The Color Run *discount + giveaway

There was a time when races required you wear clothes, put on your timing chip, hit the starting line, and go. There was music if you were lucky. However the race landscaped has changed a lot with the inclusion of “fun” runs where you do not even worry about time anymore to make them more inclusive. You have one race to really thank for that and it is coming to Denver on August 3rd, The Color Run.

There really are only two rules here: Wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color!

Bodhi Bear readers are offered a $5 registration discount using the code COLORDENVER. If you register with a team of four or more you save an additional $5 so you can save $10 off your individual registration going that route. If you are not local you also can use a $5 discount code for your race with COLOR5OFF.

The Color Run

These races are a lot of fun. The dyes are set in cornstarch and they go everywhere the color packs are released. Hitting each color station every kilometer gives you a chance to twirl and get covered. Some cover their eyes, some their mouths, some just go for it. And going with friends only adds to the action.

color run

I am doing a giveaway for you and a friend to enter this race. You have until Monday 5 PM MST to enter and a winner will be drawn that night.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I was offered two race entries and am giving them to readers. All opinions are my own.

DIRTY DASH **GIVEAWAY (Denver)

Dirty Dash time again folks – on Father’s Day this year!  Last year Denver did not have this event so I had to trek all the way down to Colorado Springs to play.  I was at the tail end of my 1st trimester of pregnancy (thus feeling pretty wiped) but still had a great time on the course.

Dirty Dash Pregnant

 

I did everything but the slip n’ slide since you do that on your belly and the two rows of monkey bars because I did not want to pull unnecessarily on my abdominals.  The best were the numerous mud pits!!!  I used my pregnancy to my advantage to attack the guys in my party.  I dunked my husband twice and our friend that went with us attacked my husband so I went after him too.  Oh the hilarity of picking them up and submerging them then taking off knowing they would not do the same to me… because I was pregnant.  It is almost bittersweet not having that tactical advantage again, almost.

TEAM SUP - Sparkle Unicorn Party

 

Above are my husband on the left (he scared people doing the race in his boy short Speedos) and our good friend Matt on the right.  They are “horn fighting” in this photo.  Our group went as TEAM ‘SUP or Sparkle Unicorn Party thus the princess hat and unicorn horn on the hat.  You totally are encouraged to make teams and wear costumes for this event.  We took the super silly fun route but during our wave there was a Crossfit box that went as a team who did rounds of exercises while we had to wait as groups to do some of the obstacles.  Team ‘SUP told jokes or took turns dunking each other in the mud while the Crossfitters would do rounds of push-ups and burpees.  To each their own.

Dirty Dash FriendsFrom experience I can say the Dirty Dash involves MUD, costume contests, alcohol (I abstained), laughter, running, obstacles, and plain old silliness.  Unlike some other mud events you start off in a mud pit so expect your clothes and shoes to be weighed down from the start… thus wear as little as possible.  Do not be scared of the obstacles because like I did last year with two of them you can opt out and not be hassled about it.  My big advice with any mud run is don’t submerge your head with a belly flop or other shenanigan since mud can pack into your tear ducts and you do not want to have to hazard shower your face.  I can sadly say this is from experience with an event I did in 2009.

So are you game to come out and play?  It is Sunday June 16th (FATHER’S DAY) at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield location.  If you have kiddos make it a day for them too with the Piglet Plunge, a 1-mile course for ages 2-11 that they do accompanied by an adult.  Bodhi Bear readers get 20% off Dirty Dash registration using the discount code BODHIBEAR.

Now for the giveaway, yay for Rafflecopter.  I will be giving away two race entries for the Denver Dirty Dash event.  Follow the prompts below to enter thru May 16th.  Good luck. I will be at the race with my family to celebrate mud, laughter, and dad – hope to see you too.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was given two race entries to this race in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

Color Me RAD – giveaway

Color Me Rad will be color bombing Denver, CO on 29 September at the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield location. Will you join me?

Let’s dress in white and get blasted like we are celebrating a Hindu Holi Festival on sneakers! The YMCA of Denver is the benefiting charity so that has to add extra incentive.

Color Me Rad has sold out at each location it has run at this year. If I am getting you eager to register then be happy that my readers are getting a 20% off discount registration code to use. Type in DENBLOG20 to get your discount. Early bird registration ends 3 August (not so coincidentally that is just after when my giveaway will end).

GIVEAWAY time -> the race organizers have also been generous enough to offer two of my readers one entry each for this race. Simply post the video I have embedded above onto your Facebook wall and mention Bodhi Bear and Color Me Rad. Link to the upload location on the Rafflecopter form below so that I can verify and so that Rafflecopter can handle the random drawing.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

FTC Disclosure: I was not financially compensated to write this post or host the giveaway. I received comped entry in exchange for my actions. All opinions are my own.

Mud, Heat, Training, and Conferences

VLAWG….

Here the change.org petition I mentioned to have Federal Wildland Firefighters offered the option to buy into a healthcare plan

Here is my recap of FHBC12 (Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference packed with research resources for fitness bloggers)

Here is a link to the assistantships for FITBLOGGIN – apply ASAP

Here is a link to the giveaway I am hosting for race entries to The Dirty Dash on 11 Aug

I did not mention it in my vlog but I wish I could give everyone a big hug these days. My heart is heavy for my home. We have been dealing with this heat, crankiness, major fires, and last night a Denver Police officer was senselessly killed patrolling a jazz festival. She was a good officer and a single mother to a 12 year-old daughter. Her death is the last act to add to the stress my community is feeling. Hugs, we all need a big hug right now. RIP Officer Celena Hollis. I would like to offer my condolences to Officer Hollis’ loved ones and to the Denver Police family.

