Posts Tagged ‘Running’
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.
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!
Have you heard of Color Me Rad yet? It’s a FUN run- like really radically fun- where you get to run FOR something and that something is to have an amazing time and get drenched in color! You’ll leave the race decked out in head to toe with splashes of pink, purple, yellow, blue, and green and I would venture to guess a pretty big smile on your face!
So what do I love about these types of runs? I think it’s a nice reminder that running can (AND IS) fun! It isn’t always about fitness or running from something (insert reason why you run away from somewhere here) but rather about getting together a group of friends and just running. I love that this one can include kids, their parents, their grandparents, and anyone else you can think of. It can bring together people who have never really run a day in their lives with marathon runners that get a thrill from their feet hitting the pavement. It is runs/races like this that, in my mind, bring people of all fitness levels together. Friends. Family. Complete Strangers. You name it.
Not sold on this yet? How about now?
Now they look like they had a great time.
Want to know the BEST news? You can WIN 2 free tickets to this awesome event in Akron, Ohio. That’s right 2… so you can choose your best friend, worst enemy, or the nice girl that checks you out at the grocery store and you can go have the time of your life for FREE. This raffle is for AKRON PARTICIPANTS only so if you are anywhere near the Akron area or want to visit enter to win now! All you need to do to enter is to check out the entry ticket below, show up with a white t-shirt and a friend, and get ready to have a radically colorful time.
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This giveaway will end on July 27 at 12am and as a reminder is for 2 FREE AKRON, OHIO ENTRIES. I will notify the winner via e-mail.
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AND if for some reason you are not the lucky winner, I also can offer 20% entry to 5 readers! So if you are really seriously about the race and want to register IF you don’t happen to win the FREE tickets, enter to win below! It’s very EASY and will only take a minute! I will notify all of the winners via e-mail!
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