Necklaces that Express Your FBG ‘Tude

One More Mile NecklaceLast fall, I had the opportunity to run in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Fransisco. It was amazing and, of all the races I’ve run, it’s one that I look back on as extra special because not only was the scenery beautiful and I shaved two minutes off my previous half-marathon time, but I got also some kick-ass swag! At the end of that race, handsome men in tuxedos were waiting to hand finishers Tiffany & Co. necklaces that were delicately wrapped in that signature blue box.

It. Was. Awesome.

And now, whenever I see or wear that necklace, I remember fighting up those San Fran hills and overlooking the Pacific Ocean as I “ran like a girl.” It’s a subtle necklace, and not like one of those technical Ts that you usually get that scream “I ran this race!”

So when we stumbled up The Silver Maple, I immediately was drawn to its fitness-inspired jewelry. With sayings such as “One more mile,” “Run like a mother,” and even customized bragging rights (they’ll engrave the name of your race on a necklace pendent), they’re not only cute—but they’re also a memory of all of your accomplishments.

We women work so darn hard sometimes. From raising healthy families to working to pay the bills to taking care of our bodies and pushing ourselves to be the best we can be, sometimes we forget to take a step back and reflect on all the amazing things we do each and every day. Sure, it’s just a necklace, but sometimes it’s the daily reminder that says, yes, I am awesome. I am strong. I am fit—inside and out. —Jenn

Want to express your FBG attitude with some bling? The Silver Maple has agreed to give away its Running Makes Me Happy necklace to one lucky U.S. reader. Leave a comment with why running makes you happy, and we’ll randomly select one comment to win. The winner will be notified directly by email.



Comments

  1. Becky Clark says

    Running makes me happy because it’s such a challenge for me and I’m so proud of myself when I make it through. This necklace would be such an encouragement!

  2. Aubrey S. says

    I’m a newbie runner so the act of running isn’t that enjoyable yet to me, but the feeling afterward of knowing that I finished my goal and how capable I am. That’s my runner’s high.

  3. Jessica says

    Running makes me happy for lots of reasons – beautiful and peaceful Saturday morning runs, the good friends I’ve made in my training group, and my weekly awe at my body for running distances I never thought possible! (Training for my first marathon in October.)

  4. Amelia says

    Running makes me happy because it gives me time to myself to appreciate all that I have done and all that I have yet to accomplish. It keeps me goal oriented.

  5. Jamie says

    Running makes me happy in so many ways! It’s my ‘me-time’ and my therapy, all in one. Plus, through coaching for a local running shop for years, I’ve made so many friends – people who I truly consider my family now!

  6. nellie says

    Love that necklace! I’ve been wanting to run the Nike Women’s half for some time now….jealous!! Running makes me happy because it is my sanity!!! I love the rush of running fast! I’d love to be competitive again…

  7. Stephanie says

    Running makes me happy because it’s a constant reminder of how much I’ve changed since I was that 15 year old who used her asthma as an excuse to get out of running the mile in gym class.

  8. Anna says

    I started running 2 years ago and have been running ever since. It makes me a healthier and better mother for my girls. I want to be a good role model for them of what is possible if you really believe and work toward your goals.

  9. Ed says

    Running makes me happy because I always feel strong and fit when I come back from run since I know I did something crazy good for my body.

  10. Janet says

    No matter what’s going on in my life or other exercises that I do, I always come back to running because it’s simple, I can do it anywhere with little equipment, and calms me down and quiets my mind and strengthens my body…love it!

  11. Stacey Styles says

    I walk like a girl, run like a mother at 5am! I love running, your blog and that necklace! :)

  12. Ivori says

    Well, I do not run, but I walk 5 miles Monday – Friday with my family and that makes me happy.
    I love being outside near sunset, feeling the breeze and watching the beautiful colors of the sky as the sun nears the horizon, but I truly enjoy talking with my son and creating a healthy habit for him.

  13. Ruth says

    Running makes me happy because:
    -I get to spend time outdoors.
    -I get to see myself make steady progress.
    -Those endorphins!
    -Kick ass leg muscles.
    -High fives and kudos from other runners on the trail that are way more hard core than me.
    -Sleep better at nite.
    -And more, I’m sure.

