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The Brooks “Run Happy” Makeover Winner is…

by Meghann on June 28, 2013

A big thank you to everyone who entered the Brooks “Run Happy” Makeover Giveaway contest. There were some awesomely bad running outfits out there.


You can check out all of the entries (complete with stories!) at the Meals and Miles Facebook page. Check out the Brooks “Run Happy” Makeover Entires Album.

There were definitely a few themes out there:

  1. Costumes! Always a cute idea, but not always practical when actually running in them.
  2. Weather! It’s hard to dress for extreme cold, hot, and rain.
  3. Beginner mistakes! Short shorts, cotton, too much, not enough, it’s always rough when it’s your first race and you have no idea what to expect!

Alright, let’s get down to business. The runner ups are…



“I am still new to running. This was after my first race in 2012 (5 miles and included some walking as needed). Looking forward to the day when my thighs no longer touch so I can ditch the compression shorts but I can run 13.1 miles now without slowing to a walking pace.”



“My worst running outfit was from this winter when temperatures dipped into the single digits (plus there were high winds) here in Boston. I had 10 miles on the docket and didn’t want to go to the gym, so I bundled up and went outside. The run was cold, but I actually really enjoyed it!

In the photo I’m wearing multiple shirts, including a running turtleneck and lime green overshirt plus a too-small fleece vest. I have on a baseball cap plus a fleece ear warmer. And on the bottom, fleece running tights and purple shorts. I also put purple gloves on after this photo was taken. It was a disastrous look but I was warm! “



“I must preface this picture by telling you I live in North Dakota and this was taken this winter. My husband snapped this pic before my evening run with my dogs…it was cold and dark, what can I say! Safety first!”

And the winner is…



“I started running as part of my weight loss regimen in August of 2011. I had already lost 30 pounds but still my weight was 220. I ran my first Turkey Trot in November of 2011 and had no clue what to wear.

The race started at 10am. The temperature race day was 70 and sunny. I was so proud of my cotton race t-shirt I layered it atop a thermal tank top and cotton turtleneck. I had thermal pants on with my then favorite workout pants! Although I was a sweaty mess and uncomfortable, I had the time of my life! Come shower time, I had to peel my clothes off- I felt like every layer was glued on. This picture is so embassing to me but I figure, whatever!

Through the years I have continued to run, completing a half-marathon last year. I took some time off running to focus on cross training but recently got back into running. I’m down 77 pounds to date and credit running with a big part of my success!”

Congrats, Lindz!! You won a head-to-toe makeover from Brooks! I’ll be in contact by email.

I’m not sure which is worst – wearing too many layers in the heat or not enough in the cold?

What am I saying? Too many in the heat is definitely the worst! Just reading Lindz’ story makes me sweat. I hate being too hot. Way to go Lindz for pushing through!

1 rachel June 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

RUB happy? haha


2 Holly June 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Sorry, but LOL on “rub happy”! I think that would be a totally different contest… ๐Ÿ™‚

3 Kim June 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I’m normally happy when I rub! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You might want to fix the title of this post.
Congrats to Lindz/Linz!

4 Caitlin June 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I live in GA so I never have to get too crazy with the layers- but even when it’s freezing out (for GA!), I try to layer light because I warm up after 1/2 mile.

One of the MANY reasons I love your blog is that you’re not the greatest speller- and I love that, because you’re real and not everyone is a great speller! I think you should keep the “rub happy” because it’s hilarious!!

5 Marie June 28, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Yeah, proofreading is for fake people.
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6 Caitlin June 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

Wow. Unnecessary.

7 Meghann June 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I’m going to see if the #RubHappy hashtag catches on. Thoughts? ๐Ÿ˜‰

8 Renee June 28, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Rub happy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely made me giggle – thank for the laugh!! ๐Ÿ™‚

9 Brittany June 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Proofread, girl! This is embarrassing!

10 Caroline June 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Embarrassing? Geez, she made a mistake. Big whoop. Can’t even tell you how many spelling mistakes I would make if I had a blog. Love your blog Meghann!

11 Jackie June 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Yes, embarrassing. This is basically a post promote Brooks. If you were a legit employee at Brooks and posted something online with a major error on the brand’s slogan do you honestly think no one would care and everyone we think “ahh, look, they are human and make mistakes!”. NO! You would most definitely get a talking to from management! If it truly is a personal blog, whatever. But this is a blog financially supported by companies like Brooks — meaning she is representing the brand. I’d be disappointed in this if I was Brooks.

Megan — I’m not attacking you here, I do like reading your blog and on an average post I couldn’t careless about typos. But when its something this big for a company its kind of frustrating!
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12 Lindz July 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

My rookie mistake was good for something! Did you catch the nylon jacket I had tied around my waist? Well, I wore that during the run which resulted in a loud swish with every arm movement lol!

Thanks for picking me, I look forward to hearing from you.


13 ashley July 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Haha my first 5k was a turkey trot with my 2008 and I had on my crew winter rowing gear UA layers and layers…miserable. I had no idea. I was always getting splashed in rowing I didnt ever get too warm.

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