A post about running? If you have spent anytime reading this blog you would know that running is the last thing I would ever do. I wouldn’t even run for my life if that gives you any insight. Oh and don’t get me started on the phrase fun run, as if those two words together make any sense. Honestly, I never dreamed I would willingly participate in any type of run. NEVER, no way, no how, nope, uh uh, NO.
Never Say Never My Friends
When I first read about the Color Me Rad 5K I was hooked. It was like having an out of body experience when I heard myself say, I want to do this! Wait what? The girl who hates running, wants to sign up for a 5K. This sounds like a sitcom ::insert funny punchline here:: Hear me out. This is not just some lame, boring, jog in a circle a few times kind of run. Color Me Rad stands out like a shining beacon of awesomeness in a world of boring. Don’t believe me? Read their About section and tell me you didn’t get excited? I dare you!
How is this run different? First put on your white like a bride and show up to the race ready to seize the day. Then start your run while the color squad is out there cheering you on and throwing color bombs at you. By the time you cross the finish line you look like you have been somewhere over the rainbow. Yes there you are, multi-colored, standing with your head high, feeling that sense of accomplishment and surge of adrenaline.
Color Me Rad puts it best:
Start out as clean as a newborn babe, and throughout the run, you’ll coat your chaffing thighs with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until your face, shirt, and body come out silkscreened like a tie-dyed hippy on the other side. Each section of the run adds a new explosion of color to your clean, painter’s palate until you cross the finish line into a final blitzkrieg of color.
Color Me Rad is not only a fun way to burn calories and try out those crazy hair colors you see on Pinterest. I think the coolest part about Color Me Rad is that part of your money goes to a local charity. To find out which charity will be receiving donations, visit the location’s details on their website. Getting in shape, being healthy, having fun, all while helping others, that just sounds perfect to me.
Ready to get colored? They have locations all over the country. Check out the Race Map to find a city near you! Pick your location, register, and receive some amazing swag. I couldn’t run without my most awesome, motivating best friend! Our team name is affectionately called Team Buxs (we are starbucks queens afterall). Grab your friends, your aunt, cousin, or whoever and let’s do this!
Do you have more questions? FAQs has you covered, seriously I don’t think there is a question they haven’t answered.
Are you a believer now? Planning to run? Excited? I will be writing a post-race blog about our experience. I can say without any hint of irony I am thrilled to be running this 5k!
*This post is sponsored by Color Me Rad. I received free entry into the race in exchange for this post. No monetary compensation was received and the opinions expressed are my own.
Oh. My. Gosh. I was picked to be a volunteer at Bloggy Con 2012. When I submitted my application I thought there is no way I will be chosen, after all I am a new blogger and who really wants me at a conference? I was wrong and now I had a choice to make, do I go or bow out? After talking it over with my husband and doing some deep breathing I emailed Tiffany back accepting the position. Seriously, this blogging thing just got real!
Wednesday afternoon, I kissed my kids and my husband goodbye. I jumped into the car with a close friend and hit the road for Ohio/North Kentucky for my first ever blogging conference. I’m generally outgoing and hardly ever get overly anxious about anything. This time though, I was nervous, excited, and tired (I had been up since 5:30 that morning and it was a 8.5hr drive). Our car ride up added to the butterflies and turned out to be an adventure of it’s own. Take 2 Virginia girls who have never been to Ohio, add in 2 disagreeing GPSes, 1 crazy straight out of the Wizard of Oz kind of storm and you get the picture.
Thursday morning was the big day. I was officially becoming a professional blogger and not just a mom who sits in my jammies on the couch writing for the heck of it. To help ease the fact that I did not know anyone I had suggested meeting at Starbucks to some of the other conference goers. The women I met that morning started off as strangers with good taste in coffee and by the end of the weekend I would call them all friends.
As I mentioned, I am a newbie at all of this. I started blogging less than a year ago and had never been around any other bloggers (in person anyways). During each session I took notes like crazy trying to absorb and gain any knowledge that would help me along this journey. I agreed with Erin when she said she felt like her head was going explode. When I started blogging I had no idea what all it entailed or how to make the most out of it. Thankfully, the speakers were informative, helpful, and willing to email their notes.
I wasn’t just in sessions all day. The ladies of Bloggy Con know how to show everyone a good time! Johnny Rockets hosted a kick off party at their new Cincinnati location. The staff performed for us and even got some of the ladies up to dance to a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T! I personally love their strawberry milkshakes.
Ashleigh from Being Cheap is Easy
Tricia from Sassy Pants Mama
Nedra from Adventure Mom Blog
Erin from A Bird and A Bean
I finally got to meet Leah (she is the lady behind Mamavation), Meagan (another Mamavation sister) and Baby Bookieboo.
The last day of the conference was bitter sweet. I missed my family terribly but I was bummed to say goodbye to the awesome ladies I had met. Here is part of the chipotle table:
Angela from Mom-Spot
Erin From A Bird and A Bean
Nedra from Adventure Mom Blog
Bloggy Conference 2012 was amazing. From the friends I made to the knowledge I learned, it was a great experience I was blessed to be apart of. Tiffany and Sherry, thank you so much for all the effort you both put into this event. I couldn’t be happier that my first conference was Bloggy Con. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I hope to see you both and every again next year!