Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Electric Run is Coming!

A few weeks ago, I volunteered at a nighttime glow-in-the-dark type run.  It was really fun watching and cheering for everyone as they ran or walked by all lit up with little lights or glow sticks.

Imagine my delight to have the opportunity to participate in the Electric Run!  The Electric Run is coming to Columbus on June 21, so I've got a little less than 2 months to figure out what I'm wearing!

The Electric Run has events in all of the cities shown on the map below.  Click the map to see all of the dates for a city near you.

The fine folks at the Electric Run have given me a 10% discount code to share with you.  Enter the promo code RRMR at the checkout to save some money.  If you join a team when you register, you'll save an additional $5.  I didn't create a team because my runner-pal Stuart already set one up so I joined his: The Turtles (Kirk).  If you're in the Columbus area, join us!

If you want to make the Electric Run a family event, kids 7 and under race for FREE!  I love free!

I have never participated in an Electric Run.  The Electric Run gave me a complimentary entry in exchange for promoting their event.  I will receive no other compensation from the Electric Run for the use of my discount code.  The RRMR code expires on June 21, 2013.

Follow the Electric run:

Your turn!

Have you ever run a nighttime electric/glow type run?  What did you think?  When I volunteered for the other glow event, it looked like everyone was having a good time.  It was kind of fun to see the behind to scenes set up aspect of the event.

Any suggestions as to what I should wear?  You know, the important things.

Monday, April 22, 2013


I have some amazing news!

I've been running!

It's slow and I'm doing run/walk intervals, but I logged 15+ running miles last week, including a 5.6 mile run with no pain!  WOOT!

Randy, the Little Ladies and I went to Michigan for my nieces' birthday party.  Two of my three nieces have birthdays 6 days apart so my sister-in-law throws one big party for both of them every year.  Since their birthdays are close to Easter, Randy's aunt buys all 5 ladies a huge chocolate bunny to share.  Yes, please.

Sunday morning, before we left to come home, I headed up to the trail and found it flooded.  I'm not into stream crossings, so I had to run on the road instead.  No biggie, I can go with the flow.

It rained for days and days up there, now everything is flooded.  The Clinton River is really high.  Look how close to the bridge it is!

Um, this path is supposed to be paved....?  Mud, everywhere!

 I hope no one wants to swing,  The swing set is in about a foot of water.

Not that I got any less dirty on the road.  I ran under a tree and got pooped on by a bird!  Just magical.

Luckily, most of the poop-bomb missed me.  Ew.

Man, it's great to be back!

Your turn: Have you had any adventurous workouts lately?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


I'm not even sure where to start with this.

I'm stunned.

I'm saddened.

I'm pissed.

As is every other runner in this country.

I've never run the Boston Marathon and I probably never will, but I take this attack very personally.  This is my sport and the runners are my people. 

I don't know them, I certainly can't keep up with them, but we all have the same goal: put one foot in front of the other and get to the finish line.

The Boston Marathon is the most prestigious marathon in the country; only the best of the best get to run it.  People work hard for the chance to run Boston.  Race day should be the most glorious day of their lives, filled with pride and happiness.  Instead, they're greeted at the finish line with misery and mayhem.

They were all cheated yesterday.

I'm outraged on their behalf.

I can't stop wondering: why?  Why target a marathon?

And should I be fearful of races now?  Should I discourage my family--my support system--from coming to cheer me across the finish line because some asshole might bomb the place?

That's bullshit.

If we give in to fear, they win.

We won't let them win.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Liebster and Other News

Here's something fun:  I've been nominated again for the Liebster Award!  You might recall that I was nominated back in February as well.  In case you missed the rules, here they are:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2, Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less, who you feel deserve to be noticed, and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been nominated.
5. Answer the 11 questions the blogger presented you with, create 11 questions for the blogs you are nominating, and list 11 facts about yourself.

Thank you so much to Patsy from Arms Wide Open!  She made my day on Friday with the nomination.

