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The Run In The Park 5K Run/Walk + Race Entry Giveaway

It’s that time of the year again!  Race season!

With that said…lets kick this off with a little race entry giveaway!!!  One winner and a friend of their choice will get to run a pretty cool race for free!

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CDM Mind and Body will once again be hosting their awesome A Run In The Park 5K run/walk.  This year the race will take place at the beautiful Tower Grove Park on Saturday, May 27th 2017 at 8:00 AM 

You are not going to want to miss out on the fun that will be taking place this day.  Come on by and enjoy the following:

  • $500.00 – 1st place winner overall
  • Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place
  • The Tower Grove Farmer’s Market
  • Yoga by Kim Winn
  • Fredbird
  • Extreme obstacle course
  • Food
  • Music
  • Family fun.
  • PLUS!!!!
  • This year’s 5K will also feature their famous and BEST Swag Bag to date.  Some items featured in this year’s bag are: Humble brush, Premier organic (artisan) raw coconut butter, Pure Growth organic White Cheddar Popcorn, Grace’s Best Cookies (sunflower seed-bite size), Drink Iconic (protein drink), Wellness Choice organic teas, super food granola from The Bakery on Main, and Peeled Snacks are just a few of them.  **You must register online to get swag bag!!!

So go sign up…grab your family and friends and join us for a full day of fun!!!  Sign up here:  https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/cdm-mind-and-body-5k?rrid=1730112

**Please note: Online registration ends on Wednesday May 24th, at 5:00 PM

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1 special reader and a friend of their choice will get their race entry for FREE!!  Here is how you can win:  Go back to the Facebook post for this post and comment the following:  “I wanna snag a FREE entry to the coolest 5K around!”

Snag another entry if you share the post on Facebook (please comment on post that you shared)

Winner will be announced by close of business this Friday (May 19th).

Let’s get our MO’Cowbell on!! **Giveaway**

** We have a Winner!!!  Gail Akeman  was our winner!  I will be contacting you shortly!! **

Gail is midwestlady01 on Twitter and you since she is a fellow blogger…go check out her page at Midwest Lady Thoughts

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Everyone know what time it is??!!!  (this is where I yell into my mini megaphone)

That’s right!!  It’s time to get your butts out there and sign up for MO’Cowbell!!!

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As you all know…this is my one and only true love…Well…true RACE love!!  MO’Cowbell holds a very special place in my heart as it was my very first ever Half-Marathon!  I’m also a MO’Bassador for this lovely race gem and I love spreading the word about how awesome it really is!  

Listen…I know what you are thinking…”It’s just a race Jenn!”…..Which I kindly respond with….”Get the heck out of here….It’s the most KICKASS race around!”

Wanna know why??  I will give you 10 reasons…in no specific order of importance because they are ALL important 🙂

  1. You get to run through some beautiful scenery (Fronteir Park, Historic Main Street, New Town, Katy Trail).  You can view all the course maps here.
  2. You get to experience a race that has the best hometown feel to it with tons of clanging cowbells and screaming fans (If you aren’t a runner, you can always come cheer us on along the way – Don’t forget your funny race signs!!)
  3. Our race is USATF Certified so you can use it as a Boston Qualifier for all you people who dream of sporting that blue and yellow!  #BostonStrong
  4. You can meet the coolest…most hip…most in shape race mascot that you will ever have the chance to meet!  Who wouldn’t want a selfie with a cow that has six-pack abs and goes by the name of Chuck?!  I’ll tell you who…Everyone would want one!!
  5. You could ring the HUGE 100-lb Finisher Bell….Come on!  You know you wanna!!
  6. You can say that you accomplished something amazing!!  (We seriously have a race for everyone!  5K, Half-Marathon Relay (2-person), Half-Marathon, and Full-Marathon)
  7. It’s literally one of the flattest races around!  Yes…there is one killer hill but you are amazing and I know you got this!!  That hill has nothing on you!!!!  Woot Woot!! 
  8. You would get to run with me…come find me and I will keep you laughing along the way with my witty remarks and my positive motivation!  But seriously…come find me…I would love to have a few running buddies along the way…memories in the making when you have friends to run with!
  9. We have one heck of a Fitness Ex’MO!!  We always have an awesome time at packet and race shirt pickup!  Plus…there are always a ton of fun vendors that you can check out!  Clothes…running products…massage/chiropractic care…nutrition…and soooooo much more!
  10. This race gives back to our community is so many ways!  One of those ways is by donating part of our proceeds each year to a local charity.  This year, the proceeds will benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County.  This is one of the oldest youth serving organization in St. Charles and surrounding counties.  

