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#WeShine with The Color Run Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Color Run has offered up the free entry for readers of The Zombie Running Princess. No other compensation is provided.

I have had the pleasure of being part of The Color Run’s blogging team for the past couple years. It is the truly the definition of a family, all ages friendly event, and is more like you party when you run.

And this year they are turning up the shine factor, as they present the Shine Tour.

They describe the tune up.

“Everyone in 2015 will receive a limited edition Shine Tour Participant Kit, including: custom race tee, gold finisher’s medal, tricolor headband w/ silver stitching, brand-new shine packet, and shiny tattoos. Talk about “bling” with benefits!

We’re pumping up the 5k course and finish festival too! Look for a unique Sparkle Zone and killer photo ops on course. At the finish festival, get ready for confetti cannons, shimmering clouds of color, and more!”

Yes, BLING!! I have to admit, my love of bling makes me look foward to doing this even more.

If you don’t know what to expect, watch the new video

Last year, I ran at PIR (Portland International Raceway) and it was really amazing to see so many people of so many ages, and so many abilities out there, moving and having fun. And of course getting messy.

It is always well organized and a different energy then you find in most running events. It is not the event to go to if you want to run a PR, you are not going to do it. This is not about taking running seriously, this is about getting out and really celebrating. It is about celebrating being able to move, celebrating families, celebrating color, celebrating good health, just honestly it is about celebrating. I was able to join a friend of our family as she walked in her first 5K, and for us it was celebrating her accomplishment.

You can read my recap of last years event here.
2014 Color Run Recap

The Color Run is giving me a chance to give away an entry for any city in the 2015 tour, plus they are offering a discount code. Check out the Gleam giveaway at the bottom

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Four Years Stronger

When my whole journey started. I said it was never going to go further then loosing the weight and maybe running a 5k.

Excuse me while I laugh loudly.

Four years ago this weekend, I did the one thing I never thought I would do.

After visiting the OKC Memorial Museum the year before and hearing from one of the ladies there about how truly301813_10150862255927288_80951724_n special the marathon was and how it brings their community together; I made the decision that if I was going to try to run one, this was going to have to be the one. I had no clue what I was walking into, and I honestly had no clue what kind of challenge it was going to be.

Anyone who has ran OKC will tell you that this is truly a special event. It is the key fundraiser for the memorial that commemorates the events of April 19th 1995. It’s focused on remembering those impacted, those lost and remembering the impact of violence, and remembering that we are stronger then that violence.

They call it the Run to Remember.

I admit, I did not know what I was walking into when I decided on that race. I never realized how much harder training would be on that race compared to the halfs (which I was starting to feel comfortable on).

I have to admit it, ever since I went nuts and jumped into the world of the full’s I realized how much stronger I really was. Marathons are tough work.

But the people in OKC are amazing. I have yet to run an event that has such a special feel. Everything is out there for one reason, to remember and to tell the world that we will not be defined by the violence. The water stops are small parties. There is always an encouraging group of runners to help you through the tough stuff.

I never thought I would do more then the one. I have been back to OKC three times (I really wish I could be there this year) battled in Seattle, ran and been an ambassador twice for SF.

OKC will always have a very special place in my heart. As I said when I was there last time, I am not done with you. I don’t think I ever will be.

May Expresso Bike Challenge: Giro d’Expresso

I was bad.

I never posted the April challenge.

Blame life.

Anyhow. I remember this from last year. It is one of my faviorte challenges, and the most doable if you dont let that 20 miler get to you. (Advice: take the 20 miler at your pace, dont let anything push you into a pace you dont want).

Click on the poster for more detail:

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Twlight Half Marathon Preview

I have had the pleasure of doing a lot of volunteer work in the past year with the team at Good Sports Events, so when they told me about the entire idea of a Twilight Half Marathon, I have to admit, I was really really curious. This would be the first event of it’s type.

The event will be on July 11th, 2015 at Vancouver Lake Park. The race will feature a 5K, 10K and a half marathon distance. The course looks amazing, it would give scenic views of Vancouver Lake, as the sun sets on the Columbia River. The course elevation is flat, there will be a hearty meal afterwards.

And lets talk about bling.

How many t-shirts are glow in the dark? The shirts features a glow in the dark owl. 10996760_610592579072499_8971484356770609791_n a medal featuring the owl and flash light with the owl on it.

The race benefits Childrens Cancer Assoication.

And we all know how I like race affodablity. The 5K is 39.00 and the 10K is 49.00 and the Half is 69.00. This makes this race one of the more affordable on the spectrum.

I asked the event director to explain the event for readers.

Nobody likes alarm clocks.

