Race Review: The Color Run

Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining a group of my friends for the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” — The Color Run!IMG_5393

As described on The Color Run website, this race is “Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants, or “Color Runners”, are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.”

The Color Run Graphic

We made it to the start line around 8:15am, which I was a tad worried about since the Race Start was scheduled for 8:30am. However, no worries necessary because since the Color Run is such a large event, they sent off groups of people in waves to run the race.IMG_5399This was my only real dislike about the event. I heard that last year they had sign ups for your Race Start time, but this year it was more “free-flowing”. There were people who were finishing the race by the time we crammed our way up to the Start Line at 9:30am. It felt quite unorganized.

Once the race because we were all quite enthusiastic over the matter. I have run a few races in the past, but there is something special about just getting outside, doing something active (and sparkly) with your friends on a Saturday morning. Sure, you might not be setting any PRs or blowing away the competition with your 7:30 min/mi, but if that’s what you’re going for, you’re missing the unique experience offered by the Color Run. This is about your friends and family joining together for some fitness and FUN.image1The color stations were spread out over the entire course: pink, orange, yellow, blue, and SPARKLEYes, I know sparkle isn’t a color, but it should be. I’m still not 100% positive as to what the concoction is for the color, but we imagined it being something like cornstarch or really fine chalk. (GOOD NEWS: It comes out of clothing really easily. Not so much the glitter, though I didn’t mind!)image2image3The course was jam-packed due to the overwhelming amount of runners/walkers. I loved seeing so many people together laughing, jogging, and enjoying their time along the race. 🙂IMG_5451Once we crossed the Finish Line, we were greeted with a sparkle packet, a color packet, and a Color Run medal! There was a huge party at the end with big color throws, sparkle tosses, and fist-pumpin’ music!image1 (1) Team DyeHard had a BLAST! We crushed the race, doused ourselves in color and glitter, and enjoyed our time together.


definitely recommend this race to anyone who wishes to enjoy an exciting, fun race with their friends and family. If you’re looking for a more solo-running, competitive atmosphere, then you might want to skip this one. However, I encourage you to gather your friends and give it a go.

After all, this truly is the #Happiest5k on the PLANET 🙂
Thank you, Color Run!

The Color Run!

A few posts ago I mentioned that I had signed up for The Color Run which is coming to Orlando on January 31, 2014.

Well, I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I have been selected as a Color Run Ambassador! 🙂Throw Happiness Like Confetti

This means I will be able to post all kinds of wonderful things about The Color Run here on The Thrive Life, but also I have a $5-off coupon just for YOU if you’re running the race in Orlando! All you need to do is enter: ORLANDO2 at check-out and BOOM, you will receive $5-off your registration fee.

I will also be posting my race training soon, so if this is your first 5k, or you just haven’t run in a while, be on the lookout for this schedule that will be headed your way!

In the meantime, here’s a fun chart to find out your Color Runner Name! Don’t forget to share yours in the comments! Mine is “Lively Tickled Pink”! 😛Color Runner Name


Is Orlando too far for you? Check out The Color Run website for all their locations in cities all over the United States AND Internationally too!

Spicy Lime Salsa

There is currently a small handful of dying tomatoes at my house. How do we help all the dying tomatoes?! We make salsa. 

Spice Lime Salsa with Sweet Potato Chips

Not just any salsa; this is Spicy Lime Salsa. (Did I mention we have some limes that are fading fast too?)

Spicy Lime Salsa: (makes about 2 cups)

Ingredients:
2 medium tomatoes (diced)
1/4 yellow onion (finely diced)
1/2 green bell pepper (finely diced)
2 small garlic cloves (minced)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
1/2 tbsp Hot Sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
Zest & Juice of 1 Lime

Directions:
1. Chop, dice, and mince all the produce.
2. Throw all the ingredients together in a bowl (or place gently if you’re feeling less daring).
3. Cover & refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours. <—This is the time I like to start a batch of sweet potato chips for dipping!

Spicy Lime Salsa

Get ready for a spicy citrus kick!


Today was filled with a few [window] shopping trips: Nordstrom Rack, The Container Store, Sports Authority, & Target. I really enjoy walking around stores and taking in all the sites. When it comes to clothing stores, however, I tend to get a bit overwhelmed. I never know what matches what or what’s currently in style. Anyone else have this issue? I love Sports Authority though; I know my way around athletic clothing.

Is this how you wear this thing? Am I pulling it off yet?
Is this how you wear these crazy headband things? 

Last stop of the day was a lovely trip to Starbucks–that wonderful Austin fellow treated me to some black iced coffee. ❤ I happened to check out the Community Board and noticed a bulletin for an upcoming 5k run: the Quack Attack on Poverty! Not only do you get a race t-shirt and finisher’s metal, but also an inflatable duck float with registration! And the proceeds are going to benefit those in poverty through the local Community Food & Outreach Center. Did I mention you get to wear the float while you run?

Quack Attack
Two Words: DUCK FLOAT.

Are there any unique races coming to your town?

Things I Want to Try

It’s hard not to get a little overwhelmed when “going Paleo”. Although I’m considering myself in the transitioning stage, I am definitely noticing how much better I feel after eating a Paleo diet, thanks to my “Whole30ish Experience“. Suddenly, I just want to eat anything that is “Paleo-approved”, or do things that Paleo-people do (whatever in the world that means). I tend to do this when I get excited about things. With that being said, here is a list of some things I would love to try! If you already have, let me know what you think!

1. CrossFit – some of my favorite blogging ladies all have two things in common: healthy eating & CrossFit. These women are glowing with strength and courage to take on the challenges CrossFit offers. Currently, it’s not in the budget for me, but one of these days I’d love to check it out.

CrossFit

2. Rx Bar, Exo BarEpic Baretc. – I am a bit of a bar fanatic. I think it comes from my desire to always be prepared. Now, I am pretty devoted to Larabars. I like that they’re simple, nutritious, available in stores and don’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m interested in being adventurous and branching out a bit. The three bars listed are the ones I’ve heard the most about. Any comments or suggestions?

Eat All the Bars

3. All The Paleo Cookbooks – All of them. Good or bad, I’ll take them. The local library can’t get them to me fast enough. I literally squeal when another one arrives at my door. The problem with library books is that they make you give them back. I just want to cook all the recipes in all the books and share all the delicious foods with my family and friends. Do you have a favorite?

Paleo books

4. Mud Run, Obstacle Run, or Triathlon – I’ve run my fair share of long distance races. From 5k to marathon, I have enjoyed all kinds of amazing races, people, and routes. I think my first (and last) full marathon put a bad taste in my mouth. I wasn’t fully prepared and felt like I would hate running forever after that. I have managed to do a 10k since then (over a year later), but haven’t found much joy in running anymore. Plus, it’s really depressing going from running 13 miles straight to huffing and puffing your way through 2 miles, but I should probably just get over myself. Anyway, I really would like to try one of these challenge races. I think it would be something that would re-spark my passion for racing again.

Savannah Marathon
I don’t know what this pose is. You get pretty delusional after 26 miles.

What are some interesting things you would like to try? Any additional suggestions for my list?

Share your experiences! 🙂