THE GIRLFRIENDS AND PINK BRIGADE HAVE RAISED NEARLY $350,000 OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS!The 9th Annual Girlfriends Run for a Cure is a Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles) and a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) designed specifically for women to get together to do something good for themselves and to help support a very important women's cause.
We started this event to honor and support one of our BFFs, Joleen Skarberg, who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and continues to run it every year with her daughters, sisters, nieces, cousins and girlfriends! Watch for her - she'll be wearing #1!
So tell all your girlfriends, recruit & inspire them and together have fun and help raise funds for Breast Cancer Research, Care, Treatment & a Cure. This Half and Quarter Marathon walking and running event is designed specifically for women including awesome women’s technical shirts, cool medals, chocolate, cupcakes, massage and firemen waiting for you at the finish line! It's a fabulous Girl's weekend plus the more people who participate, the more money we can raise!
This event is one of my all time favorites. It's incredible--every single detail is just filled with tons and tons of LOVE. It's coming up in just over a week, and I definitely encourage all of my lady friends to consider registering for this women-only race that showcases Vancouver's downtown, Fort Vancouver, and the waterfront <3
I just recently received my fourth and fifth pair glasses from Firmoo, and I just LOVE them! (Check out my reviews of first, second and third pairs also--they were all fabulous). This time I decided to be adventurous with a pair of tortoiseshell glasses (so I can look cool and nerdy) and a pair of vintage-inspired cat eye glasses (so I can look retro and nerdy).
These F1009(C1) glasses (above) were a gamble. The shape and the colors just seemed too bold for me, but I decided to give them a try. I also added on a few extra features (thin & light lenses, grey photochromic, anti-scratch, UV coating, and oleophobic fingerprint resistant coating)--I've been tired of squinting in to the summer sun for months! When I received these, I was blown away. They were so cute and I LOVED how they looked on me! And I really like how well the lenses adjust to bright light. The frames and lenses with all of the features listed would only set you back $89, which I think is a STEAL. I've gotten so many compliments while wearing these!
I went the opposite route with the DBSN65067(C5) glasses that I ordered: the only additional feature that I chose was anti-reflective/anti-radiation, putting these glasses at just under $22! While I decided after I received them that I prefer thicker frames, I am still really pleased with these glasses. They still seem to be well made, and comfortable to wear.
I don't feel like I can go wrong with Firmoo. Their prices are incredible, their shipping is fast, and their selection is AWESOME. They get new styles of glasses all the time, and frequently have sales, including these styles for 15% off! I have already favorite about a dozen more styles that I want to get...
NIKE+ RUN CLUB AND KEVIN HART INVITE YOU TO COME RUN WITH US IN PORTLAND
5k pop-up run with comedian open to Nike+ Members Friday, September 11 at Portland’s Waterfront Park
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart and Nike are teaming up for a spontaneous 5k run this weekend at Gas Works Park in Seattle. The run will take place on Friday, September 11 at 7:34 a.m. and is open to runners of all levels as part of the Nike+ Run Club weekly programing.
All are welcome to sign up for Nike+ membership for FREE and register for the NRC Local Run with Hart at: Run with Hart.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart wants to inspire his fans to get out and run. And with the help of Nike, thousands of them have been doing just that this summer. As part of his What Now? tour, Hart and Nike have hosted these pop-up 5Ks all across America, with 12 cities total planned.
Hart and Nike have a long-standing relationship centered on a shared belief in the power of sport and importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Kevin Hart will join runners for the run around Portland’s Waterfront, beginning and ending at the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain.
Nike+ Run Club Coach Blue Benadum
Friday, September 11
Approximate duration: 2 hours
Bill Naito Legacy Fountain
2 SW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97204
About Nike+ Run Club
Run your first, funnest and fastest miles with us. Join a Global community of runners and receive expert guidance from NRC Coaches and Pacers at every session. All paces welcome: when you run with this crowd, there’s a place for everyone.
Know Before You Go
Check-in starts 30 minutes before the session starts. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the session start or your spot could be given away to a walk-in.
We strive to provide the most inspiring, most fun and safest environment at Nike+ Run Club. With runners' safety in mind, we do not allow dogs or strollers at any of our Nike+ Run Club Sessions.
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit news.nike.com and follow @Nike.
The Cause + Event Race Series is unlike any other race series of its kind. The runner (or walker) chooses their their favorite registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and their cause will receive at least half of the racer’s registration. [Entry fee] includes race shirt and participation medal.
I love the concept of a race that supports EVERY nonprofit organization chosen by its participants. It's an incredible thing to think about, and I love that they also want to put on a high-quality event that will bring runners and walkers back year after year. In 2014, I participated in Cause+Event Portland as a virtual runner while running Uberthon's Oregon Half Marathon, and this year I'm really looking forward to participating in person for the 2015 Cause+Event Portland race! Scroll down for more details from Race Director Cyndie Pelto.
