27 Funny Marathon Sign Suggestions

Welcome to Day 2 of our #SIX02Moment. I have teamed up with SIX:02 to run the NYC Marathon and we want you to share your #SIX02Moment. It can be anything from just showing up at the gym, running a mile without stopping, a yoga pose, setting or accomplishing a goal, or just sharing that moment you took for you! If we can get 602 people to share their #SIX02Moment, SIX:02 is going to match all donations I receive over the next 10 days for Team For Kids, the INCREDIBLE charity I am running the NYC Marathon with! Yesterday we raised $150.00! Every single dollar AND moment counts! CLICK HERE to make a donation! You can share your moments on Instagram or Twitter using the #SIX02Moment.


The best part of ANY race are the spectators, their cowbells, their smiling faces, AND THEIR SIGNS. I don't think people understand what it means to us runners to have them as a distraction. To have their energy. I HATE races without spectators. They are infinitely more difficult. I couldn't imagine running a marathon without spectators.

There is no better or worse sign. From hilarious signs to inspirational signs, they all are wonderful. I live for a funny sign. I resolve to a puddle of tears at the motivational signs. I took the liberty of making 27 HILARIOUS AND INSPIRATIONAL signs for the NYC Marathon. Steal them! Make your own! Just come out and make someone smile! If you're in the NYC area I hope you come out on race day because we need you. (BONUS FOR #HOTTIEHUNTING OR #RUNSELFIEREPEAT SIGNS! I WILL ABSOLUTELY STOP AND SNAP A PICTURE WITH ANYONE WHO HAS EITHER OF THOSE SIGNS!)

Or if you want to REALLY make us laugh, break down the race into the entry fee! It costs $255 to run the NYC Marathon! That's about $9 a mile! So pretend you are at mile 20:

So, what's your favorite sign you've ever seen during a race???? THERE ARE SO MANY! Have a fantastic everyone. ONLY 9 DAYS UNTIL THE NYC MARATHON! Remember to keep your #SIX02Moments coming and if you can, donate to my effort for TEAM FOR KIDS. CLICK HERE for more information! Every single dollar counts.

Until Monday, #RunSelfieRepeat.

My Six:02 Moment

I’m partnering with SIX:02 to run the TCS NYC Marathon! Why, you ask? Because I believe in what they are doing and think you will too.  

What’s SIX:02? SIX:02 is:

“A moment in time — ‘It's Your Time.’ Our name reflects the minutes or hours we encourage each woman to take for herself — to work out and stay fit, and to invest in feeling and being her best. The name is meant to inspire!

6:02 — the time you wake up to go to the gym!

6:02 — the time you leave work to attend your spin class!

6:02 — the mile you aspire to run, or beat!

SIX:02 — a whole new retail experience that goes beyond just shopping. Take pride in your appearance, love your exercise, and strive to achieve your goals. SIX:02 is about more than fitness fashion; it's about offering today's active women choices, advice, and inspiration. It's about a feeling of community and connection, where you come first.”

And I’m formally inviting you to join this #SIX02Moment with us! We measure our life in moments -- big ones, small ones and moments that change the trajectory of our lives, the #SIX02Moment’s a way to share everything! Share large moments, like your first marathon or 5k or small (but meaningful) moments like when you show up to your first fitness class. Moments can be anything -- your accomplishments, goals, aspirations, progresses, trials and day to day life!

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This movement is important to me because when I started running I was desperate to believe in myself, desperate to move forward somehow and desperate to find some kind of a purpose.

6 months after I graduated college I totally panicked. Everything I had recently endured started to catch up with me. I was grieving the tragic and unexpected death of my younger brother, struggling with my weight and the guy I was seeing ended things. Career wise I was lost and had no direction on what I wanted to do with my life. I started doubting myself and was so overwhelmed, I literally decided to run from my problems. After a sleepless night, I woke up on Thanksgiving morning in 2012 and decided to go for a run and I just kept running.

The first few weeks weren’t easy, they were awful and painful (especially for a theater girl that was never considered athletic) but running gave me something to do. I would take selfies of myself to keep me accountable and show people I was actually doing something. I somehow found my new purpose and 2 months later, I ran my first 1/2 marathon and 4 months later, my first full marathon. Crossing those finish lines gave me a new identity -- I found myself inspired, driven, dedicated, optimistic, and most importantly happy. 

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Life’s an endurance race made up of many moments and it’s easier when you’re not going through it alone. Life’s about putting one foot in front of the other when you don’t think you can take another step and pushing your limits further and further. It’s about making time for YOU, taking care of and investing in you.  Life’s hard! Between juggling full-time or different part-time jobs, family, friends, school, relationships, whatever -- it’s really, really tough! And when life gets hectic, fitness usually takes a hit. We listen to the voice in the back of our heads that tells us we can’t do it, it’s not possible, there’s just isn’t enough time in the day. I want you to dedicate time to yourself and appreciate your journey – this is why I decided to join the #SIX:02Moment and the reason why I’m running and live instagram-ing the NYC Marathon along the way.   

