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ZRP Random Musings: New Shoes, letting go, and not inspiring

Ready for another Appletini drinking session or to engage into some ZRP tickle butt?

(Yes I am engaging my wrestling loving side again.)

First things first. I have been dealing with tight hip issues lately and I found the bottom of the problem. It was shoes! I was kind of thinking it was shoes but was not certain but I took advantage of going to see my friends at Road Runner Sports and I was defiantly in the wrong shoes. The last couple runs since I got refitted have been my strongest in a long time. I really feel like it might be coming back together. I am in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline and they are my game changers. I feel like training for the marathon might be back on the right track.

And now for the more deep stuff.

A little look at my run from today.
Someone who for sake of this conversation can and should remain nameless called me an inspiration for working on my 6th marathon. I don’t do well with the word inspiration. Maybe I have never seen myself as one because I feel like the turtle that is calm and tranquil under water but I am just paddling. But after the last conversation said person also helped in their own way help me realize that I am chasing what scares me, what pushes me outside my comfort zone. Yes I have ran marathons before, but it feels like I am starting from scratch because its been so long since I have done it, and I for one know how hard SF is. And I have thoughts about what is next but I am not sure where its all going to go.

Call it chasing my unicorns if you will. If I inspire someone because of it that is amazing. Its never going to be a picture perfect journey. For me this is the continued chapters of me following my heart. I still don’t know if I will ever get used to being called an inspiration but it goes back to something that I do not

If you have followed me the last few months you have heard me talk about the fact that I have stepped back from most of my ambassadorships this year just keeping my hands on a couple where the work load was a lot more manageable. It has been a-ma-zing for me. I am so much happier and I don’t feel like I am chasing my tail so much. I am running less this year but I am more focused on running for me and getting back to my strong side. And I am still volunteering for things but I am taking on stuff that fills my bucket. But I went to my first group running event a few weeks ago and it was amazing. I actually got to be social and hang out.

I have had a lot of people talking to me about the last couple random musings blog. I just want to add this. The journey some of us are on is not about a healthy lifestyle. Some of us do not want to be skinny, some of us just want to be happy in our own bodies.

I have more going in my head that might have to be a second musings later. But there is a cat who needs me.

ZRP Musings: Can we not find balance? #fitfluential #runchat

Time to pull up an Appletini….

Yes I said Appletini.

(If you know me as a wrestling fan, the analogy is well known)

SF Marathon training is going well. I had by far my strongest run in almost ten months this weekend. So I feel like everything is heading in the right direction. Adding OCR training and shaking up my training has been a life saver. I just wish this weather would stop making my allergies so cranky. I am going to do a blog soon on all the things I learned from my foam rolling class because its been helping so much.

If you read my blog from a few weeks ago you realize I had come to a point with my blogging, and being an influencer that I just literally have walked away from trying to be a health and fitness blogger because I was so sick of watching people so sick of watching people making obviously unhealthy decisions and inspiring people to go down that path.

Someone I look up to today was taking grief from others because she wanted to treat herself to the new Unicorn

I wish I could take credit for this. But is was PERFECT for the message I wanted to share here.
Frappuccino. She is an elite athlete who believes in moderation. She does not believe in the idea that exercise is punishment for food. There is no clean eating and not clean eating with her. She loves her body and lives her life.

Why is this not so easy for people to understand?

Actually I get it. Towards late last year I realized that I wanted to be in the same position as other bloggers and I was willing to lose my voice for it. We want to be the image of health and fitness, we want to be that inspiration. I knew better. But I was having the wrong conversation in my head that I was not good enough, not skinny enough or not fast enough.

I just had to remember. I need to be able to be healthy and happy. Chasing a standard. Punishing yourself for bad choices is not.

It is the same thing I was lucky enough to be taught by some amazing people and I get reminded of frequently. The last few weeks have helped me realize that I can re-balance in my eating. I do not need cake every day but having a treat is not bad.

AND THERE IS ZERO REASON TO BEAT YOURSELF OVER TREATING YOURSELF.

There is more.

It is also about listening to your body. Remember the blogger I talked about in the previous blog. While still dealing with stress fractures she ran/walked the Boston Marathon. She was cleared to walk off her crutches last Monday.

REALLY?

You heard me right.

And the thing is so many people are congratulating her. Congratulating her for something that is though impressive, is kind of insane.

Maybe I am not seeing it.

Ill stand by what I said in the earlier blog. The journey is never easy. But the journey is never black and white.

Giveaway Alert! @OregonZoo Zoo Lights Opening Coming Soon #zoolightspdx

It is not often I skip outside the running world, but this is such an amazing opportunity that I could not pass this up.

It wouldn’t be the holidays in Portland without a visit to the Oregon Zoo’s annual winter festival, ZooLights. As you walk around the zoo, you’ll see a dazzling display of a more than million and half lights, and experience your zoo in a whole new light. ZooLights runs from November 25, 2016 to January 1, 2017.

Scenes from the 25th Anniversary Oregon Zoo ZooLights, in 2012. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Shervin Hess
Scenes from the 25th Anniversary Oregon Zoo ZooLights, in 2012. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Shervin Hess
Zoolights to me is the holiday highlight of living in Portland. It is truly breath taking to be able to take in all the lights and see all the little kids get the holiday spirit. There is a chance to get traditional holiday food and drink and their will be local school groups performing.

And this year it is bigger and better then ever!:

ZooLights is bigger than ever, with a continuous loop drawing visitors on a glowing, kaleidoscopic walk through the zoo. A carousel has been added, and the train ride, a popular add-on attraction, will once again feature an interactive experience with some favorite seasonal characters near the Family Farm.