That’s why the Twilight Half Marathon (July 11th, Vancouver Lake Park) starts at 6pm. Get a good night’s sleep, spend the day however you want, and run when it’s cool.

The course is pancake flat, making for a fast, easy run…and maybe even a PR!

The scenery is spectacular, and so are the goodies: an adorable owl medal, matching owl flashlight, and a one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark owl shirt.

The after-party includes music, free beer and wine, a hearty meal, and maybe even a dip in Vancouver Lake.

This unique, evening event benefits the Children’s Cancer Association, which brings joy to children fighting devastating illnesses.

Complete details available at www.TwilightHalf.com

Honor: Welcoming home a Honor Flight with @TeamRWB

I have a lot of blogging to catch up on, but this one had to jump to the top of my list.

Last night I got the opportunity of a life time. As part of Team RWB Portland, I volunteered to help welcome home a Honor Flight of 25 World War II Veterans who had returned from a trip to Washington DC to visit their monuments. Thanks to everything that has been going on in my outside world this is only the second time I have been able join up with the team to do anything, but when this came up and it fit in my schedule, I knew this was a must do.

Members of Team RWB met up with the Freedom Guard Riders at the Portland International Airport on Sunday Night. We joined their procession of flags to the gate where the veterans would come out. These guys are so welcoming, and they are truly proud of what they do. Talking to them reminded me of why this was so important; as our veterans especially our World War II vets are passing on at an alarming rate (over 1,000 a day) and this is our opportunity to say thank you.

Team RWB members intermixed with the Freedom Guard Riders to form a hall of flags and salutes. We applauded, shook hands and cheered the Veterans and their volunteer guardians. Several times we got stopped by passers by to ask what the commotion was about, and we explained it to them. Several of the passers by had been so touched by the display they joined us. We escorted them to the front lobby where PDX has the logos of all the branches of the military service on the wall, and the entire group came together to sing “God Bless America” To me, that was one of the most uplifting experiences I have ever had.

I got the privilege to help a very kind gentlemen by the name of Gene with his luggage. He turned 94 on the trip and was a spark of fire. I had to ask him what his secret to long life was, and he said it was a young heart and dancing. Just the smile on his face was so special and reminded me that it was a true honor that I had gotten to do this. My late grandfather was a late WWII vet and I really think this is something that he would of loved. It was truly an amazing way to give back to people who helped our country becoming the amazing country it is.

If you ever get the experience to do this. It is an amazing opportunity and it truly helps you realize how amazing this country is.

White Salmon Backyard 1/2 Marathon- June 20th 2015 #runchat

I have not been able to make this event because it is not mass transit friendly, but several NW’estern people I know love the event. I highly reccomend those who are able to, try and make this one.

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Come participate in the 8th annual White Salmon Backyard Half on Saturday, June 20th! Signup and register at Ultrasignup! You can also register the day of the event, but it is a lot easier for our volunteers if you signup online beforehand.

This year we will also include an early start at 8:30 am for hikers. Runners will start at 10:00 am.

Once again, it is FREE to enter! Or, if you can spare a little change, a suggested donation of $20, or less* or more, which will go to the White Salmon Columbia High School Cross Country Boosters, who will be staffing the aid stations, and the Columbia Gorge Running Club student scholarship fund!

Also, you can sign up without donating. If you change your mind, you can donate at the run.

* If you want to donate less than $20, you can make a donation day of the race.

Last year we had almost 400 runners participate, and we are hoping for the same this year!

Registration/Start/Finish

Registration and the Start/Finish will be around the corner from Everybody’s Brewing at Rheingarten Park at N. Main Ave and NW Lincoln St.
7:00 am check-in and day of registration opens.
9:50 am is the pre run meeting at the start, which will be on NW Lincoln St.
There will also be an early start for hikers at 8:30 am.

Course

The course involves a challenging climb and descent with gorgeous views of the Columbia River. The course will be marked with flour and orange surveyors tape.
The trail portion of the course is about 11.5 miles and is a big loop.

The road portion of the course is around a mile each way, and takes you out and back to get you to and from the trail. The road portion starts at the corner of NW Lincoln St and N Main Ave. Head East on NE Lincoln St then South on NE Church Ave then East on NE Tohomish St then North on NE Park Ave down past the gun range. You will be returning from the trail about midway up NE Park Ave at the gun range. Here is a link to the road portion on the way out …. Google Maps. On the way back you follow a similar route.

