By: BGR! SOMD Run Coordinator, Candice Wilkerson-Marbury
On Friday, November 24th I am opting for the outdoors rather than scrambling thru shopping malls or driving in cars to the frenzy that is known as “Black Friday”. Focusing on my health, will help me to burn calories rather than burn thru money. Here in Maryland there are plenty of bike trails, parks, running and or walking trails I can take advantage of to allow me to keep consistent with my health goals. Rejecting the pressures of unnecessary spending and endless store lines I can and will enjoy the fresh air and movement to continue helping me reach my goals. I encourage others to #optoutside! with REI.
By: BGR! Chicago Member/Ambassador: Kelli Rockwell (Kelli Kels),
According to Kelli, taking charge of her health, at the request of her daughter Sydnee, was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. It prompted her to join Black Girls Run! Chicago in 2013. Since becoming a member she’s completed 8 marathons, over 35 half marathons, that she can recall, numerous 10-milers, 10k's & 5k's and other fun distances.
Kelli says, “Sydnee and I will #OptOutside this year because there is nothing of quality that you can experience shopping for the season's hottest items. For us #OptOutside is about spending quality mother/daughter time together. We will start the day off running a few miles together with other members of Black Girls Run! Chicago followed by swimming laps in the pool as Sydnee prepares for her first indoor triathlon.
BGR! Chicago Member: Gaylon Alcaraz
Gaylon has been with Black Girls RUN! for 5 years and has served as a Group Leader/Run Coordinator. She has run four (4) full marathons, countless half marathons and so many fun runs she can't even count. Five years ago she changed her life - from a 320 lbs inactive mother, to losing 130 lbs and running marathons.
Gaylon says "I am choosing to #OptOutside this year as I do every year because I believe commercialism is destroying the fabrics of our society. We don't spend enough time with each other.....instead we are running back and forth to stores searching for the latest and greatest next thing. Spending more time with your families and love ones is the way to a healthy and whole life."
In my opinion nothing beats being outside in the fall. Each year the earth puts on a magnificent display of color, thrusting crimsons, bronzes, ambers, and butterscotch palettes into our views. The air is fresh and crisp and sunny days are welcomed with sunlit kisses to warm your face. Fall is a time for hats and mittens and comfy breathable clothing. I enjoy Thanksgiving in typical American fashion, by stuffing myself with all the delectable delights that my family prepares. I relish in it.
In fact, I even have turkey sweat pants for those moments of indulgence, but Black Friday is my day to return to my normal self. Black Friday’s run is the day to ponder the day before and be grateful for the ability to even run. Black Friday is not meant for being stuffed into stores on my day off. I use the day to reenergize myself by OPT-ing OUT of the craziness of the crowded shopping centers. I run off a few more calories, if for nothing else than to make some more room for one more slice of sweet potato pie. My name is Lalicia Roman and I am a member of Black Girls Run! #OptOutside #sponsored
We are constantly amazed by the passion and support all of you bring to Black Girls RUN! Nation, and we want to continue building our community and inspiring women everywhere. As we grow Black Girls RUN!, we look to partner with people and brands who share our values, and we’re excited to work with Cricket Wireless during the LA Color Run — The Happiest 5k on the Planet.
Let’s face it, we have a lot on our plates. Work, kids, bills, errands, etc. The list is endless. We get pulled in so many different directions that sometimes we forget which path we want our life to take. It’s important that we pause and make time for ourselves—5 minutes of quiet time can go a long way.
Though life can be hectic, it’s important for us to look for ways to ease our stress. And, we understand that oftentimes our stress is related to our finances.
This week, we encourage you to look for ways you can take some of the stress out of your life. Set weekly or monthly savings goals. Look into a cell phone provider where you don’t have to worry about annual contracts, like Cricket Wireless. Create a weekly/monthly budget. If you’re looking at making a big purchase, do some online research to get the best bang for your buck. Weekly meal planning can help, too. And, while you’re at the grocery store, consider generic versus name brand. You can save a lot!
We know life can get away from us sometimes, but we have to make time for ourselves and keep our life on track. Take 5 minutes. Create a budget. Do the things you need to do to stay on course.
Join BGR! as we race through the LA Color Run and practice some much needed self-care with Cricket Wireless. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2zeinao. For more information on saving money on your phone bill, visit Cricket Wireless at www.cricketwireless.com.
By: Toni Carey (@toni_carey/@blackgirlsrun)
We've turned back the clocks and the official countdown to the end of the year has begun. See what I just did there? With a new j-o-b, finishing up yoga teacher training, and initiating "winter weigh down," Thanksgiving and Christmas are sure to be just a big blur. Matter of fact, I'm already thinking about holiday travel plans, 2018 and what I want to accomplish next year.
I'm not sure if this is a self-imposed urgency to skip Thanksgiving and Christmas to get to the new year, or if this is the over commercialization of the holidays...which all begins with Black Friday the day after Thanksgiving. Game plans to snag discounted big screens, pots and pans, and the latest toy begin Thanksgiving morning, and the entire "Day of Thanks" is used to strategize and plan when, where and how these said items will be secured. Whether it's shopping by proxy or camping outside any given retailer, Black Friday has turned Thanksgiving into simply "Pre-Black Friday".
It's one of the many reasons why I love that REI chooses to #OptOutside. The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, REI is closing all of its 149 stores and paying all 12,000+ employees to take the day off, because Thanksgiving is a time to reconnect with the people you love, in the places you love!
By: Angel Dee, BGR Boston! since 2013
On November 24th, I'm opting for the outdoors rather than subscribing to the frenzy that is "Black Friday". Focusing on my health, maintains my wealth by burning fat rather than a hole in my pocket and who doesn't enjoy that type of burn?
Here on the east coast of Massachusetts there are a plethora of riding paths, parks, trails, and beaches, and taking advantage of these gems has been a consistent theme in my life. Rejecting the pressures of frivolous spending by spending time getting fresh air, far outweighs the stress over the illusion of getting a deal. Getting from behind the computer screen has also helped me to establish tangible relationships with others who view their health as a top priorty.
I encourage others to do the same and #OptOutside!