RMHC Raffle for the Chicago Marathon!

At this point in September, I’m usually in the best shape of the year.  I’m running fast.  I’m light and in control of my weight.   I’m reaping the benefits of a hard summer training cycle.  Not this year.  But life and the Chicago Marathon will go on regardless of my fitness status, where I live and my level of chaos.  So my focus for the next 30 days:  1)  I must lose 20-27 lbs raise the last $200 for RMHC;  2) Run the last two big runs for my non-existent training cycle; and get ready to head to the CHI to ENJOY what will probably be my last Chicago Marathon.  I hoping this raffle will put me over the top so I can concentrate on my weight loss training.

First order of business, you can find my RMHC fundraising page HERE.  If you would like to play to win, you will be awarded one entry into the raffle for every $5 donation.  Example:  Donation of $10 = 2 entries.  Winners will be drawn next FRI, September 19th at 9am via a random number generator.   Please comment below as to the items that you would most like to win from the raffle and I’ll do my best to get you want you want when your number pops up.

What’s up for the raffle?

1)  SOL REPUBLIC Relay Headphones $79 value – I did a review of these a while back and they are amazing.  The sound quality is so great that I can’t use them if I’m running on the road because they block out ALL OUTSIDE SOUND, plus I feel like I’m in my own little world and I don’t want to return to reality.  They also have some nifty other features like being able to receive calls with the push of a button, text alerts and easy to use volume controls that will keep you jamming, no matter how far you run.

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2)  Mile Markers:  The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run – Kirstin Armstrong – $13.99 Value

In Mile Markers, Runner’s World contributing editor Kristin Armstrong captures the ineffable and timeless beauty of running……. With unique wit, refreshing candor, and disarming vulnerability, Armstrong shares her conviction that running is the perfect parallel for marking the milestones of life. From describing running a hardfought race with her tightly-knit group of sweat sisters, to watching her children participate in the sport for the very first time, Armstrong infuses her experiences with a perspective of hope that every moment is a chance to become a stronger, wiser, more peaceful woman. Running threads these touching stories together, and through each of them we are shown the universal undercurrents of inspiration, growth, grace, family, empowerment, and endurance.

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3)  GU Prize Pack – I have a mixed prize pack of 16 gels, 3 chomps,  & 1 Roctane Powder mix. See the amazing flavors below.  There are a couple Salted Caramels and one Salted Watermelon!

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4)  Spartan UP!  A Take No Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance In Life.  By Joe De Sena – $24.00 Value

Twenty-six point two miles isn’t enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done. From that philosophy, as played out first in his own life and now for millions across trails, through mud, and up mountainsides, Spartan Race was born.

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5)  Emergen-C Prize Pack – $40-$60 Value depending on retailer.  AND I have TWO of these prize packs, so that means 2 winners!!  Get some Emergen-C just in time for the marathon taper!!   This prize pack will include 4 boxes of Emergen-C, each with 30 individual packets of the immuno boosting super powder! 

  • Increases metabolic function
  • Vitamin C & antioxidants boost health
  • B vitamins for natural energy & no crash

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6)  WOD Motivation – Quotes, Inspiration, Affirmations and Wisdom to Stay Mentally Tough – Eleanor Brown – $8.33 Value

WOD Motivation is here to help you build the mental toughness you need to finish every workout with pride. You can use the motivational quotes and affirmations in this book to face your WOD with discipline and determination, and to boost your mental strength when you need it most.

Whether you’re blasting through burpees or knocking out deadlifts, WOD Motivation supports you as you power through to your new personal best.

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7)  Moji 360 Foot Massager – $39.95 Value.  As you know I reviewed this a while back and it was a big hit.  Great for gifts for runners or people who are frequently on their feet.   Can help with foot issues like Plantar Fasciitis.  It has the smaller spheres for massaging, then the two larger spheres for therapy.  Great addition to your post run routine!!

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8)  The Inaugural Dopey Challenge 48.6 Pendant!  Value – PRICELESS.  I purchased this as part of my Dopey Challenge Registration packet for the Inaugural 2014 event.  I’ve never worn it.  I don’t wear silver and it’s been hanging from my jewelry rack neglected.  I’m pretty sure that someone would love to have it, hold it, wear it and show it off proudly.  So if you ran the inaugural Dopey Challenge, January 2014, here is your chance for a little memento that you may not have added onto your original registration package. 

