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I recently came across a website that I would describe as nothing short of amazing. A website committed to clothing that is full of color! It’s pretty self explanatory if you ask me… it’s www.welovecolors.com
It’s a website full of both every day and workout items that are brightly colored and created to make you smile! You can get multi colored tights, sports bras, and heck even mini dresses! I remember the first time I really saw my first pair of brightly colored running shoes. I was at the Susan G. Komen 5K in Cleveland and a girl, running much faster than I, ran past me and I couldn’t help but to think “WHOA cool shoes girl!” and I am pretty sure I said it out loud but like I said she was running pretty fast so I am almost positive she didn’t hear me and now brightly colored running shoes are a staple in most runner’s closets I know and their workout gear is often just as bright and just as fun as the shoes they have on.
And now we have runs dedicated to color and fun like The Color Runs, Color me Rad, Run or dye and I am sure there are more I don’t even know about. Colors and running go together like peas and carrots or for me celery and peanut butter. Colorful workout great kind of scream “I’m awesome- yay” and who doesn’t want clothes that scream how awesome they are.
So that experience, combined with my love of running and my love of colors, led me to to brightly colored sneakers (I love the word sneakers) and now brightly colored and amazing pants!
I mean seriously check these babies out! Who looks cool?
I DO! I DO! These pants are super comfortable and pretty think which is nice for running Ohio in the fall. I got a size medium which is my normal size and they are “snug” which I expected out of this type of material but the quality is great and has held up really well in my washer as well! I haven’t put them on the dryer at all but I don’t dry very many pieces of my clothing!
And while it is all fun to brag about my awesome pants, the good news is what you can also have awesome pants! We Love Colors has given me the opportunity to provide up to $50 of free merchandise to you! That’s right- you can win a $50 credit and you can pick out what awesome merchandise you would like to rock!
I was provided free product to review by We Love Colors and was able to provide the merchandise credit to an Engaged and Running reader. All opinion expressed are my own.
I haven’t mentioned to the group yet that I am trying something new for 30 days (end of week 2 now) and that thing is that I am going to go meatless for 30 days… I’m not really saying vegetarian because I am going to eat fish and eggs which some would argue is not vegetarian at all so I’ll just stick to the term “meatless” and honestly… it’s going really well!
First, you probably want to know WHY I am doing this? I don’t necessarily have a medical condition that is requiring me to do it and while I totally respect and appreciate those that do it for personal beliefs about killing animals that’s not really my reasoning either (although I do think it is a bonus).
After looking up some things online I did find some articles around these Health Benefits
(people would argue these- I totally get it. I agree with them but I am by NO MEANS saying that anyone else has to agree with them! Studies change and vary all of the time and I won’t argue it either way I am simply saying that I believe in these things)
Helps my heart: although I was never big on fatty red meats it happened and people argue that those fatty red meats is one of the biggest killers in women because of heart disease. Yea no thanks.
Shrink Cancer Risk: they are constantly arguing that there is a connected between meat and cancer and if that is even remotely true I don’t want any part in that.
Fingers crossed it lowers my cholesterol: for those of you that have followed a few for a bit you are well aware that while it sucks to admit it, I have high cholesterol. Like really high. I read this (http://engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/jeff-walters-engine-2-nup/) blog online about a guy that stopped eating meat in an effort to lower his cholesterol and well it worked. He did A LOT of other stuff too including reducing alcohol intake and eating virtually no processed foods and since I am not a big drinker and I don’t eat a ton of processed foods (but let’s be honest, I would need to completely giving up my gummy addiction to really do this) I figure this added component to the daily diet couldn’t hurt.
And the first reason that really got me going on this track to want to try it for 30 days was just overall digestion. I’ve always struggled with being regular (oooo I like how we can tip-toe around saying poop) and while I don’t know that the elimination of meat will help with that I do know that the added amount of fruit and more importantly veggies will help that. And thus far… it is working. The increase amount of fiber is important to me and really helps me feel better.
Feeling Better=Happier Jaci
So one of the questions I have been asked in the past 2 weeks is where are you getting your protein from? Whether or not this article is completely fact based is up to you to determine (http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php) but it makes some sense to me. It seems that as long as I am intaking enough calories during the day of the right kinds of foods, I should be just fine. I eat whole wheat bread, tofu. Brown rice, peanut butter, and oatmeal so I think I’ll be ok. But absolutely I will keep an eye on that.
Plus, because I have been doing early morning runs I am also having a few more protein supplement shakes during the week.
The best news about this?! I have been trying some different and DELICIOUS recipes so I’ll be sure to share those!
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If you have been following for a while, you know I have a love and appreciation for Susan G. Komen and all of the events that they put on, specifically the Race For The Cure 5K events that they host nationwide.
And this past weekend was the Akron Race For The Cure. This was my 2nd time running this race in Akron (last year was my first year in Akron and the year before I was in Cleveland and then Cleveland before then again) and it was even better than it was for its first year last year. More people. More support. More attention. More love. Just more of a good thing.
This is the race every year that I consider to be like my race. It’s the race where I try to get low numbers. Where I try to run faster and harder than I have the race before. It’s the race where I literally say out loud to myself “this is your race Jaci, get it” and this year… I GOT IT!
I hit my 5K PR yesterday with a finish of 28:19. Some of you fast runners out there are probably saying what, is this girl crazy I can run that in my sleep at that pace but trust me for me this was a feat. I’ve been doing 5K races now for 2 years and I finally got it so now I have a new goal and that is to finish under 28. I suppose one good thing about starting at a slower speed is that you can only get faster! But I am super proud of myself and feel like I pushed my body to do more. To be better. And I just like how that feels.
PLUS PLUS this year we had 2 runners that were BRAND NEW to races and this was their very first 5K. My aunt-in-law Chris (is that a thing?) and a friend and fellow crossfitter Brenda. They both did AMAZING and finished strong and felt great afterward. There is nothing more inspiring in my mind than to see people taking themselves to the next level and accomplishing something new. The amount of pride and self-worth that you can see in someone’s eyes when this happens… well it is just priceless.
PLUS PLUS PLUS my mom also ran this race! Any race that I get to run with my mom is a real treat for me. We have lots in common but this is one of my favorite things that we have in common because I feel like it just pushes us both to do something outside of our comfort zone which just brings us closer to together and honestly I think shows our strength as individuals and women.
That came out a lot deeper than I thought it would. Thought of the day I guess!
So between it being one of my favorite races, hitting a PR, AND running with not only my mom but two beautiful and inspiring women, it does without saying but it was truly a GREAT day.
So tell me this,
Who is your favorite running buddy?? Doesn’t have to be human! Leave me a comment and tell me below!
Enjoy some photos of our great day below!