The ColorDash Review

The world’s brightest 5K run!

Before all of us

Look for a ColorDash race near you! I promise you won’t be disappointed. The Colordash team has teamed up with not-for-profit charities nationwide in 2014. They teamed up with Partners in in GJ Colorado which is a local not-for-profit similar to Big Brother/Big Sister and raised almost $10,000 for them from the 5K.Not only will you be running for a great cause you will be having a fabulous time.

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The ColorDash team is fun and high energy. When we arrived at packet pick up you could feel the energy all through Sports Authority. It was seamless I just had to give them my registration form. The shirts, bibs and pins were all packaged together and made it simple for the team to hand them out and they even had tutus for sale which saved me a hunting trip around the mall.

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I was excited that my Mini Me and her friend were joining us for the race. After packet pickup it was prep time for shirts and tutus. Mini Me knew exactly what they were going to do to their t-shirts. Yes very creative and original thinking. We didn’t see any one else with t-shirts made like theirs. Which makes her very happy?

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We arrived to the race early to feel the high energy and listen to the music. There were some booths set up and people to watch. Most were taking photos and some were running around throwing color at their friends. Then announcer did a fabulous job of keeping the energy level high and enthusiastic. The check presentation for the donation occurred prior to kicking off the race. What an awesome way to support our local community.

9:00 the race began it was a lap around Canyon view park two times. There were approximately 6 color stations throughout the course. The stations had people throwing the color on you and they seemed to be having fun themselves and getting all colored up too. Mainly the color they were throwing.

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After finishing our two laps we all gathered together and took some pictures and drank water. The temperature outside was HOT and we could have used a couple of water stations during the course. The fire truck was there for those who were over heated to get sprayed off with the hose.

After me and Ki

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We then waited for the Color Explosion to take place. The girls were excited to get more color on them. The color explosion is a big circle and everyone throws up their color bags. So much fun!

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This race is not a timed race it’s a fun race for EVEYONE. All ages, shapes, sizes, athletic ability just great great fun for everyone in the family!

Find a ColorDash near you!

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Nike Womens Race Day!

I know this post is LONG overdue. My days seem to be flying by and I don’t seem to have enough time to sit down and just type.

Race day! (Pure Craziness)

We arrived downtown San Fran early early. On the way to find our corrals we stopped at the Walgreens on the corner to use the rest room. I am sure the manager was sick of seeing all these women racers coming in. Hopefully they did get some sales out of the deal.

We then headed to find our corrals. This adventure was new for me. I would  guess since this is a HUGE event and over 40,000 people participating this was the best way to line up. Once you find your bubble with your time you enter they have volunteers there checking your wrist band to make sure you are where you are supposed to be. Porta potties lined up along the hill not to many people waiting as I passed by. I then walked to the starting area for my coral. BURRRR! One big lesson I learned is that San Fran is COLD! When leaving the hotel we saw a few girls with the paper hospital gowns on to keep them warm. I was wishing I had one at this point and time while waiting for the race to start. We arrived around 5:30 race start was 6:30 and my corral started about 7:30.

Lining up!

Lining up!

For this race I would recommend running with a friend and for fun. It’s very crowded the entire race. I enjoyed watching all the girls stop and take photos. The course was a blast! We started at union station and ran along the pier towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Yes we had A LOT of hills!

Start photo provided by Nike!

Start photo provided by Nike!

Nike Photo of the hills of San Fran!

Nike Photo of the hills of San Fran!

 

They had donation boxes around mile #5 but I had already dropped my sweat shirt before I saw the boxes. One thing I love about a race like this is all the supporters along the route cheering you on and the great signs they make. “You just missed Channing Tatum, run faster and you might catch him.”

Running in San Fran was very wet. The trees were dripping down on you during parts of the course. I guess coming from the desert this was something new for me. Dressing in layers is a very good idea for this race and I highly recommend not dropping that sweat shirt.

Between miles #9 & #10 Verizon had a contest. You were to guess what your mile time would be. This is a huge downhill run. The winner would win $4,000 and you had to be within a minute on either side to qualify.

This race was a blast! Not my personal best run but that happens. I enjoyed the atmosphere, the people and the sights.  When I crossed the finish line it was very crowed. You get your “Finisher” T-shirt and “Tiffany Necklace” and picture opportunity with the Firemen. 

