Make-A-Wish Illinois' Walk for Wishes 2016


It's time to grant some wishes at this weekend's Walk for Wishes 2016!
Occurring in Elk Grove Village, the event's new Chicagoland location, the walk & run welcomes individuals, families, wish children and corporations to celebrate life and turn dreams into reality for Illinois children with life-threatening diseases. Make a donation, start or join a team, and get ready for a fun time at the Wish Alumni's largest gathering in Illinois!


This family-friendly event is sure to be nothing short of a magical day. With festivities kicking off bright and early at 8am, participants have plenty of time to walk or run, cross that finish line, and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment. Don't forget to sport your best costume!


Get the deets!
What: 5k Walk/Fun Run
When: 8:00am Sunday, September 11th 2016
Where: Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village
Who: Anyone can help grant a wish!
Cost: $30 for adults, $10 ages 2-12, free for children under 2 as well as wish children & their intermediate family
Register: www.walkrunwish.org


As a Chi Omega alumni, I absolutely loved that our philanthropy was the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The feeling of helping a child achieve their wish was bliss. Being active with the organization was honestly one of the top reasons that I choose Chi Omega and couldn't be more proud to be apart of the effort to grant over 13,000 wishes to date. Now that I have graduated, participating in and spreading the word about the foundation's annual Walk for Wishes is a great way to stay connected.


Help spread the word on social media about the event and childhood cancer awareness month by using #Walk4WishesChi and #CCAM!

Can't attend the event but still want to help give a child empowerment? View Make-A-Wish Illinois' list of upcoming events and other ways you can give back!

*All pictures were supplied by Make-A-Wish Illinois

RunDisney's First Virtual Race Was Magical

This summer, RunDisney debuted their first ever virtual race, RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series (try saying that five times in a row). Consisting of three 5k races and the choice to complete all three or a single event, RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series began May 15th and ran until June 30th. Each 5k event lasted a total of 2 weeks each, giving runners plenty of time to complete at their own pace.


Virtual runs are a flexible way to choose when you run, where you run and for how long. For those who are not ready for a full RunDisney race at the parks - or who live too far to visit - the RunDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series gave beginner to advanced runners the perfect opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind event. I signed up for all three 5k events, receiving an extra Series Finisher medal and drink tumbler. 


The RunDisney Shorts medals were huge! With each consisting of it's own unique design, the extra Series Finisher medal included features from all three 5k medals to create one magical Mickey Mouse. I especially liked how 'Summer 2016' marked the top of the Series Finisher medal, commemorating a specific time period.


My favorite part of RunDisney's Virtual Running Shorts Series was having flexibility. My first RunDisney race, the 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend's Enchanted 10k, was back in February. Since then, I have been dying to participate in another RunDisney race before the 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend - read all about my collaboration with Autism Speaks for the 2017 race here. This virtual race gave me the chance to indulge in RunDisney excitement without breaking the bank to fly to a Walt Disney park. 

Photo: rundisney.com

The 2016 RunDisney Virtual Running Shorts Series may be over, however there are many RunDisney races coming up at Walt Disney World and Walt Disney Land. View all of the fun events here!

#RunDisney


Fashion Meets Fitness at Nike+ Chicago's NikeWomen BraHaus Event


Who doesn't love fashionable athletic wear?

The Nike Training Club on Michigan Avenue held a week-long NikeWomen BraHaus event, featuring the new and improved Nike Pro Bra Collection. Attendees enjoyed personalized bra fittings, a 30-minute NTC workout, refreshments and more. 


I attended the event's last day, Thursday the 11th, during a 5:30-6:30pm time slot. After checking in with the new Nike+ app and walking through a "Take Care of Your Girls" hallway, I made my way up to the bra-fitting party. 


The Nike Pro Bra Collection recently added new sports bras, ranging from low to high support. Using a special Nike fitting app, NTC employees performed personalized bra fittings to find the best fit and support customized for you. I was measured at 31 inches around and 8 inches from breast to side, resulting in an estimated 34B or size Small. 


I tried on the Nike Pro Indy Cool for low support (pictured above in white) and the Nike Pro Hyper Classic for medium support (pictured above in Black/Hyper Pink). While both were temptingly comfortable, I decided to go with the Nike Pro Indy Cool due to it being a new style that I do not yet have in my closet.


