I tasted the rainbow! {The Color Run recap}

No seriously I did taste the rainbow and it was all up in my teeth afterward.

Last Saturday The Color Run returned to Baltimore and for the second time in a row Miss Betty and I were honored to be Ambassadors, along with my BRF, Sara. There were two separate events that day and we were signed up for the one at 9 am. I just  love the smell of glitter bright and early in the morning.

So yeah . This year The Color Run is presenting the Shine tour and what could be shinier or more sparkly than glitter? Or some gold bling at the end? I was pretty excited that they would be handing out medals this time! Along with the standard white logo tee and rainbow sweatbands, we were also provided with some fun glitter tattoos and at the end of the race there would be a packet of glitter handed to us along with the customary color packet for the big color throw where everyone gets super messy.

Betty and me, equipped with our jogger that still contains remnants from last year’s Color Run, arrived just as they were starting to let people in. We picked up my bib and gear, purchased a stuffed unicorn for our sweet little I Run 4 buddy and met up with Sara just in time to catch the beginnings of the Zumba-style warm up.

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Despite some audio difficulties, it was still a lot of fun. If there’s one thing that the friendly folks at The Color Run know how to do, it’s get people moving!

Right around 9 o’clock, we started making our way to the start and I noticed way too late that we should have probably gotten in line much sooner (sorry again, Sara) We were packed in like sardines. At least we had gorgeous blue skies and sunshine!

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Luckily Betty isn’t afraid of crowds. In fact, she was so NOT afraid that she ended up falling asleep in the stroller while we waited. I have no idea how considering that there was loud dance music blaring right next to us, but naps are so few and far between now that I’m not about to argue them regardless of where they occur.

Eventually it was our turn. I fired up my Garmin and we we went…

…absolutely NO WHERE.

So I know that The Color Run isn’t timed or anything. They were making a point to announce that fact at the start. But some people out there do want to run. This was made pretty near impossible during the first mile with people walking in huge packs and stopping dead in their tracks right in front of us.

I’m fairly certain that I wasn’t making any friends running with the stroller.

The course was much the same as last time with a few small changes, one of which was that the purple color station replaced with people that were dousing us in gallons of glitter. I have never seen so much glitter in my life. It was everywhere including in my sinuses. I sneezed and B snored her way through it.

In fact, she snored her way through pretty much the whole thing. Despite missing out on everything she was cheerful as we rushed toward the finish line. Start to finish it took us right around 27 minutes flat which was not bad at all considering that we spent a mile practically walking. We collected our shiny gold medal, cleaned up a bit, and headed over to the stage for the after party.

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I promise that she was much more enthused than she appears in that photo.

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See all that color? That’s what blowing my nose looked like for the rest of the weekend. We met up with Sara to the side of the stage at 10:15 because as Ambassadors we would be invited up on stage to assist in one of the color throws. This was definitely one of the highlights of my experience. I’m sure it was a highlight of Betty’s too. I got some an adorable short video of her dancing around on the stage. The ham doesn’t fall far from the tree, I guess.

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They announced our names and allowed Betty to do the countdown. Then I tried to get another photo, but I was so freaked out by the giant mushroom cloud of color coming straight for us that I temporarily forgot how to use my camera.

After the dust settled—into my sinuses, eyeballs, and all over my skin—it was time to pack up and head out. Milkshakes at Shake Shake were just what we needed to wash down all the cornstarch.

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One again The Color Run delivered with adorable photos. I think these might be some of my favorite race pics ever.

A huge thanks to them for welcoming us back to the Ambassador team! It was a blast! Apparently the next time The Color Run returns to Baltimore it will be for a night race. That might have to be a mommy’s night out event. :)

Have you done the Shine Tour? What did you think? Anyone else take any AWESOME race pictures lately?

Happy Thursday, all!

xo,

Salt

Workout Roundup! {May 18 – 24, 2015}

Is anyone else in total denial that Memorial Day has already come and gone? I feel like I was just celebrating Betty’s birthday which is now nearly 3 months ago. Anyway this weekend was jam packed and awesome. After barely a nap and a full day of playing outside B was asleep before 7pm and I’m right behind her. I don’t think I’ve gone to bed this early since the mid-80’s.

