1. Entries were low yesterday for the Chobani giveaway, but that only makes it a little easier on those who entered! This week's winner, according to Random.org, is: #5, Amanda from Run to the Finish! Amanda, writes a wonderful blog that I read as often as possible and I encourage you to go check it out! Amanda, send me your address so I can send out the coupons! Congrats!!
2. September 23rd is the next New York Road Runners Young Professionals Committee fundraising event! From 7-9:30pm enjoy sliders, beer, and great conversation with runners and lots of other fun people at the Heartland Brewery at the Empire State Building! The event is just two days before the Continental Airlines 5th Avenue Mile and we're excited to have elite runners, like Shanon Rowbury, joining us! There will also be great raffle prizes! Check out our facebook page for more info, or send me an email if you have questions! I hope to see some of you there!
3. Have you heard what the carrot industry is doing? Yes, there's a baby carrot industry! They're launching a new marketing campaign targeting kids, hoping to get them to eat more of them. The campaign includes packaging carrots in bags that resemble chip bags and having them stocked in cooled vending machines at schools. They also have videos promoting the 'junk food' factor and 'coolness' of carrots. There will be holiday themed packaging and more. While I love the idea of kids choosing carrots over chips, there's something a little weird about this. Perhaps the woman in the USA Today article who suggested they put (a natural) orange dust on them to mimic cheetos' did it. Don't mess with carrots! They're perfect the way they are (well, unless they're wet and soggy; I hate that!). The industry has enlisted powerhouse ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky to lead the campaign. What do you think?
4. Tomorrow is my first race since the marathon! I can't believe it has been almost a year since I last lined up in a corral waiting for the start gun. I had intentions to run two races earlier this year, including the MORE/Fitness Half Marathon, but I was sidelined for both with my most recent foot injury. I am incredibly excited to get back into the pack tomorrow! Woody, who hardly ever comes to a race, is coming to see me run in my first one back and Grace is running too. No doubt brunch will be enjoyed afterwards! When I went to pick up my race number yesterday, I felt like my life was back to normal!
5. Tomorrow is also Sept 11th. I'm sure none of you have missed this fact and I don't feel like this is really the place to speak long on the topic. I came to NYC the summer of 2002 for summer internships. Several people were worried for me because they thought it was unsafe, but I had no fear. I have heard stories from friends and co-workers who were here on that day 9 years ago. Horrible and heart wrenching stories, from people who were 50-60 blocks away from Ground Zero but the tremors were (and are) felt throughout the city. I am proud to be living in the financial district now and pay tribute to those who lost their lives when I pass by the site where the towers stood each time I go for a run. It was a horrible thing that happened that day and the sadness and disgust is still felt today. The Freedom Tower is still unbuilt, the memorial is still far in the future. That is quite disappointing to all in this city. Whatever has happened since that day, whether we agree or not, I think it's safe to say that we should all be proud of the freedoms we have here in this country. As trivial as it might sound, we should be thankful that we are able to run, that we are able to dress in running shorts, lace up our sneakers and go. Whenever we want. Believe it or not, that's a freedom that many women don't have around the world, and one that we take for granted. One of many. I hope we all take a few minutes tomorrow to be thankful for the freedoms we have.
What do you have going on this weekend?
workout stats -
none. rest day!