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12K’s of the Holidays: Tag Fünf

December 13, 2010

I–SBS–write about gear for a living, yet I never tire of trying new stuff. I’m currently writing reviews of athletic shoes, workout DVDs, running socks, and baby car seats (nope, not testing those myself!). Not only do I love poking, prodding, and playing with new things, but it’s fun seeing testers trying stuff as well. Some folks get absolutely giddy when I tell them I’ve got a new pair of trail running shoes for them to test or a pair of socks. (Dimity’s husband, in fact, typed, “Goodie!” to me when I recruited him via email for some last-minute runs in some socks.)

It’s no wonder, really: It’s amazing the effect a new something-something can make on a run. A new iPod Shuffle, some new running gloves, a fresh tee, or even a pair of speed laces. The one-foot-in-front-of-the-other motion is identical, the miles the same distance, the hills still as steep, the cold just as sharp on the lungs, yet with a new piece of gear, it all seems so new and fun.

What gave you a spring in your step on a run lately? It doesn’t have to be gear—it could be a sympathetic running partner, an engaging podcast you just downloaded, an unclaimed dollar bill on the sidewalk, or your 4th-grader biking alongside of you.

Sole socks: as comforting to your soles as running is to your soul.

Your response will put you in the hopper for a chance to be one of eight winners to win two pairs of performance Sole Socks. Winners will take home a two-pack combo of the ultra-thin lightweight sport, which are great for warmer runs, and the super soft dual layer, which have two layers to keep blisters at bay. Dimity and I first started crushing on these silky-smooth, lightweight socks when we were training for our 2007 marathon. Although they’re great technical socks, our favorite part is the “Love + Thanks” which is stitched into on the inside cuff every sock–a perfect sentiment to feed your feet and mind as you head into the world.

Ready to get a kick out of these SOLE socks? What has you springing on runs these days?


Winners of the 9 Headsweats Ultralite Hats–and their (previous) favorite pieces of go-to gear are–

1. Annet Maurer: My new sports bra! Although it is much bigger than I anticipated when I got fitted (figured I’d be a C, maybe a D, and it was an E!!), it holds them in like no one’s business – they aren’t going anywhere. It was the RLAM book that told me #1 was a good bra and yup, it is what has made the difference in feeling good when running – whereas before I was sore and uncomfortable, now I can just concentrate on getting more fit. I’ll need another one soon but will hopefully be down a size or two before the next one!!

2. eep: I have a great pair of socks that I got as part of the swag from my very first race, a Thanksgiving 8K. They are horribly ugly; since they are Thanksgiving socks they are burgundy and gold, and have a turkey on the ankles. They match nothing in my running wardrobe. But they are comfortable and remind me of my first race.

3. Sandi: I can’t run without my IPod and I love my new “Badass Mother Runner” shirt that I purchased from this site! (S. Dressel)

4. Anitra: I always have my fuel belt palm holder. Though my favorite is not clothing or gear it is my James Avery Necklace that says Mommy. Have to have it on.

5. Rhonda: I LOVE, LOVE my new New Balance WT-100′s. I have been coveting these at the outlet, and (shhh, don’t tell my husband) bought them before my 790′s were worn out. My justification–I could use a pair of black sneakers to wear with jeans, and the 790′s are perfect!

6. Jules: My sunglasses! I feel naked if I run without them!

7. Barb Anderson: My Sugoi running tights that are wind resistant! These were not cheap, but I am so happy I splurged last year as they are really helping out with this early winter weather we are having!

8. Lauren: There’s a long-sleeve tech T I’ve had since 2006 or 2007 that is perfectly long enough for my height and my long arms — I love it and wear it as often as possible! The funny thing is, I never even ran that race — the director absconded with all the funds and was never heard from again!

9. Emeliee: My black REI gloves. They are slim fitting and stylish, but keep my fingers toasty in any type of weather. Living in Utah, they are absolutely necessary, though for only about 5 months of the year. The best part is that they are super easy to throw in the washer when they start to smell stinky from all the sweaty head wipes they endure!

Congrats, congrats! E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com with the words “Headsweats winner” in the subject line and your address in the e-mail, and we’ll get them a rollin’ on out to you.

283 Comments leave one →
  1. December 13, 2010 3:31 am

    A new playlist always does it for me. That and a little bit of fresh snow cover.

  2. Megan permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:57 am

    A new piece of running gear always does it for me. My bf and running partner gave me a Nike top that says “Run” on it as a spontaneous gift and whenever I wear it I get a little extra motivation. It makes me feel like she believes in me and I can push myself a little harder.

  3. Anje permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:00 am

    New music always does it for me!

  4. SueM permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:17 am

    A spring in my step recently came with my eight marathon and my first BQ! It took me awhile, but I finally got there. Lots of hard work, tempo runs, 50-60 mile weeks and I made it. I qualified on November 7 and I’m still feeling the glow!

  5. Lizzie permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:22 am

    My three kids definitely put that spring in my step this week- as I left for my run I looked back to see their smiling faces in the kitchen window and heard my three-year-old say “Go Mom Go! I know you can do it!” Priceless.

  6. Carrie B permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:32 am

    Running in 25 degree weather while getting crazy looks from the cars passing by gave me spring to my step (run) this week. It made me think to myself, “Yes, I am a badass mother runner! How ’bout you?!?”

  7. Sandi permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:34 am

    I am changing up my Ipod playlist more often and that is keeping me going. While running I think about a goal I have for next summer and that helps me perform better.
    S. Dressel

  8. Catrina permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:38 am

    For me, really anything new. Once I get something new, a new pair of socks, a new fleece jacket, new pair of shoes, a new playlist, all I can think of is when I can try them out on a run!

  9. December 13, 2010 4:42 am

    I have to say I love listening to The Marathon Show when I’m running solo. It keeps me motivated, entertained, and inspired. Gear-wise, I LOVE my Smart Wool socks-they wick moisture, but are very warm and cushiony!

  10. December 13, 2010 4:46 am

    It’s dumb dumb dumb… but it worked. Last winter I kept going out on runs and my top would be toasty from the layers but my calves and ankles would be cold. What I needed, I decided, was a pair of leg warmers. Trouble is I haven’t owned a pair of leg warmers since 1982. So, I went through my family’s outdoor gear bin and found a pair of my husband’s thick, tall, wool socks. I slit the seams out of the toes, pulled those puppies all the way up to my knees (over my running pants, of course) and I was good to go. It was delightful to run with snuggy feeling legs. Cut to Saturday… my first run this year with the faux-legwarmers…. that good feeling has not faded a bit! Maybe that good feeling is just the cheapskate in me delighting in saving some money…. but I think it’s the wool.

  11. AndiCat permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:48 am

    Lately it’s been (don’t laugh) Billy Joel. He reminds me I’m only human and not to forget my second wind. 🙂

  12. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:56 am

    a recent trail run with one “old” friend and one “new” friend. The three of us have registered to run an 11 mile trail race together in Feb ’11. Trails are new to me and I hardly ever run with friends, so this was invigorating for more than one reason. The weather was perfectly chilly, running the trails were fun and surprisingly easier on me than I expected, having someone to chat with made the run seem shorter, AND… I had a major (tire) blow out on the highway on my way to meet my friends (but made it to the shoulder just fine), so I had some stress to work through.

    Suddenly an old Girl Scout song plays through my head: ♫ Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.

  13. KOTurner permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:04 am

    My black and white striped running gloves! $1.50 for a 2 pack at Target. They add a little bit of funk to my early morning run.

  14. Anne permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:06 am

    A good friend started running this summer and we try to do longer runs together. We also have been signing up for races together and that is enough to get me going! Love having a friend to run with, makes the miles fly by!

