Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tunes Tuesday - 6.27

Welcome to the Tunes Tuesday link up. I co host this link up with Kim from KookyRunner and Janelle from Run With No Regrets. If you are new to the link up all of the information can be found here. We hope that you will join us!

It's the fourth Tuesday of the month and that brings current favorites. I know you all love what my iPod has been spitting out, and I can't blame you, it's pretty good. #HumbleBrag. Anyway, two of my current favorites from the iPod are "Face Down" by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and "Take It All Back" by Judah & The Lion.

If you like these current favorites, check out my past tunes.

What are some of your current favorite tunes? Make sure you join the link up and share!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Five Things Friday - Goodbye 29!

Well, today is my last day in my 20's! I feel like I have been saying this forever, but the time is finally here! I wanted to make sure I closed out my 20's with a bang, and I think I did an awesome job of making some memories during 29.

I'm linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for this weeks Five Things Friday. I am talking about five of my favorite things from 29. I'm sure I will miss something, because I did a lot, but these are five that really stick out.

1. I spent the first day of 29 with some of my best friends from college as we finished up our week at the beach. The next day (my second day of being 29) I went to the wedding of one of my best friends from high school with all of my high school friends. I literally got to spend two days with a large group of my favorite people. It was amazing!

College friends

High School friends
2. I was super lucky to run a bunch of races in a bunch of places and meet some incredible people. From the end of June 2016 to now I ran nine half marathons and a marathon in nine states. The amount of people I met in that time in amazing and memories I will never forget.

Remember that time I ran with Meb?

3. I got to renew my wedding vows with my husband three miles in to Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas. That was such cool experience and something not everyone gets to do. 

4. I got to meet Seth Rollins! As a life long wrestling fan I was so excited when my husband told me I was going to be sitting front row at a live event. I was even more excited when the man himself was walking around the ring and let me not only get a picture with him, but touch him! I will NEVER forget it.

5. I think of any running accomplishment I had in 29, the biggest one is my 14 minute course PR at the Pittsburgh Marathon. Being one minute off of my marathon PR was one thing, but doing it after everything that was going on with my health was literally the greatest way I could have closed out 29. I am grateful for the opportunity and the support and the entire weekend showed me the true meaning of community.

Thank you all for being on this journey with me! I am so looking forward to what is to come. Cheers to 30!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gone For A Run Run With Me Virtual 5k Information

You can ask anyone who knows me IRL, I am a dog person. Don't get me wrong, I love my Dangle, but I have always loved dogs. When I run I make sure I say hello to every puppy I see. We will have our own dog one day, but for now I can live through all of you.

When I found out my next Gone For A Run Virtual Race Series race would be a dog theme, I was thrilled! The Run With Me Virtual 5k is a great way to get your four-legged friend involved in your favorite activity.  You can run or walk with your buddy, just get out there together and earn it!

Your virtual race kit includes a bib and medal for you and your puppy! You can pick from a few options that include an adorable shirt and some other swag. If you are looking for a running leash make sure you add it to your registration!

That little charm clips on to your pups collar!

From June 22-26 complete a 5k. That's it! When you are finished, celebrate with your bling on social media. In the process know you are helping out a great cause. Like every Gone For A Run Virtual Race, a percentage of your race entry fee goes to Animal Health & Wellness. How sweet is it that you and your pup can help others!

Let's all do this together! Sign up today and I will see you out there!

Disclaimer: I was provided entry to the Run With Me Virtual 5k as a part of the Gone For A Run Virtual Race Team. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Thank You Social Media

There are so many people who have been talking about how social media makes them feel like they are not a good runner. That they are not worthy of being called a runner because they aren't as fast, run as many races or wear certain clothes. While I can agree with a lot of this, I owe most of my running success to social media.

We Run Social Meet Up before the 2016 RnR Las Vegas 5k

When I got back in to running in 2012 I knew no one. It was something I did by myself for myself. I never talked to anyone. I wouldn't even say hello or give a head nod. When I ran my first half marathon I was so competitive with myself I barely enjoyed it. In my brain I was judging all of the people around me and wondered why I wasn't faster than them.

When I trained for my first marathon I was losing my mind. I didn't know what I was doing and I had no one to ask for help. I had a book, but that was it. Being out on the course for 26.2 miles all alone was hard. Knowing I wouldn't see a familiar face for hours was draining.

Then I started blogging. I joined the Runners World run streak from Memorial Day to July 4th and I connected with some people. People who knew what I was going through because they were too. I started joining RunChat Sunday nights on Twitter and made some more friends. Friends that would greatly impact my life.

As I started to open up to a new community, I was becoming a better runner. I was less competitive and took a lot of pressure off of myself. I was having fun. I was making new friends, which I was having a problem doing living in Pittsburgh, and I really wanted to train. I wanted to keep meeting people and support them as much as they have supported me. I formed real friendships that I cannot imagine not having.

I made friends with people who are faster and slower than me. I run with them all. I make sure that I learn something from everyone I encounter. I also love social media because if I put a goal out there, I am more likely to stick to it. You all keep me accountable, and I love that. We celebrate together and you guys have helped me through some rough defeats.

I will never forget running the Pittsburgh Marathon this year and being able to say hello to someone almost every two miles that I knew! Less than a mile from the finish line I had a group of friends cheering for me. My phone was filled of texts, tweets and photos from friends all over the country. You know what, I love doing the same thing for all of you.

So for those who are seeing social media as something that is ruining running or making you feel like you are less of a runner, I hope this shows you the other side. Everything is what you make of it. I chose to make it about a community and a support system. I want you all to know, no matter what I am proud of you. I am proud that you made the commitment to get out there and be active. I am proud of you for being you and making your journey your own.

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What are your feelings on social media and running? Has it made you a better runner?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tunes Tuesday - 6.20

Welcome to the Tunes Tuesday link up. I co host this link up with Kim from KookyRunner and Janelle from Run With No Regrets. If you are new to the link up all of the information can be found here. We hope that you will join us!

Third Tuesday of the month is Pump Up Jams. I have been waiting for this week because I have two songs that keep coming up on my running playlist. Each time they come on I am moving so much quicker! They are both from DJ Khaled "All I Do Is Win" and "I'm So Hood"

If you like these pump up jams, check out some of the others I have shared.

What are some of your current pump up jams? Share them in the link up below!

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