Did my first 5K … The Color Run in Chicago

Did my first 5K … The Color Run in Chicago

I am so proud to say I accomplished another item off my bucket list.  This one I worked my butt off to mark off.  I completed my first 5K! We did the Color Run yesterday with 15,000 people in Chicago at Grant Park.  It was beyond my expectations and so glad we did it!

Of course the night before I couldn’t sleep due to my excitement.  I just kept thinking of the Seinfield episode where Kramer doesn’t sleep before the walk.  Don’t you hate that when you know you have to get up early and you can’t fall asleep?  I think I may have gotten four hours of sleep.

I am not a morning person at all so it was a feat that I got up at 5 am even if I did have sleep!  My daddy even teased that he would pray I wouldn’t be mean to anyone due to my early morning.  After some caffeine, okay after a lot of caffeine I was ready to conquer the Color Run!  (I was not hateful at all either so daddy’s prayers were answered, lol)

We took the South Shore train to Chicago.  This eliminated hassle of parking and traffic.  It was so neat seeing all the other runners at the station with us and already on the train.  It made you feel even more connected to the experience with so many people doing it too.


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It wasn’t timed but by our timing we came under 40 minutes.  We did stop to a walk at the color stations and corners mostly due to congestion.  Hubby and I were just fine with that time considering his back surgery and my medical procedure that had wrecked havoc on my training.  Plus not counting the fact we were also running it with thousands. It was so cool running through the streets of Chicago. 

My favorite part of the run was running by Buckingham Fountain with Lake Michigan in background.  It was a breathtaking moment seeing it while running with my husband and knowing soon I had accomplished my goal of a 5K. (Camera was in bag)


My favorite part of the day was seeing our daughter so happy and colored up with her friends after the race.  We had gotten separated at start so the rest of our team was ahead of us in a group. (they let like 500-1000 people go at a time)  I can’t say enough of how proud of her I am on how far she has came in running and getting healthy.  You can tell her and her mom have really put in the time training because she has now completed four 5ks!  I truly see her doing a 10k by fall.  

I also can’t thank Liz enough for inspiring us to sign up for the Color Run.  Her dad has always been a runner.  I would have never done a 5k if it hadn’t been for her though.  So grateful for her motivation and being my cheerleader!  I reminded her on the train ride home that last year her dad would have never thought he’d see us girls running with him.  I know that this will be a Father’s Day memory that him and her will never forget.

Thank you so much Liz!!!!!


Loved the free stuff they were giving away!  We got really nice Victoria Secret water bottles that said Color Run.   There were booths giving out power bars, coconut waters, chain tea, iced coffee, and water.  I would say the amount paid for race was well worth price with all that we got in our packets and freebies.  Plus just for that experience in Chicago and incredible view made it even more so too.



As far as the color all over us …. It did take a little bit of scrubbing to get most off.  It will take another shower to get the last remaining bit off.   It was hilarious to see how much of your body was in color.  So worth it though and made the race so much more fun!

box of color

So just a wonderful morning accomplishing my goal!  I can’t wait to sign up for another 5K and shorten my time!  Honestly If I can do this … Anyone can do a 5k!  It starts with the first step …. try the app that I used to get you started.  Couch to 5K program




Looking forward to Color Run 2014 in Chicago!

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How to lace up running shoes

How to lace up running shoes

lace up


Guess who finished up her eight week 5K running program yesterday?  Me … I am so proud of myself!  (I never finish anything so that is a huge accomplishment that I completed it!!) I ran 3.1 miles! On March 12th, I started out at 1 minute runs.  8 weeks later …. Running 35 minutes at a time!  That is amazing! So recommend 5k runner:  0 to 5K run training app on Itunes. 
Nothing like accomplishing a goal!  I am going to take the money from my workout dollar jar to buy me running clothes.  I def need some breathable fabrics.  I am going shopping tomorrow to enjoy spending that bonus I earned. 🙂  Thanks again to our daughter for being my inspiration to start this journey and staying on it!  Love you ♥Liz♥!