So what do you think?  Are you intrigued?  Wanna know more?!  Comment below with any questions you might have or can’t find on the website and I would be more than happy to help answer those questions.

Ready to sign up??  Go here!!  

Prices go up at the end of August so get signed up soon!!  

Wanna score some awesome MO’Cowbell race swag?  

Use my MO’Bassador race code (code = JENWCB16)

Also…since this IS my FAVORITE race around…I’ve decided to do a little giveaway for a MO’Cowbell Swag Bag full of goodies!!! (Prize includes:  MO’Cowbell Cooler, MO’Cowbell Race bags, MO’Cowbell race shirts, Cowbell Uncorked Frisbees, MO’Cowbell bells, Sweatpink shoelaces, Skratch hydration mix, RX Bars, RoadID band and much more!!!)  

 

You can gain entries by doing the following:  

  1. Share this blog post on Facebook (comment below letting me know you did).
  2. Share this blog post on Twitter with the following verbiage “I need MO’Cowbell!” http://www.mocowbellrun.com #gotthefever #mocowbellrun #livelearnloverun #racechat”  (comment below letting me know you did)
  3. Comment below telling me you favorite race distance and why!

PLEASE NOTE:  Each comment gains you an entry!

I will pick a winner on September 9th at 11:00 pm (CST)

**Race Entry Giveaway!!**CDM Mind & Body 5K Run/Walk & Wellness Expo

First off…let me tell you a little bit about CDM Mind & Body!

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CDM Mind & Body is a platform for all things health…and you all KNOW how much I love my health and fitness!  They are your resource for health tips, motivation, information, how-to and much more…and I’ll be honest…who DOESN’T need all that stuff in their life?!  That’s right…we all do!!

And we can all thank Cynthia Ringo for making this all happen!  This St. Louis based group was formed in 2010 by Cynthia and was sponsored by Christ Deliverance Ministry.  After becoming a full-time caregiver for her husband (who had suffered a stroke and then developed vascular dementia as a result of that stroke), maintaining a healthy lifestyle became SUPER important to her because she knew if she didn’t care for herself…she wouldn’t be able to care for him.  So…with about 15 other women from their church, she started her journey to become her healthiest while inspiring others.

Guess what happened!

That small group of women (age span from 21 to 65 including two breast cancer survivors) lost over 600 pounds collectively and counting….WOW!!!!!!!

Since then…the original group of women along with others in the community decided to take back their lives and have grown this idea into a day-long health and fitness event sponsored by CDM (Christ Deliverance Ministry – a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving the St. Louis community).

This year, on May 28th,  come and enjoy the day at with this inspirational group!  There will be something for everyone!  The event takes place at Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in Midtown St. Louis (701 North Spring Avenue, St. Louis, MO) and includes a 5K race (1st place can snag a $500 overall prize), a fitness challenge, a healthy living seminar and many lifestyle vendors.

This is going to be a day of fun that you DON’T want to miss!  Wanna find out more?  Go here and check out the answers to all those frequently asked questions.  Or better yet…just go sign up!  It’s only $35 for the 5K and the rest of the events that day are FREE!

Here is the best part!  CDM Mind & Body is wanting to offer one of you lucky readers and a guest of your choice a FREE entry for their 5K on May 28, 2016.  A winner will be picked by May 27th.  Enter below through Rafflecopter!

