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The Graffiti Run & Giveaway!

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This past weekend, I participated in The Graffiti Run with a group of girls that I work with!!!

WE HAD A BLAST!!!!  CAN YOU TELL?

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After the race!

All week, it kept saying that there was a chance for thunderstorms in the morning and in the afternoon which would have put a total damper on the day in my opinion but we were super excited anyway!  We spent the week before making our tutu’s and then in the end I decided to make us matching sparkly headbands to complete our ensembles 🙂

Check out some of our pics from our colorific day!

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Love the Arch in the background!!! Go STL!!!

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Jumping & Tossing color in the air

Me prior to the race!

Me prior to the race!

And after.... :)

And after…. 🙂

During the after party!!  That is colored powder floating around me!

During the after party!! That is colored powder floating around me!

This is my fav picture of me jumping and throwing pink powder #SWEATPINK

This is my fav picture of me jumping and throwing pink powder #SWEATPINK

The entire race was a blast…it was not timed so not pressure…just loads of fun!  The only mishap was at the first color station where I came across a very enthusiastic color thrower….with a grin on his face, he took a full cup of bright pink powder and tossed it directly in my face…ugh!!  Soooo not prepared for that…mouth was open…I wasn’t holding my breath yet so needless to say…lots of powder when in my mouth and up my nose.  Check it out!

My VERY pink face  #SWEATPINK

My VERY pink face #SWEATPINK

The rest of the race went great and even though it wasn’t timed, I still kept a watch on my time and ended up finishing the 5K (3.1 miles) in around 34 minutes which I’m very happy with!   Had a great time at the after party!  Very messy and fun! We also ended up with NO rain at all until we were halfway home! It was the perfect weather…sunny with a breeze!

The only downfall of the whole day was:

  1.  there was no food afterwards unless you paid for it (umm…hello…who carries cash on them at a race?!) and,
  2. getting out of the parking lot afterwards was CRAZY!!!  They had no one directing traffic out of this event which cause mass confusion and mass madness!!  People were getting stressed sitting in their cars covered in powder and just wanting to take a shower!  Instead, we sat in our cars for an hour trying to figure out when we might get home….ugh!!

This was my second race that I’ve done that relates to color and have already signed up for The Color Run – STL in September!  I love them!  They are so much fun and I recommend them to everyone!  You should try it at least once 🙂

**GIVEAWAY ALERT**

Since I had such an amazing time, I thought what better way to celebrate, than to throw a giveaway!!  If you remember from an earlier post, I was chosen to be a Sweat Pink Ambassador and received a bunch of awesome pink shoelaces to pass along and share with others!  Soooo….I’m going to be giving away two sets of these cute laces!!

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Here are a few ways to gain entries for this giveaway!!

  1. Comment telling me how you #sweatpink!
  2. Like LiveLearnLoveRun on Facebook and comment here that you did.
  3. Follow me on Twitter and comment here that you did.
  4. Follow my blog through email and comment here that you did.
  5. Share on Twitter and post your link here showing me you did.

Remember to comment, comment, comment for each entry!  I will use Random.org to pick a random winner x 2!

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Memorial Weekend: Injinji, Sweat Pink, Fossils & More

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to all our servicemen, past and present. Your dedication and sacrifice are greatly appreciated.

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** NOTE:  I totally had this whole post typed up and then something horrible happened….my computer went on the fritz and I lost everything…even the draft that I had saved…grrrrr…Instead of retyping it right then and there…I pouted a little and then decided to just retype it out today! One day late is better than not at all…right?! 

Our weekend started off with some last-minute BBQ plans at one of our friends’ garage. My daughter was with her dad this weekend so the hubby and I just hung out at the garage and let our son run crazy for the evening. He absolutely loves it there as he can play in the dirt with his monster trucks, chase Max (the dog) around, play on the crawlin’ rigs like he is driving them. We even caught him working on one of the Jeeps out there…What a great helper!

20130524_213500Saturday was spent lounging in bed late and then lunch with my two favorite men (hubby & son) From there, we headed home so that I could sneak a run in. Decided to take a different route this time and am now pretty sure that it is my favorite route. On this run, I decided to try out the Injinji socks that I received in my RunnerBox. I will just say, that I truly didn’t know about these socks because they are “toe socks”….and I’m in no way a fan of the “toe sock”. They drive me nuts usually. I tried them any way though, because they are supposed to help with blisters (which I get all the time).

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I want to go on record now by saying that I’m a true fan of the Injinji socks!! They felt amazing!! Once I had my shoes on, they felt no different from any other socks. They are super comfy and super thin….like wearing nothing at all! Will for sure be purchasing more of these bad boys! I also had on my new and AWESOME Sweat Pink laces!! They are super cute and of course love that they match my shoes! And I must say, that the combination of those socks and those laces must have made me feet magic because I ended up getting a PR on a 5K during this run! Jackpot!!!

