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thoughts from a mother of boys, a marathoner, a triathlete, a crafter, a wife, and a scientist


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It’s Virtually the Best Kind of Race

Imagine running a race with more than 300 other participants all by yourself, wherever you are, at whatever time of day fits your schedule.

That is basically what a virtual race is.

You sign up for the race, which give a portion of the proceeds to charity, they give you a 2-5 day window for you do run/bike/walk your distance.  You choose the location, the time, and the date.  You submit your time to them online and boom you are done.  You still get the swag, a shirt, medal and race bib (depending on the organization).

The beauty is the flexibility and it helps bring people from all over the country together for the event.  This past summer I participated in a Nuun Ambassador Virtual race and we had a Facebook group page where we got to connect online with other participants.  It made it possible for locals to actually meet up and run their races together, and do other runs together as well. Instant running friends!

If you are an avid racer like me you have probably already heard of FitFam (Formally Gametiime).  A great social media platform for racers & runners.  FitFam has helped many organizations put on their virtual races and decided to kick off 2016 with a race of their own!

The FitFam Challenge in January

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And they have partnered with Nuun Hydration again for the Nuun Year Dash in February

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And in the spirit of Cyber Monday you can save 20% off either, or both, races today!

Just use the code CYBERMONDAY20

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Register for the FitFam Challenge Virtual race click here

Register for the Nuun Year Dash Virtual race click here

Missed out on the Cyber Monday deal?

No worries, you can still get 10% off both races by using the code MOVETHEMISSION10

Just. Keep. Running.

runnerboxFor my loyal readers RunnerBox is offering 10% your purchase by using the code RUNMSRUN so go start your subscription today, or go buy one for that runner in your life.

Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

This year my running club and I will be participating in the Hood to Coast Relay Race as a fundraising team. We will be raising money for Providence Cancer Center to help #FINISHCANCER. Click on the picture below (or here) to donate today.

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Running Log ~Oct 1st

Fall is in the air, well almost.  Mother nature is a little confused in my neck of the woods.  We are waking up to crisp fall mornings but enjoying summer afternoons.  This is also confusing to what we should be wearing, especially for my kids, the think it is still shorts and flip-flop season.  Which is fine during the day, but not in the evening.

The reason I bring this up is because last weekend one of my cousins got married.  She was having an outdoor garden wedding, which admittedly, this late in Sept in the Pacific Northwest is a real gamble.  But this year has been really dry (too dry in fact) and extremely warm.  The wedding was in the evening with the reception going on in to the night.  So the question comes up, what to wear? The day will be warm, but it will get cold at night….

I didn’t want to wear a skirt, because I didn’t want to get cold, and because I didn’t like any of the tops that I owned.  I could have gone and bought a new top, but I always have something in mind and then get super upset when I don’t find it.  Plus I have this pair of super cute shoes with matching bag that my sis gave me that I wanted to wear and none of my skirts would work.

OK. Pants it is. {Don’t worry folks, there is a running side to this story 😉 }

I have lots of short pants (capris) but only two pairs of nice dress pants, one brown-ish and one black.

If I wear the brown ones I have a top to go with it and I can wear the shoes and purse.

If I wear the black ones I don’t have a top that would go with the shoes, but I could just wear a different pair of shoes.

The black pants fit. I know they fit. I wear them often.

The brown pants have not been worn in at least 4 years. The last time I tried to wear them they were too tight on my thighs and my waist gushed out over the top of the pants.

What do I do? Do I leave the brown pants in storage? Do I try them on again and get all depressed because they still don’t fit? Do I just go buy a new top to wear with my black pants and not even think about the brown pants again? What do I do? What do I do?

I pull out the bin from under my bed, unfold the brown pants. Look at them, love them all over again, sigh.  Try them on.

They fit. Not only do they fit, but they fit like when I bought them.

I am going say that I have not seen a change in my body after all this running (so that 4 week thing is BS).  I feel like I am the same size as when I started running almost two years ago (this month will be 2yrs).

I am not diligent in my other training habits, I don’t strength train like I should (I know I should). Some weeks I don’t get as many miles in as I would like. I don’t eat well, I don’t like food, fruits and veggies are like torture to me, just give me carbs all day long.

But there has been a change.

I didn’t start running just to lose a bunch of weight.  Yes, I wanted to lose some weight, but really I just wanted to be healthier.  I started run to find myself, to find my sanity.  I run for me.  Because I like to run.  I did it so that I can take the stairs without having to pause for breath after one flight. I started to run so that I can chase my kids around the play ground, and keep up with them.  I did it so I could have an hour alone every once in a while.

So while I look in the mirror and my eyes see me as the same size I was, my pants are telling me that I am changing on more than just the inside.

So remember don’t give up.

Just. Keep. Running.

runnerboxFor my loyal readers RunnerBox is offering 10% your purchase by using the code RUNMSRUN so go start your subscription today, or go buy one for that runner in your life.

Want to find out what is on my race calendar?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

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What’s in a RunnerBox?

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Recently I partnered up with a wonderful company The Runner Box and I am excited to finally tell you more about them!

