The Color Run Birthday Party #Happiest5k

Planning our children’s birthday parties are always such fun for me! I love sitting down with them and planning a party centered around their interests at that time of their life. It can be a lot of work too but it is always so interesting to look back, see their smiles and remember how much they loved (insert party theme here) at that stage of their life.Color Run before

Running has become a big part of our lives over the last year. I don’t think I realized just how big until Kaitlyn made it a goal of hers to run in a Color Run 5k in 2014 when we made our “New Year’s Bucket Lists”. Planning this party was even more meaningful knowing we were helping her complete that goal and centering her whole birthday around it. It was one party we will never forget. ( Thanks to Courtney @ MyCrazySavings.com for helping make this a success!)

I also knew was going to have to get creative with the party planning because there just weren’t any prepackaged “Color Run Birthday” kits.  Next step, Pinterest. Not many to choose from there either. Of course I DID create one for our party- You can check it all out on our Color Run Birthday board here.

I designed her invitations with a printed paint splash background, vellum overlay with all the party details, and  tied together with multi-colored tulle matching the tutu’s the girls would make and wear during the run. Then we sprayed the envelopes with paint to look like the colors that are thrown during the run. I was so pleased with how they came out (tutorial coming soon!).

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The party food and decor was simple. Confetti was a must and we mainly went with a color palette utilizing colors in the run. We served  confetti cookies and mini-cupcakes with sprinkles. Color Run party food

We spent the evening taking fun photo-booth pictures, painting nails, and making tu-tu’s for the girls to run in the next day. Since our main even would be the early the next morning we didn’t want to stay up too late. We got our Color Run swag all laid out ( the Color run is one race that provides several items for beyond a t-shirt for your entry fee) and the girls snuggled in their sleeping bags excited for the morning!color run photo booth

We got there just a little before the run began and were greeted by several sponsors. Kind, Sports Authority, Zico Coconut Water, Nestle, Honest Tea, and Shout all showed up with fun games and tons of giveaways before the run began. We made sure to take photos with as many mascots as possible!

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And of course we would need a good “Before Pic” …..

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The boys wanted one too….

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I was really glad we took those before pics to compare the after pics too. There was a lot of “happy” being thrown around. Our girls looked like smurfs by the end. Color Run smurfscolor run hair

I was so thankful for the industrial blowers at the end of the race to blow off all the extra color! We still ended up with blue toes and color residue in our van.

BEST INSIDER COLOR RUN TIP: Pampers Sensitive Wipes do an excellent job of getting  the color off car upholstery.   color run before after

It was such a fun time for all of us and a memory we will never forget. I think Kaitlyn may be hooked on these fun runs because she has already been asking which one we can do next.

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Have you run in The Color Run before? What was your most fun run ? 

Be a Hero – The Super Run 5K

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The Super Run

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Who hasn’t wanted to be a Superhero at least once in their life? Did you know there is an entire day dedicated to being a Superhero? April 28th is National Superhero Day and to kick it off right – The Super Run will host their inaugural Super Run® event in Detroit, Michigan on April 26th 2014.  There are already over 20 locations nationally, with more coming soon! The Super Run is a family-friendly fun run that supports local non-profits raise funds and awareness for their organizations.  It is superhero themed event where all registered participants will receive an official superhero cape!

If you have participated or been involved in the planning of a race event you know they take a bit money to put together. The Super Run is partnering with local non profits all around the country to help benefit those communities and strengthen those organizations who otherwise wouldn’t be able to do this on their own. You can learn more about their fundraising goals here. You can also find information about all The Super Run locations at www.thesuperrun.com.

This SUPER fun run is coming to Dallas TX & you can be a part of it. By participating in The Super Run, you are becoming a real life superhero -both in the way you dress (with your superhero cape of course!) and in your actions by supporting your local non-profit community. You are already a hero in your community now you’ll have the cape to prove it!

Dallas Race Info & Event Registration Information: 

The Festivities: The fun starts at 8am. In addition to the 5k, there is a fun run and many events for the little ones, including: face painting, giveaways, and other games.

Start Window:  The official start time of The Super Run – Dallas is 9:00 am.

For ages 12 and under : It’s only $10 and includes an Authentic Event Superhero Cape

For ages 13 and up:  Early Registration Prior to August 1st: $25
Starting August 1st: $30
Day of event: $35
Registration includes Authentic Event Superhero Cape

REGISTER HERE!

What Superhero will you dress as on race day? 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

PRO Compression Socks Review & Giveaway

 

Great news , guys! Remember last month ( aka Birthday Month!) when I made my birthday wishlist? One of the things I had been really wanting was a great pair of compression socks.  I haven’t made a birthday list since childhood!! Most everything  on my list was fitness related & well, I actually got almost EVERYTHING on my list!

I had heard such great things about how compression socks can help reduce fatigue and can increase recovery time. You can read more about the benefits here. I  knew they had to be on my list.  The great folks at PRO Compression helped make my birthday wishes come true by sending me a pair of Marathon PRO Compression socks to try out.

