Must Have Monday’s: My favorite socks plus a visit from RunFarGirl

Happy Monday!!! Today I’m so excited to have Sarah Canney aka Runfargirl here to talk to us about her amazing story and cause.  But first,  I’ll share a quick list of my favorites from this past week….hang onto your socks.

* Thorlos Socks 
I know this probably sounds ridiculous but I’ve been on a sock hunt lately.  You could say I have some sensory issues.  Big time.  I’m insanely picky about how my feet feel when I’m running.  Enter my shoe collection….

These are only a few that I chose for the picture….there are more.  A lot more.  
and speaking of running shoe obsessions…look what came home with me last week…
I died.  Are they not the cutest?!?! I digress…
Back to socks.  I’m picky.  So, when it comes to running socks I’m often stumped.  Do I go thick, thin, fitted, lose?  So many options.  I’ve tried footies because I have some tendonitis around my ankles so anything that is tight fitting doesn’t work for me.  But, the footies are too thin.  Ahh! So, after trying TONS of different socks and brands, I’ve decided that Thorlos are a go to for me.  Kid you not, EVERY time I run in these socks I have a good run as far as how my legs and body feel.  They offer support and cushion without being too much.  They are a bit thick so perfect for winter running.  I’ve used them in the summer heat too and had plenty of success.  I love them..

*Injinji

Even though I love my Thorlos, I’ve been seeing toe socks floating around Instagram so of course, I had to try them out.   I’m new to this company and this concept.  Toe socks?  Really? I thought my kids laughed hard when they saw my compression sleeves…..


  They may not be the most attractive thing in the world, but they are SO comfortable.  
My favorite thing about these socks is that they aren’t tight around my ankle.  They are nice and soft and I have loved them for summer running because they aren’t too thick.  I’ll be using them this next weekend for Hood to Coast.  I’m testing them out to see if I get blisters, as that’s what they are supposed to prevent.  I’ll keep you posted(get excited).  You can read more about these socks here. 

Balega
Ok so these were some of the first real running socks I ever purchased.  I’m down to one pair which means I’ll be running out today to grab some more.  I’d categorize these as somewhere between the Thorlos and the Injinji’s.  Not too thick, not too thin.   Their  just right and I love them.  They are a little thicker on the bottom instead of all around which I like.  My foot doesn’t feel crammed in my shoe when I wear them and I don’t get blisters in these bad boys.  Check them out on Amazon here.

So that’s it for socks this week.  Hope your feet stay nice and happy and you check out some of these awesome options.

When I first got on Instagram and started following different runners, I was slightly intimidated.  Certainly I’m not alone…I hope.  How is everyone so fast?! How do they run all the hours of all the days of the week and all the months of the year.  I felt a little behind.  Then, I decided I needed to stop comparing myself and start learning from others success…and failures.  I needed to be encouraged in my own running journey from other people that are around me in the not so typical way…via the internet.  It seems weird that you could build connections and relationships with people that you’ve never met but it’s actually really awesome.  I have found a support group and running community unlike anything I’m apart of in my regular day to day life here in McKinney.  I love it.

Through this whole process I stumbled upon RunFarGirl, Sarah Canney.  I started following Sarah, then I noticed a bunch of shirts floating around with “Embrace the Hill” on them.   I did a little research and discovered Sarah’s awesome story and cause.  Then I ordered two shirts…..and then another one.  I’ve told ya’ll I have a problem.

 I reached out to her and she has been gracious enough to answer questions for me and help me out with different things I have faced over the past few months.  We’ve become fast friends from a distance and I’m so thankful God allowed me to stumble upon her through the IG running community.  So, she’s here today to share a bit of her story and how you can become involved and give back…..


1. Tell us a little about yourself…. My husband and I and our two kids live in New Hampshire, where I was born and raised. I am a stay at home mom of two: Sophia is four and my son, Jack is two. I spend my days running after my little ones and blogging when I have time at runfargirl.com. I love to write, cook, read and of course run! And I am passionate about helping the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon, NH where our son Jack had two surgeries to correct a birth defect. 


2. How/When did you start running? I started in college to stay in shape. My first running goal was to run a marathon and in preparation for it I ran my first 5 and 10K. I was hooked and have been running ever since. 

3. Tell us a little about how RunFarGirl came about….. Shortly after my daughter Sophia was born in 2009, I left my job as a high school English teacher to stay home. I wanted a creative outlet and began blogging. I called it The Runner Mom Chronicles. I blogged there for a short time and then went back to work after Sophia turned 9 months old. I pretty much stopped blogging at that point, but returned to it in 2012 when I left work for good after I found out I was expecting our second child: our son, Jack. It was then that RunFarGirl.com was born. But I’d really been Run Far Girl long before that. It was a phrase that the owner of a sub shop in Phoenix, Arizona coined about me. I visited his sub shop frequently and he always knew it was me because I drove a blue Volkswagen Beetle with the license plate RUN FAR. Every time I walked in he’d ask: “What does Run Far Girl want today?”

4. What is Embrace the Hill?  In a nut shell the phrase Embrace the Hill is all about leaning into the challenges that life throws our way. Some runners avoid hills because they are hard, but strong runners attack hills, they lean into them knowing that even in the difficulty they are building strength. Embrace the Hill means to lean into the difficulty of life knowing that you’ll come out on the other side stronger. I had to do that in 2013 when my son underwent two surgeries to correct a congenital birth defect. His birth defect went undetected by ultrasound, so we were shocked that there was something “wrong” when he was born. The “hill” of his diagnosis, surgeries and then his fight against a staph infection seemed so insurmountable at the time. But I know I’m stronger from the journey. Here’s a link to the whole story: http://runfargirl.com/embrace-the-hill/

5. How can people get involved or donate? People can purchase a shirt at runfarshop.com, the proceeds go directly to the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock or they can make a donation directly on my donor page:http://chad.donordrive.com/participant/runfargirl

6. What is your greatest running accomplishment? I have so many‚Ķit’s so hard to choose one because they all mean something different. Each race is a different mental and physical challenge. I’d have to say that my greatest running accomplishment was setting a 23 minute PR in the marathon this spring. I ran 3:25 and my previous marathon time was 3:48. I feel so proud of the hard work I put into training last winter and everything came together on race day. 

7. What is your current favorite running item(clothing item, shoes, socks etc)? I love the Oiselle Strappy bra right now and of course my Saucony Kinvaras:)

Sarah, I can not thank you enough for taking the time to pop in and answer some questions.  Thank you for being an encouragement to me and teaching me to embrace my own hills with strength and courage.  

Happy Monday ya’ll!!