November is Awesome!

I know, I know, it’s an unwelcome month when it comes to weather. We in the Pacific Northwest are just now receiving the gifts of our true autumn – i.e., the onset of nine months of rain. Around the world, (well, in our hemisphere anyway) we simultaneously squeal with happiness about the upcoming holidays and groan as we think of the many plights of winter.

But cheer up! There are SO many reasons to love November.

Movember – (and No Shave November) – This is one of the most unique fund raisers I’ve ever seen. Even in Portland, where ironic mustaches abound for miles, the ‘staches come out of the woodwork in support of a cure for prostate cancer. It’s a creative and hilarious way to encourage awareness and raise funds for a serious cause. There are the usual ways to participate, like donating funds and, of course, growing your own ‘stache, but there are also ways for “mo sistas” and those of “Generation Mo” who are unable to grow bewhiskered finery, such as Mo Running events, Mo Parties, and utilizing social media to get the word out. #Movember

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Blogember – This is a great way to stretch those writing muscles, especially if you’re not participating in NaNoWriMo. You must write every day, whether it is from a list of prompts, or on topics from your very own noggin. Check out the Blogember link above to get some fantastic ideas. Happy writing!

NaNoWriMo – You know I had to give this its own section. I love love LOVE this program. Not only is it fun to write a terribly horribly mad-scramble novel in 30 days, but it is also a great platform for the fundraisers that the Office of Letters and Light put on for the writers of our future generations.

Thanksgiving! Enough said.

GO H.A.R.D. – Hug a Runner Day – (November 20) You all should know by now that I love running…and hugging…and if you didn’t know, here is a picture of my 2013 Halloween costume. Hug Therapist! That makes it official. So go on, hug your runner friends tightly on November 20th and spread the mutha-huggin love.



Speaking of running (I had to save the best for last), my last reason November is awesome is that I’m doing a REGISTRATION GIVEAWAY for the HOT CHOCOLATE RUN! That’s right! Free stuff! Wooo!

What is the Hot Chocolate Run? Well, you should have read my last blog post about it, but if you didn’t, here’s the scoop. You choose a 5k or 15k distance. You choose the city you want to run in. The beneficiary is Ronald McDonald House Charities. The race ends with CHOCOLATE. I’m talking a LOT of it. In fact, don’t take my word for it, read it straight from the website:

The chocolate really begins to flow at the Post Race Party where runners enjoy music, a family friendly kid-zone (complete with bounce houses and games) and a finisher’s mugs filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and tasty dippable treats! 

And did you see the goody bag??



But wait! There’s more. If you don’t happen to win the free registration, you can sign up using my promo code CURIOUSMUG and get even more super cool swag! Join me in Seattle in March 2014 or choose from one of 13 other cities (For my Ohio buddies, this includes Columbus – and it’s next week!).

How do you enter this fabulous giveaway? Simply leave a comment on this post telling me why you started running. Let’s see em, people. You have until November 12th to enter. That’s next Tuesday, so get cracking! I will notify the winner next week. Good luck!

40 thoughts on “November is Awesome!

  1. Well, I started running in college to quit smoking. It was very motivational when I couldn’t breathe after 1/4 mile of jogging at 7,000 ft. 15 years and 5 marathons later, I continue to run to fend off hereditary depression, stay in touch with friends, and to feel joy!

  2. I started running this past May because my personal trainer told me I had to. I told her I hated running, and she told me she didn’t care. I am so glad she made me, because I am totally addicted now. I am currently signed up to run my first half marathon this December. 🙂

  3. I started running because Brooke Snelling made me. Literally. And now, after years and YEARS of her nagging me to run, I’m one of those ridiculously annoying people who gets up at 5:30 to make sure they get their run in. If I didn’t like it so much, I’d be ticked.
    PS – I vote Chocolate Chicks!

    1. I started running at the end of my freshman basketball season. They made us run so many line drills during basketball practice that I was just curious how far I could make it. I ran 3 miles that first day, and then I went out again the next day. I think half the reason I run to this day is simply the internal challenge to see how far I can go before I have to stop. I sound kind of like Forest Gump. Oh well, that’s my story. Oh, and now I like to see how far I can make other people run before they want to stop. You’re welcome, Alicia Harvey!

