Monday Listicles


How are you? How was your week? Your weekend? What made you happy today? Yesterday?

Hope you answered to all those without having to think about it. One of the things that made me happy and giggle loads was reading your listicles. The fictional facts about you were the bomb and I was surprised to see how many of you know you Bond stuff!! Thank you Anja for a super duper fun topic!

On the other hand, hope that this week’s topic, suggested by Kerstin gave you some food for thought and a reason to be happy too. I look forward to reading about your 10 THINGS I LEARNED IN 2012. I started running this year and I wrote about ten things I learned about that. Opinion expressed here are my own and written for the sole purpose of entertainment. Before beginning any exercise program, please consult a physician or other qualified health care provider. Specially if he is gorgeous like the surgeon that operated on my knee.

Where was I?

Next week! I have gotten so many awesome ideas from you all about what to write our list on. To be fair, I will queue them up in the next few months, starting with Jessica:

And now, tell me what you learned this year!

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. I finally realized why running is number one choice of exercise among moms.

2. No matter how happy you feel, do not laugh during your run. Bugs taste awful and you will inhale many.

3. When starting off you will notice your four year old and the seventy year old lady down the street can both run faster and longer then you.

4. No matter how amazing this video makes it look, running in the rain is…running in the rain.

5. Also related: If you live in Pacific Northwest you either learn to love running in the rain or you give up running.

6. Apps are your best friend. They track your runs, help you plan them, achieve your goals, motivate you to push yourself and have a cute guy tell you how awesome you are.

7. Like all hobbies, starting to run gives you a great excuse to shop for new gear.

8. Avoid watching ‘Criminal minds’ and the likes, cause most females in these shows are attacked and killed while running in the park.

9. World looks even more amazing when you are running by.

10. I have never seen a person who is not happy after a run. Just look at Jen, Clarinda, Michelle and Monica!

What advice do you have for me to get better at running?


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  1. Katie E November 18, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Twitter: euregirlsandboy
    I’ve missed a few weeks in a row, I think, so I’m linking early (and off topic) this week. Love your list – I’ve been wanting to try running. I made it through one week of Couch to 5k – twice – but haven’t managed the whole thing. #8 makes me laugh though :)
    Katie E recently posted..Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

  2. Lisa C November 18, 2012 at 19:24 #

    Twitter: spokesmama
    Great list! I never really learned to love running in the rain. That & some foot issues drove me away from it. I only run to catch Sprout or buses these days. I love the topic for next week, by the way!
    Lisa C recently posted..Exercise Challenge: Month 8, Week 2

  3. christine November 18, 2012 at 19:31 #

    I’ve always thought running in the rain was fun, unless it was a cold rain. I’m guessing in the Pacific Northwest, you have a lot of cold rains. I would never have run if I lived in the Pacific Northwest.
    Thanks for hosting this link-up!
    christine recently posted..Monday Listicles – My Brain Can’t Take All This Learnin’!

  4. [email protected] Mom November 18, 2012 at 19:52 #

    Twitter: copilotmom
    Great list, Stasha – you make running sound really wonderful. I ran for a short time in high school and then never went back to it. I am happy when I can go for a brisk walk – really brightens my day.
    [email protected] Mom recently posted..10 Things I Learned in 2012

  5. Jackie November 18, 2012 at 20:02 #

    Twitter: notwifezilla
    I’ve wanted to like running. The attire is cute. You really don’t need too much, and it seems rather simple to do. However, I just don’t like it, no matter how hard I try. I’m glad you’re enjoying it though!
    You go you Runner girl you!
    Jackie recently posted..Learning Curve

  6. Stacey November 18, 2012 at 20:23 #

    Twitter: staceysmoments
    My advice…just keep running! I started 5 years ago and I’m totally addicted. And now that I am done having babies, I can actually train a little better. Plus, it’s becoming a family sport. My three oldest are running a 5K on Thanksgiving with me! Great list!
    Stacey recently posted..Ten Things My Kids Taught Me in 2012

  7. Alison November 18, 2012 at 20:39 #

    Twitter: AlisonSWLee
    I miss running!
    Now I only run after my kids. Sigh.
    Alison recently posted..My Life In Numbers

