Wednesday, August 26, 2015

So Many Activities, So Little Time!

The month of August has been a whirlwind of fun races and exciting volleyball.

My husband and I participated in the Squaw Creek Army challenge which was a 5k with obstacles and a LOT of mud.  We were so, so stoked to run this race!  I'm fairly certain they did not have enough volunteers, at the beginning the timing chips weren't properly working and the heats kept getting pushed back.  We were supposed to run at 10am and didn't hit the course until 11:30am.  We chose to do the "fun" run this year but next year we plan on participating in the competitive race so we can start earlier and hopefully will have a better experience.

It was a lot of fun, don't get me wrong but standing in the hot sun for so long and then waiting about half an hour in line at some obstacles was frustrating.  It was definitely a tough course full of big hills, muddy trails, huge hay bails to cross, wooden planks, walls to climb and repel over, culverts to crawl through, swamp to swim through and a wicked slip and slide at the end.  I didn't even bother to see what my time was, pretty sure I spent more time in lines than I did actually running.  We did have fun though!


After the run we went home and took a nice nap :)  Then we were headed to the Glo Run, our daughter Bella was super excited for this race.  I LOVE that she wants to do these activities with us, we have so much fun doing them as a family!  The Glo Run was a blast, we were covered in glo sticks, Bella and I painted ourselves with black light paint so the black light tunnels were extra cool.  We did this race with a huge group of people and look forward to doing it again next year.



 Just a couple of weeks later Bella and I ran the Flood the Run race, which is shorter than a 5k and had a lot of water based obstacles.  We started off going through the "human car wash", there were "snipers" with water guns, water slides, a rain tunnel and a huge slip and slide at the end.  It was a blast, just a fun run for us to do together and we got WET!  Right after that race we had an event at Kosama, Kick Out Cancer where anyone was welcome and rather than pay for a class people just made donations at the door.  All proceeds went to the pediatric oncology patients at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.  The goal was to raise $500 and we raised $2167.83!!!  It was a wonderful day with so many generous people.  My husband had to do burpees for donations made, not quite sure how it worked because in my opinion he should have had to do one for each dollar raised ;)  Anyway he ended up doing 325 burpees in almost two hours.  Bella and I did kick boxing while Kyle did his burpees :)





I have been continuing to train for the Newbo Half Marathon, it is a week and a half away.  I've been very active but have not been consistent with my runs.  I feel better conditioned for this race than for my previous half though, hopefully I can meet my goal.  My little brother is running with me, it will be his first half marathon.  My last long run I did was during a weekend away with my best friends from high school.  We stayed at one of my friends sisters' house out in the country.  I ran on gravel roads and had some killer hills, the cows, horses, dogs and gold finches kept me amused, it really was a good run.


 The final session of sand volleyball has begun, I truly can not believe it is our last session :(  Chris and I have improved immensely throughout this season and we are currently undefeated, hopefully it stays that way and we come away with a first place finish in our division to end an awesome season!

Stay fit everyone, summer is ending but I am LOVING the cooler weather!

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  1. Those races look like a blast! Glad you're having a fun summer :)

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  2. Such a great post! I love seeing all of the pictures. And where did you get that Flash tank. I love it!

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    1. It was actually a t-shirt that I got at Target and I cut the sleeves off :)

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  3. My daughter and I are going to do to the Color Run in September, and I'm hoping the whole family can do the Color Dash night run. Crossing fingers! But I have a few runs I'm signing up for soon and ugh... I should maybe practice or something... ;)

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    1. I haven't been doing the best with my training, summer is just so busy and I don't do well in the heat, it also doesn't help that I seriously can not run on a treadmill, just not for me :) I hope all of your family can do the Color Dash night run!

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  4. Wow this all looks like so much fun! Human car wash, love it!!! :)

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    1. I wish I had some photos of the human car wash, it was crazy with just a huge wall of bubbles, so fun!

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  5. Oh, I'd die if I had to do burpees to match donations. I can't even get through a handful without being lightheaded!

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    1. I'm with you, burpees are so tough I was so proud of him for doing that many!

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  6. I love that you do races as a family. I always have that vision that if I ever have kids they will want to grow up and be runners like my Husband and I.

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    1. I always hoped my daughter would want to be active like we are and man is she ever :) I love sharing these experiences with her.

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  7. I love doing the Color Runs! I did the Shine Tour this year and was absolutely covered in glitter. I loved it!

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    1. I have never heard of the Shine Tour, my daughter would love that!

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  8. Wow, some great themed races here! Sounds like you had a really good time. Good luck with the half marathon training.

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    1. Thank you! As long as I get one more long run in this weekend I will feel good about the upcoming race :)

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  9. Wow! Lots of fun things going on for sure! I love the idea of using black light paint at the Glo Run! Best of luck to you in your upcoming race!

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    1. Thank you! If you ever do a Glo Run you for sure need to use some black light paint :)

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  10. Love the #fitfamily. Also totally loving the superhero shirts you and your husband wore for the mud run =)

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    1. We love our super hero shirts and wear them a lot :)

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  11. Looks like a ton of fun. I love getting my son out and doing races with him. He had a blast at the Color Run!

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    1. Doing these activities as a family truly does make it even more enjoyable :)

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  12. I love the water run! What a great idea. I might have to do that for my kids run club. I race with them all the time and those are my favorite races ever. Congrats!

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    1. My daughter said the water run was her favorite race this year, so fun!

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  13. Wow. I love that your family is so active and so active together. Once my twins get a little older, we're all going to have to start doing fun stuff like this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Being able to do all of this with my family makes it even more enjoyable, I'm sure your twins will be all over the fun races :)

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  14. 325 burpees? Aye! He must have been so sore!!!

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    1. He was pretty sore but it wasn't as bad as he expected!

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  15. You are on roll and it's obviously contagious! Great post, and keep up posted on your fall fitness!

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  16. You are super busy! When will life slow down, eh? And... that amount of burpees!! Holy moly!

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    1. I have a feeling life will not be slowing down anytime soon, good thing we love it :)

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  17. Wow you are like superwoman, congrats on raising all that money!! You really blew your goal out of the water and for such a good cause too!

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  18. That's so awesome your little one participates in runs with you!! I love doing fun 5ks where lots of kids participate - they are SO fast and it's really inspiring to see how excited they are about everything! Props to you guys! :D

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