Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Color Me Rad 5K - Los Angeles {Giveaway!}

I've always wanted to do a color run. 

One where you start with perfectly white clothes and end looking like a pack of exploded gushers (anyone else remember loving those as a kid?).

One where you don't see anyone who doesn't have a huge smile plastered on their face having the time of their life. 

Color Me Rad is just that kind of race - it takes something that's already fun and turns it into something even more. It's a "tsunami of color that'll make colored tears of joy run down your cheeks and will renew your will to live". Basically, the 5K is a food fight without the food and lots of color instead. And we all know I love crazy colors! 

{I've always wanted to get a photo like that. Except that I miiiight just fall on my face if I tried. One day, I will master the heel click. One day.}

Check out what they have to say about the race:

"After a 5K of color bombardment, we guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your girlfriend will be less needy, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, your black and white TV will turn into 720p HD (I know you were hoping for 1080, but we organize races, we're not miracle workers), and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning."

These guys are hilarious, and it makes me love them even more! 

When the folks over at Color Me Rad contacted me about the Color Me Rad 5K in Los Angeles on June 22, I was STOKED. I couldn't wait to sign up for the race (and color party that ensues afterwards)! It looks like so much fun, and doing a race like this is something that's definitely on my fitness bucket list. Not to mention that a portion of the race proceeds goes to support Special Olympics of Southern California. 

Unfortunately for me, the race is just a week after I finish finals I move back up to NorCal for the summer. But lucky for you, that means that I have two entries to the race to giveaway to you guys! The race is on June 22 at the Home Depot Center, and it starts at 9am. When you enter, you're entering to win both entries - one for you, and one for a friend to bring along for the fun!
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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Catch Up {early weekend countdown}

It's been such a long time since i've gotten the chance to sit down and write a post, and i miss writing and chatting with you guys so much! It's been crazy around here with schoolwork, work, writing my Mojo posts, and fitting in some time to have fun. This quarter time is flying - i can't believe it's already 8th week.

I have so much to catch you up on and so many photos that I want to share, so I thought I'd do a weekend countdown post a little bit early so that I could organize everything. prepare yourselves, this is a long one!

6 recent WODs
we only did 10 minutes of chelsea and everyone in my class was dying. i can't imagine doing the full workout! i used a band on the pull-ups, 105# for the deadlifts, and a 35# kettlebell. my partner and i finished 7 rounds in the 12 minutes so we each ended up doing 70 deadlifts! i did this workout yesterday and my whole body is sore today. 

I got up to 85# on the power clean, and used 65# on the first round of push presses and then dropped to 55# when i realized i wasn't going to be able to keep my form with 65#. i also used a band on the pull-ups and made it through 3 rounds in the 10 minutes.

I alternated using a 40# ball with a 60# ball - when I used the 60# ball, I only did half a lap around the gym. My arms were so sore the next day! 

 I used a 16# ball for the wall balls, and my partner and i had 55# on our bar and 15# dumbells for the WOD. In the partner WOD, the first exercise determined  how long the person doing the second exercise would go (when the first person couldn't go any longer, you switched, and kept switching until the 5 minutes was up). 

 The handstands were so much fun to practice in this workout! It was harder by the end of the tabata because of all the blood rushing to your head, but it reminded me of the old days when I was always doing gymnastics as a kid. For the AMRAP, i used a 20" box, a 26# kettlebell, and I made it through 4 rounds plus 10 extra push-ups. I was dying on the push-ups by the end - I did a total of 58 push-ups by the time I was done with the workout, and my arms were trashed. 

 i've been doing this workout a lot when i run out of time during the day and want to work out at night on the track (when there aren't athletes practicing there). there are pull-up bars at my track, but if you're doing this in a gym or outside, you could substitute 10 burpees for the pull-ups or something similar.

5 recent eats
native foods cafe with one of my foodie friends! i got their tempeh burger (with avocado, carrots, onions, and some other stuff i think) and sweet potato fries. it was heaven. 

addicted. the bag was gone in like 2 days. 

greek yogurt bowl with frozen raspberries, dried bluberries, almond granola, and barney butter. 

jamba when i was stuck on campus without food one day. i got their berry oatmeal (soooo good! and sweet) and a light razzmatazz smoothie with soy protein. 

one of the newer items our cafe is offering (see my post below about it!): mediterranean nachos! basically pita chips with veg, hummus, and tzatziki. soo good.

4 latest posts on Daily Bruin Mojo
3 random life updates
- i had so much fun at wango tango 2013 with my friends a few weeks ago. it was a concert put on by KIIS-FM with a bunch of popular artists, like Maroon 5, Flo Rida, Jason DeRulo, Demi Lovato, Bruno Mars, and more! i had a blast and we had so much fun that some of us bought tickets to see Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson next fall. 

-my parents are coming this weekend! i'm so excited to see them and eat some yummy food and sleep in a hotel bed. and i'm bringing them to the church i've been going to on sunday which i am really looking forward to.
-i'm seeing imagine dragons in concert next week - STOKED! can you tell i have a problem with spending all my money on concerts?

2 Bible verses
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17
"Lord, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us" Isaiah 26

1 inspiring video to watch: 
i cried when i saw this video. it's so inspiring and was a beautiful reminder of how precious life is and how often i take everything for granted - my healthy body, my brain, and so much more.