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Jan 24, 2015

Gone for a Run Race Bib Coasters review

As many of you know, I'm an ambassador for Gone for a Run website.  The website has tons of awesome running stuff to purchase and periodically I review their merchandise.  This time around I chose to review their Race Bib Coasters.  This was a really fun one to review.

They could not have come at a more perfect time as I had the last week off of running so I filled that time with some beer drinking - my other favorite activity.  It gave me a chance to use the Stone coasters and formulate my opinion.

Check out what I received:
Actual bib on top; Coasters on bottom
I decided to have them make my North Country Marathon bib into coasters.  How awesome is that?  In this case, they make four stone coasters from the bib.  The process was really simple.  Scan and email them your race bib when you order them and they make it into coasters.  A couple weeks later and you've got custom coasters.
Cork bottoms
The coasters are stone and well made.  They have cork bottoms to help protect your furniture.  Each coaster is a 4" x 4" square.  As you can see above, they don't come out exactly like the bib but they are made of stone so you can't make them perfect.  I thought they came out really nice!
Coasters with my beer glass
They pair well with the Gone for a Run beer glass that I did a review on last year as you can see above.  This was another one of my favorite running items that Gone for a Run sells.


The size of the coaster is perfect for a beer glass, beer bottle or can, hot coffee mug - whatever you want to use it for to protect your furniture.  I really love the fact that I can see one of my favorite race bibs on a daily basis.  I think it's one of the best running gifts someone can get for that special race you want to always remember.

They retail for $39.99 and will last you a lifetime.

Check out the race bib coasters on Gone for a Run:

Go to the Gone for a Run website

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Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!






Disclosure:  I received a complimentary Race Bib Coaster from Gone for a Run in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and I was not required to give a particular opinion other than an honest one.

Jan 19, 2015

Happy MLK Day!

Yes, I know the quote is not about running but it sure works for endurance sports - so inspiring!
Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

Jan 16, 2015

On the injured list.....sort of.

Ok, I'm not really injured(I don't have pain while running) but I will say that my hamstring has been tight and my adductor muscle(inner thigh - groin) is starting to give me feelings of the potential to be hurt.  I can feel it when not running and that's not good.  Last year I had a similar issue with my adductor and I did strength and stretching exercises to fix it but it was much worse last year.  I've been doing some of these exercises all year but I did slack on them unfortunately.
So......in an effort to prevent an injury, I'm going to be proactive and made the decision to not run for seven to ten days.  Do I hate not running?  Yes, but I don't want to get injured and since it's January and I don't have any distance races on my schedule until April, this is a great time to take off and work on strengthening my legs so I can get back to 100%.  I'll then ease back into running and build my distance back up again.

I'll plan to do weight training, yoga, stretching, and maybe even some biking to keep me from going crazy.  Haha!

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

Jan 15, 2015

Medals 4 Meddle hospital visit

Tuesday afternoon I volunteered with Medals 4 Meddle to give away medals at the The Children's Hospital at Beaumont.  For those of you that don't know, Medals 4 Meddle is an organization where you donate your earned finisher race medal(half, full, triathlon) to the organization and they re-brand the ribbon with their charity ribbon and give them away to kids in the hospitals.
The gang who volunteered
We got to give away numerous medals to the kids and it was great to see the smile on the kids faces for making them the "hero of the day".  Honestly, I'm one that really has a hard time giving up my medals that I worked hard for(I'll work on that this year more) but it is a great organization and seeing them go to kids is awesome.  I was glad I got to experience it.
A happy girl with her new medal!
As we were giving out the medals, one of the nurses there said to me, is that your medal?  Joe was laughing so hard because the medal was from the "Old Farts marathon" haha!  We had a good laugh at my expense!
A picture with the "Old Farts" marathon medal before we left the hospital
If you are in the Detroit area, there is a chapter here run by Joe Burns.  If you are interested in volunteering or giving your medals away in this area, you can reach him at joe.burns@medals4mettle.org and he can give you more information about it.  Otherwise, you can check the website for a chapter in your area.

It was a great experience and so fun to give the medals to the kids and I look forward to doing it again.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!

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