  14. Jo says

    I love running because it’s the ONLY thing I do that’s solely for myself. It prevents me from being a martyr mother. It provides me with a healthy mind and body. It keeps me humble, as there’s always someone else who is faster as well as slower. It generates a source of strength for me to rely on when I need it. It gives me a reason to be outside and experience the beauty of nature. It’s simple and pretty uncomplicated. It allows me to just BE. And that is a very gorgeous necklace, by the way!

  15. Courtney I says

    Running makes me happy because it literally lifts my mood. I know there’s science behind this, but it always amazes me and strikes me as a bit magical!

  16. Bekki says

    Running is a great therapy for me (cheap too) I feel energized, powerful and ccomplete when finished- even after a short run I feel great! What a fabulous idea for fitness jewelry!!

  17. Carrie Sazama says

    Running makes me happy because I feel such a sense of accomplishment when I’m done. And…people respect you when you tell them you are a runner. It is like a secret society…in a good way!

  18. Christy Sprotte says

    Running makes me happy because it renews and refreshes my soul. Being alone with nature while accomplishing physical feats I never thought possible is so empowering to my mind, body, and spirit.

  19. Debbie says

    I used to be able to run more than I can now but even a little brings back that feeling. I’m so thankful my joints allow me to run some. No motivation needed with all that gratitude! Lovely necklace posted!

  20. Sarah says

    Running makes me happy because no one can decide how I run except me. I love being in full control of one thing in my life.

  21. Ciara says

    Running makes me happy because I’m deaf and I don’t know any deaf runners and I’m about to change that! I know a deaf runner — ME.

  22. Dorie says

    Running makes me happy because I am investing in my health and my future, and in helping my family be healthier, too. It it my cherished “me” time that I NEVER feel guilty about needing or taking!

  23. Michelle says

    Running makes me happy because I feel like a weight has been lifted when I’m done, like I’m breathing cleaner and feeling great!

  24. Kelie says

    Running makes me feel like my feet are 20 pounds each nearing the end of my runs. But after that feeling is gone, I never regret running.

  25. Mireya says

    I love how I set little goals and accomplish them. I used to hate running the “mile” growing up and now I absolutely enjoy going out for a 30-45 minute run.

  26. jacalynB says

    When I run, my thoughts clear and I really feel like its my meditation time. This makes me a happier person!

  27. Amy says

    Running makes me happy because it was the one thing I always convinced myself I could never do. Now, it clears my mind and makes me realize I can do anything.

  28. Joy says

    Even though it’s often a struggle, both to get out the door and through the run, it’s the only thing that releases all the tension I seem to collect. It makes me feel strong and able. Plus, one look at my dog flopped on the floor afterward, and I can’t help but smile.

  29. Becky says

    Running is my power.. I feel in control..after losing 115lbs..I CAN RUN…before at 271lbs I couldnt it was hard..NOW I am in CONTROL..and can run run run!

  30. Kyle says

    Running makes me happy because: I get to get away from every stress, AND it REALLY reminds me of when I’d run as a kid, never get out of breath (or at least not care that I was out of breath!)..it’s just freeing :)

  31. Katrina says

    I used to love to run but after 2 kids, a husband that works shift work, being laid off, I have been lost in the sea of LIFE. I have recently started working out again – trying to find that girl deep inside of me. The saying “one more mile” represents so much more than just a ‘mile’. It is one more step, one more deep lunge, one more crunch… it is the reminder to not quit when you feel like you want to, the commitment to yourself to just keep going. This is my new life, one for do-overs and starting again…to find that girl inside of me. ;) ONE MORE MILE.

  32. JD says

    IS ALL I CAN SAY IS AFTER I CAME ACROSS YOUR WEB SITE BY TRULEY MISTAK, I WAS INSTANTLY DRAWN IN. THE MORE I READ THE MORE I WAS INSPIRED. I HADE TO STOP ALL EXERCISE FOR 2 MONTHS DUE TO AN INJURY. BUT IT HAS BEEN HARD FOR ME TO GET BACK INTO IT MOSTLY FROM THE LAZYNESS OF NOT WORKING OUT MADE IT TO EASY. hOW EVER AS I WAS READING YOUR SITE IT MADE ME START TO TINK ABOUT HOW SICK I HAVE BEEN LATLY, TIRED, WEAK, LATHARGIC,LOW ENERGY AND ALWAYS HUNGERY WITH A GAIN OF 10 LBS. IT WAS LIKE HITTING A BRICK WALL, I GOT UP WENT TO THE MEDICEN CLOSET AND BAGGED UP ALL THE RX’S THE DR. WROTE FOR ME FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE. I THEN PUT ON MY RUNNING SHOES AND RAN TO THE DRUG STORE AND ASKED THEM TO DISPOSE OF THE RX’S. I THEN TOOK A 2 1/2 HR. RUN. WHEN I GOT HOME AND SHOWED MY MITOCHONDRIA’S WERE GOING CRAZY WITH JOY. iT WAS AS IF THEY WERE SCREAMING AT ME SAYING WELL IT’S ABOUT TIME. I HAD THE BEST NIGHT SLEEP, DON’T NEED THE RX’S AND HAVE LOSE 20 LBS SINCE I FEEL GREAT, AND OWE IT ALL TO YOUR SITE. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

