Monday, August 19, 2013

The Color Run v. Run or Dye

Hello Everyone!

It's time for another cross-over post from my craft blog, The Dabbling Crafter.

This last weekend was my 10 year high school reunion. It was a great weekend. I saw a concert, went to a couple of events with my class and did another color run!

It was by chance that I ended up doing two color runs within 2 weeks of each other. I had already signed up for one, and my friends all started signing up for the second I have two to compare now. 

The two events were for pretty different size. The Color Run was in Des Moines, Iowa. It had around 30,000 participants and went around downtown. Run or Dye was in Rapid City, South Dakota. It definitely didn't have nearly that much...maybe 5,000 or so? It might be less. That's the number the Rapid City Journal is reporting.

If you'd like my tips about running a Color Run and keeping the color, see my other post here.

Packet Pick-Up

Winner: The Color Run

The Color Run had two different packet pick up times where the Run or Dye had only one. You'd think that since The Color Run had a million times more participants ( like 5 times more) the pick up would have taken less time. Nope. It took longer to get checked in to the Run or Dye. Not only that, but the location was out of the way, where The Color Run was in the main part of town. I couldn't figure out why they wouldn't have the packet pick up at a sports store like The Color Run did.

The Route

Winner: The Color Run

I understand that The Color Run was in a metro area compared to the location I ran the Run or Dye at, but the Run or Dye run was terribly planned. First off, they didn't leave the fairgrounds they started on. That meant that you ran on grass, asphalt, a trail with potholes the size of a small child, and the best circles inside a building. It was crazy. Plus, I had my Nike+ on for both races. The Color Run was right on. Run or Dye was only 2.6 miles! I imagine people thought they got killer times when they cut a half mile off the race!


Winner: Run or Dye

The Color Run had Blue, Yellow, Orange and Pink. They also had purple and green available in packets. They had a mist water thing too so you would pick up more color. It was a good idea, but the color didn't seem that bright or saturated. Run or Dye had Green, Blue, Yellow, Pink. Purple was also available in packets. You got a bit more color in your packet and it seemed much brighter. 


Winner: The Color Run

The Color Run had a main stage that was pumping out dance music and doing Zumba before the race. Then when you got to the chute, the DJ was pumping music, throwing out free stuff and generally rocking. Not to mention the packet pick up was also a dance party in its own right. They also had a bad arse store to get all sorts of different stuff. (Run or Dye didn't have as much of a selection). Run or Dye didn't have a main stage playing music before the event and the music they did play in the chute was terrible. I mean...come on! Play music to pump me up...not slow songs! The stage they did have after the race was the same problem. Not to mention I swear I heard the "DJ" yelling at people every five seconds ("I told you not to use your packet yet" "You need to pay attention to what's going on up here"). Not the go lucky attitude of The Color Run. Plus The Color Run had more signage that was fun, more people moving around, a unicorn and a conga line!

So, I had tons of fun at each race, but I'll definitely hit up The Color Run again and pass on Run or Dye. I did hear that "Color Me Rad" is a fun race and they use liquid color as well. 

Our "Before" Picture...we may have gotten some paint before the race started.

Our "After" picture

Our friend got crazy insane color!

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Check-In Time!


I haven’t written in a while. Things have been crazy at home and at work, but I have LOTS to share!

First, my weigh-in:

Weight: 247.4 (Old: 248.0. I was down to 237 for my Diet Bet..but that was without breakfast or liquids 12 hours before.)
Hips: 55.5 (55)
Waist: 38 (39.5)
Thigh: 13.5 
Arms: 27.5

I decided to add my arms and thigh measurements in and remove my bust. I couldn’t care if I lost at the bust. I happen to like it where it is. 

I had lost quite a bit for the Diet Bet but I have been a bad bad girl since then. I have been eating out for lunch and dinner and haven’t been running. Of course I also wasn’t blogging because then I would have to own up to the fact I was being bad. Now I’m back on track. Last Friday I ran my 4th 5K! It was a glow run put on by a small town here in Iowa. I hadn’t planned on it, but a few days before it my aunt asked me if I wanted to do it, so I thought why not?

It was pretty clear by my time that I hadn’t been running (during a race I'm usually at around 16.30/17.00 per mile, but this time it was's slow I know but I have super short legs and I'm fat). I didn’t walk though, so I still call it a success. I also spent the entire next day at an amusement park, and I didn’t feel too sore afterwards. 

That’s also a victory!

Ready to Run!
This coming Saturday I’m doing the “official” Glow Run 5K in South Dakota. I am running today at lunch and Wednesday to make sure I’m ready to go. I do prefer the larger 5K’s because 1) I usually push myself harder since I have runners next to me, and 2) If I’m slow, no one notices.