Finish Line!

Finish Line!

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Then it was time to try and find my friends….We were to meet at the boutique…Haha there is 40,000 people trying to buy Nike garb. I never did find them. My cell phone didn’t work so I couldn’t text or call. I was asking people around me if they had service and non of them did. My suggestion is if you are going to meet up after the race meet at the medical tent. I was freezing cold and just ready to get into a hot shower. So I headed for the shuttle line. This took over an hour and a half just in line. One bad thing about this race is having to wait in line FOREVER. When I finally got cell service I had 50 million calls texts and messages. Luckily my friends were on a shuttle too. We met up at the hotel and did a group picture there since I was lost in the crowd at the finish line. 

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WE DID IT! What a fun time with new friends, great city and great race! 

Nike Photo

Nike Photo

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I’ve been working on something new. Stay tuned! I promised I will post about it before 2014!

Part 2 of the Bay Series!

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Ferry trip!

Ferry trip!

After the ferry ride from Sausalito back to Pier 1 it was time once again walk the streets of San Francisco back to the Nike store.  On our way we found a few little artists booths. Some of the girls stopped and made a few purchases of interesting photographs of the bay area. We then scurried down to the Nike store.

Fractal Art

Fractal Art

Oh my! How many people can you really fit into one Nike store? One of the girls wanted to exchange a shirt she had purchased and I was looking for an additional one.

Guess what! Amy wanted to exchange her black medium for a black small and there wasn’t a single black shirt left in the store let alone a small and this is a 7 floor Nike store. I searched and searched the racks for the shirt I wanted and found a size medium on the mannequin.  Just as we were going to undress the mannequin, a lady said they had a medium on a different rack. Yep it was the very last one! Lesson here is if you would like to purchase Nike souvenirs get to the store a couple of days before the race not the day before.

Banner on top of the Nike store.

Banner on top of the Nike store.

Back out into the streets of Union Square to find our way back to the hotel. We decided on a different route this time, wandering through China town. I am only 5’4 but feel very tall next to most of the women in China town. We passed a sushi restaurant that looked very interesting. It was a boat floating thru water with a sushi buffet. I believe the name of the restaurant was the Sushi Boat.

Lantern in China town.

Lantern in China town.

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I am not sure if getting back to our room was a good idea. We all were tired and ready to eat and wanted to be to bed early since we had to be at the start by 5:30 AM. We all managed to get a little cleaned up and found an Italian Restaurant close to our hotel.

"Mangia" = Let's Eat!

“Mangia” = Let’s Eat!

When we arrived the host said our wait would only be about 15 minutes. I think he forgot they had a bunch of reservations to come in to be seated too. We sat and sat and sat. If he would have told us when we arrived the wait was an hour we could have made a decision to stay or find another restaurant.

Lesson here is be sure to make a reservation in San Francisco. We finally got a table and it was Mangia time!

I ordered the Pappardelle Bolognese Homemade wide Fettuccine pasta in an Italian tomato beef ragout. The meat sauce was ok but the home-made noodles were to die for. By the time we got our food it was about 8:00 Pacific Time 9:00 home/Mountain Time and I really didn’t feel like eating.

I ate what I could and then ordered the Profiterole – Homemade cream puffs filled with vanilla gelato. 

Home made pasta is the best!

Home made pasta is the best!

Delicious dessert!

Delicious dessert!

After dinner we walked back to the hotel to prepare for race day!

Time till race while waiting for a table.

Time till race while waiting for a table.

Bib, wrist band, shirt, shoes. "Let's do this!"

Stay tuned for “Race Day Re-Cap”!

Final Countdown!

Week 9

Day 1

Runner 1

Wow that run was a piece of cake compared to my 9 miles last week.

5 x .62 (400 M RI)

Total = 4.64 Miles

Pace = 12.20 (Includes warm up and cool down)

Day 2

Runner 2

What a killer class this morning. My favorite instructor and she played my favorite CD. One of the girls in class was like I am going to knock you out. LOL! I said you will thank me later! Boo Ya! 487 calories burned.

Day 3

I did Body Flow then 3 miles on the AMT Elliptical. I have something going on with my right hip flexor so I wanted to baby it. Deciding when to get an adjustment next week before the race.

Day 4

Learn to Run Strong sent me this! Love it!