Since I've already written my 11 random things and I've already nominated my 11 bloggers, I'll just answer all of Patsy's questions today.

1. Why did you start your blog?
Other than having a lot to say (who, me?), the one thing that really gave me the push to start Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat. was the video contest to be on the Nuun Hydration team for Hood to Coast.  I was too late to enter the contest last year, but I submitted my video this year and my fingers are firmly crossed until the list of the teams comes out on Wednesday.

2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still running!  Hopefully with a few more marathons and over night relays under my belt.  Wow, in 10 years, Aleena will be 14 and Ellie will be 16.  That scares the shit out of me and this concludes my thinking about the future.

3. Would you support me in my endeavor to be Queen of our country?
Without a doubt, Patsy.

4. What is your dream that you're afraid to talk about but secretly think about all the time?
I don't have anything, really.  Sorry.  No secret dreams here.

5. Of course, because I love to read, what's your favorite book?
Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton.  If you haven't read it, you're so missing out.  Probably not exactly what you were looking for, Patsy, but there you have it.

6. If you had total control of the world, what are 3 things that you would do immediately, aside from crowning me Queen?
I can think of two things that are not too political and probably won't cause me lots of unfollows: 1. make all recycling services free to the citizens and start charging for garbage.  I'll bet a lot of people would be throwing a lot less away and recycling more.  2. Eliminate Sponge Bob Square Pants from the planet.

7. What is one goal that you achieved that you are most proud of (not counting family)?
Of course, giving birth and keeping the little ladies alive is what I'm most proud of.  A close second is finishing my first marathon.

8. What are you working hardest at right now?
Healing.  It's so hard.

9. What is the most hilarious thing that has ever happened to you?
This is tough.  I've had a lot of hilarious things happen to me.  The most hilarious, though, involves my sister in law (before she was officially my sister in law), two bottles of Riesling and a garden cart.  Let your minds run wild with that one.

10. Finish this sentence: In 2013, I will _____________________.
A month ago, I would have answered this with "avoid injury" but we all know how that worked out.  Today's answer is, I will heal and come back stronger.  Also, I'll get my mom to run a 5K.  I know you're reading this, Mom.  I see you shaking your head.  Succumb to the love of running!  Embrace it!

11. They're making a movie about your life. Who would you choose to play your part?
P!nk.  Yes, I know she's not an actress.  I'm not either.

Great questions, Patsy!  Thanks for including me!

I have a few updates about the Drenched 5K.
First, congrats to Amy G., the winner of the Drenched 5K giveaway!  I'm so looking forward to this event! (How many times have I said that?)
If you're in the Columbus area, join my team!  When you register, choose the team Slippery When Wet and be sure to use the DRENCHEDMOM code to get $10 off.  The early bird pricing goes up the first week of May.  I've started a team Facebook event page here.  Come join the fun!  I may have even roped my parents into awesome event!
If you're not in Columbus, the Drenched 5K is coming to 7 other cities this summer!
Dallas- May 25
Columbus- July 6
Washington DC- July 13
Kansas City- July 20
Los Angeles- July 27
Denver- August 3
Atlanta- August 3 or 10
Philadelphia- August 17

The DRENCHEDMOM coupon code is good for any of the US locations.

Disclaimer: I've never participated in a Drenched 5K (but I'm really looking forward to it, so it better be good!) and I will receive compensation for each use of my discount code.

Your turn!  If you had to make up Liebster questions for me, what is one (or two) you'd ask?  I might even answer them!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Things Are Looking Up

The beginning of this week was a little tough for me.  My first half marathon of the year was supposed to be on Sunday.  Obviously, I wasn't racing, thanks to this stupid calf, so I was feeling pretty sorry for myself on Monday.  Luckily, I snapped out of it before I ate all of the kids' Easter candy.

Yesterday, I saw my physical therapist for my consultation visit.  Here is how our initial conversation went:

Are you stretching like this?
How about like this?
Have you massaged the muscle?
Yes, with my fingers, the foam roller and The Stick.
So...why exactly do you need me?