  15. December 13, 2010 5:07 am

    Coming in first in my age group (55-59) in a 5k on Saturday! Yippee! And a PR… Of course if I’d been 60+ I wouldn’t have stood a chance… there was a wicked fast 63 yr old…

  16. December 13, 2010 5:12 am

    Definitely my choco fleur running skirt from It was warmer and that paired with my hot pink tech tee made me feel super-cute. I swear you run better if you feel cute!

  17. December 13, 2010 5:17 am

    For me it is seeing all the Christmas lights while I am out driving at night! I just love to see the decorations because this is my favorite time of year!

  18. Ali permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:18 am

    I am headed to Hawaii for New Years – so the thought of putting on a swim suit gives me a little extra motivation.

  19. Chaya permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:21 am

    A recent tempo run that had me leaving my (male) running partner in the dust! It gave me a huge boost of confidence for last Friday’s half-marathon, where I did indeed set a big PR.

  20. Kristin permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:23 am

    Lately – absolutely nothing puts a spring in my step. I am in a total slump. Maybe some new socks would help 🙂

  21. December 13, 2010 5:29 am

    My spiffy bright blue Zensah calf compression sleeves, which helped me hit my goals for a half marathon last month! I’m now in love with compression gear. And by the way, I’m free for any product testing help you might need 🙂

  22. December 13, 2010 5:32 am

    My running partner always puts a spring in my step. Knowing she’s waiting for me and that she is a faster runner than me (and that I NEED to stay up) is so motivating!

  23. Rose permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:32 am

    a new (to me) jogging stroller!

  24. December 13, 2010 5:35 am

    Since it has been so cold and dark when I run I decided to run on the treadmill which has been tough. To put a spring in my step I play math games in my head and try to beat times, calories, distance by pushing myself with speed and incline to beat times.It usually keeps me pumped during that run and the next. If that doesn’t work I listen to defying gravity from the wicked soundtrack and it always pushes me just bit further.

  25. Sherry permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:38 am

    Sunshine & above 20 temps send me running to get outside & off the dreaded treadmill!

  26. Susan Terrell permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:39 am

    I just got an early Christmas gift that keeps me going, a new Garmin! I love watching the miles add up and checking my pace every 10 steps!

  27. December 13, 2010 5:45 am

    In mid-December, with lack-of-daylight blues,
    I hit a creekside path with my trail running shoes.
    Four snowy miles from home my spirits got a lift,
    Two bald eagles soared by, a scenic holiday gift!

  28. December 13, 2010 5:47 am

    running with my 8 y/o. I love the stuff he talks about when it’s just him and me.

  29. Erica Richards permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:47 am

    Got a new pair of running shoes and although it was my day off, I just had to break them in! Oh and one of my moved away running partners was in town so I HAD to run with her. 🙂

  30. Carolyn permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:52 am

    Some very fun music my husband heard reviewed on NPR! The artist is Girl Talk and he does these awesome, very upbeat mashup-style remixes between older songs from the 60s, 70, 80, 90s, 00s, and rap. So you might have Elvis Costello’s “Tenderness” with rap, or Cindy Lauper’s “Time After Time” with rap, or even some Bruce Springsteen with rap. And the rap is completely over the top offensive but the beats are so great that they keep me moving. They have been perfect for these colder days and nights out in the road.

  31. Julie permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:00 am

    I bought myself a used Nano for Christmas and will be getting a Nike + to go with it (I know it might not be the most accurate, but I am looking forward to the verbal encouragement.) That, along with my faithful playlist, keeps me going!

  32. Nancy M permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:05 am

    {I know I’m a dork but} I learned how to make a playlist for my ipod, so now I can listen to my music, not my husbands 🙂

  33. Sarah permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:06 am

    The thought of alone time puts a spring in my step and gets my butt out the door. Running is a time for me to be in charge. My route, my pace, my music. That makes me very happy. And reminding myself about that perks me up on those days when I don’t feel into my run. The only person placing demands on me is…me! Can’t get that anywhere else. Makes me almost giddy.

  34. December 13, 2010 6:08 am

    After an 8 week doctor ordered hiatus that recently ended as the darkness set in and the snow settled on the ground, I have totally lost my mo. You would think that just being able to get out there and go again would be what puts the spring in my step, but I am definitely in a slump…so maybe the new socks would help? 🙂

  35. December 13, 2010 6:12 am

    For me it’s a new foam roller that has helped me get rid of IT band pain that I’ve been struggling with for ages. So happy to be pain-free!

  36. Christy permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:14 am

    trying out a new running skirt I just got….made me feel super fast!

  37. Cindy permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:18 am

    My new training program does it for me!

  38. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:18 am

    My daughter, 5, riding her bike with me one day over the summer would fall behind and then come tearing past me full-speed ahead yelling, “Excuse me, Old Lady!” and laugh hysterically. I have no idea where the whole thing came from but I still chuckle thinking about it and the thought alone makes me feel a little lighter.

  39. December 13, 2010 6:18 am

    The rare perfect weather day, now that we’ve been slammed with winter…

  40. Allison M permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:28 am

    Oh I need new socks so bad!
    What put a spring in my step? When the mailman comes with boxes. That means I am getting the gifts I ordered online for Christmas in the mail…it means one less shopping trip! 🙂

  41. Jennifer permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:29 am

    My iphone in my pocket with the Nike + app!!! Love that!

  42. December 13, 2010 6:30 am

    Running had been a chore, not a joy, for about a month and i’d gotten really disillusioned and considered hanging up the shoes. Then i had a really, really good (treadmill!!!!) run and now i’m back to pondering which half to run this fall. Because i can, you know……
    It only takes one good run to make you forget a lot of the bad.

  43. Denita permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:30 am

    I always get a spring in my step with each new running related item I acquire – my newest… a Garmin 305 (no more hand holding a stopwatch when I run)!

  44. Jill R permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:36 am

    Setting a new goal always gets me moving. But, I also get a boost from new running clothes and listening to This American Life podcasts makes the run go so fast! And, I anticipate a “leap” in my step if Santa brings me the Garmin I want!

  45. Tori permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:41 am

    It’s gotten colder here in Ga lately (20-30 degree days) and the lower temps along with lower humidity has put an extra spring in my step. Also, it’s been nice to take the occasional evening run to look at the Christmas lights in my neighborhood. Change of scenery is always good. And as always, new music on the ipod makes a huge difference. This weekend I put Enrique Iglesius’ “I Like It” and Pink’s new song, “Raise a Glass.” It’s crazy how much music plays a role in my running success.

  46. December 13, 2010 6:45 am

    Audio books keep me looking forward to my runs. As a new mom, I don’t have time to sit and read like I used to or would like to, so this gives me the ability to multitask, keep up with the books I want to read and run!

  47. Bente permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:45 am

    Love anything new to try out-honestly I should be a much faster runner for all the cool stuff I “just have to try”. Lately it’s been socks (but I haven’t tried Sole Socks so the timing is perfect).

  48. Cynthia Fish permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:47 am

    My husband pushes me, he will run alongside me, and just him being there makes me run longer. He’s in the Army, so he is definitely a better runner, but he will stay by my side to push me along, even when I tell him to go ahead!

  49. Alecia permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:52 am

    I’ve been losing motivation lately, but I think I might be getting an ipod for Christmas and I’m already getting my play list together in my head!