  8. Rorybore November 18, 2012 at 20:44 #

    Twitter: rorybore
    See right there..I’m bound to fail at running, because I am a huge fan of Criminal Minds and CSI and thus only run when chased. which hasn’t happened yet, thankfully. Well, except the hubby….but I kinda cheated and let him catch me.
    Rorybore recently posted..Picture Perfect: Spreading Joy

  9. MamaCassie November 18, 2012 at 20:48 #

    Twitter: FotoFriendlyMom
    Apps are great for running! I don’t know what I would do without my smart phone! I need to get back into running! Keep at it! And Jen is a great inspiration :)
    MamaCassie recently posted..Lessons of 2012

  10. Bridget November 18, 2012 at 21:04 #

    Twitter: twinisms
    I’d rather run in the snow than in the rain. Is that crazy?
    Bridget recently posted..Monday Listicles

  11. Jill November 18, 2012 at 21:15 #

    I like the treadmill run. I have my iphone in front of me to change the songs, a tv in front of me to catch espn highlights, and my water bottle in front of me. Most runners think treadmill running is kind of like cheating, but I just think it’s more comfortable. Running in the rain? Heck no. I’d melt!
    Jill recently posted..Monday Listicles: 10 Things I Learned in 2012

  12. Emma November 18, 2012 at 21:39 #

    Twitter: yourdoctorswife
    I wish I could give you some running tips, but, sadly, no.
    Thanks for providing such a fun link-up!

  13. Amanda November 18, 2012 at 21:47 #

    Twitter: lilahbility
    Way to go, Stasha, keep up the amazing work! I admire your dedication and determination, especially with all this RAIN!!!
    Amanda recently posted..You.

  14. Bruna November 18, 2012 at 21:58 #

    Twitter: beeswithhoney
    I’m jealous you can run. I love it but my knees won’t allow me to do it any longer.
    Bruna recently life in numbers

  15. [email protected] November 19, 2012 at 01:27 #

    Twitter: southmainmuse
    So glad you are enjoying running. It has been my sanity for 30 years. And you comment about the 4 year old and 70 year old made me laugh. I remember once I was finishing up a triathlon. It was a longer distance and there had been a lot of wind and I was exhausted. Running the last mile or so I looked over an there was a squirrel running along. And I thought — there is no way I could beat that squirrel right now. ha. Keep running, chica.
    [email protected] recently posted..It’s 4 a.m. and here’s my list of 10.

  16. Ducky November 19, 2012 at 03:58 #

    Twitter: batcrapcrazy
    I started running over the summer and I did love it until the temps hit 115. Then it was just suffocating. I admit, I quit.
    Ducky recently posted..It’s Been…..Interesting

  17. BonnyBard November 19, 2012 at 04:14 #

    Twitter: thebonnybard
    #3 was so funny! I can’t seem to get myself into running, but you guys are all so enthused about it, you may just inspire me!
    BonnyBard recently posted..The – the things I’ve learned – Monday Listicle

  18. thedoseofreality November 19, 2012 at 04:23 #

    Twitter: ashleytaylor76
    Always so much fun linking up here! :)-Ashley
    thedoseofreality recently posted..10 Things We Learned in 2012

  19. Stacie November 19, 2012 at 04:39 #

    Twitter: snapsandbits
    Awesome that you are enjoying running. I ran a lot in my 20s but now I prefer the lower impact elliptical and hiking with my dog!
    Stacie recently posted..10 Things I Learned In 2012

  20. Barbara November 19, 2012 at 06:47 #

    Twitter: babspinfrance
    I stopped running after my first was born and I miss it like crazy. Why is it that women joggers are always getting attacked on those shows?
    Barbara recently posted..Mama Monday!

  21. Runnermom-jen November 19, 2012 at 06:52 #

    Twitter: runnermomjen
    Stasha, I am SO proud of you!! For the record, I love to run in the rain…and one of my biggest fears is being attacked while I’m running…stupid shows.
    Runnermom-jen recently posted..Looking Through the Lens…

  22. Pam November 19, 2012 at 07:01 #

    Twitter: pammlofton
    I have no running advice. I was hoping you’d have some for me! LOL I just cannot get the breathing right. I start off ok, but then it’s like I”m having a panic attack. I keep trying but it hasn’t changed yet. Loved your list! Love Monday Listicles!