Did you ever wish it was easier to hear about products that might benefit you as a runner? You know, when you find that one thing and wonder why hadn’t you ever heard of it before?!

Or you want to try some new fuel or electrolyte water enhancer but don’t want to commit to a whole box of them? How do you try just one?

Don’t worry, I have just the answer for you. You have someone else do all the work, put it in a nice little box and ship it right to your house.

Yes, you heard me. A box of samples shipped right to your house.  And not just any samples, but samples runners, or tri-athletes or cyclists.  I thought this was such a great idea! They do all the research, find all the cool products and send us samples.

Unlike other subscription box services there is no pressure to buy the products after, and pressure to review them for points!  Which I love! If I like the product I will buy it, if I don’t then I won’t.  And Runnerbox knows it.

So what do you get in a Runnerbox?

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Inside the lid of the box is a motivational quote, always needed, I am a running quote junkie.  There is also a sheet that lists all the samples with descriptions of the products and where to buy them directly.

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Runnerbox doesn’t just put 4-5 samples in a box for you.  They jam pack it full to bursting.  They stuff that box completely full.  It’s like a tent, once you take it out, the items never fit back in.

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There are snack bars, mid-run fuel, electrolyte drink enhancers, ice pack, pain patch, sunscreen wipe, healthy chips and granola, to name a few.

If you want to give a gift of a Runnerbox but not necessarily a full subscription they also have birthday box! You can send someone one box that is specially designed for a birthday present.

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It comes with confetti, birthday mints, a birthday card and those streamer party poppers to help celebrate.

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The birthday kit not only comes with all the great running samples but other sample as well.  There was a whey protein shake in cupcake flavor.  Vitamins for woman (because I got the box for women), shampoo & conditioner, a set of running lights for running at night and an awesome bottle opener.

Know someone who is going be running their first (or fortieth) race? You can get them the gift a Limited Edition Race Survival Kit.  Full of items that have been well thought of for pre- and post-race.

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For my loyal readers RunnerBox is offering 10% your purchase by using the code RUNMSRUN so go start your subscription today, or go buy one for that runner in your life.

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

Click to Donate now

Be a HERO by clicking picture and donating today.

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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Running Log ~ July 21st ~ lead feet

Lead Feet and Injuries

The heat, the humidity and the allergies have been hitting me pretty hard this summer and my runs have been getting slower.

The last week in June I started running early in the morning at the gym on the treadmill. It was horrible, but at least I was running, because when it was already 70° at 6 a.m. there was no way I was running outside that day.

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But I had a virtual race and a long rung scheduled just before the July 4th holiday and didn’t want to do 8 miles on the treadmill.

So I got up early and hit the road, I picked a route next to the river for some cool air.

But my feet felt like lead weights.  It was still too hot, my allergies was making it hard to breathe.  It was the slowest run I had done in forever.

And I say that like I have been running forever…when really I started running again only a year and a half ago, and hadn’t run more than 8 miles before Aug of last year.

So I got my run done, and I was so disappointed in myself, but decided that I needed to get back to the gym and start using the treadmill again.  This way I can set my pace, turn a movie on and just keep going.

After the holiday we went on our friends boat and slammed my knee on the fishing pole rack.  I didn’t think it was that hard, it didn’t hurt, and I didn’t think anything of it.  Then I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my knee.

I couldn’t keep it bent for more than a minute, two at the most.  If I hyperextended my leg it was equally painful, so when sleeping and stretching my leg I would wake in pain.

I couldn’t go up or down stairs, I couldn’t sit, and it was painful standing from a sitting position. I couldn’t drive without something propping my foot up (it was my left knee and I have an automatic). My leg at a 90° angle brought swear words flowing out of my mouth.

At first I didn’t realize what happened, how I hurt myself, but then I figured I must have bruised my kneecap (patella) when I hit the fishing pole rack.  I don’t know if you have ever bruised a bone, but it isn’t sunshine and daisy’s.  Walking was fine as long as I didn’t bend my leg too much, but running was out of the question.

That’s OK. I can rest an injury, as long as it isn’t too long…

Two weeks go by with no running and I can finally sit with my leg bent for longer than a few minutes.  I can do stairs, my knee still hurts, but it is healing.  I think I am finally safe to try running again…when I hurt my back and my allergies might really be a cold (but don’t tell anyone, cause I don’t actually get ‘colds’).

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*sigh*

this too shall pass.

But I am feeling slightly depressed about not running. Okay, I am feeling really depressed about not running.  I am tired and I am grouchy. So this week is also going to be a rest week, and next week I will come back with a vengeance.

Going for a run is like having a cup of coffee... I'm much nicer after I've had one.

But there is good news in here too.

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Recently I partnered up with a wonderful company The Runner Box.

 

This a subscription box company for runners, cyclists or triathletes.  They send you a bimonthly box full of products and discounts like nutrition bars, gels, energy boosters, snacks, personal care and other running accessories.runnerbox_Birthdaybox

For my loyal readers RunnerBox is offering 10% your purchase by using the code RUNMSRUN so go start your subscription today, or go buy one for that runner in your life.

*stay tuned to find out what came in my first RunnerBox

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

Click to Donate now

Be a HERO by clicking picture and donating today.

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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