Remember, we will cap our registrations at 1,000 runners, so register today to guarantee your spot. Team captains vying for largest team... get those registrations in!
REGISTER TODAY! Here are the events to choose from:
5K Walk - $35 ($15 to the cause of your choice)
5K/10K Run - $35 ($15 to the cause of your choice)
Free Kids Fun Run - Tot Trot and 1K
8:30am - Kid's Fun Run and Tot Trot
9am - 10K
9:05 - 5K Run
9:10 - 5K Walk
All pricing for each event (except the FREE kid's Fun Run) INCLUDES the donation, t-shirt, finisher's medal, and chip timing. Our sponsors have all kinds of amazing goodies to share with you on race day.
Connect with us on Facebook, to stay in the loop about all kinds of promotions, contests, incentives, and sponsorship deals.
DEADLINES: Register today, and you won't need to worry about these!
August 31 - Team Bonus Donation Contest ends
September 14th - Last day to get your name on the shirt/guarantee shirt size
September 18th - Last day to get your race bib personalized with name
October 11th - Online registration closes at midnight, if race isn't already SOLD OUT.
VIRTUAL RUN: If other runners you know, are not in the Portland area on October 18th they can still race for their cause through our Virtual Run: Virtual Run - $40 (any distance, any location, $15 to the cause of your choice) shirt, bib and medal will be mailed to you.
TEAMS: We hare hosting a contest, which all team captains were notified of, during the month of August. The team with the MOST registrations during this month will receive a bonus donation to their cause. Team Captains, email email@example.com for more information and help promoting.
VOLUNTEERS: Our Registration is now LIVE and you can start recruiting your volunteers! The first 5 non-profits to provide us with 5 or more volunteers will get a FREE Expo Booth Space at our Race Day Expo. Volunteer Registration
CHILD CARE: Don't forget, Cause + Event Portland partners with Sweet Peas KidZone to provide on site childcare, complete with a pancake breakfast, arts and crafts, and a fun time, supervised by professionals. Reserve your spot today: Child Care Sign Up
Thank you for supporting your cause and our 100% volunteer run event. Come visit us at the Bethany Village Farmer's Market each Wednesday evening for your chance to win a prize!
Remember, every race has a cause. No race has EVERY cause...until now. Run with us on October 18th, it's for a good cause, YOUR cause.
Cause + Event Portland
Whole Foods just released their latest limited-edition Whole Body bag this week! This Whole Body bag's theme is "Travel Like A Pro" and it's filled with perfect-for-travel products, and is only $6.99, which is totally a STEAL! (If you've ever bought a bunch of those travel-sized toiletries at the drugstore, you know how quickly it can add up--six travel sized products and a reusable bag for under seven dolla-dolla bills is SWEEEET, especially given the quality standards for all products carried in the Whole Body department). If you haven't snatched one up yet, be sure to head over to your local store and snatch up one of these before they're sold out.
August is all about going bold and taking a quick get-a-way before going back to school or back to work. You can travel like a pro with this custom designed sleek airplane friendly bag filled with travel ready body care essentials and coupons. This bag will be on sale during a two week cycle, a $40.00 value retailing at just $6.99! The sale will run August 12-25 :)
Want to win a Whole Body "Travel Like a Pro" weekender bag? Whole Foods has offered Lipgloss+Spandex fans a chance to win one. Just leave a comment below (anything at all) and I'll pick one person at random (contest ends Friday 8/21/2015 at 5:00pm PST, open to US residents 18+, fulfillment not through Lipgloss+Spandex)! And stay tuned...I'll be giving another one away on Instagram very soon :)
I'm pretty new to the whole "probiotic" thing and honestly don't know a ton about it. Probiotics are "microorganisms (usually bacteria and yeast) introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities (particularly for the digestive system)." I was kind of skeptical eating bacteria--wouldn't it make me sick?--until I found out that there are GOOD bacteria and BAD bacteria, and it's important to have plenty of good bacteria in your gut because it keeps your tummy happy! Common sources of naturally occurring probiotics include yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, and kombucha, and the health food industry has been increasing the number of products with added probiotics too. I've been working on increasing the amount of probiotics I consume (as well as eating healthier foods in general and drinking more water), and I'm really feeling a lot better!
Attune reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in trying Probiotic Chocolate. OBVIOUSLY, I said "YES PLEASE SEND ME ALL THE CHOCOLATES!" Because I love chocolate. And I love probiotics.
$1.99 for 0.3oz; available at Whole Foods and many other grocery stores!