Today’s pin is on how to lace up your running shoes. My heel was always slipping no matter how tight I tied them.  I came across this pin and her technique worked perfect!  They have several different ways to lace up to help with wide forefoot, narrow foot, heel slipping, shoes feeling too tight, and even black toe nails.  Great pin!
I am not even going to attempt to illustrate the technique that I used for heels slipping.  Her blog has detailed pictures for each issue.  Thanks so much to the blogger for her great tips!  http://katierunsthis.com/2011/10/04/running-shoe-lacing-techniques/


Have a wonderful weekend!

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Be sure to get your mammogram!

Be sure to get your mammogram!


I have a close friend, Patsy, who is in the process of kicking breast cancer’s butt.  When she was diagnosed, I promised I would get a mammogram.  I will be forty-three in a couple of weeks so I should be getting them.  I had mine one and only in 2008.  As most women, I haven’t made it a priority which now I will.
I got my mammogram today!  I talked about Patsy during my exam.  The tech commented that was the greatest thing we could do for our loved ones fighting breast cancer …. get our own mammograms, if applicable. She said by taking inspiration from them it can lead to earlier detections and could be saving our own lives.  Plus our loved ones can be comforted knowing because of them we are taking better care of ourselves.  So for you Patsy I promise to get my mammogram EVERY year! I did it my birthday month, so it will be easy to remember when to make my appt in the upcoming years.
I know Patsy will kick those cancer cells to the curb.  Her attitude is amazing and inspirational!  She is such a phenomenal mom, wife, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, and person and so privileged to call her my long time friend!  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!  (I was going to post a pix of her but forgot to ask her permission.  She is just gorgeous with a shaved head!) 
So do you need a mammogram? If so, schedule yours now!  It may be your life you are saving!

American Cancer Society Guidelines for the Early Detection of Breast cancer

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
  • Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.

Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.   This info is from : Cancer.org

 Here is some more great info:  http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/mammograms



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Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Bars

Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Bars

apple peanut butter bars


Since I started my running journey seven weeks ago for the Color Run I really haven’t dieted.  (YES, THAT IS SEVEN WEEKS I HAVE BEEN RUNNING NOW!  DID A 20 MINUTE RUN WITHOUT STOPPING TODAY!)  So it’s no surprise that I have only lost about 5 pounds.   I am trying to incorporate healthier foods in my life.  It’s just a slow process since I have ate horrible for over twenty plus years.   I was going to make some no bake chocolate cookies but decided to try these for a healthier alternative.   They really were tasty!  Not overly sweet but enough to knock out my sugar craving.  Great pin!


Apple Peanut Butter Snack Bars

By HappyHealthymama.com

Makes 9-16 bars, depending on what size you cut them

2 cups rolled oats (I used the regular canister of oats)

1 cup shredded apple (one medium apple)

I used my grater as shown in pix but can use food processer to shred apple.

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup honey

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 baking dish and set aside.

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well. Transfer the mixture to the baking dish and use the back of a wooden spoon or a spatula to press it down evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until the edges are just barely browned. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Be sure to let them cool before cutting.  Now they don’t get very firm so don’t expect them to be like granola bars.   Keep them in an airtight container. 

Thanks to the blogger for her healthy snack!  She has a printable version of the recipe on her page too.  Be sure to check her out for more healthy recipes!  http://happyhealthymama.com/2012/11/apple-peanut-butter-snack-bars.html

To go in Hubby’s lunch as a snack 🙂



Have a wonderful day!!!


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How much of your calories do you drink daily?

How much of your calories do you drink daily?

I had an Aha moment.  Yes, I knew my soda/pop (depending where you live) had a lot of sugar.  However when you look at the grams you don’t really put it into perspective on the amount of teaspoons. (4 grams is equal to 1 teaspoon)

So after I drank my Mt. Dew the other day I decided to measure it out in teaspoons on how much sugar I actually drink a day.  I was blown away!  I used to drink three 24 oz. Mt. Dews a day until Oct when I got the infection. (Yes, I know that is horrible for so many reasons!)  So now it’s only one 12 oz a day which I just can’t give up.  HOWEVER I am now drinking two to three Dr. Peppers instead which is almost just as bad.

