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Can you believe it's half way through DECEMBER already?! Things have been crazy and so I'm just now getting around to posting this review of the August 2014 BeautyBox5!
At the moment, it looks like New Yearathon will be my first race of 2015! :D I'm hoping that my first weekend of 2015 will be a double race weekend with New Yearathon 1 miler and 5k on Saturday the third, and Resolution Run 10k on Sunday the fourth. I wouldn't have it any other way! If you're thinking of signing up for this race, be sure to do it soon, because the race is filling up FAST.
Date and time: Saturday January 3, 2015 @ 8:30am
Events and price:
1 Mile $14
1 Mile & 5k $25
Kidathon FREE ($10 for a medal)
**NO day of race registration**
Location: Cook Park; Tigard, OR
Swag: Every finisher gets a nice, hefty Uberthons medal. There will be hot cocoa and post-race snacks. Pins for age division winners; necklaces for those running their first 5k with Uberthons (even if they've run any other race prior--your first Uberthons 5k is special!)
Course: The 5k contains both dirt and paved trails. It's nice--pretty, well-marked, and not hilly.
Past recaps: 2014 New Yearathon
Last year, after multiple requests from runners, Uberthons decided to put together a small, no-frills January run at Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon--the 2014 New Yearathon. Shortly after creating the event, runners clamored for a medal to be added to the race, so Uberthons added that to the race too!
It'll be cold, and the picnic shelter can get chilly, even with the two space heaters, so be sure to dress warm and get there early, since the parking lot fills quickly and there's no bag check. I love that Uberthons has kiosks where you can check your official time immediately after the race.
I'm also excited to see what Uberthons has in store for 2015! Last year they had their Uberthons Jacket program, and I've heard they're doing something different this year but haven't announced what. They're also bringing back the pins for age division winners.
I'm excited to see that New Yearathon is returning for 2015 and can't wait :) Even though I'm slow and not in race-shape right now, it'll be a good race to transition back into it!
I've totally been inspired by fellow Run Oregon blogger Matt Rasmussen's Christmas playlist on rdio. I saw one of my fave "Christmas songs" on his list and realized I wasn't the only one who liked Fall Out Boy's "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out"!
Truth be told, I can get a little Christmas-ed out. I used to really resent seeing all of the Christmas decor at the mall before Thanksgiving had even passed. And a WHOLE ENTIRE MONTH OF MARIAH CAREY CHRISTMAS TUNES is enough to drive a person insane. The over-commercialized and syrupy sweet Christmas season is enough to give me cavities.
But, this year, in my very own condo that I purchased this year, things are a little sparse, but I've found my own Christmas spirit. It's not as shiny and sparkly--it may be a little alternative, a little emo, a little rock, and a little angsty. Maybe even a little Halloween-y! But it's more ME, and it's not stuff you'll hear on the radio for HOURS UPON HOURS EVERY DAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS.
Click here for my playlist: Marilyn's Christmas Music Mix: No Sugary-Sweet Crap!
Hope you enjoy it! What are your favorite Christmas songs?
WOO HOOOOO!!! Get Bold Events has gotten into the holiday spirit and is giving a nice present to one lucky Lipgloss+Spandex reader: one entry to the 2015 Resolution Run, your choice of 5k or 10k!
Check out my race preview of the 2015 Resolution Run 5k and 10k, and also my race recap of the 2014 Resolution Run 10k here.
Giveaway ends 12/13/2014 at 8:00pm PST. Good luck! :D
Date and time: Sunday, January 4, 2015 @ 10:00am
Events and price:
5k or 10k $42-45
1k Cub Run $15-20
Polar Bear Slide (free)
Location: Battle Ground Village; Battle Ground, WA
Beneficiary: Clark County Fire & Rescue Fire Cadet Program Booster Club
Swag: Tech t-shirts (see below!) and goodie bags. New for 2015--all 5k and 10k finishers will receive a medal! Post-race pancake breakfast, beer by Northwest Public House & Brewery. FREE photos on their Facebook page after the event.