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Celebrating 5 Years for MO’Cowbell

If you know me at all…then you know that I have MO’Cowbell Fever!!!  And there is only one cure….

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I’m crazy about this race and I’m not afraid to say it!  In fact….I’m downright proud of it!!  I mean who wouldn’t be ecstatic about being an Ambassador again this year for a race that has a very Ab-tastic mascot!!

Hellooooooo Chuck!!

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2015 is the year that YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS!!

2015 is MO’Cowbell’s 5th Anniversary and I’m super pumped to be a part of it!

And you can be too!!  Once again, MO’Cowbell will be offering a race for all skill levels.  You can pick from Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K!

And if you want to walk and not run…well you go right on ahead and do just that!!  (They do ask that everyone maintain a 16-minute mile pace)

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This year the MO’ Cowbell race will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2015. You will start and finish in the gorgeous Frontier Park where you can enjoy Runner’s Village.  With your registration you will receive a long-sleeve tech-shirt, a race-themed cowbell, top-quality finisher’s medal, 26.2/13.1/Relay/5K cowbell car sticker, runner’s bag, a virtual goody bag, access to water stations, baggage check, course entertainment, post-race food & beverage, medical stations, massage therapy, and of course, cheering neighborhood crowds and volunteers clanging cowbells.

1529689_626311514083432_2138987065_o  I promise to you that you will get an amazing race experience as your run thru the streets of Historic St. Charles, past Herman’s Farm Orchard; where you will experience the ever-famous High-Five Zone, thru the very unique New Town, up the memorable hill on Little Hills Expressway and back down thru Historic St. Charles.  Plus, you will also get to be a part of the original flattest, fastest course in the St. Louis Region and as the final kicker…it’s a USATF Certified Course.

(For a complete turn-by-turn of each race, go here)

I would be crazy if I thought that everyone felt the same way about running as I do…It’s not everyone’s THANG!  But guess what…you can still get involved with MO’Cowbell!  You can volunteer…be a sponsor…or just be the coolest spectator around and clang your cowbell and cheer the runners on!  Trust me…we runners LOVE the spectators that yell and cheer us on!  And here is a little secret…WE LOVE THE SIGNS!!!!  Like these cuties that were found in New Town!

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 In addition to this kick-butt race…MO’Cowbell also hosts an incredible 2-day Fitness Ex’MO where you will pick up your race packets (packets can also be mailed for an extra fee).  The Ex’MO is also open to the public so anyone and everyone can come check out the exhibitors and vendor booths from various companies and organizations that promote fitness and healthy living.  Want to be one of those fancy vendors…well check out how right here!

So come on…come join me in what I think is the coolest race around!

You can register right here!!  But don’t delay…Prices go up on May 1st so sign up before then!!

Want to win a little something extra…well use my MO’Bassador code at registration for a chance to score some spectacular Official MO’Cowbell race swag!!

Code:  JENWCB16 (this is the new 2016 code)

Note:  Code can be used on all races:  Full Marathon, Half-marathon, Half Marathon Relay & 5K.

It’s time to SHINE, SHINE, SHINE!!!

It’s our year to SHINE!!!  Want to come SHINE with me??

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Come join me for The Color Run again this year!!  If you know me…then you know that I’m a HUGE fan of The Color Run and have run in many over the years!  This race NEVER lets me down and always provides me with an AMAZING TIME!!!

I’m never disappointed on race day when The Color Run is involved 🙂

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Let’s start with what we already know about The Color Run

  • It’s known as the Happiest 5K on the planet (and I agree…Hello!!)
  • It’s a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality (Yes…you can wear that unicorn outfit if you want!)
  • It is now considered the single largest event series in the world since their debut – they hosted more than 300 events in 50+ countries in 2014. (The Color Run thanks each and every one of you that made that possible!)

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This year though…we are going to SHINE!!!  The Color Run is introducing a few new FUN things this year to help us do just that!

