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!
As the temperatures kept climbing higher and higher the week of the 4th, I was relieved that Freedomthon had an early start time. I love that Uberthons always seems to have efficiently run races in great locations. I arrived about 20 minutes before the start time, grabbed a parking spot in the lot right next to the park, and got my bib all in less than 10 minutes. That gave me plenty of time to walk around a bit with family and friends that were also doing the race and get a good spot at the start line. Kicking off the race at 7:30 am meant a beautiful sunny run in the mid-60's, and with quite a bit of shade on the course it felt pretty perfect. The course was an out and back, which I've come to love for short races like a 5k. It's great to see the lead runners pushing themselves and runners cheering each other along throughout the race, and it doesn't get boring because before you know it you're back at the finish line!
The finish line festivities were great! About a tenth of a mile before the finish line there were volunteers handing out flags to carry across the finish line, and once you crossed they had tables organized to help you find the medal that had your name engraved on the back. It didn't take us long to find our medals, take a few pics, and head over to get our pancake breakfast! The line was short and moved fast, and I was excited to see that everyone got two large pancakes with butter, syrup, and whipped cream and two sausages. Everything was just as delicious as they looked, it really hit the spot! There was also fruit and oranges available, as well as the entertainment of watching volunteers use buckets and power tools to make pancake batter! As long as you didn't mind sitting on the grass or on a curb there were plenty of shady places to sit and enjoy your meal with fellow runners.
Uberthons continues to impress me with great races for great value, and this may have to be another of their races that becomes an annual tradition for me! There are a lot of races to choose from over the holiday weekend, but this small, well-organized, and fun race is one of my new favorites!
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!
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.
Orange lips are totally trendy during the summer months. While orange can seem bold and intimidating, there are tons of options in terms of shade and finish. While true orange lips may be a little harder to pull off in real life than on the runway, there are tons of other shades of orange that are very flattering and easy to wear. The key is finding the best shade and formula for you--try some out to see what level of orange you're comfortable with. Here are four awesome orange options (say that ten times fast!) that I recommend, from Red Apple Lipstick. All of these products are gluten free, and made in the USA.
If you're looking to ease into the orange-lip trend, a sheer orange or coral gloss, like RAL Mint 2 Be lipgloss in Fuzzy Naval is a good option (pictured,), as is Sun Sparkles. These are great for everyday wear, whether you're at the beach or around town.
The training wheels of orange lipsticks would probably be a color like Push Pop (pictured). It's a slightly muted coral. Or, you can go straight for a true coral, like the oh-so-popular Coral Crush, the most requested color that RAL carries.
If you're ready to go full on orange, Sunkissed (pictured) is a great translucent red-orange (the perfect summer substitute for a classic red lip), and Firefly (pictured), a bold bright orange with yellow-gold frost.
If you prefer intense, true orange pigmentation in liquid form, RAL High Def liquid lipstick in Hot Pants might be a good option for you! Not for the faint of heart, this color is bright and bold.
AND IT'S LIVE! For the next 25 hours (until Monday at midnight), you'll be able to purchase this QVC Beauty special collection from It Cosmetics: "It's All About You Collection." It Cosmetics makes really high quality products, and these special collections are an AMAZING value. This particular set is on sale for $59.95 + $3.00 S/H, for over $150 worth of products! I received a PR sample and love all four products--but if you don't think you'll use all of them, find a friend or two and split the set while it's at this great price!
$59.95 + $3.00 S/H
What is it: This collection provides full-coverage, and the appearance of complexion perfection!
The "It's All About You" Collection is really a great way to try out seven products (brush, bronzer powder, blush powder, highlighting cream, pressed powder, powder foundation, and cream concealer).
The palette and foundation both come in sleek and shiny silver cases, each with a mirror inside. They're quite attractive looking, and have a nice quality feel to them.
I wasn’t feeling ready for the Rum Run 10k, even though it was my only race this weekend. I’ve just been feeling self-conscious about my running lately. I was SO MUCH FASTER last year, and in better shape (and about 20 lbs lighter)... and last year’s Rum Run was my 10k PR race, and I placed in my age group as well (3rd).
The morning of the race was nice and overcast. Tons of runners were decked out in flower lei’s and grass skirts, tiki torches lined the top of the start/finish line, and the overall atmosphere was festive. The race area was by the water, which was really pretty, and there were tons of vendor booths.
The 10k started at 8:30am. I was in the second wave of runners for the 10k. We ran out, following the sea of runners. About 1.3 miles in, I could hear someone calling out over a speaker system to turn around and go back to the park, and that the road that we were on wasn’t part of the route, and was open to traffic. At first, I thought it was a joke. I thought, “What kind of crazy jerk wakes up early on a Sunday morning to tell runners that sort of stuff?” And then I realized it was coming from the police car that was slowly driving alongside the runners, lights flashing. I felt my stomach sink as I looked at my watch and saw how far into the race we were. By the time we got back to the park and back on course, it had been marked with chalk and cones and race officials were there pointing the way. I had run a little more than two extra miles, and the frontrunners had run even more than that.
