At Black Girls RUN!, we’re all about chasing after our dreams. We’re excited to find a partner who shares that passion. On November 12, 2017, we will team up with Cricket Wireless for their Dream Tour 2017 LA Color Run and we encourage all of you--our sisters--to come out and join the fun.
Moving forward doesn’t always mean putting one foot in front of the other. Our goals can be mental, physical or spiritual. But, we believe they share something in common. The discipline, strength and balance—of both mind and body—that we get from running can help us pursue our dreams. After all, it doesn’t matter what our goals are, we all know it takes hard work and dedication to achieve them.
It’s important that we always keep moving forward, whether the steps are small or big. And that’s where having a strong community becomes critical. At BGR!, we support, motivate and celebrate each other. When we come together online, or at events like The Color Run, it reminds us that we have all the support we need to take on anything.
We know, it’s easy to say we can “take on anything”, but it’s so much harder to do it. How many times have you looked at your dreams and thought they are impossible to achieve? You feel overwhelmed and end up quitting before you begin. Or, you give up when things become tiring, inconvenient or difficult. We’ve been there, too. But, if we break down our goals into bite-sized steps, they become far less scary.
This week, we encourage each of you to really think about your goals. Visualize yourself reaching them. Think about the emotions you feel. Now, write down the steps you need to take to make those dreams a reality. Maybe it’s five, maybe it’s 100. Break your goals down into manageable steps, and you’ll start to see there’s a clear path toward reaching them.
Make a list, make a plan, and chase after your dreams. And, as Cricket Wireless says, you’ll have something to smile about in the end!
Join BGR! and Cricket Wireless at the LA Color Run and help us grow our community. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/2zeinao
It seems like just when you begin to feel the crispness in the air and the first hint of pumpkin spiced all things hit the shelves, we leap frog to Christmas decorations, holiday planning, and gift buying. Forget about all of the holidays (and regular days) in between, it's just a mad rush to Christmas shopping and December 25.
The older I get the more it becomes my least favorite time of year. The commercialization and hype of the holiday makes me feel, dare I say, a little jaded. The true meaning of the season is often lost in "let me one up you" gift giving".
And then you have Black Friday, which seems to start, earlier, and earlier each year. Years ago, when I worked in retail, I rarely saw the best in people as they snatched designer handbags from the shelves while they pushed and shoved each other. Not to mention, traveling to see family was pretty much a no-go since working that blessed day was mandatory.
But, guys, there is hope. REI is again shaking things up with its #OptOutside campaign, and 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!
I could not be more on board with REI's decision. This Black Friday (November 24), our wallets are taking a rest day and we will be outside enjoying nature and enjoying life. NEW this year we have planned events in several cities across the country, so be sure to stay tuned to attend an event near you!
We're encouraging you to shake things up a bit too and pass on the Black Friday chaos and head outside with your friends and family, for a walk, run, or simply a breath of fresh air.
Share how you will #OptOutside on Black Friday here. Don't forget to share your photos on Black Friday using hashtag #OptOutside #blackgirlsrun
A few months ago, when we started this series we were inspired by Shonda Rhimes' book, The Year of Yes. If you haven’t checked out the book, I won’t spoil it for you, but let’s just say its all about saying yes! Or more practically, its about saying yes to more things, more of the time. Now, at first glance that seems simple right, and truly it is. Until you take stock of how many times (and to how many things) you say no. Pause now to think about it. I bet you say no way more than you say yes. I’ll go even further and presume that you aren’t always saying no, as an act of self-care. Quite the contrary, I bet most times you are saying no out of fear, and loyalty to your routine.
Well ladies, today I want to challenge you to be bolder, more fearless, and more adventurous. The next time someone asks you to do something out of the ordinary, and you are even the least bit intrigued, say yes! Give yourself a chance to live the BIG LIFE you have always dreamed of. Fill your time with activities, books, people, and experiences that challenge you and help you grow, instead of things that keep you stuck and comfortable.
Say yes to a new run routine, a new cross training regimen, a new dietary choice, and maybe even a new fitness conference? Say yes to an alternative way of viewing things, to new perspectives, and new possibilities. Say yes….to MORE.
The 2017 Sweat with Your Sole Conference is a wonderful way to say yes to your personal growth and development. With a ton of great speakers, fitness classes, and a 5k/10k run, there is something for everyone. Join us in Philly!
Yesterday, the entire world paused to witness the “once in a lifetime,” cosmic marvel, that is a total solar eclipse. The energy was almost palpable as we all waited with baited breath to watch the moon slowly pass over the sun, an event that hasn’t occurred in over 99 years.
Here in Georgia, the experience was beyond surreal. First, we felt the temperature drop, then we heard the crickets begin to chirp, and then for 2.5 minutes the entire sky went so black that the street lights came on. Yet, if you ask me, that wasn’t the most beautiful thing about yesterday. The most beautiful thing about yesterday, was not only seeing, but feeling the entire country unite under one purpose for the first time in a long time. It was the absence of any hate speech or negativity on the news or radio, and all the smiles of wonder from children and adults alike. I must admit, I get chills thinking about it.
These past few weeks have not been easy on any of us, and sometimes being a “black girl,” in this world can be stressful. However, moments like yesterday remind us that amid something grand, we all have the capacity to put down our judgments, fears, and inhibitions to simply pause…look up…and marvel at a black sky.
This week ladies, I want to personally encourage each of you, to say yes to the tiny miracles in your life. Observe the subtle beauty of the plants, the air, and the ground beneath your feet. Say yes to the way our natural world not only supports, but nourishes us. Say yes to all the good that you’re surrounded by, and allow yourself to pause and remember how grand life is, was, and can be.
We are literally weeks away from our largest national meet up, Sweat with your Sole 2017. If you have not yet purchased your tickets, we encourage you to do so today. The conference won’t be the same without the energy that YOU bring.
If yesterday taught us anything it’s that…. everything is sweeter when we do it…together.
It's time to get Get Fall Fit with Skirt Sports!
Use your best resource to stay in shape - your community! Participate in the #GetFallFit with Skirt Sports campaign by posting your training over the next 4 weeks in your BGR! group or on your personal page. To sweeten the pot, Skirt Sports is offering 30% off their amazing products for real women. #preservethesexy #blackgirlsrun
The promo code is “BGR!30” (no quotations). You just put that code in the coupon box at checkout and it will apply a 30% discount. This code cannot be combined with other coupons. The discount ends September 11th.
Be sure to post your workouts this month and tag #skirtsports and #blackgirlsrun!
Happy Shopping & Happy Running!
It’s hot y'all. Really hot. In fact, here in Atlanta, it’s been close to or above 90 for the past week. We don’t know about you all, but when it's 90 degrees, we don’t feel very motivated to run. However, we all know that our goals don’t stop just because it’s hot. And we can’t simply NOT run for 3 months. So what do we do? We learn to work with the heat instead of against it.
Unfortunately, summer weather usually also means high humidity. Heat and humidity are a double-whammy. The higher the humidity, the more saturated the air is with water, and the harder it is for you to cool off because sweat simply cannot evaporate due to the already saturated air.
Because of this, it’s important to stay adequately hydrated and not just with water, but also with beverages that replace the electrolytes lost through sweating (think Gatorade or Powerade) those types.
Additionally, Runner’s World recommends the following:
We hope this helps! Feel free to comment with any of your favorite hot weather running tips!