Learn to Run Strong sent me this! Love it!

Today I ran.

5.00 Miles

Time =57:45

Pace = 11:33 (Includes warm up and cool down)

Found the groove today finally! Must have been the big ole lasagna dinner I had last night. LOL!

Day 5 & Day 6

Insanity

Insanity OMG! I am so freaking sore from that class. It’s a total love hate relationship. I was planning to rest yesterday and “The Chef” said he wanted to take a hike. So we climbed Mount Garfield. It is a very strenuous hike. For me it was the breathing and for him it was the strength in his legs just having surgery 4 ½ months ago.

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These trails are steep and challenging, and sturdy hiking shoes are recommended due to the rocky terrain and unstable footing. Despite the strenuous climb, however, hikers attest to the spectacular views at the top, making the trek well worth the effort.

 

Week 10 Race Week

Day 1

Runner 3

Does a Half Count?

Nice little run this am. Easy peasy compared to my last 2 workouts even with screaming quads. Going to the chiropractor for my hip flexor this afternoon.

6 x .25 (400M RI)

Total = 3.25 Miles

Time = 43.17

Pace = 13:19 (includes warm up and cool down)

So I’ve been thinking of how to finish off the year. I really want to build up some muscle and get some definition. So that’s my plan starting on 10/28.

This am the chef found a race called the “Mt. Garfield Grumble” basically it’s a race similar to the hike we did on Sunday and I said let’s do it and his response to me was “you are sick” lol!

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Day 2

Chiropractor popped my hip back in. It’s very tender and I totally babied it this morning in kickboxing. He also recommended I wear some compression socks on the plane so my legs don’t get fatigued. I found some of “The Chef’s” teds from surgery that I will put on under my boots.

Day 3

Body flow

Hey Hey! Bodyflow felt so good this am. Legs all stretched out.

Day 4

To be determined probably a 2 mile tempo run.

Day 5

Golden gate

Bike riding over the Golden Gate Bridge

Day 6

RACE DAY!

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To sweat or not to sweat!

During my junior high days I remember our PE teachers would stand with a clipboard marking our names off as we exited the showers.

Why you might ask? They wanted to make sure we washed the sweat off our bodies after PE. Haha back then I didn’t sweat let alone WANT to.

Until the last 6 months I didn’t sweat when working out. I am not sure if it’s due to my physical make up or the condition that I was in. Now I sweat like crazy and strive to be soaked by the end of my workouts. It’s fun to dirty the mirrors in kickboxing at the end of class.

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Time to get our sweat on this month! Half training begins March 11, 2013.

March

Are you a Thelma or Louise?

Do you remember at the beginning of February, I asked if you were a Thelma or a Louise?

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I am a Louise!

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You are up front and take no prisoners! 

You will do whatever it takes to help a friend in need. There are some skeletons in your closet and you keep a tight lip on your past. You are a natural-born leader and take charge of the situation. 

Your life moto should be ‘men are pigs, and we are having a pig roast girls’
Never be taken alive!

Lucky for me my friend is Thelma!

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Newly inhibition free and on the loose!

You are shy at first but open up when you get a little tipsy. It’s easy for you to get into trouble and when you do, you just end up making it worse for yourself. 

Your life moto should be ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. 

Never be taken alive!

The two of us will be running the Thelma and Louise Half Marathon. 

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It’s not too late for you to grab your Thelma or your Louise and join us on June 1 in Moab, Utah for a day of adventure.

Thelma and Louise Moab

http://www.moabhalfmarathon.com/tlhm/index.cfm

My Story

Recently I’ve had several friends tell me that a recent Facebook picture has been an inspiration and motivation for them. Wow what an awesome compliment. So I thought I would share my journey with all of you.

My journey to a life of health and wellness began in 2002!

I will never forget the day when I jumped out of the shower and took a look at myself in the full length mirror. I did not like the image looking back at me. I was a happy mom of a 3-year-old, I had an amazing husband and a great job but I just wasn’t happy with myself.

I had watched a Montel Williams episode when my daughter was a baby about the Body for Life program. I had purchased the book then put it on the shelf. It was this day in 2002 that book was taken off the shelf and I decided to make a change.

The episode that Michelle is referring to is the one I watched when I bought the Body for Life book.

