So remember that time I ran Iron Girl last year? I’m doing it again!! The fantastic people for Iron Girl reached out to me to inquire if I was interested in attending the race and their inaugural Wellness Weekend and I was like, “Um…yeeeeah!”
Fitness. Lawd. I just…man, you know what? I’ve really gotta get it together this year. Here’s the thing. In 2014 I ran a total of 10 races. Yes y’all. Me. This never been an athlete in her life chick joined Black Girls Run and…was a black girl that ran. Pretty freaky stuff. But I’ve got A LOT to do including dropping a loooot of weight and quitting the “OMGGGG, I don’t have time because I work full time and my husband travels and I’m a mom” excuses.
So. I’ve been getting it in. Very excited to bounce back on board with my Makeup Wars sisters as we highlight some of our favorite workout approved cosmetics.
I did it, girls. I smashed the Iron Girl 5K last weekend in Clearwater, Florida. If you’re not familiar with the race, Iron Girl is a race for women. And women only. Of the 6 races that I’ve ever participated in, this has been, by far, my favorite. You don’t know girl power until you see thousands and thousands of women running beside you, cheering for you and reaching their goals WITH you. It’s a beautiful thang and I was so honored that Iron Girl provided me with a press pass to attend and run this race.
According to Iron Girl, their mission is “to Empower Women Toward a Healthy Lifestyle!” (source). It’s a mission that I totally get behind and as long as I am able, I will always make it my duty to do at least one Iron Girl event a year. The Iron Girl event series features several events each year and the Clearwater Half Marathon & 5K held on April 13th was the first event to launch their season.
Some races you participate in and then you move on. From the minute you sign up for an Iron Girl race, you are a part of the sisterhood. And they don’t stop letting you know this. From the sweet paraphernalia to the amount of support you get on race day, look no further than the Iron Girl for your first race.
And when I tell you ORGANIZED, oh my…this event was by far one of the most organized races that I’ve ever participated in. The volunteers were incredibly nice and helpful, and the registration table was easy to spot. Women from all over (and the men that support them) travel from all over to run the Iron Girl in Clearwater because it is such a stunning race.
The weather was a cool 72 degrees and while going over the bridge, down it and over it again wasn’t easy, I was so amazed to see so many women, mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, running buddies of all shapes and sizes crossing the FINISH line. And seeing signs like this from the guys reppin’ The Best Damn Race didn’t hurt either…
The MC steadily congratulated everyone who crossed over and we were all greeted with a stunning medal.
I always joke and say that I really only run for cookies and medals but it really does feel good. Every time I felt like quitting, I looked over and saw another woman pushing it and that’s what motivated me. Although, yeah…downing food is a good motivator, too.
The race made sure that us racers were well hydrated and fed proceeding the race. They offered a full breakfast with scrambled eggs, bagels, fruit, sausages, biscuits and a very yummy strawberry shortcake. The latter was completely random but definitely appreciated.
For more information, visit the Iron Girl’s website and follow them via their social media networks so you can jump on board when registration opens up again.
I feel like such a lame-o for just now wearing this lipstick. I purchased MAC’s RiRi Woo – I dunno…months ago! And I really only purchased it because so many of my beauty blogger friends were raving over it. And I fell for the hype.
Which is funny because I’ve never been one to fall over MAC, the brand or Rihanna, the artist. But the lippy arrived and I didn’t touch it. Until a few weeks ago when Grandmama Clumps and I ran a 5K.
I was inspired by the gorgeous Tracee Ellis Ross who wears red lipstick when she works out. And just like that, the stunning RiRi Woo lipstick has become my #1 workout lippy.
And you can see why, right? This limited edition cool matte of a red lipstick rocks my socks. Every few years, I run across a red lipstick that I fall in love with and it looks like this red is the one. In fact, any time I run a race, I’ll be wearing this one.
Yep. Some girls run with tutus. Others run with lucky socks. And then there will be me. I will run with red lipstick.
I know. You’re all like…”Seriously B? What is it with you and these color runs?” I can’t help it. I run races, but truthfully, I kinda hate running. Sounds crazy, I know but I really only do it for the bling. Yeah, I do it for health too but if I’m going to run a race, I would much rather run a FUN one. And color races are some kind of fun.
