We had such a great time at The Color Run last weekend!
Thanks to Kohl’s, I got to invite my bestie to run The Color Run with me. They also sent us some sweet, colorful Fitbits to track our steps.
Before Sunday I had never run more than a 5K… I ran my first 5K last year for the Lupus Foundation of Minnesota, followed by Run or Dye and my second Lupus run. Running on my own I still never even hit 4 miles.
So, why then, did I think I could all of a sudden do a half marathon without one but of training???
When I won the trip to the Biggest Loser Finale from Planet Fitness they offered the entire audience free race eateries for any Biggest Loser Run/Walk.
After a lot of back and forth, I decided to go for the half marathon. Although, after a busy summer with very little running, I realized I would never have a long enough block of time free to train for a half marathon.
I almost considered backing out after not running as much as I had hoped and not planning the trip early enough, but it finally realized that I would regret it.
I kept telling myself, “it’s called the run/walk. You can walk…”
I drove the hour and a half drive out for packet pick up. I loved hearing Bobby Saleem, last year’s runner up, spill all the dirt about the show. Well, he didn’t spill too much, but he was pretty candid and so funny! I was also completely inspired by Jackie Evans who kept talking about her struggle to teach her kids about health and fitness. It really hit home and made me think about my why (a Bobby phrase). I was so happy to be there and know that stealing away for a weekend was for a great reason.
I went back bright and early the next morning, all alone, for my first ever half marathon.
I started out running when we took off and felt great. I was exstatic at the 4 mile mark because I was keeping up my goal pace and I just passed my longest run ever. I couldn’t believe it when I hit the six mile mark and was still running. I felt like I could go all day!
...and then mile 7 hit. The bathrooms were few and far between so I started to walk more and my legs started getting stiffer and more tired. I walked the rest of the race.
I still finished in a time I was happy with and was SO happy just to finish! The greatest part was when Bobby was announcing and cheering on the runner and looked right at me and said, “great job, Kristin!”
I was out of town and alone for my first half, and Bobby cheering me by name was just what I needed! He is such a great and genuine guy!
I was sore that day and thought I’d be incredibly sore the next day, but I felt pretty good. I did take the day off from trying to get my Fall Fitness Challenge activity in, but the day before more than made up for it! I also stuck to my warm lemon water each morning without forgetting. I even finally stopped talking about meal prep and spent the day cooking and making up some delicious meals to have on hand when I need them. I made fish, brown rice, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms – so good!
Check in with the others participating In the Fall Fitness Challenge:
Nora from Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo | Kristen K. at Run Away With Me | Ariana at HappyLife.HealthyLife | Brandi at Noteworthy Running | Michelle at Fearless Beauty Fitness | Kathy at MamaMarathoner | Diane at Runnin Rocker | Alicia at NeverEverBeenSkinny
The day after my first half marathon I limped my tired tush down the stairs to wash my stinky running clothes. Luckily I received some WIN sports detergent for review through Sweat Pink.
It did not disappoint! The clothes smelled great! WIN is specially designed to get rid of all the sweat, oil, and odors for athletic clothes. They even offer a fragrance and dye-free green version. After a rough trip through the mail, I got both bottles to try. Thank goodness WIN just redesigned their bottles to handle that kind of abuse!
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My husband got me a new phone.
He was convinced, since I spent so much time on it, I needed something larger than my iPhone.
My first thought when he told me the surprise? How am I going to run with that enormous phone???
He looked it up and there is an arm band to fit that thing, but hold it up to your arm and try not to laugh! I have large arms too (nope, not from muscle either…), I can’t imagine a smaller girl trying to run with that big monstrosity strapped to her little arm!
I ruled the whole arm thing out of the equation, and knew it was time to try a FlipBelt. I’ve been looking at them for a while now and finally had an excuse to buy one. Luckily the great folks at FlipBelt sent me one free of charge for a review, but I may have to buy one in a second color because I couldn’t decide…
I was so excited for it to come! I kept looking at the website, and then I noticed that there is only one phone that they say doesn’t fit… The Galaxy Note II… womp, womp…
So, I still decided it’s worth a shot or I will be handing that new phone right back to my husband.
I immediately ripped open that package and shoved that huge phone inside one of the pockets.
It’s a tight squeeze, but it holds it just fine and feels completely secure! I have had a moment or two when I was trying to slide it back in quickly and it got stuck because I wasn’t going in straight, but it’s becoming second nature.
It is so much more convenient to carry the phone down on my waist! I love being able to slip the phone out to change the song, instead of struggling with the thing on my arm.
I also love to store items in my FlipBelt when I’m not using it. I used to spend 10-20 minutes looking for my earbuds before a run since my little ones like to play with them. Now, I put them inside the FlipBelt and they haven’t found them yet!! I even keep a headband in there in case I need something in the middle of a run!
I don’t run with a key, but I love the little pocket with a clip for a key – such a smart idea!
The great thing about it is that the belt doesn’t move while I run. This is especially impressive since I have quite a bit of baby belly flab that likes to make it impossible to keep my pants up, but the belt stays put! I used to have a belt that was like a small fanny pack and I could never keep that thing in place!
I am completely in love with my FlipBelt!
Well, I don’t have one for you… BUT… if there is enough buzz around this review they may give me one to share!
So, this is my plea – share this post on Twitter, facebook, Instagram, Google+, or Pinterest – or a bunch of them! The folks at Flipbelt have been pretty awesome so far and maybe we can get you guys one. Because it’s awesome, you’re awesome, and you deserve it!!
Just because I’m nosy… Leave a comment letting me know where you shared and what color Flipbelt you’d get. I couldn’t decide between the green and the aqua.
Share, share, share! Let’s get you one too!!
One of my favorite things about this little blog of mine is that it has given me the opportunity to join some pretty amazing communities. SweatPink is by far one of my favorite communities I’ve found through blogging. The ladies of FitApproach are so sweet and it really sets the tone for all the ambassadors. I can’t wait to meet them and present at BlogFest this summer!
Another great thing about SweatPink are the review opportunities. I was fortunate enough to receive a box of Vega Sport Energy Bars to review and I have loved them!! There were so many awesome products to pick from as part of the Fuel Your Better campaign, but I chose the Energy Bars because I love a good bar and, with two kiddos two and under, I could definitely use a little sustained energy.
This bar quickly became a staple before a run. Now, I’m not a long-distance runner, but I am a busy Momma and this bar quickly gives me the energy I need to tackle any portion of the day.
The Vega Sport Energy Bar is especially great for the Momma who has just gotten the kiddos up from a nap and wants to rush them into the stroller for a run but realizes that quick lunch a couple hours ago just isn’t going to cut it!
One problem: the kids love them as much as I do! How much do they have to eat before I can justify opening another bar???
I tried the Chocolate Coconut Almond bar and it is amazing! Super rich chocolately flavor and delicious!
A couple more things about the bars:
I’ve taken them everywhere with me! Vega Sport Energy Bars were my go-to for a crazy wedding weekend. I snacked on one before the rehearsal and brought plenty to share in case we had some dragging bridesmaids on the big day.
I also took one with me today to write this post. What better way to get though some library time over lunch?
Better get back to it… Who am I kidding? I had that thing devoured in moments an hour ago!
Check out the #fuelyourbetter hashtag and @VegaTeam and @Vega_team on Twitter and Instagram to see some of the other amazing Fuel Your Better products.