  50. December 13, 2010 6:55 am

    I love a new song or two… esp ones I snag from my kids – they have great taste in running songs! Of course, they bought them for themselves, not to help fuel their mom’s runs! 😉

  51. Nicole permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:57 am

    Good music or a a friend to chat with (juicy gossip helps as well;) )

  52. Staci Bush permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:58 am

    Muttluks. Not for me. 🙂 My RD (“running dog”) gets ice chunks in his paws when we run in the snow. I picked up some Muttluk doggie booties and now, we can go out and run together in the snow. He gets very excited to go out and that gives me energy to suffer through running in the snow.

  53. Tyler permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:04 am

    Our upcoming trip to the Caribbean puts a spring in my step on runs during these cold, dreary days!

  54. December 13, 2010 7:08 am

    It’s amazing what a new playlist can do for me – always gives me a lift!!

  55. December 13, 2010 7:13 am

    My new Newton trail shoes with new orthotics from Active Imprints (in the Newton Lab) in Boulder, CO I feel so fast, light, and efficient!

  56. Aimee K. permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:13 am

    New Running Shoes! Love Love Love slipping into a new pair!

  57. Callie permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:14 am

    My 2 1/2 year old daughter has recently started asking me to take her running. For her, that means riding in the jogger, but she loves putting her jacket on and going out for some fresh air. So, as often as possible, I’ve been trying to use that as motivation to get my buns moving…like a puppy that needs to go out for a walk, my little lady need to get out for some fresh air!

  58. December 13, 2010 7:15 am

    I am training for the Goofy Challenge in January. So, I am not sure if “springing” is the right word…..but I am absolutely ready to do this!!! These socks would be perfect!

    1 pair for the half
    1 pair for the full!!

  59. Jessica permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:16 am

    I received and iTunes card from St. Nick, so I’m excited about refining my playlist. I just have to find the time to do it! I also just found out that I will have a new, little, running partner with me for the next 9 months;) I run my first 1/2 marathon in 4 weeks and I’ve only started running in the last year (since this past January), so I am petrified as to what that half will be like! ANY advice in this area would be a HUGE help to me!!!

  60. Mina permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:18 am

    I recently bought a new pair of running tights – who knew that running tights were so powerful!


  61. December 13, 2010 7:28 am

    The biting cold snap in normally mild Atlanta is putting a spring in my step. Running in 20 degree temps lights a new fire in me!

    My favorite pair of SOLE socks just got a hole in them after 3 years of excellent service. I need new ones!

  62. Alison Price permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:30 am

    I have a spring in my step when I run with my running partner! She and I trained together for a half marathon and now are looking at another in the early spring.

    And new songs on my Ipod helps too!!

  63. CindyAz permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:30 am

    I signed up for the Phoenix RnR half. Talk about Motivation.

  64. Tina Z permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:32 am

    New shoes, works for about 2 months!

  65. Anna permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:37 am

    Lady GaGa gets me going! And so does “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas and “Work” by Ciara & Missy Elliott.

  66. Kelly permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:38 am

    getting reacquainted with my long run routes after giving birth 12 weeks ago!

  67. kim permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:40 am

    music for sure

  68. Patty permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:41 am

    Anything new always gives me a push. New shirts, gloves, hat, socks, etc or even rediscovered. Recently, I was organizing my messing closet and found an old favorite Moving Comfort shirt that got crammed in the back behind other stuff, it was like I had a gone shopping and got the perfect running shirt again!

  69. jules permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:45 am

    Easy Peasy…Music!

  70. Lori Connors permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:52 am

    Running with my new friend, Winje, definitely gives me a spring in my step! She keeps a constant banter and i absolutely love it that our run is over with before i even notice!

  71. Jenny C. permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:54 am

    No one thing gives me extra spring in my step on a run. Just the simple act of running, being able to run. After over 13 years of running, I’m so thankful for every run that that in itself give me spring in my step.

  72. Tracy permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:55 am

    My 6yr old telling me that it wasn’t that cold out there and that I should go outside and run and not go on the treadmill! Encouragement from the mouths of babes works for me everytime!

  73. December 13, 2010 7:56 am

    Two things: my new long tights…make me feel strong and lean, and my iPod…my mother downloaded some songs for me. I’m shocked by the some of them (she says she only hears the beat), but a few of them really make me smile 🙂

  74. Susan K permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:58 am

    I love a new song to listen to! Lately, it has been “Firework” by Katy Perry. Love the lyrics!

  75. Sue Garrabrant permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:00 am

    Knowing that a good run will cure me of the “oh-my-gosh-Christmas-is-less-than-two-weeks-away-and-I-haven’t-even-sent-out-my-cards” panic and (hopefully) counteract the deluge of goodies I can’t seem to stop eating is what motivates me these days.

  76. Becky Connar permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:00 am

    One of my friends (who I sometimes run with) just joined the same gym as I. And, since we are neighbors, we now coordinate our workouts to go to the gym together! It’s so much nicer (now that it’s dark and sub-zero temps) to run with a friend at the gym! Definitely makes the workouts seem that much less daunting!

  77. JillC permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:01 am

    Registration, plane tickets, hotel and park tickets for the 2011 Princess half marathon!!!!!!!!! Family vacation here we come!!! Our first trip to Disney with our 6 and 4 year old kids. Every time a see a commercial on tv for Disney World, I get all blubbery!!!! 😉

  78. Alicia permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:01 am

    PINK: She does it for me every time!

  79. December 13, 2010 8:02 am

    A blue heron swooped down past my head and landed right by me when I was running lakeside last week!

  80. Sue permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:02 am

    The right song is definitely key for me. It doesn’t need to be a new playlist, or even a new song. I “mix it up” low effort style by using shuffle on my ipod. I don’t know what’s coming, and I make myself run through the songs that I’m not particularly loving on that day. But when a good one comes, it rocks!

  81. Cathy permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:04 am

    Any new piece of gear. I try not to spend too much but when I treat myself to something just for running I can’t wait to get out there and stay out there.

  82. December 13, 2010 8:06 am

    Pop music with a fast beat always gives me a spring in my step!

  83. Kathy G permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:06 am

    Running this morning in cold weather (well cold for Texas). It was in the 30’s! Made this morning’s workout a tempo run.

  84. Beverly permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:08 am

    New shoes are definitely a boost for quite awhile. New running outfit. Signing up for a race. What really got me inspired this weekend was running with my husband. He is a 7 minute or less per mile runner. I am more of a 10 minute miler. This weekend we had lots of snow and wind. Getting out to run alone was not an easy thing. My husband sacrificed his time, and warmth, to run at my pace! On Saturday, he ran his long run of 13 and came back to run 6 more miles with me a several hours later. He truly showed his support of my running this weekend.

  85. Celeste permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:20 am

    A few new songs on my player really put a spring in my step…right now, Weezer’s “If You’re Wondering,” Plain White T’s “Rhythm of Love,” and Ingrid’s “Maybe.”

  86. Kathy S permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:21 am

    Recently, it was my baby that added a boost to my run! I am 7 months pregnant and he kicks like crazy when I run sometimes, and it always makes me smile.

  87. Christina permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:21 am

    Getting signed up for a race usually puts a spring in my step…especially if said race is at Disney World!!

  88. December 13, 2010 8:26 am

    Spring in my step came from my recent dowload of the Glee holiday itunes! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

  89. Dee permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:30 am

    Any new song on my playlist gets me going. Music is probably my favorite part of my runs.

  90. Kristen F permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:30 am

    new music! Some Christmas and lots of Pink. Raise your Glass makes my pace pick up!

  91. Tammy permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:31 am

    My Runkeeper app on iPhone has a coaching option. I run faster when she says, “you are behind your target pace by…”. And I REALLY run faster when she says, “You are ahead of your target pace by… “.

