Friday, September 10, 2010

5 For Friday

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, 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!


Silly Girl Running said...

Love what you wrote about 9/11 and the freedom we girls have. You're so right. :)

Good luck on that race! You're going to rock it! :)

Molly said...

Good luck on your race, that's great you're geting back to it!

And 9/11 is exactly why I'm running on Sunday....

Katie @ Health for the Whole Self said...

Love your thoughts on 9/11.

And that baby carrots thing is crazy! I'm all for marketing veggies to children in creative ways, but isn't there a way to do it without making them look like junk food? We need to teach children that healthy food is GOOD, rather than focusing on tricking them.

Good luck with your race!

Barbara said...

Love the new photo.

Good luck on the race. I know how important it is to you.

I can tell you exactly where I was the second I heard the 1st news of a plane hitting the First Tower on CBS on the car radio. Right at the intersection by our Church , just by chance.
I can also tell you exactly where I was in my High School gym at a Pep rally when I first heard the news of JFK's death. Those moments never leave one.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wohooo.. ok I can't find your email address... sorry. mine is amandacbrooks at yahoo

I think the carrot thing is way cool! I wish broccoli would do it too :)

J said...

Good luck in the race tomorrow! Hope you have lots of fun and do well!

You are so right about our freedoms as women. Often as I run in the mornings I think to myself - there are many women around the world that can't do what I do every morning. We are a very lucky!

Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner said...

Good luck tomorrow, you'll do wonderfully!

Anonymous said...

Good luck tomorrow!!

Gina; The Candid RD said...

Good luck at the race today!! You'll do great.

Nick and I were just talking about how next year will be the ten year anniversary of 9/11, AND it will be 9/11/11. Scary, right?? I hope they don't do anything stupid.
I am definitely thankful for my friends, family, and my life. Everyday I am thankful, despite not always acknowledging it.

Thanks for posting the links about the baby carrot industry's new campaign. I'd heard about it but not much. I love it!

Have a great weekend!

lindsay said...

great reminder about the freedom to run, as well as the other freedoms we enjoy daily. hope your return-to-racing went well!