#10on10 #SkirtSports Virtual 10K: For the love of the Skirt

When I first started running, Skirt Sports played a huge part in the runner that I have become today. When I gave running a second chance after the entire “I don’t want to run ever again” melt down, it was the Skirt Chaser 5K in

Meeting the CEO of Skirt Sports way back when.

Meeting the CEO of Skirt Sports way back when.

Vancouver. It was actually an amazing event. But in the last mile or so I had the pleasure of running next to Nicole DeBoom, the founder of Skirt Sports and true Ironman hero. She was amazing and talking to her was inspiring.

When we made the last turn, she spotted a couple running ahead of us and challenged me to push hard and see if I could pass them.

Well, I did and at that point I set a new PR. It was the most fun I have ever had while running.

Skirt Sports has always played a huge part in my running. I sport my skirt every chance I can get.

I have also been honored as a 261 Woman with Skirts Sports and have been able to share my story of how running truly helped me find my freedom. Skirt Sports gave me an opportunity to inspire others.

So being able to be a runner in their #10on10 Skirt Sports Virtual Event that celebrates their 10 year anniversary, was a no-brainer and an honor.

If you have not seen the weather in Portland, it is stupidly hot, and today we are having issues with air quality due to the regional wildfires. Knowing that mother nature was going to pose a challenge, I decided to run it on Thursday as it was almost a picture perfect day.

I took to my faviorte trail which heads into St. Johns, crosses the St. Johns bridge and heads for Linnton. I was actually at a really nice pace, and just really enjoying the run, which is my entire goal right now. I have stressed so much about runs as of late, I really want to focus on just running for fun again.

photoGridImageI am alone on the trail most of the time, but on this day a couple people I see on the trail from time to time had been out pushing the pace, so I decided to jog with them for a bit, I made the turn at the water fountain and waited for them because they set a great pace.

This was my second 10K in two days so my legs got tired on the hill back to the St. Johns bridge. But I knew I wanted to finish strong and earn my new Skirt.

I can’t think Skirt Sports enough for being a part of my running family. The products are always amazing, and the amazing supportive culture that the help, is what keeps me running.

All of the colors of the Rainbow- 2014 The Color Run

Portland International Raceway went from fast track to a festival of color when The Color Run made their mark in Portland on September 6th.

The first year that I ran this, I was a skeptic. It was not timed, it was not really a run, it was more of a social event. But when I ran it for the first time last year I was proven wrong, and this year they truly took the experience to the next level.

Now let me be blunt for a second. This is not a race for the serious hardcore racer. It is not timed, it is more of a party then a serious race. But this is what makes it a favorite for people who are accomplishing their first 5K as my friend Dana set out to do.

Packet pick up was at the Sports Authority at Jantzen Beach and it was flawless. I was in an out in less then 5 mins. And this year packets are head and shoulders above the year before including a sling bag for all your stuff, a headband, a rubber bracelet and your white shirt. I was also one of the earliest people to register which got me a very nice pair of knee socks (and we all know I am obsessed with knee socks) .

We left the North Portland area about 45 mins before race time which was perfect. Unlike last year, it looks like parking was considerably smoother then last year. We got to park close to the raceway entrance and walk into the starting line festival.

Right before Yellow

Right before Yellow

The race started promptly at 9:00 and groups had been released on the course in waves. Dana and I hung to the left as she was walking this for her first 5K. Unlike the experience I had last year, that actually worked really well and flowed.

Each color station is a true party. There are funny signs about the colors before each stop. There is always music blasting and the volunteers this year had a really good high energy. We started with pink, went through blue, yellow and ended with purple.

PIR is a pretty flat course though there is a small stretch of off road time because PIR is not a full 5K track itself. This does make it ideal and I know Dana was enjoying the ease of the track. Water was placed at the half way point and those volunteers seemed to have had as much fun as the color throwers.

I was really proud of Dana. She had been told several times that she was not going to finish it and she went out there and pushed herself. She was shocked with the amount of runners. But I think this is what makes this race special, the fact that people who would not normally be seen at a 5K are out there doing it.

Dana and I post Race

Dana and I post Race

The post race mayhem is always fun. You get the color throws every few mins at the stage. Tons of music, and tons of chances to take photos including the Shout 360 camera experience. (I still cant figure it how to get mine off my phone).

The bottom line with this race, is its a fun family friendly party. Its a event that all ages can come to, all abilities can come to and have a really good time and accomplish a 5K. The Color Run is staying true to its original purpose, to encourage families to get out, get active and have a great time.

Behind the Scenes: @FitrightNW First Thursday Urban Adventure Run

For the last two years, I have been a part of the behind the scenes team of volunteers for Fit Right NW’s First Thursday Urban Adventure Run. Until you see it from the perspective of the volunteers you do not realize how crazy and special of a night it truly is.

First Thursday takes place on the first Thursday of every month from March to September. For me the event starts

One of my favorite pictures from First Thursday. I am throwing prizes out to the crowd.

