The Color Run Experience

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The happiest 5k on earth!!!  We definitely had a blast running through the color zones…4 to be exact!  PLUS a bubble zone, color blast after party, and cleaning station.  It is recommended to arrive early to allow time for parking.  This is a very popular event and traffic gets quite heavy.  Runners have the flexibility of picking up the run packet the day before the event or morning of.  IMG_1522We chose to pick up the day before at the CHECK IN PARTY and it was as easy as 1, 2, 3 and no wait!  Plus you get first dibs on all the cool race swag!  Found at the COLOR RUN RACE SHOP.  Make sure to have the QR code for all runners, no QR code no bib.  On race day you will have the opportunity to take pictures with the best mascot ever Runicorn!  This character experience was quite fun.  We danced together, hugged, and jumped for joy. IMG_1554 Super cool!  ALSO, There are several photo opportunities and back drops set up for the perfect race day photos.  Definitely must do before and after the race.  As you maneuver through the course you will be blasted by a rainbow of colors, Our fave was pink and blue, or was it yellow, no GREEN, definitely purple and orange!  I suggest you run to the far left or right of each color zone to get the most color.  And have fun!  WE spun around, danced, even made color angels in the color dust.

At the end we each got our very own UNICORN finishers medal.

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WOOT WOOT!  But Of course nothing makes the Color Run more fun then running it with family.  YES!  THE COLOR RUN is fun for kids of all ages.  Although I have to admit we walked most of it.  Simply because the course was a bit dippy and weaved in and around it self.  This is the only downer.  The Color Run Hero Tour Orlando was held at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL and weaved in and around the grassy parking area.  To ensure no one twisted their ankle we walked.

All in all a fun experience!  Don’t forget to snap this iconic photo!

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Thank you to my friends at THE COLOR RUN HERO TOUR 2018 for the complimentary race entries for my children and I.  We had a great time and for a great cause!

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Register now for The Color Run Hero Tour 2018

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The Dole Whip Press family is super excited to participate in The Color Run Hero Tour 2018 this spring.  This is our first year running this psychedelic 5K and we hope to see you there!  Register now!  Follow this link to find a city near you:  THE COLOR RUN

 

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BE HAPPY~RUN HAPPY

 

Thank you to THE COLOR RUN HERO TOUR 2018 for this opportunity to run the happiest 5K on the planet!  A full layout of our personal experience will be posted soon.  We run on April 14th at Osceola Heritage Park.

RaceDots- Bling for your Bib

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Don’t reach for that safety pin!  Secure your race bib with RaceDots; a magnetic race number attachment system.  They stay in place so you don’t have to.  This magnetic attachment system is a revolutionary idea that is changing the running world one runner at a time.  RaceDots are made from extremely strong rare-earth magnets in a thin metal shell. The patented design allows the two magnetic pieces to nest inside one another making for an extremely strong, hard-to-break bond.  RaceDots hold fast through clothing, so you’ll never pierce or tear your favorite dri fit tee.

downloadThere is no material to thick for the magnetic power.  Plus, the RaceDots shell is nickel-plated copper, so they will never rust and leave ugly stains no matter how much you sweat.  Not to mention they are easy to use.  They go on in a snap and slide for the perfect placement.  No more bunched up race numbers.

Absolutely perfect for junior runners.  My daughter hates being pinned up.  I pricked her once and ever since she goes into panic mode when I have to pin her race bib on.  No more worries! rd1_2015-numberplacement I was amazed at the strength behind this little magnet.  The attraction is so strong they attach themselves.  They stay in place~ during the Wine and Dine One Mile Kid Race my son was knocked over by some aggressive runners and he slid through the grass.  RaceDots stayed put and he was able to get back up and continue for the finish line.   No tears or rips in his Buzz costume and most importantly no wasted time pinning the number back on.   Honestly these lil guys are a genuis design!  It has me wondering how did I ever function  without RaceDots?!

