It's a good thing to want to excel. Of course, anything can be taken to extreme, but being mediocre is just that--mediocre, and perhaps a little boring. When I named my post, I was thinking of an old Brooks advertisement in Runner's World years ago. It was an ad for their newest reflective gear. The ad pictured a male runner with the words: "He was a standout in high school. He was a standout in college. Now he's a standout in traffic." That is a great idea--be outstanding in traffic! Being a running ninja is a great way to give drivers a heart attack and also give yourself way too many close calls...you hope. Of course, anything can be taken to extreme:
No need to be lit up like a Christmas tree to run safely in low light. There are a lot of good products available now that will allow runners to be visible in traffic without being recruited as a road construction flagger. Road ID is having a great sale right now. I'm thinking of getting one or more of these sale T-shirts for myself and maybe even some gifts...never too early to think of Christmas gifts and to be thankful you are not a Griswold. If you think you may be on my gift list and see a favorite, feel free to say which one is your favorite in the Comment section...
Wishing you an outstanding rest of your week with plenty of safe running. Missee
Our extended family met yesterday to celebrate our grandmother's 90th birthday. What a wonderful reason to gather and to celebrate! We were all asked to wear blue and tan in order to coordinate for a group photo. Even without a plan, Missee and I often show up to events color coordinated. We once arrived at a family wedding wearing blue floral dresses and blue nail polish on our toes. Sisters...
Since we were together and dressed up, we thought we should take a photo for the blog.
We started our blog in January of this year. After discussing our ideas for a running blog for more than a year, Missee decided that 2017 was a good time to give a blog a try. I agreed.
In seven months of blogging, I have found that blogging has made some positive changes in my life.
1. I actually take pictures. When everyone is snapping pictures at an event, I had been that one person without a phone out. Pictures are a fun way to document day to day life. Thanks, blog!
2. Missee & I communicate even more. It's a great reason to talk to my sister!
3. Blogging has improved some of my technology skills. (It's a work in progress.) I've learned about how to link websites, create an online survey, and do a little photo editing.
We have enjoyed our first seven months of blogging! Thanks for reading!
Happy Running! -Stephanie
I have been on a super long recovery plan after a hamstring injury this spring. This week, I was excited to do 5 miles continuous and kicked that up to 6 miles today! Five miles feels like really running compared to the run/walk intervals of the early summer. There is a good sweaty feeling from a more sustained effort. My pace is still a little slow, but progressing.
I took Stephanie's advice from an earlier post and kicked up my motivation by drawing up a training plan to get myself back to the 10-12 mile long run I enjoy and a little speed work for variety. I'm already looking forward to returning to 6.5 miles every Wednesday with my friend!!!
Last week, Mom and I joined about 800 other school nutrition professionals for a conference. The annual conference always provides us with some good information, updates on regulation changes and motivation for the upcoming school year. This year, I'm planning to have my school participate in the Great Apple Crunch. Everyone participating is supposed to bite into a MN grown apple at the same time all over the state. Mom's school did it last year and the photos were precious. Here we are at our conference practicing our crunch. It was a delicious 🍎.
I hope you are finding ways to get excited about back to school and perfect fall weather...my favorite time of year for running. Missee
The songs from the musical Oklahoma are some of my favorites. When I stepped outside this morning for my run, I couldn't help thinking (and singing to myself) "Oh What a Beautiful Morning!" The crisp morning air reminded me that autumn and the start of another school year is just around the corner.
With the changing of seasons, I'm looking forward to cross country meets, running in long sleeved t-shirts, and eating apple crisp. For now, we will savor the remaining days of summer vacation.
Happy Running! -Stephanie
Care to Comment?
*What is your favorite musical?
It was a very early run for me this morning. My running partner had morning plans and needed to run at 5:00 am. I gladly agreed to join her. It has been a while since I have run in the dark. After locating my reflective vest, I sleep walked out the door.
After the first few steps, I was awake and ready to run! I actually like to run early in the morning. By 6:00 am, my run was complete and I had the whole day ahead of me to get other things done. Morning running is my favorite!