No dogs are allowed. The property owners are trying to gather up all the cattle, but there may be some stragglers out there, so no dogs until after July 1st.
There will be 3 aid stations with an additional “light” aid station at the start of the steep climb.
The first full aid station is about 40 minutes to over an hour from the start depending on how quick you are. For most of us the first aid station will be a little over an hour away, so make sure to bring a water bottle. Especially if it is hot!

Review: Foam Roller Hapiness (through the pain)

Note: I received this foam roller through a partnership at Tomson. No other compensation was provided. Opinions are that of my own.

I don’t like foam rolling.

I know it is good for me.

But I do not like the pain.

I have about worn out my foam roller so when the opportunity came up to review one, I was curious.

They refer to it as a Trigger Point Therapy Massage. This gives you both small little fingers and solid sides so you are able to control the pressure you put on certain locations. For me, my hip flexors are my problem spot, so I can roll them out with a lot more intensity then I would my shins which will never take to the process. I also started to figure out how to use a foam roller with the wall to help massage some of the pain and tension out of my back. The dual textures is huge to what makes this thing work as well as it does.

Another feature is its really light weight and portable. Unlike my old one which was bulky (it was just all foam) this one is very light and is actually hollow in the center so if I want to stash a towel inside it or something

I was going to take a photo of mine, but the orange always came out washed out.   Photo by : GR8 Goodz

I was going to take a photo of mine, but the orange always came out washed out. Photo by : GR8 Goodz

else, I can take it with me without it taking up much room in my bag. This actually might be able to come with my to SF.

I think the size also allows you to work with more areas of your body. My old one was so heavy and bulky, it was only really good for the lower body. I have been able to use this on almost every part of my body and thanks to the dual textures I can use it on my feet which is a plus for someone who looses her lacrosse ball a lot.

For those who need guidance as to what they are doing, it comes with links to Youtube videos that walk you through any body part and how to best use the tool to your advantage.

For someone who is looking for a good all purpose foam roller, this is the best. This was actually less expensive then my old bulky one and so much more useful. Though it still causes me pain, I wish I would of found this one earlier and I might of been more loyal to foam rolling.

You can find out more about it here on Amazon

Foam Roller Trigger

#TheSFMarathon offers 4 free months of Elite Training with Run Keeper #runchat

I don’t know why but I have been struggling with coming up with a good training plan for San Fran that was not going to cost me a fortune.

I would like a run coach, but I just flat out do not have the money for that as much as I want it.

And then I received an email from The San Francisco Marathon with some pretty amazing news.

All registered runners for The San Francisco Marathon series of events will get four free months of elite training unnamedwith Run Keeper. And that gives you access to all of the Run365 training plans. Run365 is the official training group for the marathon and they currently host training groups in the bay area to help runners prepare for the events.

This gives those of us that are out of the area some of the same tools that they have. The only downside for me is I have a Windows Phone and Run Keeper and Windows dont mix. But I can still use the training plan and stuff on line to trac

I am thinking I am going to do the 12 week plan or start the 16 week plan a week or two late. But to have these tools at my disposal is a huge load off my shoulders.

I have said it before, I have nothing but love for The San Fransisco Marathon. My experiences last year changed me, and they do everything that they can to make the experience better for the runners. This is a brand new huge perk.

Remember, use TSFM2015Bonnie to save 25.00 on your entry fee.

The San Fransisco Marathon

Note: I am a 2015 SF Marathon Ambassador. My opnions are truly my own.

The Namesake of this Blog #thankyouJimmy @jimmyjacobsx

Warning: This is not going to be a running blog. If you are coming to read a running blog entry, I will see you next time.

If you know anything about me remotley, you know the only thing I adore as much as running is professional wrestling. My mom raised me on it since I was a baby as it was an all day tradition for her dad to sit and watch old school wrestling on the weekends. She remembers it being on TV for as long as she can remember.

In the last couple years my love for wrestling has been waning quite a bit. I do not know if I was growing out of 1908013_10152424437877288_809481170912033437_nit, or if the evolution which a lot of my fellow wrestling fans have talked about just kind of lost me.

When I was in OKC for my first marathon, the night before the marathon I had my first chance to watch Ring of Honor. All of my friends had talked about how good ROH was but due to the fact Portland never carried it, it was the first time I ever got to watch it.

And I finally got excited about wrestling again.

I remember the first time I caught him. He was doing a promo with Kevin Steen, and he did not say a word in the entire promo, but his facial expressions and everything he did managed to capture my attention. I now adore Kevin but for some reason I could not take my eyes off of him. He was telling a story and stealing the show.

I learned quite quickly, the talent was Jimmy Jacobs.