Our #SIX02Moment starts NOW and I need your help.

We want to know what your SIX:02 moments are. These moments can be anything! From walking to dancing, to swimming and cross fit, surfing to golfing, running, and everything in between, I want you to share your fitness moment! To join the #SIX02Moment, all you have to do is take a picture, post it to Instagram and include the hashtag: #SIX02Moment.  

We want to know what pushes you further, what excites and terrifies you and what you get out of bed for in the morning. We want you to share YOU! It’s your time and it starts at SIX:02.

Here’s the best part! If we can get 602 moments shared using the hashtag #SIX02Moment by November 3rd, 2014 (the day AFTER the NYC Marathon) SIX:02 will match the funds I raise over the next 10 days for Team for Kids, the charity I am running the NYC Marathon with! Help me help our kids. To donate and to learn more about why I am running for Team for Kids, CLICK HERE.

I believe in Team for Kids and their mission statement. 1 out of 5 kids in America are obese. I don’t want kids, tweens and teens worrying about their weight – I want them to be worrying about being a kid! They should be playing, wondering, learning, exploring, and just being a kid!  Team for Kids provides programs that focus on goal-setting skills, character-enrichment and nutrition education in underserved communities in the USA (especially NYC) and Africa. Without TFK, many of these children would have little to no physical activity.  I spent way too much time consumed with my body image and I wish I had Team For Kids growing up.  

I’m so excited for the next 11 days. Not only am I running the marathon but we’re also hosting a SIX:02 giveaway (more info coming up shortly) So join us and share your moments. When you share your moments you join OUR community. You aren’t alone in your health journey! Show us what gets you moving and motivated to put one foot in front of the other. I want to see the mountains (both physical and metaphorical) you’ve climbed and overcome. Let’s see you say,’yes’ to yourself and accomplish your goals! SHARE THOSE MOMENTS!

Remember to use the hashtag #SIX02Movement and DONATE to Team for Kids if you can (Even $1 helps!) and get your friends involved. Stay tuned for more information because this is only the beginning.

Here’s to all of your #SIX02Movement’s. Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

Want more SIX:02? Check out their website, learn more about the #SIX02Moment, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Slow Runners Make Fast Runners Look Good

Goal time, pr’s, pace, bla bla bla bla bla bla. The most common conversation I have with people is about how slow they run. And it’s not a conversation like, “I run 9 minute miles!” (insert huge proud smile). It’s more like, “UGH I am so slow, I run a 9 minute mile” (insert sad face). First of all a 9 minute mile isn’t slow so everyone needs to calm down. But I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, if you want to run faster you just have to run faster. 

SHOCKING!

GASP!

SAY WHAT?

What do you mean if I want to run faster I just have to run faster? Yes. That is what they say and in my experience that is what has worked.

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But here’s what I say, stop being ashamed of your pace! Stop calling yourself slow! Who cares? If you run a 13 minute mile average pace during a half marathon people don't say, "They ran a very slow half marathon..." they say, "Holy shit, you ran a half marathon." I remember when I first started running I would consistently Google what an average mile pace was. To be honest, I don't believe there is an “average” runner! Everyone is so drastically different in the beginning. Just the fact that you are running makes you special. I’m always beside myself (and a little jealous) when I find out someone is lightning fast. Then I hear myself say, “I could never run that fast!” I'm guilty as well! But of course I could run that fast if I worked as hard as that person did. But I’m working pretty gosh darn hard as it is and I am pretty happy with how things are going so you know what, I’m good! At the end of the day whether you run a marathon in 3 hours or 6, you ran a marathon.

Falling in love with running, finding that running high, running faster and farther, it all takes time. At least for me it took time. It took me weeks to be able to run 3 miles without stopping. The first few weeks were really hard and I had to really convince myself to stick with it. I really hated running. But once I found my stride there was no turning back, I fell in love. I was curious to see how my pace has improved over the past two years so I pulled my first two runs from RunKeeper to compare to the same dates a year later, and then my last two runs (my 2 year run-i-versary isn’t until Thanksgiving so a month early will have to do.) Check them out for yourself.

It took 2 years and 2,609 miles to get to where I am today. I can’t even begin to explain how my relationship to running has changed. It changes with each long run and every race. It’s always there when I need it but each run is very different. Some are incredible and some are just downright torture. But it’s only a run. Each one is over almost as quickly as it starts, even if it doesn’t feel like it, all you have to do is endure or enjoy. That’s the beauty of setting a goal, it actually takes work to get there. It isn’t 100% enjoyable but then you are able to say look how far I have come!

