Category Archives: Running Inspiration

Passing the Virtual Baton

Yay! The winner of the Ragnar Backpack is…. drumroll please….

Entry # 770 – Aaron!!

Here’s his winning tweet:

Congratulations! I’ve sent you an email to let you know that you’ve won.

To everyone else who entered: thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It was great to see so many entries!

And now, I’m passing the Ragnar Swagnar virtual baton to … Monica of Monica is sharing hydration tips and giving away a great personal running package consisting of ClifBars, FRS, and BodyArmour!


What to Pack for a Relay Race AND Ragnar Relay Backpack Giveaway!

Once upon a time there was a mommy who loved to run and to blog:

The Mommy

One of that mommy’s biggest dreams was to one day get away from her family for a few days and run in a long distance relay race to bond with other runners. Then one day that mommy got an email inviting her to do the Ragnar Relay, a 200 mile running relay race with 12 other runners – oh and those runners were also some really cool bloggers just like her!

Ragnar Relay

“Wow!”, thought the mommy, “This is the chance of a lifetime!”. So the mommy consulted with her husband, the daddy of their three daughters to see if the family could go to So Cal together so that she could race. The daddy knew how much his wife wanted to run in a Ragnar Relay because she had talked his ear off about it many times before, so he said, “YES! Let’s go!”.

I can go!!

Now this working, running, mommy of three, is very organised, so the first thing she started to do was to create a packing list. “What should I bring for a relay race? “, she pondered. So she consulted the blogs of a few of her running, blogging friends like Meghann of to find out, and here is what she learned:

What to pack for a Relay Race:

  1. Pack a running outfit for each leg that you’re running – Three legs = Three running outfits. Three different blogs that I read suggested separating the outfits into three separate ziploc bags. That way you can easily grab what you need without digging around your back pack and you’ll have something to place the smelly clothes back in once you’re done each race leg.
    Some things you might want to include in each zippy: Socks, Shorts,Tank top, Sports bra, Fresh underwear.
  2. Pack some relay essentials – A towel to wipe off the sweat, baby wipes to freshen up your face, smart phone, reflective vest with blinking light, head lamp, garmin/GPS, sunglasses, body glide, deodarant, Nuun.
  3. Food for a van full of hungry runners – the Ragner Relay is a giant running road trip full of road trip eats. You’ll likely stop for meals along the way, but no roadtrip is complete without snacks.
  4. Pack light– There’s limited space in the van, so everything you pack is crucial. Pack light and only bring the essentials. Try to fit it all into one bag like the Ragnar Relay Backpack that can double as your pillow:

Not only is the mommy going to run in the Ragnar So Cal Relay, but she’s also the first blogger in the Ragnar Swagnar giveway relay! This means she’s kicking this 12 blog giveaway relay off in style with that great Ragnar Backpack pictured above, but there’s one catch…

You gotta complete that Rafflecopter form below within 48 hrs of this post being published to win. Yep – you read that right – you have until October 10th, 2012 at 12:01 am to enter.


As well ALL enteries collected from the Ragnar Swagnar Relay Giveaway will be entered to win bonus prizes, so be sure to enter the giveaway of the 12 great participating blogs!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Done entering? Now visit Monica at who I’m passing the baton to on October 10th for your chance to win the next prize in the Ragnar Swagnar Relay!

Good luck!

The first Annual Mom on the Run Half Marathon

I have a confession…. I’ve barely worked out for the past month. I was sick, we were adjusting to new school and sports routines, we went to a friend’s cottage, I was recovering from the triathlon… Excuses? Probably.

I’m *ALMOST* better from my flu/vertigo/pink eye illness. Which means I’m starting to think about goals to motivate me. I just can’t do the working out for the sake of working out thing. The problem with coming up with goals is that hubby isn’t as on board with a full race schedule as I’d like him to be, and rightfully so. I’ve written about that before. So I need something new to keep me going.

How do you motivate yourself?

I’m thinking of creating a half marathon training plan for an imaginary half marathon “race”. The first annual Mom on the Run Half Marathon. Maybe even a semi-annual half marathon. One in January, and one in July/August. I could sneak out of the house early on a Sunday morning and run a half marathon distance route as fast as I can after a few months of training (16 weeks?). There would be no packet pick up to contend with, no baggage check, no porta-potty line ups, no aid stations, no horrendous race pictures to purchase etc. On the flip side there would be no medals or technical t-shirts, but I’ve got a ton of them anyways. The best part? The race entry is FREE!

Today is September 25, 2012. 16 weeks from now is January 13, 2012. It’ll be the middle of winter. There could be a TON of snow, or brutally cold out. But I’m gonna do it.

Does anyone want to join me? I can post a training schedule for you if you’re interested.