#FHBC12 Wrap-up

Knowledge bombs droppped! This conference was so informative thanks to the Anschutz Center for Health and Wellness. The center opened its facility for us to workout and explore. The center also lent us their staff and researchers plus invited guests from around the campus. I said back at the end of #FHBC11 that this was going to be more like an academic symposium than a regular blogging conference and it did not disappoint in that regard. Away from Anschutz I know Elle Potter from Zephyr Adventures worked her fanny off all over the place preparing for this conference’s content. Knowledge bombs! In a good way.

Here I am at the expo on the first day…

#1 – Dr. James Hill from Anschutz made himself available for everyone and is now on twitter as @Drjimhill. My favorite session that he was part of was the rapid-fire Q & A at the end of the conference. He bounced between med-chain triglyceride research, paleo diets, environmental stewardship, fad diets, semantics and the very basics of weight which are energy in vs. energy out.

#2 – We were told a lot to question everything and give the best information we could. With many controversial points in the health and fitness world there is no room for agreement if we are ever going to progress and improve our knowledge. We were pushed in the world of supplements, where to obtain factual information, and of course… weight loss.

Want some resources to check supplements or their ingredients? You should. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA until something goes wrong (think ephedra and ephedra-related deaths).

Natural Medicine’s Comprehensive Database

National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicines
HerbNet
World Health Organization Monographs on Selected Medicinal Plants
American Botanical Council
Florence G. Strauss-Leonard A. Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection

Want reviewed and credible health, fitness, and wellness news? The Medical Center Librarian, Dana Abbey, gave us a lot of resources and mentioned that we all have access to regional libraries via the NIH.

MedLine Plus
Pub Med – cite heavy, but cite heavy
National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicines
ToxNet including LactApp (for those wanting toxicology info regarding breastfeeding)
Clinical Trials

Also look at this self-diagnosis poll about using tech in tandem with seeing a doctor

When looking at information:
assess credibility
who is responsible for site
how is site info reviewed
how is site funded
does site have ethical practices

You can also see what sources carry the HON (Health Information on the Net) badge for a code of standardized ethics

When giving information here are some guidelines that we as bloggers should adhere to via Janet Helm:

TRANSPARENCY
Disclose any product, service or compensation, disclose all marketing relationships, compliance with FTC guidelines, all social media channels (#paid, spon, cl, samp), respect copyright, provide links, cite sources

HUMANITY
Be real, relatable, be a good storyteller.

KNOW YOUR FACTS
Do your research, go to the original source, include key links

HAVE A POINT OF VIEW
Offer new insight, help reader translate facts,

KNOW FACT VS. OPINION
Distinguish between your facts and opinions, personalize without bending truth, be transparent

Here is WOMMA Social Media Marketing Disclosure Guide

#3 – Up-to-date information on topics of interest and trends to watch out for. Weight loss in the face of obesity is a big topic right now and there is so much research coming out about what to do first or focus on but the main point is that if you have a lot of weight to lose – do something! Move! Eat less calories!

Heath Information Technology is a big trend right now with development being pushed from the government and private industry.

Metabolic research is a big trendy area where we can examine how elite athletes function and how this information relates to non-athletes or recreational athletes. Dr. Inigo San Millan is an exercise physiologist at Anschutz in this field and led our session on his research, he is also on twitter as @DoctorInigo. A lot of the research he presented up was based on how our mitochondria utilizes energy and what it produces. Look at mitochondrial dysfunction, metabolic flexibility, and mitochondrial capacity as terms to look at in this field with how effectively our systems work, how easily they can switch energy sources, and how much of an energy source they can work with.

#4 – The people. Fitness and Health bloggers rock. I did not stay at the hotel or attend a lot of social events since I live so close and still had family obligations to fulfill, so I missed out on a lot that happens outside of the sessions. When I did get to connect with people there was some great networking and inspiration all over the place. My newest crush is on an academic named Ted Vickey – see his linked in profile. The FitFluential family tore it up being their awesome selves. This crowd really did put the academics through the rigors with questions like they were taking their comps back in the day.

I want to thank WellSphere with providing me the opportunity to attend as one of their bloggers. I want to thank FitFluential for kicking butt with some great company representing them (I am also one of their ambassadors). I also want to thank Anschutz Health and Wellness for hosting our group. I definitely plan to not be a stranger and will utilize their library as my blog and knowledge base grows. If you want to learn more about this facility see my post reviewing this place on a tour I did a few months ago.

Kalso Project Earth Update 1

Thanks to Kalso Earth Shoes (see their Twitter and Facebook channels to thank them for me regarding this opportunity) things are rolling for the non-toxic household cleaner workshops.   Email me if you would like an invite – bodhibearinfo/gmail .  I will be providing demonstrations, guidance, supplies, a booklet with recipes of what we are making, and snacks thanks to Kalso Earth Shoes.  Workshops will be held the week of 9 April in the Greater Denver Area.