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The Color Run (All-Star 5k)

I recently ran The Color Run a.k.a the happiest 5k on the planet and it was a blast!  I will start off by saying that I ran this race for free (more on that later) and it was held in a much more scenic location than last year – at the Waterfront Downtown!  It was also held a little bit earlier this year so that it could be in conjunction with the MLB All Star Weekend events.  The only downfall to all of this was parking.  Parking downtown is usually a drag and this day was no different.  It took me almost 20 minutes to find a spot, but I found a free one fairly close. And I even parallel-parked…like.a.boss. Holla!

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So on to the race.  Since I spent a little extra time looking for parking, I ended up running in the 8:00 am wave, which wasn’t so bad cause everyone seemed fun and I also ran with a fellow Stroller Warrior as well as my mini.  There was a DJ close to the start line getting everyone pumped and throwing out t-shirts and whatnot.  He couldn’t throw very well so I suggest he obtains one of those tshirt canister gun things for next year.  It would also make him look a whole lot cooler.  The race pretty much started on time and we were off!

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The course was a big loop through the Embarcadero and downtown.  It started off a little crowded as we were navigating through narrow pathways along Seaport Village, but it eventually widened up and I was able to pass others pretty easily.  The first stop was blue, then green with a water station and very enthusiastic volunteers.  The water stations also played heart-pumping music which really made the race feel like a party.

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I didn’t get too blasted at these stations although one of the blue volunteers did pelt me in the face and ear pretty good.  They also were very cautious not to throw any in my daughter’s face and she loved going through all of the color stations.  The next stop was orange and then we finished with pink before crossing the finish line.

We were greeted at the finish line with medals and extra color packets to throw around and directed towards a water/Gatorade station.  Then it was party time!  There was a large stage with a DJ (one that I actually liked) keeping the energy flowing with dance music and extra swag opportunities. There were also lots of photo ops with various props and signs as well as food trucks and even a cell phone charging station!  It was definitely a nice touch!  The Runicorn made an appearance along with the Anthony Sullivan – The OxiClean guy!

The event wrapped up around 11am and then it was time for the party to end. 😦 Overall, I really enjoyed this race much better than last year’s.  The location was much more scenic compared to last year’s race in the Qualcomm stadium parking lot.  There also seemed to be a lot more photo props and food choices.   I snagged a gourmet chocolate popsicle for $3 from Steel City Pops and it was delightful!

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Also, the race course was actually 3.1 miles which is great because last year it was less than 2.5.  The only bummers were the parking issues and there were more color stations at least year’s event.  I’m not much for gimmick runs, but I have fallen in love with the Color Run and will definitely do it again in the future!  It’s a great event for the whole family and a good excuse to get messy and go to a party at 8am!

*So, how did I run the race for free?  I volunteered at packet pick-up the day before the race!  It actually was a lot of fun as it felt more like a pre-party since everyone picking up their packets was super excited about the event and I really just felt positive vibes all around.  Packet pick-up was at The Headquarters in Seaport Village and I took a 4 hour afternoon shift.  Things got pretty hectic as it seemed like everyone came at once, but it was a well organized event and the craziness made the time go by super fast.  We were rewarded with water, snack bars, and a free race entry!  You can even volunteer with your kids so I recommend it if you are trying to save some money on race fees!  It’s also a great way to help out with an awesome event or obtain some volunteer hours even if you don’t plan to run in the race.

Now, what was the SWAG?!

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I will say, last year’s swag was a bit more exciting…but I still prefer this year’s event.

~A clear bag to protect your valuables from the color during the race

~A sweet headband

~A soft, stretchy tshirt (they are one of the few shirts I actually like to wear)

~Color Packets

~Tattoos

~Water cups – okay this isn’t really swag, but I thought these were the most adorable water cups!

~Sunglasses – Note: I paid $5 for these but I decided to splurge a little since I wasn’t paying for the race.

~A beautiful medal

~Amazing weather and awesome scenery!

And running with friends makes the Color Run that much sweeter!  Especially running with another Stroller Warrior!

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“Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof…” (Pharrell Williams)  Now that song can be stuck in your head, too. 😉  You’re welcome.

See you at the next event!

~SM

 

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The Super (Hero) Run

Last month, I ran the Super Run in downtown San Diego.  I learned about the run through Living Social so I only paid about $15 for this run.  It was advertised as a family friendly fun run with a scenic course along the Marina district and Seaport Village in downtown San Diego. Costumes were encouraged and the event benefitted the Down Syndrome Association of San Diego.

Packet pick-up was the day before at Road Runner Sports.  I was unable to attend, but I heard it was pretty chaotic with long lines and disorganization.  Parking the day of the race was a bit tricky because downtown parking is always a pain; however, I know of a secret parking lot so that made things a lot easier. 😉  I ran this race with my 3-year-old daughter and my friends from my Stroller Warriors group.  Fun runs are always way better when you do them with friends.  It was a pretty crowded event on a narrow pathway, so passing people was not easy!

This was not a timed event, which was a good thing because there were times that you were forced to walk due to the large crowds in the small areas.  I even saw a couple holding hands while walking during the race, so I would not consider this a competitive event by any means.

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It definitely was an excuse to dress up like a super hero and walk/jog with some family and friends.  Since I had to walk during many parts of the run, I was able to take lots of pics!  It was a gorgeous day and there was lots of beautiful scenery so get ready for photo overload!!!