  23. Bee November 19, 2012 at 07:14 #

    Thanks to tendonitis in my knees I’ve got to stick to low-impact stuff (not that I do much exercise these days), but my first 5K was in a cold rain! It was fun though, but yep — it was still running in the rain.
    Bee recently posted..10 Things I Learned in 2012

  24. Anja November 19, 2012 at 08:11 #

    Twitter: cocalores
    Ha ha, you want to see a person who does not look happy after a run? Look here! =)
    Anja recently posted..Ten Lessons I’ve Learned In 2012

  25. lisacng @ expandng.c November 19, 2012 at 10:43 #

    Twitter: lisacng
    Wanna hear something funny? I just “Foto Friendly Mom” this morning, and she linked to “Monday Listicles by Stasha”, but I just didn’t make the connection. Funny how small the world is huh? Anyways, I took up running kinda this summer too, but haven’t been out much b/c it gets dark so early and I watch too much SVU ;). Anyways, I just need to stay motivated and buy some winter gear, like you said! LOL on the boy and grandma running longer/faster than you. Prolly will be that way for me for a looong time. Glad to be reading your blog!
    lisacng @ expandng.c recently posted..Throwback Thursday: Photos and a blog award

  26. Stephanie Sprenger November 19, 2012 at 10:58 #

    Twitter: mommyisforreal
    As a non runner I totally loved this list. Hilarious. I always enjoy your writing!
    Stephanie Sprenger recently posted..2012: A Sleepy Year

  27. Kerstin November 19, 2012 at 11:07 #

    Twitter: kerstinauer
    I am planning on hitting my elliptical to whip myself into shape over the winter. In the spring I will join a running group with a friend and I’m pretty excited about it!

    Thanks so much for having my topic! xo
    Kerstin recently posted..10 things I learned in 2012

  28. Michelle November 19, 2012 at 11:20 #

    Twitter: ltlindian
    Awwweee! You are so sweet to give me a mention. :) You WILL be faster than your kid and your mom–just for a few years though… I’m still faster than mine, but that day is coming soon. My teen could be faster than me if she trained, but she’s too busy with other sports.

    Running advice? Just put one foot in front of the other. If I start to feel crappy then I just try to think about those people who can’t run–amputees, disabled, sick, elderly–and what they might give to be able to run again. How’s that for a motivator? :)
    Michelle recently posted..Social Media Safety?

  29. Jamie November 19, 2012 at 11:21 #

    Twitter: chosenchaos
    Love this list! And it sounds like you’ve gotten through many of the stages of runners. My biggest advice is if it gets annoying, slow down. Or speed up. Or change your route. Or walk. It can also be changed to meet your needs. Also, I discovered audio books this year and it’s been a life-changer for me and my running. I feel like I’m accomplishing two things at once! Happy to be here with you and all these lists!!
    Jamie recently posted..skilled and enlightened

  30. Marie November 19, 2012 at 11:31 #

    Twitter: MarieMiracles
    This makes me want to revise my list! I’ve also learned this year that exercise can be addictive, but I am definitely not a runner. When I walk/run on the treadmill, I’m listing to music on headphones and reading at the same time because I find it to be so boring!!

    I also should have added “I’ve learned how much fun Listicles can be” to my list–thank you so much for organizing and hosting this each week, Stasha!!

  31. Raya November 19, 2012 at 11:55 #

    Twitter: mrsrkfj
    Best motivational post to run again ever. Awesome!
    Raya recently posted..Motivation Monday: The End

  32. Cyn & Co. November 19, 2012 at 13:07 #

    Twitter: cynandco
    Oh, all you runners are making me jealous! Okay, that’s it, I’m going to start running. Ugh, but where to begin???

