When Malia Glover’s kids approached her and said they wanted her to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona 5K with them, she recalls saying, “I always tell you guys to step out of your comfort zone, so let’s do it.”

The single mother of five (ages 2 through 17), who is a full-time Manager, Provider Relations for Synchrony Financial’s Arizona site, wanted to get back into running through an employee engagement program called Synchrony Rocks. The program offers complimentary race entries for employees and their family through Synchrony’s partnership with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.

“When I initially said no to running, it was because, I guess, that fear of running. I knew what it took to run,” she says. But Malia found amazing support through both her employer of 18-plus years and her family.

“There’s never a dull moment in my family and in my life,” Malia says. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Upon successfully completing the 5K, Malia had quite the surprise at the finish line when her manager, Alex Price, offered her the opportunity to run the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Brooklyn-an experience she would get to enjoy with her family in the Big Apple.

Malia worked hard to build up to the half-marathon distance of 13.1 miles, since the 5K (3.1 miles) had been her farthest race. She joined a gym and found a running partner in her oldest son, Elijah.

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Hurom HP Slow Juicer, $299

The “slow” means more nutrients in your juice, and this is easy to clean and quiet. 

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The race is done, and it’s time to relax and recover. These items will help your favorite strider do what’s best to get them back out logging miles in no time.

NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System

Hurom HP Slow Juicer

Bedgear Solar 1.0 Performance Pillow

 Theragun G2Pro


Sarah Marie Design Studio Running Sucks Mug

Oofos Oocloog Sport


Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious

Toad&Co Shire Sweater Legging

Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil 

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Flowfold Denizen Tote Backpack, starting at $99

Amazingly light and durable, this versatile bag is perfect for race weekends. 

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Awake Granola Bars, $25 for 16

These caffeinated bars in three flavors are as ideal as summit snacks or wherever someone needs a boost. 

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Under Armour Horizon RTT, $110

Versatile and lightweight, these transition smoothly from road to trail—perfect for travelers who need a two-in-one shoe. 

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Columbia Caldorado Running Gloves, $40

These unisex gloves are warm, wicking and touch-screen compatible. 

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Epson ProSense 307, $249

What makes this GPS and heart rate watch so great are a spectacularly readable display, 20-hour battery life and a very fair price—plus run-training features as well as activity and sleep tracking. 

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Lifeproof Aquaphonics AQ9, $100

This speaker produces loud, high-quality sound. It’s waterproof and drop-proof and has a built-in carabiner for easy portability. 

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Matador Hydrolite, $190

Built-in filtration makes this hydration pack welcome on trips anywhere.

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Patagonia Micro Puff Hoody, $299

In addition to ensuring warmth, this insulated number for men and women is super light and packs down to almost nothing. 

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Polar M430 Advanced Running Watch, $229.95

The new Polar M430 is a triple threat, integrating state-of-the-art running metrics, advanced GPS and the freedom of optical heart rate technology – the ultimate training partner for runners who demand more. Purchase at 

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Knuckle Lights, $39.99

Knuckle Lights are worn on your hands, in the perfect position to light your path and be seen. Buy now at 

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Normatec Pulse Leg Recovery System, $1,395

The 2018 NormaTec PULSE is the ultimate in athlete recovery. NormaTec uses patented compression technology to enhance the body’s natural ability to recover. Using NormaTec’s full-length compression boots before or after training boosts circulation, conquers soreness, flushes out lactate, decreases inflammation, and increases range of motion. Invented by an MD, PhD and perfected by professional athletes, the NormaTec PULSE Series is the go-to recovery system for the world’s best athletes.

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Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil, $28

If every runner had one essential oil, this would be it. A whiff can invigorate and settle a nervous stomach. A drop in a massage oil soothes muscles. 

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Toad&Co Shire Sweater Legging, $125

This special version of merino wool means these are naturally stretchy without the itch. 

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Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, $30

Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito is also a runner, so you can trust his protein pancakes and snickerdoodle(!) green smoothie.

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Oofos Oocloog Sport, $70

The squishy sole of these men’s recovery shoes can take away running pains. (Similar styles are available for women.)

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Sarah Marie Design Studio Running Sucks Mug, $18

Time to celebrate the redemptive power of running. 

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