Archive | July 2013

Color Me Rad 5K

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I am excited to be a Color Me Rad Ambassador! I have NOT participated in Color Me Rad or any color race before, but will get to experience my first one in May when Color Me Rad comes to a city near me.

What is Color Me Rad you ask?? Its a 5K where you start out clean as a whistle in a white shirt and by the end of the race, you look like a bag of Skittles colored with blue, green, pink, purple and yellow.

What is in the color? Its a non-toxic colored corn starch.

This is a non-timed, fun race 5K for everyone young and old! Kids under 7 race free!!

This is an event for runners or walkers — its really a race for everyone to come out and have fun!

As an Ambassador, I am pleased to announce a discount code for you to register for a race regardless or location for 20% off!! To take advantage of this discount, use the code “radfun”. This code is only good through July 31st — so act fast!!

http://www.colormerad.com

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Quick Tips

Grapefruit can help you lose fat. A glass of grapefruit juice is a good choice to start a healthy day.

Walking Interval Workout

Sometimes you just need a day off from running for whatever reason or another. Here is an interval WALKING workout for the treadmill.

Time / Speed / Incline / Calories Burned (based on 130lb woman)
0:00-5:00 / 2.5 (24 min. per mile) / 5% / 27
5:00-10:00 / 3.0 (20 min. per mile) / 10% / 38
10:00-12:00 / 4.0 (15 min. per mile) / 15% / 24
12:00-17:00 / 3.0 / 10% / 38
17:00-19:00 / 4.0 / 15% / 24
19:00-24:00 / 3.0 / 10% / 38
24:00-26:00 / 4.0 / 15% / 24
26:00-31:00 / 3.0 / 10% / 38
31:00-33:00 / 4.0 / 15% / 24
33:00-38:00 / 3.0 / 10% / 38
38:00-40:00 / 4.0 / 15% / 24
40:00-45:00 / 3.0 / 10% / 38
45:00-50:00 / 2.5 / 5% / 27

Total calories burned: 402

Quick Tips

Want to lose weight fast? Do lots of cardio: running, biking and swimming are perfect cardio workout activities.

Cardio is what burns fat the fastest.

Upcoming Races – 2014

February 21, 2014 – Disney Royal Family 5K – Walt Disney World

February 23, 2014 – Disney Princess half marathon – Walt Disney World

March 23, 2014 – Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon – Dallas, TX

April 27, 2014 – Oklahoma City Memorial half marathon – OKC, OK

May 10, 2014 – Color Me Rad 5K – OKC, OK

Training Update – mid July

I am officially just under 3 weeks out from my first mud run, but I haven’t been training too much for it. I know I should we working on my upper body strength or something like that, but lately I have just been focusing on running. I have a goal set for 60 miles this month, and looking at my mileage so far, I think I should be able to make that.

I am doing Jeff Galloway’s half marathon training method with run/walk intervals. Why half marathon training and not training more specific to Tower of Terror 10 miler?? Well, I figure since I am running a half marathon in early December, I need to be not only getting my mileage up for Tower of Terror, but also for the half. By mid October I will be finished with my half marathon training, then at that point I will reassess where I need to go from there to keep me ready for December.

As of right now, 6 miles has been my farthest run. Next weekend I am scheduled to do 7 miles. I have been trying to get out of the house more and run outside just before the sun comes up, instead of so many miles on the treadmill. It’s funny, I never had an issue with the treadmill until I started running outside over the last few weeks, now I despise the treadmill and have officially given it that lovely “dreadmill” title as so many others have.

I’ve been going out to a local trail that is perfectly measured out to 1 mile. I always see turtles and bunnies on my run in the morning, but I have already been scoping out how to make that run longer for next weekends 7 miles without having to run around that trail 7 times.

I’ve also done a little bit of ladder work on the treadmill, but I really find I do better with my speed when I am outside (at least that’s what Garmin tells me).

Don’t get me wrong though, I haven’t completely forgotten about my upper body strength that I will need for some of these obstacles. I’ve been doing push ups…and…planks (those count for upper body strength right??) Ok, I really need to do some work in the next couple weeks.

So, how has your training been going? What race are you training for if any?

To get through …

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.

– Chinese Proverb

Swirlgear Running Top Giveaway

I am hosting a giveaway for 1 (one) Swirlgear short sleeve running top of your color choice listed below (subject to size availability). I am lucky to be an Ambassador for Swirlgear and I want to share one of the pieces from the Summer collection with you!

Here are your awesome design choices…

This one is PINK CAMO
pinkcamo

This one is PINK/BLACK
pinkblack

This one is SUNNY YELLOW (my favorite!!)
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•Stylish and functional capped sleeve cut
•Moisture wicking technical fabric
•Reflectivity on the back for safety
•Flat stitching to eliminate any friction
•Fabric: 87% poly 13% spandex
•XS (0-2) Small (4-6) Medium (8) Large (10-12)

Contest runs from July 15-29th (midnight to midnight CST). 1 winner will be chosen at random and will be notified here on the blog post, so be sure to check back after the 29th to see if you are the winner! If you don’t win, or if you want to order something from the collection, please feel free to use code 925 for FREE SHIPPING on your order! http://www.swirlgear.com

This Swirlgear running top is being provided with my Ambassador discount.

Good luck!! Click on the Rafflecopter link below for your chance to win!

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I Run 4 Aaron

A few weeks ago I came across an organization called I Run 4. IR4 is a group of special needs children and adults who are unable to run and are signed up to be matched with a runner who is willing to dedicate runs to the child/adult.

This was taken from the IR4 website… “The mental and emotional encouragement for both runner and honorary runner is proving to be a whole new level of motivation and awareness. Runners are able to find a whole new sense of purpose in their running while sharing who they are running for and bringing awareness to diseases and disabilities of all types”.

I was matched with a special little boy named Aaron. He just turned 1 and has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome.

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Aaron

I will probably never meet little Aaron, but I have already started to develop a bond with his mother and it is such an honor to run for him.

If you are interested in becoming a runner for IR4 or if you know of a child or adult with special needs who would like to have someone run for them, check out the website http://www.whoirun4.com where you will find more information about the organization as well as information on how to sign up to be matched.

Healthy Blueberry & Banana Muffins

July is national blueberry month, so here is one of my favorite recipes using the lovely blueberry.

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What you’ll need –

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter (softened)

1 tsp vanilla

2 ripe bananas

1 pint blueberries (2 cups)

2 eggs

Directions —

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Sift 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and put into a large mixing bowl. Make a well with the dry mixture.

Cut 2 ripe bananas into chunks and puree in blender. Add 2 eggs, 3/4 cup soft brown sugar, 1/3 cup softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla & blend again.

Pour wet mixture into flour mixture and stir well.

Gently fold in 1 pint blueberries.

Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins. Bake 25 minutes until risen. Cool in tin for 10 min, then cool on wire rack.

Yield, approx. 14 muffins

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