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Who do you think you are?

Somewhere around 3rd grade, I became awkward girl.  Maybe it’s because we moved and I changed schools, maybe it would have happened at that age anyway.  Either way, I became the girl not comfortable in her own skin.  I became the girl picked last for EVERY sport and EVERY team in PE class.  (We don’t pick grammar teams that way, do we?)

So, my biggest struggle in getting active was ME.  I believed I didn’t have an athletic bone in my body.  I believed I was the slowest.  I believed I couldn’t do it.

Until one day, I thought, “Hey, maybe I’ll try.”  And that day, I started a Couch to 5K program.
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Bridget Edwards completed her first 5k in April 2012. She blogs about cookies and other dangerous treats on her blog, Bake at 350, bakeat350.blogspot.com.
Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - July 16, 2012 - 7:37 am

Love this post, Bridget!!! It’s so true that we do hold ourselves back from so many things by thinking “what we are not” rather than believing we can do just about anything we set our minds to. Mercy! I need to read this every. single. day!

Dara - July 16, 2012 - 8:27 am

What a poignant post, Bridget. This just shows that you can redefine yourself in any way when you really set your mind to it. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Kristen - July 16, 2012 - 8:33 am

I know exactly how this feels. I love how running has changed the inner core of who we are – we are changing our own history, and that is pretty darn awesome!

Maria - July 16, 2012 - 8:37 am

Thanks for sharing! Love that quote and I love how this group is changing lives-one step at a time!

Megan - July 16, 2012 - 8:42 am

I feel like that on so many days. I used to be so active back in high school and college, but after getting sidelined with a back injury I’m struggling to redefine myself again. Having so many strong, powerful, and absolutely awe-inspiring women in this group all doing the same thing makes this whole task so much easier. Well, easier being a relative term when you talk about running haha.

Bridget, thanks for laying it all out there for us. You’re a rockstar in so many people’s eyes.

Lori @ RecipeGirl - July 16, 2012 - 9:05 am

You are seriously one of my favorite people in the entire world, so the fact that you were picked last for teams when you were younger totally makes me sad. I’d pick you first! Great, motivational post today. You are awesome!

Angie @ Big Bear's Wife - July 16, 2012 - 9:49 am

Thank your for this post today Bridget. I needed this motivation today.

Carolyn - July 16, 2012 - 10:17 am

LOVE. IT. Nothing more needs to be said!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust - July 16, 2012 - 10:23 am

What an inspirational post! I totally agree. Those little voices in our heads need to go away – we can do anything we set our minds to!

Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - July 16, 2012 - 10:43 am

Absolutely right-on. Why not YOU?! And you are FIRST on my team, Bridget!

Naomi - July 16, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Love this open and honest post, Bridget!

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 16, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Totally! For being a little voice it sure speaks loudly, doesn’t it? Seems to be a constant battle. Some days I can hear it over the sound of the treadmill, but some days I can’t :)

Cara - July 16, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Bridget, this is an awesome post! I feel like you are talking to me… Who is that little voice in our heads who keeps chattering away?! Thanks, lady!

Katrina - July 16, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Love this! It’s hard getting started and telling yourself “I can.” But WE DID!!!

Renea - July 16, 2012 - 8:08 pm

Does the elliptical count? I think I may be able to do a 5k on the elliptical. The hilly roads around my house kick my butt, though.

Christine - July 16, 2012 - 8:19 pm

Honestly, that was very motivational! I’m sharing this with everyone. Bridget, you’re one cool Chickie!

kim - July 16, 2012 - 8:57 pm

I still tell myself those kinds of things every time I go to run. I’ve run 2 5k’s and still doubt I’ll be able to run but haven’t had to walk yet :)

Janine (sugarkissed.net) - July 16, 2012 - 10:11 pm

Eewwww… PE class… don’t remind me! Thank you for all the inspiration. Being a part of this group is truly making me push myself and KNOW I CAN DO IT!