  4. I can’t wait unit I can say I love to run and get up at 5 am to make sure I get my run in for the day 🙂

  5. I quit smoking exactly 2 months ago! Time to get healthier, and eat more chocolate 🙂 would love to “walk” that race 🙂

  6. I started running because one day I woke up and thought “today is the day I begin my jouney towards a better and more healthy me”! Since that day I have accomplished mire than I ever dreamt I could. The online fitness community has been amazing and I have acquired a few in real life running friends!

  7. (I’m not sure if my original comment went through b/c I got an error page after clicking post comment. So sorry, if this is a repeat!)
    I started running because one day I woke up and thought “today is the day I begin my journey to a happier, healthier and all around better me!” Since then I have been running regularly and have been amazed at all the wonderful people I have met in the online fitness community. Some have even become my in real life friend. 🙂

  8. I started running to get fit… and because I thought a Disney race would be a good excuse for a vacation at Walt Disney World.

  9. I started running because I have a friend who was morbidly obese and she lost over 100 pounds by running and working out. She’s my main inspiration.

  10. I started walking to improve my health. I could only walk around the block when I first started. I slowly built up enough stamina and lost some weight that allowed me to actually begin jogging. And I have done a few 5k’s and one 10k over the past year and a half. Looking forward to hopefully winning this entry so I can give 15k a shot. Thanks.

  11. I started running because I wanted to prove to myself that I can accomplish great things. I have always been athletic; ever since I can remember I have played sports. Basketball, soccer and track were my big high school sports. (Basketball being the best). But as I grew into adulthood, I struggled to find the right mode of exercise. Team sports are harder to come by the older you get, especially with that same youthful camaraderie. And the gym just doesn’t cut it for me. So I would run. Sporadically. But finally this past year, I decided I wanted to run forreal. I had several awesome bad ass female friends around me just taking on these amazing feats of runningdom and I knew I could do it too. I knew I had that same tenacity. But, I am a notorious self-sabtoger. Always telling myself “I can’t” or “I am not”. As I approach my 30th birthday, I wanted to tell myself I can. So I created a list of thirty things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned thirty; and I blog about it ( One of the things on my list was to run a half marathon. A month ago, tomorrow, I did. I ran my first half marathon and it was one of the most moving experiences of my life. I cried the whole way through and sobbed at the end. I started really running to prove something to myself and I did. Now I know, that “I can” and “I am” and that those lies were never true.

  12. I started running in 2010, shortly after the birth of my first son. After having Dominic I started having major back issues and was in constant pain every day. I started researching exercises and ways to rebuild specific muscle structure in my hips and pelvic area, in order to reverse the back pain.
    Also, a few of my girlfriends (Alice, Chrissy, CK) were really getting into running as well. I googled running programs and came across Couch to 5k. It spoke to me! The very next day I laced up my shitty sneakers (and I mean shitty) and I started. From there I never looked back. And, at that point it was the ONLY exercise that didn’t leave me in tear inducing pain.
    Eventually my back began healing and my hips began working hard to repair the damage done. Between running, PT and a few other types of strength training my back is 80% recovered. Something I never thought I would see 2 years ago.
    To date I have run 4 Half Marathons (One while I was 4.5 months pregnant running right along side the beautiful Becky Swank), 2 Relays and 10 5k’s. When you put your mind to something and you are willing to put in the hard work….anything is possible. It can sound so cliche but it is so very true.

  13. I started running to improve my life because I have a three year old son and I was having touble keeping up with him. When he naps, I run. It has been tough squeezing in time to workout but I do it for me amd for him.

  14. I ran track in high school but put on a substantial amount of weight between then and now. Went in for an annual checkup and found I had very high cholesterol. My Dr. suggested I get back into running and it’s been all downhill since then. haha. I have fallen back in love with running and this sounds like a fun run to do.

  15. Almost 5 yeats ago I started running to keep up with my ’27 new best friends’ courtsey of the Hash House Harriers. I was new to life on Philadelphia and I knew that I would acclimate better through a social edevor. It was one of the best things I ever did, and I’ve never looked back!

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