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Color Run {Take Two}

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This weekend I did the Color Run 5k with my favorite girlfriends and it was a blast!

I did the Color Me Rad with my family back in 2013, and when my friends expressed an interest what would be their first 5k, I knew this was the perfect run for them, dubbed the Happiest 5k on the Planet (for good reason)! There were a few upgrades since the 2013 run, like happy tattoos, bright-colored headbands, and finisher medals! All of which we loved!

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Color Run

We also all went a step further and made matching t-shirts, calling ourselves the Like a Girl team - #likeagirl - based on this pro-girl advertisement from Always that we all loved!

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This is the whole Run #Likeagirl Team:

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Color Run

Our resident fit bride and my sister-in-law, Amber was a real trooper! This was her first 5k and I know she was nervous. I'll let her tell the story in her own words (she'll be blogging about it) but spoiler: she kicked butt! I'm so proud of her and glad I got to be there to do this with her! Way to crush it, Amber!

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We didn't waste any time covering ourselves in color, as you can see from the photo directly below, which was taken at the starting line! The next photo is halfway through the race. I think compared to everyone else I look pretty clean!

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Color Run

Bump shot!

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The caption for this photo should really be Big Bump, Small Shorts - ha! I still don't have any workout clothes that are maternity - I need to get some!

I loved this run just as much the second time as I did the first and would do a third in a heartbeat! Oh and in case you're wondering, Baby Ellis was a great companion! I felt a few flutters and kicks, but not too winded! You could definitely say baby's first 5k was a success! #proudmama

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever done a color run?

Virtual 5k with Licorice & Olives

Hey guys - hope you had a great day! Tomorrow is Friday Eve! Woo hoo! I wanted to let you know that my good friend Sarah is hosting a virtual 5k series on her blog, Licorice and Olives. I've signed up and think it would be great if you did too!

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The way it works is pretty simple! All you have to do is first, register! Then, at your own pace and on your own time, complete a 5k (3.1 miles) each month for the next year! Submit your time to Sarah and she'll post the best times, as well as the most improved each month. Here's a look at the schedule:

January - Saturday 25th to Sunday 2nd February (entries due by 4th February) February - Saturday 22nd to Sunday 2nd March (entries due by 4th March) March - Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th March (entries due by 1st April) April - Saturday 26th to Sunday 4th May (entries due by 6th May) May - Saturday 24th to Sunday 1st June (entries due by 3rd June) June - Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th June (entries due by 1st July) July - Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th July (entries due by 29th July) August - Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st August (entries due by 2nd September) September - Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th September (entries due by 30th September) October - Saturday 25th to Sunday 2nd November (entries due 4th November) November - Satuday 22nd to Sunday 30th November (entries due 2nd December) December - Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th December (entries due 30th December)

*Make sure you track your run as proof!

This couldn't have come at a better time for me as I've been really struggling to get back into running since my marathon!! I really hope you'll join us!! Leave a comment if you have any quesitons, and either myself or Sarah will get back to you! Read more about the program on Sarah's blog here.

Are you a runner? Do you like 5ks?

Have you participated in a virtual run?

Electric Run 5k at National Harbor

Ever thought about becoming a runner?

Now's definitely the time! To get started, sign up for an Electric run and brace yourself: this won't feel like exercise. I promise! In fact, it doesn't even resemble exercise! With its glow sticks, DJs, black light body paint, and costumes, it'll feel more like halloween. A halloween rave. That's what the National Harbor felt like on Saturday night.

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People were decked out in full-on custome, lit from head to toe. Many wore bright-colored tutus or at the very least, neon tanks. The Harbor was buzzing with runners - they'd practically taken over the resturants and shops. I love the Harbor, by the way. We had our rehearsal dinner there and it's just as gorgeous now as it was then, if not moreso with the addition of several new restaruants and shops.

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Before we got in line to start the run, we had to get some swag! They were selling everything from t-shirts to light-up moholk headbands (see the image on the left below) to wigs and glowsticks and leg warmers... you name it!