    Great list, especially the Criminal Minds one! Isn’t it true? No good comes from running alone in that show.
    Cyn & Co. recently posted..Monday Listicles – 10 Things I Learned in 2012

  33. Kathy November 19, 2012 at 13:11 #

    i’m a new runner (3wks into it) and i use the couch to 5K app which is the most awesome app ever. i’m in good shape but i know running is a different kind of endurance so i’m building up to that.

    how to make you a good runner? well, i’m not sure since i’m a newbie but my veteran running pals tell me that you must dress appropriately for the weather which will help extend your runs as you’re more comfortable. for me, the biggest challenge is knowing how to dress for the cooler weather so i’ve been experimenting with different fabrics and layering.
    Kathy recently of a housewife: 6 month update

  34. The Sisterhood November 19, 2012 at 13:25 #

    Twitter: SensibleMoms
    Running does make me happy. It’s been hard to get back to after my appendectomy. I lost mileage so quickly.

    Look into Chi Running for joint saving techniques. I’m eventually going to write a post about it, but I don’t have the heart right now that things are dragging.

    The Sisterhood recently posted..What We Learned About Each Other in 2012

  35. Jessica November 19, 2012 at 13:52 #

    Twitter: goaliej54
    Love this! Any apps in particular that you like? I have been doing walks, but I think I want to start running. If nothing than to keep up with my son. :) He’s fast!
    Jessica recently posted..The Thanksgiving List

  36. Clarinda @ Enjoying November 19, 2012 at 15:13 #

    Twitter: EnjoytheCourse
    Thanks for the mention. I loved your list!! Being a runner, I could relate to

    Speaking of apps, have you tried Charity Miles? I love it because whenever I bike/run/walk outside using this app, a donation is made to one of several charities. It’s so easy!
    Clarinda @ Enjoying recently posted..10 Things I’ve Learned in 2012

  37. Julia Gibson November 19, 2012 at 15:42 #

    Twitter: momontherunx2
    #8 cracked me up… don’t watch Criminal Minds. Too funny! :-)

    Have a great week!

    Julia Gibson recently posted..Monday Listicles: Ten Things I Learned This Year

  38. Susi November 19, 2012 at 18:47 #

    Twitter: bocafrau
    I’ve tried running and at this point I’m so not there. I love to power walk. I do enjoy being out and about to exercise. :)
    Susi recently posted..Picture Perfect Weekly #29 {Live, Love, Laugh edition}

  39. Kate Hall November 19, 2012 at 19:34 #

    Twitter: KateWhineHall
    I like your list. I used to run, but had to stop because of my knees. Now I walk…on a treadmill…lame, but at least someone is taking care of my kids, so I can do it. I miss running by things, like my neighborhood. There is definitely a diferent perspective when you run by something rather than when you drive by it.
    Kate Hall recently posted..I Never Want To Visit A Chinese ER Again

  40. Diane November 19, 2012 at 23:15 #

    Twitter: dkotucker
    I’ve tried running in the past…OK so it was about 30 years ago now but I’m sure the main idea hasn’t changed all that much. I would much rather play sports which didn’t feel like exercise than run. Now the only exercise I get is opening a bottle of wine unless of course you count lifting my glass. :)
    Diane recently posted..Things I Thought about in 2012 #Monday Listicles

  41. Wendy Coffman November 20, 2012 at 09:52 #

    Twitter: stampingrules
    Stasha, you almost make me want to run. You make it sound so amazing! I’m thinking Uggs do not make good running footwear, and midnight might not be the right time to squeeze it in, so I’ll stick to inky paws for now. But you make me WANT to want to run!
    Wendy Coffman recently posted..Ten Things I Learned in 2012

  42. monica November 21, 2012 at 01:07 #

    Twitter: thegrommom
    Oh you are SO funny! I loved that post, and I too, began running in the Northwest. Now I run in (often rainy) hawaii, but yeah, it’s different. You’re off to a great start. Best advice i have is just keep doing it–it grows on you for sure!
    And how sweet to link to me!! I was seriously checking out the links with NO idea that was ME you were referring to…haha, I was so confused when I clicked on it and landed on my own site!! :) FUN.
    I’ll be linking up next week–that sounds like a fun one!
    monica recently posted..Grommeals: Homemade (Pumpkin) Toaster Waffles.

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