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? 

Fitness Friday | Weekend Motivation

Happy Friday!  If you're anything like me, weekends can be tough when it comes to sticking to your fitness goals, especially in the summer!  There are BBQs, dinner parties, girls night out, date nights, etc, etc.  I could be doing really good all week and then when the weekend comes I let my guard down, I'll eat the chips, have a glass of wine or 3, and heck while I'm at it I might as well eat that ice cream too!  Ugh...it's a bad cycle and I'm always working on keeping my will power strong against temptation.  Some weekends I do really well and stick to the plan, some weekends are a disaster, but I keep trying.  Let's not be too hard on ourselves if we indulge a little too much one day.  Life is about finding balance!  With that being said, here are a few fun fitness memes to keep the motivation going through the weekend! Do you have any tips to surviving the weekend? Please share in comments! 

Even on the weekends!   (source)

Even on the weekends!  (source)

Have a fabulous weekend! I know I intend to :) 

xo, Jessie

Bubble Run Las Vegas | Race #2 of 14 for 2014

Last Saturday I ran the Bubble Run with a few friends and my 5 year old daughter!  It was her first 5K and she just loved it.  I knew people would be dressed in costumes, especially tutus and I explained this to her and asked if she'd like a fun outfit for the run.  Her reply was this, "No way! I'm not wearing a tutu! I'm in it to win it!"  Clearly, she has a bit of a competitive streak!!   

We picked up our packet on Friday and since kids under 6 run free she didn't get a tshirt or bib.  Of course, they sold kid packets for $20 and I had to get her one.  I'm so glad I did.  The bib really made her feel legit and the goggles they provided worked great to keep the bubbles out of her eyes.  Friday night, she could not fall asleep from the excitement, but had no problem getting up early for her 'race'.  She was ready for the fun to start.  

It was so cute seeing her reaction at the starting line when the bubbles/foam started coming down!  The race had a total of 4 different color bubble stations: pink, green, blue, and yellow.  We did a bit of running and walking, but I think for a little 5 year old, Elysse did great and never complained about being tired.  Every time she saw a bubble station she would start running and we ran all the way to the finish line.  I was very proud of my little runner!  After the run, they had a little area with a DJ and they were giving away prizes and of course, lots more bubbles!  It was hard to get our little party animal out of the bubble pit!  

All clean before the race!

All clean before the race!

Obviously, this wasn't a timed race or anything too serious for me (believe me, I have enough of those coming up!) This race was just a fun time and a good way to encourage a healthy lifestyle for my kiddos.  I want them to grow up feeling strong and healthy and having some positive experiences and fun memories being active!  My 9 yr old didn't want to do this one, but he's all signed up for Saturday's Jr. Spartan! 

What are some fun things you and your family do to stay active and healthy?  I'd love some more ideas, so feel free to share them in the comments below :)