November 13, 2015

Friday Five: A potpourri of running stuff

Many thanks to Cynthia  at You signed up for what, Courtney at Eat, Pray Run DC and Mar at Mar on the Run for the Friday Five linkup.  The topic for the week is how to stay healthy during the holidays.

My favorite tips for how to stay on track during the holidays include signing up for a January Marathon, talking a local running friend into the same marathon and making sure you eat plenty of cookies and peppermint chocolate holiday candy to fuel your runs. Except I really don't mean the last one....okay, maybe I do just a little bit.  A few years ago, while training for the Goofy Challenge, I ate cookies during the middle of a long run and you know what?  They tasted great and made me smile as I completed the 22 mile run. This was a spur of the moment decision when I stopped at home to refill my water bottle and saw a big tin of cookies on the counter, and it was December 22nd and I thought I deserved a cookie or three!

This week, I was pretty inactive on social media since I was out of town and then came home from Florida with a really bad cold.  Yesterday, while spending the day in my pajamas, I came across a few things that really hit a nerve in a good way.

The last few weeks were big ones for the runners who qualified and earned a spot in the April 2016 Boston Marathon.  They received one of these cards in the mail, which is very exciting for any runner no matter how many times they have qualified and run Boston.  I remember fondly last year when I got this card and I danced around the kitchen!


There are plenty of runners who do not get the card, despite meeting the qualifying standard. This year, those with a time of less than 2.27 seconds under their qualifying time would not be lucky and get that precious card in the mail. Two people from my running team including one of the coaches did not get a spot.  Due to the vast number of runners vying for spots, not everyone is fortunate to make the cut.   Some of these runners will choose to run for a charity and if accepted, will be a fundraiser for between $5000 and $7000 for the charity.  Others will hope for a miracle spot from either a Boston Marathon Sponsor or a chance winning entry through a contest. While I have my opinion about these options for entry, they are what they are and no runner (s) will change the mind of the B.A.A. who puts on the race.

This week I read a blog post by Jesica from Runladylike.  Both Christine and I enjoy her blog because she is a straight shooter and she only writes about products that she uses and loves. She was offered a spot through a sponsor, but turned it down.  It was wonderful to read that a runner like Jesica who had qualified, but missed the cut, would not promote a product that she does not use and accept a free entry into the race.  While it would have been so easy for her to say yes, she showed integrity and self control by saying no thank you.  You can read her post here.

While reading the December issue of Runners World magazine, I was delighted to see that Robert Herjavec of Shark Tank fame is a serious runner. He  was interviewed for the back page column and here is a quote: "I want to qualify for Boston- I don't want to buy my way in (as in a charity runner).  I'll do that one of two ways, get faster, or just stay the same speed and get older so the standards get slower."  This impressed me so much since he could easily get a bib without making the effort to qualify.

This weekend I will hit the pavement for the first time since the NYC Marathon on November 1.  It will feel great to put on my running shoes and pound the pavement for a little while.  My next big race is on January 10th and it is time to get training again. Do you have fun plans for the weekend?
(Pam)

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  1. Pam - I'm so excited to read about your upcoming Disney Marathon. I will be running it, too. I signed up for it before I got into NYC. I didn't know at that point that I would run 2 Marathon only 2 months apart. I hope I can do it. I started running this week. I'm still a bit weak from the last the NYC Marathon. I hope it will all work out. I will follow your training!

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    1. Thanks so much. I am doing my first run post NYC Marathon tomorrow and I hope to get in 6-8 miles depending on how I feel.

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  2. I too appreciate it when bloggers will only review products or commit to sponsored opportunity for products or organizations that they believe in or would want to try out on their own, regardless of if they received it for free. Its very difficult to believe bloggers who post about multiple brands of the same item (like running shoes for example).

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    1. Oh don't even get me started about the shoes. Christine and I are so brand loyal in many of the things we use/wear for running.

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  3. Are you doing the Dopey Challenge again? Or just running the marathon? I'll be there doing the Dopey Challenge!

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    1. No Dopey Challenge this year. That was a one and done for me.

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  4. great post! I also applaud Jessica for her decision. Boston is such a time honored tradition and I know how hard people work to get there. I would feel so out of place running it any other way. But obviously, to each his own and others have a different opinion. Still, it's a special race. And yeah, don't get me started on the product promotion.

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    1. Thanks Mar. We enjoy blogging and interacting with others, but as you mentioned, everyone has their own opinion.....and I agree with yours!

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  5. Yay for Jessica! I love that she stood up for what she believed in! She will get there one day I'm sure! So excited for your Disney Marathon Pam! And I LOVE that you ate cookies during that training run lol! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Mindy, hope you have a great weekend too!

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  6. Interesting, I though the only 2 ways to run Boston were to qualify or raise money for a charity. I didn't know there were other options. Yay for the January marathon! I'm flirting with the idea of doing the Disney full as my first full one year but I'm not sure yet. I start training for my next half in December so hopefully that will help with staying healthy through the holidays.

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    1. The Disney marathon is a great way to break into marathons and I really enjoyed my first one in 2013. Good luck with your half training and can't wait to read your Wine and Dine Half Marathon recap.

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  7. I don't like the idea of sponsored Boston entries for bloggers either. I think raising money for charity is a very noble thing to do and applaud those who do it- I guess Robert is a different case because he has a lot of money, we middle-class mere mortals would have to work hard to raise it.

