I woke up ready to run this morning. And that feeling felt good.
I think cutting back my running to 3 days a week has really allowed my love and appreciation for the sport to grow. I no longer feel burnt out and find myself looking forward to every run again. While I was still enjoying my runs before, some of my previous passion was definitely lacking. Running every other day allows me to take a day for a breather and a chance to miss it.
This morning’s 5 mile run was great. I managed to pick up my speed for some 8:00 min/mi intervals and not kill myself in the process – always a plus. I only held the intervals for a half mile at a time, but that was enough for me – baby steps. It helps to listen to an inspiring running-themed book (You Are An Ironman) while running. After listening to the training they’re putting themselves through, I figure I can hold an 8:00 min/mi pace for half of a mile (better than riding 100 miles on the bike with a herniated disk – right?).
For breakfast, I made a bowl of my favorite Pumpkin Protein Dip.
In the mix:
- Plain Chobani
- Pumpkin Spice
- Pumpkin Butter
- Peanut butter
I used the apple slices for my dippers then, when I ran out of those, I went directly for the tongue – I licked that bowl clean.
My lunch was an odd assortment of a “little of this” and “a little of that.”
Carrots, hummus, olives, tofu, cheese, pecans, and hummus. I mixed and matched the different flavors and textures with each bite. Favorite combo? The cheese, pecan, and carrot – yum.
Run Happy Moments in History
I’m always impressed when companies can think outside the box when it comes to a fun and original social media campaign. Brooks recently launched a “Run Happy Moments in History” campaign that is a prime example of that.
From the Brooks team:
Over the past few weeks Brooks staff have dug through their “Run Happy” archives to uncover some of the greatest moments from the sport of running and the history of the company. From this archive, they put together a timeline on our Facebook page that stretches back to 1914, when the company was founded. They’re calling it “Run Happy Moments in History.” It contains everything from when the first baby jogger first debuted on the market, to when the first woman ran the Boston Marathon, to when Brooks created the legendary Chariot shoe.
Basically Brooks is digging up every “Run Happy” moment in history and creating events on their Facebook timeline to acknowledge when they happened. In theory, followers can start at the bottom of the Facebook page and scroll up for a complete history of the sport of running. They’re basically turning their Facebook page into the Wikipedia page for running. 😉
Now the fun “social media spin” is that they’re not simply adding traditional historic running moments, they’re reaching out to their fans and asking for THEIR most memorable run moments to be added to the timeline as well. Fans have the opportunity to submit their most memorable run moments HERE for a chance to have their moments posted on the timeline of Brooks’ Facebook page.
I recently submitted my most memorable run moment (the finish line of Ragnar Key West, when Derek proposed) and was surprised (and excited!) to see it featured on the Brooks blog yesterday.
Umm… I’m pretty sure no other personal running moment of mine will ever triumph Derek dropping down to one knee at that finish line. I still smile every time I think about the lead up to that moment or see a picture of it happening. Best. Race. Ever. 🙂
You can also check out the Fit Bottomed Girls and Monica from RunEatRepeat’s most memorable race memories HERE.
How fun is that? I love the idea of sharing everyone’s most memorable run moments because whether it’s your first 5k, a marathon PR or a notable race in your life, they’re all historic moments in your book and should be celebrated!
What is your most memorable running moment? Share it with Brooks HERE and your Run Happy moment could be posted to their Facebook Timeline.
Also, what’s the most creative social media campaign you’ve seen a company promote? Since Facebook and social media are changing and evolving everyday, what could be creative one week, could be old news the next.
Disclaimer: I’m a Brooks Ambassador, which means I have the honor of reviewing their gear on ye ole blog. However, it should be noted, my love for Brooks started well before my working relationship with them did and I really do think this campaign is a fun twist on a company’s use of the Facebook timeline. As always, all opinions are my own.