Course: The 5k and 10k courses are both fairly flat and fast.course maps with elevation charts are available here.
This is an event running friends had told me about for years, and I finally ran it for the first time last year, and I was kicking myself for not having run it sooner! (I had a great time--check out my recap of the 2014 Resolution Run). Although it's usually cold that time of year, there's definitely something special about doing a race in January and starting the year off with a running/walking event. It doesn't hurt that there were plenty of firepits and heat lamps to keep us warm before and after the race also!
Resolution Run is a great race because Get Bold does a nice job of putting on events that are well organized, super fun, are just the right size (last year's run had about 470 runners and walkers). Elba and the "Bold Babes" have a contagious energy and they work hard and play hard--Elba tends to be one of the first people to do the Polar Bear Slide--and they also care about their local community, which is why the beneficiary of this race is the Clark County Fire & Rescue Fire Cadet Program Booster Club.
The designs on this year's tech t-shirts is really cute and wintery, and I'm excited that they're bringing back finisher's medals to this event. And I love that there are HOT PANCAKES and BEER to enjoy afterwards.
Stay tuned for a **giveaway** for one entry to the 2015 Resolution Run 5k or 10k! I'll be posting details on my blog and facebook sometime during the next few days...
Dates and times: Friday December 12, 2014 = 3pm to 10pm
Saturday December 13, 2014 = 12pm to 10pm
Sunday December 14, 2014 = 12pm to 6pm
Events and price:
Preorder your tickets now and only pay $15. After 12/8, it'll be $25.
$5 for designated drivers (there will be non-alcoholic beverages available for DD's)
First 200 attendees at this year's Winter Brewfest will receive a Special Complimentary Belgian Glass!
Location: Esther Short Park; Vancouver, WA
The Vancouver Winter Brewfest is definitely a blast. Although it was cold outside, inside the brewfest tents, it was nice inside! I'm looking forward to THIRTY FIVE different beers and ciders on tap. I personally love the Vancouver Brewfest not only because it's in my neck of the woods, but because SO MANY of the brewers actually came down to the brewfest and poured beer and talked about their beers. There were some awesome food vendors too (I really hope 808 Grinds food truck will be there so I can order some Garlic Furikake French Fries!!!). Good beers, good food, good people--the Vancouver Winter Brewfest is definitely a totally awesome, legit brewfest. I'm kind of a beer snob, and I love this event.
By the way, last year, I went to both the Holiday Ale Festival at Pioneer Square in Portland and the Vancouver Winter Brewfest, it's definitely worthwhile to go to both events because there isn't usually much overlap in the beer selection between the two events.
Also, volunteering can get you free admission and free tokens! I volunteered on two different nights and as a result, got to drink quite a bit of beer for FREE (click here for details on volunteering and to sign up)! One night I was a bouncer/keeping an eye on the VIP area, and the other night I poured beer with my friend Cari. "Working" at the brewfests is probably the most fun volunteer job ever.
Hope to see you there. :)
The holiday season is upon us... and that means gift giving! The Live Well 360 "CORE" bag would make a fabulous gift for the fitness junkie in your life (or if you're like me, and treat yourself to a Christmas present to/from yourself, this is a great choice)!
Available in three colors: Onyx Black, Graphite Gray, Eggplant Purple
The Core fitness bag gets you to and from the gym with style, sophistication, and a comfortable seatbelt shoulder strap with plush back padding for comfortable carrying as you commute. From the office to the gym, stay organized with specialized compartments to protect your belongings.
