Online Harassment

Last week, this story hit the news.  Essentially, a photo of a former Green Bay Packers cheerleader was posted to a Chicago Bears fan page on Facebook in order to mock both her and the team.  While there were some people who stood up to defend Kaitlyn, the cheerleader, the majority of the comments were rude and crude and focused mainly on calling her ugly and fat.

One thing that I found truly amazing was that while we are used to anonymous hatred on the internet (side note: why is this something we have had to get used to?), because this was on Facebook, may people were posting with their real names.  We are getting more and more brazen with what we say from behind the safety of our computer screens.

Kaitlyn responded with a video

A video that is still getting tons of negative comments online.  So nice.

As she says in her interview, the point she was trying to make was that she is lucky enough to have family and friends to support her and keep this sort of activity from causing any serious emotional damage.  But what about all of the young people out there who may be more sensitive to this kind of bullying?  What about the adults who don’t have this kind of support system.

You see it all too often at varying levels.  While outright mocking of photos isn’t something I regularly come across in my internet browsing, I do see a lot of hatred towards people or groups of people.  I don’t understand it.  And don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking at the world through rose colored glasses.  I understand that the world isn’t a perfect place.  But I think we would all do well and take a step back to think about what we say (or type!) before we say it.  Is that really something I would want to have said back to me?  To my friends or family?  If we all just think before we speak, we might help make the world just a tiny bit kinder.

(P.S. Did you take the survey yet?

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Happy birthday to my Mom!  She is celebrating in Walt Disney World with my sister, and I will be joining them tomorrow.  Like me, she is celebrating her birthday by running a runDisney race.  See, the crazy runs in the family.

But I won’t tell you how old she is.  I’m not that crazy.

My mom did her first race at Princess 2011. She and my sister power-walked it together. I’m not sure how they did it – while I run faster than Mom power-walks, I certainly couldn’t walk it at the pace she keeps.  And her legs are no longer than mine!  But she’s well within the time-limits set by the race rules, and I think she loves the bling.

Later in 2011, when my sister decided she wanted to run races and not walk them, Mom coerced Dad into joining her, and they walked the 2011 Disneyland Half.  Dad’s quite a bit taller, so while she power-walks, he strolls.  (I want them to both wear pedometers for a race sometime, just to see how many more steps she has to take to cover the same distance.)

Clearly, she got hooked, and in 2012, she walked Princess, as well as two (I think) local half marathons.  This year, she did the Disney Half with Dad, will be doing Princess this weekend, and she and Dad are also registered for the Dumbo Double Dare (10k and half) out at Disneyland later this year.  And I think they’ll do the same two local races again.

Though she would likely disagree, Mom’s always been fairly fit, attending various exercise classes (unlike me, she’s a class fitness person – I’m much more of a solo fitness person).  Though she’s clearly got a few years on me (what, she’s my mom, this is not news), I’m pretty sure she could plank three times as long as I could and probably do more pushups than I could even consider trying.

(I may have just issued a challenge that I am destined to lose. Except I don’t think she reads my blog.)

But I’m proud of her for seeing something that she wanted (a cool race medal) and going for it.  And she still brings her medals back to her fitness classes and shows them off and may have inspired her daily walking partner to do races as well.  I hope she continues to inspire others and show them that they can do it.  It just takes time and dedication.

In sum, my Mom is awesome and I hope she gets a Mickey Ice Cream Bar to celebrate her birthday today.

Giveaway – 2013 Run for the Dream Half and 8k!

I am so excited about this giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive a free entry into the 2013 Run for the Dream Half Marathon or 8k.  And that lucky winner can also meet me if they so choose.  But that’s not a requirement of winning.  But onto the race itself, which will be held the weekend of June 1-2 in Williamsburg, VA.  Yes, that’s right, you get to run through Colonial Williamsburg.  But wait, there’s more!  Here’s the official info about the race, interspersed with my commentary.  And if you read all the way to the end, there might be a coupon code too!