  33. theresa Merkel says

    Running makes me happy because when my run for the day is over everything else is accomplished with more ease and a nice smile!

  34. Jan says

    There are many reasons why running makes me happy. But I guess the main reason is the one that got me started in the first place….even though it leaves my mind free to think about many things, they are not the heartbreaking things that creep in at other times.

  35. HellKat says

    Running makes me happy because it keeps me sane enough for my kids and husband to still love me!

  36. Talia says

    WOW! that necklace is gorgeous! I would love to have one of those to always remind me of how lucky I am to be a healthy human being. There are so many people in the world who have disabilities or are unable to do things and I am just so thankful for the life that I can live. I love running because it makes me feel even more alive and when I want to stop I keep thining to myself “this is for you” “keep going” and you just have to keep on keepin on!

  37. Ronalee says

    Running makes me happy because it makes me feel so free. I can erase all the thoughts of worries in my life and be one with nature. I love nature and being out in it.

  38. Josie says

    Running makes me happy because it’s the one time of day where I am more than a mom. More than a wife. More than an employee. It’s the one time of day where I’m the strong, fierce woman I always thought I could be. Rawwr!

  39. Grace says

    I have run the last two years in the Montana Womens Run. The first year I was a little intimidated by how many people were attending so I just ran 2 miles. The next year I was ready to take on the five mile challenge! I also ran the 5k this year at the Health Run! I would recommend running in one event just to get a taste. I bet you anything, you will get hooked. I did!

  40. Jennifer De Cuir says

    Running makes me happy because it is helping me achieve my goal of a healthier, happier life!

  41. Heather L. says

    Running makes me happy cuz it is my time! Time to clear my head, gather my thoughts, rejuvinate my mind and body. Gorgeous necklace!

  42. Kris says

    Running makes me happy BECAUSE I CAN. I spent many years saying i couldnt do this or that because of my weight. What I have learned is that I CAN run. I may not be as fast as the others, but I can do it. What amazes me is how friendly and encouraging runners are. I never feel like other runners look at me and think “Why is that fat chick trying to run”. On the other hand, they are so friendly and encouraging…it makes me want to run faster and longer! I currently am up to 6.5 miles at a time, which to me is AMAZING! And what is even more amazing is that runners who are running 13, 15, or even 20 miles in a run are congratulating ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would love to win this necklace and be able to wear it after I complete my first half marathon in October!!! What an accomplishment and a way to show it off!

  43. tracey says

    Running makes me happy because it makes me realize how lucky I am to be able to get up every morning to be healthy enough to get on my two feet to stand, walk bend and run. Running makes me feel great!!

  44. Susan Urbanek says

    I’m relatively new to the world of running – but it makes me so happy just to know that I can. I just completed my first 5K a couple weeks ago, and was so overwhelmed that I finished and hardly walked! Now I can’t wait for my next race!!!

  45. Angela says

    I love running half marathons! They are relaxing and energizing all at once, and I love the effort that I put forth for the training. Thanks FBG for helping me stay motivated!

  46. Kelly Houle says

    Running makes me happy because I know the healthier I am the longer I’ll be around to see my 2 year old and 2 month old grow … I want my kids to see me strong and when I caught my 2 year old doing sit ups it validated it’s importance!

  47. Christina says

    Running makes me happy because I can. I know that sounds like a co-out, but I have been overweight my whole life and in high school I couldn’t run a mile if the grim reeper was chasing me. Several years ago I decided to try running. I worked my way up to a mile 30 seconds at a time. Yes, I would run 30 seconds, do something else for 30 seconds, then run again. I trained to run the Harrisburg Mile 30 seconds at a time. I have now completed multiple 5ks, one 8k, and am going to complete the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Feb. 2011. This necklace would be an amazing reminder of what I’ve accomplished to date and what I CAN accomplish in the future.