I showed up wearing the race t-shirt and plain black shorts - totally boring! - so I bought some black light body paint (in bright pink) and a glow ring, and got myself ready!

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I still felt somewhat underdressed. The costumes were outrageous!

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And I decided I'm wearing a tutu next time.

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As the sun went down, the energy in the crowd went way up! It felt like we were inching our way to the starting line - runners were let go in waves - and over and over again, we counted down from 10.

I could not wait to be released onto the course!

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When we finally did take off, it was a fairly easy first mile. It was quiet along the first stretch and pretty boring compared to what awaited us near the end. I loved the first stop, though - a black light tunnel! What a perfect photo-op!

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By the way, that's our resident photographer in the black tunnel with me. This was her first 5k! CONGRATULATIONS LAUREN ON AN EXCELLENT RUN!

I thought it was really cool that we got to run along the water. I especially love the view below from the far west end of the Harbor. The Gaylord Resort is simply gorgeous all lit up at night!

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The next few stops along the trail were really elaborate! They had a whole stretch of umbrellas hanging in the trees with blue and green spot lights on them. Then, in the second picture on the left below you'll see a tunnel of enormous lit-up rings that actually changed in sync with the beat of the music. Coolest. thing. ever.

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The finish line was pretty elaborate, too with a smoke machine and an entirely lit-up water station with neon-colored cups! It was really cool.  Not to mention the DJ. My God! The DJ was amazing! Everyone was dancing and throwing up their glow sticks. I think they might have been jacked up on caffenine (the event was sponsored by Rockstar and they were passing out free engery drinks all night). You can definitely get a feel for the intensity, watching this video I posted to instagram.

Afterward we took pictures in front of the official Electric Run sign, which was in all black lights, of course!

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 And then, because I was exhausted, I went home! It would have been fun to party along with the other runners - and the party didn't appear to be ending anytime soon - but I was ready to call it night! I got home a little after 11 p.m., which for me, is the latest I've ever come home from a race! They're usually first thing in the morning. I have to say, I enjoyed the night-time vibe and I can't wait to do another!

I'm looking at signing up for the 5k dance party in November!

Who wants to join?

Have you ever done an Electric run or other kind of fun run?

5 Tips for First-Time Mudders

Greetings all! I've been holding this post for awhile, but I think it's time to run it! Mud races are so popular this time of year and Aaron (my husband) keeps urging me to sign up for a Spartan Obstacle race with him... I have to admit, I'm a bit apprehensive! I had no idea what to expect at my first mud run (last year) and I remember going into shock within the first few minutes. From the the dirt roads to the dangerously slippery obstacles, I was like, Holy Crap! This is HARD!

Almost immediately, I also realized I needed to be careful. The hills were steep and the trenches were MUDDY, which makes sense, cause it is a mud run, but there’s no doubt courses like this breed injuries. Now that I’ve done it, I think I would do it again, but with these tips in mind!

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1. Mentally prepare: a mud run is more than just running- I thought the obstacles would be before or after the running part. Wrong. The obstacles are throughout. At an event like this, you're going to do a lot more than just run! You’ll be jumping, climbing, and crawling!

2. It’s unpaved. It’s hilly- If you’ve never run on an unpaved road, you might want to test the waters before you run a race like this. All of the running is either in the woods, on dirt and through trees (and stumps coming out of the ground) or through muddy hills.

3. One for All, All for One- One of the best parts of the race was helping people over the rope climb and slanted walls. Lending a hand for your fellow runner!

4. Dirty doesn’t describe it- Wear sneakers you’re prepared to throw out afterward.

5. Easy does it- This is actually not a race at all. Take the approach, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. The point is to finish. TAKE YOUR TIME. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you’ll get injured. This is especially true for obstacles. When you get to the peak of the walls and ropes, be careful climbing to the other side.

Have you ever done a mud run or been interested in doing one?