When I crossed the finished line of my first marathon back in June of 2013, I remember on the car ride home my Dad asked me if I would ever do it again. I said, “Absolutely and I want to do it in 4 hours.” I’m 11 days away from my second marathon and a 4 hour marathon time is within my reach. Am I stressing about running 4 hours? Not really. I really just want to run the entire thing and enjoy it. Being on my phone safely KILLS my time so my goal is to have the best possible time running and sharing the marathon as possible. 4 hours is still my goal time but I know 4:15 may be more realistic.

If you’re a new runner I would recommend that you stop caring about your pace. Just focus your energy on running consistently and running farther. The time will come once you develop your stride and confidence. Find the fun. Don’t avoid hills, charge them. Incorporate speed training once a week (Click Here for some speed training 101). First come loves, then comes marriage. You have to fall in love with running before you can commit to it. It’s not easy getting yourself out of bed in the middle of winter to run. It’s not easy carving 30-60 min out of your busy schedule to get a run in. But if you love it you’ll make it happen. Don’t worry about how slow you are, just have fun.  

It's Taper Time

The moment we've all been dreading is finally here, it's taper time.

Taper: The worst part of any marathon training plan. Starting 3 weeks before race day a marathon runner reduces their weekly mileage every week by 20-30% and runs easy.

Not absurd, it's science. Studies have actually shown that tapering improves marathon performance.

I know, it sounds crazy. I am just beginning week 2 of my 3 week taper. My immediate reaction to the taper was hold on, you are telling me to train LESS? But I don't want to fall out of shape! I don't want to gain weight! I won't be ready! I have to run 26.2 miles! Do you know how far that is?! I can't stop now! I've come to far! That makes no sense!

But alas, it does make sense. You see the months of hard workouts and heavy mileage leave your muscle's fatigued. It's essential you give your body time to repair tissue damage and restore glycogen stores. Think about it this way, you wouldn't fill your gas tank half way before taking off for a road trip would you? Of course not, that would be ridiculous. Tapering gives your body a chance to return to normal before surprise attacking it with your blissful 26.2 mile run.

If tapering were a competition, I would come in last place. I have a really hard time taking it easy. All the sudden I have all this time! Time that would be better spent preparing for my marathon and working out! I'll look at my plan and think why go for an easy 5 mile run when I can instead go to a 60 minute spin class! LOOPHOLE!

My favorite thing to do right now is spin at Flywheel. Flywheel isn't your average spinning class, oh no, instead of doing long endurance rides with hills and some intervals, you spend the entire 60 minute class doing high intensity intervals. It kicks your ass. I love it because it's an incredible leg workout and it helps increase my anaerobic threshold. Want to know what I can't do during a taper? Flywheel. You can continue high intensity cross training during the first week but should stop before the second and third weeks.

OK, so no high intensity training during the two weeks before a marathon...what about strength training? What about squats?

No more strength training. No more squats. You have to honor the taper. Strength training can happen during the first week of the taper, moderately, but should be discontinued before the second and third week. LESS IS MORE! You have to get more rest, eat more food, and go easy on the exertion levels. Light running and light stretching ONLY! And no more booze!

One glass can't hurt right? Maybe not, but to be safe no more alcohol. Your only job for the 3 weeks leading into your marathon is to stay healthy, avoid getting sick, and don't hurt yourself. It's especially difficult for the NYC marathon because the weather is just starting to get chilly. Want to know what comes with colder weather? THE COLD AND THE FLU!

So grab that purel bottle and start drinking those fluids. There's nothing worse than getting sick right before a marathon. Cut out the alcohol and lower your caffeine intake (both are diuretics and you want to drink all the water from here until race day.) Up your protein intake, stuff your face with complex carbs, and lower your fat intake. No more fried chicken and no more cupcakes until you cross the finish line.

It's taper time friends, which means you're about to spend the next 2 weeks listening to me complain about how bored I am.

Just kidding! There's about 3 TV shows I am about to binge watch/catch up on/start. Happy tapering boys and girls! We're only 13 days until marathon day. I'm getting pretty excited. Are you ready to run NYC with me? Until tomorrow, #RunSelfieRepeat.

Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels

I want to delete these two words from the world, skinny and fat. I was perusing pinterest last night before I went to bed and kept stumbling across these “Thinspirational” images.  

Can I just take a second to define skinny and fat?

Skinny: (of a person or part of their body) very thin.

Synonyms: thin, scrawny, scraggy, bony, angular, rawboned, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, as thin as a rake, skin-and-bones, sticklike, emaciated, waiflike, skeletal, pinched, undernourished, underfed.

Fat: (of a person or animal) having a large amount of excess flesh.

Synonyms: plump, stout, overweight, large, chubby, portly, flabby, paunchy, potbellied, beer-bellied, meaty, of ample proportions, heavyset.

