Two of my favorite things are running and brunch, so when I found out there was a run in Seattle that combined the two, of course I HAD to run it. The run took place last weekend, and my sister and I put the RUN in bRUNch! Continue reading We Put the RUN in Brunch!
As I mentioned last week, this was my very first time running The Color Run. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was really excited about the tropical theme! The race did not disappoint, and I can see why so many people enjoy it. It is a perfect race for the whole family to participate in. The Color Run is all about fun, and they certainly deliver!
The course was pretty flat with one small hill at the end of the race. Despite the race being sold out, the course was not overly crowded. It did slow down a bit around color stops but other than that is was great.
Carleeh and I even managed to get up on stage and were able to throw color packets and t-shirts out into the crowd. It was a blast!
If you’re nervous about the color (like I was)
Run it OR Skip it?
The Color Run
If you are not familiar with The Color Run, it’s a run that is less about your running time and more about having the time of your life! The Color Run is a 5K with only two ‘rules’: 1)wear white at the starting line. 2) Finish plastered in color!
Run Baltimore + Discount Code
Does the Color Run come to your city? Have you ever run it?
I’m excited to announce that this Wednesday, April 27th, I will be running a 5K at Seward Park in Seattle to kick off the United Relay!! Seattle is the start the Red Route which will eventually end in NYC. There is a White Route taking off from San Fransisco and Blue Route taking off from LA on other days.
What is super cool is that the United Relay is making running history! This is the first non-stop running relay!! Together with 9,000 other runners, you can run across the USA. That would be a LOT to do alone, but it will be possible because of the team work. There will be a baton passed from runner to runner. There are group stages and individual stages. The 5K I will be running is a group stage. The individual stages are longer distances that have a lead runner and others can join in on the route as well.
All of this running is to raise money for charity. You can sign up to run any stage and any leg. There is probably one close to you since they are covering the whole US! United Relay was generous enough to provide a discount code of 30% off! Click here to sign up to run the 5K with me in Seattle, or here for 30% off anywhere else.
In case you needed extra incentive, when you sign up you are entered to win a trip to NYC and meet Alicia Keys.
I am excited to be participating in the kick off here in Seattle with Aftershockz and my Sweat Pink sisters. A few of them are coming up from Portland to run! I cannot tell you how long we have been waiting for a Seattle Sweat Pink meet up.
Not only am I excited to see my Sweat Pink sisters and make running history, I am also excited to try out the new Aftershockz technology. Since I got my first pair of wireless headphones, I am addicted. The Aftershockz technology is unique in that the headphones don’t actually go in your ear. Using bone conduction technology, Aftershockz allows you to hear your music and your surroundings all at the same time. I can’t wait to try these out & make road/city runs safer.
It’s going to be a blast! Join me and let’s make running history!!
Disclaimer: I received an entry to United Relay as a Sweat Pink ambassador. I value authenticity & honesty; as always, all options are my own.
I had a fun weekend of running planned at the Carlsbad 5000 in Southern California. On Saturday, I ran the 1-mile race, and then I was back on Sunday to run the All Day 20K which is about 12.5 miles.
What is an all day 20K? It is an event unique to the Carlsbad 5000. Basically, you run the 5K (Carlsbad 5000), 4 times. The 5K is split into age groups, Males 40 & Up, Females 40 & Up, 30-39, and 29 & Under. If you are participating in the All Day 20K, you run with every age group.
I picked up my bib and shirt on Saturday, so Sunday I just had to get there, check my gear bag and run. Parking on Sunday was not as easy as Saturday. There were many more people participating in the 5K, so parking was scarce. Had to park much farther away & barely made it to the Rock N Blog meet up before the first 5K.
It was off to the first start line! I was trying to run the first 5K slow. I wanted to run negative splits, meaning I wanted to run each 5K progressively faster. I figured that having a break every 3.11 miles would make me less tired.
Wrong. The break every 3.11 miles actually made me feel more fatigued as the day went on. It was nice though because you could get fluids, use the bathroom and grab a snack every 3 miles, so I was well hydrated and fueled!
Crossing the first finish line, I grabbed a water and a snack and headed back to the all day 20K tent. Thankfully we had our own area that had port-a-potties just for us, snacks & water (incase you didn’t grab any at the finish line), tables, chairs and our own gear check.
I loved that we had our own gear check because you could access your items in between each race. I kept taking off layers in between races. The port-a-potties were also nice because it kept you from having to be in huge lines.
Between races, I had anywhere from 5-30 minutes. It all depended on how quickly you ran the 5K. For me, the quickest turn around between 5K #2 and #3. I only had about 5 minutes between those two races. I literally went from finish line back to the start with no time in-between.