The 12 oz Mt. Dew bottle has 11 1/2 teaspoons of sugar!! YES FOR ONE BOTTLE!!  A 24 oz bottle of Dr. Pepper has 20 teaspoons of sugar!  Can you believe how much sugar I am drinking … at least 60 teaspoons of sugar a day!!!!!

mt dew

60 teaspoons


I would be so skinny if I didn’t drink all this sugar! So I am going to start mixing the Dr. Pepper 10 with the regular until I can drink it.   I refuse to drink diet of anything but will try the 10 calorie.  It doesn’t seem to have that “diet” taste.

Funny thing is I am not a big sweets eater … just like sugar in my pop. :))

I dare you to go measure out how much sugar you are drinking each day!!!


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5K Runner app & $1 workout jar

5K Runner app & $1 workout jar

#168 5K Runner App for Iphone


I am using the 5K Runner app to prepare for the Color Run.  I have now completed my second week of the eight week program. (YEH ME!)  I started the first week with the free version but updated to the $2.99 version at the start of the second.  I can listen to the app with any of my music programs while using the premium version. (love my Pandora!)  I love that feature!

I also like being able to put it on Facebook too.  I chuckled the other day seeing an E card that said people can go to the gym without telling Facebook.  The biggest reason I am posting it is to show people if I can go from ZERO exercise to running a 5K so can they!  I also love hearing from other runners when they see my posts.  I will also admit when I’d see our daughter post her runs, I was very envious.  It was a huge motivator for me seeing that she was doing it.  So for those of  you that it drives nuts that I post my workouts just hide me from your newsfeed, lol.

Remember it just takes that first step and it will get easier.  In two weeks I have went from my first day of .87 of a mile in 25 min at the easiest pace (including warm up and cool down) to 1.48 miles at a walking pace of 2.7 speed and running at a 4 speed on the treadmill. (Next week I will do an incline of 1 to be more like outdoors after reading a tip.)

The program is an 8 Week running program, from Zero to 5K workout

8 Weeks – 3 Times a Week –
35 Min a day – and you’ll do a 5K!

  • Alternating walks and runs, increasing in difficulty ( For example:  you will run 1 min and then walk 1.5 minutes and keep repeating for allotted time.  So out of the actual workout time its only 6-9 minutes of running the first two weeks.  The time of running will increase each week.  In 8 weeks you will be able to run 3.1 miles for a 5K!)
  • Audio coach telling you when to walk, run, warmup, and cooldown (this really helps me!)
  • Color coded workout tables that layout the workout plan
  • Works with the iPhone/iPod screen locked (dark)
  • Works with your iPhone/iPod music player
  • Works with any running GPS app (like Nike+ GPS)
  • Color coded screens (green = running, yellow = walking, etc)
  • Audio Coach can be voice, beeps, or both
  • You can start the program from the beginning, in the middle, or repeat workouts

Win / Achievement tracking (I love this part!!!)

  • tracks each workout and shows a history of your progress
  • lets you share your wins/achievements with your friends
  • shows the badges you have earned as you reached key milestones

It’s not intimidating at all using this program!!  In 6 more weeks I will  be able to run 3.1 miles!!  I will stay the course to get there!

This is the app I am using … 5K-runner

dollar jar

#169 $1 in a jar for each workout

I am also motivated by greed when I do things. I had seen the pin of adding a $1 to a jar each workout.  So I am doing that too.  That includes my 5K running days and the other days I just walk, garden, or do some other cross training activity.  When I reach $50 I will buy myself some new clothes.

Thanks to the site  for that tip: $1 in a jar

So glad I took my first step on this journey … now to stay the course!  I just want to say thank you again to our ♥daughter♥ for being my ♥inspiration♥!  I can’t wait to run the Color Run with her!  Her dad and I are more proud of her than she’ll ever know in so many ways!   Us four parents were truly blessed with getting her as a ♥daughter♥!  

Enjoy the weekend!!



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