Life has a flavor…it's Strawberry Banana

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. – Eleanor Roosevelt
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I have run quite a few “color” events and by far I give the biggest thumbs up to Flavor Run! On May 16, 2015 I had the absolute pleasure of taking part in the Ft. Pierce flavor run at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds with my friends.  The weather was a perfect 80 degrees with an overcast. We could not have asked for better weather for a late morning race! I would like to thank Flavor Run for the 4-Pack of Tickets that I won on their Facebook Page! Since some of the other “color-type” runs I had done weren’t all that great, I don’t think I would’ve given Flavor Run a chance and that would’ve been a mistake! It is definitely worth it!!!flavor (2)
I, as usual, was running late (I blame the long line at Starbucks!!!) and despite my tardiness check-in was a breeze! Parking was very well organized so there was no wait to get in. There was a very short line at packet pick-up, but I loved how they set it up. Grab your bib at one table and your t-shirt at the next so it didn’t bog up the line!!! I would also like to mention that I loved that Flavor Run mentioned that their shirts run small! I chose a Ladies Large and it fit PERFECTLY! I love the quality of their shirts and the simple design!
They had a warm-up dance going as I approached and the DJ and MC had the crowd ready to go! They were already partying before the race! They started in waves and had strollers off to the side, which I thought was a brilliant idea!!! We snapped a few pics, lined up for the last wave and off we went! The route was set up a bit different than other races at our Fairground and I loved that they switched it up! Finally, a race company that DID NOT bring us behind the rodeo arena to step in bull crap!!! They cut left just before the area! I don’t know if they meant to do it that way, but it worked out perfect! It wasn’t long before we reached the first Flavor Zone…and my favorite….Strawberry Banana! It really does taste good!! Yeah, that’s right….I licked myself, what of it?!  Ha ha! We also ran into Grape, Blueberry, Orange and Watermelon! I thought it was really great that they had music set up at each of the station to get everyone pumped! They also had photographers….which were much appreciated…..flavor (3)
My absolute FAVORITE part of the Flavor Run was the finish line! They had random strangers to give high fives! Who doesn’t want a high five as they finish?! It was awesome! They made me laugh! The race had great medals, awesome fruit plates and a killer party! The DJ was great, the energy was high and I even snagged a pair of Flavor Run sunglasses that were launched from the stage! Overall this was my favorite “color” themed event. They did a fantastic job from start to finish and I would definitely do it again! Thanks Flavor Run!!!!
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And I Ran, I Ran So Far Away

I ran.
I ran 13.1 miles…kind of.
I ran, I walked, I stalked wounded gazelles and I chased them down.
It’s no secret that I hate running, but running can be enjoyable if you do it right.
On Sunday, February 15, 2015 I completed the Publix A1A Half Marathon in Ft. Lauderdale with a group of really awesome people of which included my friend Jorean. The morning was freezing and dark as we gathered by the 13+ minute mile pace maker at the start line. We knew we were going to take it slow and just have fun. We were the party pace!
We started off in a group of 7 of us + 1 really awesome dog and within a few miles Jorean and I decided we had enough of getting passed by the elderly and took off like bats out of hell. Ok, maybe not bats out of hell…but we moved faster. We started playing a game where we would stalk our prey, wounded gazelles, and we would run past them roaring and growling! After we would catch a gazelle we would walk for a few minutes while we stalked new prey! This is how we made it 13.1 miles and it didn’t feel like far at all!
We had SO much fun! We walked, we ran, we stalked, we attacked and took a few goofy selfies along the way!

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Why do you run?

Why do you run?
By Pookie

I run. I run short distances and long distances, road and trail…slowly.  I never truly enjoy running. So, why do I do it? It’s just what people do…they run…they race…they collect medals. Well, to that…I say phooey! I recently realized that I don’t actually enjoy running, I run because that’s just what everyone I know does! I see all their Runkeeper and Nike+ statuses and I think, “Man, I should be out there running.”  No, no I should not. There are so many other ways to stay active I’m not sure why I succumbed to the oldest ploy in the book…”everybody’s doing it!”

Should you run? I don’t know. What I do know is you have to answer that for yourself by asking yourself this question, “Do I enjoy running?”  The question is not, “Is running a good method of fitness?” or “Will I lose weight by running.”  The answer to those questions is yes. The question you should be asking is, “Does running fill me with passion and excitement?” If the answer is “No”, don’t do it!

Some say that Pookie and The Bear are “serial hobbiests”.  We are, there is no denying that. What they are missing is that we are constantly seeking things that fill us with fire and passion. Ghalib said, “The heart is an embarrassment to the chest if it’s not on fire. Releasing a breath brings shame if it’s not a fountain of flame.”

Go out there and find your passion. Maybe it’s running, maybe it’s biking or maybe it’s walking upside down on your hands! Whatever your passion is that makes you happy is what you should be doing. Never stop looking for it because you will find it and when you do find it you may find yourself flying down a hill, standing up on your bike yelling, “WEEEE!!!! I’m flying!!!!!”

Why run when you can fly?

Why run when you can fly?

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