    I'm not brand loyal when it comes to shoes, or protein powders, or really anything, but I also purchase all my own stuff. I know bloggers who are sponsored by shoe companies and rave about them, but what if those shoes didn't work for you, you know? I have served as an ambassador for a few races and for a local running store, but those were races I'd pay to do anyway and I already shopped at that store, so that's different. I like not being some sort of famous, big time blogger because I'm all about the running and just using this as a platform to meet new people and learn. I am skeptical of sponsored posts and anyone who is selling something and possibly benefiting.

    Cookies are a great way to carb load.... :).

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    1. You are lucky if you can wear a wide variety of running shoes. With bunions and a wide foot, I was fitted in my Brooks shoes over 4 years ago and they still are the perfect running shoe for me. But that is only me, there are many shoes out there and each foot needs something different. We also blog for the enjoyment of interacting with other runners and learning so no wonder I enjoy reading your blog!

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  8. I used to belong to a running group with a man who was a stroke survivor and walked with a cane. He did Boston for a charity. He probably came in around seven hours, but he did it with a full heart and full effort. While that race has never been one on my list, I get why it appeals to a lot of people and why they'd be disappointed about not getting in if they met the times. Congrats on your acceptance!
    On another note, I've noticed a trend of a few different things in the blogs I've been a long time reader of. Some have disappeared completely. People have lost the will to blog or life has changed and they no longer have time to dedicate to it. Others have really pulled back on the number of postings. Still others have gone the sponsored route and take each and every opportunity in their path. So often the posts don't come across as genuine. I wonder if the sponsors even read the posts. I know I've stopped reading several blogs after multiple posts for products the blogger obviously hasn't tried or that have no connection to the overall theme of the blog. I may start reading the one you mentioned if she's that honest and upfront.

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    1. I have also stopped reading some blogs I used to frequent because of sponsored posts. They just hold no appeal to me, although I do like product reviews of something I might have considering buying. We purposely do not accept any sponsored posts (and have been offered many) so we can decide what we do or do not write about on the blog. It makes it easier for both of us.

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  9. Authenticity and integrity is everything. As a former charity runner, I am extremely sympathetic to charity runners in general. But I think that if you are a charity runner, you need to do it the old fashioned way and raise the money, not just write a check yourself.
    And congrats to us both on getting our cards! Conflicting messages for me, right now, but something to make me take my recovery even more seriously. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I hope you are feeling better soon and don't forget that Boston is over 5 months away. You definitely have time to be prepared for the best marathon experience ever!

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  10. I totally agree with all of this-I only want to do Boston if I can qualify! Since NYC, I have been busy! Headed down to WDW for wine and dine and then running Avengers this weekend. I am looking forward to a fun weekend of running

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    1. Have a blast at Avengers this weekend. I am running for the first time since NYC tomorrow and plan to do about 6 easy miles!

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  11. Robert is so cute! I don't watch Shark Tank, but I loved him on DWTS.

    I don't think there's anything wrong with raising money for charities to run a race, personally. I even became an ambassador for a half I plan to do this spring, which if people sign up with my discount code, I get some money off my registration fee. My blog is small, so I figure it's doubtful I'll get any money off, but why not at least try?

    I look at things like RnR bloggers, ZOOMA, etc. and I do wonder if I could do that. I've run a couple of RnR races & one ZOOMA & I know my experience was quite different from the blogger ambassadors' experiences.

    Could I do it? Probably a moot point with a small blog, but I do think about those things.

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    1. It would be worth it to apply to be a race ambassador for either the Zooma or RnR race series. I think those groups would probably like to have new perspectives from year to year.

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  12. Love reading about Robert Herjevec. Shark Tank is one of my favorite shows (and I enjoyed him on Dancing with the stars as well).

    I think i'll be taking a few holiday cookies on my runs this winter. Thanks for the idea. -M

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    1. Yes, go for the cookies, they make the run seem more fun since some of the long ones are so close to Christmas, especially for WDW marathon.

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  13. That first run after a marathon is always so mentally challenging for me! I'm on a plane to Vegas right now to run the Strip at Night!!

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    1. I hope you have a blast in Vegas Sue. That race should be a fun one.

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  14. I trained for this year's Chicago marathon with a goal of a BQ--I didn't get it. I'd love a chance to run Boston, and I can't say that I wouldn't do it if someone wanted to send me...

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    1. Wendy I bet you will get that BQ....sometimes it takes a few tries to hit the elusive time needed to qualify.

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  15. Signing up for a big January race (or two, or three) has always been my tip for getting through the holidays. I definitely think a 22 mile run deserves a cookie break. I imagine that Jessica's decision was a tough one. It must have been very tempting. It would have been for me.

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    1. I totally agree that it must have been hard for Jesica to turn down the offer, but I really appreciate her integrity since it was a company she would never endorse on her blog.

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  16. Awesome that you got your acceptance. I love the thought of a cookie during a marathon. Need your carbs, right? I find even on a half, some sort of "real" food helps.

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    1. John I always need extra food during a marathon. At NYC I had two halves of bananas as well as numerous GU gels.

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  17. A BQ is not even on my radar, so I'll leave that debate for those to whom it matters. I do like Robert's comment though, My new post-race game is to see how old I'd have to be to place at my finish time.

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    1. Ahh, I love that idea of seeing how old you need to be to place. Robert seems to be a class act and yes, I have been known to watch Shark Tank!

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  18. I think it's so fun that you ate cookies during a long run! It's definitely the time of year for cookies and sweets My weekend included interviewing a photographer for my upcoming wedding and RELAXING!

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    1. How fun interviewing a wedding photographer. Glad you got in some relaxing time too!

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  19. i read robert's interview and shared in your pleasure about his comments. i agree - i would not run boston without qualifying. i do not judge those that do but it's my personal opinion.

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