  92. Linda B permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:33 am

    Music on my ipod always gives me that extra spring in my step!

  93. December 13, 2010 8:37 am

    I love new gear. Lately it’s been my argyle/heart pattern arm warmers from They are very “Alice in Wonderland” to me and I love wearing them on trail runs.

  94. Kat permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:40 am

    New Champion hoodie from Target…thumb holes and hot pink make chilly bearable.

  95. Laurie A. permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:41 am

    It is cold here in South Georgia, so my lateset spring inducing equipment is the warm under armor tights and mock turtle my husband got me as an early Christmas present. He did tell me I have to wait until the 25th for the beanie and gloves. Before that, putting on my running skirts and my favorite running tank with a John Bingham quote on it.

  96. Jennifer permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:41 am

    New music! A friend and I exchange running playlists and I love that first run with new tunes.

  97. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:42 am

    The thought of a nice, hot cup of coffee upon my return. (We were at my inlaws and they had no coffee, so I picked up a small can while I was running.) Best run and best coffee I have had in months.

  98. December 13, 2010 8:45 am

    Got a new pair of running shoes and bought a couple of new hoodies that help get me excited about braving northern Michigan’s snow and cold — major blizzard going on here now! Also got some new SmartWool socks. But maybe the biggest reason: signing on for a spring marathon and meeting up with a local coach to help me train and achieve my goal. Super excited/scared-in-a-good-way about doing this — it’s a combo birthday/Christmas present to me, from me.

  99. Julie Fredericks permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:50 am

    New running tunes- after several year! Certainly long overdue. Plus I have finally gotten back into my “normal” routine and am starting to notice on my runs – more enjoyment, less pain.

  100. December 13, 2010 9:03 am

    Nothing has lately; I need something to do that!

    A running partner would be my ultimate prodder!

  101. Kate B. permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:03 am

    Having someone to run with definitely helped on my last run. I live in Michigan and it’s quite chilly here. Just haven’t had the motivation to get out there in the cold. If I hadn’t scheduled a time with my running partner I surely would have stayed home cuddled up on the couch. I needed to get that run in and that was probably the only way it was going to happen.

  102. Megan permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:04 am

    I was at a friends house watching the movie 180 South and at some point in the movie as they are talking about the joys of being outside and how much more rewarding it is to DO rather than OBSERVE I realize that I would rather be out running. So I went and grabbed my ever present gear bag from my car, switched into running gear, realized I didn’t have the right socks, decided I would survive a run with the wool ones I had one and went outside into a surprisingly glorious day to run in an area I’d never run before for a length of time and distance that I’m unsure of and felt so good during and after.

  103. TRH permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:13 am

    a brand new stick of cinnamon gum… can’t run without it! Crackin’ gum and blowing bubbles perks up my run.

  104. Lee permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:15 am

    The beautiful view I get of Lake Michigan when I run on the lakefront.

  105. Karen Falat permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:20 am

    Lately its been hard to get motivated and to get out the door. However I am in love with the Adam Corrolla podcast. It is totally innapropriate and raw but it makes me laugh outloud and some days thats excatly what my soul needs.
    If its music I am yearning for then bring on the Florence + the machine and La Roux. Lately that is what gets me groovin’ and movin’!

  106. December 13, 2010 9:26 am

    One of my running partners just qualified for Boston at the Kiawah marathon with a 3:44:52 finishing time! That has put A LOT of excited spring in my step!!

  107. Anne permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:36 am

    Winter warm clothes seem to slow me down – but my wool lime green shirt with thumb holes(Horny Toad is the brand) makes me giggle.

  108. Kathy permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:37 am

    It is getting cold, so a day that is a little warmer (somewhere above 25F is nice), or a little less windy really motivates me to get out for a run. I am cautious about running in icy conditions, especially when a fall or injury would mean either a long limp home, or my hubby packing up all four kids to come and get me, so I run on the treadmill if conditions are particularly bad, but I LOVE running outside, so I jump on it when I have the chance.

    Holy run-on sentence!

  109. Holly S. permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:41 am

    I got a new Saucony top in Vizi-pro orange with an LED light on the sleeve–very cool and very visible.

  110. Katie permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:44 am

    New running clothes: I got a new skirt and matching top to run in – fun. Also, finally went for a run yesterday and did not bring any water belt – very freeing!

  111. December 13, 2010 9:47 am

    The last few weeks I’ve been doing my lunch time runs with another woman here at work. It’s amazing how much more motivated I feel when running with a partner!

  112. Amelia permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:58 am

    The (finally) cooler weather – I am a fall/winter runner….sOOO much harder for me in the summer! The bounce is back in my step! 😉 Thanks for the chance!

  113. Jennifer Dewaele permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:03 am

    Well, due to being out of commission with mono I have very little spring in my step. But the increasing days of missing workouts is definitely my motivation as soon as I am healthy enough to run and just keep running.

  114. Alma permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:08 am

    Seeing my husband, step-daughter and my 14 month daughter at the finish of my last 1/2 marathon! 🙂

  115. Ann S permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:12 am

    I have a very toasty shirt from Sport Hill. It is thin but so warm, just perfect for running on the cold days. Better yet, my husband (a non-runner) got it for me.

  116. Susan permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:13 am

    the January influx at the gym always increased my miles and motivation to run outside. I find I need some solitude after the holiday madness.

  117. Stephanie permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:15 am

    New sneaks! i didn’t realzie how dead mine were til my new ones arrived in the mail, a fun new color (steel & bright blue) and they felt SO much better!

  118. December 13, 2010 10:22 am

    My new Adidas kanadia winter trail shoe that is keeping my feet warm and toasty in the cold and snow.

  119. pam permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:31 am

    I have always been an outdoor runner. I love trails!! This winter got cold fast and I have started running on my treadmill. (boring!!) To combat the boredom I purchased the complete set of “Glee”. Ive never watched the show before but now I cant wait to turn it on, crank up the volume and run to the fun music they sing on the show. Yes……I know I sound like a nerd 🙂

  120. Marne permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:39 am

    This new colder weather! I’m loving these cold morning runs hen it’s so cold that my knees don’t even hurt! It’s like running and taking an ice bath at the same time. 🙂

  121. Taletha permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:58 am

    I splurged and bought myself a new running outfit. I have to get out there and show it off!

  122. December 13, 2010 11:05 am

    The weather! I love running in the snow and so does my dog. Her enthusiasm makes it hard to hit the snooze button.

  123. Stephanie S. permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:10 am

    Setting a new goal gets me going. I need that to get motivated to get off the couch and on the treadmill. And a fresh playlist on the ipod doesn’t hurt.

  124. tanya permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:14 am

    A cold winter morning when nobody is up yet, a new song by the Black Eyed Peas and coffee!

  125. Jaclyn Mason permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:15 am

    Taio Cruz! I run just to listen to Dynamite!

  126. Katie permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:19 am

    Knowing that my run helps keep me in and looking good in my new skinny jeans!

  127. Jeannie M permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:19 am

    On the eve of turning 40, the fact that I can run farther and faster than I could at 18 puts a spring in my step!

  128. rushartist permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:32 am

    A break in the clouds puts a spring in my step. When I see the rain stop, the clouds part and the sun come shining through I HAVE TO lace up and head out!