Kathleen - July 16, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Found myself saying this the other day, glad there are so many supportive people to help me push through.

SMITH BITES - July 17, 2012 - 5:26 am

Even though I’m not part of the group, I think about all of you women every time I do a lap around my little cemetery in the mornings. It’s a wonderful gift you’re giving to the community Bridget – to be ok w/trying – trying something new – in the level of activity as well as a new way of thinking, a new way to see ourselves. Giving permission to try, to fail and to try again. You really are Wonder Women

Toni @ Carrigan's Joy - July 17, 2012 - 4:49 pm

I have cold chills…I needed this post! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

Mary Beth - July 17, 2012 - 7:30 pm

There are a bunch of us awkward girls, struggling to believe we can succeed. That our bodies won’t let us down. Thanks Bridget for helping us believe in ourselves.

Jennifer - July 18, 2012 - 8:50 pm

I can so relate, Bridget! When I was growing up my mom discouraged me from participating in athletics so I’ve always thought I would never be an athlete of any sort. 15 months ago, at age 54, I took the plunge and started Couch to 5K. I finished it and kept on running! I’m coming up on the anniversary of my first 5K in August and have done 10 of them this past year. What a thrill to say, “I AM AN ATHLETE! I AM A RUNNER! I CAN DO THIS!”

Wenderly - July 24, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Amen sister. Those voices can be deafening. And defeating…debilitating. We all have them and I’m here to say *no more*! I’m gonna run those voices right out the door! :)

Sock it to ya!

When it comes to gear needed for running, the list is pretty short. Thankfully. Great shoes are certainly at the top of that list, but a close second for me has got to be socks. I’ve only been running a fairly short time now, but I’ve come to appreciate a good sock. Even my favorite shoe can feel new again with a pair of fabulous socks. They’re certainly worth their weight in gold for me.

I thought I’d ask a few fellow red-faced runners to share about their favorite socks. Here’s what they have to say:

 

Cindy from Once Upon a Loaf likes DeFeet.
“Favorite socks? DEFEET. I wear these in diff styles almost exclusively. LOVE LOVE LOVE them and they last 10+ years of heavy wear. I kid you not.”
(I have some of these myself and totally agree with Cindy. I like low profile, but hate socks that slide down into the shoe. DeFeet’s little tabbed ones are a perfect combination for me.)

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Katrina - July 12, 2012 - 7:28 am

Great post, Amy! I really need to get myself some Notes to Self socks :) And winter socks too- looking into the Smart Wool ones for sure.

Renee - kudos kitchen - July 12, 2012 - 7:30 am

Very interesting. I guess I have never given my running socks too much thought. I am however anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Wonder Woman ones :)

Wenderly - July 12, 2012 - 7:49 am

Wow! Who knew that there were so many fun socks?

Kristen Doyle - July 12, 2012 - 8:14 am

Until you have a bad pair of socks when you are running, you don’t appreciate a really great pair of socks! I love my Notes to Self! Such fun options out there!

Maria - July 12, 2012 - 8:14 am

Socks are so important! Thanks for sharing Amy!

Dara - July 12, 2012 - 8:15 am

This is a great post, Amy! Once you find those perfect socks…the ones that don’t slip down or rub in funny places…you’ll never go back. These are all great recommendations.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts - July 12, 2012 - 8:21 am

I love my Motion socks (from Tradehome Shoes). But really my starting criteria is the added arch support! Great post, I love the Notes to self ones :)

bridget {bake at 350} - July 12, 2012 - 8:21 am

I love socks.

Karen @Living Low Carb - July 12, 2012 - 8:23 am

I don’t have a specific brand I like just as long as the material is a blend. I used to run in 100% cotton socks and I got really bad blisters. Switching socks definitely helped!