One of my favorite pictures from First Thursday. I am throwing prizes out to the crowd. Photo by Derek Scott

at around 4:15 when I get in to help set up registration and help set up anything that Derk and the crew have not gotten to already. Derek Scott and the crew at Fit Right NW put so much into First Thursday. They are the reason it is the biggest event of it’s type on the west coast. They bring in vendors to talk running, there are so many amazing prizes, they make sure runners and walkers have everything they need to have a fun night out.

At 5 registration opens and the entire hour becomes a tornado of names, raffle tickets, smiles, hugs, questions and doing what we can to make sure the runners have what they need to get started on their crazy adventure. At times registration can turn into total chaos, but its a fun chaos as the runners are pretty patient and friendly no matter how long they have had to wait. Its hard work but its really fun.

At 6:00 PM the map of checkpoints is revealed and the runners have an hour to make as many checkpoints as they can and bring their raffle tickets back for the prize drawing. The checkpoints are shops and parks in the general area that open up their space to the runners. Some are close by, some are for the more adventurous. I always tell people if you can’t figure out how to read the map, find a crowd of people to run with and just keep looking for crowds of runners. Even if you are a walker there are plenty of checkpoints for walkers to make and get chances to win prizes.

After we wrap up registration there is a little piece and quiet where the volunteers get a beer and get a chance to chat with the vendors. I also take the time to arrange the prizes for the raffle.

As people come back it feels like another tornado of questions, names, hugs and just making sure everyone is ready for the raffle.

I play Vanna White during the raffle handing things up to Greg (our MC) and Dave (The founder of Fit Right and in general boss). I also help during the raffle to throw things out into the crowd to people. Its fun to watch people get excited and put so many smiles on faces, especially when it comes to putting on smiles for little kids. The little kids make volunteering so much fun.

Wrap up and clean up goes fast on First Thursday. But we go into this knowing that our goal is to leave it cleaner then we got the area.

Make sure you join us for the last Fit Right First Thursday Urban Adventure Run of the year on September
4th. Registration opens at 5PM at NW 20th and Raleigh. You can pick up the details using this link Fit Right First Thursday Urban Adventure

the post map reveal First Thursday.

@PDXGym Expresso Bike Challenge September Vuelta a Expresso!

Greetings West Coast Fitness People!

I just got the challenge information for September for the Expresso Bikes. This one is a doozy.

As always please reach out if you have questions

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A Run for Every Cause

It is true.

There is a run that supports every cause.

And you do not even have to be in Portland to join.

Last year while I was still writing for Run Oregon I was introduced to the Cause+Event 5K/10K. They are an event that takes place in Beaverton Oregon. What sets them apart from other races, is they donate a portion of your entry fee to a charity of your choosing. Last year I was involved with Team Congo PDX which raises money for Women for Women International.

When I ran it last year, one of the best parts of the race was being able to see all the different causes out on the course. No matter what you might want to support they offer a chance for you to give back.

If you are in the local area, I can not recommend this race enough. It is a amazing course, very beautiful area and so well organized. (And I already talked about giving back, that is huge)

But.

One of the best things about this race is they offer anyone the ability to run and you do not have to be in our local area to run it. They offer the chance to run virtually. Because of all the chaos, I was not certain I would be able to run this year and I took advantage of the chance to run it on my schedule.

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ZRP Takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge Haters and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Dear Ice Bucket Haters:

The proof is in the numbers. The ALS Association announced that donations have exceeded 30 million dollars. In the same time frame last year they got maybe one million. The math is simple, it is making a difference.

I heard it explained best by Michelle over at One Sweet Run and I hope she does not mind, I am borrowing her words.

“We live in a world where creating awareness is the pathway to change.
Ask someone to donate money and their first words will be what for and why. ”

More people are talking about ALS then they ever did before. There are more people donating when they ever did before. I knew about ALS, and I know people impacted by ALS. I never donated before but after seeing someones video and laughing so hard I felt compelled to do it. (Thank you Ashton Vuttion for giving me so many laughs that I donated)

And for me, its been a break away from the constant bad social media juju. Its easy to log into social media and get caught up in the negative that is in the air. The news seems to be nothing but negative as of late. This has unified people, it has gotten people to smile, it has gotten people to talk about a cause and put some positivity in the air.

It was a matter of time before I got hit, and it was professional. I am the social media director/ambassador for the Premier Wrestling Federation and the staff of the PWF was challenged by our fearless leader. And, welp social media challenge is for the social media ambassador.

You get the picture don’t you.

You can donate http://www.alsa.org/donate/

I not only professionally challenge the PWF Tag Team Division, but also my friends at The San Fransisco Marathon.

PWF legacy staff answer to the ice bucket challenge from Bonnie WIlson on Vimeo.

Bonnie takes the Ice Bucket Challenge for the staff at the PWF, Thanks Steve.

Race Review: $5 5K- Laurlehurst Park

This race almost did not happen.