  129. sandra m. permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:35 am

    love plus thanks stitched into the sox? So cool, that would get me going for sure. My most recent get me going…i ran my first 5K since taking off 12 yrs (long story) and was pacing myself pretty slow to make sure i could finish, dumb, but true. I knew i could do it, just mentally was against my own self. I finished in under the time i normally run a 5k with plenty of energy left so my next training run, i kicked it up a BIG notch, knowing i could do LOTS better. was a great feeling – no more insecurities.

  130. Deby Mullen permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:50 am

    It is definitely winter here in MN and I recently ran outside on a day when it was snowing. It was beautiful to look around and see the winter wonderland all around me!

  131. Kristyn G permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:51 am

    in my race saturday, it was the 4 year old and his grandma that I was determined to catch up to and pass. There was no way they were getting across the finish line before me!!

  132. Melissa permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:02 pm

    Having friends trying out running with me has added a spring in my step. My coworker who I encouraged to start running in May has now signed up for her first half marathon next year. I love our Tuesday and Thursday lunch runs.

  133. December 13, 2010 12:10 pm

    I can’t believe I won! How exciting! This will definitely put a spring in my step on my run today.

  134. Cathleen permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:23 pm

    I’m just excited to HAVE a spring in my step again, and be able to run! I’m 8 weeks out from a pretty devastating injury, and was finally, *finally* cleared for weight-bearing exercise a little over a week ago. After four weeks of nothing but a recumbent bike, each step is a little piece of heaven!

  135. Denise permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:26 pm

    After laying off for 6 weeks because of injury, the spring in my step comes from just wanting to make up for lost time. I was to do my first 10k in October, but it will now be in March. Yes, March is more than 6 weeks after October, but there are not that many 10ks in my area. Oh, and of course, it’s a bit chilly at 4:00 a.m., so I have a spring in my step just to get warm faster.

  136. Beth B. permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:27 pm

    My hubby got me a new iPod Shuffle for my birthday (in November) since my old one went kaput; so now i’m able to enjoy the tunes again while i’m running! That helps!

  137. ice cream addict permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:27 pm

    A new tune on the play list – one that has the perfect tempo always puts a spring in my step.

  138. Susan permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:35 pm

    Running with a good friend over the weekend! We had a lot of fun and I had an extra spring in my step all day 🙂

  139. Jessica permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:37 pm

    For this year & after the birth of our fourth child it would definitely be my LIFE! It is absolutely fascinating to me how fast the human body can heal. I am very thankful & grateful to be here after what happened, so the spring in my step is just pure joy to be here with my family & wanting to live it the FULLEST!

  140. Sarah B. permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:39 pm

    MY RLAM shirt, of course!!!

    • Jackie permalink
      December 13, 2010 1:26 pm

      I think that’s called brown nosing for prizes 🙂

  141. Rebecca J. permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:43 pm

    I had the hardest run of my life this morning. I guess a combination of factors entered in. Family stress, school stress. I told my running partner she had to say something to me quick to keep me going, and she told me to keep running so I could get my chocolate milk at the end! Thank goodness today for a running buddy to pull me through 🙂

  142. Shaygram permalink
    December 13, 2010 12:59 pm

    My kids have never had more than a mild interest/toleration for my running/racing… but my oldest just told me that she wants to do the Disney World Marathon with me for her 18th bday… that coupled with my annual Hippie Chick Half Marathon on Mothers Day weekend with my mom and sister put the spring in my step these days!

  143. Robin permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:02 pm

    I had a great time the other day on — you’ll never believe it — the treadmill! I ran in 1 mile increments with my just-turned-5-years-old son on a mini-trampoline next to me. We watched TV, both bouncing along, and talked the whole time, pausing after each mile to use weights or do sit-ups, etc.. It was really special. I bopped along the entire time with a big smile on my face. (I also was feeling bouncy and cute in a new on-sale skirt — that didn’t hurt either.)

  144. Eugenie permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:04 pm

    Varying my route and checking out the changes in the scenery does it for me.

  145. December 13, 2010 1:07 pm

    the 2 new members of the posse I run with…. fresh feet, fresh minds, fresh legs, and best of all, fresh stories for those 5:30am group runs!

  146. Jess M permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:08 pm

    Whenever I need a punch in the gut, I always download some new songs… or read a new inspirational book…. Have you read “Sole Sisters” yet? Fabulous!

  147. December 13, 2010 1:10 pm

    Started winter training this past weekend and got to run and catch up with my running buddies. We were all so ready to see each other again and run 🙂

  148. Amanda D permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:10 pm

    A couple running buddies got me into this idea that I needed to run 100+ miles between Thanksgiving and Christmas…. its always in the back of my head that I need to get a run in or I will be the only one who does not reach the 100 miles… So, the extra spring in my step is my running buddies in my ear asking how many more miles until I’m done!

  149. Kristen S. permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:15 pm

    My husband who ran with me this last 5k. I had been really sick for 3 weeks before and was a bit depressed that I would miss the chance for a PR this year, so he ran beside me and pushed me to take 4 1/2 minutes off my time, I couldn’t have done it without him!

  150. Veronica permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:22 pm

    New music always does it. Anytime I’m in a funk and need some extra oomph, I download new tunes. Never fails!

  151. Wendy Miner permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:22 pm

    Spring in my step? Stress!!! (sigh….)

  152. Amy permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:23 pm

    It is thought of all the holiday food I’m anticipating eating, makes me run faster and farther!

  153. December 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    NEw music!

  154. Nicole W. permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    I felt like a defeated mother when I left the house for my run. That little voice inside me KNEW I would be in a much better place when I returned. It was amazing…I was more calm and so were my three little kiddies!

  155. Elizabeth Wolf permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    I ran in 9 miles in 10 degree weather…that gives me spring in my step, otherwise i would have turned in to an icicle:)

  156. Kris O permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    New gear! Got two new pair of capris last week, and they make me feel fast!

  157. RunnergirlPNW permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    Some new tunes on my MP3 player always puts a little extra spring into my step! 🙂

  158. Jackie permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    My new pink toe socks that I got at the Chicago marathon are my absolutely fave now! I save them for my longest run each week cause they make me so happy!

  159. Erin P. permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:24 pm

    New playlists. I love music and running is my time for my music. I like when I cannot predict which song comes next. It is fun:)

  160. Becca permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:25 pm

    Thinking about how far I’ve come physically – both weight loss and fitness.

  161. Melinda K permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:25 pm

    Just getting out and working up a nice sweat in the cooler weather. Motivational songs on the ipod.

  162. December 13, 2010 1:27 pm

    I got fitted for shoes when I was training for my first half, and that made a huge difference! However, the best part was finding a pair of capris tights that fit perfectly everywhere…hit just below my knee, no riding in the waist and didn’t have that weird bunchiness in the front you can sometimes get. The first time I ran in those, I felt like a million bucks!

  163. Debbie Sindone permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:28 pm

    Last year at this time I could barely run 30 min without stopping. Now I can easily go 90 min. Just knowing my progress is what puts a spring in my step.

  164. sara henderson permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:30 pm

    new music on my playlist and that i’ve lost all my baby weight. makes running feel so much better.

  165. Kristen S. permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:33 pm

    Our new coffee maker! We received one of those fancy jobs that grinds the beans for each individual cup and leaves this amazing creme on top of each as well. I love this machine and it makes running easier knowing that it’s waiting for me at the end!

  166. Sue permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:34 pm

    It’s been the fall leaves on the ground lately. Nothing like running through them, sending them flying and crunching them up a little bit more, to give you a little extra zip.

  167. Jill O permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:34 pm

    I think I would go insane if I didn’t have podcasts to listen to on my runs. Radiolab for fun, geeky topics and This American Life for quirky topics . On race day though I have to have music to put a spring in my step- the Glee version of Dream On literally got me a up a soul destroying hill at the end of a half marathon.

