Throwback Thursday! {Link up}

I’ve been getting to know quite a few bloggers and love some of their link ups they’ve got going on. Last week I hooked up with the DC Trifecta girls and today I’m linking with Sue at This Mama Runs for Cupcakes (who I absolutely love–go check her out!) and three of her friends, Lynda, Sarah, and Sara.

The theme: Throwback Thursday

TBT final link up

I’m a relatively new blogger so my oldie but goodie is 7 months old. I wrote it at a time when I was struggling and I thought about this post today because well, I haven’t ran in a while and I want to make sure my motivation is still there. That’s what this post is about–what motivates me. Enjoy, and I’d love to know what motivates you when you’re struggling 🙂

Struggling, November 7th, 2013

My No Running Weekend

Hope you all had a great weekend!

I was under the weather and for the longest time since I can’t even remember, I didn’t run at all on Saturday or the entire weekend. I’m feeling a lot better now but it was nice to have a chill weekend with friends and family. Sometimes we need those 🙂

  • Friday is typically my rest day so no running.
    I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m a part of an online Healthy Moms group that is a spin off from a moms group started during my first pregnancy (2+ years ago!). I’ve gotten to know quite a few women in the group–hi Salt!–and have been able meet quite a few in person. I got to add to that list by meeting a mom visiting Arizona.

    Me and Julia

    Me and Julia

    Julia is from Las Vegas and is also a runner. A pretty speedy one too. She just recently started a running blog called Vegas Mother Runner–check her out!

  • Saturday was spent shopping. I don’t think a weekend ever goes by without me doing some sort of shopping. Honestly, any kind of shopping makes me happy. I could go to Home Depot and have fun spending money there. But, I mostly love shopping for my kids. My daughter got some new bedroom slippers 🙂

    We <3 owls.

    We ❤ owls.

  • Sunday was filled with house cleaning and organizing. We finally put up our medals–yay!
    Our Brag Wall :)

    Our Brag Wall 🙂

    Sunday evening was spent eating pizza (with no soda!) and watching the Spurs vs. Heat game. If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that I’m a huuuge basketball fan. I have a lot to say about this Finals that I plan on going into detail soon. (Spurs lost by the way 😦 )

    Overall, a pretty relaxed weekend. I feel really rested and looking forward to getting a run in tomorrow and prepare for my first night trail race on Saturday!

–How was your weekend? Did you run/race?

–Are you a shopper?

–Where do you hang your medals?

I Run 4

A couple of months ago, I came across a post on a Facebook group page I’m in about an organization called I Run 4 that pairs runners with children and adults with disabilities. This immediately intrigued me because often times, like I mentioned yesterday, when I run I think about those who can’t. That’s what I Run 4 is all about.

I scoped out their website and it was a pretty simple process. I registered as a runner, joined the Facebook group, and waited. They let me know that there would be a waiting period but I didn’t mind at all. In fact, it was so awesome to see people get so excited as they saw their number getting closer and closer to getting paired. Other blogger/runner friends and I would seriously tell one another, “Did you see?? They’re at 338! We’re almost there!”

And then one day, I was finally matched! I Run 4 Graisyn 🙂

Once you are matched, you dedicate your miles to your new buddy and post pics and write messages on the Facebook page for them (and their parents) to see. It’s so so awesome because the runners are so excited to share the miles and the recipients are equally as enthused if not more. Even those on the waiting list post/share their miles for everyone and for others on the waiting list.

Some runners, when they participate in races, ask for a second medal for their buddy; I love seeing the kids wearing their medals.

It really is an inspiring community.

At times though, it can get really overwhelming and I get emotional from seeing the kids and thinking about their parents–I know that I would have felt this way regardless but somehow being a mom heightens these feelings. I wish there was something that could be done for each and every one of them.

But it makes me happy that people like Tim Boyle, the founder of I Run 4, come up with organizations like this one that helps bring a smile to these kids’ faces and brightens up their day–especially when it’s because of something we love doing so much.

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If this is something you think you might be interested in, I definitely recommend checking it out.

–Have you heard of I Run 4?

–Are you a part of any running partnerships/organizations?

***I was not asked to write a review on I Run 4. Opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

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