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That’s it!  Enter the raffle by donating to Ronald McDonald House Charities HERE.  I’ll draw 9 winners next Friday.  Each $5 donation = 1 raffle entry.  And while you are donating and checking out these cool prizes, I’m facing down an 18 miler this weekend and then 20 miles next weekend!  I’ll do the work so that I can run/walk/crawl thru the Chicago Marathon if you can please help the families of the RMHC kids!  Go, donate now!  And don’t forget to make a comment below if you have a preference of raffle prizes because it will really help me with the prize distribution! 

 

** Running For A Cause EACH & EVERY Day ** Amanda – TooTAllFritz **

STOP! Wait! Let Me Take A Selfie!

I’m always significantly behind on my reading. Always. Last week I was reading an article in an old Runners World, that I had just unpacked, and it was on the subject of selfies. Apparently some people hate don’t like selfies. In fact, their loathing goes beyond the fact that they don’t take them, all the way to the fact that it makes them crazy that other people take selfies. Really? Interesting. But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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Then last night as I was driving home from the CHI, a couple radio personalities were discussing the most “hated” selfies. Apparently there is a list, compiled by a gossip magazine. What’s at the top of the list? The post gym selfie! And if you could see my newfeed from my TTF Facebook page or even my personal newsfeed, it’s overrun with gym/running/workout selfies. I may in fact be guilty of tossing a selfie or 10 up, just last month! But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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I find it interesting that something so harmless can get people so riled up. Apparently the selfie is considered something of arrogance. Some people think the selfie is about boasting. I saw a post on FB a couple days ago about how shocking it was that a person was able to actually get & stay in shape without documenting the process via photos on FB. Shocking. But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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Others think the selfie can be dangerous to others! No idea why. But stop! Wait! Let me take a selfie!

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On a more serious note, my friends aren’t taking selfies of themselves in bikinis, or when they are sick, or when they are drunk. They take/post selfies when they are out and about. To show their friends a cool trail they are running. To motivate the reader who may hate to run in the rain or snow, or sleet, or cold, or heat. To let their mom know that they are at mile 20 of the marathon that they have trained for all summer and that they are still alive. To send to the kids who want to know “if they are done running yet”. To be accountable for their training. To thank a sponsor or vendor who has helped them along the way. To inspire. To share. To be social. To document experiences. And if that’s wrong. Or bad. Or upsets people …. then I would suggest that person ….. Stop! And go take a selfie! It’s actually kinda fun!

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How about you? Yay or Nay on the selfies?

** Stop. Wait. I’m Totally Taking A Selfie. ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

Starting Over …. Again

Life is cyclical. We all move thru a series of cycles. Some good. Some bad. Some just, well, different. Sometimes the outcome can be controlled with how we react to the situation. Other times, it can’t. Most of us have gone thru enough of these cycles to be able to roll with the punches manage them to the best of our ability. For that very reason, most of us are very familiar with the term “starting over”.

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It happens to all of us. And if someone says that they haven’t had to start over some aspect of their life then they are lying very fortuante. No matter how great life is, things happen. Injuries. Relocations. Burnout. Job stresses. The list is endless. As a result, we sometimes need to reset and restart when the storm blows over. There is no shame in starting over, just be committed and make it happen!

So if you are staring down a dreaded “restart”, do it now. Join me in rebuilding. I’m rebuilding my running & fitness routine. I hope what you are facing is something as simple as that but regardless, it’s time. Do it now. Breathe. Commit. Make a plan. Then come back and tell me all about how you TOTALLY ROCKED IT.

Yes, I’m Starting Over …… Again,
Amanda – TooTallFritz

Historic Auburn, IN – That’s MY Town!

I’ve been MIA for quite a while.  Moving the family, pets, a house and a pole barn stuffed full of cars and shit 200 miles away takes some time.  Actually finding a house takes a lot of time, then the actual MOVE is never-ending!  However, we are close to completion and it’s time to go explore this new town of Auburn, IN!   Let’s do this!!

