I know it’s still like six months away, but I’m starting to get really excited for October. For one thing, Halloween. Not only do I get to dress up – I think my affinity for strange outfits is becoming pretty apparent on here – but I also get to dress up my Betty. I had SO MUCH FUN planning her costume last year! Though I have a feeling that Lil’ Miss “I DO IT!!” will be choosing her own from now on.
However, Halloween isn’t even the half of it. The Baltimore Running Festival where I completed my very first half marathon is on October 18th. This year I am planning on running the full. My first marathon is 2 months away, but Bob Potts is a smaller race and I want Baltimore to be my first really big one. Hometown pride and all that.
Then the following weekend on October 26th there is another epic happening: The Marine Corps Marathon in DC. The only way someone like me can get into the MCM would be via lottery. By “someone like me” I mean “someone who is not active duty military”, not “loud-mouthed, caffeine-addicted, blogger mom”.
Because of Baltimore, I didn’t bother entering myself into the lottery because as crazy as I like to think I am, marathons on back-to-back weekends just isn’t a part of my vocabulary (but yet somehow Dopey Challenge is). I know quite a few people that did enter the lottery and some of them got in. One of those people just happens to be my BRF, Helly.
If you don’t know Helly yet, you should. She writes a blog called Helly on the Run and is basically one of my closest friends that I’ve never actually met in person. That looks kind of weird when I type it out, but it’s true.
Anyway, Helly – aka my Sole Sister and we have the Bondi Bands to prove it – and I have online known each other for nearly 3 years. Pregnant and due with our daughters around the same time, we met on one of those insufferable mommy message boards where we were immediately drawn to each other’s snarky hilariousness and a wonderful friendship was born.
Helly has been one of my best cheerleaders, a great support system, and a shoulder to cry on whenever I’ve been feeling down on myself. I hope that I’ve done half as good a job at being a friend as she has. And now I get an even bigger and better chance to support her since DC is just a hop, skip, jump, and Metro ride away from my house!
The only thing I love more than dressing up in a ridiculous outfit for an event is the opportunity to also carry a fun sign.
The plan is that I will be attending this year’s MCM as a spectator and hopefully not in a wheelchair from my race the previous weekend. Dressed as a cheerleader (maybe Piratebobcat can give me some tips on that one) and holding a big handmade sign that I will design myself like it’s my job. Because being a designer is my actual job.
But I need a slogan to put on the sign and this is where YOU come in:
HELP ME COME UP WITH FUN RUNNING SIGN SUGGESTIONS!
The sillier the better because Helly and I both love hilarious things. She shared this one on her Facebook earlier. I was still half-asleep when I saw it and it made me laugh for like 15 minutes.
Now I’m laughing again. It’s just freaking brilliant.
Over the next couple weeks I will compile a list of your wonderful suggestions and then put them to a vote on here. And then I will send a little something as a thanks to whoever has the winning suggestion. I have no idea what that something will be yet…maybe a bar of bacon scented soap? Who knows, but it will likely be something somewhat ridiculous that you never knew you needed until it showed up in your mailbox.
I actually did give someone a bar of bacon scented soap once, so I know where to buy it.
Also today WE HAVE A WINNER of some awesome PRO Compression socks. Thank you so much to PRO Compression and to everyone that entered the giveaway. It had an amazing response! (Like I would have expected anything less…people love PRO Compression!) The winner is…
Congratulations! I will be emailing you in a minute so we can get everything set up for your prize. If you didn’t win, there is still an amazing deal to be had on PRO Compression gear. Just enter the coupon code BLG14 at check out and receive 40% off your entire order + free shipping to US addresses!
Happy Wednesday to everyone and please to be putting those thinking caps on and helping me come up with some serious funny!