I have decided that I too often reward myself with food. I’ll think, you did well at work, you should get a snickers. Or, you didn’t fall asleep watching tv, you should get some ice cream. (Yes…not sleeping during family time is often a victory for me).

Now I’m going to focus on different more productive rewards. I got some new running shorts on Friday. Mostly because I have no idea where my other pair went and I was on my way to a race. I really appreciate that Scheel’s carries the Nike Extended Sizes. It’s hard to find a store that has them, and you just have no idea of the sizing unless you’re there to try them on. They had some DryFit long sleeve shirts I really liked, but I couldn’t justify the cost especially when it’s still 90 degrees outside. I’ll have to use that as my next reward. I also like their zip down jackets.

Happy Monday and good luck this week on all your goals!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Diet Bet!

I won my Diet Bet! 

I started out at 248. I lost over 10 pounds and now am 237. That weight loss gave me $42.00 bucks in my pocket! It was amazing. I am so glad that I tried to lose the weight before my reunion. Although I'm substantially heavier than I was in high school, I'm working hard to lose the weight after my second kid. I think the dress looked nice. I might try the DietBet in August as well. 

The Color Run


I'm going to re-post my post I did recently on The Color Run. It was my first color fun run. I learned a ton. I'll be posting in a few days about another fun run I did this last weekend and compare the two. Visit my craft blog for more information and projects. :)

Hello There! 

I joined thousands of fellow Iowans yesterday to run "The Color Run" in downtown Des Moines. I did the Couch to 5K program earlier this year, and this was my second 5K. I couldn't find a number for attendance this year (2013) but last year (2012) it was around 30,000 thousand people, and I don't think it got any less popular!

I do have some hints based off my experience, but let's first talk about the important thing, how do you keep the color on your shirt??

The various websites for The Color Run (and other copycat races) say you should soak your shirt in vinger, iron it (to set the color) and then.....????. Most websites get pretty vague at this point. I read some other blogs, and no one seemed to have an exact example of a way to preserve color. I am lucky because I'm running another color race in two weeks (Run or Dye in Rapid City, SD). I hadn't planned on doing two but my high school friends were going to do it the weekend of our reunion, so I joined in. I will probably walk that one just to enjoy the company of people I don't get to see often. Anyways, now I two opportunities to get this color keeping thing right.

This was me "before" the race:

This was me "after" the race (before the color cloud):


This was after the color cloud:


As you can see, you get more color in the color cloud.
So, when I got home, I sprayed the shirt with vinegar. I didn't soak it. I thought if I sprayed it on, it wouldn't smear. It was just as saturated as it would be if you soaked it, but I think laying it flat kept the colors from running together into a ugly brown.
Then I went to work ironing it. Beware. It stinks to high heaven. I opened two windows and worked quickly.

(Side note, you can kinda see that I modified the shirt sleeves to be a girl fit. See my hints below)

So, I decided that I wanted to ensure that my shirt had color. I had some spray fabric paint. I decided to do a couple of drops/sprays on the shirt to make sure I had some color.

So now I've done the two steps The Color Run suggests. I have no idea where to go with it now. Line dry? Wash? Dryer. I decided that since the iron "set the color" I would put it in the dryer. I put it in the dryer with a old towel with the theory that it would absorb excess color (not sure if that worked, but I haven't seen any color in my dryer.).

Color is still good. I decided now it was a good time to wash it. I did a very very small amount of detergent and washed on cold. 

Uh Oh. Most of my color was gone. ARGH. 

Thankfully I added some color so it's not completely white. Some of the blue stayed and a spot of orange and yellow.

So I'll try something different in my next race (maybe doing the 'soaking' that is suggested rather than spraying)

Observations and Hints for The Color Run.

1) I was told that there would be so many people that I wouldn't be able to run the entire thing. I would be stuck behind people walking or running slower than me (although I'm pretty sure that's not possible). I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, the majority of people walk it (at least in my wave they did). If you stay to the outside, you generally don't have to stop at all for walkers. Plus, you want to be on the outside to get some color! I walked through the color zones because what's the point of the race if you don't get some color! Plus you want to make sure 

2) How do you get the most color? That probably is the most popular question. I did some research prior to the race. First, you will see some water being sprayed down from the arch when you first walk through the arch. Don't hustle through it. The water doushing helps the color stick to you. Move slowly through the color zones on the edges. If you can, you may think about alternating what side you are on. Don't forget to turn your back to the color sprayers every once in a while. Some people did "color angels" right after the color zone. If you don't mind laying in the street, you can get some extra color that way. And the most important part of all....go to the color cloud after the race!!!! Not only is it really fun and cool to experience, you'll be covered in color!