As I ran, I was frustrated. And a little angry. About the extra miles, about how much faster I was last year, about life in general. I tried to tell myself to relax, that I was more than capable of running 8.4 miles, and just shrug it off. But those feelings were making me run faster, and run harder, and push myself to the edge. And it was cathartic. I let go of trying to “calm down” and just “embraced the suck”. Instead of pushing those feelings away, I grappled with them and let it work itself out. There was swearing. There was sweat. It was kind of ugly and a little raw.
But when I crossed the finish line, I felt that I had left it all on the course. I put it all out there, and it was done. It was a relief to get my medal and move on to the POST RACE PARTY!
This was the first year that they added medals for all finishers, which were a Kraken rum bottle opener. I’d really love to see something that combines a medal and a bottle opener--maybe Kraken shaped, or tiki shaped? The shirts were gender-specific dry-fit shirts in bright orange. Long sleeved tech 1/4 zip shirts in safety orange were also available for sale.
The after-party was fun and lively. This is definitely an event where people hang out and stay awhile! There were lots of snacks--bananas, bread, peanut butter, Belvita, Jamba Juice, meat & rice from Roxy’s Grill, and a 21+ section with beer, mai tais and mojitos (each participant received one beer ticket and one cocktail ticket). All of it was delicious, although they did run out of beer and cocktails, and it sounded like a lot of people didn’t get to redeem their tickets. We hung out for quite awhile at the event, enjoying the perfect weather. And as always, it was great seeing so many awesome friends at the race, and hanging out with them afterwards. The volunteers at the event were great! So despite the issues that happened this year, I still LOOOOVE this event. This was my third year participating, and I definitely want to be there in 2016.
Be sure to check out fellow Run Oregon blogger Tung’s recap as well!
A message from the race director regarding the 10k course. While it was kind of a bummer that the course was MUCH longer than a 10k, I do appreciate that Energy Events responded regarding this issue, and responded in a timely manner. And while I was frustrated while running the race, I ran hard and ran better than I have been running. So at least there was a silver lining! I do want to mention that there were a few other parts of the course that weren’t as clearly marked as they should have been, or as well as Energy Events typically marks their courses.
At Energy Events we strive to provide a great experience for our participants, friends and supporters. Yesterday at the Rum Run, this did not happen for many of the 10k participants, and as Race Director I take full responsibility for this mishap. I apologize for the longer distance that many of the 10K participants ran.
Title Nine FitFest events coming soon + enter to win a personalized fitting & sports bra! #T9FitFest
Heyyyy ladies! Title Nine is putting on a series of events called the 2015 Bra FitFest! Getting fitted for a bra or sports bra can be an ordeal, but these events will help you get fitted in the right bra while having fun with the fitting process--how cool is that?! They'll be having events at each of their 23 retail stores.
As any female athlete knows (or should know!), the most important foundation for any workout is a bra designed specifically for each lady's unique body type, size and activity. The bra experts at Title Nine are making it easier and a lot more fun to find the perfect bra by hosting "FitFest" events to help every athlete find her perfect bra and get on the road to a more comfortable and healthier workout.
The FitFest information for Oregon stores:
--June 3-4, 10am 8pm at Title Nine Portland (1335 NW Kearney Street)
--June 10-11, 10am-8pm at Title Nine Eugene (5th Street Market, 296 East 5th Ave. #229)
In addition, Title Nine is giving one lucky Lipgloss+Spandex reader a personalized fitting and sports bra! That is AWESOME, because it can be really challenging trying to find the perfect sports bra--not to mention expensive. Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools widget below--it's easy!
Be sure to show Title Nine some love!
The "First to 15" challenge all started with a dress.
My friend Ardara found the cutest dress at Modao. There was only one, and we both wanted it. She tried it on, but it was a bit too small for her, and then I tried it on, but it was a bit too small for me also. We were both disappointed that although both of is could squeeze into the adorable dress, it didn't really fit either of us as well as it should. While we kind of relieved that it didn't fit both of is--because that probably would have led to a crazy brawl--we were both bummed about the whole thing. .
Over the past couple of weeks, we've both been thinking about the cute dress. And our weight. And setbacks. And getting back in shape.. And eating healthier food. And getting motivated. We had both been talking about it, but neither of is had been able to actually stick with it this time around.
And then somehow we came up with First to 15. Each of us wants to lose about 20lbs. Each of us wants the dress. Whoever loses 15lbs first, gets the dress (we split the cost, $11 each). There's no time limit, just whoever gets there first. It's a little unusual but it's a way to stay accountable and have a little fun, and work on our goals. There's nothing like a little friendly competition to get your rear in gear! ;) It's not JUST about the weight, that's just the measurement we've chosen to use since it's easy and accessible. But the real focus is on getting back to working out regularly, eating healthy most of the time, and fitting into the closets full of clothing that we already own! We just weighed in this morning and are both pretty stoked. To help keep ourselves on track, we'll be documenting our journey on social media using #firstto15!
What creative or unusual ways have you gotten yourself motivated to workout and eat healthy?
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Hi, I'm Marilyn! I run for beer and I love makeup. I was born and raised in the Pacific NW. I'm also a writer for We Heart This and a former writer for Run Oregon.