This is my first time hearing about The Flavor Run and while it is coming up in just a few weeks, you still have some time to register if you’re interested in joining me on April 26th!
But if you think you’ve seen all there is to see when it comes to color runs, you haven’t seen anything yet. The Flavor Run is unique in that you can actually eat the fruity dust. Yeah, go ahead and act all adult and say “Ewwww!” Personally, I am all over this as the stuff is already flying in your mouth. It’s nice to be able to have some fruity goodness behind it.
Aaaand, not only that but those who cross the FINISH line will be rewarded with a medal and a helpful supply of fruit. Like, REAL fruit. Scoooore! For more information about Do’s/Don’ts of the race, check out their Flavor Questions Answered. Not near Orlando? Keep your eyes peeled, Atlanta and Tampa. The Flavor Run will be coming your way soon!
Stay connected to The Flavor Run’s Facebook page for updates, race pics and details.
Yo. So I am all over running races. It is just a wee bit of an addiction. I’ve gone as far as to run 2 races in a weekend and sign myself up for races that aren’t for months and months. I figure this “get fit” thing has to be some kind of fun and so doing races is my way of enjoying it. Kinda.
When I was offered the opportunity to score a pass for the Color Me Rad run here in Orlando on March 30th, I jumped at it. Because…obviously. A fun 5K that involves a ton of rainbow dust, loud music and doesn’t involve a huge clock that will track my time? DONE!
By the way…I took all of these pictures with my iPhone. If they look a bit gritty, don’t judge a sista, ok?
There are many color runs that are held in cities nationwide and since this is my first one, I can’t compare Color Me Rad to any other run. What I can do is give you fellow runners and non-runners an idea if this is the kind of race for you.
The short answer is YES! For $50, those that register for this race get a race bib, t-shit (and a VERY cool t-shirt, at that), RAD tattoo, sunglasses and a sticker. More than anything, though, you’re paying for the experience and had this race been around when I was in elementary, middle or high school, I would have sooooo tried to convince my parents to let me run. I would have also done it with my college girlfriends and boyfriends. That’s just it. This race is so much fun at all ages and I think many non-athletes will appreciate how carefree and FUN it is. In fact, many people didn’t run at all. They casually walked with friends and chatted.
So, let’s get down to the details. What to expect at Color Me Rad…
Color Me Rad operates on a wave system. When you register, you sign up for a time and that’s when you head to the Start line. And that’s when the madness begins. Things like this happen at the Start line…
You get to chattin’ with strangers and watchin’ them toss color bombs all over each other. It’s good time to be had and this is all before the race even starts. Unlike many races, Color Me Rad is NOT timed. I love this idea. I tend to be pretty competitive but I love not having to worry about meeting my personal record. I ran with a gal pal who keeps me motivated and so we did run but it was great not having to worry about beating a certain time.
Every half of a mile or so Color Me Rad has a color station set up that blast with you different colors of colored cornstarch or colored water. I am clearly a 7-year old trapped in a 29-year old’s body because I loved this part.
And at the end of each wave (and several times during), at a stage an MC will pass out color bombs to every one, a countdown begins and folx toss the bombs all over the air. Best.time.ever. It has been forever since I’ve bounced up and down with my hands in the air begging for free t-shirt. But it was a fantastic time. And I would so do it again.
-When registering, you save money by signing up as a team.
-Color Me Rad is ALL kinds of high energy. Lots of music and lots of excitement.
-Registration at the event was super easy.
-Parking was well laid out (this may vary at different locations).
-The post-run party is a lot of fun with the chance to score a ton of freebies.
-Staff was helpful and plentiful.
-Bottles of water and snacks greet you at the Finish line.
-The colored cornstarch removes easily from skin, clothes and hair.
-The race wasn’t mapped out so well. We got lost around certain parts.
-We didn’t receive our post-run color bomb.
-There aren’t any medals.
-The course was far less than 5K. In fact, I tracked it on my GPS and it was only 2.60 miles.