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Auburn is a historically rich town known best for it’s work with the automotive industry; however, I’m here to tell you that there is a lot more to Auburn than cars!  The town is amazing.  It’s a small town that takes pride in its community.  The streets are well designed and groomed to make you want to stop driving and get out of your car for a stroll!  Lots of little shops, restaurants, antique stores, boutiques, ice cream & coffee shops around the square.  And flowers.  Lots of beautiful flowers and benches where one can stop and enjoy the views!  Plus there is a local farmers market on Wednesday’s & Saturdays!

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Auburn hold frequent activities that are great for the entire family.  There are lots of old historic homes in the downtown area that are affordable AND cute (some may be for rent)!  Plus they still have a sense of community where Mom & Pop businesses not only exist but thrive.  Yes, both Mom & Pop still work the store, perform the service and are happy to chat when they see you in streets.  It’s a real sense of community with the courthouse sitting proudly in the middle of town.  And it still looks like a courthouse.  DeKalb County Courthouse below.

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I spent some time “running the streets” today.  I ran thru town admiring the streets and businesses.  To the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum  and the National Auto & Truck Museum.  Even found the location of a time capsule buried on the property of the ACD museum (go find it!!).

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But as a runner, my biggest find was a short local trail, the Auburn-Waterloo Bike Path, that I can’t wait to run again, again and again.  The entrance is hidden in plain site on North Street, just east of Indiana.  It travels from North Street to Betz (1 mile), then follows Betz east a few blocks and picks up the path on the east side of 427 heading north toward Waterloo.  Please note that 427 is Main Street, which turns into Wayne Street in Waterloo.  Total distance is 4 miles from North Street to the end in Waterloo.  Nice little jaunt.  And do be careful of broken sidewalks/pavement on the trail/sidewalk along 427.  

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Run #1 in the done column in my new area of Auburn, Indiana.  Come run Auburn with me!!  Lots to see and do and it’s a great little town for the entire family!

 

** Run Auburn ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Winner – KOREBALL Giveaway

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I’m happy to see that everyone is as excited about the new KOREBALL as me!!  Such a great device/tool for workouts. Easy to fill with sand or water. Easy to transport and store. Perfect travel companion for those on the go!  Breaks down to fit into a travel bag or the trunk of the car. And it’s pretty safe around the kids, which is a win-win in my opinion!

Without further ado, we have one KOREBALL to give away to a lucky winner! The random number generator selected #29.

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#29 was Tammy’s Fit Quest . Tammy, please contact me at amanda@tootallfritz.com as soon as possible so that we can hook you up with your very own KOREBALL!!

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As for the rest of us, we can go HERE to buy a KOREBALL of our very own!

**Fit = Strong ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Rock n Roll Chicago – 2014 Half Marathon

I’m a big sucker for all things running but that doesn’t include events that are hyped up without delivering on the promised race experience.  In the past, I’ve ran Rock N Roll events but always walked away feeling like RNR got more from me than I got from them.  So when friends were signing up to run this 2014 Rock n Roll Chicago, I was hesitant but ultimately decided to suck it up join the fun.

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First order of business, packet pick-up. RNR Chicago is one of the only events in the CHI that mandates each participant pick up their own packets. Normally not a problem for me but it was a huge problem this year. While I did manage to pick up my own packet and as a result was late to the closing on my new IN home, I did hear from a “top secret” source that RNR does in fact have race day packet pick-up. Too late for me but hopefully this info will help one of you!!

Race day started bright and early with the gun going off at 6:30 am. Some might complain about this early start but with a July race in Chicago, I’d start even earlier if it were an option! There were 20,000+ participants, 34 corrals. However, corral placement was apparently “optional” and runners just jumped in wherever they wanted without any intervention from officials. Normally this would cause a real “cluster” effect but not here. The corrals were all spaced apart by 2 minutes and there weren’t a ton of people in each corral. So when our corral hit the start line it kinda felt like we were at the front, preparing to race for the win. I had runners all around me who should have been back an additional 10+ corrals but it didn’t bottleneck. In fact, I was in awe most of the race at how much space I had to run and how well the unmonitored RNR corral system actually worked.

