Orlando Neon Color Run 2013 Race Review

Orlando Neon Run 2013
That’s a sexy headband!

This is my Orlando Neon Color Run race review and it ain’t pretty.  I’m pretty but the review isn’t.

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted.  I have just been crazy busy.  Hopefully I will be even more crazy busy in the near future.  I haven’t been running much because of my new business, BUT I did run in the Orlando Neon Color Run last weekend.  It looked like fun when I originally signed up.  However I wasn’t feelin it.  So here is the back, front and middle story.

Orlando Neon Run 2013
Packet Pickup

I originally signed up when I saw a discount available on Groupons.  I could not resist.  I hadn’t done any events since I’ve been home from Afghanistan and was dying to get out there with my running people and get my run on.  As the Orlando Neon Color Run got closer,  I become less and less motivated.  I had paid my money and so I was going to run no matter what.

Orlando Neon Run 2013
Really nice race number.

The packet pick up was at Sports Authority which was a totally appropriate place to have it.  I was given my number, with the start time on the back, which was 8pm. They also gave out some chem lights, a headband and some neon paint.  That was nice.

So now I was ready, but still really not feeling excited.  I don’t know when or where it left me.  I enjoy events but not as much as I would like.  I really think it is because I can never find someone to participate with me.  I literally don’t run in those type of circles.  None of my friends run and they don’t want to.  They don’t even want to walk.  That really sucks.

I love running, but not in the events where I don’t have any support.  I just find it is no fun without friends.  I think that is why my Zombie Run in Kabul was my favorite.  I had my work family with me on that one and I loved it.  So any who….

Orlando Neon Run 2013
My me picture.

It was still hot, 82 freakin degrees at night.  Can you believe that.  I wasn’t really feeling good.  I was tired, my stomach hurt.  It kind of sucked.  It was only 2 miles.  I didn’t enjoy it at all.  Lord knows I tried, but I really didn’t.

Would I run it again.  Maybe with a friend.  No run buddy = no run event.

Other than my bad attitude here are some more important facts of this race:

  • Right off the bat they toss and spray color on you.
  • There is seriously thousands of people out there and the majority are walkers.
  • Most of the run was on grass, in the dark :(
  • You can tell this was not a true running event because people were standing in front of the water table chatting.  Also the water table was at the very beginning of the run.  That is crazy.

Heres some more photos:

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My time was 30.05 min for 2 miles.  No surprise there.  Well next up is Run For Your Lives.  I will have a running/blogger buddy there.  Hopefully it will be more fun.

Your Neon Running Buddy Lizzy

Orlando Neon Color Run Questions:

Have you had runs you really didn’t enjoy?

Have you run in a color run?

024 Fan Day Radio – Liz’s Random Fitness Thoughts


Fan Day Radio White Background Have you ever had random thoughts about…well…anything? What about random fitness thoughts?

Did you want to share them with your closest buddies?

That’s just what yours truly did for this episode of Fan Day RadioPodcast.

What’s discussed in this Episode

Fan Day Radio Podcast is a show for LizForADay hosted by Liz Hall.

It’s purpose is to share Health, Wellness, Travel & Fitness tips, to include tools to make your life better today than it was yesterday.

All this is shared in a podcasting format that you can listen to whenever you need some inspiration or a motivational lift.

In this episode, I  will discuss a

  1. debilitating fitness assessment give at gym
  2. running events
  3. my running event history
  4. running goal for 2013
  5. my social media evolution
  6. Discus Comments
  7. podcasting setup
  8. upcoming blogging conference
  9. keeping up with friends
  10. vegetarian Taco Recipe
  11. my current stats

Mentioned links:


 The Neon Run Orlando

Run for Your Life

Zombie Virtual Races

Florida Blogging Conference

I would love to hear your feedback.  Enjoy the show!

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What is are Virtual Races? I know… Virtual Zombies Watch Out

virtual races
Zombieween 5K

Virtual Races are my new go to race. When I saw this, I got super excited.  Why? I like running.  I like medals.  I like a good charity event.  But I absolutely love zombies.

Before I get into this actual event, I wanted to share my virtual race journey with you…..  Well there really isn’t much of a journey because I have never done one. I was actually in the stages of orgainzing a company run, which by the way was virtual.  It didn’t happen because I quit and came back to states.

I was disappointed about that.  I suppose I could have still participated myself, but I was traveling a bit. Now days I’m back into running.  What keeps me running is having some kind of a race to run.  I ‘ve only done the Disney 1/2 Marathon this year and really would like to get more races under my belt for 2013.

Virtual Race FAQ:

What is a Virtual Race?  Well virtual races are basically what the name implies.  They are not physically anchored to one location.  Virtual races, depending on the planner have their own rules which are simple and super easy to follow.

  • They can be run from any location, you choose.
  • The distances are specified and you pick the one you want to do.  That could include 5K, 10K, 1/2 and whole marathons.
  • Some virtual races include race bids, finishing tapes, and they even issue medals to finishers.
  • How do you prove you did it?  Well the rules may state that you have to take a picture of the readout from your favoriet running watch.  Some virtual races (most) hold you ,the honest runner, to the honors system.
  • The cost are minimum and usually the proceeds benefit a charity.
  • There are usually date ranges for which you will have to run any of the many virtual races out there. This can include a deadline to submit your proof if required.
  • Normally, you run these virtual races at your own pace.
Virtual Races
BrainsGiving 10K

OK, so back to this particular event.  Well there are actually 3 events that span the holiday season.  I like that.  I don’t know about you, but I love to eat.  :)  So this will be my motivation to run and run some more. :) These are the two I think, I’m gonna run.

