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.

Me Ki Color

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.

John Carol

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?

Ki Ke Color

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.

All after

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!

Color expolde

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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Inflatable 5K Review

Inflatable 5K

Let me start off by saying this was a fun fun fun race. I think having a large team made the race so fun.

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(Michael, Carol and I ready for the race) 

I do have a few rants about this race. Let’s get them out of the way first thing. I personally felt the expense of this race was high for what you get. I paid $52.50 for the registration fee then an additional insurance fee of $3.50. Now here is the most upsetting part. On the day of the race we were charged a $10 parking fee. Not once in any of the pre-registration information did it say there would be an additional parking fee.

The packet pick up was a joke. You received a Sports Authority plastic bag with your bib (no timing chip), a coupon for Sports Authority and a nice plastic Sports Authority bracelet. At the finish line you were awarded with a t-shirt, cup of water and a granola bar.

When I was filling out my survey I looked at the price of the Warrior Dash in comparison. The registration fee is $60 three months out from race day. When participating in the Warrior Dash they give you a timing chip, t-shirt, warrior hat, medal, banana, water, oranges and a FREE Beer.

I guess I felt that for the price of the Inflatable 5k I didn’t get my money’s worth maybe that’s just me.

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(Carol was our team captain great shirt if your team has more than 10 people)

 

The instructions told us to arrive an hour before our wave. Really we could have arrived about 30 minutes and been safe. It was fun to watch the first wave of the day head out into bounce mania.

The first obstacle at the start is called Bounce Way to Heaven. I wanted to get to the back of the pack because I didn’t want to get trampled on. The large bouncing steps would be much easier to climb over if you could actually bounce but there were way to many people. When you get to the top there is a slide down.

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(See the guy in the white shirt in front of Carol in the air. Crazy fun! He is one of our team members )

This was probably one of my favorite obstacles.

I may or may not have all the obstacles in the right order. It’s been almost a week since the race and I have had a lot of things happen since then.

Run This Way

You get through this obstacle by running in one direction. Sounds pretty simple, right? Trust us, you’re not going to want to take this obstacle lightly. Run This Way challenges your balance and agility as you make your way across this huge mattress filled with ankle-loving holes.

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Haha my friend Carol watched a video of this obstacle before the event and she said just run over the top. Yep we skipped the holes and ran over the top.

Bust On Thru to the other side

This obstacle is the ultimate agility test and is not for the faint of heart. Made up of three tire sections, Bust On Thru challenges you to break through four sets of doors without falling down. If your feet aren’t nimble and your knees inflexible, you may want to take this one a little slow.

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I think the hardest part of this obstacle was the doors that would slam into you.

Big Balls

These Big Balls are always bouncing and we guarantee you’ll be smacked, whacked and knocked down by them. Quite possibly the world’s largest ball-pit, once you crawl under the entrance point, you’re immediately faced with giant flying balls coming directly at you. Duck, dive and dodge your way to the other side!

IN Big Balls

We had a blast pushing the balls into the people coming into the tent.

Tangled Up

 Sometimes getting a little Tangled Up is more fun than you’d think. Here’s your chance to get tangled in one of our most unique obstacles. Simply pick a lane, take the leap and navigate your way through. Don’t let the size intimidate you, trust us, you’ll get out. Eventually. This was a fun one.

IN Tangled up

My friend Carol is shorter than I am and we were wondering how we would get over the lanes. In the middle of the lane I gave Carol a little push to get her over.

 

Lose Yourself

Once you get to Lose Yourself, you’re no doubt sweating, feeling fatigued and wondering where you go next? Well, that’s for you to figure out; don’t let the mesh walls confuse you either. Adding to the pandemonium… your fellow runners will be up close and personal with you too!

IN Lose Yourself

I was very worried about this obstacle. Lucky for me a YOUNG fellow runner took the lead and got us through the maze in no time.

Disturbia

By the time you reach Disturbia, you’ll think you’ve come to some futuristic structure or maybe you’re hallucinating. Pick a crazy lane and go for it. Let the music be your guide … just don’t let Disturbia get the best of you!

In Disturbia

This was very awkward but easy!

Electric Slide

Leave the boring straight slides on the playground. The Electric Slide is extremely steep, twisting, partially enclosed and sure to leave you wanting more. No worries, you’re allowed a second slide. You’re also allowed to start your own dance party.

IN Electric Slide

 

This slide reminded me of a water slide minus the water. Keep your feet up or they will get hung up on the way down. Carol got a nice elbow burn from this slide.

 

Jump Around

This is where the rubber meets insanity and hands down one of the most insane obstacles you’ll ever experience. Simulating what it might be like to walk on the moon, Jump Around has more than 70 feet of crazy, bouncy fun.