Hitting the Start!

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I will say that I’m not a runner who needs music. I may turn it on when things get slow, then proceed to sing and dance my way thru the ugly miles. However, I rarely have headphones so this is sometimes annoying to other runners. Sorry, all!  I kinda expected that a Rock n Roll race would deliver, well, some rock n roll!  Not so much. There were some bands on course but not as many as I expected.  And some of the bands were singing the blues, so to speak. I would have liked a bit more pep from some of them. Oh well, maybe next year?

As for the course, I liked it a lot.  It was open and on decent streets. Aid stations about every 1.5 miles. One GU station. One sponge station. We did run on the Lakefront path for a short jaunt but it wasn’t too crowded. We even ran thru the tunnel under McCormick place and they added strobe lights and made it a fun and not too dark atmosphere.

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For all of you bling chasers, the medals were super cool. Here is the SUN 5K and the half marathon medals. Plus they added a SAT 5K option for additional bling and that 5K medal was slightly different (less ornate than the SUN version).

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But for me, this race was about friends.  Here is a photo of Lisa (my BFF from way back), Rachel, Allison & I before the start.  Those two girls in the middle came to Chicago to run their VERY FIRST half marathon ever.  I didn’t want to miss that!  They killed it too!

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Aby, me & Nicki at the finish.  We have ran so many races together over the last several years.  And thanks Nicki for never complaining about Aby coming along even when it means we can’t get into the beer garden.

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So that’s a wrap for me.  I still think the race is overpriced compared to it’s Chicago counterparts.  I still think they should deliver more Rock n Roll.  However, it’s a great race on the streets of Chicago and well, you can’t put a price tag on making memories.

** Go Out and Make Your Own Memories ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

 

 

 

 

Dances With Dirt – Devil’s Lake Marathon

 

I can’t say that I really had time to tromp off to nowhere Baraboo, WI to run a marathon. Realistically, I don’t even have time to write this post but sometimes you just gotta do, what you gotta do!  :) So last FRI, I packed it up and headed 3.5 hours north into WI to run the Dances With Dirt – Devil’s Lake trail marathon. I hadn’t read much of the website other than details on registration and where to stay. I “picked” the race because I wanted to knock Wisconsin off the list {as part of my long-term goal of running a marathon in all 50 states} and I specifically wanted to do Wisconsin prior to moving further away. There aren’t a ton of marathons in WI right now and well, Devil’s Lake was the only one on my “partially free” weekend. Therefore, I didn’t pick Devil’s Lake, it picked ME. There you have it.  That was the process of picking my WI race and pretty much how I live my life “married with children“.

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Eventually info did start trickling down to me that I was in for a race of my life but I didn’t really pay too much attention because I didn’t have any too many other options.  Let it suffice to say that I was prepared to “suck it up” and knock WI off the list!  Let’s do this, right?!?!?!?

Thankfully registration was quick and easy, on site the morning of the race since I had previously missed online registration. Multiple distances options were available from 10K to 50 miles. Plenty of clean port-o-potties on site. Well organized event with a few freebies from the sponsors. Julie, myself & Dawn at the start.

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We didn’t even run a mile before reality started to set in and we were climbing up, up, up.  On single track.  And we were walking.  Not running.

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What started out as a jaunt thru the woods quickly became a serious endurance event. It was much more difficult to climb at a walking pace than run at marathon pace. Granted I am currently out of shape. I’m also above my normal weight by a solid 20 lbs. So I didn’t expect a walk in the park but even if I had read the website, I wouldn’t have ever guessed this event would be so challenging. We climbed up. We ran or walked down depending on how technical the section of the trail. We picked our way thru large boulder fields. We navigated stairs. We followed a paved path at the top of the mountain that we couldn’t believe existed. We saw Devil’s Lake from a bird’s prospective. And then we headed down, passing people who came to Devil’s Lake to climb and repel with legit climbing equipment. Julie and I were in our normal running shoes, just taking everything as it came. Step by step. My trail shoes are packed away in a box and her’s are so old they wouldn’t have helped much anyhow.  So there were no trail shoes for the two of us!  We just kept moving, at whatever pace we could manage. One of our miles “up top” took 38 minutes. Yes, that’s 38 minutes for ONE mile. But the views were breathtaking and it was worth it.  Seriously worth it.  Look at these amazing photos.

