Oops, I ran a marathon

accidental marathonUsually runners who participate in a marathon go through months of preparing and training. And blogging about their training.

Not Dutch Dennis Hübner!

For a year he ran 5 miles per week to get himself ready for a 10K.

But somehow, somewhere he took a wrong turn, and found himself surrounded by runners who were participating in the Rotterdam Marathon. Embarassed about his mistake Dennis decided there was only one thing he could do to save face: finish the damn thing.

And then he did. In a respectable 5 hours.

‘Stopping wasn’t an option,’ Dennis said afterwards.

Which just goes to show how important your mental state is during a marathon!

Failing by example

running moms

Wrong! This is setting a BAD example.

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother,’ Woody Allen sighed. Demonstrating a fine example of Mommy Blaming!

Now there’s another thing mom’s can be blamed for! Brace yourself, here it comes: Moms may be a contributing factor to the country’s rampant growth of obesity.

How come you ask?

Let me tell you.

Moms move their bodies about 11 hours less per week

A certain professor Archer studied 50.000 activity logs. These activity logs were collected by the American Heritage Time Use Study over an impressive period of 45 years. Activity logs were then compared. And it turns out moms with children aged between 5 and 18 move about on average 20,9 hours per week. That doesn’t sound too bad. But wait till you hear how much moms moved in 1965!  About 31 hours per week!

Who’s to blame? Let’s play the blame game

Luckily, besides moms, there’s something else to blame. This time it’s that damned technology! The technology that brought us nifty machines. Like washing machines and vacuumers. Because of them, doing the housework became easier, and requires less physical exertions.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, then came the internet! And cheap television sets. That’s when moms’ numbers hit rock bottom.

Mom is leading by bad example

According to professor Archer the fact that moms move about less, is a contributing factor to the country’s growing number of people with weight problems. Moms are setting a bad example.

Running Moms are not to blame!

I worry about all kinds of stuff. But this little tidbit of news, I didn’t mind. Because as a mom who likes to run, I know I’m definitely offering my kids the right example.

I’m showing them the importance of exercise every day.

So there!

Put a sock in it!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of My Soxy Feet for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Socks with some good advice

As a runner I was willing to accept the importance of the right shoes. I also got the need for special running clothes. You know, the kind that transports your sweat away from your skin.

But when I heard socks were also an issue, I’d had enough. I wanted to put a sock in it.

The socks did it!

Because I didn’t care about socks. I bought myself some sneaker socks at the local supermarket, and figured they’ld do just fine. And then I got blisters… At first I blamed the shoes. But they went all ‘innocent until proven guilty’ on me. And as it turned out, they were indeed innocent. It was the socks that did it!

The importance of being wearing the right sock

Turns out, socks do matter! In fact they’re very important. For one thing they should be from the same kind of material you need for your running clothes. The right socks can even protect your feet from the impact of them hitting the ground during a run.

So as I grudgingly started to acknowledge that I had to get some good quality socks I stumbled upon this great website. It’s worth a visit just because of  the cute name: My Soxy Feet. Get it? They made a word joke! Soxy instead of foxy. I love a good pun.

Soxy feet. Get it?!

What I loved most about the socks on My Soxy Feet is that they’re cute and fun. They’re not boring. Each pair is uniquely designed with a different theme and an inspirational message and some even have a charity affiliation. They make you wanna buy them, just because they’re so cute. My favourites are the ‘Naughty and nice’ socks. Look:

soxy feet socks

They cost 12 bucks, and look very Christmassy.

Mismatched socks

I don’t know about you, but in our house, we have this BIG basket of socks that have lost their mate. So my kids often have to wear mismatched socks. I love that Soxy Feet socks are suppose to look like a mismatch! That’s gonna save me a whole lot of headache!

My Soxy Feets specs

Okay, so they look really cute. But now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What are their specs? Do they have what it takes to be runners’ socks? I’m glad to say they check every box!

  • Soxy Feet socks are woven with Cool Max, so they keep your feet dry, and NOT smelling of sweat
  • They’re suitable for all kinds of sports, not just running
  • They also come in kneesocks
  • They’re from ecomade fibers
  • They allow your feet to breathe thought a mesh top
  • Minimal seams, so no risk of chafing
  • They offer extra sole cushion for comfort and durability.
  • Because of the nylon and lycra the sock will stay firmly put, and not start wandering around like a two year old toddler!

Who invented Soxy Feet?

The best products usually come from people who have hands on experience. When it comes to parenting I love products invented by moms. And when it comes to running, the best stuff comes from other runners. In this case from Melissa Corp.

Melissa was out on a run one day, when she looked down at her feet. She was wearing plain, white running socks. Suddenly it hit her: those boring white socks were a great canvas to offer other runners inspiration. And that was the start of My Soxy Feet.

Apart from inspiring other runners, Melissa also shares a percentage of all sales to National Breast Cancer Foundation, ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors Assoc.) Pet Rescues, Boston 1 Fund and Hurricane Sandy victims.

Me and my Soxy Feet

I’m going to wear my Soxy Feet during my next run. Wearing something new, always adds a frisson to my runs! I don’t know if that’s because I’m a girl. But it suits me fine!

Want to know more?

What kind of socks would you like to see on Soxy Feet?  I’ve come up with this one: ‘If you liked it then you should have put a sock on it’.