My race recap of the inaugural Capital City Half Marathon is now up on Run Oregon! Also, fellow Run Oregon blogger Matt Rasmussen also wrote a recap.
Two recent awesome, totally FREE events....
Gorgeous Relay Group Run on April 22nd, put on by the Gorgeous Relay, Fit Right NW, and Base Camp Brewing...
...and the Barre3 for Runners classes on April 24th at Barre3 in Vancouver, put on by Fit Right NW and Barre3.
Seriously, Fit Right NW is killing it with the free events at both of their locations (I might a little biased, because I'm partnering with Fit Right), but they really do come up with A TON fun, unique, well thought out and good quality FREE events for the local running community. Check out the Fit Right NW Facebook page and keep up with all the fun stuff so you don't miss out!
The lovely folks at Better Series have offered to give one lucky Lipgloss+Spandex reader a free entry to the Hippie Chick Quarter & Half Marathon on Saturday, May 10th, 2014 in Hillsboro, Oregon! (BTW, it's an all-women's race, sorry dudes! But don't worry... there will be more race entry giveaways soon!)
Ladies, just use the nifty widget below to enter :) Winner will be announced May 1st!
Race name: Hop Hop Half & 5k
Date/time: Saturday, April 19th, 2014; 5k @ 7:30am, Half @ 8:15am
Registration/price: 5k $35-40; Half $68-80
Location: Marine Drive; Portland, OR
Events offered: 5k and half marathon
Number of runners: 689 for the half, 299 for the 5k (capped at 1500).
Beneficiary: Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Portland
Race name: Bridge to Brews
Date/time: Sunday, April 6th, 2014; waves start at 8:40
Registration/price: 10k or 8k $34-54; VIP 10k or 8k $89-99
Location: Lilis-Albina Park (Portland, OR)
Events offered: 10k and 8k run/walk
Number of runners: About 3800 total
Beneficiary: Molly's Fund Fighting Lupus
If you haven't been to Fit Right's First Thursday Urban Adventure Run, you need to do it. It's a scavenger hunt for raffle tickets. It's fun. It's crazy. There's beer at the end. There are tons of people.
Also, Fit Right recently had a group run in Vancouver with New Balance shoes to test out, and a raffle for one month of crossfit at Industrial Crossfit... fun fact, I won the raffle. Time to work on those guns? JK, I'm going to wait until after I finish both marathons!
If you're in the Vancouver area, be sure to follow Fit Right's events on Facebook! Almost all of them are free, and they're really fun :)
Confession: I probably have about the same amount of workout clothes as I have "real" clothes. I pretty much wear workout clothes 99% of the time--sometimes it's the standard workout/hangout apparel (your basic race shirt and yoga pants), but I love to wear what I call my "dressy/fancy" workout clothes. You know, the workout wear that's stylish but still 100% functional? The cute fitted shorts with the fun pattern that you could totally just wear when you're not working out? The running jacket that looks fab on the trail and on the streets? The awesome workout tank that looks great at happy hour and also when you're sweating it out on the treadmill?
Yeah. I'm a sucker for cute workout clothes. Which means that RYU's apparel for women is soooo up my alley. It's functional, has a good balance of sporty and street style, and feels great to wear. I was so stoked to try out three items from their new collection... the colors, prints and fabrics are all drool-worthy.
I'm a Run Oregon blogger! And check out my first blog post: 2014 Monument Peak 10 Mile Trail Race recap at Run Oregon!
Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service that delivers five beauty or skincare samples to your doorstep for only $12 a month (and the shipping is free)! Ordering recurring boxes gives you an even greater discount.
1. Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse
$15.99 for 7.5oz
BB5: 1.83oz ($3.90 value)
This is supposed to be a skin-themed box... and so they put hair mousse in the box??? Anyway, my pump seems to be broken, so instead of dispensing foamy mousse, I end up with a handful of liquid half the time. Also, it's meant for curls... And my hair is wavy. I guess it kind of helped maintain the wave? It smells great though.
2. Swissco Dual-sided Facial Pad
$2.00 for one
BB5: full size
I've used body sized ones in the past and loved how soft and smooth they made my legs! The face one is a little awkward and a little too scratchy for my face--if you have sensitive skin, don't even think about it. But it's great for knees and elbows :)
3. Bellapierre Cosmetics Makeup Base
$18.99 for 0.29oz
BB5: 0.25oz ($16.37 value)
I did not expect to like this as much as I did! I couldn't believe the color worked on me. While its claims to illuminate, prime and conceal might be a little exaggerated, it does kind of do all of those things. It is an okay eyeshadow primer, but I like using this as concealer best. I used it to cover my under eye circles and also to help with some hyperpigmentation. The coverage is pretty good initially, but it does noticeably fade by the end of the day.
4. Jane's Pick All Natural Soaps
$8.00 for 5 oz
BB5: >1oz? ($1 value?)
I loooove how this smells. It's not marked which scent, but it's probably "Kind" (tangerine, orange, vanilla). The sample is small and because it's very soft and pliable glycerine soap, a chunk broke off. It's not drying, lathers easily and I love it. I want more!
5. Tree Hut Moisturizing Hand Cream
$5.29 for 3 oz
BB5: full size
Coconut and line scented products can be very hit or miss. Usually they smell fake or too strong, but this smells awesome! And it absorbs quickly. I've been using this a lot!
Overall, the March box had about $29 worth of products, and I'll use most of them.