But hey, you know what? The cons are practically forgettable as I think anyone that participates in this race will have an amazing time. They will be at a ton of locations in the U.S. Sign up today!
Disclaimer: I received a press pass for this event but all opinions are my own.
…I ran it! And it was awesome. Seriously. I had such an incredible time running that race. And this is all kind of crazy, because, hello…I’m not the running type.
Granted, runners don’t have a “type” but I don’t think I have the outwardly appearance of someone who could run. I’ve got awkward flat feet. My thighs rub together. I’ve got ginormous boobs that have to get tied down with TWO bras and I when I run, I breathe heavily; I don’t have a breathless stride with brief puffs of air. But you know what?
I don’t even care. Because at least I’m running. I wasn’t running last year so I try to provide myself with plenty of “You go girl”s.
My first post-baby 5K was excellent – mainly because I didn’t have a goal. Well, I take that back. My goal was to complete. And I did. I ran with a girlfriend of mine and we decided to do 1-minute run/1-minute walk intervals the entire way. This was great for me as I was able to control my breathing better and looked forward to the breaks. At the end of each break, I mustered up everything in me to run. My stride could use some work, but I think that’s because I need new shoes.
But I won’t be getting new shoes until I run another race. That’s right, at the end of every race, I reward myself with something. At the end of this one, I got a heart rate monitor watch. And I’m loving it! I’m just getting back in town from NYC and haven’t run all week (except during work when I got caught in a rain storm and got SOAKED) but I am so looking forward to it this weekend.
I’ve got another 5K at the end of March and that will be another fun run except I think I’m going do run 2-minutes/walk -minute intervals. By Spring, I would love to be able to run an entire 5K without stopping. I’ve found fantastic support in my local Black Girls Run group and between them and the local running stores in Orlando, I’ve been feeling the love.
I’ll keep you guys updated! Oh, and I’ve lost a total of 6 lbs with Weight Watchers. Totally thought I would have lost more but I have lost 3 inches on my waistline so heyyyyy…progress is good, right?
Guess who joined Weight Watchers?! Meeee! And the cool thing is, I’ll be blogging about my experience the entire time. I actually started last week but that was more of a dry run. It was hard, y’all. I’ve been on many weight loss challenges before and this is proving to be the most difficult because I am a breastfeeding mother. I express on average 60-70 oz of breast milk (through a breast pump) a day and aside from it being draining, it makes me incredibly ravenous. Breastfeeding burns a ton of calories and in return, moms HAVE to steadily nourish themselves. Weight Watchers is the only weight loss program that I’ve ever heard of that actually has a track for nursing moms.
I actually gained a pound from last week. Opps! I’m not worried. There will be up’s and down’s and I’m ready for ‘em. I will even unveil my current size and where I’m looking to go.
So I’m 213 lbs. This is NOT baby weight as I was actually 216 before I gave birth to Elle. I only gained 9 lbs during my pregnancy and quickly lost it all. I am not embarrassed at being 5’6 and 213. Is it an ideal weight? No. But is it fixable? Absolutely. I am human and of course I have insecurities but I have always felt that I looked like I weigh less than I do. I toggle between a size 12/14 but I just happen to have a solid build. I will never be a small girl because I’m an amazon woman. I’ve got big thighs and legs and so when it comes to loosing weight, I like to set realistic goals for myself. I recently had a physical at my midwife’s office and my BP and cholestrol numbers are in healthy ranges, so really it’s just my weight that’s an issue. I have no intentions of being a size 2 and I don’t think my body would let me be a size 2 anyway. But weighing less would put me in healthier ranges and in a happier disposition so I’m all for it!
This will be the biggest weight loss challenge yet. Trying to find the time to workout, battling the cravings and trying to stay satiated through breastfeeding will be tough but I can do it! I will also be giving you the ins and outs of the very cool Weight Watchers online program. Stay tuned for next week’s update!
Got any healthy snack or workout tips for me? Moms who have breastfed and tried to loose weight, I would love some advice from you!
*I have received a free 3-month pass to experience Weight Watchers online. I am not being paid to use or endorse Weight Watchers and thoughts are my own. People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.