Morning, afternoon, or evening... Wishing you a happy run today! -Stephanie
I can be something of a worry wart by nature. I really have to tame the "what-ifs" that creep into my thoughts on a daily basis. I can usually rationalize my fears by considering what is the worst that could happen and also what giving into the worry makes me give up. For instance, running in the dark at 5:00 am scares lots of people. I have to think about what NOT running means to me and get myself out there armed with reflectors and a head lamp. I also figure that murderers are out late and sleeping at 5:00 am. Might be crazy, but it works for me!
There is a dam along the Mississippi River on my regular route. I always suspected that it might be dangerous at the bottom of the dam, but recently found this sign that made me very cautious of the dam area.
The thought of being trapped in an everlasting cartwheel should be enough to keep folks away from the dam! Instead of worrying about the dark, I can just focus on steering clear of the river.
What scares you just a little in your running and how do you talk yourself out of it? Have safe and happy runs this week! Missee
We went to Nebraska to visit my husband's side of the family for a few days. During our travels, we usually try to see one of the sites of Omaha. On Friday we spent the afternoon in the Old Market, an area near downtown with fabulous restaurants and unique shops. Not too far from the Old Market is the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This bridge, built in 2008, crosses the Missouri River bridging Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The kids and I had done a little research before visiting Bob the Bridge. You can find Bob's website here. The video blog is pretty clever. We liked the information about the bridge and Bob's jokes. We also discovered how to go "bobbing" on the bridge. Bobbing is standing with one foot in Nebraska and one foot in Iowa. Here are my children bobbing and my husband standing in his home state of Nebraska.
The bridge is pretty spectacular. It is 0.9 K long and in the middle, you can feel a slight sway. Bob the Bridge was a fun to see, free to visit, and a good reason to take a short walk.
My husband and I also managed to fit in a some running while visiting Omaha. Running in a city has a downside for me...curbs. I don't like the to stop for traffic or go up and down curbs. During this visit, we ran on a path near a creek. It was great! The only traffic we met were other runners, walkers, and bike riders and no curbs.
Happy Running! -Stephanie
We are in Duluth for a family reunion this weekend. My husband's grandfather is 99 1/2 and still plays tennis occasionally. He looks pretty good!
I think being active is key to a healthy life. Our grandma who will be 90 soon only recently gave up golfing. I'm going to run as long as possible!
Charlie and I got out for 5 miles this morning in a beautiful morning with temps in the mid 50's. Perfect 😍. Later, H and I, along with my mother-in-law took the dogs out for a nice walk along Lake Superior which locals refer to as a natural air conditioner. We stopped for tea and found this sign.
We didn't see any falling snow, but were careful to keep right! Hope you get some air conditioned style weather for your runs this weekend. Happy running--Missee
Take a look at the unseasonable cool forecast for August 3. It looks like a fall forecast. Although I love autumn, I'm not ready for highs in the 60s. Luckily, it looks like the temps will bounce back a little for Friday and our lawn could use the rain predicted for tomorrow.
Regardless of the season, or temperature, I love shopping (wishing) for new running gear. The new Athleta catalog arrived in the mail this week. Here are some of the items that caught my eye. My experience with Athleta clothing has been excellent. They are comfortable clothes that have been made with quality fabrics. It's fun to dream!
Happy Shopping! Happy Running! -Stephanie
My motivation for running has definitely going downhill lately. As runners, many of us go through times when we lack a little running joy. Has this happened to you? What do you do to get that loving feeling back?
Here are a few ideas to renew your motivation to run.
1. Get on a running routine. Plan what time you are going to run and stick to the plan. Routines form habits. For me, I need to run within 20 minutes of waking up in the morning or I have a difficult time getting out the door.
2. Sign up for a race. Nothing motivates me like having a race on the calendar. Races help me log longer miles than I would normally run.
3. Set a running date with a friend. I prefer to run with others. There is no better motivation than knowing that someone is waiting for you to run with them!
4. Treat yourself to a few new songs from iTunes, an audiobook, a new shirt, pair of shorts, or new shoes.
5. Remember that post run feeling. The feeling after a good run can't be beat!
Get out there and run! You will be glad that you did. :)
Happy Running! -Stephanie
Care to Comment?
*Do you have any suggestions of how to improve running motivation?
Missee and Stephanie are two Minnesota sisters and moms who love to run. We are not experts in running, parenting or anything else, but we do have years of experiences that may be helpful or entertaining to others.