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Sunday, found us at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area where some of my hubbys’ friends were having an RC Car Competition near Lake 35. There are lots of rocks and beautiful scenery so my son and I set off to do a little exploring.

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We ended up finding some amazing fossils (Man….I want to be an archeologist so bad when I grow up). These fossils were awesome to see…I just wish I knew what it was. I know some of them are probably from fish but I’m not sure that they even exist anymore….the area we found them was originally covered by tons of rock that was blasted out when the lakes were made. Check them out!

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Kaleb conned his dad into letting him play with the RC Car for a little bit and had the best time! He had the hardest time though staying out of the water and eventually took a slide down an area causing him to be soaked…didn’t even faze him…he just kept on going! Thankfully, it was super warm and he dried pretty quickly…he was only left with a huge mud mark on his britches.

IMG_20130527_025439The rest of the beautiful day we had, was spent playing at the park. We did some climbing on the “spider web”, some climbing on the rock wall, a little see-saw action and of course some walking with our dog Franklin. Ended up staying there until dark…we were all exhausted for sure!

On Monday, we spent the day trying to keep dry mostly. My husband has a Suzuki Samauri and he insists on taking the doors off every chance he gets. I told him it was supposed to rain, he said 20% chance. We decided to head to one of my Top 10 places to eat….Qdoba…where I ordered their amazing Chicken Mango Salad. We sit down to eat and then the downpour started….I just looked at my husband and said, “Well, we can take our time eating!” Thankfully the rain didn’t last long and MY seat didn’t get too wet…I can’t say the same for the hubby’s 😉 After lunch, we headed to a car show! We go to these any chance we can and this one turned out to be pretty cool! Saw some pretty neat cars and they also had tons of antiques to look at, which I love! Here is a little of what he found…

 

And you can’t forget the amazing snow cone I got (Tiger’s Blood and Pina Colada)!!! Yummy!!!

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After that, we just headed home and hung around the house for the rest of the evening because of the off and on raining all day. It did finally stop raining that evening in enough time to let me get my run in! I decided to participate in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak which is where From Memorial Day to Independence Day, you run at least one mile, every day.

So that’s that for the weekend! It was fun-filled for sure….not set in stone plans….just doing what we wanted to do whenever we wanted! Just the way I like my weekends!

Questions of the day…..

Are you participating in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak?

Snow cones….Love or Hate?

**Don’t forget to come check out my giveaway at http://wp.me/p3mIIz-4Q (Only 3 Days left!)

Keep Calm & Run Strong + Giveaway Coming Soon

The other day, I had one of the best runs I’ve had in a long time. I’ve just recently, in the last couple of months, started running again after some health problems that I’d had over the last two years. At this point, I’m just trying to get back to the miles I could do before I had to stop.  I have a problem though and it’s a doozy…..

The problem that I have is mostly in my head though….I’m totally my own worst enemy! I start getting “tired” and then I walk instead of just pushing thru and doing it! I know I can….but it still happens every time….ugh!

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Not this time though! I kept calm and ran strong 🙂 

I had decided to run to the nearest gas station to grab a water and then was going to run back. I was feeling great when I took off and before I knew it….I had done a mile without ever stopping to walk!!!! And I might add, there was a steady incline during that whole mile!

I wanted to stop a few times but I pushed thru the pain. I got to the gas station shortly after, grabbed a water and two Laffy Taffy’s (yes…I love those little guys), consumed those and then headed back….which I ran the whole way also!! Given….it was mostly downhill until the end where it started inclining again. I did my cool down and finished with 2.36 miles!!! I did my first mile in 9:35…that is the fastest I’ve done it since returning to running.

I’m proud to say the least! And I won’t lie….I did a fist pump in the air when my Nike+ running app told me that I had done the mile and then did another fist pump when I heard my pace time! The people driving past me may have thought me slightly crazy with my fist pumping and huge grin on my face but I DON’T CARE!!! I felt AWESOME!!!!

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In addition to my running, I’m trying to workout 3-4 times a week because 1) I need to for my own sanity and 2) it helps me with my running. I’m currently doing some arm workouts in addition to taking the 30 Day Crunch Challenge and the 30 Day Squat Challenge that I found on AprilAthena7‘s blog (which is pretty awesome also). Currently on Day 4 which is a rest day today…thank goodness…because my gluteus maximus butt is hurting!!! Have I noticed a difference? My hubby thinks so 😉

Coming soon…..I have some reviews coming up in the next week or two and I’m also going to be having my very first ever GIVEAWAY!!!! I’m sooo excited!! Come back to see what it is!!!

And one last inspirational picture that feels very fitting for me….Need to remember this every run or workout (especially during burpees and rock climbers)  🙂

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See you soon! Run strong!!

