Color Day!!

In MAY The Color Run made an announcement that they would be bringing their race series to the Tampa area in December. I immediately signed up my entire clan and for the past month or so the anticipation was really building in our house!  I run a lot of races, but do 99% of them alone (or with friends.) But once a year, we do a family 5K. This was our 2012 Family 5K and we were EXCITED! And then bird flu hit our house hard Cry  By Thursday it was obvious that at least 2 of the kids weren't going to be able to do the run and since an adult needed to stay with them, and I am the runner in the house, I decided it would be dad that would stay home Wink Thankfully I was able to quickly and painlessly sell our 3 extra registrations (and kudos to the Color Run folks who would have refunded me my $$ if I had not been able to sell them.)

Ella was the one child that was well enough to go with me! I woke her up at 6am, we quickly got dressed and went out for breakfast. We arrived in St. Pete around 7:15am and had plans to meet up with some of the Tampa Bay Bloggers at 8am. Traffic was BAD! So even though we got there early, it took us a long time to park. We decided to consider today our Mommy/Ella date day!

We made it over to the Christmas Tree at Straub Park and found our friends and together we started over towards the start line!

The color was really pretty cool. It was cornstarch though in such large amounts it still did bother the eyes, nose, and throat. I was glad I had brought bandanas for me and Ella, though she didn't really wear hers too much. The 3 miles went FAST! There was only one water station and by the time we got there Ella was very thirsty! Going through the course I noticed more people walking than running, and some of those that were running were pretty aggressive, like they thought it was timed or something Wink

There were 4 color stations: Pink, Blue, Orange and Yellow. Orange was Ella's favorite station!


We had a great time walking the course with my friends and her two son's. It was really neat to see all the costumes, and how much fun everyone was having!

Ella and I both agreed that we would do it again!

We hung around for a little while and watched a "Color Bomb" go off and Ella played on the playground, but then we were hungry so we decided it was time to head home! We stopped at Evos for lunch (YUM!!) and made it home by 1pm! It was a wonderful 7 hours of quality time with my middle child.

I need to think about having a 5K date day with each of my kids in addition to the yearly Family 5K.

Do you have a race that you like to run together with your kids? Which one?

I'd also like to give a huge high 5 to my new race camera, the Panasonic DMC-TS20K. It's waterproof, dust proof, mud proof, and sweat proof, so expect a LOT more race day pics!!



5 Steps to Motivation-Come to Jesus Friday

In this Come To Jesus Vlog I discuss the 5 steps to FINDING your motivation. They are:

1) Ask yourself "why." Why do you want to do whatever it is that you want to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Why do you want to stop smoking? Why do you need to clean your kitchen? Some of the answers are easier to find than others.

2) Let the anticipation build. Once you decide to do whatever it is you need to do, let yourself get excited about. Don't start right away.

3) Tell your friends and family your goal(s). Tell ANYONE and EVERYONE that will listen. They will help to keep you accountable. Put as many people on your "team" as you can!

4) Start small. Don't bite off more than you can chew. When I started my journey I didn't announce "hey I want to lose 212 pounds." I started S.M.A.L.L. I didn't know how much I wanted to lose, I didn't know how many miles I eventually wanted to run. I just knew that I had to do something, so I started small. 15 minutes on the bike. Exercise first, diet later. Not biting off more than I could chew, so to speak.

5) Think about the benefits, not the challenges. There were some pretty big obstacles in front of me in losing a significant amount of weight but I didn't think about them. I thought about the BENEFITS of losing weight, about the benefits of exercise, about the benefits of eating a more healthy diet, and everything fell into place.

And to quote Jedi Master Yoda "you must unlearn all you have learned." You must retrain you mind and your body.

Happy Friday!