Monday, January 27, 2014

The Color Run Giveaway Winners

Many thanks to everyone who entered. The winners are.....

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sadie and Lindsay, I will be contacting you'll very shortly to get your information to pass along to The Color Run reps. Remember you have 48 hrs to get back to me.

If you didn't win and want to run in the happiest 5K, be sure to use the following code when registering.

Thanks again for entering!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Half Marathon Training: Week 4

I think I am finally in my groove right now for running. I just hope this continues all the way to week 12.

Sunday - It was suppose to be a rest day but I ended up spending a good chuck of the day cleaning the house.

Monday - Since its going to be cold the rest of the month, I decided I would get my run in today because the nasty cold sets in. I did 3.6 at a 8'59" pace. I felt sluggish the whole run. But I got it done.

After work I came home to get my Alpha Cardio in. I have to say I had more energy during that work out then I did during my run.

Tuesday - Alpha Total Body Circuit was on the agenda today. I wasn't in the mood to work out today for some reason. I did get it done though even if it took some convincing. I rewarded myself with a Cliff Builder Mint Chocolate protein bar afterwards. Yum! They taste just like a girl scout thin mint cookie. If you haven't tried one and you love thin mints, I highly recommend you go and get one.

Wednesday - Today was Alpha Speed 1.0. All I can say is I walked away knowing I gave it my all and I completely killed the work out. :)

Later on in the day I went for a 5 mile at a gym I use to go to. Run was great. :)

Thursday -  All I had today was T25 Alpha Cardio. Didn't do as well as I did on Monday. :( I was ready for the 25 minutes to be over with.

Friday - Got up and did the T25 Alpha Lower Focus. Ouch!! My lower half was screaming at me the entire time.

In the evening I got 3.5 miles done on the treadmill. I really wish it was cold AND windy. I would have rather been out. :(

Saturday - Since I did my long run on Wednesday, I am used today as a rest day. :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Jingle Jog 5K Recap

This race took place December 7th, 2013 in Cumming, GA. After having a very warm week, I was hoping race day would be the same but it wasn't. We woke up to some cold temps which made me really rethink my outfit, but I decided to just go with what I had originally planned even if it meant freezing my butt off before, during, and after the run.

Seeing how it was a Christmas themed race, I decided to do something a bit different. I got a "I Believe" Santa shirt, red and white striped socks, and a Santa hat (which I ended up carrying the whole time since it didn't want to stay on).

Since Jen was also running,  I met up with her before the race to chat and to get a picture.

I knew going into this run that I was going to have at least one hill to tackle but I was wrong. After tackling one hill, which really wasn't all that bad, we had to go up another hill shortly after.

I pushed through the hills even though I really wanted to stop and walk for a little bit.

And before I knew it we were making the last turn and luckily it was a down hill finish. When I got halfway down the hill, I took off....

Here's a picture of me right before the finish line.

I crossed with a time of 27:30.

Once Jen crossed the finished we only hung out for a little bit before heading to IHop with Mike. If it hadn't been so cold, I would have stuck around to found out I placed 3rd in my age group. Luckily, I was able to get them to mail my medal. :)

Oh, and here is the finisher's shirt....


Sorry for a very late recap. Since this one was around the holiday season, I didn't have time to sit down and write up something quick about it. And since this was back in December, I really don't remember much of the race. :(

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Color Run 2014 Giveaway (OVER)

I am so excited to have the opportunity to give away 2 entries into ANY Color Run event that is not sold out. Check here to see if the Kaleidoscope Tour is coming to a city near you!!

So what is The Color Run? The Color Run was founded in January of 2012 as an event to promote healthiness and happiness by bringing the community together to participate in the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”. They are the original paint race and have created a completely new genre of running events that continues to grow exponentially

How does it work?  Wear white to the starting line, have fun on the un-timed 5K course, and be plastered with color throughout the course!!

What's new for 2014? New this year is the Kaleidoscope Tour. New shirts, headbands, wrist band, 2 color packets, and a sling bag for anyone that registers. Fresh music and crazy color attractions!

And now for the giveaway. I will pick 2 winners for an entry into The Color Run event of their choice that isn't sold out.