3) It might be worth it to have a bandana or mask to cover your face. I don't usually have problems with smells or textures. However, it was pretty intense...especially during the color cloud. I can see why people do it.

4) Bring a change of clothes, a garbage bag and something to cover the car seats. I didn't because I have leather seats...I thought it would clean easy. It did come off, but I had to use a ton of wipes to get it clean. It would have been so much easier if I would have just covered the seats in the first place!

5) You will have to wait if you aren't waiting in line early. So this is what you can choose between. Either you join in the pre-party (there was some 'warm-up' Zumba at ours) and have fun that way. Or you can stand in line so you're one of the first waves. I had a ton of fun at the warm-up Zumba. So we weren't in line early and ended up waiting an hour for our wave to start. That kinda sucked. But, I think if i had the choice to do it again, I would still do the warm-up. It was fun to spend that time dancing. 

6) We got to the race about an hour early. We got a close parking spot, and we easily got out of town too. It was nice change from most large events!

7) We did the 9 am start time instead of the 1 pm. It was crowded, but by the time we finished at noon, it was already getting warm. We were super lucky because it was a cool day to start out with!

8) You know all those cool Color Run pictures? If you do a little research, you would realize that purple is the magic color. Unfortunately, it's not a color zone. So if you can trade someone for that color (it does appear in some people's race packets), you might want to use it on yourself (and friends). Someone pointed out on the blog that orange doesn't tend to mix well with other colors (it tends to create brown). So you might want to avoid orange (or just get a little dusting). Blue and Green seem to have the most saying power. Green is also not available as a color zone.

9) The Color Run is fun with friends! Who else is going to take a picture of you feeling up the unicorn? Not that anyone did that...

10) If your friends don't bring their phones (and if you do, you will probably want to use a sleeve or a plastic sandwich bag), you will want to plan a place to meet up. Not only is there a ton of people, but at the end of the race everyone looks the same.

11) It's totally family friendly. I saw tons and tons of families doing the race. Two great ideas if you have kiddos that are too little be colored. 1) Use one of those convertible bike trailer/strollers. They have a plastic cover that can fold down, and 2) If you cover the stroller, use a white muslin blanket soaking in water. It will keep the dye from getting in the stroller, and it will great a cool dyed blanket! (alas, it might not stay that way).

12. The shirt is a unisex shirt, so it's not a woman's cut. I used this tutorial and made my sleeves a girl fit. The material of the shirt is pretty soft, so it didn't sew well. I ended up having to use a bit of tissue paper to sew through the shirt without skipping stitches. 

That's all I can think of right now, but I'll post other things if I remember them! :) Hopefully there will be some cool pictures from the event I can share with you once they upload the official pictures.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pre-5k and Post-5k Pictures


I haven't lost weight on the scale, but I feel more confident and I think I am seeing results of my exercise.

Since I decided to buy that blue dress, I decided I better make an effort to tone things up. I am lifting weights a few times a week on top of my running. I am also going to watch what I eat. I have a reunion at the end of the month, and I want to look good in the dress!

I also decided to join ItSuxToBeFat's DietBet. I have to lose 4% of my weight by the end of the month. (for those that are counting, I believe that is 9.9 pounds). The pot is already up to 1,125!

So here was the "before"

These are my afters: my weigh-in picture for diet bet, two dresses I tried on (the blue dress I bought). I did have some Spanks on...those things are like a new form of torture but I sure like how they look under things!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Weigh-In: Post 5K

My weigh-in today after my first 5K.

Weight: 247.4, Today's: 248.0
Waist: 38 (?), Today's: 39.5
Hips: 56, Today's: 55
Bust: Today's 45

So my waist is up a bit, but I don't think I did a great job measuring last time since I was sitting down. I think my hips are down. I wish that I had been doing calf measurements. I feel like that would be one place that would change with all my running.

First 5K Done!

I am so excited to share that I finished my first 5K this past weekend! I was pretty nervous leading up to the race. I don't really get nervous usually. I was afraid that I had a bunch of people coming to watch me and I would fail miserbly.

But, I didn't! I actually did better that I have during the past 10 weeks of training. My miles were about 3 minutes shorter than they were last week when I did my 5k practice. I was really proud of my effort!

However, I did take a little break. About a half mile in, I had to use the restroom. By 1.5 miles, I was practically dying. I had to take a mini detour to a McDonalds to use the restroom. My husband joked that I was the first person ever to visit a McDonalds during a 5k race.

I can't wait to do my next race. It was quite the rush to slap my fellow co-worker's hands as I crossed the finish line!