February Fitness

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Sister: noun, (sĭs′tər) — a person willing to share a fleece blanket and a banana before a race in below freezing weather at 7:30am on a weekend.

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For our February Race, we ran the Cupid Chase supporting Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer. We may have failed to overtake Cupid, but it’s still a win!

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Joshua ran with us too. Scott missed out on this one due to a Krav Maga advancement test (which he PASSED).

Next up: St Patrick’s Day Race! 

{gratitude: holiday edition} 

Lately I’ve been grateful…

For my mother’s nativity set.

For mistletoe kisses.

And guitar strings.

For the comfortable joy of being home for Christmas.

And the sparkle that comes from being with the people you love.

For dogs underfoot.

And for feet covered in henna.

For special moments with my sisters.

And the sweetness of Hannukah lights and David stars.

And for my Santa, who always insists on rocking this holiday hat.

However you celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful holiday, friends!

Ugly Sweater Run

“No one is walking out on this fun old fashioned family Christmas.”
– Clark Griswold

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Last month, we asked ourselves, “What better way to get ready for an old-fashioned Christmas than running a 5k with 1,000 other Atlantans all wearing ugly sweaters?”

We loved this cheesy/merry race. The giant inflatable Santa, Christmas tunes, and free Odwalla smoothies put us in the hap-hap-happiest of moods!

I represented with a Hannukah sweater (they never specified it had to be a ugly Christmas sweater!), while Scott rocked that hat & a Star Wars sweater, and Carol Anne sported a “meowy Christmas” look complete with light-up green tutu.

2/3rds of the way through the run we happened upon the Piedmont Park beehives. Naturally, we had to stop to say hi to the ladies!

Our finisher’s medals are shaped like ugly holiday sweaters.

Another race down! That makes 3 months in a row (including this race, and this one). Wonder how long will we keep this going? You’ll have to keep checking back to find out!

“Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where’s the Tylenol?”
– Clark Griswold

{Thankful}

Today I’m grateful for a Thanksgiving in the mountains with sweet potato casserole and French-press coffee. I’m also grateful that I can snag a Black Friday deal from the comfort of my futon (and stretchy pants) via the power of a smartphone.

Happy weekend, friends! Are you cyber shopping or holiday decorating over the next few days?

RunDisney Race Recap

This past weekend my sister Carol Anne, my husband Scott, and I all ran our first RunDisney event! We completed Mickey’s Holiday 5k, which is a part of RunDisney’s Wine & Dine Marathon weekend.

Since it’s RunDisney, running in costume was an absolute MUST for both Carol Anne and I.  Approximately 70% of the participants ran in costume; most of them holiday-themed or well-known Disney characters. We chose Belle and Minnie Mouse, with floral headpieces to top off the look.

Here we are in our corral at our very early arrival time of 5:30am. We boarded a bus to at 5am to report to our corral on time. Ouch! Luckily, we had planned ahead and stashed some bottled Starbucks drinks in our mini-fridge the night before. The sun wasn’t up, but we were ready to go!

Spoiler alert: we got finish line bananas! We did quite well in the actual run, although I would encourage anybody who participates to NOT try to make this a personal record race. The best part is the fact that you are running THROUGH a Disney World park, so take the time to enjoy your surroundings. Our race went through Animal Kingdom before opening. We enjoyed running through some behind the scenes areas & seeing the majesty of Mt. Everest at sunrise.

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We had a magical time at the run, and somehow still managed to make it to all 4 parks in the same weekend (thank you, caffeine!). All 3 of us agreed that a RunDisney event is definitely worth the hype and a great way to “earn” those vacation calories.

Next up: the Hot Chocolate Run in Atlanta! Are you planning to run any races in the upcoming year?

Flavor Run 5k: Race Review & Tips!

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This past weekend, we ran our first Flavor Run 5k!

Carol Anne, Scott and I picked out this 5k as a “training run” as we get ready for our Disney Race in November. We had so much fun with the Flavor Fairy & crew that we’re already planning to run it again next year! Mija ran with us too — this is truly a fun run perfect to complete with family and friends.

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The Flavor Run is a fruit-flavored color run. You start off wearing white, but by the end of the run you’re covered in bright colors AND the scent of fruit!

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2016 was the “year of the banana” as evidenced by the banana shaped finisher medals. Next year is watermelon!

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Flavor Run Tips & Lessons Learned:

  • This is a great family run — we saw plenty of adorable 6y/o flavor fairies completing the 5k as a run/walk with their parents.
  • The powder appears to be cornstarch and does not actually taste good. The fruitiness is better enjoyed via smell than taste, so avoid ingesting.
  • Close your mouth when running through the “flavor station” or you might end up with blue teeth.
  • Take makeup remover wipes, as these did wonders for wiping the color off our faces.
  • Put dark colored towels in your car that morning to protect your seats.
  • Bring sunglasses to protect your eyes. Contact lens wearers should have saline on hand.
  • Some blogs suggested using vinegar to “set” the color into your t-shirt and maintain that tie-dye effect, but this was only marginally effective for me. Instead, I’d suggest wetting the shirt and using a one-step spray dye to amp up the colors before laundering in cold water. For things that you DON’T want to stay colored, simple wash in warm water with plenty of detergent.
  • If you have asthma, or wheezing caused by environmental allergies, this is probably not the race for you.

And finally, how to get the color off?!

A warm shower with BAKING SODA AND DISHSOAP.  It took some serious Pinterest-research coupled with experimentation to figure this one out. You are welcome. Coconut oil, for the record – useless in this situation.

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Happy Monday, friends! Enjoy your fitness!

{hive inspection}

Glad to have Scott along for my latest hive inspection!

The ladies calm quickly with a little puff of cedar chip smoke from the smoker.

 

The bees appeared happy and busy, and the Queen continues to lay healthy brood.

After such a dry summer, there isn’t quite enough reserve for a honey harvest yet. A simple & poetic reminder: sweet things come to those who wait.  

{gratitude lately}

Lately I’ve been grateful…

For dances with this amazing life partner.

For a new [birthday] coffee mug, and for a fluffy cat to claim the box it came in.

For birthday cupcakes.

For time to paint.

And for that feeling of joy and thankfulness that comes from knowing that not just one, but two of your brothers have been fortunate enough to find beautiful love stories – and to marry a woman that will love them, cherish them, and care for them, for all their days. May you have many, many first dances, Jeffery and Katie Beth.

Here’s to gratitude, and to the start of new seasons!