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Color fun fest 5k Phoenix recap


Got to the race and did it! Was so happy when I finally made it down there and was able to do it. However, it was so close to not happening it’s not even funny.

So we found out my car has an oil leak and it caused the oil to burn off. On top of traffic heading down to Phoenix, a time shortage and my car dying at an idle in said traffic. Talk about terrifying!

My car actually died about 4 or 5 times on the freeway going 60 to 80 miles an hour surrounded in traffic. Fortunately each time it died, I was able to pull over safely by hitting the hazards and getting over to a shoulder. God must have been looking out for us because each time I died there was nothing around us in the direction we need to go.

We ended up stopping at a Circle K and found out that my car was almost out of oil! This is not good seeing how I just had an oil change not even two and a half weeks ago. Bruce put oil into it and after a short amount of time, we got back on the road to head over to the race. The car died a couple more times in the freeway and then we got stuck in traffic trying to get into the Pavilion at the race.

Needless to say, by the time we got to the pavilion, I was shaking, whimpering, and swearing away. I’ve never really driven down in Phoenix before and to have my car died on the freeway is the stuff of nightmares ESPECIALLY down there.

The adrenaline settled from that and we were able to get through the line fairly quickly and STILL get to start line only shortly after the day wave started. There was a lot of people doing it so it was very easy for me to just weasel on in there haha! So the race itself took place in the AK-Chin Pavilion  parking lot, they had cones set up so you did a zigzag throughout two of their parking lots to get the 3.1 miles.

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Me before

There was three color stations along the route and at the first one I got nailed in the face with blue starch…it was awesome! Most definitely a lot of strollers and kids so I had to watch my step so I didn’t step on any little ones. Also there was a lot more walkers than I thought there was going to be. Only about 10%of the participants were actually runners which was surprising to me. 

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Oh well, they were still out there going away having a blast and it was just wonderful seeing everybody have so much fun. I passed out the Sweatpink shoelaces I had stashed in the camera bag so hopefully they’ll check out the site!

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I did see some of the people cheat by not doing the course properly and  just cutting across the parking lot. Not cool man, not cool! I was able to wear my Planet Fitness work shirt coupled with my Planet Fitness that makes its appearance in just about every outing that I do. I’m excited for some my pictures to be posted on the Planet Fitness Facebook page. It was pretty cool a few people saw me and I can hear them say “hey Planet Fitness”, or “hey Planet Fitness is here” or, hey there’s Planet Fitness!” It made me smile a good bit.

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Towards the end, around two in a quarter mile my knee started to act up. I ended up walking a little bit more than I had wanted to, but I finished the race in 45 minutes. Which was would be better than I had anticipated. I was allowing over an hour easily since it was my first race ever, and my first real big running activity since the surgery. I have my brace on which helped, although I got a little irritating after a while but not much can be done about that. It actually ended up looking really cool with all the different colors on it. Kind of like a weird ‘we’re in this together yeah, get it’ sort of thing if that makes sense.

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As predicted, Bruce did not escape uncolored. Somehow he thought that he would be able to go to this color run were you getting nailed with colored cornstarch and he would not be affected because he wasn’t racing. Oh was he wrong! He was waiting for me by the finish line and when I went over to get him I nailed him in the face and all over with bright green corn starch. Then I proceeded to drag him through the finish line and point out to the volunteers that “hey he doesn’t have any on him!” Oh it turned into like a color starch war, by the time we were done with him he looks exactly like a unicorn had farted on him! Oh like a rainbow exploded on him, take your pick!

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We got so many pictures it was just great. When I got back to the car someone left a present under my wiper blades. It’s a flyer for the neon run down in Phoenix at rawhide on May 16th which is another 5k. So I know what my next race is!

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When we finally left we ended up going over to Walmart to get some stuff to get the car squared away. Oh my god the looks we got were priceless! Completely understandable, if I saw 2 people walk in, 1 in black and pink knee highs, a knee brace, & a bright pink tutu covered in colors and the other person covered too I would give odd looks too. It was hilarious!

