I have found so many benefits to running that I can't quit. Strong muscles. Skinnier jeans. Clearer skin. Elevated mood. Tons of energy.
What has surprised me most though is the social aspect of running that I love. Even though it's an activity I mostly do on my own, it has created and strengthened relationships with all sorts of unexpected people. Runners are a tribe. People who run love to talk about running, especially through social media.
I have been amazed by the encouraging replies I get whenever I post about running either here on the blog or on my numerous other social media outlets. If I have even the silliest question about running I can ask it and count on getting a myriad of answers from runners with experience. It's great!
So this weekend I got the chance to pay forward that encouragement with a small part of my running tribe. I was contacted by yurbuds Sport Earphones and given the opportunity to host a little party for runners at my house. They are introducing new yurbuds just for women and sent me several pair to share with my friends!
I invited my local running girlfriends over for some healthy snacks and a little wine. I decided we didn't need to actually run together, which is good since it poured down rain. Talking about running over wine and checking out our giftboxes with the yurbuds Sport Earphones for Women and a Sweatyband and sweat towel was lots of fun.
Katie and Stephanie enjoy running 5k races. Courtney just finished her very first triathalon, a feat I'm thinking of attempting next year. Gail, Becky, Deana and I are all planning to run the Aramco Houston Half Marathon in January. We *were* all going to run the Chosen half marathon, but Gail is recovering from surgery, Becky and Deana can't make it, and now I'm up in the air about it.
One thing we did do was talk about what inspires us to run. I had each of the women fill out a questionaire about their running memories and favorite gear. I learned a lot about my friends! We even shared our top five favorite songs to run to.
Then each woman thought of one word about why they run or what inspires them to run and wrote it on a board.
So thank you, yurbuds and MomSelect for providing me with these awesome gifts to share with my friends. Everyone so far has LOVED the yurbuds Earphones and the Sweatybands hairbands. We are amazed at how well both the earbuds and the hairbands stay in place while running. The yurbuds for women are available in a whole bunch of colors (we got blue, green, pink and purple) and will be hitting the shelves at Target this month for $29.99. They didn't ask me to tell you that, I just really think you should know...because they are seriously awesome. Additionally, be sure to check out the yurbuds Facebook page and follow the hashtag #INSPIREFORWOMEN for lots more inspiration!