 This year EVERYONE in 2015 will be receiving their very own LIMITED EDITION Shine Tour Participant Kit!  This AMAZING kit includes:

  • Custom Race Tee
  • Gold Finisher’s Medal (for all us BLING lover’s)
  • Tricolor headband w/silver stiching
  • NEW Shine packet (in all it’s glittery-ness)
  • Shiny Tatoos (don’t worry mom…they come off!!)

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And that’s not all!  The Color Run is also blinging out the 5K course and finish festival also!  There will be an exciting Sparkle Zone along the route and don’t forget the awesome photo ops (say Cheese!).  And to finish it off, get ready for massive clouds of color and shimmer as well as confetti cannons!

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So come on…you know want to!  Get on over there and sign up!!  You don’t want to miss out this year!!   I will be running at the St. Louis event on April 18 but there are SOO many other cities to choose from!  Check the list out here!

Wanna save some moolah??!!  Use the code below to save $5.00 on your entry fee!!

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It’s getting MO’ Crazy up in here!

…and I mean way MO’ crazy than normal!!  I’m about to get SUPER busy promoting AND training for a race that is very near and dear to my heart!!  I love this race for many reason such as:

**It’s FLAT…or mostly flat…I mean..there is that ONE hill 🙂

(This is a USATF Certified Course and can be used as a qualifier for other races such as Boston, New York, etc.)

**It’s CLOSE…like roll out of bed at 7:00 for a 7:30 race start 🙂

**It’s got that home town race feel complete with scenery that is AMAZING!!!

**It is a race with a sense of humor 

(the idea for the name came from a SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell)

and the number 1 reason I love this race….

**It was where I participated in my FIRST ever half-marathon last year (2013)

Yes!!  I’m talking about the MO’Cowbell

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This year I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the illustrious ambassadors(my code to use at registration is JWMCB14) for the MO’Cowbell here in St. Charles, Missouri!  I am beyond proud and so ready to spread the word about this awesome race that no one in this world should miss out on.

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This year, the MO Cowbell will take place on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 7:30 a.m (5K begins at 8:00 a.m).  

Be there or be square!!  

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The best part about this race date is that we have a race for all skill levels:  Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K!  And of course, walkers are always welcome.  Another plus is that the start and finish will both be in Frontier Park in Historic St. Charles (here are some directions to get there).  This makes it easy for everyone to meet back up with their loved ones after the race to celebrate your accomplishments 🙂

 

After the race, you will get to go enjoy yourself at the Post-Race Party of refreshments including chocolate milk, bananas, chips, beer and more!  There will also be food trucks for spectators and live music by the Rough Ryders from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In addition to the race, there will also be a Health and Fitness ExMO’ on Friday (10/3) and Saturday (10/4) where you can pick up your race packet (there is NO race day packet pickup) and also check out some awesome vendors! (Do you want to be a vendor?…go here)  You do not want to miss this!  There will be lots of merchandise to buy as well as lots of freebies and a wealth of information.  I bought a really cool “Suck It Up” BondiBand at last years ExMO’ for super cheap (see below in picture).  There are already a bunch of vendors signed up for this year…check it out here!

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So of my goodies from the 2013 MO’Cowbell – my 1st ever Half-marathon!

And my AMAZING race bling!!!

And my AMAZING race bling!!!

This race is seriously a hidden gem!  The price of the race is nothing compared to what you get back from the race!  However, prices do go up again on September 1st so make sure you get over there and sign up soon!!  When you register, don’t forget to use my special ambassador code for your chance to win your very own MO’Cowbell blanket!!!!  

My code is JWMCB14

Your registration includes:

  • Race bib with Chronotrack timing chip
  • Long-sleeve tech-shirt
  • Race-themed cowbell
  • Top quality finisher’s medal when crossing the finish line
  • Cowbell car sticker
  • Runner’s bag
  • Virtual goody bag
  • Baggage check
  • Course entertainment
  • Medical stations & massage therapy
  • Water, sports drink & gels along the course
  • Post-race food, beer & chocolate milk
  • Entertainment in Runners’ Village 
  • spirited neighborhood crowds and volunteers cheering with cowbells

Needless to say, I had the best time at this race and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!  Check out my finish line pics….right before and right after the finish line!!  