Available in Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Crisp, Mint Chocolate
One of the first shelf stable probiotic chocolate bars on the market, Attune makes it easy for families to incorporate probiotics into everyone’s diet in a tasty way they can’t resist. What could be better than chocolate that tastes good but is also good for you.. Attune brand probiotic chocolate bars deliver 4 billion CFUs of clinically supported strains of probiotics in tasty and certified gluten free bars.
The first thing I wondered was: will these actually taste like chocolate? Or will they just be a chocolate shaped and scented food item that doesn't quite satisfy my chocolate craving?? I was super excited that all three flavors (Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Crisp, and Mint Chocolate) were very similar to "real" non-probiotic chocolate in taste and texture, just a smidge different (the Dark Chocolate bar is dairy free and vegan, so that's probably part of it). All of them were DELICIOUS and were absolutely satisfying. Honestly, I wanted to scarf down all six bars in one sitting (I had to pace myself and savor them--the recommended serving is one bar per day). Each bar contains at least 6.1 billion probiotic CFUs of three of the most clinically tested strains: lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM, bifidobacterium lactis HN019, and lactobacillus casei lc-11.While these bars are best stored in the refrigerator to maintain the number of probiotics, they can be kept outside of the fridge for up to one month at room temperature.
The Attune Probiotic Chocolate bars aren't very big--they're probably the same amount of chocolate as four small pieces of a Hershey's bar, or two Hershey's miniatures. They're a little pricey, but they're very good. If you want to take more probiotics, aren't crazy about the sour/tangy taste of most of the commonly occurring sources of probiotics, and/or want an excuse to eat chocolate--these are definitely worth checking out.
Attune also makes a probiotic chocolate bar that isn't refrigerated ($6.39 for 3oz), which I really want to try also! All of the Probiotic Chocolate bars are gluten free (both the refrigerated and non refrigerated version), and all of Attune's products are made in the United States and are kosher. And they're based out of Eugene, Oregon!
Do you take probiotics? Stay tuned for a giveaway for a six pack of Attune Probiotic Chocolate...
I love Freedomthon. It's incredibly fun and a perfect way to start your 4th of July--and it's also where I got my current 5k PR, because the course is flat and fast. :) I was disappointed that I wouldn't be able to attend this year's event (and get another amazing and hefty Uberthons medal!) but my BFF Cari ran it and had a great time. Scroll own for more photos and her race recap!
I've always been to busy with other traditions to do a 4th of July race, but I decided this year I was going to get out and do one no matter what else was going on! And of course I wanted a race that gave me a great piece of patriotic race bling, so I chose Freedomthon for my holiday race, and I'm so glad I did!
Start your fourth of July off with a seriously flat and fast race! There are still spots available for the Foot Traffic Flat Marathon & Half Marathon--go to any of the packet pickup options to register, but be sure to bring cash :) Prices at packet pickup will be $80 for the half and $95 for the full.
Although temperatures will be high, I'm really looking forward to experiencing the Foot Traffic Flat for the first time! "The Flat" is pretty much a tradition for much of the Portland running community, and it's easy to see why:
Thurs., July 2nd, NE Foot Traffic, 12-7pm
Fri., July 3rd, SE Foot Traffic, 12-6pm
For more last minute race info, be sure to check out this newsletter from Foot Traffic.
I'm a huge fan of two of Foot Traffic's other holiday themed races (Hop Hop Half and Holiday Half), and can't wait to run the Flat Half too! Runners, have you done the Foot Traffic Flat? What did you enjoy most? Do you have another race that's your fourth of July tradition?
This summer, I've made some big changes! I've really focused on getting my nutrition and workouts back on track: I've joined the Barre3 Challenge, I've challenged Ardara to the First to 15, I'm trying to eat healthy (particularly reducing processed foods and caffeine), and of course, running tons of races! With so much going on, I've really started to understand the saying, "Failing to plan is planning to fail," and I've tried to be better prepared with my food, my workouts, and life in general. Having the right products on hand has made things SO much easier--it makes choosing good options easy. That's which is why Whole Foods is launching their first ever "Ready for Action Week" and "Ready for Action Bag."
I love the items in this bag because it's perfect for my busy summers. Whether it's a weekend, or weekday, I'm on the go and cramming in at least one workout. So having deodorant (and a change of clothes!) in my car means I don't have to make a pit stop back home, and having shelf stable packets of nutritious superfoods means I can fuel my body on the go! I'm happy to see sunscreen in the Ready for Action bag as well, as it is an absolute summer MUST HAVE--I can't stress enough how important it is to protect your skin, even if you tan easily. Aloe and arnica are perfect for soothing skin and muscles, and I love the light effervescence of nuun electrolyte tablets for staying hydrated. And having an adorable jute bag to carry around my essentials is always a good thing!