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I was super excited when they arrived in the mail and couldn’t wait for my next run to try them out. When I first took them out of the package and began to put them on I was surprised by how snug they were. Not uncomfortable at all, just really snug. They were full length and came in a deep purple. I was impressed with the wide selection of fun colors and patterns that were also available.

During my run, they felt great! They didn’t budge from when I put them on and didn’t ever feel too tight. I didn’t really notice them at all during my run, at least not in a way the inhibited my running. What I did notice most about them came wearing them after my run. I wore them for most of the afternoon after my morning run. You know the typical leg aches you can get after a run? Nothing that day. I felt great ALL day, not tired or achy even later that evening. I am all about anything that helps keep me moving forward and recovering faster!  I will be putting another pair of PRO Compression socks on my Christmas list too.

Want to put PRO Compression on YOUR Christmas list?  My readers can save 40% OFF PRO Compression products now with this coupon code :  BLG13

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!…… PRO Compression wants to give one of my readers a pair of compression socks too! You’ve got several chances to enter so make sure to complete each one!

 

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*PRO Compression provided the products for this review & giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. 

 

PRO Compression Coupon & Spoiler Alert

I am participating in another 100 mile challenge for December and it is taking some commitment and creativity to fit these extra miles into our already busy holiday schedule. I had completed a previous 100 mile challenge in November, from the 1st – 30th. The newest 100 mile challenge is to be completed within the first two weeks of December. The miles can be walked , run, biked, daily activities, etc. Just 100 miles. So far, I have been running and walking them.  I am 18 miles in.  Because I was taking a significant rise in my daily distance, I was a little concerned about fatigue and recovery times. Recently, I got my first pair of compression socks and can tell a big difference when I wear them.
If you are looking for a great deal on compression socks & sleeves here is a great PRO Compression coupon for 40% off and Free Shipping right now on compression socks and calf sleeves in amazing Holiday patterns! These would be perfect for a Santa run or stocking stuffer. Save 40% off and get free shipping  when you enter coupon code SNOW at checkout.
 
 

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SPOILER ALERT : Keep an eye out because tomorrow I have an awesome review & fitness related giveaway starting!! You will not want to miss it!

Fitness Friday 10k Training, New Shoes & Planking Challenge

Hello Friends! Its another busy, busy, week here with the Chase’s.( Isn’t it always…geez. ) We have been here, there, and everywhere but I have a successful Fitness Friday update for you this week, planking challenge, and a review of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 Running shoes.

First things first- WE STARTED 5k-to-10k TRAINING.

CrAzY!!!

I cannot believe that only 6 months ago I could not even run 1 mile without stopping. Nor had I ever really run since maybe high school??? Even then, I was trying to find ways to get out of the P.E. requirement.  Now we are training for a 10k. Blows my mind every stinking time I think about it. It is tough and sometimes it doesn’t feel great when we are doing the actual running part or the getting out the door to go run part……but after we finish a run….I feel like a complete rock star! I mean, probably its endorphins, or just the relief that the hard part is over for that day, but that feeling of accomplishment carries me through so many other areas of life too. It is definitely a confidence booster. I’m still not fast but I am committed. We are part of an amazing running group that is so encouraging and helpful. It great being surrounded by others that believe in you.

Getting new shoes helps too.

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Doesn’t EVERY girl love new shoes?!?! Every runner-girl I know definitely LOVES getting new shoes.  Since I had practically worn out my shoes from summer 5k training ( we did the 5k training part 2x) I was in need of a new pair. So my sweet husband took me to the running store and with the help one of the associates, we picked out these Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14 running shoes. (New running shoes were on my birthday wishlist!) They were a brand change from the ones I had been wearing but similar in fit. Let me just tell you, I think I am a Brooks girl for life. They cushion in all the right places and fits snug enough while leaving plenty for room for me to still move my toes. And while I know when you pick out running shoes its all about the fit, not fashion, but this pair is pretty too! I really couldn’t be happier with them!!

As if that weren’t enough, Randy & I are also participating in a planking challenge for November.  For 30 days our group will  keep each other accountable to complete each day’s planking requirement. Planking exercises work your upper abs, your lower abs, your obliques, and your lower back. They also promote good posture and help prevent back injuries. Below  is the plank challenge schedule.   I’d love to have you join us- Just leave me a comment and let me know you are participating!

1.       Get face down on the floor resting on your forearms and knees.
2.       Push off the floor, raising up off your knees onto your toes and resting mainly on your elbows.
3.       Contract your abs to keep yourself up and prevent your booty from sticking up.
4.       Keep your back flat — don’t drop it or you’ll be defeating the purpose. Picture your body as a long straight board, or plank.

Next Fitness Friday, I’ve got some great information on nighttime visibility when you running/cycling & an exciting product review coming up.

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