Blogs to Love!

One of the great plus sides of blogging is all the bloggers you come into contact with online through linkups, comments and Facebook groups.  I find reading blogs, especially ones that have personal stories and race recaps so entertaining to read.   I often search for race recaps before signing up for new races to get an idea of what to expect.  Runner bloggers have a real honestly when it comes to the good, the bad and the ugly of running and races.  I also have stumbled upon some great blogs about food, fitness and life.  Here are five of the many blogs that I follow and read regularly!

Here are this Friday’s Five Blogs to Love:

Mommy Run Fast

I first came across Laura’s awesome blog over a year ago when I saw something posted on Facebook about a virtual race series for the Fall (run 5 or 10 miles by the 5th of each month).  Since I was in the heat of marathon training at the time, I thought it was perfect to help keep me motivated for my weekly runs.   The upside of taking part in the series was seeing my progress each month!  With each run I logged, I was noticing a huge improvement in my 5 mile time.  Since the last series ended this past Spring, I still head over to her blog each week to link up with other bloggers on Monday with my weekly fitness and meal plan.

Jill Conyers

I found Jill’s blog through Laura’s.  Jill co-hosts with Laura on Mondays.  I instantly felt connected to her blog.  She totally speaks my language and I love the combination of running, fitness, food, life and goodies that she blogs about daily.  I think that being a runner is more than just logging miles and she celebrates and brings some insight into the crazy mind of a runner.  I find calmness in a lot of her posts too and she makes me think.  I find inspiration from her blog in ways to become a better me.

Sarah ‘n Spice

I’m not sure how I came across Sarah’s blog, but I’m so glad I did!  Just one look at any of her posts, you instantly want to cook what she’s posting about.  I love the clear directions, pictures, and posted recipes (in blog post and printable versions).  I’ve bookmarked several of her recipes and finally made one of her latest recipes, Tater Tot Hot Dish.  It didn’t come out nearly as pretty as hers, but I know it was equally tasty!  It was a big hit at our house!  When I search for recipes for the week, I make my way over to Sarah’s blog for inspiration.

MCM Mama Runs

A fellow Sweat Pink and Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador, I found Erika’s blog through our daily link love posts in our ambassador group.  I was instantly drawn to her race recaps, which are honest and helpful.  I just recently stumbled upon her post about a half marathon race series and I’m already researching information about it for next year!   I find a connection to her blog also since she’s from DC and we’ve spent so many years up there visiting Nick’s grandparents, I love reading about races in and around DC, MD and VA.  I’m also pretty jealous of her upcoming Ragnar Relay Race.  I can’t wait to read about her experiences!

Taking the Long Way Home

Thankfully Wendy commented one day on a blog post and I followed my way to her blog!  We’ve communicated through comments and both of us are training for a marathon and we’ve both struggled with the same things in our last marathon.  I love the honesty of her posts.  She’s willing to just put it all out there and I find a lot of inspiration from her.  It always seems that she’s posting what I’m thinking.  I’m excited to virtually cheer her on when she takes to her next starting line in a few weeks.  I’ll be rooting for her!

Please show some blog love to these wonderfully inspiring ladies’ blogs!

And check out other great bloggess’ who are hosting this week’s Friday Five:  Mar on the Run, You Signed Up For What?, and Eat, Pray, Run DC.   All their blogs are entertaining and great reads!

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Oh snap! What A Way to Start the Week!

As the racing season kicks off here in NC, there is a local race series that kicks off this weekend, the Greensboro Race Series.  As a runner, you can run as many or as few events as you would like, all while earning points for each age group finish. Points are tallied after each race and the top 3 people in each age group can win some cool prizes at the end of the season.  However if you aren’t the fastest runner, don’t be discouraged!  If you run 6 of the 11 events, you are invited to a post season banquet where you grab a really nice Brooks long sleeve tech tee for your accomplishment.  In 2011, I snagged 3rd place in my age group and won a gift certificate for Oakley sunglasses.  This past year, 2012, I didn’t place in my age group, but I did run all 11 of the events.  I don’t have plans to compete in too many of the races this year, I’m concentrating more on longer distance races.

Our local newspaper’s Sports Editor, Eddie Wooten, has this fantastic blog, Running Shorts, where he writes about local running events.  It’s the go-to place for all the information on the local running community.  He even spotlights runners every Friday!  I was lucky enough to be featured last August.  He contacted me and another runner, Thanh Ngo, last week to help provide some input for his upcoming blog post.  He was writing a preview of all the events that would comprise of this year’s race series, while hopefully  bringing interest and awareness to the race series and the races themselves.  Since we were the only two runners who ran all 11 events, who better to provide the info?  He wanted information about each course, doing our best to describe the difficulty, scenery, etc.  We also gave our “expertise” on why runners should run each event, hoping to draw newbies to the races.  I was thrilled to have been asked to contribute and quickly sent him my commentary.  Eddie combined all of our information and posted his blog yesterday.  It also ran in the newspaper itself.

As if that wasn’t cool enough, I also got some awesome news today!  My friend, Dena, had posted a month or two back that she had been accepted to be an Earthlete, Earth Fare Athletic Ambassador. I read through her blog and clicked on the link to learn more about the program.  Earth Fare is a fantastic small chain store that supports many of the community events.  They are really big into helping to create a healthier, more active community.  They worked with me for several years when my friend and co-worker, Sharon, and I ran a Biggest Loser competition for our staff.  They provided healthy snacks and gift baskets for the winners.  They were amazing!  I’ll have the pleasure of working with them again because I’ve been chosen to be a Earthlete!  I filled out the application after reading about the program, hoping that I would be chosen, thinking that the connection would be great for working with the girls running club at my school.  Part of the requirements of being an Earthlete is referring at least two other people to the program, so Dena, you got one! 🙂  The other perks are an additional discount for being part of the program, wearing their gear while competing at least 3 competitive events, which I have covered in April alone.  I’m really hoping to be able to call on Earth Fare too when it comes to working with the local 5K, Kirkwood 5K, which I am a co-director with Nick and our close friends and Woo Hoo Crew peeps, Katie and Nathan.  I can’t wait to find out all the details.  I’m sure the partnership will be a great one!