DublinIsHome

May = #BikeMonth

First, let me say that I am not a ‘cyclist.’

I don’t have a fancy bike, don’t know the rules of the road and just found out a few days ago that biking isn’t as “social” as running (did you know when biking, you should not ride side by side and gab?!)  I don’t own those nicely padded biker shorts, although I hear they are super comfy.  And when I was a kid, helmets weren’t a thing.  But now, biker safety is a priority so I’m trying to be a good role model and started wearing one… just last week.  If you have tips on how to make a 15 month old keep hers on, send them my way.

BUT. I don’t have to be an expert to promote a fun month!

Our garage is full of various contraptions including three bikes, two trikes, a buggy/trailer and we just ordered a WeeRide co-pilot for our four year old (he’s been eagerly waiting for the package to come for days, I’m a sucker for free shipping!)  We enjoy cruising around Dublin as a family, seeing the sights, all while getting some fresh air & exercise. We live in an amazing community with TONS of bike paths – formally referred to by me as running paths.  Dublin has been awarded a “Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze” for several years from the League of American Bicyclists.

On a recent outing to Amberleigh park, we noticed a large sticker on the ground.

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We literally stumbled upon it and I’m glad my daughter took interest in it.  Come to find out, Dublin is promoting bike month with a fun scavenger hunt!  The campaign is called Brake Here for Bike Month & the website reads, “National Bike Month – Where will the ride take you in Dublin?”  Ten pins (stickers as my kids call them) have been placed around the parks and miles of bike paths.  Find all ten, post to your favorite social media platform with the hashtag #bikeDublin and be entered to win… ready for it?  A Trek bike! I won’t retire my retro looking Schwinn for good, but maybe I would take more of an interest in duathlons!

We are halfway through and have found five of the pins, visiting Amberleigh, Kiwanis RiverWay, Field of Corn, Emerald Parkway tunnel and Coffman Park.  Follow us on Instagram to check out our biking adventures @LivingFitColumbus and make sure to tag us as you make your own adventures!  Ride on Columbus!

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FORE! Miler race recap – M3S Sports & Ohio Health

Wow, its been too long!  Between learning to juggle two kids, going back to work after maternity leave and then a much needed vacation in Florida, life has been crazy and chaotic (in a good way, just doesn’t leave much time for blogging!)

Recently a bunch of Living Fit gals, along with tons of other Cbus runners, participated in the FORE! Miler race.  It was the second year for the event and we hope to run it every year.  M3S always puts on awesome events and this one was no exception!  It was a great run and a superb after party which included a live band, a drink ticket and of course, lots of photos (download yours for free HERE).

My personal goal was just to finish and have fun as this was my first four mile run post-baby.  We also had three pregnant mommas with us ~ Christine, Lauren and Gretchen ~ who brought their bumps along for the run. Below is a photo recap of this fantastic event. The first few are courtesy of Cap City Sports Media and the rest are from a trusty iPhone 5. 🙂

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Loved that my bib was 614, representing Cbus!  

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Shout Out // FORE! Miler 2015

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What a fun race!

I don’t normally take so many photos and don’t always do a post-race recap, but this one was special.  This was the first FORE miler inaugural event.  If you’ve been to Dublin, you know how important The Memorial is.

I grew up here and the tournament each year was a HUGE event!  Many of our parents would let us miss school to attend and one of my best friends lived on the course, hosting the best tournament weekend each and every year.  So I was excited that the annual golf event had added something I was actually decent at… anyone that knows me knows that I can’t golf!

The race was HOT, but other than that, it was awesome!

Here are some things we loved;

1.  The experience. As listed above, I have a personal love for the tournament and basically Dublin in general.  #DublinIsHome!  Winding through the streets of Muirfield was great.  Only in Dublin, will you see runners sporting full golf outfits and porta-potties with six-panel doors and hardwood floors.

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2.  The swag!  The medals, tshirts, beverage ticket, practice round ticket… it was all great!

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3.  Post-race PARTY!  It was a blast.  A band, beverages, the beauty of the course… awesome time!

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4. Race Director, Mr Babner.  Not only is he the owner of M3S Sports, but he is also a Dublin resident!  He was out on the course, cheering people on and being awesome.  We interviewed him last year, check it out HERE.  Also loving photo-bombing guy in background…

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5.  Friendships and photo-ops.  Okay, these can happen at every race, but the pictures are truly the most important part of any event.  What else do you have to remember it all by? And check out our custom Living Fit Columbus tanks by Bend Active ~ Run, Yoga, Repeat!

Overall ~ We had a great time, a great race [in spite of the heat, still finished around 36 minutes, just over a 9 min pace] and would love to make it an annual event.

See you at Emerald City!