Carolyn - July 12, 2012 - 8:40 am

Socks are clearly a very personal preference! I’m all about the cheapies at Target, myself ;)

Toni @ Carrigan's Joy - July 12, 2012 - 8:43 am

This is certainly an area of running I haven’t given much focus. Thanks for the post, I’m definitely gonna be looking into picking up some good socks. :)

Kerry - July 12, 2012 - 12:25 pm

I really liked the sock recommendations! I never thought about socks making a difference. Can there also be a post about compression vs non-compression? Pants, tops, whatever…I have compression pants and top, that I like. But I am just starting out and would like to know what more experienced runners prefer! Maybe a post “What I could not run without…” Just ideas, I am new to running and could use all the info I could get! And I definitely over-analyze everything

Robin - July 12, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Speaking of socks, where can we get those awesome wonder woman socks? We should all wear them on September 8th and 9th, that would be really cool! Just a suggestion. :) Maybe y’all could sell them on this site, with some of the proceeds going towards a charity or something like that. Just a suggestion.

Carolyn - July 12, 2012 - 1:23 pm

We all ordered them online, but I will say…not so great for running in the heat. Those socks are not made to breathe. Just to look pretty!

Courtney G. - July 12, 2012 - 4:27 pm

I like the No nonsense ones I get at the grocery store. But I like the ones that have a little cuff on the top. if not they ride down when I run and I am only wearing a half of a sock by the time I am done. Would love to pick up the socks to match the group but then I would have to wear shorts… not sure I want to do that. LOL.

Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf - July 12, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Great post, Amy! This is a comprehensive guide for the sock shopper. I’m suddenly lemming some new ones…maybe I can add some back-up brands for my DeFeets? I’m game!! :)

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 12, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Yay for Champion socks! Target + Champion is pretty much my go-to for workout wear!

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 12, 2012 - 8:52 pm

I found caped wonder woman socks at 80stees.com and totally want to get them for race day. But I agree with Robin and would totally buy socks from RFR! :)

http://www.80stees.com/products/Wonder-Woman-Caped-Knee-High-Socks.asp

Robin - July 13, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Great post. Ordered some SmartWool socks today. Have some KentWool and they are great!

Robin

Christine - July 13, 2012 - 10:57 pm

I recently purchased the Nike Performance No-Show Socks from Kohls. I love them. Not only are they cushy but they are also moisture wicking. However, I may have to splurge on a pair of those Notes to Self. Clever idea. Wouldn’t it be cute if they designed some for RFR5K!

Lori @ RecipeGirl - July 14, 2012 - 4:49 am

Great post, Amy! I love any kind of thicker sock that is a “dry wick” kind of sock. Socks can really make a great big difference in how your feet feel during a run. I say, splurge on socks… and shoes too!

Jennifer - July 18, 2012 - 9:03 pm

I love Bridgedale Womens Lo socks. I like that there is a little padding on the sides of the foot, the heel, and especially like it on the top of the foot where you tie your shoes.

kim - July 20, 2012 - 4:51 pm

So excited to read this. Just ordered a pair of notes to self socks. My mother in law is also taking them to Korea as gifts. Can’t wait to get them and feel good helping a small business!

Welcome to the Red Faced Runners!
 Let’s Do This Thing!

Welcome to the kick-off of the Red Faced Runners site! A couple of weeks ago, eleven women donned Wonder Woman socks and running gear, and wrote posts on their blogs, inviting you to be a part of something special. A challenge. We challenged you to move your bodies and join in on our journey by running your way towards a 5k race in your hometown on the weekend of September 8th. Little did we expect what happened next.
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Maria - July 9, 2012 - 7:47 am

YAY! Love the new site and I am loving this group!!

Jenny Flake - July 9, 2012 - 8:33 am

How cute ladies!! After this baby, you better believe I’ll be running red faced with y’all :) Keep it up! xoxo

TidyMom - July 9, 2012 - 8:40 am

So excited to have the support of all you guys! I. CAN. DO. THIS.

Stefanie - July 9, 2012 - 8:40 am

I love the new site. Thanks to all the ladies for the encouragment that I have received everyday I post my red faced picture. I’m proud to call myself a runner.