Free customizations were offered for those that purchased from the Nike Pro Bra Collection, as was a special goodie bag including a $20 Nike gift card and bra case. Out of 5 motivational sayings, I choose "I Run My World" to be applied to my new Nike Pro Indy Cool. Perfect inspiration! 


Aside from personalized bra fittings and swag, Nike+ Chicago featured a special photo booth from Sharingbox brought in just for NikeWomen BraHaus. As someone who's always eager for a photo op, I thought this was a great touch to make the event stand out as one of a kind.


I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried about what the NTC workout was going to entail after hearing it was Simone Biles inspired. While I have done some intense training in my past, I was a bit rusty. Luckily, the two Nike Trainers who taught the 5:30pm class - Gina Caifano and Betina Gozo - spent the 30 minutes motivating everyone to do their best and encouraging teamwork. 


Attendees ranged in form of athletic background, making it even more crucial to stress the importance of motivating each other and giving it your all. This was by far the best part of the night that I took away with me. 


After sweating up a storm and enjoying complimentary refreshments, I happily took my Nike swag and already-sore body home. The length of the workout was perfect, elements of the event were unique and I found a new level of comfort in the Nike Pro Bra Collection. Great event, Nike+ Chicago!

The Color Run Chicago: 2016 Tropicolor Tour


Summer 16' has been crazy busy, full of adventure and COLORFUL. One highlight was participating in my very first color run with one of my best friends. 


The Color Run's 2016 Tropicolor Tour stopped at Grant Park this past June. The event was full of fun photo ops, an even better goodie bag - I especially like the sparkly HAPPY temporary tattoo that came in it - and a colorful course. Did I mention that a person dressed up in a unicorn costume - Runi the Runicorn - greeted each corral at the Start line?


This year's Tropicolor Tour gave runners a 5k vacation in their city. New features included tropical scented powders, inflatable palm trees and lots of bright color.


The 5k course wrapped around Grant Park, creating an easy, yet fun experience. Volunteers threw powder in the air at different color stations leaving a rainbow on each runner by the time they reached the Finish line. 


The best part about The Color Run 5k was that it was a fun run. Bibs were not chipped and time was not taken into account on the course. The experience was all about enjoying the #Happiest5k on Earth with friends, family and Runi and Runicorn.


Post-race festivities included live music, more powder throwing, refreshments and prop photo opportunities with Alcatel. This event was a great way to celebrate summer with a friend and enjoy the beautiful city. The company was very well organized and everyone - including the volunteers - seemed to be having the time of their life!

Did you know that the same creators as The Color Run are also responsible for Soul Pose, a blacklight yoga experience coming to Chicago this coming October? Read my recent post about the event to discover 3 reasons why you should attend the Happiest Yoga on the Planet. Register early and receive $5 off with my promo code POSECHIC2!

Humana's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k Race Recap


Humana's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half Marathon Weekend brought the heat!

I participated in this year's 10k event that occurred in Grant Park. Since my last race in April - read all about my running-on-black-ice experience HERE - the sun was shining and the hear index had sky rocketed. 

The Expo featured boards of all Rock 'n' Roll race cities!

The weekend started off with picking up my race bib and bag at the Rock 'n' Roll Expo. Without an option to ship your items to your house, I trekked over to McCormick Place two days before the 10k. The Expo did a great job of not only offering a variety of event merchandise and apparel - I, of course, couldn't resist the event tank top - but also clearly displayed signs on how to 'Beat the Heat'. 

The event's performance t-shirt + my tank top indulgence 

I found the weather advisory to be extremely helpful since I had never done a run in 80+ degrees before. The banners gave useful tips on how to prepare for a hot race day as well as recovery. They also sent a weather advisory email before the event - A+ Rock 'n' Roll, A+. One tip that I applied the morning of race day was having a cup of water with salt before sweating up a storm outside. 


Race day began in the high 70s and over my hour of run increased to the mid 80s. I thoroughly enjoyed the course, running from Grant Park to Solider Field and back. The 6.2 miles featured water stops, great city views and along musical performances from local Chicago bands. Due to the heat, I found myself switching off between running and jogging. Around the last mile, I noticed that my foot had begun to stiffen up and swell. A finish line had never looked so good! 

Fun fact: MarathonFoto also does RunDisney races

Humana's Rock 'n' Roll Chicago 10k was one of my favorite races I've done thus far. The theme and course were a lot of fun and brought a unique aspect to why this race was worth registering for. Aside from my lack of stretching - don't forget to fully stretch before running! - I had a great time, loved the design of the finisher medal and would recommend this race weekend to all runners.