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I wanted to squeeze in a report for this event because I know that other people actually research races before jumping in the car to check off another state.  :)  There are a few details that might help if you go to run an event at Devil’s Lake.

1) Take a fuel/water belt. You’ll be going thru A LOT of water. The aid stations are well stocked but usually 4-5 miles apart. In fact, due to the terrain, I’m amazed they had as many stations as they did.
2) Wear trail shoes if you have them, buy them if you don’t own any. The purpose of trail shoes is to protect your feet. They have a foot and toe plate made out of a tougher/stronger material. I stubbed my toe, on unseen roots/rocks, 4 times and went flying. fortunately, I didn’t break any toes and I managed to land “on my feet” each time. This isn’t normal so I’m thankful to come out unscathed. Plus I could feel the rocks under my feet thru my road shoes. Not the most pleasant thing. I would have loved to have my trail shoes.
3) Gaiters are optional. Not necessary in my opinion. We weren’t kicking up a lot of dirt or debris but that could be due to our pedestrian pace. If you’re a mover and a shaker, wear your gaiters.
4) Compression works!  I strongly encourage the use of either compression sleeves or socks for this event. Firstly, it will keep the blood flowing in your muscles when the blood wants to leave the legs and go directly to the lungs, as you are clawing your way up the hills!!!  Secondly, the compression socks will protect your legs against the tall grasses/weeds and/or branches that are pushing onto the trail. There are several sections that are pretty grown up. I personally don’t want my bare legs touching a lot of weeds/grasses/trees with which I’m not familiar. It would be one giant itch fest for me.
5) Bug spray is your friend. Use it. Reapply. And keep your mouth shut if possible. It’s SUPER buggy and you’ll be lucky if you only eat a couple of bugs.
6) Pray for an overcast/cloudy day. We got lucky. I hope you do too!  We heard some stories about previous years which were a smoldering hot.  It was 80 degrees for us and overcast. Super muggy and buggy.
7) Low light on the trails will be an issue. If you want to protect your eyes from the bugs, use photochromic sunglasses (I prefer Ryders Eyewear) or lenses with low tint.
8) Have fun. If you aren’t going to win there is really no reason to press down the hills and risk your life. Ego is one thing. Safety is another. I highly recommend running this one “for fun”.  It took me over 7.5 hours to run/walk/hike this marathon and my quads & stabilizer muscles have been shredded all week. It’s a rough one and well, I’ve hiked the Grand Canyon from Rim to Rim and this was way tougher and much more technical.  I’ve run/walked/hiked a lot of trails.  I’m not an “expert” but I’m experienced.  I’m not trying to hype it, just be honest.  It’s going to be tough.  If you don’t believe me, check out the warning on the BACK of the race shirt.  Swag below, back of the shirt says, “Dances with Dirt 2014 …. I realize that my participation in this event entails the risk of injury or even death”.  Truth.  But at least the medal is a bottle opener so you can drink lots of brews if you survive.  :)devlils lake_swag_backGreat race. Amazing job to whoever marked the trails because we never had any doubt that we were headed the right way. Huge shout out to the volunteers who hiked in the aid stations and their supplies. Thanks to the fastie trail runners who didn’t run Julie and I over as we were hiking our way thru the rough sections. And of course a special thanks to Julie for “getting in the car” to go run her VERY FIRST trail event ever …… with a mere 24 hours for advance notice. Girl, I owe you. Thanks to Dawn for awaiting our finish and making sure we survived before she left to continue her family trip. Dawn, Me & Julie at the finish!

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**Wisconsin Is In The Books {Under Unforgettable}  ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINNER for FREE Entry to the Strike Out ALS 5K

Time to pick a winner for the 2014 Strike Out ALS 5K

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Thanks so much for participating!  A random number generator selected one winner and that was lucky #3!

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#3 = Lisa

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Lisa is a big Sox fan so I’m happy that someone who really loves the game and the stadium gets to run it for FREE!  Lisa, contact me (amanda@tootallfritz.com) as soon as possible so that we can get you signed up for the race!  Congrats, girl!

