Thursday, ticks, running stats and such.

Y’all summer is upon us. I realize that some of you are still dealing with some cooler weather but down here in Florida we’re already feeling the hot weather. Hot weather brings out all kinds of critters down here including ticks. Because I grew up in the south, I’m well aware of how to remove them but apparently a lot of people aren’t. Ticks are not only responsible for Lime disease but a whole host of other illnesses as well. In case you don’t know how to properly remove them, here’s a great video.

removing a tickClick here to view the video.

If you love analytics and statistics as much as I do, you’ll love this next article I found. A statistician by the name of Robert Britt actually took all of the data from the finishers of this year’s Boston Marathon and compared them to past years to uncover some pretty interesting data such as average times based on gender and age and the average finish time of females based on their divisions.

boston marathon stats

Check it out here.

And if you like running statistics in general check out these marathon statistics from the website Pretty cool stuff.

marathons by the numbersClick here to read all the stats.

And my favorite article chock full of running stats includes all kinds of interesting info, such as:

interesting running stats
Read the full article here

Do you have any interesting facts or data about running you’d like to share?
Do you wear compression socks?
What kind of running shoes do you wear?

WTF Wednesday..Workouts!

So I went for a run this morning but I only made it to 3 miles.


Apparently, I’m in worst shape than I thought!

Since being sick I have slowly been getting back into the swing of things. I ran 3 miles on Monday, 4 on Tuesday and so I figured 5 would be a good amount for today and then I planned on taking a day off tomorrow. Unfortunately, I didn’t take into account the 2 factors that would ultimately prevent me from getting those 5 miles in today.

Factor number 1, my butt is sore. My girl Kristin turned me on to the Strong Curves plan and while I am forever grateful that my butt is moving closer to my actual address, it is not without some pain. If I would have known that lifting your butt was so hard, I probably wouldn’t have let it fall down in the first place!

exercise search
Factor number 2, my legs are sore and that is due to the barre workouts. I’ve been doing a few of these a week and they are killer. I’ve tried quite a few different videos on youtube but Shauna Kathleen is the baddest of them all. And by baddest, I mean the best.

funky squat

Girl, you ain’t got nothin’ on Shauna Kathleen!

Anyway, I like what these workouts are doing for my body but I’m still getting used to the soreness and trying to run through it. The good news is that anyone who runs behind me now will get a much better view, so there’s that, and you’re welcome.

fresh as a daisy

Just a daisy with some jacked up lips….

What workouts do you do to keep your butt from traveling South?

ColorMeRad5K Race Review and Recap

A little over a week ago I had the chance to participate in the ColorMeRad5K through my affiliation with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. I was compensated in exchange for my review. All opinions however, are my own.


Before the ColorMeRad5K I had never participated in a fun run. I had never even run a race without a Garmin or some other type of gadget to determine exactly how fast and how far I was running and I would’ve never considered it because I believed that all serious runners care about their time, period.

I didn’t think that it was impossible to have fun at a race because I’ve had fun at lots of races. I just didn’t think it was possible to run a race with the sole purpose of having fun without worrying about time or pace. And so I challenged myself and I decided to run. For fun.

Me, Jayde and Lily

In order to prepare for the fun I needed to enlist some help so I cornered all of the neighbors and I managed to convince 8 of them to run with me! If you really are determined to have fun, trust me, that’s the way to do it.  (Oh, and it’s healthy fun too, bonus!)

I needn’t have worried. I had a blast.

running a colormerad5k

The ColorMeRad5K was held at the Tampa Fairgrounds and I arrived at the race around 8:30am with Jayde and Lily and we snapped a few before pictures.

duck face


As soon as we got near the stage we could hear the music and feel the excitement. We instantly joined the crowd and even participated in some Zumba. (A first for me by the way.)


Around 8:55 we headed off to the start line. We started the race around 9 and running with Jayde and Lily was a blast. We walked, we ran, we jumped, we skipped, we danced and we stopped at all the color stations to make sure that we got blasted with as much color as possible. I loved every minute of it and I have no idea how what my time was!


The only thing I would do differently is change the start time or possible route the course a bit differently. Tampa is really hot in April and the beginning portion of the race is in an open area which was already heating up. Thankfully the second half was mostly under trees and in shady areas and there was plenty of water along the race course as well.


                             I’m pretty sure Jayde loved it too!

Once we crossed the finish line, they gave us each a color bomb which we threw in the air and stood under for maximum impact.

after race

I think we accomplished our goals, have fun running, check.  Wear white shirts, check.  Leave looking like skittles….


Boom, Taste the Rainbow, holla!

Shortly after we finished two more of our neighbors came running across the finish line and we all headed toward the stage to enjoy more of the festivities.

Lori and Jenn

                           Way to go Lori and Jenn!

Later another family of neighbors crossed the line as well, the Neals.  All 8 finished and had a blast!  And now they all want to do it again.


The Neal family (minus dad because somebody had to take the picture!)

after the run

                                The Raddest After Party!

I’m pretty sure this was the longest I have ever stayed at an after party and it was so worth it. I had so much fun and I remembered how much fun running is. I got to share that joy with many of my neighbors and I got free photos capturing those awesome memories. I’m so glad that I decided to do this race and I’ve already promised all the neighbors that we will all run it again next year.

Have you ever run the ColorMeRad5K?
What’s your opinion of color runs in general?