Apparently, I'm on the right track with my healing. 

For the past (very long) 25 days, I've been so careful to not hurt my calf, I've left it alone and let it heal.  When the pain was gone, I started some light stretching.  I've done absolutely no exercises that involve my legs below the knee.

After a little Active Release Therapy (ART--think deep-tissue massage while the muscle is moving, it hurts) to help loosen up the scar tissue in my muscle, he had me do some stretching, which felt fabulous, then lunges and squats.  My goodness, the quads have missed the abuse!  After all of that--here's the best part--he put me on the treadmill.

Cue Hallelujah Chorus.

It was the most glorious quarter of a mile I've ever run (you know, in the past 3 weeks). Then, he said it.  I can run!

I can run!!

Before you go jumping up and down and tearing a calf muscle, I must tell you that I do have restrictions.  For the next week, I am to run for one minute, then walk for two.  The week after, I run for two minutes and walk for one.  Eh, I'm ok with that.  For the past 25 days, I've done zero cardio.  I'm not sure I could run for more than one minute anyway.

I'm super excited to run, but I didn't go out yesterday.  My calf was pretty sore after the ART so I gave it some rest.  I'm meeting my running group tonight.

As if this isn't enough awesome news, I have more!

Have you ever heard of Shubeez?  If you attended Runfest last year, you have.
Picture borrowed from the Shubeez Facebook page.
Shubeez created these Inspire shoe tags for the Columbus Marathon and passed them out at Runfest.

I've been asked to be a Shubeez affiliate! I'm super excited to be partnering with this awesome company whose founder lives right here in central Ohio!  Right now, there is a buy one, get one coupon code that is good until the end of April.  Enter the code BOGO at checkout and be sure to choose Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat. from the affiliate drop down menu.

Want to learn more about Shubeez?
If you could make your own inspirational Shubeez, what would it say?  I would have to go with my word of the year: FEARLESS!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Spring! (or something like that)

Technically, it's spring.  At least, that's what the calendar says. 

So far, I'm not buying it.  I am hoping that spring shows up soon, though, and when it does, it will be gardening time!

I know what you're thinking: "But Jamie, you don't like dirt."

You're absolutely right. 

But I do like food. 

Is there anything better than the taste of a tomato fresh from the garden? 

No. No, there isn't.

Touching the dirt (that houses bugs and worms and other creepy things) is a necessary evil.

Green Thumb Gift Bag imageLuckily, the fine folks at All About Gifts & Baskets are giving away a gardening basket containing gloves (so no dirt is actually touched) and tools (so no gloves get dirty) and other gardening supplies (that are meant to get dirty).

Morning Glories Gardening Basket

You can enter to win your choice of 10 adorable baskets up to a $79 value!  See all 10 choices here.
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Good luck to all who enter!  (Pssst!  I wouldn't object if you pass the gloves my way...)

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Drenched 5K Giveaway!

Earlier this week, I promised you something exciting...
Ever heard of the Drenched 5K?  Think 3.1 miles of water fight.  Doesn't that sound like fun?!
Check this video out and get excited, people! (If you're viewing this post in your email, the video might not show up.  Click on the title of the post to view it online.)

Water balloons, squirt guns and hoses, oh my!  I can't wait for this event to come to Columbus.

You're not in Columbus?  No problem!  The Drenched 5K will be in 7 other US cities throughout the summer:

Dallas- May 25
Columbus- July 6
Washington DC- July 13
Kansas City- July 20
Los Angeles- July 27
Denver- August 3
Atlanta- Details coming soon
Philadelphia- Details coming soon

Here's how it will work: you'll receive 20 water balloons when you pick up your race packet, fill them at home before you show up to run (or walk, or skip, or jump).  Should you desire, you can bring additional balloons and/or squirt guns with you!  Be prepared to get wet.  They don't call it "drenched" for nothing!  Keep your cell phones at home.  Waterproof cameras would be fun to bring.  Seriously, can you tell I'm excited about this?