Neither of these words sound constructive. When you refer to someone as skeletal, what are you really saying? Or how about when someone is heavyset? Body image is a serious problem and we need to fix it. I seriously want to omit skinny and fat from our vocabularies and this is why; calling yourself or others skinny or fat is self destructive. I have struggled with my body image for most of my life. It started when I was a kid and I let it stop me from seeing myself as beautiful, I let it hinder the way I carried myself, and I let it stop me from believing I was desirable. When I was in elementary school I wasn’t tall and lean like my friends. Then I would sometimes get teased, as all kids do, and I’d get called fat or hippo. Slowly I started believing that I was fat.

In April I was on the subway heading home from work when I overheard two very young girls, maybe 12 or 13, talking on the subway. They were having a conversation about how they believed they were fat. They were discussing how they needed to lose “like 20 pounds.” These girls were not in any way, shape, or form at unhealthy weights. They looked like two incredibly healthy and beautiful tweens. I wanted to scream. It broke my heart to see these two young girls refer negatively about their body images.

Growing up I was never overweight. I was never very small but I perceived myself as "fat" when in reality I had an average body type. Then when I went to college I ate poorly and stopped exercising. I gained 15-20 pounds and that was the first time I really saw myself at an unhealthy weight. Then my brother passed away and my weight spiraled out of control. Brownies and binge eating seemed to be the only way my friends could help me feel better. It felt like it happened overnight. At my heaviest I was over 200 pounds and I didn’t want to anyone to know that I was spiraling out of control. My Mom sensed that I was drowning in my own skin and offered to pay for a weight loss program. For months I declined because I was mortified that I needed help and was terrified I wouldn’t be able to lose the weight.  When I started the program and started losing weight I got excited that I was finally going to be "skinny." 6 months later I was back to my healthy weight. I wasn't the size 2 I assumed I would be at. I was a healthy size 8. Shockingly I wasn't disappointed, I was happy I felt like myself again.

Once I lost the weight, I became hyper aware of everything I put into my mouth. I started feeling guilty every time I ate. I developed bulimia. Then I got into therapy and I started to learn about my issues with my body image. It took months for me to realize the problem wasn’t what I was putting into my body but my relationship to it. Because I spent so many years fixated on being skinny, an ideal that I couldn’t even define, I defined and created an unhealthy relationship with food. I learned why I was binge eating. I got the help I needed to help put an end my self destructive fixation with being skinny.

I wish, I wish, I wish we stopped being consumed by fad diets. I wish we instead just learned to embrace fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and physical activity. I wish we stopped describing and defining ourselves and others as skinny or fat. The digs and put downs need to stop. The “I just want to give her a sandwich” or “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” need to stop. You don’t know what someone is enduring. You don’t know what someone is going through or how someone got to the weight they are at. 

People laugh when I say I run to keep my cupcake habit in check but that isn’t a joke. I run to eat. I've worked very hard to develop a healthy relationship with food and running was the final straw that helped me let go of my irrational obsession with being "skinny." When I started running I thought I was going to lose weight and become this lean skinny machine. 2 years later I am about to run my second marathon and I am the exact same weight. A healthy weight I am happy to be at. Do I have thunder thighs? Yes! I have huge giant thighs because my quads are so god damn strong. I have a muffin top and yet I run over 40 miles a week. If I go out to eat, I don’t feel guilty about eating carbs because I am an endurance runner and my body needs fuel.

When I am at work, surrounded by tall lean women, I still feel like the fat girl in the room but then I’m like cut the bullshit you are the strongest and healthiest you’ve ever been in your life. Are you really that upset you aren’t that coveted sample size 2? No, no I’m not. My body just isn’t cut out to be a size 2. I like eating friend chicken after a long run. Could I reach for a salad? Sure, but I eat really healthy and allow myself to splurge here and there. Do I have friend chicken on the daily? No, just after my long runs and it’s totally worth it.

Every single body is different. No one body type is more beautiful than another. I will say I am much happier now than I was when I was over 200 pounds. I have more energy, I am more confident, and I am stronger. The hardest step was admitting that I needed help and that I was unhappy with the way I looked. But once I got on board, I got motivated. I wanted to succeed. If you want to lose weight, do it the healthy way. Don’t do a juice cleanse and don’t diet. Just learn about portion control and eat healthy! Make that your routine, make it a habit. Cut out the processed foods, the refined sugars, and the simple carbohydrates. You don't have to give anything up, you just learn to eat it in moderation. Ask for help, you don’t have to do it alone.

And STOP SHARING THE BULLSHIT IMAGES. If you want to lose weight, do it for your health. Start seeing yourself as beautiful. Start believing in your worth. Stop referring to yourself as skinny or fat.

Until Monday friends, #RunSelfieRepeat.