Friday, April 19, 2013

Pretty Muddy Women's Mud Run!

I registered a couple of days ago and will be in the 9:30 wave for the Dallas Pretty Muddy Women's Run. This is their first year in Texas, and Dallas will also be the first race of the new season. The other events will take place in Sacramento, CAChicago, ILColumbus, OHRichmond, VAAtlanta, GA, Tampa and Miami, FL. I'm excited for this race!

This race is unique, in that, joining what seems to be a popular scenario, it is a race just for women to run. It is also untimed, so it's more laid back and a fun environment, as opposed to "we have to finish these obstacles as quickly as possibly!" I really like this mindset, especially for my first mud run. You can even redo an obstacle if you really like it! Here are a few pictures from previous mud runs. Lots of mud, costumes, and smiles!




I'm excited for this run, and excited to see what kind of crazy obstacles they bring to Dallas this year. Anyone want to join me?

Disclaimer: I was selected, along with several other Sweat Pink Ambassadors, to blog about the race before and after, in exchange for a free entry into the race. But I am so excited for this race that I would have paid for it if I hadn't been selected! All opinions are my own, and pictures taken from the Pretty Muddy website.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston


I don't have a lot to say that hasn't been said, and honestly told myself that I wouldn't write anything about what happened. It has been heartbreaking seeing the news, hearing first hand accounts from other bloggers that I know and follow. Hearing about the families who will never be the same. I keep hearing people getting mad at others for how involved they seem to feel with this crisis. "Stop making it about you," or "well it's not like you were there." But it happened. It happened to runners. Runners who wanted nothing more than to fill, a likely, lifelong dream of running in one of the biggest races in the world for no other reason other than passion.

I love Boston, and have been blessed to spend some time there a few years ago with my best friend who is from there. We wandered around downtown, on the subways and trains. The amazing food court in Quincy  market, and the eclectic shopping in Faneuil Hall. All of the history bound up in this city. All of the amazing people and places. Thankfully her cousin that was running the marathon, and uncle who was there in support are okay and I'm so glad.

I think people feel so connected to all of this, to this tragedy, simply because of the vast amount of social media we are connected to today. When 9/11 hit,  yeah we had pictures and video from cameras. We had to wait hours, and days, to find out anything. But what we didn't have was Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and Facebook, who put everything online in a matter of seconds after it happened. First hand accounts of everything from ground zero so to speak. We can't escape it online, and on any of our social media networks. It's a good and a bad thing. But I do think we will come back stronger from it. They have all been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard about it.


Below are a few pictures I took during my time there.



This one is looking up into part of the Holocaust memorial.



Friday, April 12, 2013

Friday fun!

Friday's are always crazy. We're running around, trying to remember what we forgot to do all week, and excited for the weekend. So I've decided to start doing some of my favorite gifs on Fridays!

This one seriously messed with me at first.





And cat hiccup!



Monday, April 8, 2013

Nike Running App

Pictures from the Nike Running app I used earlier. It doesn't allow you to change to walk, it's all just running but that's okay. My son and I went on this walk earlier and yes it took a while because we stopped to investigate stuff; a neighbor's chickens, flowers, talking to older neighbors, confusing stares at the LARPers at the park (the people in Role Models if you've ever seen that). It was a fun, leisurely little walk.

Main page.


Of course they have a shopping tab. If you use another Nike device, it will sync it up with it.


Each run will be listed here. I've only done one while using the app so far.


The different types of runs. Select these and each will take you into an additional menu where you can choose specifics for your run.


The specifics for the distance run. After each run, a map is displayed that is color coded to your speed and shows your route. (Not sure why I left out that picture, oops). It's a good app so far. Let's see how it does against the other 4 I have to try this week! 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Running apps!



This coming weekend, through the next week, I am going to test out various running apps I have on my phone. Everyone seems to have a different favorite and I want to try them for myself! I am a fairly new runner but training for a few races I have signed up for as motivation. If anyone else has any recommendations on these, or others I haven't mentioned, please let me know!

Runkeeper

Nike+Running App
I have a FuelBand, so this one I'm curious about and want to see how well it syncs up with the band.

Runtastic
This one is offered across many more platforms than any app I have ever seen!

MapMyRun
This one I have used before on hikes (solely for the map feature) and I know it pretty well. They also have  training plans that will integrate the calendar with your phone to remind you. They were free but are now charging so I'm bummed about that.

Zombies, Run!
I also own this app and have for quite some time but have only used it once. I feel like it might be distracting but supposedly can be used in conjunction with other training/running, apps.



^This is how I feel like running is going to end for me...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sweat Pink Playlist link-up

Kim of My Healthy Nest decided we needed some new blood in our playlists and I could agree more. So here are my (guilty pleasure) contributions! I used Spotify for the links, but you could easily find them by the titles elsewhere.





(I don't understand most of what they're saying, but it always motivates me when it comes on!)




Rihanna cover from the Punk Goes Pop album