Friday, April 18, 2014

Furry Friday Featuring Run Your Mutt Off with Jessica & Molly

Did you know that this week is Runner's World Dog Week? You can hashtag (hashtag is a verb, yes?) your running dog photos with #RWDOGWEEK and then search the hashtag (also a noun) to find other like-minded dog lover runners! Here is my contribution.

D'uh. Every week is dog week around here.
That sounds great and you can bet that I've been hash-tagging that shit all over the Internet, but here at Running with Ollie, every week is dog week (and every day is dog day). Once a month on a Friday I introduce you to a runner and his or her favorite four legged running partner (although we've been lacking on the "his" entries, where are the boys?). Regardless, My Furry Friday Feature is easily the most adorable post of the month.

This month I am excited to introduce you to Jessica from Run Your Mutt Off (cutest blog name ever!) and her favorite running partner, Molly. Let's get started!
Meet Jessica and Molly

Hi, Molly! You're cute!
Molly, the running Jack Russell Terrier.

What is your name and blog name?
I'm Jessica from RunYourMuttOff

Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner
My favorite running partner is my dog Molly. We think she is mostly Jack Russell Terrier and about 4 years old. We adopted her from the Seattle Humane Society in 2011. She's one of five dogs I have at home (4 are mine, and 1 is a foster).

Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?

Molly and I love to run around our neighborhood (we have routes we like ranging from 2-4 miles) or we head to the running/biking path that parallels the river where we can run out and back. Her longest run with me is about 8-10 miles.

Have you ever raced with your dog?

I've never raced with Molly. I've only found one local race that allowed dogs and the timing the last couple years hasn't worked out for me. Also, we do best hitting popular running paths when the dog traffic is low, otherwise I get a little more of an arm workout than I'd like from all her tugging in anticipation of trying to meet new canine friends!

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud!

My proudest running moment was the first time I ran 9 miles. I love running along the river path near my house. I had mapped the mileage early in my first half marathon training cycle and determined it was 9 miles from the mall a couple towns over, back to my town, along this path. When my 9 mile long run weekend rolled around, I had my husband drive me out and drop me off. There is something invigorating about running point-to-point; the only thing that will get you home are your own two feet! It helped that the sun was shining but it was a cool morning; a perfect day for a perfect run.

What Important Running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?

I've learned to slow down and "smell the roses" ... or the tree, or sign post, or fire hydrant, or a random rock! Molly (and all my dogs, really) loves to sniff and there is nothing wrong with taking some breaks to just enjoy being outside on a nice day. Who cares if your pace is slower than usual. Sometimes it isn't about the data, its about being in the moment.

Do you want to tell us anything else about you or running with your dog?
I'm a runner, wife, and mutt mama. - I'm a huge dog lover and also a canine foster mom. I'm training for my 3rd half marathon & 1st full marathon.

I've got 5 dogs total (4 of my own and a foster dog). Tony is 12 years old so walking to the mailbox and back is the extent of his cardio these days. Jack is about 8 years old and can walk a few miles but running is now out of his league. Diamond (our current foster) is blind and prefers the comfort of our home and backyard. And Red, our newest adoptee, needs a lot of socialization practice, he's still getting the hang of the real world, but I hope he becomes a running buddy in the future.
They may not all be running partners, but they're all great dogs!

Any parting thoughts?

I think it's so cool that you're doing this! I'm still new to blogging, and twitter too, but I'm loving the community and new social circle I'm building around my passions - running and my dogs. When I started out, just a couple months ago, I had a hard time finding running blogs that have a focus on dogs; there are a lot of running blogs that focus on food/nutrition, training tips, being a running mom, etc., so I hope to create a little niche for the dog & running lovers.

Please show your support for Jessica at Run Your Mutt Off by checking out her blog and following her on Twitter and leaving a comment here about how much you love Molly.

If you're  a runner who would like to be featured with your favorite furry running partner just fill out this form to be considered for a future Furry Friday feature. (Bonus points if you can say that five times fast.)

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Marathon Day of Remembrance & Tommie Copper Giveaway Winner

I couldn't let today pass without a thought, without a prayer, without a mention of the Boston Marathon. I can't believe it has been a year already. The running community never ceases to amaze me. In the face of tragedy it only made us stronger and more unified. Today I am remembering those that were affected.

I'm thrilled to announce the winner of my Tommie Copper giveaway!

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Congratulations Lisa J. I'll be sending you an email and you can choose between the Tommie Copper compression camisole tank and the compression capri pants. Please respond to my email within 48 hours to claim your prize!

If you didn't win, but would like to learn more about Tommie Copper can you visit their website for more information. (This is not an affiliate link, which means I don't gain anything if you click or buy, I am simply providing for your convenience.)

As always, thanks to everyone who entered! You guys rock!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Five: Happy National Hug A Blogger Day (and other made up holidays)

Did you know there were a lot of holidays this week?! For my Friday Five this month, I am sharing the five weirdest holidays of the week. These are those bizarre holidays you would never have known existed if they weren't spreading like wildfire on social media...and I am pretty sure they are totally made up. But that won't stop me from petitioning for days off from work to celebrate.