  168. December 13, 2010 1:35 pm

    Anything new keeps the spring in my step – at any time of year. I do have to admit, though, that I do have a bit of a sock fetish.

  169. Jennifer permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:36 pm

    So, I’m in the last 2 miles of my first marathon and I’m in tears. I can’t believe that I hurt so bad, that I’ve fallen so apart, that I’m ACTUALLY going to do this…. 🙂 You all know what I’m talking about. My iPod shuffle starts playing “The Warrior” by Scandal, featuring Patty Smyth….remember the 80s?! 🙂 Anyway, I kept that song on repeat for the last two miles and it (plus seeing my running buddy cheering me along the course) got me over the finish line. That song did it for me. 🙂

  170. December 13, 2010 1:37 pm

    Mine has to be my husband and three boys (stepsons 10 and 7, and babyboy 7 months) cheering me on at my first post-baby race on December 3. It was just a little local 5k race (just over 300 participants), but hearing their cheering in 3 places along the course kept me pushing and gave me energy for a heckuva kick at the end! (I ended up finishing in 30:15, 13th in age group! Not bad for first race post-baby.) I’m so thankful they’re all so supportive of my running!

  171. Amy permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:39 pm

    I felt extra “spring-y” on Saturday when the temperature outside reached a balmy 40 degrees for my run! These arctic temps aren’t enough to prevent me from outdoor running, but they sure do help me appreciate a little bit of milder air!

  172. Wendy McGinnis permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:42 pm

    The look on the face of my 7-year-old son as he crossed the finish line of his first 5K on Saturday has given me an all new outlook on running. I stayed with Ryan during the Reindeer Run until 1/2 mile to go. I picked up my pace just a little so I would have time to turn in my time tag and still get back to the line to be there when he finished. I’m so thankful I did. He came across the line, wearing a Santa hat, and a smile so big, everyone in the crowd could see that all he wants for Christmas are his two front teeth. He was jumping, shouting, and fist-pumping both arms. It was truly a priceless mommy moment and I’ll always remember that feeling. Now I want to be a better runner just for him.

  173. December 13, 2010 1:43 pm

    It’s been a challenge for me to have a pep in my step these days. Winter always gives me the blues. But I have enjoyed running alongside my 4 year old on his bike. I also am enjoying the cooler weather since I’m a bit of a sweater. I’ve also bee updating my playlist which is always exciting.

  174. Tricia permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:43 pm

    My new Nike+ app on my phone gives me that extra push along with a great playlist!

  175. realrellim permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:44 pm

    My new headlamp puts some spring in my step for evening runs. The mild December weather here is helping too!

  176. December 13, 2010 1:44 pm

    That brought a tear to my eye! Great share!

  177. Deirdre permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:45 pm

    A well behaved dog always gets me running faster and happier!

  178. December 13, 2010 1:46 pm

    Some new running routes and running partners gave me a spring in my step lately! I ran my first trail run with a great group of people a couple of weeks ago and ran a loop around the river in Mystic, CT with another running partner!

  179. Stephanie permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:47 pm

    My husband. He is my running buddy and what gets me through most runs. I’m not sure how healthy it is to be so dependent on one’s running buddy, but I will most unashamedly tell anyone that he definitely puts the spring in my step for our runs 😀 Running alone, I’m a mess! But together, somehow we keep the right pace, keep the right mindset, and push through the rough spots.

  180. Geli H. permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:48 pm

    REI wool socks are absolutely perfect for running in the rain. And the NPR podcast “Wait wait, don’t tell me” makes time fly by!!

  181. December 13, 2010 1:48 pm

    Every new volume of the “Glee” soundtrack, downloaded onto my iPod Shuffle, makes the next run a lot more fun. Also, ever since winter came, the discovery that my summer running skirts look super cute over running tights–and add an extra layer of warmth for my rear end–has made me very happy and more eager to bound out the door. 🙂

  182. Jennifer L. permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:48 pm

    Anything new…these days it’s a pair of lime-green cotton gloves from Old Navy. They’re just fun. (Where I live, it gets cold but not crazy-cold, at least not usually. This week is a different story!)

  183. Jennifer Lange permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:50 pm

    New music always does it. I’ve been listing to Rihanna and I love it!

  184. December 13, 2010 1:52 pm

    To add spring to my run,
    it must rock out with some fun;
    Perhaps a tune like no other,
    so I can run like a mother.
    Today it’s Pink’s Raise your glass
    So the holiday treats don’t go to my…..butt

  185. Barb permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:53 pm

    Springing on my runs? I only wish! I’m plodding along (as usual) these days, but I’m staying upbeat by listening to new songs I’ve downloaded from the iTunes Store. I love my music when I run, especially in the winter when I do most of my runs on the treadmill.

  186. barbara permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:54 pm

    A new playlist on my iPod always gives me a boost!

  187. December 13, 2010 1:55 pm

    What gets me working out is my Facebook workout group. We post each workout we do and then cheer each other on with comments and encouragement. If I don’t feeling like exercising, I simply read everyone else’s posts and instantly feel inspired by their motivation and accomplishments.

  188. Vickie permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:57 pm

    What keeps me moving? New music and new shoes, of course!

  189. Carrianne permalink
    December 13, 2010 1:58 pm

    I really love watching new episodes of Glee when I’m running on a treadmill. They really help me get a spring in my step. The only downside is I want to dance along – and that doesn’t work so well on a treadmill.

  190. Rachel permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:00 pm

    New running gear! Or a gorgeous day for a run (which is not happening in MN these days).

  191. Kim permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:02 pm

    adding a new running gal to our pack – someone new to converse with and add some energy!

  192. megan permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:03 pm

    The new Glee album. Yep, I’m a dork!

  193. Katrina permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:03 pm

    I am finally seeing some weight loss after running for awhile. A few pounds lost always puts a spring in my step! It’s a great motivator!

  194. December 13, 2010 2:05 pm

    new songs on my playlist!

  195. cshort4 permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:08 pm

    For me, a new route, a new genre of music, or a few days off! It’s been super cold here the last few days, so the latter is going to be my inspiration when it’s warm enough to go again.

  196. Jennifer Brannon permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:11 pm

    My new Athleta sierra nevada running top – microfleece on the inside to keep me toasty warm!! And check it! It’s got thumbholes to keep the sleeves over your hand – but not just that! The cuffs turn over to cover your hand, so you don’t need gloves! I flippin’ LOVE this top. My only gripe is that they don’t make it in any color except white right now. I’ve got a new smartwool beanie, too, which rocks as well. I’ve actually been looking forward to running in the cold and dark since I got these babies. Woo-hoo!

  197. December 13, 2010 2:13 pm

    New music and new running clothes!!! Last week it was new earphones!

  198. Jennifer Schantz permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:14 pm

    I jsut received a gift subscription to a running magazine…Something about it maybe me feel like I am officially a runner! I definitely need that boost to embrance my runner identity on these cold Decemeber days!

  199. Victoria Stone permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:17 pm

    I put the new Glee Holiday songs on my mp3 player…made myself a pair of ‘screw shoes’ so I wouldn’t slip on the snow and headed out for the most wonderful run the other day…catching snowflakes on my tongue and eyelashes and enjoying the snow for a change instead of sitting inside and pouting because I don’t want to run in it. Afterward I relaxed in the hot tub with a nice cup of cocoa.