 

Sweat Pink Ambassador

SWEAT + PINK + AMBASSADOR = TONS OF FUN & SUPPORT!!!

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I found out last week that I was picked to join an amazing group of people called Sweat Pink Ambassadors…and I’m super excited to say the least.  Some of you might know what a Sweat Pink Ambassador is, but for those that don’t, let me tell you a little bit about the program.

SPA (Sweat Pink Ambassador) is a part of the website Fit Approach.  Fit Approach is a health & fitness community that is filled with a wide-range of supportive people sharing their love for health and fitness and their experiences with it.  There is a great link on their page that is a Q & A page!!  Go check it out here!

It was founded by two strong women (Jamie Walker & Alyse Mason Brill).  Their mission statement is amazing…Check it out!

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We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking  great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

                    How do we get there? We climb. We journey. We balance. We reward.

So now you know about Fit Approach but what about SPA?  Well, the Sweat Pink Movement is the brain child of Jamie & Alyse.  It’s a place where “tough and girly come together”.  It’s sharing your healthy accomplishments with others.  It’s living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying it.  It’s being positive and pushing through.  It’s supporting and empowering others to want to live a healthy life.  It’s wearing pink and still kicking ass!

As an ambassador, I hope to inspire others to live healthy and stay active.  I hope to introduce others to something new (an exercise, a recipe, information regarding a product, an inspirational saying…whatever it may be).  I hope to instill the same passion for health & fitness in others that I have.  I hope to support others in their strive for their best.  I hope to push myself to be strong!  I just hope to be the best I can be!  And I will do it SWEATING PINK!!!

So, here’s the question?  Do you have it in you to be an SPA?  If the answer is yes…then go and check out the program and fill out the application!  Hope to see some of you there!

Motivational May & Sweat Pink Ambassador!!!!!

I have been meaning to do a post of my May goals but just haven’t found the time and it’s already the 10th…ugh!  However,  I found a post yesterday that Jenna at Fitness & The City  had written that sparked me to get this post done! I’m going to join up with her and others for the “30 miles in 30 days” Challenge that is hosted by Nikki at The Pink Growl.  Come check it out and join with us!!

As of my run last night, I’m at 11.52 miles for the month so far!  So….18.48 left to go 🙂  Being that this month has already been super busy for me…that is great!!

Also….something AMAZING happened yesterday!!!

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 I got an email from Alyse & Jamie at Fit Approach informing me that I had been chosen to join the Sweat Pink Ambassador community!!!!!   I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to have been picked to join!!  More to come on this opportunity soon 🙂

Hope everyone has a great day!!

I’m an Ambassador!!!!

I found out recently that I was picked to be a part of the Kidz ZonePerfect Ambassador Program!  To say that I’m excited is putting it mildly!  I truly did not think that I would get picked to represent ZonePerfect but lo’ and behold, I WAS!!  Check out the part of the swag I received…..500 full-size nutrition bars to hand out for sample, an amazing insulated bag to carry my samples in, an awesome “KidzZone Perfect” t-shirt, and an amazing fleece jacket!!IMG_20130409_131722

For those not familiar with KidzZonePerfect bars, here is a little information about them.

  • ZonePerfect has recently introduced a new line of nutrition bars that are geared towards kids called Kidz Zone Perfect.
  • These bar were built and flavors decided upon with the help of parents and children at a “build-a-bar” development workshop.
  • Three flavors available:  Yellow Cupcake (yummy right?!), Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Caramel Crunch.
  • Each bar features 3 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals and is only 140-150 calories per bar.
  • Kidz ZonePerfect nutrition bars are available at mass merchandisers, grocery stores & drug stores.  They can also can be ordered online at www.abbottstore.com.
  • Go here for a $1.00 coupon

Needless to say, I’m super excited to get started on spreading the word on these tasty bars.  I’ve tried them all and so have my kiddos and we all have our favorites.  We all love the Caramel Crunch bar….the one with the salty pretzels mixing with the sweet chocolate chips and caramel….DE-LISH!!!!

I also love the fact that they are not super high in calories and that my kids love them (even though they are healthy)….You can’t beat that!  My kids can be super picky sometimes and it’s always hard to find something that they like that I can still feel comfortable giving them.

I actually got to do my first sample distribution activity.  I was able to provide samples to my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and their mothers.  They loved tasting them and really enjoyed the Activity Booklets that came with the bars.  Check out how sweet these girls look while gobbling up these tasty treats!

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And of course my favorite Girl Scout and I being fabulous for the camera 🙂

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So there it is!  My first ambassador program!!!  I just know it is going to be a blast…can’t wait to see where it takes me and see who I meet along the way!

Has anyone been picked to be an ambassador?  How was your experience?

Has anyone tried the new Kidz ZonePerfect nutrition bars?  If so, what did you think about them?  Which one is your favorite?