5 Things Friday

1) New York City Marathon, Swing and a Miss

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2014 won’t be my year to run the 5 Burroughs of New York City.  I’ve seen varying reports of how many entered the lottery vs how many were chosen, but it looks to be about 10% of the pool was selected.  That 10% is split into 3 divisions of International runners, NY state resident runners, and then the rest of the U.S.  To be selected is slim and I’m very excited for my friends who made it in.  Now I can look ahead to planning my fall marathon schedule knowing what weekends I have free.

 

2) runDisney Avengers Half Marathon

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The Inaugural runDisney Avengers Half Marathon registration opened this Wednesday at noon and promptly sold out before 2:00pm. Keeping with the growing trend of Disneyland races selling out in ridiculous time frames.  This race was never on my agenda, but I love seeing how quick these races sell out.  If you missed registration but are interested in running the race St. Jude Children’s Hospital has 59 bibs available for a $1,310 fundraising commitment.  I have run several races with St. Jude and will continue to do so, it’s for a great cause. Plus you get to dress as Thor and run through Disneyland.  This is a winning combination.

3) Speaking of St. Jude and runDisney

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St. Jude also has 32 bibs left for the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon available for a $1,400 fundraising commitment. I’ll be at this race! Come run through Walt Disney World with me in November and raise money for my favorite charity in the process.

4) Frozen Concoctions

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It’s warming up outside. Finally time for one of my favorite snacks, snow cones! Syrup flavored ice. An incredible treat that you find tucked away in the south. Be jealous friends.

5) SELF Magazine

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Self Magazine is one that claims to promote self confidence boost how women view themselves.  In a blunder of a PR move the magazine posted a picture taken during the LA Marathon last month in a the “B.S.” section with the statement, “A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”  The picture used was of a girl who has been battling brain cancer and training for a marathon.  A display true strength and empowerment for any person.  To dive further into the story she makes and sells running tutus to raise money for local activities to benefit healthy living for women.  Way to promote self beauty.  Since the article launched her website has been flooded with orders for running tutus and she’s had to stop taking orders.  I’m sad I made it there to late.  I’m in need of a good tutu.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of a little sparkle and flair on race day.  It makes 26, 13, or even 3 miles more enjoyable knowing that you are unique and different than everyone else running or not running.  The marathon is unique from person to person.  No two people have the same experience whether you’re running next to each other or hours apart.

To see the activity stirred up from this get on twitter or instagram and search for #TutusRock