The rest of us can register to run the 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K by clicking HERE.  The race is on Tuesday, July 15th and one of those coveted weeknight events that is fun for the entire family.  Go enjoy the stadium and a great race for a great cause!

** Run for a Cause  ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **   

FREE Entry Giveaway – 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K at US Cellular Field

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Another great, family friendly event is quickly approaching!  On July 15th, the 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K will be held at US Cellular Field.   This is a must run event if you are a White Sox Fan!  2014 promises some new things as an incentive for local fans:

2014 Race Incentives 

1st, 2nd and 3rd place fundraisers will receive on field recognition at the White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles game on Monday, August 18th

4th and 5th place finishers will receive an autographed baseball by Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn

Anyone that raises $250 or over will receive a Comcast Ticket Voucher for an upcoming Chicago White Sox Game

The 2014 event also boosts a new course with entertainment at each mile plus a post race party with a local band! 

Most importantly, this is more than a family friendly event at a cool venue.    This is a massive fundraising effort for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  While I was introduced to this fast moving disease at an early age, many don’t know much about ALS.  Description below:  

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neuron disease (MND), is a progressive disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and generally, complete paralysis. In most cases, while the body continues to deteriorate, the mind remains unaffected. The disease does not discriminate, striking any age, gender and race. In the US, someone is diagnosed every 90 minutes, and approximately 35,000 people are living with ALS at any given time. There is no known cure for ALS and once diagnosed, patients typically live only three to five years.

So come on out for the 5th Annual Strike Out ALS 5K!  Free parking.   Great venue.  Family friendly event.  Amazing after party with a band.  Join the fun and help STRIKE OUT ALS!  Register HERE, donate HERE or comment below to be entered into a drawing for a free entry!  Giveaway for a free entry begins now and one winner will be drawn via a random number generator on Monday, July 7th.   Must comment below to be entered in the drawing.  Good luck!!

** Strike Out ALS ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Ryders Eyewear – Via Photochromic Review

As most of you know, my eyes are super sensitive.  I wear sunglasses, or use a visor, or BOTH, almost all the time.  It’s not that I’m trying to be cool but to protect my eyes.  Ryders Eyewear recently released a new model and sent me some to check out.  Here are the new Ryders Via Photochromic sport sunglasses.

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This is the white/yellow combo.  The lenses are tinted but not too dark so if you are running the woods, like I am usually doing, then you can still see!  Plus the photochromic lenses lighten and darken with the change of natural light so you aren’t looking thru dark black lenses in low light.

I’ve tested these babies several times.  I like that they are white and match everything.  However, if white isn’t for you, they have several other options too! 

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Yes, color & style matter to almost everyone.  They are stylish!  I also like that they aren’t too tight on my face so that when I’m all sweaty, they aren’t sticking to me.  I also love how the photochromic works automatically and I never even notice that the lenses are changing tint.  You can see in the photo below how much darker the lenses are than above …. pretty cool! 

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They are just perfect for running/riding thru the woods on my local trails!  I don’t miss a thing and that’s super important because I want to see all the amazing view that the trails have to offer! 

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One thing that I was concerned about initially was the nose pads stick out a bit and aren’t the ones that are flush with the glasses.  I take my glasses on and off quite a bit for pictures and when I’m talking with people.  I just like to look people in the eyes so feel awkward talking up close with someone THRU a pair of sunglasses.  Just me, I know.  So I was concerned that the nose pads would get stuck in my hair, but they don’t. 

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As always, Ryders Eyewear has delivered another pair of top notch glasses.  I use Ryders exclusively for running and biking.   They are comfortable.  Fit my face.  Don’t bounce or fog.  Scratch resistant.  Shatter proof cuz yeah, I’ve been known to crash a time or two.  Plus they offer my eyes UV Protection!  Great glasses and I’m happy to add the Via Photochromic to my collection.  Thanks, Ryders!   Feel free to purchase yours HERE!  $89 for the photochromic & $49 if you don’t need the tint to change. 

** Run & Bike with Ryders Eyewear** Amanda – TooTallFritz **