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It was just a blast, I can’t emphasize that enough. I strongly recommend that you definitely do at least one color run if you have not already in your lifetime. I’m going to check out some more 5ks coming up and see how many more color runs there are. I’m so glad I was able to do this, I have now officially kicked off my racing career! Have a fantastic day everybody!

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Fitness

A Mini Challenge Within a Challenge by prAna


Hey everybody! As you know I’m doing the 30 day #taketheleap challenge through praNa. Well, they have stepped up their game and they have a mini challenge going along with it. It started Sunday, February 8th and goes through February 20th. If you’re doing the #taketheleap challenge too, you can do this with it. It’s a neat way to pretty much step up your game and I can’t wait to start the moves! Continue reading “A Mini Challenge Within a Challenge by prAna”

My Life

Week Three #ActiveLivingChallenge Final Recap


Well everyone, the photo challenge is over! Have to admit I’m kind of bummed, got so used to it now I’m twiddling my thumbs haha! Here’s a recap of the final week.

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Week Two #ActiveLivingChallenge Recap


Week two of the #ActiveLivingChallenge is over and it is time to recap the weeks challenges.

8/11: Favorite superfood: Chia seeds! The things are awesome, loaded with nutrients and it is hard to say them without saying ch-ch-ch-chia! They pack 11g of fiber, 4g of protein, and 9g of fat including omega-3’s. A serving size is one tbsp, I love to add these to smoothies, they thicken it up and make them more filling.

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08/12 do something new! For this challenge I had to really think about something new that I want to do that I haven’t mentioned before. Then I remembered how fascinated I was by people being it with you the human flag and other forms of calisthenics. Especially on playgrounds. So that’s what my “do something new challenge” was today I’m also trying out headstand prep by using the walls for support to build up my shoulders. I’m going to have to keep at least for some time to build up the strength I need me upper body but I know I can do it.

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8/ 13 how are you active living? It’s my birthday! I was inspired by a post by Cynthia Steele at You Signed Up for What?! What she did on her 41st birthday was she ran 4.1 miles so I thought that was really awesome and waiting for my birthday comes around. I wasn’t able to run due to an ankle injury and my knee but I was able to walk that distance 2.6 miles for my 26th. After that, I came home and then tried out the 20 minute barre video I found through fit approach, it was really good! After that I went on to my nightly yoga and yeah, that was how I stayed active today.

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8/ 14 what image motivates you? Like the rest of my images, it’s hard to choose just one so I do collages. Images that motivate me to keep going include a woman at the top of the mountain in a victory stance, a 10k with a checkmark by it, and women in advanced yoga poses. I would love to be able to do all these things and these images help me to remember what I’m doing it for when my motivation is lacking.

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8/ 15 what is your favorite quote about staying positive? I won’t lie I love quotes, there’s just something about their simplicity and inspiring sayings that just makes me smile. It’s amazing how just a few words can have such an impact on a person. These are some of my favorite ones.

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08/16 maximizing your time during the day. Every bad habit of putting off my workouts to the last minute if I don’t get them done first thing in the morning. I’ll put it off for another 5 minutes 10 minutes to hours 6 hours and then next thing you know that over. What I do to maximize my time, and make sure I get everything done is I set alarms to go off early in the morning. The app I’m using is called walk me up and it uses the pedometer in my phone. You actually have to take several steps to make it stop. It has this ‘evil mode’ where if you enable it is disables the snooze so you have to get up and walk around in order for it to stop. So far it’s been very helpful for getting me out of bed and getting started with my day.

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08/17 what is your ultimate dream goal? I have several but I think the main one is to be as active and healthy as I possibly can for the rest of my life. Some of my other goals include I’m getting my money back into shape so I can get back to hiking and running the way it was before, possibly hiking Kilimanjaro, and hiking several trails across the United States. I would also love to be more positive than I already am and build up my defenses better so negative people don’t affect me as much.

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So that’s my weekly recap of the challenges I’m still loving this and I’m actually surprised that I’m still doing it because I usually forget within a few days. Looking forward to finishing it out!