue reading
Running and fitness APPS seem to be flooding my social media these days. Everyone has their own thing- Strava, Nike, MapMyRun, Garmin Connect- and if you’re like me you use multiple apps in correlation to your fitness/training plan. I recently stumbled upon an APP that no matter what platform you use to log your exercise you should definitely have as well. Broken down in its most simplistic form you download the APP, connect it to your other accounts, and then literally do NOTHING. You then get awarded $10 that can be deposited into your PayPal or gift rocket account. Intrigued yet?
It’s that time of year again. The time when people decide to make New Year Resolutions in order to better themselves in some way or another. Concurrently it’s the time when people who do not choose to make their own resolutions take the opportunity to bash people who use this time as a fresh start. We need to stop picking on people for their New Year’s Resolutions and saying “I told you so,” when they hit a road block or fail to break that bad habit. I am not the person to make a resolution each year, but maybe this year we can all agree to try to be more supportive of the people in our lives. Continue reading
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!