Rebecca - July 9, 2012 - 8:48 am

I love this! I’m not a runner but I’m a red-faced Pilates-er so I’m here in solidarity! This is such a great idea!

Angie - July 9, 2012 - 8:49 am

I love that you’ve started a blog/site for this! I’m adding the button to my blog now :)

Heidi @foodiecrush - July 9, 2012 - 9:06 am

Okay, okay! You’ve convinced me. I’ll put down the cheese and get it in gear. Love how inspirational you lovelies are and this site will be just the ticket to help motivate many!

Kristen - July 9, 2012 - 9:11 am

Yay!!!

marla - July 9, 2012 - 9:14 am

LOVE THIS!!! You gals are awesome ~ I will cheer you all on from the sidelines!!!

Shawn - July 9, 2012 - 9:17 am

Love this post Dara! You did a wonderful job! Now lets get running! :)

Cassie - July 9, 2012 - 9:25 am

How awesome are you guys! This is so great!!

Lori Lange - July 9, 2012 - 9:25 am

Yahoo! So exciting to see the site up and “running” (har har!) Let’s inspire and get fit! XO

Janine (sugarkissed.net) - July 9, 2012 - 9:29 am

Lovin all the motivation!

Megan - July 9, 2012 - 9:33 am

This is absolutely fantastic ladies!! I’m so inspired to keep at it. Thanks for everything – 40 days til my wedding and I’m going to rock the dress thanks to y’all!!

Toni @ Carrigan's Joy - July 9, 2012 - 9:44 am

An awesome site and I’m so excited to be apart of this great group! Can’t wait to read all the great tips and get to know everyone!!

Happy Running…

Karyn - Pint Sized Baker - July 9, 2012 - 10:24 am

This is great! I’m loving my swimming routine this summer, but will be back inside as the heat subsides in the fall. Best of luck to all the ladies! (Are there any guys yet?)

Jocelyn @BruCrew Life - July 9, 2012 - 10:45 am

I love this!!!!! You girls are definitely keeping me motivated to run by butt off! I am so excited to be a part of this too:-)

Renee - Kudos Kitchen - July 9, 2012 - 11:07 am

I’m thrilled to be a part of such an inspriational group of women. I’ve always wanted to do something like this but always felt it was bigger than anything I could handle on my own. Now I’m not on my own and it feels fantastic to have the support and encouragement! Love the site. Thanks so much for putting it together. It will be my safe haven and the push I’m sure I will need from time to time to keep running forward.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets - July 9, 2012 - 11:10 am

I hate running, really I do. But you girls have motivated me to do the couch to 5k and join the red faces!! Happy to say I completed week 3, early, because I just kept going! Keep it up ladies!

Shaina - July 9, 2012 - 11:42 am

Love it! I need to get off my butt and join you. SO inspiring!

Michelle - July 9, 2012 - 11:54 am

LOVE the inspiration and the fact that we’re all regular girls working to get healthy! I never thought running would be something I desired to do, but here I am running 2.5 – 3 miles a day with visions of someday doing a half marathon. How I’m enjoying being a red-faced runner!

Sandi - July 9, 2012 - 12:19 pm

Great idea!

Jennifer S E - July 9, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Great job Ladies! You really are inspiring. I thought of you all the other day after running/walking my first 4 miles and feeling great! I thought I should post my RFR pic on instagram but didn’t realize that this was an “everybody”thing (I didn’t want to be a creepy RFR5K stalker lady) :) Anyway, I think it is great that you all are doing this – taking the time to inspire others whom you don’t know. This is a gift you’ve given to all of us and I thank you. Keep up the great work (and running!)

Krista - July 9, 2012 - 12:57 pm

I’m running right along with you ladies! Great site!

Carolyn - July 9, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Looking forward to training “with” everyone!!!

Aimee @ Menus and Meals for Moms - July 9, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Just checked and the real feel here in Georgia is 101 degrees. Heading out to do my run on the treadmill at the gym! Even with the comfort of the A/C, I’ll still be red faced when I’m done! Happy Monday Running!