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So seriously…put on those shoes…go sign up & train and then come join me this year as I take on the Half-Marathon! My plan this year is to kick this race’s butt and scoop up a PR!

 I will be there running for Riley and Down Syndrome Awareness!!! #IR4

 

2 PR’s (Personal Records) in 2 Weeks!!

I started the month of March with two Half-marathons on the books…one week after another…for some, this may be no big feat but for me (a.k.a. the girl who hid inside from the cold nasty Missouri weather all winter but also refused to run on the treadmill) this  was HUGE!!  Up until the beginning of March, I had only ran a handful of 5K’s on the old dreadmill in the basement.  All that training I had planned for my two March races went to the wayside.  I stressed about it for a bit (okay…a few weeks but that’s normal for me) and then finally decided to just take it as it came.  I decided that I had no goal in mind for either race except to just finish.  I have only ran one other Half-marathon (you can read about it here and here) and I got hurt so I wasn’t looking to push myself too much.  I really did not want to injure myself right before all the great weather arrives.

I ran my second ever Half-Marathon on March 15th and I rocked it!  I ran in the Irish Upon a Star Virtual Half-Marathon hosted by the IR4 community.  They are an amazing group by the way!  If you want to learn more about our great little family, check out this post about my IR4 buddy Riley!  She is an amazing little sweetheart!  See for yourself 🙂

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For this run, I decided to join my running pal Stephanie for part of her scheduled 18-miler that she was running that same day.  Win-Win for both of us!! It was nice to have someone to keep each other company…although we both had to finish our runs separately since I wasn’t going as far.  It was a great route that was mostly flat.  Our run went pretty easy and before I knew it, I was setting a PR! I smashed this run with a 2:32:01 and I was ecstatic!!!!  Check out Riley & I’s medals!!

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I also happened upon ONE of the 250 cakes that are part of the STL250 celebration!  If you aren’t sure what that is exactly….?  Well here is the dirt on it!  2014 is a big year for St. Louis!  It’s the 250th birthday!!  Read about these amazing birthday cakes here!

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Fast forward another week and I found myself getting ready for my long-awaited and much-anticipated Relay & Run for 21 Half-marathon!  I have been looking forward to this race since I signed up!   I could not wait to run in honor of my IR4 buddy Riley!  My only goal on this race was to make her proud 🙂

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This race was a little different from any that I’ve run because it as a point to point race that took us from Downtown Clayton to Westport Plaza!  Wanna see what that actually looks like on a map?!  It looks like a huge distance to go…LOL.

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It took us through some amazing neighborhoods and we able to enjoy the views and scenery as well as the rolling hills which we loved to hate 🙂  Although we have had a few nice days here and there lately, the day of the race was windy and cold to say the least.  Thankfully, we were able to hang out in a little coffee shop at the starting line to keep warm.  We were also able to snap this “before” picture of us getting ready to rock this race.

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I ran the Relay & Run for 21 with two amazing women (both named Stephanie…plus read one Stephanie’s account of our race on her blog here) who told me before we left for the race that this day was all about me getting a PR.  I knew that the course was hilly…very hilly!!  I was not thinking that a PR was anywhere in my future that day!  However, they pushed me to the very end and I thank them tremendously because….I crushed that race with a 2:25:24 (elapsed time).  I can tell you how that felt…I truly felt at times that I wanted to give up…that I couldn’t do it…the hills were killer…I thought of Riley many times during this challenging race and I know that her bright smile got me up many of those hills that I encountered.

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After running these last two races (#2 & #3 Half-Marathon), I’ve come to the conclusion that, like most, I’m addicted to the Half-Marathon!!  I can’t wait for the next one which will hopefully be during my birthday weekend!!!!  Of course, that means I need to start training for that….NOW!!!  Yikes!  It will be here before ya know it!