The only thing you really need to be aware of is its night time so there will not be a lot of animals viewable. But to me, every time I have been there it feels like a wonderland.

Things you need to know:
Special “value nights” during the first three weeks offer visitors a chance to experience ZooLights for less.
Timed train tickets, which reduce train wait times, can be purchased in advance online.
Parking lots tend to fill quickly during ZooLights, so all visitors are encouraged to ride the MAX to the zoo. Guests can show proof of fare at the gate to receive a discount on ZooLights admission (see table below for details), or save time at the gate by pre-purchasing tickets online.
Dates
November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Closed December 24 & 25.
Member preview night is Wednesday, November 23.
Hours
Sunday through Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 5 – 9 p.m.
ZooLights tickets are valid for zoo admission after 4 p.m.
Guests may stay on-grounds for one hour after the gates close.
Trains begin running at 5 p.m., and will continue running as business dictates. Guests are encouraged to walk through ZooLights before riding the train – train lines are often busiest at the beginning of the evening.

You can check out all the details here: Oregon Zoo Zoo Lights

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Race Preview: Race to Remember Veterans Race at Fort Vancouver #runchat #bibchat

As part of Fort Vancouvers annual Veterans Parade, Race to Remember will be hosting their annual 5K and 11K race to help honor the those who have fought for our freedoms.

The parade is in its 30th year. The parade route is around the Fort Vancouver National Site. The parade begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street. The route continues west along Evergreen Blvd, down Fort Vancouver Way, east on 5th street, ending past the Pearson Air Museum. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks and grass areas all along the parade route. It will feature more then 120 entries and 2,500 participants.

14469696_1320258137984608_6173739107008941104_nThe race itself offers a 5K and 11k distance and will start on the parade route and then takes the land bridge before heading for the Columbia River (for those who know the area, yes this means you will be going down the infamous land bridge hill, but you will also be going up it as it is an up and back course). The 5K turns around on the waterfront while the 11K goes out to the industrial area before turning around and coming back to the water. Anyone who has ran courses in Vancouver will attest that these are amazing courses.

From Race to the Remember’s website: Race to Remember is a military nonprofit “Race to Remember” is the name of our nonprofit. Race to Remember was founded in 2009 after our founder unexpectedly lost her fiancé Jason Vinyard a 20 year Veteran serving at Ft Vancouver Base. The purpose of our organization is to make sure that our communities Never Forget the sacrifice that our brave men and women of the military made to protect our Freedom.  We currently organize three races, Race to Remember for Veterans Day and Race to Remember for Memorial Day and United We Stand for 9/11. In addition to racing we organize and participate in other events that honor and support our Veterans e.g. military care package drives, Honor Flight flag escorts, veteran moving assistance, as well as providing opportunities for our local youth to better understand the true meaning behind the Veteran Day Holiday. Our ultimate goal is to build partnership with other organizations in our communities and throughout the nation to help us honor and support our past and present Military Heroes as well one day provide a scholarship to the children of the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

I have had the pleasure of working with Race to Remember on several projects. I am excited that this will be my first race for them.

You can find out more about the race here: Veterans Day Race: Race to Remember

#miles4meals The Color Run offers a chance to pay it forward in color

Getting messy to help others?

I am in!

The Color Run is offering an opportunity for participants to help donate three meals to families that may not be able to put food on their tables through their #miles4meals movement this winter.

Commit to running, walking, or however you want to finish a 5K. For 15.00; they will send you a complete 2015 Color Run kit, including a shirt, headband, the Shine medal, and two color packs. They encourage you to take pictures using the #miles4meals hashtag.

For every participant, they will donate three meals to organizations like Three Square Food bank to help people struggling to put food on their table.

From their website:

Get Moving. Give Back. Through our partnerships with charities like Three Square Food Bank we will donate 3 meals to feed those in need on behalf of every runner who takes part in The Color Run Miles for Meals Movement. Not only will you be staying healthy this holiday season, but your 5k will literally feed someone who needs it most for a day. It the best kind of holiday math. 1=3. One 5k. Three meals. Let that put a smile on your face and all those around during your run.

You can find out more here: #miles4meals

The Color Run: Discount Codes and Halloween Sale

I have made it no secret, I am a BIG fan of The Color Run. I love what they bring together. I love how they bring people who might not necessarily be out there on a 5K course out and get them active.

Here is an updated schedule

NEXT SHINE EVENTS
10.30 – DETROIT, MI
11.07 – LITTLE ROCK, AR
11.07 – OAHU, HI
11.14 – MIAMI, FL
11.15 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA
11.21 – ORANGE COUNTY, CA
12.05 – CLEARWATER, FL
01.16 – ORLANDO, FL
01.23 – TEMPE, AZ
02.27 – LAS VEGAS, NV

NEXT NIGHT EVENTS
10.30 – DETROIT, MI
COMING IN 2015
AUSTIN, TX
BATON ROUGE, LA
CHARLOTTE, NC
CHICAGO, IL
CLEVELAND, OH
COLUMBUS, OH
DALLAS, TX
DENVER, CO
GRAND RAPIDS, MI
HOUSTON, TX
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
KANSAS CITY, MO
LANSING, MI
LAS VEGAS, NV

If you click below: You can get 5.00 off any event. Also, they are offering 30 percent off in their Color Run store, which has some cute stuff.

The Color Run

Note: I am a current affiliate for The Color Run. I will receive a commission for anyone who registers on my link. It does not change the fact that I am a huge fan.