So You Wanna Run a 5k… and it’s in One Month

Wow, would you look at how time flies! I swear it was just Thanksgiving like 3 days ago. And now Christmas is over too?! Make it all slow down, please!

I used to always say that you can judge how busy my life is by looking at the state of my bedroom. If my bed is unmade, clothes are everywhere (dirty & clean ones), and I have piles of random papers covering my desk, then you know I’m more than likely running around like a crazy person. Similarly, I’ve noticed the same trend happen with the blog.

More crazy = less bloggy.

Now that 2014 is coming to a close, I look at my calendar and see a blaring note on January 31, 2014. The Color Run 5k!! I am so excited about this race, and I haven’t forgotten about it by any means; I just kind-of, sort-of, haven’t been running. With the exception of today and one time last week… hey, it counts! Oops.Shine Tour 2015So I am inviting you to join me in jumping back on the horse– or rather, running like one– with this 5k plan! Why wait for the New Year to start when  the time is NOW.

Here is the plan I will be following, compliments of Active.com:

For those who may be intimated and never have run a mile before, DO NOT FEAR! The key is the distance NOT the time. If you walk the entire mile, BOOM, you accomplished your mile for the day. If you’re feeling good and want to run the first .5, but walk the last, BOOM, mile complete.

For those professionals out there looking to break a personal record, challenge yourself to pick up the pace a bit, or use this as a tool to incorporate cross-training and strength, but adjust the mileage to fit your needs. Whichever category you fall into, or somewhere in-between, get moving!


If you’re still interested in joining us for the Orlando Color Run, there is still time to sign up! Be sure to use the coupon code “ORLANDO2” for a $5-off coupon to your race entry. In the meantime, check out the awesome goodie bag for this year!

GOODIES! Man, I love a quality goodie bag, don't you?
GOODIES! Man, I love a quality goodie bag, don’t you?

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!

What I Ate Wednesday #3

Florida was a chilly 48-degrees when I walked out the door this morning. And in the words of one of my Kindergarten students, “Miss Baxter, this is SOOO unusual outside!!” Today was especially delicious due to my meal prep for the night before. Meal prep saves the day! Although, I may or may not have had to eat breakfast in the car due to my lack of desire to pry myself from my warm, toasty bed this morning.

Breakfast: Three scrambled eggs with a side of roasted broccoli and two slices of mouth-watering sugar-free bacon. Not to mention the fresh, tart taste of red raspberries. Mmmm. And it tastes even better in the car… NOT.Egg Breakfast

Tea Time: The chilly weather made me crave some warm Chamomile tea, which tasted lovely. I also paired my hot cup with a festive, Fall-flavored Pumpkin Pie Larabar. This thing is like a Fall party in your mouth people. Get on it!Tea Time Pumpkin Pie Larabar

Lunch: I decided to go Raw today for lunch. I made my own version of Raw Pad Thai filled with Dino kale, broccoli, carrot, green onion, cucumber, red cabbage, and green bell pepper. Plus a Spicy Jalapeño Coconut dressing made from coconut milk, jalapeño, ginger, lime, and green onion, which was all blended to creamy perfection.Raw Pad Thai Raw Pad Thai

A delicious gala apple and GT’s Enlightened Hibiscus Kombucha made this lunch extra special.

Dinner: I actually wasn’t very hungry this evening, so I went really simple. A Tessemae’s Cracked Pepper marinated chicken breast with good ‘ole fresh spinach.Tessamae's Cracked Pepper Chicken


In other news: My roommate and I just signed up for The Color Run – Orlando and we are SUPER excited. We’ll be reppin’ Team DyeHard so the training will be starting ASAP! The Color Run is the self-proclaimed “Happiest 5k On The Planet” and can you see why?!

How AWESOME does THAT look?! Plus, if you’re in the Orlando area and interested in joining our team, let me know! Or if you just want to run the race as an individual, I also would like to let you know that the PROMO CODE: “ORLANDO2” will give you $5-off your race fee! Baller on a budget! 😉

Color Run StrongOh I cannot WAIT for January 31st to arrive! Time to get running!

Card Workouts

Oh now these are good. And totally my idea. And I stole the idea, but I’m sharing it now, so it’s justified. That’s how it works, right? Card Workouts are some of my personal favorites due to their simplistic nature, but they are able to be personalized to fit your fitness needs.

All you need for a basic card workout is a deck of cards and maybe a sheet of paper + pen if you want to write your workout down. I recommend this because if you really like the combo you did you can save it for later, or use it to beat your previous time.Card Workouts

First, pair an exercise with a suit. Every time you draw from the deck, the suit will indicate which exercise you are to perform. I usually choose exercises that work varying muscle groups to make this a total body type workout, but if it’s “leg day” and you’re seeking to tucker-out your lower body, you can do that. Again, this is a fantastic workout style to meet your needs.

The number on the card will indicate how many repetitions of the exercise you are to accomplish:
1-10 = 1-10 reps
Face Cards = 11 reps

Then, shuffle the deck when you’re ready to begin and draw your first exercise from the deck! Repeat this process until you’re through the whole deck. I really enjoy this method because the excitement of “I wonder what’s coming next” always occurs. This keeps your workout interesting and fresh every time. And we like fresh…

Typical Floridians with our Flip Flop playing cards...
Typical Floridians with our Flip Flop playing cards…

Here are some samples of card workouts I’ve done in the past.
Or create your own!

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Now if only I knew how to play poker with all these silly cards…