About a mile into the 3rd race, I saw a gal ahead of me in a really cute outfit. I thought, “she has a pink hat like Jenny!” Then I realized, it was Jenny!! I was so excited. I sped up to say hello and take a runfie!
Jenny (aka @runnylegs) is a fellow BibRave Pro and an Insta-friend. I love her outfits, she has the sweetest husband (more on that later) and her runs and posts really inspire me. It was so great to finally meet her!
As I was going thru race pictures, I realized I ran right by fellow Rock N Blogger, Carlee! She was in front of my on the course and I didn’t even realize it.
I felt great all day. It was warm but not unbearably hot. The last 5K was the hardest of them all; the finish line felt so close yet so far. The last 2 miles were mentally hard. My legs were tired, I was getting hot, and I wanted to finish that last 5K fast. I wasn’t running as fast as I had hoped, but I stayed strong thru the finish. When I crossed the finish line for the last time, it felt so good!
I checked my stats, and I achieved my goal of running each 5K faster than the previous one. While I didn’t finish in the top 250 of my age group like I had hoped, I still had a great race + lots of fun. The fun factor is what really matters. Carlsbad was beautiful, I got to meet a lot of running & blogging friends, and the swag was awesome.
I loved the course. We ran through downtown Carlsbad, right by the iconic ‘Carlsbad’ sign, along the beach for at least half the course, and had a downhill finish. The views were great. I was concerned about getting bored running the same course 4 times, but it was so beautiful I was glad I got to see it 4 times because you could really take it in.
Crossing 4 finish lines in one day was such a crazy and cool experience. You got the race day adrenaline four different times instead of just once. There is no other way that I know of to be able to run that many races in one day! We got a 5K medal, and we also got a HUGE All Day 20K medal. Not only is it huge, but the detail is amazing. It has real sand!
At certain races, Rock N Roll will bring out elite runners. This race is one of them, and the elite runners get their own heats which take place after all the ‘regular’ runners are done racing. The women race first followed by the men. I grabbed a coffee and met up with Jenny and Sean to watch the elites run. Getting to spend time with this adorable running couple was so great. You know those ‘best friends’ you have on social media, but they don’t know they are your best friend… that is how I felt. Only thing that would have made it better was if Andy was there. Jenny & Sean (@ultrarunnerSD) are both awesome and inspiring people! So glad I got to connect with them in person. Made me wish I lived in San Diego so I could run with them more.
Watching the elites race was so cool. They are so fast!! The Carlsbad 5000 course is referred to as ‘The World’s Fastest 5K’ because it is where the world record for a 5K road race has been set multiple times.
Jess O’Connell, a fellow Ultima ambassador, was racing in the elite race. It was SO cool to watch her do her thing and cheer her on!
I even got to meet up with her after the race. I was totally fan-girling when I met her. I can’t wait to watch her at the Canadian Olympic trials this summer.
I had an awesome weekend out at the Carlsbad 5000. It’s a great race, in a great location and totally worth running. I highly recommend the 5K or the All Day 20K if you are looking for a unique experience or more miles.
I can’t wait till my next Rock N Roll tour stop: SEATTLE! Join me! There is an 8K, half marathon and full marathon. Use code SWEETBLONDEFIT for $15 registration (any Rock N Roll race).
How is it already almost April?! This year is flying by, must mean we are having fun right? I’ve got quite a few Spring races lined up. Here is a quick look into what I have on the calendar for April, May & June.
I’ll break it down by race, date & location, why I chose to run it and
share any discount codes I have!!! Of course, this is subject to change, meaning I may add races to this #runnerproblems
Race: Rock N Roll Carlsbad 1 mile
Where: Carlsbad, CA
Why I’m Running: I have never run a 1 mile race! I am excited to see how quickly I can run one mile. I feel like it is going to be over super fast. I have a few friends running this with me, looking forward this new race distance and experience!
Race: Rock N Roll Carlsbad All Day 20K
Where: Carlsbad, CA
Why I’m Running: Really, I just needed an excuse to go to Southern California. This is a unique running distance too. Basically, you run the 5K (Carlsbad 5000), 4 times. The 5K is split into age groups, so you run with every age group. 12 miles split into 4 parts won’t be so bad. Plus, I am going to finish up this race with a trip to my favorite brunch spot in Encinitas, Swami’s!
Race: Blooms 2 Brews
Where: Woodland, WA
Why I’m Running: The last 2 miles of this race are run thru tulip fields. Sign me up!!! Plus the course is flat. 🙂 I don’t run for beer, but you also get to finish this race off with a custom IPA that is brewed specifically for this race. I am turning the weekend into a race-cation. Going to visit Portland on Saturday and run on Sunday! I can’t wait!