Friday Five: 5 Weird Holidays This Week

April 6th - New Beer's Eve

This was flying around Facebook on Sunday. New Beer's Eve is an unofficial holiday to celebrate the end of Prohibition in the US on April 6th 1933. This is immediately followed by National Beer Day on April 7th, because we all need a special holiday to celebrate beer. Isn't that what St. Patrick's Day is for?

New Beer's Eve

April 7th - National No Housework Day

I learned on Pinterest that April 7th is National No Housework day (which is a good thing because you might not be in the mood for housework after celebrating New Beer's Eve the night before). I don't know that I need a special day to not do housework. But hey, any excuse, right? I did some light research (aka Google search) and couldn't find out why this day exists, which supports my theory that it is a totally made up day by people who don't want to do housework. Where do I sign up?

National No Housework Day

April 10th - National Siblings Day

Another holiday I learned about this week from all the pictures on Facebook. Happy National Siblings Day! I shared a picture of my brother and sister to celebrate this event, however, I am still waiting for my siblings day gifts to arrive in the mail. How rude of them to forget such an important holiday!

My sister and brother.

April 11th - National Pet Day

This is a holiday made popular on Instagram. I can get behind this one! Any excuse to share the love of my precious Ollie.

National Pet Day Spokesdog, Ollie

April 12th - National Hug a Blogger Day

OK, I will admit, I totally made this one up. But if other people can make up holidays, why can't I? I really think this one will catch on. Although I'm not sure I am ready to accept random hugs from strangers on the street. Virtual Hugs, anyone?

Happy National Hug a Blogger Day!

That's my Friday Five, but please remember tomorrow is National Grilled Cheese day. That's one holiday you wouldn't want to pass uncelebrated.

Anyone heard of these so-called holidays? Are you on board for National Hug a Blogger Day?

Mar on the Run, You Signed up for What!? and Eat Pray Run DC host a Friday Five link up every week. Check them out to read other Friday Fives or to link up your own post! Happy Friday, friends!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: How to Start Running Again

Welcome to my monthly series called Throwback Thursday! I take this opportunity to dig deep in the archives and share a blog post with you that you may have missed the first time around. More importantly, I share a totally self-indulgent throwback picture that will make you gush at how adorable I was, laugh at how dorky I was, or be in awe of how big my hair was (or some combination of the three) depending entirely on the decade the photo was taken.

Today, it's a photo from my dorky phase (which may or may not have ended yet). Look at my friend, all pretty and dressed up to celebrate her precious birthday, and what do I show up to the party wearing? Overalls and a plaid shirt!?! Way to make an appearance, Lea! At least I do look genuinely excited to see what is in that package! Maybe it's a My Little Pony! Thanks Lee Anne for sharing this picture with me. Too funny.

Throwback Thursday- BFF edition

The thing I like most about Thowback Thursday is that it gives me the chance to rewrite old blogs, fix old mistakes (ugh, I hate when that happens), and update pictures for Pinterest, because even though I only wrote this blog a year ago, I was able to improve it quite a bit!

This is a blog I wrote for myself after a running slump and honestly, I need to reread it again. It's called How to Start Running Again. I know as well as anyone, it can be hard to get back out there after some time off.  Here are my best tips to get back out there and start running again.

I'd love it if you would click through and check it out!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Reader Appreciation Giveaway Winner Announced!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Running for Ollie Blog reader appreciation giveaway! I am thrilled to announce our winner...and so is Ollie. Who am I kidding? He is chewing a tennis ball in the back yard.

I really do appreciate everyone out there who takes the time to read the things I write. Y'all rock.

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Congratulation to Tabathia B!

In case you didn't win and you want another chance to win a Running with Ollie Blog giveaway, head over to my Tommie Copper review and giveaway post for a chance to win compression gear from Tommie Copper!

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Jump for Tommie Copper: Fitness Apparel Giveaway & Trampoline Workout

Disclosure: I was provided a Tommie Copper outfit at no charge for the purpose of a product review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give them a positive review. If I hated them, I'd tell you

Hubby bought a trampoline last weekend. We don't have kids, so we have to act like kids to keep us young. He thought it would be fun, so we headed to Academy Sports last Sunday afternoon and picked one up. By the time I got home from work on Monday, he had it put together and we were ready for a jumpfest! I hereby declare April the month of jumping!

The trampoline is great for working out. I bounced around for just a few minutes and my heart was seriously pumping. It's easy on the joints and just downright fun. Hubby does back flips and other tricks, but I am not that brave yet. I couldn't help but have a giant smile on my face like a little kid as I jumped on a giant trampoline. Fitness is fun! 
Hubby unloading the trampoline, Ollie is intrigued.
Trouble is Brewing
I thought the new trampoline would be the perfect opportunity to test out my new Tommie Copper compression gear that they sent me for a product review and giveaway...and I wasn't going to let a little rain get in the way.