Amy - July 9, 2012 - 3:37 pm

So excited to see everyone who is joining in the red faced fitness fun! YAY! The more, the merrier!

Wenderly - July 9, 2012 - 3:53 pm

I just LOVE everything about this idea!! And I especially *love* the Wonder Woman socks. I gotta get me a pair of those.

Julie - July 9, 2012 - 4:20 pm

This TV season my family was glued to “The Biggest Loser” every week because my Uncle Roy (aka Santa) was a contestant. It is amazing how inspiring it is to watch other people push themselves into a healthy lifestyle! So my family joined the YMCA and we have been working out ever since. I hate running, but i like the health benefits of it, so count me in! I want to stay inspired by joining you ladies!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust - July 9, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Yay! I’m so excited for this…it’s keeping me motivated! Thank you!

bridget {bake at 350} - July 9, 2012 - 5:23 pm

So, so fun! Dara….love the first post. Perfect!

Katrina - July 9, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Dara you are one who pulled this rag-tag group of food lovers together. xoxo We love you so much. I’m so honored to be a part of something life-changing like this!

Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta - July 9, 2012 - 10:31 pm

I am so crazy excited for this!! I just got back into running in the last month and this is exactly the kind of think I need to motivate myself to take it to the next level, thank you so much!

Tickled Red - July 10, 2012 - 12:39 am

Wahoo!! You go girls! Love, love, love this site and the motivation that you have spread throughout our community. xoxo

Diane {Created by Diane} - July 10, 2012 - 2:32 am

LOVE it! Love every inch of it. I don’t like to run, but I do it :) and now seeing you all join together it is encouraging to run even more!

Beth G - July 10, 2012 - 8:28 am

i love this idea, even if i am not much of a runner. but i am a VERY fast walker, so that has to count for something (i hope!). i got my sorry self out of bed before dawn today and ran-walked pretty darn close to 3 miles. not bad for my first go!

Kristen - July 10, 2012 - 10:46 am

@Beth Walking is moving and that totally counts. Way to get out of bed and just do it!! I’m proud of you :)

Kim - July 10, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Hello! I am so excited about this group! I am a 35year old mother of 2, new to running. I have never particiapted in a race of any distance, but would love to complete a half marathon some day. I will have many questions, I can’t wait to be insprired by everyone!

Tasha @ThatsSoYummy - July 10, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Wow! This is so inspiring and really makes me want to get back out there and get my Red Face on… So proud of you girls!!!’

Christine - July 10, 2012 - 6:47 pm

I’m thrilled to be joining the group. I’ve been participating in 5ks off and on for some time now. I found a 5k in my area for Sept. 8th that runs through the Francis Marion National Forest. From pavement to the forest floor, watch out critters, here I come! I look forward to the journey with everyone.

Liz v. - July 10, 2012 - 8:31 pm

My Girlfriend & I ran a 5k in may…and now we are running a 10k this weekend!!(we have NOT been runners previously, so we are super excited about this!). And thank you, ladies, bc we have found a lot of inspiration in your blogs. We are very red faced and proud of it :)

Sarah L. - July 11, 2012 - 1:01 pm

I’ve NEVER been a runner. Always the slowest kid in class, I’ve pretty much loathed it since grade school, but, tired of whining about my body and not doing anything about it, I started the Couch 2 5k program on Sunday. I’m only a few days in and I’m already feeling better about myself for committing and doing my best. I just want to take care of myself, shed ten pounds and not be miserable doing it. This site makes me feel inspired to keep it up. Thanks ladies!

Memoria - July 12, 2012 - 6:02 am

What about the folks who could never be red-faced? The group title excludes us. :(

Kristen - July 12, 2012 - 7:09 am

Memoria – Naturally this group is open to anyone who just needs some motivation and inspiration when it comes to getting fit. Red faced or not, you and anyone wanting to get fit is more than welcome! We hope you’ll join us :)

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