  200. Erin Turner permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:18 pm

    On a recent run my halfway point was what put a spring in my step. It was a 8 mile run and the halfway point was an overlook with a grand view of the pacific ocean. That view was a wonderful carrot to get me to run, and since I was 4 miles from my house I had no choice but run back 🙂

  201. sel permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:20 pm

    Good weather – a little sun, and little wind. When I see a day like that these days, I can’t wait to get out there!

  202. Alaina permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:24 pm

    new playlist for sure! also new kicks or a good conversation beforehand.

  203. December 13, 2010 2:24 pm

    Anything new, especially new music on the shuffle will give me a little more pep. Sometimes even just changing up the route. And when my 4 year old tells me, “watch out for cars, don’t run too fast!” 🙂

  204. Lindsey permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:25 pm

    My 6 week old baby sleeping more regularly and the rented treadmill always at my service when I get a chance to get up and go!

  205. Joanne Kaplan permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:32 pm

    I took a slog with my doggie Rita today wearing snow trax(knock off of Yax trax) over my shoes. It was 9 degrees and sunny. I did not do my usual alleluia arms because I barely slid on the icy,snowy trail! Definitely put a spring in my steps….

  206. December 13, 2010 2:35 pm

    Having made my goal of breaking 30 minutes for 5K. That is making me feel like a *real* runner and not a poser.

  207. December 13, 2010 2:38 pm

    No new gear recently, but I’m loving running to Katy Perry “Firework” lately!

  208. December 13, 2010 2:40 pm

    HAT, Gloves and new light weight running jacket. KA CHING!!!!

  209. Stacy permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:47 pm

    I wore my new long sleeve “breathable” fabric shirt this weekend. It made me feel so good I forgot for a minute it was just me running around the school track.

  210. kat :) permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:47 pm

    the fact that i finished my longest long run yet (19 miles)- that put a spring in my next run! it was only a 3 miler, so it was a piece of cake compared 🙂

  211. ashlei permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:47 pm

    Recently I found some pretty leaves that I stopped to pick up on my run. Also music always gives me inspiration!

  212. Kathy permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:49 pm

    My running partner got me through the last few miles of my 1st marathon yesterday!

  213. Jennifer D. permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:50 pm

    Running by Christmas lights and a rain free run 🙂

  214. Christine permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:50 pm

    A sunny day really makes me smile and puts a spring in my step.

  215. Jen L. permalink
    December 13, 2010 2:53 pm

    A song that I haven’t heard in awhile or an entirely new playlist if I ever make one!!!

  216. Kelly Clark permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:04 pm

    I was a buddy runner with a 4th grader for the Girls on the Run 5K. Watching her so focused and motivated to run reminded me of how much I love running and how I needed to go out on my runs and forget all the little things that get in the way of a good run and just RUN!

  217. Cynthia Holthaus permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:09 pm

    My 11 year old son kicks my but. He easily can be a half a mile ahead of me. My pace is always so much faster when I run with him. I am always trying to catch him!

  218. jessica carter permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:13 pm

    The weather. I love being the only one out in the freezing temperatures and snow. When I see a solitary trail of footprints I left in the fresh snow and know that no one will be coming along soon to mess that up I am pleased with myself. I love the cold as long as my ears are covered.

  219. Sarah permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:20 pm

    The sunshine breaking through our dreary late fall sky

  220. December 13, 2010 3:25 pm

    I just got a cute new pink long sleeve shirt with thumb holes. Sure, it’s always covered by a jacket, and I jog before dawn so no one sees me, but looking cute always motivates me anyway.

  221. Carol permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:27 pm

    2 things have been putting a spring in my step lately. 1) My hubby came with me on my last run. He doesn’t do the cold and actually hates running but does it sometimes to keep me company and because he knows it is a good workout (but he still hates it). Luckily it was only a 4 miler and he is in good enough shape to hang with me even though he hasn’t run since the Run Thru Hell (MI) on Halloween 5k. It is always nice to have him come with me. 2) I’m discovering that with the right gear, I CAN run outside some in the winter. I used to always get sick if I tried. But I’ve been running for almost a year again now and something is different this time. I don’t feel like I’m hacking up a lung after every run. And, with the right clothes (layers) I’m not cold! So this discover has me geeked to run outside this winter (except on the ice we currently have thanks to the recent snowstorm).

  222. Gail permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:30 pm

    Just getting a chance to get out has me excited

    • Gail permalink
      December 13, 2010 3:32 pm

      Sorry for the premature sending – kid climbing on my lap! With H and I both working full time, plus him in grad school and 2 young kids to chase, time is precious. Whenever I actually have more than 30 minutes to myself to make a run happen, that’s cause for celebration!

  223. December 13, 2010 3:32 pm

    My inspiration is my 9 month old son. While he is fighting cancer, I find running a good way to keep my mind off things.

  224. Jenn W. permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:33 pm

    Right now, it would just be the ABILITY to run–I’ve been in a boot and nursing a stress fracture for 15 weeks now! So, my orthopedist finally giving me the go-ahead to run will give me a spring in my step! Eventually…

  225. Ann R permalink
    December 13, 2010 3:50 pm

    Getting my son interested in running with me. He (6 years old) just did his 2nd 5k with me. Can’t wait until spring weather to find more to do with him!

  226. Marika permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:06 pm

    Being able to run (even a short distance) after an injury caused me to have lots of spring in my steps!

  227. Mindy permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:11 pm

    I love my new Nike running hat. I really needed more reflective gear now that it’s dark here by 5. Yes, 5. It stinks. Now I am decked out head to toe in reflectiveness so that I don’t get hit.

  228. Kathleen permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:30 pm

    New tunes added to my running playlist – without the runs , I would never get to listen to “cool” music 🙂 It totally gets me psyched up to head out into the cold in the wee hours !

  229. Pam permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:34 pm

    I just got a new running skirt and I feel great in it! So that is getting me movitated to get moving. I do not enjoy the cold weather so I’m staying indoors for now 🙂

  230. December 13, 2010 4:35 pm

    I definitely don’t get out without a running partner in the winter months! I need someone to talk to when I want to get back indoors.

  231. Michelle T permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:41 pm

    I am just trying to get into running. The newest thing that excited me was actually new socks (Balega). A new playlist is always good to energize me for a workout too.

  232. Judy permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:43 pm

    Nothing makes me happier than when the sun decides to come out during my run. Especially after having several gray days in a row. It makes my day.

  233. December 13, 2010 4:44 pm

    I ordered my triathlon workout bikini today and fit into a size small bottom. That is enough to put a spring in my step to 1) look good when I do a tri next year 2) keep me motivated since I am in a size small. Right now I am motivated for days to go pit-pat my feet.

  234. Tara permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:45 pm

    I had some seriously disappointing runs lately: two failed workouts in two weeks. The next week when I went out for the equivalent run, I loaded my last race playlist, finishing with “Magic” by B.O.B. I ran at my goal pace for this Saturday, talk about spring in my step!

  235. December 13, 2010 4:49 pm

    the daily battle against hereditary diseases motivates me to lace up my sneakers.
    pounding fear and anxiety into the ground allows me to thrive in wellness.

  236. Amy Dallaire permalink
    December 13, 2010 4:52 pm

    a new playlist. I can always run a little faster to a great new song!

  237. December 13, 2010 4:59 pm

    The fact that there’s not many people willing to brave these colder winter temps makes me feel tough when I’m out in the cold running and that feeling gets me out the door the next time too!

  238. December 13, 2010 5:11 pm

    New music on my playlist always pumps me up!

  239. Sarah Carlin permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:12 pm

    There’s nothing better than remembering a song that you love, but haven’t heard in a while, transferring it to your iPod, and hearing it when you run. I tend to listen to it over and over before I skip to the next one.

