Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Slow Runner. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.

1. June 2013 14:05
by jennifer

Be a Kind Runner

1. June 2013 14:05 by jennifer | 6 Comments

Getting involved in running was one of the best things I have ever done. I used to dream of being a runner, but I was morbidly obese and physically unable to run, so my dreams was the only place where I could run. When I began my weight loss and fitness journey in 2008 becoming a "real runner" was high on my list of priorities. I ran my first "unofficial" race in 2010 and I became hooked on running. I trained alone, but I found friends and comaraderie at the races that I participated in. The running community in Tampa Bay is incredibly kind and very supportive. When I turned to blogging in late 2012, I found that many of my fellow bloggers were also runners. They reached out to support me through my running, and other ventures and I finally felt that I wasn't training alone. I was training to be apart of something bigger, something kinder.

There are a lot of people who want to run, but can't. Not because of physical limitations, but because of financial limitations. Running shoes can be expensive. I often donate my old shoes to the Goodwill, but have recently found a new organization that will be receiving my old running shoes: Kindrunner.

Kindrunner PAYS you to be kind! Kindrunner is the only place on the web where runners can trade in their old running shoes for NEW shoes.  Runners receive ‘Kindness Cash Rewards’ for every shoe they send in. In turn, Kindrunner gives those old shoes to their shoe donation partners, including Soles 4 Souls and the More Foundation, to benefit people in need. Their goal is to take shoes that would normally go into landfills or in someone’s closet and re-purpose them, give them to someone who would greatly value them. How awesome is that???

There are other perks to being a Kindrunner as well!

        -Confident Runner Pricing – An option presented upon checkout which rewards those who know exactly what they are looking for. This option waives the Free Return Shipping but offers the shoe at a below retail price. Shipping of product to customer is still free, as is the return shipping of donated shoes for Kindness Cash Rewards Program.

        -Free 3 Way Shipping – Free shipping of your order to you, free shipping of any returns for any reason, free shipping of your donated shoes back to us for re-purposing with Soles 4 Souls or The More Foundation Group.

        -Kindness Cash Rewards Program – This is what turns your old shoes into credit towards new ones or any product on our website. KCR are available to the customer after any footwear purchase (the idea behind this is to replace your old shoes with new ones, and keep the old ones out of the garbage, landfills, or ones closet… thus why it is available after footwear purchase). Upon receipt of their footwear order, customers have the option to place their old shoes into the KindRunner shipping box and place the pre-paid return label on the box for shipment back to us.  Upon receipt of the label, we will scan the bar code and place the KCR onto the customers account for future use.  Each return label (whether it contain one pair or 4 pairs of shoes) is worth $10 KCR per new shoes purchased (5 pairs purchased on that order, you can earn up to $50 KCR) or credits towards future purchase. The KCR can be used to purchase ANYTHING that kindrunner sells and will never expire.

        --Expert Product Reviews – Some of you may have seen some of these on our youtube page, Each and every product we carry will come with an expert product review video on the same page that the product is listed on.  These videos are done by individuals who have worked in the running industry for a number of years either as shoe reps, store owners, or expert shoe fitters at one of the oldest running stores in the nation. We bring the knowledge of your neighborhood specialty run shop to the comforts of your own home!

        -Easy 365 returns – A customer has 365 days to return any product, so long as it is in its original packaging and in its original condition.  If you are injured and unable to use the shoe, if your doctor wants you in a different model because of orthotics, no worries… no questions asked!

-Next up is a nice reward for our earliest customers, and I think this is just awesome!  “Free Socks for Life” to our first 500 customers! Each time one of our first 500 customers returns and purchases a new shoe their order will ship with a free pair of socks of their choice from our sock inventory.  As long as this customer continues to run, they will continue to get socks from! I love socks, but FREE socks I love even more!!

You can check out Kindrunner here:





 I'm proud to be an ambassador for Kindrunner and fully support their mission to get quality running shoes in the hands of everyone who needs them!


28. March 2013 10:54
by jennifer

Be Amazing

28. March 2013 10:54 by jennifer | 1 Comments

I've been invited by the Women's Running Series to be an "Runspirational Representative" for the Women’s Running St. Petersburg Half Marathon being held on November 24, 2013. I'm still deciding if I want to run the 1/2 marathon or the 5K. If I run the 5K, it will be with one (or both!!) of my daughter's. The kids have to be 8 years old on race day, and Ella will be 8, and Haley will be 9, so I'd love it if they both did it with me. As much as I love running with Ella, I'd love for Haley to do it with me and together we'd follow a 5K training plan because she doesn't "love the run" like Ella {normally} does. But I think she could. I know she has it in her. She is amazing. She loves to be alone with her thoughts, and running could give her that time to think, to reflect and to grow. If for whatever reason the girls decide that they don't want to do it, or can't do it, then I WILL do the 1/2 Marathon. I ran this race in 2011, so I have a time to beat now I'll update with my decision very soon and then will post my training progress (and the girls if it applies) twice per month. I'll have a discount code to share with you all very soon so that you can sign up and race (perhaps with your children over the age of 8 for the 5K, 12 for the 1/2 Marathon.) No matter what, I am going to need some new shoes. My IT band issues I was suffering from last week seem to have diminished since I've been taking it easy on the running, and I've been foam rolling like crazy! There are so many cute colors out now, and I want to #beamazing in a pair of new kicks! What are your favorite running shoes?? Everyone says you're amazing Say you don't know how to do it now, so you run It's not that you're bleeding But you're through with it now, so you run, so you run I know that you need it, you can't live alone So you run, so you run Everyone says you're amazing now that you're clean But only you know the real ones are 'cause you've seen There's only one question I want to ask is it here and When you hear everyone say you're amazing Does anyone ask you? Do you cry in your sleep and do you feel okay When you run? Thinking it's Doomsday you got to let it go So you run, so you run Pretend you don't see it, that we can live a lie When you run, so you run Everyone says you're amazing now that you're clean Only you know the real ones are 'cause you've seen There's only one question I want to ask is it here and When, when you hear everyone say you're amazing Does anyone ask you? 'Cause I know that you're real Amazing, amazing, amazing Everyone says you're amazing now that you're clean Only you know the real ones are because you have seen There's only one question I want to ask is it here and When you hear, everyone says you're amazing Everyone says you're amazing (I want you to always feel you're amazing) Everyone says you're amazing (I want you to always feel you're amazing) I want you to always feel you're amazing You're amazing   Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Disclaimer: Women's Running Series offered me race entry and gear in exchange for my posting about my training, review of the Expo, and review of the race. All amazing commentary is original and honest.