After I decided to take up my friend Arron's offer to try a one day juice cleanse, another friend asked, "What's the point of only doing it for one day?" And at the time, I didn't really have a good answer. I mean, there's tons of information out there on the internet about the pros and cons of juice cleanses, and many methodologies, but I wasn't really sure what I personally thought I would gain in just one day. Arron's company Absolutely Juicy makes delicious juices, so that seemed like a good reason to give it a try. Also, I'd never done a juice cleanse before, and I was curious. So why not? I figured at worst, I'd be slightly hungry for one day but at least I'd be putting good fresh raw juices into my body for an entire day, and omitting caffeine completely. But I hoped that I would gain something more out of it, since I tend to eat too many processed foods, rely heavily on caffeine to make it through the day, and am totally guilty of being an emotional eater. I had already started trying to change my habits after Ardara and I decided to do the First to 15 challenge, by eating more whole foods and juices (that Ardara cooked and made for me haha), and by working out more regularly, but I had a long way to go, and was hoping to "reset" my mind and body.
My normal workday is roughly like this:
6:15am barre3 (no food or water beforehand)
8:00 breakfast of oatmeal or smoothie + black or green tea with sugar/stevia or powdered creamer
10:00 snack or juice
12:00 lunch (usually not good for me)
2:30 snack + energy drink
I'm not the kind of person that goes all day without eating, nor am I the kind of person who "forgets to eat." I don't usually like plain water--I prefer flavored water or infused water.
Here's how I did on the one day juice cleanse:
Arron said I could drink the juices in pretty much any order, but to end with a green juice (preferably Evergreen). He also recommended "chewing" your juice, because chewing releases enzymes that help with digestion and your body feels more like it's eating something. He said at the end of the day, it's easier if you avoid people who are eating. Funny story: the night before the cleanse, I had a nightmare that I forgot I was on a juice cleanse and totally ate junk food!
5:30am warm water with lemon (most juice cleanses recommend this). I started to feel hungry after this. I'm not really sure why--just maybe that my body is digesting something earlier than it normally does?
6:15am barre3. Felt alright just a little tired but not more than normal.
8:00am Juice #1: Evergreen juice (apple, celery, kale, cucumber, spinach, lemon, ginger). Tasty, but by 9:00am I was hungry. Got a little edgy overhearing coworkers talking about donuts. I sipped on herbal pukka "detox" tea (aniseed, fennel and cardamom), and kept looking at the clock.
10:00am Juice #2: Citrus Maximus (grapefruit, orange, mint). SUPER tasty... would be a great mixer. Chugged some water. A coworker ate something packaged and the sound of the wrapper totally sent me into--"WHERE'S THE SNACK?!" mode. After taking a minute to assess if I was actually hungry (I wasn't), the craving passed.
12:00 Juice #3: The Mint (mint, cucumber, pineapple, pear). The cucumber and pineapple make it pretty refreshing. Boss had me order cheesesteaks for the office for the meeting... glad I don't eat meat or I'd be having a hard(er) time. More herbal tea (pukka "cleanse" tea [organic nettle, fennel and peppermint]). More looking at the clock, and drinking water. While not AS hungry as I thought I would be, definitely still hungry. The tummy was grumbling loudly around 2pm.
2:30 Juice #4: The Mint. I felt much better after my juice. Like, actually satiated. Which is weird because usually once my tummy gets those hunger pangs, it pretty much wants a MEAL.
5:30 Juice #5 Citrus Maximus. I wasn't even particularly hungry but it was time for juice! I also drank lots of water since it was warm out.
7:00 Juice #6 Evergreen. Last juice of the day! I was worried I'd be starving by now so I had bought myself a salad, but I actually felt really pretty good. While I was cleaning up my little condo, a wrapper rustled in one of the race goodie bags, and I immediately felt compelled to see what kind of granola bar it was and eat it. It was weird when I realized how much of a habit just eating for the sake of eating had become. I assessed how I was actually feeling and realized I didn't actually feel hungry.
So what was the point of my one day juice cleanse? That I really benefited from it, even in just 24 hours. What you can see on the outside: my tummy looks less bloated and I lost 2.8lbs also. But more importantly, I feel refreshed. I feel good. I feel more positive. I feel hydrated because I was making an effort to really drink lots of water, and it tasted so good (the following days I drank extra water as well). I realized some of the processed foods that I felt like I just HAD to have weren't as necessary as I had thought, and that I didn't miss them that much when they were gone (like not putting sugar and creamer in my tea). I felt so great I decided to do mostly juices the next day as well. I would definitely consider doing a one day cleanse again, maybe even every month or two in order just to refocus.
Disclaimer: These are my own opinions and experiences. This is not medical advice, nor is it a guarantee of results Please consult your doctor before attempting a cleanse.
Hi, I'm Marilyn! I run for beer and I love makeup. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW.