Push Away the Screen: Women's Running Series 5K St. Pete

Getting up before dawn might not seem like fun to a lot of people, but when the end result is bling, it's well worth it!

My daughter's and I had the opportunity to participate in the Women's Running Series 5K race in St. Petersburg, FL on November 24, 2013. It was a chilly morning, and Haley was tired! Ella was excited and ready to race.

I have done this race twice before, but the 1/2 marathon and I did it alone. I had made a 2013 New Years Resolution that I would run more 5K races with my kids and this was our 10th race together THIS YEAR!!

The race started at 7am, and we arrived by 5:30am so we had quite a bit of time to wait. We parked a little distance away so we could warm up our legs (and kill some time!!) then we walked around the grounds.

We found this super fun sign and I made the girls stand in front of it. They have no idea who Ryan Gossling is.

We worked our way towards the start line and I was happy that we were placed in Corral 1. There were THOUSANDS of women behind us, and being up front gave me hope that I wouldn't lose my little girls among the throws of people. Haley was finally awake and excited to start the race. Ella was excited, but not to have her sister hanging on her!


I reminded my girls about the rules of the road and to stay to the right so that the faster runners could pass us. We were literally right up against the fence. Too bad a lot of those runners didn't remember the rules themselves as we got bumped and pushed despite there being plenty of space for them to pass us the proper way. #racefail

We warmed up quickly and I heard "Hi Jenny" from Genna Beth from R is for Running. She was running the 1/2 marathon and quickly passed us.

The girls and I made a pledge to stay together for as long as we could, though we promised if we got separated we'd stop and wait at each mile marker sign for each other.  Ella loves to run, Haley loves to walk, and I'm a wogger (walk/jog.) It wasn't long until Haley started walking, Ella started running, and I was wogging. But we all met up at Mile 1.


And then we got split up again, but I was in the middle so I could see Ella in front of me, and when I turned around I could see Haley behind me.

There was a water/gatorade/GU station just after mile 1 (why GU on a 5K course??) and since I knew my kids would be thirsty, I also ran with a water bottle. And I'm glad I did. They needed more than just that one water station.

We saw our friend Raffi from Running Betty around mile 1.5 and she snapped photos of me and Haley. We weren't together, but we posed alike. I have taught her well. Tongue Out

It was shortly after this that I noticed Ella was on the ground about 400 meters in front of me, holding on to her knee and crying. I ran to her as fast as I could, where she said through tears "mama, I tripped and fell and I really hurt my knee." I rolled up her pants, looked at her knee, and thankfully there was no blood, but I could see a little bruising. I kissed her knee, and asked if she needed me to carry her the rest of the race. She stood up, wiped the tears from her face and said "NO MAMA, I GOT THIS" and off she went!!

And then we all met up at Mile 2. Haley sprinted when she saw Ella and I waiting there for her. She was pretty winded! Wink

It was after this mile that the girls and I gave each other a good luck hug and kiss and said we'd wait at the finish line for one another. And off we went! Ella and I paced each other, though Ella sprinted the last 1/4 mile and crossed the finish line first, I was second, and Haley came in 6 minutes behind Ella and I.

I love this photo of Ella. You can just see the determination on her face. And I'm pretty dang proud of her form, too. Not bad for an 8 year old.

Here I am beaming with pride that Ella has done so well. I had crossed the finish line a few seconds behind her.

And my sweet Haley. I've taught her that no matter what, she always needs to run across the finish line. And she did. With a smile on her face and air under her feet.

We all earned our bling and we were so proud of one another!

The girls earned their cookies and I earned my bubbly!


The little ones also wanted a post-race massage (their first one ever!!) and enjoyed having their muscles worked out!

The girls and I had a great time doing this race and will certainly do it again next year. I love that more and more races are giving medals for 5K's. Though my girls wanted to know how old they had to be to earn the "big bling" for the 1/2 marathon. I thought that they had to be 14, but I saw some young girls (and boys) on the course that couldn't have been much older than my two. Perhaps next year we'll attempt the 1/2, though I imagine we'd walk most of it. Tongue Out

Have you ever done a 5K with your kids?

Disclaimer: Women's Running Series compensated me with 5 registrations for this race. 3 for me, and a pair that I gave away to a reader for a mother/daughter team.

Weigh in Wednesday Week 2

Last week I confessed that I knew I had gained some weight and I was going to return to Weight Watchers. I had gained a total of 23 pounds in a course of a year.

I felt pretty amazing being back on plan this week. I was excited to weigh-in this afternoon. I wasn't sure what to expect. I was weighing in AFTER my workout, at 12:15 in the afternoon. I had eaten breakfast, drank lots of water during my workout, and was wearing heavier clothing because it's COLD down here in Florida.

James and the kids are all off from work/school so they wanted to come with me since I'm driving a beautiful Audi Q7 from Reeves Import Motorcars for the next few days. This meant that I couldn't stay for my meeting. Undecided Which meant that if I had a loss I wouldn't get to celebrate in the meeting and that's one of the things that I enjoy most about Weight Watchers. They stayed in the car and in I went. I took off my shoes, and my hoodie, and stepped on the scale.

I was beside myself when I saw the loss!

-6.6 pounds in ONE WEEK!! Surprised I earned my first 5 pound star and got a bravo sticker, too Laughing

When I first started Weight Watchers back in April, 2009 my first weigh-in was a loss of 7.4 pounds but I was 285 pounds when that happened!! I wasn't expecting such a big loss when I am a fraction of that weight now. 

But should I be surprised?

What did I do right??

  • I tracked all my foods, including 0P+ fruits and veggies
  • I kept a lot of pre-cut fruits and veggies in the fridge which made it really easy for me to grab and go
  • I measured all my meats, and beans (love my Weight Watchers measuring spoons)
  • I did NOT eat out ONCE.
  • I drank at least 100 ounces of water per day
  • I used my handy dandy Polar Loop to track all my steps and activity level and on average had 15,000 steps per day. Those steps really add up!
  • I was ACTIVE!! I worked out 5 days including running a 5K with my daughters on Sunday. I earned 66 Activity Points for the week and didn't eat any of them. I also had 46 Weekly Points left, so I totally stayed within my daily points target.

What could I improve on??

Honestly I don't think there was much to improve on this week (well, maybe getting some more sleep.) I listened to my body, to my hunger cues and I was active.

6.6 down 16.4 to go!


I hope you all have an amazing week and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Color Run is coming to Clearwater and a Discount Code!

Last December Ella and I had the opportunity to do our first ever color themed run-The Color Run. We had an AMAZING time. Seriously. We loved it so much!

I was curious if they'd come back to St. Pete (it was a wonderful venue, but there were some challenges) so I wasn't all that surprised when I heard that they'd be re-locating the race to Clearwater.

Participating in The Color Run is such an amazing experience. Why?


With no winners or official times, The Color Run celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality, bringing the community together to create a five-kilometer canvas of colorful fun in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer.


“We call The Color Run the ‘happiest 5K on the planet’ because our events bring together friends and family in a unique, healthy, and fun environment,” said Travis Snyder, founder of The Color Run. “Our only rules are that people wear white and prepare to be covered in color at the finish!”


The Color Run visited over 50 cities last year with more than 600,000 participants, a feat following their first event in January of 2012. They plan to make 2013 a stellar year, launching more than 170 events with well over 1 million participants.


“Color Runners,” as they are called, vary in demographics and reasons for running. With no winners or official times, The Color Run caters to anyone – first time runners to professional athletes. Over 60 percent of Color Runners are first-time 5k runners and participate as a celebration and capstone of their healthy living accomplishments. I think that's just pretty dang awesome!! Any activity that can get someone up and moving has got my vote!


 How would you like to participate in The Color Run? How would you like to do it with a discount code??

Use the promo code COLOR5OFF for $5 off a registration to ANY city. You must type in the code, do not copy/paste and it must be entered at the time of registration, cannot be retro-applied. You can search to see if The Color Run is coming to a city near you here: http://thecolorrun.com/events

Will I see you at the Clearwater event on January 26, 2014?? You can find out more information about the Clearwater location here: http://thecolorrun.com/clearwater/2014-01-26/

Here is a video of what fun you can have at The Color Run:

Disclaimer: The Color Run is providing me and my gang with race registrations in exchange for promoting their event.


Have you ever participated in The Color Run??