Friday 5 {National Running Day!}

Hey there!

Happy Friday folks, we made it through another week! I’m back and participating in the Friday 5 Link-Up again this week! It’s a great link-up hosted by Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What? This week, we’re talking about National Running Day. I celebrated this year with another after work run with my coworkers!

Friday 5 Link-UpI know, you’re probably thinking, “But you already posted about that on Wednesday!” (If you missed that post, catch up here.). But luckily, I can think of a lot of different things to talk about when it comes to running. 😉 Hence, why I have a running blog. So, as part of my celebration for National Running Day this week, I’m going to talk about five things I love about running.

1. I can do it with my dog. LOOK HOW CUTE BRADY IS! How could you NOT have a blast runnin’ around the neighborhood with this guy?

Running with your dog | 2 Generations RunningThe summer months are a little difficult to run with him in, what with the permanent fur coat he wears, but there’s always the fall.

2. It gives me a valid excuse to buy very expensive pairs of shoes. You can’t feel guilty about dropping $100 on a pair of sneakers when you’re going to be using them all the time and you need them to avoid injury.

National Running Day

 

But do you know how to pick out a pair of running sneakers, Kanye?

3. It allows my competitive side to run wild and free (I ♥ puns, sorrynotsorry). There aren’t too many opportunities to compete against other people in something once you move past school sports. Now, I know not all runners want to run for competition, but I LOVE it! Some days, I might be focused on beating the people in my age group, and others I might just be looking to just beat my own previous time, but either way, running gives me that outlet.

Cox Providence Half Marathon 2015

4. The people. The running community is just awesome. I know I say it a lot (like in this post), but runners are SO nice and friendly. Seriously, if you want to make some friends just join a running club. No serial killer was ever a runner. That I know of at least.

5. It makes me happy. As Legally Blonde taught us, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.”

National Running Day | Legally Blonde GIFIt’s science.

Happy Weekend! Did you celebrate National Running Day?

 


Happy Valentine’s Day {Friday Five}

Happy Valentines Day everyone!

I’m finally home from upstate New York. Ironically, we have more snow on the ground down here in New England than up in Syracuse (the snowiest city in the US!). And we’re supposed to get more this weekend. BUT LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT THAT. 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Friday Five Link-Up this week (hosted by Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed Up For What?) is about love. But hey, don’t worry – I’m not going to get too sappy! Instead, I thought I would share 5 things I’m currently loving.

Friday 5 Link-Up

1. Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. My mom had recommended this book a few months ago, and I finally got around to reading it, and she wasn’t kidding!

Born to Run. 2 Generations Running.You might be thinking that a book all about running would have to be pretty dry and kind of boring, but in this case, you’d be wrong! It reads like part memoir, part adventure novel, and I’ve found myself totally addicted to it.

2. How Stuff Works podcasts. I love listening to podcasts when I’m traveling, and I listened to a bunch of these during the long bus rides to and from upstate New York this week.

Stuff You Should Know. 2 Generations Running.They have such a wide range of topics that you’re bound to find something that interests you. I have a rather morbid fascination with serial killers so obviously, I had to listen to that one!

3. Watching Brady play in the snow. He’s such a total goofball, and he doesn’t mind one bit that the snow is probably a good 3 feet over his head. Lately, he’s been reminding me of Sven the reindeer from the movie Frozen. See the resemblance?

Brady. 2 Generations Running.4. The Bachelor. The season is really heating up, and I’m so excited that it’s going to be on 2 nights this week instead of just one! I was very happy to see a couple of particularly crazy girls go home in last week’s episode. Also, if you’re a bachelor fan, I seriously recommend you check out Bachelor Burn Book on Twitter. They live-tweet every episode and it’s hilarious.

5. My boyfriend – happy Valentine’s Day Ian!!

Valentines Day.Have a wonderful weekend and happy Valentine’s Day!! Is there anything you’re loving lately? 


Friday Five: Say Cheese!

Hey there and happy Friday!!

Once again this week, I’m linking up with Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed Up for What for the Friday Five Linkup.

Friday 5 Link-Up

I was so excited for this week’s topic – Fitness Snapshots. I LOVE a good action shot (and a good story to go with it), so I’m very excited to see what other bloggers post!

Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots. 2 Generations Running.

Ok, here are some of the best fitness snapshots of my mom and I that I could find.

1. This picture taken by my boyfriend, of me finishing the Rochester Marathon.

2 Generations Running. Rochester Marathon.Obviously, I love this picture because it’s from my first marathon, but don’t I look strong for being at the end of 26.2 miles?! There’s little sign of how much my big toe hurts (the toenail started aching around mile 18 and I knew I was going to lose it, which I did.). You can’t tell how much pain my legs are in, or how chafed and blistery my back got from my sports bra (who thinks to put Body Glide on your back?!) All you can tell is that I’m finishing my first marathon and I look like I’m just warming up. 🙂

2. This photo of my mom from the Dirty Girl Mud Run.

mudrunDoesn’t she look like she’s killin’ it on the obstacle course? I volunteered at this race, so I didn’t actually get to run it, but it looked like so. much. fun. If you have a mud run/obstacle course race in your future, check out this post we wrote on it for some helpful tips (especially on what to wear!).

3. This shot of me from my high school soccer days (I had just headed the ball, but it’s unfortunately not in the picture)

2 Generations Running.My love for running began with soccer, so it seemed appropriate to include a picture from that time. I was warming up for a game in this picture, practicing headers. Clearly, my bangs are a little out of control. 🙂 I loved playing soccer and I miss it sometimes.

4. This shot of my mom from near the end of the Clearwater Distance Classic (our last half marathon!)

Clearwater Distance Classic. 2 Generations Running.Look, she’s smiling and waving! (she says it was forced, but I think it looks pretty natural.) Not bad for probably having 11-12 miles under her belt. (Full recap can be read here if ya want!) Given the bajillion feet of snow we have right now, it will probably be a while before we’re running in tank tops again.

5. And lastly, another throwback picture of me from high school, this time from indoor track-

2 Generations Running. Long Jump.I’m doing the long jump here (not randomly flinging myself into the air in case you were worried about my sanity.) I wasn’t the best long jumper in the world, but it was pretty fun! And I loved my bright red Saucony track spikes, I felt like a bada** in those.

Did anybody else play soccer or long jump before getting into running? Ever tried a mud run (and was it as awesome as it looks?!)? Have a great weekend!