 

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My son sporting the Captain America RaceDots after finishing the One Mile in 10:34

RaceDots come in a variety of colors and designs.  We favorite the American Flags and Captain America designs.  If your team is looking for  something with a personal flare?  No problem!  RaceDots can be customized to just about any design or color.  However,the minimum for customized orders is 100 packs of 4 or 50 packs of 10.

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RaceDots is more then just a magnet it is a revolution.  Say goodbye to pricks, rips, and rusty pin stains with RaceDots!  Order yours today!  Visit RaceDots

 

Give Kids the World- Gingerbread 5K

Allison and Noah ran the Gingerbread 5K benefiting Give Kids the World today.  This is their second 5K and first time running the Gingerbread 5K.  Noah finished in 31 minutes and Allison in 36 minutes.

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it’s 5:30am!!!  On a shuttle bus to Give Kids the World to run the Gingerbread 5K.

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Just hanging out with my friend, the Chick-Fil-A cow! 
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A little nippy at the starting line, but these speedsters are ready to go!

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Crossing the finish line at 31 minutes.
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Crossing the finish line at 36 minutes.

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Luv Remy and Roughy!

Whose the Leader of the Club, Made for You and Me?!

M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E! Mickey Mouse! Mickey Mouse!

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Mickey Mouse is one of my favorite Classic Disney Characters.  He started it all!  So it is only fitting that we honor him in the Walt Disney Marathon Weekend Kid Races.  This year is the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna, and our first year participating.  My sweet boy, Noah will hold his banner high as he crosses the finish line in his 2nd Run Disney Kid Race this January in the iconic Mickey Mouse costume pictured above.  Three exceptionally talented and extremely gracious Etsians helped put this very special run costume together.

The Ears:

il_570xN.829320618_pgwuStrut your stuff in the hippest pair of ears around!  The Mickey Ears ball cap was designed by Gina Roberts, the  owner and designer for Gigi’s Flower Fancy. Roberts has been selling her handmade crafts since the 80’s and can now be found on Etsy.  She has a passion for making Disney hats and other Disney paraphernalia.  Using the “ear-perfection” method, Roberts is able to create stay up ears that do not sag, wilt, or flop.  You can stuff em in a bag and the felt ears will pop back up every time.   Customize your ball cap  to your fancy by adding a bow, flower, or a monogram…get ear crazy!   Perfect for a Halloween costume, day at the park, Disney weddings, and Run Disney Outfits!   The cap is available in adult or child size and is easily adjusted for the perfect fit making them RUN PROOF!

Made in the USA for both boys and girls!

 

The Shorts:

il_570xN.937064298_lzkbThe Classic Style  Mickey shorts used for Noah’s run costume was designed by Cherylyn Morris owner of One Two Three Shop Boutique on Etsy.  Cherylyn’s love for clothing design was stirred when she was a teen in high school nearly 20 years ago when she needed a new skirt for school.  Knowing that her mother was not going to purchase a new skirt, Morris got creative and gave new life to her old one.   Today, her inspiration derives from her children as she now designs storybook clothing.  Her shop features an array of dresses and tops  inspirited by magical characters that can be worn by your child everyday.  The Mickey shorts are really to cute for words, I mean they are just perfect!  Cherylyn has replicated Mickey’s classic red shorts with two large white circles (the buttons) on the front.  They are made with a light, thin material allowing your young runner to stay cool in the heat of the race.  The elastic waist gives an extra stretch to provide a comfortable fit.

 

The Gloves:

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This costumes is perfect for your young runner and will definitely bring home the Big Cheese at any Run Disney event!

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I am very grateful to Gina, Cherylyn, and Alicia for sharing their talent and custom designs to help put this look together.