  48. Tracy says

    Running makes me happy because when I run, I feel like it’s just me and the road… It makes me feel free…

  49. Lea Newman says

    I am blessed…
    – to have two legs that will take me as fast as I want to go
    – to have two feet to carry me just as far
    – to have strong feminine muscle that gives me curves in all the right places.
    – to have a healthy lifestyle that make running fun and carefree
    – to have a heart that pumps hard and strong the faster I go
    – to find time in my crazy life to have a moment just for me…
    – to get to take a deep breath of clean air into my lungs
    – to feel the sunshine on my face
    – to feel the wind whisk through my hair as I push harder… faster
    – to run FREE…
    I RUN… therefore I AM… I RUN… therefore I AM HAPPY!!!

  50. Jacie says

    I LOVE this! Not only does it encourage me to keep on, keeping on when I run, but it also applies to life in general and reminds me that I have it in me to keep pressing forward towards my dreams & goals! Thanks!

  51. Star says

    Running makes me happy because I CAN DO IT!! I move better than I did 10 and even 20 years ago…better than I did as a child! I love to move…makes me feel so good! I am so thankful that I have the physical ability to put one foot in front of the other and run like the wind. It’s a gift. It’s a blessing. It’s my lifeline!

  52. Anna says

    I would really love this. It’s something special for me that I could on day pass one to one of my girls who also like to run.

  53. Kirby says

    I love to run because It helps me to build my self confidence and lose my weight! I sure could use this necklace for the extra encouragement I need all I can get haha I am still new to it, but growing to love it!

  54. Kelly says

    Running makes me happy because it’s a little bit of time for me each day. Life is crazy with kiddos, but my runs are my time, even if I’m pushing an extra 70lbs in the jog stroller. :)

  55. rose jones says

    I always wanted to run, but I have asthma and wasn’t in shape. Well I’ve lost weight (partly in thanks to running) 44lbs to date – I still have 20 more lbs to go. But with my trusty inhaler I run. I’m rebuilding my running right now because I got sick and had to start over. But I’m up to four mile runs 3-4x a week. I push my myself hard and make no excuse. I clear my head and all I can here is myself saying “push, go, finish”I love running and will continue as long as I can!

  56. Beki says

    Starting to run was the first thing I’ve done purely for myself. Not to make anyone else happy or to impress anyone else. I did it for me. That was 4 years ago. To this day, I love going on my long runs alone. It’s MY time. I don’t have to worry about anyone else, just me. I recently finished my first half marathon – and I did it 13 minutes faster than the goal I had set for myself!

    Running keeps this momma happy!

    And I’m hoping to do the NWM (half) next year!

  57. Shannon says

    Running makes me happy because it gives me fitness goals to achieve that have nothing to do with how many calories I’m burning or how many hours I’ve been at the gym. Rather, it allows me to focus on what my body and mind can achieve!

  58. Margaret says

    I love to run because it’s so liberating. It is my “me” time; a time when I become who I want to be, a time when I am powerful but feminine and sexy. Running is my free therapy, a time to clear my mind and free my spirit. I love to run because it allows me to be selfish with taking time for myself but giving in building a healthier and stronger being for my children. I am running and running is me.

  59. Jackie says

    Running makes me happy because I get the feeling of accomplishment from doing something I’d never thought I could do!!

  60. Elliott says

    I love looking in the mirror and seeing total concentration. I know exactly what I have to do, know that my body can do it, and the sweaty sht-eating grin of satisfaction when I’m done. Running kicks arse.

  61. Tracy says

    I have never been a runner, however I stumbled onto it while I was losing weight for my wedding day when my (now) husband wanted to run a couple 5k races. So I joined him. I found it to be an exhilirating feeling, your shoes pounding the pavement and the air blowing over your body. I am still an amateur and its still very much a challenge for me, but hope to get to a consistent stride and make it a part of my normal workout routine. There are so many great benefits and the feeling of accomplishment when its over is the BEST. Speaking of, I am running a 5K this weekend!

  62. Dana says

    Running makes me happy because there’s no other exercise like it. You have the freedom to go anywhere you want! I love just getting out there with out and plan and going where ever my feet take me. It’s my chance to “escape” and clear my head and get healthy….nothing like it!!

  63. Sonia says

    I love running because its the one place where I can get away to just breathe, relax and think wthout “life” getting in the way even if its just for awhile.