Running for Mental Health

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When I started running a few years ago, I realized that I was not running for the same reasons most runners were. I didn’t care about beating my time, I had no interest in running the big 6 marathons, and I didn’t care if it took me three times longer to run the same distance as another runner. ⁠

I started running during a very dark time in my life. Very little made me smile and very little motivated me to get out the door. Somehow lacing up my sneakers and going on a run, helped. It cleared my mind and it helped me to feel better. ⁠

If you or someone you know can relate, please feel free to share this with them.

10 Apps to Motivate You To Get Fit

  1. Cash for Steps   

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Only available on iOS. It allows you to get cash for walking. Track your progress. Follow friends and track their progress. Daily bonuses. Cash-out for gift cards or PayPal payments.

2. Achievement

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Get paid to track your steps, log your meals, meditation, sleep, and biking miles.

3. Charity Miles

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Walking/ Running tracker that allows you to earn money for your favorite charities. Get healthy and raise awareness at the same time. I personally use Charity Miles every time I run. I like knowing that my exercise helps the greater good.

4. Healthy Wage

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This app seems too good to be true, but it has a lot of positive reviews. You bet money that you will lose a certain amount of weight in a specific time-frame and if you meet your goal, you get your money back plus a bonus amount. In order to not cheat, you send in weigh-in verification videos at the beginning and at the end of a challenge.

5. RunBet

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This app has more of a game feel. Once you log in, you look for a game you want to participate in. You bet on yourself by putting money into the pot. Complete the runs and if you win, you split the pot. Each game has its own set of rules.

6. StepBet

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This app is similar to RunBet, except instead of counting runs, you count steps.

7. Yodo

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You get rewarded for sports-related activities and inviting friends. The rewards are not capped and you can withdraw them for cash.

8. Sweatcoin

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This app pays you in sweatcoins that you can use to buy things with. You turn your workout sweat into free things.

9. Winwalk Pedometer

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Walk or exercise and get coins that you turn into e-Gift Card Rewards from popular brands.

10. Lympo

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Sign in and complete daily challenges. Earn coins while walking or running and then cash them out for name-brand rewards.


Have you tried any of these apps? Did they work for you? Do you have other apps you use that are good?

Towel Parade

At this point, I have been on many cruises with various destinations, companies, and styles. One of my overall favorite things to see on a cruise are towel animals! I can’t believe that some cruise lines don’t even bother. It’s something small that takes a little effort and makes people ridiculously happy.

Towel Parade on the pool deck of a Carnival Cruise. There was no announcement. At least not that I heard. I went by the pool deck one morning and there they were!

Normally the room attendant will clean the room in the evening while your group is out at dinner or at the show. This is when they work on their little towels masterpieces. Every day I wait with anticipation to see what type of towel animal I will get today. The staff is very creative. Some will take items in your room, like your sunglasses or book and use it in part of their design.

Scorpion made with the bed cover on a Disney Cruise.

Hers Breast Cancer Walk/Run

The Hers Breast Cancer Foundation supports women and men that have undergoing breast cancer treatment or are in remission.

I was there early because I didn’t want to miss the dove release. The race started at 8:30 am, but I was there by 7:00 am. The doves were for survivors who wished to release a dove. Even though Jim and I are not survivors, they had extras and we were asked if we wanted to release some and we gladly said, yes! It was so touching to hold such a beautiful creature in my hands. I could feel its heartbeatHERS2019-74.jpg as it patiently waited to be released. When it came time to release, we gave it a gentle push and off they went.

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After the dove release, there were volunteer singers and musicians, and yoga. The expo had several booths with either product for breast cancer patients or products that supported their mission.

The trail was a dirt flat trail at Quarry Lakes in Fremont, CA. You could tell who was a survivor and who was a supporter by the color of the event shirt. Blue for supporters and pink for survivors. There were a water station and volunteers encouraging you to keep going along the way. HERS2019-595

Even though my bib was chipped, my results didn’t show up. I’ve never had that happen before. I guess the chip was defective. Luckily, I wasn’t going for speed anyway. Especially since I was diagnosed with Accessory Navicular Syndrome (double ankle bone), which causes me pain to do high impact sports like running. I won’t be doing the longer distances like I used to, but I’m okay with that.

At the end of the race, we were treated to a BBQ with hotdogs and hamburgers. It was a great ending to a fun day.

Buff Turns Recycled Bottles into Multi-Functional Headwear

Disclaimer: I received a Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!”

The design I chose that had a Fall motif. There were so many color options, it’s crazy! Do you have any scarf that doubles as a headband, hat, ear warmer, etc.? I bet not!


I wore my Buff to work one day and in the afternoon it was my workout headband.


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The true test was going to be if I could wear the Buff during a race. I was wondering if it would stay on my head. Yes, headbands tend to slide off and then I have to slow down or stop to fix it or if I was going to be annoyed by it and wishing I could take it off. Neither one of those things happened. I ran the Giants Race San Francisco 5K and I forgot I had a Buff on. I actually wore my Buff on my neck and then moved it up to my head to keep the sweat out of my eyes. The fact that some Buff’s have UV protection helps keep the sun from damaging my skin during those long periods of time racing.



SF Giant Race 2018

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Giant Raceace as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

This was my first time doing this race. We drove to SF the day before to the expo and pick up the bibs for two other BibRavePro’s. The pre-event was very well organized. They had many volunteers on site to help in the various tasks, but also to direct people traffic to the right spot.

The Half and 10K had an earlier start time than the 5K. This was great because by the time the 5K started the other runs had been done their race a long time ago, which meant there was plenty of parking when we arrived later that morning. I also did the pre-paid parking option which made it hassle free. I just printed the receipt and put it on my windshield.

The 5K race was fun. It started outside of the stadium, went down the marina a little, turned around and ended inside the stadium. There were a lot of families running together. It’s awesome to see families getting exercise and having fun together.

Our race swag included a bobblehead, a t-shirt, a finisher’s medal. I’m not a bobblehead collector, but I found plenty of friends who wanted it, so I gave it away.


At the end of the race after you got your medal there were some snacks available for free. They were handing out carrots, yogurt, milk, applesauce, and pretzels. It was the perfect ending to a race in SF.

I know some people told me that they were concerned with running in San Francisco since it’s known to be extremely hilly there, but it was totally flat the entire time for the 5K distance.

I might have to do this run again next year. It was totally worth it.