Be the Belle of the Race with iGlowRunning

iGlow Running  is not just another shop found on Etsy!  Its more like a runner’s dream come true!  When you virtually step foot into this whimsical online shop, you will discover an array of Run Costumes from your favorite Disney and Marvel movies.  Each costume is eloquently designed and hand sewn to expressively draw life from every superbious detail.  Just take a look at this Belle Costume!  il_570xN.897734745_ayzjThe intricate detail is absolutely stunning; from the shimmer and sparkle right down to the beauteous roses.  Runner/Seamstress Wanda Gonzalez does not miss a beat and this is why she stands out from the rest!  The quality of her work is flawless.  This beautiful Belle running outfit is made out of super light wicking material, breathable, and guaranteed to not irritate your skin. It is very comfortable and light to run in and is a definite eye catcher!  Outfit comes complete with running top, running skirt, and arm sleeves and customized to your individual size.

This is the perfect running outfit for the upcoming Wine and Dine Kid Races, 5K at Epcot this November, Mickey Marathon Weekend in January or The Princess 5K/Marathon taking place at Walt Disney World February 2017!

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Pictured above is my daughter, Allison who will be wearing this royal outfit in the Mickey Marathon Weekend Kid Races in January.  She felt like a princess and was magically transformed into the Belle of the Ball as she slipped on the final arm sleeve.   As Allie started to twirl in excitement she  began to sparkle and glow.

Wanda is such a joy to communicate with and strives to meet perfection when designing your Run Costume; whether it be a design she has already listed in her shop or a custom.  Gonzalez uses polyester, spandex, and Lycra, making all running outfits soft, breathable and airy.  Run with Attitude, Run with Power, Run in Disney Style!

Other top picks:

Frozen Sisters!!! Elsa and Anna

Merida, Mulan, Rapunzel, and Tiana

 Be seen while running and Glow with iGlow Running!

Thank you to Wanda Gonzalez, from iGlow Running for this beautiful Belle running outfit, which was offered complimentary in exchange for an honest review/feature on my blog.

 

Training for a 5K

I finally gone and done it!  I successfully and officially signed up for a 5K.  Personally, I am not a physical person and I never liked running.  Living in Florida, I have always blamed it on the heat factor, but its mostly me just being lazy.  That, and I am way out of shape. I mean since I have had children my body just has not been the same.  I’m sure you can relate.   Of course, even with my youngest peeking age 8 I still have a ton of baby weight to lose.  HA!  I need something to blame it on.  But seriously, it is time to make a change and join in the boisterous and rewarding fun of running alongside my kids in a Run Disney event.  My children started participating in benefit runs this year.  A few months back they ran the Brickdash 5K at Legoland, FL and since then have signed up for two 1 mile kid races and a 5K for Run Disney.  I don’t want to miss out on the fun (although, waiting at the finish line can be entertaining,)  I want to be in the middle of all the action.  I have a desire to be exhilarated and get pumped full of adrenaline. Who am I kidding…I’m ready to run out of breathe and force my kids to drag me across the finish line; all while wearing an awesome runners costume.  lol   So yeah, inspired by my children, I signed the whole family up for the Princess 5K  and we will conquer every mile together.  I am looking forward to all the fun that awaits us!   BUT, of course I need to start training; my body is in no way ready to run a 5K in it’s current shape and form.  While my daughter was on vacation in NC with the rest of the family I started a training program called 5K Run.  This is an app that you can download to your smartphone and it is set up with weekly sessions that build your momentum and make you 5K ready in 9 weeks.  Each week you will have three run sessions scheduled that will alternate walking and running patterns.  The first session ended unsuccessfully.    I finished half of the 25 minute walk/run exercise.  I was defeated by the summer heat and a dog who doesn’t know how to walk/run on a leash properly.  This was a low for me, but very expected.  Day 2-4 I have completed with no major issues.  I do find it hard at times to keep going, but thinking of how awesome it will be to run side by side with my son and daughter in February pushes me to keep going.  As you complete each week you will discover your run exercises become longer and you spend less time waking.  It builds up slowly so that you are able to complete the challenge overtime.  If you ever feel like you need to start over you can go back to an early session.  I plan on completing my nine weeks and starting all over from the beginning over and over again  til I know for sure that  I can do this.  I will keep updating ya’ll with my status.  I took a break tonight, but will pick back up on session 5 tomorrow. I highly recommend this app for all newbies like me.  Hope to see you on race day!