Miami – run this town

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It has been a little while since my last post! Work travel…enough said. In any case, I have gotten in some really great runs during some of my recent travel. First up – Miami.

I stayed at the Eden Roc on Miami Beach. Check out the view from my room!

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When I got up to run, two things struck me immediately. First, it was really super duper hot and humid (even at 5:30 in the morning) and, second, there were lots and lots of ferrel cats on the beach. Strange but true, at least I didn’t run into any zombies!

Here are some of the views I got during the early morning.

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What run would be complete without a little coffee chaser?

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My trip would also not be complete without a visit to my favorite out of (and in) town location.

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I also got to see a really good friend during my time in Miami.

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Have you ever run Miami Beach? Did you see any cats, or zombies?

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Tinkerbell Half Marathon

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Today, I recieved the following email from runDisney:

Runners Get Second Chance to Earn Their “Fairy Wings’’ at Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort

Registration opens today for the second annual event Jan. 18-20, 2013; nearly 20,000 runners expected to sign up for the women-focused weekend of events centered on health, fitness and active lifestyles

ANAHEIM, Ca. (June 12, 2012) — Starting today, runners interested in earning their ‘fairy wings’’ can sign up for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort in January.

Registration is open at www.runDisney.com for runners interested in the weekend of events aimed at health, fitness and active lifestyles for women and girls. The second annual runDisney race weekend, scheduled for Jan. 18-20, will again be anchored by the 13.1-mile half marathon through Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park – including the new Cars Land – and the streets of Anaheim. The half marathon course will include music, entertainment and Disney characters at various junctures as well as runners in colorful Tinker Bell costumes. Runners who finish the half marathon will receive a Tinker Bell medal with its own set of wings.

The race weekend, hosted by Disneyland Resort and the City of Anaheim, features a variety of events, including The Never Land Family Fun 5K and the runDisney Kids’ races on Saturday (Jan. 19), and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon on Sunday (Jan. 20). There will also be a health and fitness expo Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19) showcasing the latest running merchandise, as well as guest speakers – all geared toward women.

The Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend is one of two women-focused event weekends in the runDisney series along with Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, which takes place every spring at Walt Disney World Resort. Both event weekends are among the largest women-specific events in the country.

For those of you considering running this – I highly reccomend it! Last year, I had an absolute blast. Here are some pics from the weekend:

Here is a great one from the start line – I was lucky enough to snag a spot in Corral A which is a very cool place to be in a race where Corrals A and B are ALL women! I was a long way into the race before any men passed me!

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Pre Race excitement!

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I got to meet up with Jeff Galloway the day before the race – how cool is that? We even got to run through the park together.

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Finally, how much better can this medal be – it is so awesome. One of my favs for sure.

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I am still debating signing up for this race. I am running Goofy this year so it may not be in the cards for me. Are you going?

A well deserved party!

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As many of you know, my running coach is Danny Haralson of Run University. While he is currently helping me get some speed going so I can attempt to PR in Vancouver (SeaWheeze here I come!), he is also the person I credit with making me into a runner. Since running is one of the best parts of my life, I owe him an awful lot. You can read up on his training program and how it works here.

I’m not the only one who Danny has inspired to start running. In fact, I’d say a huge percentage of the runners in Birmingham have either been coached by him or have benefitted from his countless volunteer efforts in the running community.

Last night, I was lucky enough to participate in a wonderful (surprise) 60th Birthday celebration planned by Danny’s wonderful wife Micki. The party was held at the new Cahaba Brewery in downtown Birmingham and the beer was excellent!

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Here are a few photos from last night’s fun!

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Great party, honoring a great guy! I think this sign says it all!

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Who has helped inspire your running journey?

Don’t forget to check out my previous post on running socks for your chance to win!

Running Socks Giveaway!

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The decision about which socks to run in is a personal one and most runners that I know have strong opinions about it. Runner’s World has a decent review Here that gives numerous recommendations of running socks out there.

Some people prefer compression socks. Here is a good link that describes the pros and cons of wearing compressions socks. I personally love wearing them for recovery after a long run, or if I’m getting on an airplane soon after a race. As far as wearing them during my actual runs, I’m not a big fan. They make me feel extremely claustrophobic.

I’ve settled on my own favorite pair of socks — Lululemon’s Ultimate Padded Run Socks.

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I love the messages in the socks, which say Run and Fast. It always gives me just a little boost in the mornings when I’m getting ready to run (and oftentimes still thinking about how nice it would be to roll back into bed).

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I also love the extra padding that the socks have in the heel and toe areas. It makes me feel like my run is all cushy. I’ve also had great luck avoiding blisters wearing these socks, even while running marathons.

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Just to show how much I dig these socks, I’ve decided to let one of you lucky folks give them a try as well. Here are the rules:

1. The contest will run until Monday morning, June 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. CST.
2. In order to enter, you can either make a comment on this blog post, or tweet a link to the post and mention @5littleindians. Each tweet will give you another entry.

Good luck! Whoever the winner is, I hope you will love these socks as much as I do.

What socks do you love to run in?

Chattanooga – Run This Town

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In the next few weeks, I have a fair amount of travel on the schedule and I thought it would be fun to do a series on my runs in the various cities. Chattanooga gets to start it off! Yesterday morning, I ran through downtown Chattanooga and down by the river. This was my first time to this lovely city and I was really impressed.

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The river views were especially nice down by the Chattanooga Aquarium.

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There were also some interesting historical markers I stopped to read along the way.

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It looked like they were very busy setting up for a music festival that must be taking place this weekend.

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After the run, I headed to what is literally one of the busiest Starbucks I’ve ever seen! They were slammed, but I just had to have my post run coffee infusion.

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I got a chance to see lots of the fun things that this city has to offer. An aquarium and a children’s museum were within walking distance of each other. I definitely think my family needs a weekend trip here later this year! Overall, great city and a great place to run.

Have you ever run Chattanooga?

National Running Day!

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I’m about to head out for my run on National Running Day! Best part about my run today is that I am in a new city! I love heading out somewhere I’ve never run before.

Check out the website for all kinds of great info.

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I run for so many reasons — fitness, health, life, fun, friends, clothes, my kids, endurance, self preservation…., the list could go on and on.

Why do you run?

Running in Style

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Yesterday, I received a Facebook message from my local Lululemon store and couldn’t resist heading in to get this cute outfit.

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My running friends and I are often fashionistas in the mornings. In fact, I might spend more money on running clothes and shoes than I do on the ones I wear to work! I do love cute running clothes though. They are functional and fashionable. Lululemon, Running Skirts, Sparkle Skirts and Balancing Act Clothing are some of my favorites.

Be watching for a fun fashion giveaway later this week.

What do you wear to run in? Are you a fashionista?