  240. Christine permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:13 pm

    My newest pair of Asics have definitely been putting a spring in my step lately. I’d never tried the Gel Nimbus line before and couldn’t find a pair of my “ol’ standbys”,the 2150’s, in my size when in desperate need of a new pair. These new friends have been great – especially for all my time on the treadmill these days. (Been a bit brutal outside in Michigan lately. 🙂 Nice to have a pair of shoes to keep my wanting to run on these blustery days. (An episode of “Real Housewives of Wherever” doesn’t hurt either. 😉

  241. Susan in Denver permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:18 pm

    Watching my son play high school sports. I greatly admire his workout and pure love for the game.

  242. Susan in Denver permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:21 pm

    Sorry about the typo above! I greatly admire my son’s work ethic. He leaves it all on the field and the court. That’s what I meant to say. XO

  243. Staci permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:26 pm

    My last run was to a podcast I downloaded. First time I’ve ever run to a podcast and not music. It was GREAT!! The miles flew by! I made it 8 miles (my longest yet) and felt awesome when I was done! —I could’ve easily gone further.

  244. Alyson Yoder permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:40 pm

    Running with iPod/Nike always gets me excited. It’s instant gratification at the end of a run, to know how far and how fast I ran!

  245. Vicky permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:44 pm

    My dog has the spring in my step! She has missed going on our runs so much she pulls me everywhere.

  246. Danielle permalink
    December 13, 2010 5:51 pm

    The cold! It’s my first winter running outdoors and I’m running faster to get out of the cold sooner 🙂

  247. Ellen Comeaux permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:09 pm

    A new playlist and joining a running group has greatly improved my runs and attitude towards running. These two things have done wonders for my marathon training.

  248. Ruthie permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:11 pm

    Visiting with my running pals and being able to brag about my cold weather runs only hours later with my high school students.

  249. Michele permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:19 pm

    Since it has been freezing out… just have to think about the downhill finish on my first (only) half marathon in Nov.

  250. Jasmine permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:19 pm

    Reuniting with my No Boundaries training group. It was so great to see everyone again and very motivating to hear how everyone is doing. I was reminded that I “get” to run not that I “have” to run.

  251. cindy f permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:32 pm

    My new ipod nano, an early Christmas present from my husband. Sweet!

  252. Chris lowery permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:35 pm

    A new pair of Shoes! or socks!!!

  253. Jacinda permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:35 pm

    A new fast song with a good beat on my i-pod always gets me going….makes me think I need some new ones to keep me going.

  254. Alli permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:45 pm

    Listening to a new playlist always gives me the boost I need!

  255. Tami Pike permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:49 pm

    I am a bit crazy but I would LOVE to run in a bit of new snow (we’ve had none yet and Cmas is right around the corner, how sad to not have a white Christmas). Anyway, a new tee from moving comfort that says “support your girls” I love it and think it’s funny – fyi my D “girls” happen to need lots of support.

    • marcy permalink
      December 13, 2010 9:58 pm

      now I’ll have to look for that shirt – that’s awesome!

  256. Debbie Leslie permalink
    December 13, 2010 6:55 pm

    After two years of dreaming about a treadmill, I finally have one!

  257. December 13, 2010 6:59 pm

    I just got picked in the lottery for the Cherry Blossom 10M in April. All of a sudden training has started and I have a focus besides my 1/2 at the end of April

  258. Linda Strange permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:18 pm

    getting up just before 5am to run each morning, I really need something to perk me up as I stumble onto the road. Today I got that perk in the form of 4 shooting stars flashing across the sky.

  259. Vicky Hopper permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:23 pm

    When my daughter has an awesome JV basketball game like tonight always keeps me pumping….five 3 pointers….keeps me on a high for days…and to top it all off the team won!!

  260. Julianne Hyma permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:30 pm

    What put a spring in my step? Finally getting back to marathon training after an SI joint injury took me off course for a few months!

  261. Linda permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:48 pm

    Running in daylight! During the week, I have to run in the dark after work, so my Saturday run in daylight is a real treat.

  262. Marissa permalink
    December 13, 2010 7:58 pm

    Actually my new badass mother runner shirt made me feel awesome! New tunes always help too!!

  263. Christina permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:23 pm

    New training = new songs! Its been fun to have a new playlist and going along with the new rhythms. I’m also loving the change in weather. I live in a VERY hot climate, so any little dip in temps has me out with a pep in my step. =)

  264. Nancy permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:46 pm

    Definitely new songs! Really any new gear is a reason to run!

  265. Amanda permalink
    December 13, 2010 8:58 pm

    Passing a couple of men i’d been chasing down during a trail race this past saturday!

  266. Kristin Jirik permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:04 pm

    I love my reebok running tights and turtleneck. It is a great layer for running, skiing, and playing outdoors in cold Wisconsin.

  267. Elaine permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:16 pm

    My husband…..I just signed up for a 1/2 marathon in Jan. 3 1/2 hours away and he said for me to go by myself and spend the night!!! I did that in Sep. and loved it. Although I miss the support I love love love the quiet drive and full nights sleep. I signed up today and am motivated. Now to order me a shirt…those socks would go very nicely….

  268. Trish R permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:27 pm

    Closing in on my Nike+ goal started in late March to attain “BLUE” level by year end (621 total miles logged ) . Only 41 miles to go.

  269. December 13, 2010 9:30 pm

    New gear totally does it for me – newest fave is my cute teal running skirt! When I put it on I feel like a runner instead of just a mom who can barely jog on her treadmill, lol

  270. Kathy Adams permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:30 pm

    Sunshine. I dont mind the freezing cold as long as the sun is out.

  271. Cindy Chiasson permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:53 pm

    Going out for my first run with our dog (a german shepherd rottweiler cross) who runs like a rocket and surviving, even enjoying the experience. She had me scared since we adopted her 6 months ago & she ran my husband into the ground the first few times he took her out running. Felt like a huge victory to me to get through a run with her!

  272. marcy permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:56 pm

    Hmm – had to think about this one. I love a new route, especially in the woods. Also gives me boost when one of my kiddos goes with me and talks the whole time 🙂

  273. Lynne permalink
    December 13, 2010 9:56 pm

    Running with my kids on the Prairie Path, nice and easy, while it’s snowing! It’s so quiet and beautiful and I feel so connected to them while we share the time running. That puts a spring in my step!

  274. Michelle J permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:18 pm

    Being kidney stone free!!!

  275. Lauren permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:44 pm

    I found my fav running shoes on sale for $45 off at REI today! Woo hoo! That’s enough to make me want to run run run!

  276. Dee Dee permalink
    December 13, 2010 11:23 pm

    I need to stop reading everyone else’s posts first so that I can feel original! Yes, Sunshine, a running buddy, this week- my Christmas play list. Also, realizing that my 2 years of running are having a cumulative effect. My average pace is down, my weekly mileage is up… looking forward to fitness goals for 2011.

  277. Stacy permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:57 am

    I went for my first run tonight with my running store’s club. I got two friends to join me AND my hubby decided to come along at the last minute. I was very surprised and it was very nice. He runs a little, but doesn’t do any organized runs with me 🙂

  278. WendyLD permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:07 am

    Running with my sister! I love that this is a hobby that we can share.

  279. December 14, 2010 7:10 am

    I finally found a knee brace/support that allows me to run pain free! I ran 5 miles on Saturday, and for the first time in 3 months, there wasn’t pain. Pain-free running is SO much nicer than the “grin-and-bear-it” running I have been doing…….

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