When we met her back in April for our TODAY Show taping, sure, we were excited about the segment and the awareness it would bring to Fellow Flowers. Honestly though, it has been the friendship we’ve developed with her since that is by far the most precious outcome of that experience. When the segment aired, there was overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the depth and care of which Erica shared our story. Every single person we talked to said, “Wow, she really gets it, doesn’t she.”
Maybe it’s her very first race or maybe she is going for a new PR or maybe she has a Boston qualifier in her sites. All you want to do is tell her how proud you are of her effort! Except most often, getting those inspirational words to her during her race is nearly impossible.
Introducing, Motigo, a new app designed to deliver personalized audio messages to your favorite runners (automatically) during their race so they can #runLOVED.
Seriously. How freaking cool is this?!?! As a runner, you can receive personalized messages from everyone who has been part of your journey WHILE you are running. As a supporter, you get to inspire and cheer on your runner through their race day miles. We’ve decided this is the best new app for women runners, and here our five reasons why.
Can you feel it? The Fiercely United Virtual Run is almost here!
To celebrate the friendships, the miles and the soon to be consumed post-race victory
cocktails (!) Tori and I decided to share two little vignettes about the BRFs (Best Running Friends) who will be running alongside us come race day.
Mel + Lindsay :: 13.1 BRF Team
She is the text message before a big day or a big moment. She is the ‘just because’ gift you receive because it made her think of you. She runs races with you not for the medal, but for the moments. She gets on an airplane and travels across the country because you need her. She is the friend you want to see truly happy because of all the smiles and generosity she has given you.
She is late nights, glasses of wine, dancing with your hands up and laughing until you cry. She reminds you that you can be carefree and grounded all at the same time.
I am blessed to have this friendship.
Along with avocados being a must have, must do, must eat in our diets, mangos have also made a roaring comeback when it comes to popular health food and good eats. They’re also ripe and in season, so they’re the perfect summer treat as a snack or side.
You know what makes them even more delicious? Slicing them up and pairing them with an avocado!
This recipe, the second in my Avoca-DO’s of Summer (see the first recipe here!), is super low on prep time and high on taste. I felt like a top-notch chef when I put it together. And, as food presentation goes, it looked so pretty! The bold and juicy flavor of the mango pairs perfectly with the creamy texture of the avocado (and let’s be honest, avocados don’t really taste that great alone).
This dish literally took minutes to make, and it was a perfect summer snack. I could also see making a lot more of it, cutting it in small chunks, and using as a side salad to chicken or fish. Try it. You’ll like it.
Have you ever gifted a flower to someone else?
A very simple question that we’ve asked our community of women, sparking some of the most beautiful comments we’ve ever seen. Every woman writing with purpose of how giving or receiving a flower has transformed the way she runs, validated a friendship, created a deeper connection to something she’s already doing, or most importantly, changed the way she sees herself.
Yes, while we haven’t ‘received’ a flower per say, we, throughout the past three years, have been given the blessed privilege of ‘giving’ a flower. Sometimes one. Sometimes hundreds. What we get in return from the recipients…the inner joy, the warm hearts, the childlike excitement and deep feelings of gratitude…is priceless.
When does this happen?
How does this happen?
The honest answer is when our instinct tells us to.
And we’ve never regretted it.
Longtime friends, Monica, Sarah, Josh and Liz share a special bond of friendship with a story that begins more than 20 years ago. Like most of us fortunate enough to experience true friendship, their friendship has seen them through the thick and thin of life – from loss and divorce to new beginnings and life joys. After running the Marquette Marathon together a few years ago, they settled on the team name “Three Flowers and a Stem”. Now living in different states, as soon as they heard about the Fiercely United Virtual Run they knew they had to reunite their running team for the “Three Flowers and a Stem” relay!
Here’s the story of their inspirational bond of friendship and why running the Fiercely United Virtual Run is so important to each of them:
Chuckling over the 4-way text she shares with her friends, Sarah describes the “3 Flowers and a Stem” friendship as, “a rare connection, a fierce loyalty, a joint respect and love in its purest, selfless, most joyful form”.
“It’s always been about more than the miles,” said Sarah. “It’s a beautifully fierce friendship. One tough supportive loving stem and three grateful loving and bonded flowers.”