I really love that the early-bird registration price is on the cheaper side compared to other themed 5Ks and kids under 12 are a discounted rate and kids under 5 are FREE

Here's the best part: The Drenched 5K gave me one entry (for any city) to give to one lucky reader! Who doesn't love free?!

Here's what you must do to earn an entry into the random drawing for the Drenched 5K: leave me a comment on the blog. 
The rest of the entries are optional: following me on the Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, liking the Drenched 5K on Facebook (it is against FB's Terms of Service for "liking" a page to be mandatory in a contest) and following me on Instagram.

The winner will be chosen and notified by email next week on the 10th.

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Since only one of you can win the free entry, I also have a $10 discount code for everyone else!  Enter the promo code DRENCHEDMOM to save yourself a little bit of money; it's the next best thing to free.  (As part of their ambassador program, the Drenched 5K will give me a kickback for every person who uses this code to register.) 

Registration hasn't opened for Atlanta or Philly, they haven't even announced dates yet.  When I get that information, I'll pass it on to you!  The discount code won't be valid in LA or Denver until May, so write it down someplace safe!

I will be organizing a team for the Columbus event.  If you'd like to be on my team, email me at and I'll give you instructions after I register and create the team.

Now tell me: What ammo will YOU be bringing to the Drenched 5K?  I'll have small super soakers in addition to my balloons...possibly additional balloons.  I'll have to see how heavy they are.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Brownies Have Magical Healing Powers

Well, hello there!  After 10 days away from my Blogger account, I'd say it's about time to get back to my normal routine.  So much has happened in the past 10 days that I want to tell you all about, but I'm not going to get to it all in one post.

First off, vacation!  Being in the boot was only part of the reason for my absence.  Randy and I took the little ladies to Massachusetts to visit my grandparents for Spring Break.

My grandmother keeps saying that Randy must want to go somewhere "more fun" for vacation than to their house.  She can't believe that a week at their house is his idea of fun.

Sure, there are other fun places we want to take the girls.  My grandfather will be 90 years old next month and my grandmother is just a couple of years younger.  As much as I'd like to ignore this fact: they won't be around forever and there will come a day when going to visit them for a week is not an option.  That will be the day when we can go to the "more fun" places.  For now, we will cherish every moment we can get with them.

I have to say, my grandparents are not the same people I knew as a child.  Back then, they were so old.  Sounds strange that they're 90 years old and younger now than they were when I was little.  The more time I spend with them and the more I talk to them, the more I love them.  They're so wise and funny.  It blows my mind to think that when they were young, the television hadn't been invented yet and now, everyone has a computer that fits in the palm of their hand.  They've seen so much change in their lifetime.

My entire extended family lives on the east coast so I got to spend a lot of time with aunts, uncles and cousins last week as well.  Since I couldn't run, I had nothing but time to visit with family, eat too much junk food and stay up way too late hanging out with my grandparents.

My grandmother really enjoys feeding people.  She made pan after pan of delicious brownies and I ate them.  To make her happy, of course.

Jamie - running + brownies = a few pounds

(Have I ever mentioned that I was a math major in college?  True story.)

I feel lucky to have made it back home with only 5 extra pounds.  Hauling around the boot must burn a lot of calories.  (more on that later on)

Randy and I took the girls to Boston for a day (about an hour drive from my grandparents' house) and spent the entire day exploring the Boston Children's Museum.  Three stories of playing, touching, throwing, splashing and learning.


It was a super fun week and we're all happy to be back in our own beds.

As for my calf, it's feeling so much better!  There is no pain.  At all.  Technically, I'm still in the boot, but I've been walking around the house a little without it.  I start physical therapy next week and I'm very much looking forward to getting back out on the road.

This is a good place to stop.  I have some exciting news but I'll keep you on the edge of your seats until next time.

Have you ever been to the Boston Children's Museum?
What other must-see places would you recommend for future vacations?