Before I faceplant into my pillow though, here’s a recap of last week’s workouts:

Monday, May 18: As has become my new routine, my alarm went off super early and I did some strength training in my living room with resistance bands. After work I took Betty to the gym with me and she played dress up in the daycare for a bit while I knocked out 5 miles on the treadmill.

Tuesday, May 19: Up early again for some abs and then 15 miles on my bike after work. I took the same general route around my neighborhood as I had done 2 weeks before and my overall pace was more than a minute improved per mile!

Wednesday, May 20: I wanted to run outside, but I also really needed to get to a yoga class. So I ended up doing 5K on the treadmill and then attending a yoga for athletes class at the gym. That evening Betty was with her dad until dinner time so I went back to the gym and ran another 5K before he dropped her off.

Thursday, May 21: Abs in the morning again and then in the evening I ran another 3 treadmill miles and then as much time at Body Pump class as I could manage before having to go pick up Betty from my mom’s house.

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Friday, May 22: Rest day!

Saturday, May 23: The Color Run! I will have a full recap of this tomorrow, but it was fun although I don’t know why I even bothered with my Garmin. Maybe Betty should have worn it as she ran away from this terrifying unicorn.

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Sunday, May 24: I received a request to visit the gym playroom in the morning—I’m so glad she loves it there now!—and I ran 5 miles on the treadmill again. She was with her dad in the afternoon and I went down to DC to play tourist for the day and ended up logging at least 5 more miles walking around.

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It was a wonderful day despite traffic EVERYWHERE and a botched attempt at visiting Arlington National Cemetery. I am so not good at driving in DC.

Weekly Totals: 22+ running, 15 bike, a good amount of  yoga and strength training. 

Goals for this new week: I just realized over the weekend that my lower back no longer hurts when I sneeze which is a huge improvement over where I was just a couple weeks ago. Also it’s probably pretty sad that I’m so excited over something that minor, but that should give you an idea of just how terrible it was feeling.

My post-marathon goal was getting back to working on short distance speed. I missed doing intervals something terrible! And so far so good although I do wish I could be running outside more often than I’m able to right now. In another month or so things should get easier.

What goals do you have right now and how are you working toward them? When was the last time you acted like a tourist? Have you ever been to DC and if so are you as terrible at driving there as I am?

I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday weekend!

xo,

Salt

#IRun4Meadow & some other random coolness

Wednesday night was the best evening of my whole week. That’s when I received the email that I had been matched.

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I signed up with the IR4 organization at the tail end of last year after seeing so many of my running friends build beautiful relationships with their buddies. Every week the wait list would be updated and I would check to see where my name was and wonder who I would be lucky enough to be matched up with.

Well I have my match and let me just tell you guys…she’s PRECIOUS. Obviously I don’t want to give out any details here without her family’s permission, but I am so excited to dedicate my miles to Meadow. Seriously, could her name be any cuter?? Betty and I are gearing up to run our first race for her tomorrow morning at The Color Run!

If you aren’t familiar with IR4 and want to get involved, I encourage you to check out their site and watch the video there. It’s truly life changing!

And then there was the day I got cheese mail.

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This has got to be one of my favorite things about my Fit Foodie involvement. Sartori makes some of the most amazing cheese on the planet and because they are a sponsor of the Fit Foodie 5K Weekend, they have generously provided a beautiful spread of cheeses plus some other fun goodies to their Ambassadors. The merlot (second from the right) is probably the best cheese I’ve ever had in my life. I feel like I should have a fancy party and invite you all to it.

Then just when I thought that my week couldn’t get any more awesome there was more to come.

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You’ve probably heard me rave about my Lily Trotters before. I was lucky enough to learn about this awesome local business from one of my friends and since then they have become my go-to compression socks. I wore them in New Jersey and got a handful of compliments from other runners while out on the course! And I also got to hang with my sock twin that weekend:

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I LOVE this girl!

Now I don’t want to say too much about what I have coming up—mostly because I have no idea if I’m even allowed to talk about it yet—but let’s just say that I will be working with Lily Trotters on something in the very near future. I’m over the moon excited and I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

Is anyone else racing this weekend? Do you have an IR4 buddy? What is your favorite kind of cheese? (Wanna come over and help me eat all this cheese!?)

I hope that everyone has a WONDERFUL holiday weekend!

xo,

Salt