Discount Code: flatandbeautiful – $8 off any distance
Race: North Olympic Discovery Marathon (NODM)
Where: Port Angeles, WA
Why I’m Running: The scenery. The Washington State Peninsula is beautiful and I don’t get over there enough. This course has won most scenic race course, so I can’t wait to see what it is like. I am running this with a few of my virtual running friends, so I can’t wait to meet them IRL (in real life)! I debated running the full marathon here, but decided to stick with the half.
Discount Code: BibRave16 – $5 off any distance
Race: Snoqualmie Valley Half
Where: Carnation, WA
Why I’m Running: It’s a flat and fast course thru the forest and beautiful Snoqualmie Valley. Carnation is about a 30 minute drive from downtown Seattle, but you feel like you are much farther away. I don’t mind hills, but I am looking forward to another flat course! This is also organized by my favorite race company in Seattle, Orca Running. They put on great races with awesome swag, I can’t wait!
Discount Code: SWEETFIT – gets you 10% off registration
Race: Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon
Where: Seattle, WA
Why I’m Running: I have been wanting to run this race for the last 2 years. Something has always come up, either I have been out of town that weekend or I wasn’t trained enough to run a half marathon in June. I am making it happen this year and I cannot wait! #RNRSEA is a really well known race and the course is beautiful! There is an 8K, half marathon and full marathon. I may bump my registration up to the full marathon but I’m not sure yet. We will see! June is an awesome running month in Seattle. I hope to see a lot of you at this race with me!!!
Discount Code: SWEETBLONDEFIT – gets you $15 off any distance
June is a popular race month. Right now I have no races on the schedule for May. I am hoping that will change, but I am not sure yet. I am considering the Color Run in Seattle (never done a color run) and the Brooks Trailhead 15K. Because June is really packed with races, it may be good to run all of May without a ‘race’.
Which races will I be seeing you at???
What better way to celebrate St. Patty’s day then with a Shamrock run? I was extra excited for this race because my last experience with Orca Running was so great. The Shamrock Run did not disappoint!
I hadn’t run a 5K race in a long time. I debated whether or not to run it all out or just take it easy. I have never ‘raced’ a 5K to try to see how fast I can run it. I really just wanted this to be a fun 5K that wasn’t for time. My mom signed up to run with me, so I stayed with her. We ran/walked the 5K and had a great time. Not every race is competitive and go all out, some are for pure fun & that is what the Shamrock Run was for me.
There were tons of people in costumes and lots o’ green! There was even a bag pipe band! I’m telling you, Orca Running pulls out all the stops.
If you wanted, you could register your dog; they got a bib number, a bandana and a collapsible water bowl. They even got their own medal at the finish line! How cute is that?
The race started in 3 waves because the course narrowed and they wanted to make sure people had enough room. I never felt that the course was narrow, but that’s probably because they sent people out in waves!
The course was mostly flat with 2 steady hills. One after the first .25 miles and another about half way thru the course. The hills pay off because the views are stunning. You get to see beautiful Lake Washington & Seattle. Somehow I didn’t manage get a picture because I was having too much fun running!
The last mile of the course is beautiful and flat. Once you reach the end of the course, you run past a park with a gorgeous view of Lake Washington. We even saw an eagle flying over us and it landed in one of the trees.
There is a nice downhill approach the finish line and you finish waterfront. It was cold and windy, but the sun eventually came out towards the end of the race.
Every participant got a long sleeve tech shirt, a finishers medal and a 5K magnet at the finish line. The magnet was a total surprise and a really unique item.
Every participant also got FREE race photos. There were so many photographers you guys! There were as many if not more as there are at races where you have to buy the pictures! Orca Running does this at every single race. It’s another reason their races are 100% worth running!
The finishers area had snacks and lots of vendors. I even found a MORE KALE bell!!! You guys have no idea how excited I was about that.
Orca Running also provided a photo booth again which I loved. It makes for a great place to take race pictures. This is something you can expect to see at every Orca Race.
This race confirmed that Orca Running races are fun & have the best swag! There are no lame cotton shirts or lack luster race environments here. They are so awesome they even gave me a discount to share with you so you run one with me – see below!
Another awesome reason to run a race in Kirkland is because one of my favorite smoothie bowl places in Seattle happens to be in Kirkland – Healthy Bonez! They make amazing smoothie bowls & juices, I highly recommend you check them out if you are in the area. Of course I had to pick one up post race!
Run it OR Skip it?
RUN IT! I highly recommend the Shamrock Run. It was a lot of fun, much better organized and more picturesque than the other St. Patty’s day runs in the Seattle area.
Sign up to run another Orca Running race with me!
Amazing swag, well organized races & FREE race photos! You won’t be disappointed. Check out all their races HERE & use code SWEETFIT to get 10% off your registration!!