With my next race not until February - I'm running RunDisney's 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend with Team Autism Speaks! - I have a great window of time to train, prepare and get excited for my next challenge.

Happy Running.


Win a $300 Amazon Gift Card This Summer!

Ready for another fun giveaway?


Participating in group giveaways are one of my favorite things to do. Connecting with other like-minded bloggers is a great way to explore different styles of writing and other industries. This giveaway is especially great because it's for a $300 gift card to Amazon! Anything and everything can be ordered off of Amazon these days so it's perfect for any interest. Between you and me, there are awesome yoga mats and workout equipment available for a bargain!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Prize: $300 Amazon Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 8/17 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.
Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

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RunDisney Apparel Giveaway!



Bringing fellow runners a latest-in-training-apparel giveaway in honor of Disneystore.com's RunDisney restock! 

Every now and then Disney lists RunDisney workout tops, bottoms, and jackets available for a limited time. In the past I have left items in my online cart for too long and poof - they're out of stock for good. I wasn't about to make that rookie mistake twice when I saw that there was new RunDisney apparel recently added.

I treated myself to a personal RunDisney apparel haul with my own Performance Tank Top,  Performance Shorts by Champion and Long Sleeve Performance Tee. 

RunDisney Performance Shorts for Adults by Champion 




THE GIVEAWAY


One lucky winner will win a Women's Performance Tank Top in size Medium. The top is 100% polyester with a semi-fitted silhouette, in other words true to size. This performance top is a fun green color with accents of dark grey and white added to the RunDisney logo. 

Prize will be sent in this fun Disney tissue paper!
Giveaway runs from July 19th - July 26th. Winner will be notified no later than July 26th and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Good luck!

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3 Reasons Why You Should Attend Soul Pose Chicago

Imagine: Blacklight yoga surrounded by glowing bubbles. An LED bracelet synced perfectly with happy beats. Glowing tribal paint to decorate your face and mat. Now imagine yourself there.


I am honored and thrilled to be a Soul Pose Ambassador for Chicago event in October 2016! Brought to you by the same creators of The Color Run, Soul Pose is 75-minutes of pure blacklight yoga fun. Perfect for both beginner and intermediate yogis, this event is the perfect GNO or fitness outing in the city.

1. The Experience

Blacklight yoga is an up and coming yoga trend that I have sadly not seen enough of. From start to finish, Soul Pose will be under black light while still keeping a welcoming setting to explore something new without pressure.


2. The Instructors

Soul Pose instructors make sure that everyone, no matter the level of experience, has a fun time. 


3. The Perks

Compared to other fitness events, you defiantly get your money's worth at Soul Pose events. Each attendee will receive a Soul Pose yoga mat, yoga towel, neon body paint, a LED bracelet, and finisher bracelet. Talk about incentives!

This photo is from Soul Pose's official Facebook page

Convinced on the experience? Good. Make sure to take advantage of early bird pricing while they last and use my ambassador code POSECHIC2 for $5 off your registration!


Namaste.


Ready for RunDisney's Enchanted 10k With Autism Speaks

Registration for RunDisney's 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend went live yesterday morning and let's just say spots were flying like Lollapalooza tickets.

Photo: RunDisney on Twitter

For those of you unfamiliar with RunDisney events, make sure to check out my recap post on this past year's 2016 Princess Half Marathon Weekend. To put simply, participating in a RunDisney race is the most magical running event you will ever experience. I had the best time checking off my first race with the #Enchanted10k and can't wait to be going back in 2017. 

I was nervous the morning of registration due to the exceeding fast sell out time for RunDisney races. Even after signing in right at open time, I was unable to complete my process before the system overloaded and shut me out. The 10k event then went "On Hold". Unfortunately, individual registration spots did not open up after that. Fortunately, RunDisney partners with many well-known charities for limited group registration spots. This is what my sister and I ended up doing and secured our race entries with Autism Speaks, a favorite charity of mine that is dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, preventions, treatments and a possible cure for autism.


Now until January 2017, we will be raising money towards our Autism Speaks Princess Half Marathon Weekend Team, McHughGirls. Last year's race was great, but I'm really excited to be running for a cause this year and support an organization that I admire so much. The best part? Any donation really helps make a difference, no matter the amount. 

Contributions are appreciated more than you may know, so please donate today!

#PincessHalf