As I learned about him, I realized in some ways our journey had mirrored. I to this day have people trying to kill my dreams, explain to me all the reasons things can’t happen. But yet for some reason I kept going. Jimmy was the same way, his size and stature sometimes stood in the way of him making it to the big time. There had been other things too, but he never gave up and he always showed passion for the thing that he loved.

Jimmy made me excited for wrestling again. But watching his passion inspired me.

I remember meeting Jimmy for the first time when I was in Baltimore for FitBloggin and ROH had Survival of the Fittest and he had me shell shocked. I was shy and a complete wreck. I freely admit I have never been the best in social situations so. We also developed a very long standing Words with Friends battle (that still continues)

Then Jimmy started to make the Oregon trips for the WCWC last year. And if you haven’t read my blog, the last couple years have been intense with my dads health issues so I would go to the events just to take that break from reality. The matches where insane, and I would so get into them, it was always reminding me why I love wrestling.

It was always akward because I was going to wrestling events on my own (because none of my local friends are wrestling fans)

Jimmy knew a bit of what was going on and always made it a point to leave me with a smile on my face even if he was in a hurry to get out of there. There was always a hug for me, or just a moment. He also was always supportive as I was training through SF. (Somewhere out there, I have a photo of the two of us with my finisher medal) Even though at times I really felt out of place, he always made sure I felt like I belonged and was welcome.

When I stepped out on my own with the blog, the name Zombie Running Princess came as a spin off from him.

Jimmy just fought his last match as he makes the next step in his career. And I just wanted to take a public second to say thank you. Thank you for inspiring me, thank you for always making it a point to leave me with a smile and a great memory, thank you for sharing your passion with the world.

It All Starts With Heart

It All Starts With Heart.

As I am sitting here sick, the reality hits me that its been very close to three years to the day that we lost one of the most influential people in my early struggles to take control of my mental and physical health.

I do not even remember how I found out about the Cardio Coach program. I think I was looking for something I could do outside the world of being with my trainer. The Cardio Coach program was a set of at the time CD’s to walk you through the drudgery that was cardio.

The program was headed by coach Sean O’Mallley (AKA Cardio Coach). Sean was an amazingly talented and motivating trainer when you listen to him on the discs. He truly had a grasp of how much machine workouts had been a challenge, and the work outs had always been meant to be doable but leave you screaming for air later.

But it did not begin to describe how special of a man Sean was.

I have not made it a secret that the first couple years of my journey had been rough. Very few people realize how rough it was for me. I was the master of self-sabotage, and I was defiantly dealing with the mental side of taking control of my health. I did not think I was worthy of being healthy, I didn’t understand why my journey was so tough hense, I wanted to quit frequently. Often, I was depressed, and was dealing with things I did not even begin to understand.

Sean was always available via e-mail to talk about workouts, talk about struggles and to support me through whatever was going on. If my trainer was being a butt, he would be the one to give me the other side of the story and talk me through why things had not been working. Sometimes it would be a matter of telling me to suck it up, that he believed in me, and I just needed to keep going head first through the storm. We never met face to face, but he would always be one of the few I knew I could say anything to. He knew probably more then anyone how rough it was on me, and how much I was trying to overcome.

When I first started running; Sean was the number two person behind me other then my own trainer, telling me he

Always my "other" coach Sean O'Malley.

Always my “other” coach Sean O’Malley.

believed in me. He sent me a Cardio Coach care package, including shirts to wear, CD’s to sell to help with my fundraiser. He wanted me to know that I will always have a Cardio Coach family behind me.

What I never realized is Sean was dealing with many mental and physical health issues behind the scenes. You would of never suspected when talking to him, because it was always all about his clients, all about what he could do to help them find their way. The only thing I ever heard from him is “I believe in you” “You have this handled”

March 25th 2012, Sean took his own life, right before I ran my first full marathon. Sean was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), from playing contact sports. CTE was responsible for the dark thoughts he was suffering through, the inability to remember certain dates, the fact he could not remember his own age. CTE stole his joy, his desire to live and ultimately lead to him taking his life.

I always make it a point to take Sean out for a run at least a few times a month. I might not do the workout, but being able to have his voice out there, reminding me that “It All Starts With Heart” or reminding me that I have the choice of “being a lion or a gazelle.”

His Cardio Coach legacy lives on with his group of Press Play Athletes who continue to run, walk and ride in his memory. We always talk about how he joined us on the workout, even if its just a memory of his voice when we are outside enjoying our cardio, a dove that sits on the fence, or if its just a reminder of how awesome Ole’ Miss Sports are (but he did always give me grief for being a Sooner with webbed feet) I know we will continue to push on. Because he truly taught us “It All Starts With Heart.”

I will always miss you Coach!