IN Jump Around

This was my favorite obstacle. The key is to jump from one spot to the next. When you get to the end jump land on your bootay and bounce off.
Pure Misery

We took a page from our military’s training handbook and created this goliath that will leave you begging for mercy. This 100-foot long beast will test your strength, agility, flexibility and endurance as you complete multiple obstacles within the confines of this challenge. Some would say misery loves company.

IN Pure Misery

I like this slide! In the middle it had a platform that broke you speed for the next slide.

Crazy Air

Finish Line

IN Crazy Air 

 

Slide

Insane things come to those who wait … and trust us, this is INSANE!

Crazy Air is the most fun obstacle you’ll go on all day and features one of the steepest inflatable slides in the world! You’ll slide down at a rapid pace and when you hit the bottom, there’s a lip to launch you into the air and onto the landing pad. The Crazy Air is more than 110 feet long and the only one of its kind.

Seriously, it’s the most fun you’ll have all day!

After reading that the finish line was 110 ft long slide I was a bit worried. By the time I got to the top I was ready and it was a blast!

 

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Huge Thank you to John who had the most important job of all! Finish line BEER!

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Photo bomb

Overall this was a fun race. Would I do it again probably depending on other race options on the same day.
Read More: Insane Inflatable 5K Obstacles | Insane Inflatables | http://insaneinflatable5k.com/obstacles/?trackback=tsmclip

Photos: Inflatable 5K website and Anthony Calacino

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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San Fran training continues….

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Week 2 training! 9 Weeks until San Fran!

Day 1

Intervals today 3 x .75

2:00 RI

Total 3.78 Miles in 50:00 includes warm up and cool down. Pace = 13:13

Day 2

Kickboxing

Day 3

Body Flow done and I managed to do one scorpion push up today! Yippee!

Day 4

 Body Pump and 4 miles. Not sure running was such a good idea after BP. 4.10 miles at a  12:44 pace includes warm up and cool down! Dang I need to get a faster pace!

Day 5

8 miles Pace = 12:18

Week 3 Training!

Day 1

Kickboxing done!

Day 2

Body flow done

Interval run uugghh! This was hard after doing body flow I was so relaxed.

10 min warm up

.62

Rest .25

1.00

Rest .25

.62

Rest .25

Total =3.53 Miles

46:09

13:04 Pace (includes a 10 min walk)

Day 4

I did manage to get 10 miles on the elliptical.

Day 5

5 miles on the AMT Elliptical

Week 4 training!

Day 1

Man o Man I’ve done something to my upper back. It’s killing me! No sleep and I really didn’t think I could handle punching this am. I am hoping body flow will help in the AM if not I will be finding a chiropractor and a massage therapist to get me some relief. UUgghh! I hate these kind of setbacks.

Day 2

Up for Body Flow and

3x 1.0 Mile intervals with .25 Mile Rest Intervals

Total =4.00 Miles 48:15 Pace =12:03

Includes 5 min warm up!

My stinking back has a HUGE not on my left shoulder. I have to be sleeping wrong. Waiting for the witch Dr. to call me back so I can get fixed up.

Day 3

I didn’t get up this morning had a work function last night and my back is still jacked up. Going to see about getting into a chiropractor today. I need to get 6 miles in today at some point. It’s been a 100 every day after work so it will probably be the elliptical.

Day 4

Another rest day to see if my back will heal up!

Week 5 Training!

Day 1

Boy I didn’t want to get up this am.

3 x 1.0 miles

.25 miles rest intervals

Total Miles = 4.0

Time=46:06 (Last week same run 48:15)

Pace = 11:32 (Includes 5 min warm up)

Day 2

I’ve been going 100 mph since 4:45 this am. Started with a nice ass kicking from my favorite instructor in kickboxing!

Day 3

OH MY GAWD! I over slept this am. Never heard my alarm. I haven’t done that in a long time. I guess I must be tired. I am so sad I missed body flow. I just decided to take today as a rest day.

Day 4

Today I did my 4 miles HIIT style.

Time = 46:40

Miles = 4.16

Pace = 11:13

Day 5

10 miles planned!

San Fran Training Week 1!

I decided to blog my training for the San Fran Half so I can remember what I did! So for those of you who want to train with me let’s go!

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First day of half training! 10 Weeks until San Fran!

Day 1
10 Min Warm-up

1 Mile

400 Rest Interval

2 Miles

800 Rest Interval

.65 mile

Total = 4.90 Miles

1:02:36

Day 2
Oh my hammies are screaming today! Amazing how your body feels after one run. I did get my kickboxing in today !

Day 3
I got up extra early hoping to get my run in before body flow and when I got to the gym it wasn’t open yet. So I managed to split my run in half.

1.50 Miles 18:29

1.61 Miles 20:00

Total 3.11 Miles 38:29 for a 12:22 pace this includes my warm ups and cool downs.

Day 4
Body Pump done and Hip Hop in the evening!

Day 5
4 mile walk/ run hilly Redlands Mesa loop

Tiffany