High Five Friday

High Five Friday is here!

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1. I love this shirt so much. It’s soft, comfy and like wearing sweats. I also love the Find Your Strong Message. We all have a hard in our lives. We all need to find our strong to pull through it.

2. Kailey and I spectating Baystate Marathon.

3. Wednesday night I came home to a hot bowl of Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili. Perfect for the crazy Nor’easter weather. My fingers crossed we see the sun soon!

4. Fall wonderland.

5. All the pumpkin. All the time. Pumpkin Scones for the win!

5 Things

1. Safety in Numbers? This article from Zelle is spot on – cat calls. Who thinks that is flattering? When it happens, it’s a toss up between do I ignore it and hope they leave me alone or do I flip them off and potentially provoke the idiot. I hate being put into such a vulnerable position. I hate that I even have to think about this as a woman. Do men ever have to deal with this? No. But like the author asks, what’s the answer?

2. Kids Losing it Over NOTHING. Almost every single picture of this post could have been from my life. A day with two 4 year old children results in a roller coaster of emotions. Welcome to my life.

3. Is Crying the New Fitness Trend? I’ve cried in a yoga class. I’ve cried while I was running. But going to a fitness class just to purposely cry? I’m all about letting your emotions out but that just sounds fake. I’d end up with a headache afterwards rather than relief.

4. Zooma Cape Cod 2015. I’m thrilled to be an ambassador for this race again! This year was so fun! I can’t wait to tackle those last 3 miles and show ‘em who’s boss. That’s a lie – yes I can. Stay tuned for a discount coming soon so you can join me!

5. I’m taking over the Another Mother Runner Instagram feed tomorrow (Saturday, October 25th)! Follow THE MOTHER RUNNER on IG and come on over and say ‘HI!’

What would you like to high 5 today?

Any plans for the weekend?

5 Lessons from Spectating a Marathon

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Last Sunday, I spectated the Baystate Marathon.

The marathon I was supposed to be running.

I have never spectated a marathon before. Or any long distance race for that matter. I’ve watched a couple of 5k’s. That’s it.

I’ve always been the runner.

Being on the other side of the road, I got to see a lot more. When I’m running, I usually have blinders on. I’m in my own space. I don’t notice the faces of the other runners as they push their aching bodies towards the finish line.

I’m in my pain cave.

As a spectator, I saw pain, grimaces with each step and tears. But I also saw smiles, joy and relief of knowing they did it!

5 Lessons Learned from Spectating a Marathon

1. Race day outfit matters! Don’t wear an old ratty, stained shirt. There will be pictures after all. You worked your ass off to make it to the finish line and most likely you’re going to look like hell. You owe yourself to at least look like a little effort went into your attire.

2. Cold weather + singlets = bloody nipples. I have never seen more bloody nipples in my life. And it wasn’t just a little bit of blood soaked shirts. It was a lot. And they were all on males. I was in agony just looking at those poor guys. I’m sure they learned their lesson – band aid up boys!

3. Runner’s won’t stop, can’t stop for anything. Kailey and I almost missed seeing Mariette running into the finisher’s chute because of a woman that had blood running down her leg. We couldn’t help but stare as she trudged by us. I’m not sure exactly what it was from but I’m guessing her shorts were rubbing on her inner thigh the whole 26.2 miles. There was a large chunk of raw skin in that area. At least it was cold enough that maybe she was numb?

4. Some people make it look so easy. You gotta love the guy or girl who comes trucking into the finisher’s chute at a blazing speed with what looks like little effort and absolutely no sweat on them at all. Seriously, how do you do it?

5. Marathons are freakin’ hard! It’s easy to forget that running 26.2 miles is not something that can be done by everyone when you see the smiling race reports coming through your social media feeds. It takes endurance. It takes heart. It takes guts. No matter how well your training went, it still is going to be hard work to make it through those miles. It’s kind of like childbirth – you swear you are never going to do it again but then you forget about all the pain and agony in a month or so. And then you sign up for another.

Have you spectated a marathon? What did you learn?