When I first received my Live Well 360 "CORE" bag, I couldn't help but notice the quality. All of the materials felt substantial and sturdy, while also being fairly lightweight for a bag with that many pockets! The materials are lovely, and I love the attention to detail, such as cute logo zipper pulls, nicely embroidered logos, motivational printed lining, and decorative stitching. The color of the bag is soooo pretty--purple isn't typically my go-to color, but this color is awesome. The next thing I noticed was all of the POCKETS. OMG I am a sucker for pockets. Because then everything can have it's own place! Where I can theoretically find it! My gym bag/purse/anything sack-like that I own can totally become a black hole. (True story about a purse without enough pockets: one time I cleaned it out and found a dozen pens, half a dozen lipsticks, and probably twenty lipglosses... I couldn't ever find them! So I just kept throwing more in my purse!). The CORE bag has a pocket for your shoes, a large side pocket on the outside with smaller pockets (I like to throw keys and lipgloss and my wallet in this area for easy access), and then lots and lots of pockets inside (I keep my backup pair of glasses, lotion, etc. in there).
The best part about this bag is how PRACTICAL it is. I'm always on the go, and rarely stop back at my condo in between events--which means I have to carry everything I need for the whole day with me. On a typical day, that means bringing lunch, workout clothes and shoes at the very least. This bag is great because it's big enough to fit my day to day stuff, and even a little extra, but small enough that it's not awkward to carry. The bag keeps its shape even when partially full, and the flat bottom of the bag helps it rest securely on the ground without tipping over. A small detail to some people, but I've used shoulder tote bags and backpacks and other bags, and they become a shapeless mess and my stuff ends up all over the floor (you don't want your sports bra falling out of your gym bag while you're at work). The padded shoulder strap makes carrying it more comfortable, and the key lanyard inside helps me keep tabs on my keys.
I've actually used this bag just about every day since I received it. It's just super useful. I can be really hard on my stuff, but I'm amazed that even with me lugging it EVERYWHERE, ALL DAY, ALMOST EVERY DAY, it's still in great condition. It still looks almost new.
Unfortunately this bag isn't waterproof, though it'll resist water and dampness for a bit. Also, it's somewhat expensive. While a gal can "get by" without a fancy schmancy fitness bag, having a nice bag like this definitely makes your life easier. If you're constantly on the go (work, home, gym, wherever!), having a bag that has all of the right qualities really makes your life easier--your stuff is organized and you can take it all with you!
The Hillsboro chapter of Moms Run This Town and Uberthons are partnering together to put on the first annual Mommathon 5k, 10k and Fitness Festival! This incredibly unique and fun event will inspire you to work on your fitness through the winter season.
Date and time: Saturday February 28, 2015
Events and prices:
$10 Foot Traffic gift card to the first 20 to register; first 50 to register will be entered to win a pair of Skora running shoes; $5 discount for teams of 5 or more. Register online HERE! :)
Location: Liberty High School; Hillsboro, OR
Beneficiary: A portion of the proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run - Portland.
Swag: Medals for *ALL* participants! Made by the same company that makes Uberthons' spectacular medals.
The prizes that can be won at this race, either by excellence in fitness or by raffle, are AWESOME.
In addition, raffles prizes were provided by the following: Foot Traffic - 9 gift cards; McMenamins CP Roadhouse - 3 gift cards; Massage Envy - 3 gift cards good for a free massage; Another Mother Runner has donated an awesome runner's gift pack.
Course: Entirely paved roads; mostly flat with gentle hills. Check out the route here. 5k loop, 10k does the loop twice.
Fitness Challenge details:
Angel's Bootcamp will host a series of fitness challenge stations that you may visit after completing the race. Runners can complete 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 challenges! The challenges are as follows:
1) Push-Ups: How many can you complete with good form until failure?
2) Planks: How long can you hold the plank with proper form, on either elbows or hands and toes?
3) Tire Flips: How many can you complete in 1 minute?
4) Jump Ropes: How many can you complete in either a) 2 minutes or b) until you miss, whichever comes first?
5) Burpees: How many can you do in one minute?
