Rock N Blog Team 2017

I am so excited to be a part of the Rock 'n, Blog Team for 2017! Rock 'n' Blog is a community of like-minded folks who love to run and have fun and earn some awesome bling along the way.  This is my first year being an ambassador for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon series and I'm really looking forward to running as many races as I can with them! In 2013 I ran my first half marathon, the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas and I've been hooked on running ever since.  So, yea the Rock 'n' Roll has a special place in my heart.  

They put on a great event! If you're looking to run your first half marathon, I definitely think it's a great race for beginners.  The energy from the crowds, your fellow runners, and the music really keep you pumped up throughout the race.  The series also offers the full marathon distance and depending on the city, they also offer relays, 10Ks, 5Ks, and kid races.  There is definitely something for everyone! 

Here's what I have planned for the Rock 'n' Roll series this year:

  1. Rock N Roll Series 5K | San Diego, CA...06.03.17

  2. Rock N Roll Half Marathon | San Diego, CA...06.04.17

  3. Rock N Roll Half Marathon | Seattle, WA...06.18.17

  4. Rock N Roll 5K  | Las Vegas, NV...11.11.17

  5. Rock N Roll Half Marathon  | Las Vegas, NV...11.12.17

Who's ready to join me? How about a discount code to help convince you? Use code RNB15 to get $15 off your half or full marathon registration!   

Bristlecone Events Groundhog Day 5K Community Run

Earlier this month the kiddos and I woke up early, drove to the other side of town and ran Bristlecone Events Groundhog Day 5K Community Run!  I'm part of a running group on Facebook and one of the members was offering free registrations for this upcoming event and of course, I was all for it! Free Race, count me in!

Bristelcone Events is a new racing company in Las Vegas and they'll be putting some new and fun events this year.  The cool thing about their community race series, is that they are only $15 and although they don't have tshrits and medals at the finish, they're still fun, community oriented, and organized.  They also provide a water station and treats at the end :) 

This was Diego's first 5K and he did so great. He took off at the starting line and Elysse and I never caught up!  The race was 3 loops with 1 aid station.  Jason was waiting at the aid station and cheered us on at each lap.  Since Diego was running ahead, I stayed with Elysse and ran alongside her.  She started off super excited but about halfway through our first lap, she started to get tired.  I'll admit she got a little whiny and started complaining.  It was hard to keep positive with her complaining, but I tried to motivate her as we ran and walked. 

Diego finished strong about 5 or so minutes before us and he was so pumped! I think he may have experienced his first runner's high!!! He went on and on about  how much he loved it and how good he was feeling.  I was a proud momma :)

We're already looking into doing another family 5K run together and hopefully Jason will join us next time ;)

Have you ever ran a 5K together as a family? What's been your favorite race? 

Terrain Racing 5K | Our First Family Mud Run

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Back in October, my family and I ran our first mud run together.  We ran the Terrain Racing 5K here in Las Vegas and it was epic. Both kiddos have done the Kid Spartan races, kids Dirty Dash races, and have participated in a runDisney kid 1 mile race and fun 5Ks like the Bubble Run.  So they are definitely not strangers to running, obstacles, and getting dirty! But, this was the first 5K mud run and it was the first time we'd all participated together, as a team.  

They were so excited to be a part of the race and run alongside us and other adults.  This was a pretty tough race and they did so well.  They climbed walls and cargo nets that I thought were pretty high and scary.  They trudged through muddy water, flipped tires, carried sand bags, and went up and down some pretty steep hills.  They did it all with so much determination and courage. They never gave up.  They tried all the obstacles and hardly needed any assistance from us.  Jason and I were so proud of them.  I think the best part was having so many other runners come up alongside them and cheer them on, especially Elysse, who was so tiny compared to everyone else out there! I could see how good and empowered it made them feel.  

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 I'll admit, I was a little nervous that there might be whining or bickering out there but we all kept it cool and got along great!  The kiddos didn't fight and actually encouraged each other to keep going. We seriously had the best time! I can't wait to run another race together as a family.  I would most definitely recommend running a race or participating in an event as a family.  I just wish we would have done it sooner.  

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It's great to get the kids involved in staying active and setting some healthy fitness goals.  Come back Thursday for tips on how to get the kiddos excited about exercising and running races!