If you don't end up winning the giveaway, here is a code that The Color Run has provided for my reader's to use. Promo code COLOR5OFF will give $5 off a registration to ANY city that is NOT sold out. Check here to see if The Color Run is coming to a city near you!  Important: code must be entered at time of registration, cannot be retro-applied. Also type in code in. Don't copy and paste. Not valid for any flash city sales.

Giveaway information and disclaimer:  The giveaway starts at 12:00 am EST on Monday, January 20th and ends at 12:00 am EST on Monday, January 27th.  Open to US residents.  Winners will be picked at random by Rafflecopter. I will contact the winners and they will have 48 hours to respond to me with their mailing address. I was not compensated for this giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Half Marathon Training: Week 3

Hard to believe I am already on my third week of training....

Sunday - I was wanting to go for a 4 mile run, but after 2.4 miles that I would cut it short. I am still suffering from a lingering cough. :( Felt amazing outside though.

Monday - Started T25 Alpha Cardio today. I found this program to work really well for me last time I was training for a half. I am hoping I get the same outcome this time around. Here's to 10 weeks of T25.

Tuesday - Woke up feeling a little sore from day 1 of T25. Not going to lie I seriously thought about skipping today. I had to tell myself the only way I am going to get over the soreness is to push through the pain. So, I did Alpaha Speed 1.0. I felt great during the work out until it came time to do the burn out. I felt like I was going to puke. Guess that means I was pushing myself, huh? Anyways, I got through it and finished.

In the afternoon, I went for a 3.5 mile run in the neighborhood. It felt amazing out. I honestly could have kept going but decided I would stop.

Wednesday - I just have to say I didn't miss the T25 Alpha Total Body Circuit. My poor glutes are definitely going to feel it for the next few days.

Thursday - Got an easy 3.5 mile run in on the treadmill today. I didn't feel like running in the cold today. After the run, I came home to do T25 Ab Intervals.

Friday - Instead of doing T25, I decided to lift some weights at home. Felt great to do something different.

Saturday - Since it was a bit chilly out and I just got over being sick, I decided I would run 5 miles in the gym. It was tough. I couldn't get my legs warmed up. I guess I really wanted to be outside instead of being stuck inside. :-\ I also dedicated my run to #megsmiles.

Week 3 of training is complete. :) Hope week 4 is amazing!!

Oh and be sure to come back to my blog tomorrow and check out The Color Run giveaway for a chance to win an entry into any race location (not sold out, of course).

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Half Marathon Training: Week 2

Since I got sick last week my training was put on hold until Friday. I am feeling much better but still going to be taking it easy for the next few days just to make sure I am over this crap for good.

Sunday - Still not 100%. Decided I would try running later on in the week.

Monday - Felt a lot better but still had that lingering cough.

Tuesday - Rest

Wednesday - Rest

Thursday - Rest

Friday - Since I was feeling a lot better, I decided I was going to go to the gym to get 3 miles in on the treadmill. Did an easy run with an avg pace of 9'03". I felt fine during and afterwards.

Saturday - No run. Decided to push it until Sunday.

On to week 3....

Friday, January 10, 2014

Half Marathon Training: Week 1

Since I was on a mission to hit 600 miles before the end of 2013, I knew I needed to work on my mileage and quick. So for the last 2.5 weeks I have been working my butt off with running just so I could reach my goal. I finally did it on the 30th when I went for my last short run before the end of 2013. :)

Now that I had reached that goal, I could officially begin training for my second half marathon.

Sunday (12/29) - I got up and went on a 4 mile run on the treadmill. I don't really remember what the weather was like on this day, but I obviously had my reasons as to why I was running indoors instead of outside.

Monday (12/30) - Quick 2 mile run in the neighborhood to reach my 600 miles in 2013.

Tuesday - Off day since I was running a 5K on the New Years Day.

Wednesday - 5K run at the ATC Resolution Run. Placed 2nd in my age group with a time of 26:14. Not a bad way to start the new year.

Thursday - Rest day

Friday - I was going to go for a 3 or 4 mile run, but I woke up really sick so I had to cancel all plans and pray I would get over this crap fast.

Saturday - Still sick. Slept.... A LOT.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Cleaning Out My Running Closet Giveaway Winners!!

Thanks to everyone that entered. Here are the winners!!! I will be contacting the winners via e-mail shortly.

Box 1 Winner

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Box 2 Winner

a Rafflecopter giveaway