Points will be awarded to age group winners for the 5K and 10K and top 5 overall in the fitness challenges. Points will be awarded as follows:
5K - by age group/gender: 1st- 8 points; 2nd- 5 points; 3rd- 3 points.
10K - by age group/gender: 1st- 10 points; 2nd- 7 points; 3rd- 5 points
Fitness Challenges - by gender/challenge: 1st- 5 points; 2nd- 4 points; 3rd- 3 points; 4th - 2 points; 5th - 1 point
Other info: No bag check because parking is close by.
I'm really looking forward to this fun and unique event! I'm not a momma, but you don't have to be one to get in on the fun! Guys are welcome to join too! And be on the lookout for a preview from Robin on Run Oregon.
Date and time: Sunday, October 30th, 2014 @ 9:00 am
Events and price: **Untimed** 5k $30-40
Location: Oregon Convention Center; Portland, OR
Number of runners: Unknown
Beneficiary: Save the Children (donation is optional during registration)
Swag: Each Ugly Sweater runner receives a custom vintage knit hat, unlimited hot chocolate, and one alcoholic beverage (Sam Adams Winter or Boston Lager; or Angry Orchard Hard Cider). Prizes will be awarded for best real mustache, best fake mustache, best beard, worst sweater, best sweater following the race.
Course: "A closed course full of Hot Chocolate aide stations, snow blowers, and the biggest Santa inflatable around will await you." Course map here. It will be along the Portland waterfront, and crosses over two bridges. The course was a flat, scenic route on the waterfront in Portland! Perfect for both walkers and runners.
While I was at the 2014 Hot Buttered Run 12k, I sent some honorary blog reps (Chris and Joy) over to the Ugly Sweater Run, and had them report back on their experiences! Here's what they thought...
They did some great things with this run:
Parking: Parking was easy and free if you don't mind walking a block or two, but I figure we are runners so this gets your legs moving!
Check In: There was no line at the check in thanks to the 4 great volunteers at the desk! They were friendly and efficient with a quick iPad check in app.
Swag: The Swag Bags were great with an awesome Ugly Sweater Run winter hat! Everyone was wearing them so it was a sea of matching hats! Not something you see everyday!
Pre-Race: We were fortunate that they pre-race party was inside the Convention Center since it was a chilly 28 degrees out on race day! Since we were inside, it was easy to enjoy the wait with lots of space to walk around and visit with friends or enjoy the many photo opportunities (I mean, who can beat snowmen in camo?) or play Christmas cornhole or lifesize Jenga!
Course Photographs: Lots of photographers along the course, if you are into seeing you and your friends out having fun!
Post Race - Again, It was great being indoors since it was chilly. The Apple Ale/Beer at the end was tasty and after some ale, it made for far more entertaining christmas cornhole!
There are just two things that I would like to have seen different about this run:
Start line: They did start on time (woohoo), but it was almost 15 minutes before we got to start. The start waves seemed to move a little slow and ended up being a bit ineffective since they did not group the walkers at the end. We ended up getting stuck behind the many walkers on a somewhat narrow path so running was a bit slow, but it's all good - I love the walkers being there and the scenery was pretty.
More holiday/festive music. It would have been great to have music stops along the course. They had lots of volunteers at many stops, it would have been nice if they had some tunes playing as we jogged by!
Joy added the following: "More music and the race and afterwards would make it more energetic. Also a bag check would be nice to have. I thought it was run smoothly , fun , no lines , positive vibe and fun photo opportunities. Loved the games before and after to keep folks occupied. Easy to park and access the convention center and loved that it started and ended indoors because it was cold out."
Overall, Chris and Joy would both recommend this race as a fun family day or a day with friends! I definitely love the hats--it's a nice and different piece of fun swag!
Date and time: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Events and price:
12k $50 (if under 18 years old, $18)
5k $45 (if under 18 years old, $18)
Kids Kandy Kane Dash $8-12
Online registration closes 11/24/14 at 6:00pm!