When I registered for most of the 5 dollar 5K series races. I was wait listed on a couple and I was not sure which ones I was wait listed on. But I assumed when I got an email from the city with all the logistical details, I assume I was in on this one so I was quite excited. Laurlehurst Park is an amazing beautiful little park right in the crux of SE Portland.

Starting Line Activities When I got there, I found out not only was I not registered, they did not even have the names of the wait listed. I also found out they did not take debit cards. So after the massive miscommunication I high tailed it over to the local gas station to use their ATM.

This race starts with the kids race which is always fun. The kids race started at our start line and all of the adults managed to line up and cheer the kids to the finish.

Our race consisted of three laps around the park. What I did not realize and what the map does not show is the fact

Is it strange that this was on one of the trails?

Is it strange that this was on one of the trails?

that there are some challenging hills on this course. You start with a couple gentle climbs with some nicer downhills then you are hit with two major climbs towards the end of the lap, including one that is a climb in gravel. The climb in gravel was the toughest part because it reminded me some of the hills that I hit when I was in SF. But the good news is I am getting stronger with hills.

The obvious thing to say is I am not as strong as I want to be post SF. I still have some time to recover, but my first lap was in the 10’s which was perfect for me, and the last two still stayed in the 11:15 range which is still okay. The bottom line is, I still have room to go to get better on hills and get strong enough. I said before when I was talking about SF, I know I can be stronger then I have been I just need to keep working.

I really truly enjoy the 5 dollar 5k Series. They are mostly well organized, fun, family friendly and for that matter budget friendly. It does not have all of the perks of a bigger race, but I really love the fact that its a smaller race that takes you to parks you have not visited.

Recovery, frantic energy and more SF Musings

I HATE RECOVERY!!

San Francisco, for as much as it was a once in a life time experience, took a lot out of me. I knew coming out of SF I was going to need some time to let my body heal because this was the first time I really didn’t give my body and chance to rebound between OKC and getting ready for SF.

I have gotten back on the road which is great. Done two nice runs that put me in line for my next race (The

Truth!!

Truth!!

Seattle Marathon 10K August 23rd) But I went to the gym yesterday fort he first time and nothing felt right. I just felt like a flat out slug. No spark, no nothing. I had no energy on the bike which sucks because I love the bike.

I know I need to be patient, but its hard. There is so much frantic negative energy around me (if you have followed me you know there is a lot going on with my dads health issues, and just in general), my running and health time are the time I need to stay focused on building the positive energy. Its overwhelming. I am less patient, more snappy, a tad bit grumpier without my time. This recovery time has defiantly reminded me how much negative, frantic, stressed energy that is around me and how important it is for me to take that time out to take care of myself.

It is so funny in all this I had a “friend” tell me I should think about leaving endurance sports. She said she does not get why or how I do this to myself.

Last night I read something in a book that summed it up

We want to be able to endure. When life throws us some difficult miles, we want to know that we can suck it up and prevail.

SF was all about enduring for me. I was fighting against odds. I had not been able to do much long run training because of the chaos that was ensuing, but I still got great short training in. I did not realize the course was going to be tough, but magical, beautiful. The community was electric and I met so many people who made the experience even better.

I may not be the fastest. But I prevail. As another person who I consider a inspiration told me last weekend, “Just keep running into the walls until they fall”

That is my plan ;)

Everymove Review: The App the Rewards

Through my partnership with Sweatpink I got the chance to learn about The Everymove App.

The Everymove App debuted in 2010 with the mission to inspire people to get moving by offering incentives for logging your activities. One thing that hit me the first time I looked at this app, is it even allows you to turn your activity into donations (Since I started I have donated to Make a Wish and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center). EverymoverewardsThere are possibilities for discounts through popular health online retailers including one of my favorite, Energy Bites. Each time you win an reward you can choose your next goal and work towards it

You can record your steps, you can hook in with most of the major existing fitness technology, you can also record how much time you spend on house work, cleaning and for that matter almost anything that involves movement. It also ties in to all of your social media outlets to collect information about you going to the gym ect. You can also tie it in to your employer and your health plan to earn bigger rewards.

I loaded it on my ipad and my biggest issue is there are someday I forget to log into it so it takes some practice and discipline to remember. For me, just so I can give back, this becomes worth it.

Zombierunningprincess goes @Sweatybands

Being that I have an abnormally large head. For me trying to find cute headbands to keep my hair back in the gym and running is honestly just a chore. I can’t buy anything regular. They dont fit, they slip and just cause problems.

But with Sweaty Bands, it has not been.

I have several sweaty bands (including my precious SF Marathon Sweaty bands). They fit well, they keep my hair in place and I have never had slipped which always seems to happen to me with other ones. And they are cute. To me they are worth every penny and I am really proud of my little collection.

I have had a few offers to go Affiliate status for other brands. I won’t sign on the dotted line for something I do not use and love.

I am really proud to announce that I have been accepted as a Sweatyband Affiliate.

Please check out their page, and feel free to drop me any questions.