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There were lots of signs throughout the course directing us to the right path and also some friendly and enthusiastic volunteers cheering us on along the way.  After the run, we snagged our medals and met up with the other ladies and kiddos from our group.  We headed over to the vendor area where there was a big bounce house for the kids to jump around and let out some more energy.  There was also a DJ that played fun music and tried to keep with energy going, but I never really saw anyone on the dance floor.  These poor 5k DJ’s just don’t seem to get any love. 😦

I almost forgot to mention my favorite part of the race…and that was getting to wear these dope socks!!

 

Overall, this was definitely a FUN run and I would do it again with my kids and friends!  I do wish that it had been a bit more organized and maybe on a wider course, but it wasn’t bad for the price.  So what was the SWAG?!

~ A cute medal

~A rad cape

~A couple of coupons

~Sweet scenery

See you at the next run! 🙂

~SM

 

 

 

Blue Star Families and Jillian Michaels

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend a free (yes, free!) 30 minute workout with Ms. Motivation herself, Jillian Michaels!  Some of you may know her from “The Biggest Loser” or maybe her brief stint on “The Doctors”.  Others may know her from her books or workout DVD’s.  Either way, when you hear the name Jillian Michaels, the words “motivational” or “transformation” may come to mind.  To add to the torture, she brought along with her Tee Major, another motivational fitness guru.  Between the both of them, I was sweating before the warm-up was over.  Her workout included lots of cardio that incorporated several full body moves.  I couldn’t remember the last time I had completed pushups, side planks, jumping lunges, sumo squats, jumping jacks, and burpees all in one setting.  And that was only half the workout!  But because of the custom Jillian Michaels, heart pumping soundtrack that included catchy high-tempo beats, I actually thought I was having fun!  My favorite part of the workout was that she would take breaks and come into the crowd to motivate us and push us to new limits.  There were several times when I was actually within inches of the most hardcore trainer in the country…and I may have even sweated on her a time or two (sorry, Jillian).  It was a pretty amazing experience just being near her and before I knew it, the 30 minutes was over. 😦  It is now 2 days later and the soreness has reminded how out of shape I really am. I didn’t take a ton of pictures because I was too busy working out and trying to catch my breath!  Plus I knew they were filming and taking their own photos that I am sure will appear somewhere in cyberland for me to view later.

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Now I must say, there were several other factors that made this experience super fabulous.  One being that this whole workout took place on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum.  So not only did I get to workout with a celebrity, it occurred on a historic ship with a beautiful view!  The other factor was that this event was sponsored by Thrive Market, who provided all attendees with a swag bag and a free year of membership ($60 value)!  If you are unfamiliar with Thrive Market, it basically is an online market that offers natural and non-toxic foods and healthy goods at wholesale pricing.  The founder and co-CEO, Gunnar Lovelace, even shared a few words at the end of our workout.  It sounds like a really awesome company and I can’t wait to place my first order! Did I also mention that this event was family friendly?!  Meaning you could bring all of your little kiddos along to workout alongside with you and the trainers!  Even though my kids stayed at home to nap with daddy, this was one of the things that attracted me to this event in the first place.  I loved seeing all of the kids working out with their parents and watching Jillian engage with them and get down on their level to workout with them, too!

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This was also my first experience at a Blue Star Families event and overall, I was more than impressed. The goal of their organization is to strengthen military families and lead them to ongoing opportunities by providing community connections.  And the best part: it’s free to join!  I would say the entire event was well organized and ran pretty smoothly.  I arrived around 2:40pm (20 minutes prior to the advertised scheduled start time) and found the tent that was set up outside of the museum.  Someone came along and handed out “Thrive Market” and “Blue Star Families” shirts and gave us photo releases to sign.  Then, they took our pictures, gave us a couple of bottles of water and sent us up to the flight deck.  The area upstairs was clearly roped off and security stood around the parameters of the stage.  I also liked that the event wasn’t overcrowded – there were probably less than 250 people in attendance.  I really thought this place was going to be packed and I wasn’t going to have any room to workout, but it was perfect!  I’m not sure if it was because the event wasn’t overly advertised or if people just weren’t up to spending their Saturday being tortured by Jillian and Tee. Either way, I had a great time and those people definitely missed out! The only complaint about the event (which really wasn’t a big deal) was that it started about 45 minutes late due to technical difficulties.  But, I do feel that a delay on start time should be expected at any event involving a celebrity.

I really cannot say enough great things about this event.  It combined healthy living, family togetherness, beautiful views, military appreciation, and celebrity engagement all in one lovely afternoon.  I have to give a huge thank you to Blue Star Families for providing this amazing opportunity and for organizing such an awesome event!  I hope you get the chance to check out an event like this in the future.  Now I’m off to pop in one of Jillian’s “Body Revolution” DVD’s to get tortured some more. 😉

Learn more about Jillian Michaels at Jillian Michaels.  Learn more about Tee Major at Tee Major.  Learn more about Thrive Market at Thrivemarket.com.  Learn more about Blue Star Families at Bluestarfam.org.  Learn more about the USS Midway at Midway.org.

UPDATE: This event was recently featured on Jillian’s new show “Just Jillian” that airs on the E! Network.  Check it out and see if you can spot me in the crowd! 😉

“Transformation isn’t a future event.  It’s a present day activity.” ~Jillian Michaels

Now for the SWAG!

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Free admission to the USS Midway for the day

Thrive Market Tshirt (and Blue Star Families shirt for kids)

Tote bag (I love tote bags!)

Thrive Market membership for one year ($60 value)

Boom Chicka Pop popcorn

Fiesta Lime Rice Chips

Tomato Basic Crunch Bean snack

Pure organic triple berry nut bar

Eboost Energy Powder

Bottled water (not pictured because I drank it)

I am definitely satisfied with this swag bag and can’t wait to try these products! 🙂

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