Location: Esther Short Park; Downtown Vancouver, WA
Beneficiary: Race to Remember and The Boys and Girls Club in Vancouver. Additionally, Energy Events will match every nonperishable food item you bring on race day and donate it to the Clark Country Food Bank.
Swag: Long Sleeve T-shirt, Hot Buttered Rum, Hot Chocolate, goody bag
Course: Both the 12k and 5k are fairly flat.
BRRRRR!!! The morning of Hot Buttered Run was cold! The temperature was below freezing (only about 28 degrees) as runners and walkers gathered together in downtown Vancouver, at the beautiful Esther Short Park. I went back and forth on what to wear--I love fun holiday costumes, but also wanted to stay warm. And I had worn my handmade blue/white "snow princess" costume last night at the Winter Wonderland of Lights run/walk (inspired by Elsa from Frozen)--I couldn't wear the same thing TWO DAYS IN A ROW!! So I decided on being a pink snow princess/elf/something! And conveniently, my warm snowboarding jacket was the same shade of pink. We arrived pretty early so Ardara and the kids could pick up their packets and get a good parking spot (we snagged a spot just half a block away from the park), then headed to Starbucks to grab coffees and stay warm until closer to the start time. I dropped my jacket off at bag check about ten minutes before the start and made it to the chute with plenty of time to spare.
The start/finish area was fun. There were lots of photo ops, and fun holiday music going. I was kind of nervous about the race. I haven't been training and my pace has sucked--it's been really discouraging to think about my fitness level earlier this year, and how much worse it is now. I have a long way to go to where I want to be, but I tried to focus on doing my best at HBR, and at least going out there and putting some miles under my belt... slow miles are better than no miles! I tried to focus on having fun and just enjoying the run.
The course started with a gradual uphill from Esther Short Park, then out on Evergreen towards Officer's Row, then a gradual downhill to 5th St, where there was an out and back, before heading south towards Fort Vancouver, over the land bridge, then out along the waterfront, in front of the war mural, then heading northwest through the railroad and industrial area, before turning around at 26th, heading onto the bridge over the traintracks, then back toward downtown Vancouver, and circling back around before heading into the finish chute. I was feeling tired and it wasn't easy running in my cape (it kept bunching up, and it felt like it was strangling me at times--I'll definitely half to tweak it a little if I'm going to run a half marathon in it!!!) Although prior to the race, the announcer said the 12k course was a smidge short, my Garmin had 7.45mi exactly, which was great! I checked the results just for kicks... and saw that I was third in my age group! I didn't feel like I had run particularly well, but I was still excited that I had earned some BLING!
After the race, there was beef jerky, PB & bread, trail mix, rice cakes, Gatorade, and of course... HOT BUTTERED RUMS! MMMMM the homemade mix makes it so tasty. There was a little bit of a wait for drinks at first, but we just hung out in line and chatted while we waited. It was so much fun seeing all of my friends after the race, hear how the race went for each of them, and toast one another's accomplishments! I love the running community. It's such a supportive group, and I love how many friends came out for this event. It's definitely an amazing holiday event with a great turnout. I felt bad that I didn't get to say hi to everyone I knew!
We stuck around for age group awards, since a lot of us had placed, including me (it's not over til it's over and I'm holding that medal!). Robin from Run Oregon won best costume (totally deserved it! So very cute) but the rest of us who participated still received boxes of KIND Bars. Right after the contest, we had to take off since Ardara was working and I had made plans with my family.
I was bummed I didn't see Gingy at the race today! But hopefully next year... ;) The long sleeved cot
ton shirts were navy with a red and white simple design, and the goodie bags had plenty of snacks in them.
I love this event. It has a wonderful holiday ENERGY to it :) It's a great size, great start/finish, lots of wonderful volunteers, and nice goodies. Definitely one to put on your list of winter races!
What holiday runs have you done?