In 2003 I was fortunate enough to attend an Energy Camp for Women in Denver at the EAS headquarters. What an experience I had! Here is a before and after picture of me back in 2001 pre BFL and 2003 after a 12 week challenge.

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As we all know if you don’t stick to your health and wellness plan you gain back weight, lose muscle mass and your cardio capacity is limited. So in 2008 I decided that this was the year that I wanted to really learn for myself the “LIFE” part of the Body for Life. I had completed numerous 12 week challenges and never really did figure out what to do past the 12 week finish. Thinking in the back of my mind I knew I could do another 12 weeks. 2008 was the year designated for me to really move to the next level for “LIFE”.

A 26 week BFL marathon was an opportunity for me to continue my journey of learning about self-discipline, self motivation, determination and learning about my body not only physical but emotional as well. Planning each and every day and setting small achievable goals for the day, week, month and the year! Along with keeping positive thoughts about me each and every day helped for motivation!

Persistence is the key! I see so many people start out their challenge so strong and motivated and then they hit a life bump in their challenge and they give up. I think it is important to remember we all have life bumps but moving forward and keep persisting is a key attribute for “LIFE”. 2008 was a successful year for me on my health and wellness journey.

2009 brought more of BFL and finding balance in life of work, health and wellness. The first part of November in 2009 a good friend of mine asked me if I wanted to run the Winter Sun 10K with her. My response was “I am not a runner, but if you train me I will try.” She asked me how far and how long can you run for? Maybe a minute I replied. She said well we have some work to do. She gave me a training plan starting out running for 4 minutes then walking for 2 and I only had 6 weeks to train for this 10K (6.2 miles). What the heck was I thinking?

By week 2 I was running 11 minute intervals for an hour, completing about 5 miles or so. I thought ok I can do this. We ran the local 5K Turkey Trot to get me prepared for the 10K. Many lessons learned on this 5K. I did manage to complete the 10K in 17 degree weather and have been running since.

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I was still on the runners’ high when my running friend found the Warrior Dash race and suggested we do this race. Due to the fact that I still was on major runners high I jumped all over this. Signed up and started the training phase.

I continued to run in January 2010 and joined a contest that the gym was holding for the New Year. In February I started my new-found love KICKBOXING. During my 3rd class I pulled my right hamstring. UUgghh! I was very disappointed in this set back. My running slowed down for about 6 weeks. During this time I did the step mill. I thought that I would not lose much doing this kind of activity. Boy was I wrong! When I could run again it was like starting all over again.

Towards the end of July I started getting bored with the workouts and not feeling gains in running or in my strength training. Started missing workouts and getting just plain lazy. I tried to set up a training schedule for the last 28 days to get myself motivated and prepared for race day. I did find that I love to run outside on a summer morning. Hearing the birds chirp, the sun to rise above the Mesa is just a relaxing and energizing way to start the day. I also loved trying to beat my time each week when on my outdoor run.

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The week before the race I was on my outdoor run and my mind was just racing wondering if I could even do this race. Running hard and fast my heart just beating and my breath unable to be caught. I simply had a mental breakdown. Negative talk to myself thinking will I be able to do this. I am not ready for this race. As I peaked the top of the hill that morning I thought back to the Warrior Dash website and its training recommendations. It’s about your mental ability more than anything. I still didn’t convince myself that day that I was anywhere near being ready. I did however take 3 minutes off my run time that day. Ohhh something was working!

As race day approached I got more and more excited. I didn’t feel 100% prepared for the race. I could only do my best. So off we went to Copper Mountain. I just kept looking at that hill and thinking that it’s 9,700 feet above sea level and the oxygen is low up here. What am I going to do?

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As I look back now I have no idea how I made it over the fire or completed the Warrior Dash not only once but THREE times. It’s all a blur when the runner’s high kicks in. Each Warrior Dash presenting different challenges! Now on to new challenges in 2013.

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I now know why people continue to sign up for races. The feeling after your done is AMAZING! The runners high and the sense of self achievement and accomplishment is one of its own.

Will run for beer! Will run for beer!

In 2012 I ran my first ½ Marathon. Read my race re-cap here.

http://dee-liciousmusings.com/2012/09/24/denver-rock-n-roll-12-marathon-race-review/

So if you are ready to cross the abyss and get moving now’s the time! Let’s do it! 2013 is your year!