Thoughts on “Milestones Every Serious Runner Should Reach”

Recently, Active.com posted a slideshow article titled Milestones Every Serious Runner Should Reach. I nearly threw up in my mouth a little reading it.

I realized early on that by ‘Serious’, they may have meant ‘Competitive.’ But even then, this article seems so backwards from what I have always loved about the running community….we are accepting of EVERYONE. To make the assumption that you’re not a serious runner if you don’t run a marathon, run X number of miles, etc. is just ridiculous.
What is a serious runner? To me, a serious runner is someone who feels so connected with the sport that it has become part of their inner being. They can’t imagine life without running.

  • Your pace doesn’t matter.
  • The distance you run doesn’t matter. Most of the points this list went over made it sound like if you’ve never run a marathon, you’re not serious about running. πŸ™„
  • You don’t need to have black toe nails, but if you do you might want to get re-fitted for a new pair of shoes.😝
  • You can be competitive with yourself or be a serious runner and never do ANY of the things on the list. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

To me if you run, you’re a runner. If you can’t imagine life without running, you’re serious 😜. Yes, some of the “milestones” listed most people would consider a big deal. However, it doesn’t make someone any more or less ‘serious’ of a runner.

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Free Garmin Watch Face Download (made by me!)

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I’ve posted pictures of my state of Michigan Garmin watch face a few times on Instagram and had a few people comment on mine since Garmin came out with the option to upload custom watch face images. 

I thought I’d offer up the image so all you fellow Michigander’s could showcase your home state pride on your Garmin as well.

When I went to find the original image on my computer, I realized I had deleted it. No biggie…I created a new one and was so excited to find out they had added more options when creating a custom watch face. I love being able to look down and see not only the time, but the date, step count, and battery life. So, that was great seeing this as an option now.

To find out if your device is compatible with the Garmin Face-it App, click HERE.

Here’s how you get this neat image on your watch. I’d love you to share pictures of your watch with this and tag me on Instagram! 😊

  1. Save the image below to your phone.mittenrunnergarminwatchface
  2. Download the Garmin Face It App, if you haven’t already.
  3. Open the app.
  4. Click the + sign on the top left corner, and select your watch.
  5. Select the photo and name it.
  6. Click the button to send it to your device, which will bring you to the Garmin Connect app to sync it to your watch.

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Have you ever created your own watch face using the app? What image did you use? It’s such a great feature to really make it your own.

10k or Half Marathon?

I’m laughing now, but not long ago I was fuming mad. Last year in November I registered for Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and the River Bank 25k. Fast forward to February of this year, and I found myself reading medical journals and doing online research on excessive exercise and the heart because my dad unexpectedly had a heart attack. I decided to back down from the long distance races and focus on heart health with 10k or less runs. So the beginning of March I got online and transferred from the 25k down to the 10k and then read (it must have been on their website because I can’t find any emails) that for event transfer for Gazelle you’d need to pick up your bib and bring it to a special table at the expo to get a new 10k bib. Ok, great!…I thought it I was all good!

Then I saw that the Gazelle 10k was sold out. It made me wonder what happens to all the people that are planning on the 10k but purchased a half bib? It got me thinking though about how much I love the Gazelle half. So I contacted the race director. Looks like their policy must have changed between the beginning of March and now because I was basically told I have no choice but to run the half or defer to next year.πŸ™ˆ I skipped speed work in training in favor for easy runs thinking I had no reason to be focusing on speed anymore because Nashville is just a go for fun race….so this half I have no idea what to expect. I love Gazelle though, so I am excited to run it once more.


I recently ran a 2:11 half in training for my last half (Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville), so I’m hoping for that or better but we will see what unconventional training does for me 😬.

Health update

I thought it was time for a little health update. It’s been about three months now since my food sensitivities and Candida overgrowth diagnosis, and I am feeling better than I have in a long time! I have pretty much figured out through trial and error what foods are the biggest culprits to my gastrointestinal distress after going through the list of foods they said my body reacts to (plus others that weren’t tested). So far I’ve found these foods cause the most problems: corn, bananas (😒), garlic, wine (mostly sweet ones), kombucha (😭), and cashews. I am sad I had to put kombucha back on the list! And I’ll probably never get over the fact that bananas make me bloat up like a balloon. Fingers crossed that side affect goes away eventually…I was eating them 2-3x a day haha!


I have plans to have some corn shell tacos as my post race meal after the Nashville half, and I’m already excited about it! πŸ˜‚ haha No clue how I’ll feel since I’ve done pretty good avoiding it the past few months. But I have high hopes I’ll be fine and I just needed a break from those foods. If not, I’ll just know what to expect if I have them and continue to do my best to avoid them.

If you’re having GI issues, I’d highly recommend seeing a Naturopathic doctor (if your regular primary care physician can’t do the testing) and getting food sensitivities and Candida tested. Remember, food allergies and food sensitivities are quite different. It wasn’t cheap for the tests, but for what I learned and how I feel now it was well worth the money.