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.
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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 


#TreatYoSelf: Patriotic Jell-o Shots

There are many jello shot recipes that call for vodka or tequila, however rum will always have my heart (aside from champagne, of course).


Happy 4th of July weekend! Need a last minute crowd-pleaser?

Being healthy means taking the time to #treatyoself, and what better way to treat yourself then a Pinterest-worthy, Instagram-trending recipe of rum jello shots? I promise these will have your guests oooing and awing. 


Ingredients
1 Strawberry JELL-O Pack
1 Berry Blast JELL-O Pack
1 Banana Cream JELL-O Pudding Pack
Skim milk
Water
Original Malibu Rum
Rum Chata
About 30 5.5 oz Plastic Snack Cups


BLUE
Empty contents of the Berry Blast JELL-O pack into a bowl.
Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir until smooth.
Add 1 cup of cold water followed by 1 cup of Malibu.
Stir until fully mixed.
Evenly pour contents into the bottom of each plastic snack pack, filling only 1/3.
Place cups into refrigerator and cool for about 3 1/2 hours, or until solid.

WHITE
Empty contents of the Banana Cream JELL-O Puddling pack into a bowl.
Add 1 1/2 cup of cold skim milk and stir until smooth.
Add 1 1/2 cup of Rum Chata.
Stir until fully mixed.
Pour the contents into your snack cups to fill 2/3.
Refrigerate cups for about 4 hours, or until mostly solid.

RED
Empty contents of Strawberry JELL-O pack into a bowl.
Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir until smooth.
Add 1 cup of cold water followed by 1 cup of Malibu.
Stir until fully mixed.
Evenly pour the contents to finish 3/3 in your snack cups.
Refrigerate cups for about 3 1/2, or until solid.


TIP: Leave a little room after the red layer in case you want to add a festive whip cream topper

Have a great holiday!


Healthy ZZZs: ZzzQuil Voxbox Review

There's nothing like a good night's sleep.


Whether you've had a long day at the office or long night at the gym, we all look forward to the bliss moment our head touches our pillow. If you have restless legs syndrome like me, or the occasional tossing and turning, a good night's sleep can sometimes seem like a drawn-out battle. Sure there are the common tea and bath remedies, but what if those don't do the trick? You're tired, but don't want to take a habit-forming pill. What now? 


This month I received the ZzzQuil Voxbox from Influenster for testing. This was perfect timing seeing that my legs were extra spazzy after completing Week One of CHAARG's Summer BootyCamp! My sample box included 2 LiquiCaps to test. I took both in one dose in hopes that I would be able to sleep well without medicine side effects. 

I am happy to say that #ZzzQuil was a success! I woke up feeling refreshed and more ready to go than ever. The pills themselves did not make me too drowsy, but still aided me in gently falling asleep. No tossing or turning, and no painful leg spasms waking me in the middle of the night. I'm glad to know that if all else fails, ZzzQuil has my back.

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