High Five Friday

Hello High Five Friday!

5 from instagram 111414  happyfitmama.com1. Morning at the beach – never gets old!

2. I’m so very, very proud of Kailey, my cadet for Saucony 26 Strong, for crushing her previous PR at the Seacoast Half Marathon last weekend! Her previous PR from April was 1:55. Sunday, she ran a 1:45!!! I knew she had it in her. And now she knows it too!

3. Running in the woods. So fun!

4. You must make this – Sa-weet! Potato Casserole from Oh She Glows. It’s good for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.

5. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I had a scary encounter Thursday morning on my run. A guy in a car was following me for part of my run. He was cutting through parking lots to catch up with me as well as sitting in a parking lot waiting to see where I would go next. I quickly turned around and headed to the police department which wasn’t too far away. The guy even followed me all the way there, looping around numerous times. I filed a report, but nothing else came from it. It scared me. A lot. Especially when I realized that I saw the same car at the end of my run on Monday. In a completely different location. Right now, I’m just pissed off that someone could make me feel so vulnerable and afraid to run by myself now. A reminder for everyone to be vigilant and aware on all your runs. Be safe my friends!

5 Things

1. Clear Your Mind of Can’t – Larisa is one amazing runner. I started following her on Instagram and Daily Mile sometime last year. She was still living in New Hampshire and posted amazing photos from her runs in the White Mountains. Along the way, I found out that she’s quite a spectacular runner too. Her writing, her running, her training, her pictures – follow this girl now!

2. Criticism Online and How to Be a Breath of Fresh Air – I’ve never understood the need to belittle and attack people online (or really in any situation). Who are you to judge? And why do you feel the need to get nasty when offering your opinion? Sarah wrote a beautiful piece about offering criticism in a non-hurtful way. Thank you Sarah!

3. This is Adolescence: 13 – Even though my kids are still quite young and the teenage years seem so far off, I know they will be here before I know it. Bethany (one of my Team Stonyfield teammates!) wrote this great piece on her son turning 13.

4. Gear to Keep You Safe on the Run – It’s dark out there. There’s creepers everywhere. Although as Kathy pointed out on my Facebook page, pepper spray isn’t the best option. She carries a small stun gun called Damsel in Distress. Has anyone else used this?

5. Strengthen Your Core, Quicken Your Pace – Everything from injury prevention to increased speed lies in the core. Get it strong and reap the benefits!

What would you like to high 5 today?

42 comments on “High Five Friday

  1. Congrats to Kailey! Thats awesome! I definitely loved Sarahs piece this week too, it is so true, and especially as our community is usually so supportive of one another!

    Have a wonderful weekend friend, I would like to Hi 5 myself for making it through (well almost….still a day to go) my first week at work 🙂
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  2. Oh Angela, I missed that and didn’t realize that happened. I’m so sorry, but wow thankfully you’re ok. I have had someone follow me on 2 different occassions. Once it was daylight (for whatever that’s worth) another time it was pitch dark. I ran as fast as I possibly could and was luckily not far from meeting up with my friend. I always carry my mace, but am checking out that other product mentioned!

  3. I was busy this weekend, so did not see that you had a run in with a creeper. I can imagine that would rattle you to the core and make you feel angry. I have SO much empathy! Sending you a big hug– tell that creepy psyco Sh** Head to F&U* off — get those S and F bombs out– doesn’t eliminate how wrong this is, but it feels good for a second. Love you crazy girl!

    I look forward to reading your round up– looks like some great posts.
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    1. I so wanted to scream all the S and F bombs at him as he looped around and freaked me the F#ck out even more. But then I figured that really wouldn’t be the best move since he clearly was not of sound mind.

    1. I had a morning running buddy for quite some time. Then she moved. I’ve felt ok with running by myself for the most part. Until this incident. Now I WON’T run alone. I’ve already lined up a morning running buddy. I don’t think I could fathom running more miles on the treadmill!

  4. Ok, trying NOT to read blogs this morning b/c I am too busy, but had to comment here. Wow, that’s a scary one for you. What did the police say? I hope it is the end of that for you!

    And I need to read the piece on the 13-yr old. My son will be 14 in Feb and this has really been the year of big changes. His voice, his interests, everything. It’s fun to watch them turn into young adults, but also so sad b/c they are no longer your babies. I get really emotional about it.
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    1. The cop kind of brushed it off saying “it happens all the time” but that they would keep an eye out for the description of the car. What pissed me off even more was the story he told of working in a local college town and having calls from girls about creepers. He basically said that based on the way they were dressed and the shape they were in, CAUSED the creepers to follow them. Excuse me? I was so dumbfounded that I barely had a chance to say anything.

  5. The creeper car makes me angry, angry that someone could make you feel vulnerable doing something that you love. It’s made me think a lot about how I run and where. Stay safe! I loved Sarah’s post and can’t wait to check out these others. And congrats to Kailey!! So speedy!
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  6. I saw your FB and instagram post about the creep who followed you – I’m glad that you are aware of your surroundings when you run and headed straight to the police. I wish that the police would do something – seems like they should be aware before something horrible happens.
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    1. They searched around for any sign of the car but he was probably long gone once he saw me go into the PD. I filed a report and all officers on during the morning hours know to keep an eye out. Hopefully the guy just disappears.

    1. Well the cops response is a whole other story. He kind of brushed it off saying “It happens all the time.” That doesn’t make it right!!! GAH!

  7. That is SO SCARY about that guy! And to think I just wrote a blog post about being safe on the run. A runner got attacked at the place where I normally run. It’s scary and makes me angry too. Who do these guys think they are? Let us do our thing and leave us alone.

    I’m so glad nothing happened to you!
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