Run for the Dream

A World-Class Race and a weekend you won’t forget! Run or walk the 8K or half marathon through historic Colonial Williamsburg and enjoy the scenic tree-lined Colonial Parkway along the James River. Runners receive a hero’s welcome with a celebrated finish in the College of William & Mary football Stadium. There’s also a Kids Fun Run with three lengths: 100 meter, 400 meter and one mile. Celebrate with your friends and family at the Post-Race Bash with music, barbecue, beer and soft drinks.

(This barbecue is awesome.  Seriously, I have hyped this race based only on the sandwiches.  And if you don’t like BBQ, well, this is an opportunity to make a friend by sharing your sandwich.)

(check out my cameo around the 35 second mark)

The Run for the Dream is proud to host the 2013 USA Masters 8 km National Championships.

Looking for a challenge? Take on the Patriot’s Challenge!

An impressive display of initiative, determination and spirit was shown by the Colonial patriots, the men and women of the American Colonies who banded together and overthrew an empire. We invite you to run both the 8K and Half Marathon and receive a total of 3 medals for your efforts! Are YOU a Patriot?

All runners will receive cool swag: a souvenir shirt, upgraded finishers’ medals and a “goodie” bag. The Run for the Dream is professionally managed by Dave McGillivray, famed race director of the Boston Marathon, and his race operations staff, DMSE Sports, Inc.

(Seriously, it’s an incredibly well-run race.  I ran the inaugural year and it went off without a hitch, not always the norm for a brand new race.)

Make a weekend of it! The first 3,000 registrants receive a free $70 ticket and $15 food voucher for Busch Gardens as well as a $40 pass to Colonial Williamsburg. Enjoy spring in Virginia, discovering the Historic Triangle – years of history combined with unique dining venues, wineries, museums, amusement parks, shopping outlets, boutiques, galleries and more. Fun for the entire family, or make it a Girls’, Guys’ or Friends’ Weekend!

(I can’t believe how much stuff you get with this race.  So worth the registration cost.  And if you win the free entry, it’s like winning the lottery. Only with sandwiches.)

The Run for the Dream benefits An Achievable Dream and Wounded Warrior Programs.

An Achievable Dream operates two nationally recognized K-12 schools in partnership with the Newport News Public School System. An Achievable Dream is dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds and that education can break the cycle of poverty. Without An Achievable Dream, many of our students would not have the opportunities they need to succeed in school and in life. Children receive a quality education in a nurturing environment, the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults, and the chance to participate in engaging enrichment activities.

The Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Warriors has introduced more than 400 vets to marathon racing as part of their rehabilitation, helping them to train and compete in road races across the county and internationally. Disabled Sports USA recognizes the importance of sports and recreation in the successful rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, and offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone, veteran or civilian, with a permanent disability. Paralyzed Veterans Racing is a team of competitive paracyclists. Team members are military veteran who were either injured during their service or after their honorable discharge.

Sound good?  If you’re not yet convinced, check out my race recaps from last year (where you will find a sandwich picture).

2012 Run for the Dream Race Report

And sadly, only one of you will win.  But!  If you don’t win and want to enter, the race organizers were nice enough to give me a discount code.  BLOG2013 will take $5 off the 8K, $10 off the Half Marathon and $15 off the Patriot’s Challenge. The code is valid for civilian pricing only and expires on May 1st, 2013.


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Motivation Monday – Recommended Daily



This always makes me laugh.  It’s sometimes tough to stay motivated, which is why a lot of people put up motivational boards near their treadmill or photos on their fridge.  Whatever you need to do to keep the motivation up, do it!

(And bathe after those workouts.  We all thank you.)

P.S. – Did you take the survey last week?  And make sure you stop by tomorrow for an awesome giveaway!

All About You!

Well, about you and about me.

I’m doing some behind the scenes cleanup on the blog as well as a facelift (do you like it?) and that got me to thinking.  Clearly, content is the most important part of the blog.  I know what I like to write about, and that’s not going to change in any major sort of way.  But I wondered what you would like me to write more about.  Or less about.  So I made a survey.  I appreciate any and all responses!

Take the Survey

Thank you!