The Trampoline Workout

Please attempt any new work out at your own risk.
When Tommie Copper contacted me about hosting a giveaway of their compression fitness apparel, I was excited to try it out and give you the opportunity to win it. My blogging friend Elle from Eat Run Sail has been raving about this brand for some time, so I knew I was getting into something good.

They sent me the women's camisole compression tank and compression capri pants. When I think of compression, I think of so-tight-I-can't-breathe, so I was pleasantly surprised at how light weight and comfortable they were. I really doesn't even feel like compression, it was so comfortable. If I can get the benefits of compression without suffering for it realizing it, that's even better!

The cool thing about Tommie Copper is that it is copper-infused apparel with compression that claims to offer increased performance, recovery and pain relief during your workouts and everyday activities. Copper is infused into the yarns and releases ions that provide anti-microbial protection, skin benefits and helps you feel better. Pretty cool, right?

What I Thought

The compression camisole tank: I love this camisole. It is super light weight and so comfortable, that not only did I wear it to work out, I also wore it under my clothes for work too. I love the longer length and the fit on this tank. It is easily my new favorite piece of apparel. My only issue is that the Tommie Copper logo started to peel off after a few washes. I did wash it a lot because I wanted to wear it almost every day, so it may have taken a beating in my washing machine day after day. Plus hubby does laundry, so I can't guarantee that the washing instructions were followed exactly, so it might have been my own fault. It's not a big deal to me, just thought I would mention it as part of my honest review.

The compression capri pants: The Capri length is my favorite silhouette. These are also light weight and comfortable, and they offer compression benefits without feeling all squeezed in. When Tommie Copper sent me the samples, I sized-up because I was thinking of traditional compression and I didn't want them to be too tight. I didn't need to do that at all, my regular size would have been just fine (so consider that if you are thinking of ordering). I wore these capri pants for my regular run, for some trampoline jumping, and also just a lot just lounging around the house. They are just about perfect for any activity!

Enter to Win!

Tommie Copper was generous enough to offer either the compression camisole tank or the compression capri pants for a giveaway (winner's choice). All that you have to do to enter is leave a blog comment and tell me you did it on the Rafflecopter form, plus there are plenty of ways to earn extra entries to win. The winning entries will be verified that the required entry was completed as well as the winning entry. Good luck, I hope you love them as much as I do!

You can check out the Tommie Copper website for more information or to purchase. (This is not an affiliate link, which means that I don't gain anything if you click or purchase, I am just providing it for your convenience.)

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Contest runs 4/7/2014 to 4/15/14
No purchase necessary.
1 winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
Open to US and Canadian residents 18 years of age or older.
Winner will notified via email (if available) and blog post, and will have 48 business hours to claim prize.
If original winner does not claim prize within 48 business hours an alternate winner will be selected.
Contestants must enter on the Rafflecopter form in order to win.
All winning entries will be verified. If a winning entry cannot be verified as completed, a new winner will be drawn.
Prize will be shipped directly from Tommie Copper.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Runner's Math? It May Not be Logical, But it Works For Me.

Runners aren't exactly known for being good at math. I'm no exception. That's why we wear GPS watches to do all the hard calculations for us. We say and do things that may sound strange to the non-runner or the math-inclined. I call it runner's math.

1. "I only ran 10 miles today."
2. Running is 60% mental  30% physical and 20% nutrition. No, wait. That's how abs are made in the kitchen. Forget it.
3. 3 miles = 3 beers. It's called balance.
4. But that same ratio does not apply to a marathon. (Thanks @henryhoward)
5. One marathon = one free beer and a pig out dinner.
6. The 2nd half of a marathon is longer than the first.
7. Running>sleep when your alarm is set for 4:30am.
8. 5 miles is almost six and twelve is almost twenty six point two. Keep going.
9. Only one more mile = 10 more miles when you tell yourself you only have to run one more mile.
10. Your last PR subtracted by your current pace, times the numbers of miles to go, plus the number of miles finished = too much math to do in your head during a race.
11. $100 running shoes, $100 race entry, and hundreds of training hours = one technical shirt, one finisher's medal, and a bag full of coupons you will never use.
12. Water stops can totally be subtracted from your mental time (but not your official time, unfortunately).
13. The number of curse words used during the last five miles of your race is equal to the number of minutes after finishing that you start thinking about signing up for your next one.
14. Two miles is almost half way to five miles in your head, but 4.89 miles is not five miles so you run around the block again.
Is it just me or does this look like me?
15. A birthday is an opportunity to advance in your age group and kick those old people's asses butts, although technically you are now an old person too. (But who's doing the math?)
16. "It's all downhill from here" does not equal the actual elevation at the end of your run.
17. 26.2 miles is only 13.1 miles each way, which is only slightly more than ten miles, and ten miles is only five miles twice. I can easily run five miles. I can run a marathon.
18. The ratio of the number of legs on your running partner to the amount of enjoyment of your run.
19. One minute on the treadmill definitely equals (at least) five actual minutes.
20. A one mile tempo run is way longer than a one mile recovery run.
21. Running after leg day = walking.
22. Running = Love.

Do you have any runner's math equations to share?

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