[box style=”light-gray” ]Two Events: Zombieween 5K & BrainsGiving 10K – Save $10  (This info is straight from the event sponsors site & No I’m not getting a thing out of it)  😎

One registration to the ZombieWeen 5K and one registration for the BrainsGiving 10K, both to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Includes personalized bib for each event and professionally crafted finishers medals upon completion of chosen distance. (Personalized bibs: if registered before 9/29/13 and based on the first name listed on each registration – if you want something unique put it in the “first name” section, after 9/29/13 you will still receive a bib but it wont be personalized)


Virtual Races
Season’s Eatings 12K

There is one more in this virtual racing series and that is Season’s Eating.  You can go to the actual site and take look yourself.  Personally, I’m all in.  http://zombiefun.eventbrite.com/

I attempted to get a discount for those that would like to join me.

Here’s the organizations response.

Please use code EB37 For $7 off the ALL 3 Event registration and code EB15 For $5 off any other registration.  These will be limited to the first 25 people to use them (each).

Thank you for supporting us and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Please do follow us on Facebook at Virtually Awesome Races.


Shari and Laura

Zombies are so cool. I don’t like to be scared so virtual zombies are right up my alley.  I hope you all will join me.

Your Running From (or towards) the Zombies Lizzy

Virtual Races Questions:

Have you ran a virtual race before?

Do you plan on signing up?

What is appealing to you about virtual races?

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Running Motivation & Accountablity on Wednesday Rewind

Running Motivation
Race 3 NTC 5K Series 2012

Running motivation is deep in my soul.  On most days anyway. :)

I love looking back in the past for Wednesday Rewind.  It gives me a clear understanding of how far I’ve come.  This was actually a post from last year this time.

I decided to pull it out of the Fantabulous Day Blog vault.  That was the blog name back in the day. :)  This gives me running motivation like nothing else.

Back before my 1/2 Marathon, I wrote…..

I have eyes on other running blogs and I also listen to several running podcast.  There I can find lots of running motivation.  Since one of my goals with this blog is to inspire others, I thought I would start posting my training for the week.

I do post my runs on my 1/2 at 6000 ft page (currently removed), but I wanted to also post a quick update weekly on the home page.

This is just another way for me to hold myself accountable and to also, hopefully, inspire others to get moving.

I write on this blog for accountability reasons as well.  I always say “If you say it out loud, then you have to follow through”.  :) Writing in a journal is one thing, but blogging is taking journalizing to a greater level.  I’m sure all bloggers would agree.

I’ve been know to start things and then get demotivated, but this time I’ve committed to the Disney 1/2 marathon and I’m all in, mind, body, and soul.  I already paid my hefty entrance fee and am really looking forward to doing the run.

Running Motivation
After lunch time run.

Any who…. here is my week in review:

My main goals I accomplished for this week:

15 miles, the goal was 20.9 mile.

Long run was 6+, the goal was 7+.  I am OK with this 6+  That was darn good for me.

That’s great running motivation for me.  Don’t you agree?

My focus was on form and running longer.  I had been running for 30 mins at lunch and I have extended that to 40 mins.  I have been going a bit slow, but I can usually get in about 3 miles at a time, which is good.

Another week down and one week closer to January 13th.

Running Motivation
I had only run a couple of miles so I was feeling pretty good. Had to get the photo op in with my signature peace signs.

This was written in August of 2012.  Now look at me.  The Disney 1/2 Marathon is well under my belt and I’ve other race events in my sights.  You can check out how I did from my Disney 1/2 marathon race report.  Don’t kill yourself laughing.  If I can run Disney anybody can.

Now thats running motivation for ya!

Your Motivated Runner

Lizzy :)

Running Motivation Questions:

What motivates you to get fit?

Do you have any big events coming up that you would like to share?

What were you doing this time last year?

5 Free Fitness Podcast for a Motivated Workout

Fitness Podcast
All Plugged In.


I got 5 Fitness Podcast ideas to help motivate you to workout.  Well I know what you’re saying. Just what is a fitness podcast?  Here’s the definition I found on Dictionary.com for podcast.



[pod-kast, ‐kahst]  Show IPA Digital Technology .



a digital audio or video file or recording, usually part of a themed series, that can be downloaded from a Web site to a media player or computer: Download or subscribe to daily, one-hour podcasts of our radio show.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)


to record and upload as a podcast: He podcasts once a week on various topics. She podcasts her lectures.


Fitness Podcast
Podcast Studio

Really my definition….simply…a mini radio show, something to help me kill time and keep me in the know.  I love to be informed.  That sounded smart didn’t it? :) Add the fitness to the fitness podcast and you have a mini radio show about fitness.

Most podcast can be played on a number of various platforms.  Android, Apple, etc.  You can download How to Subscribe Using iTunes. If you subscribe to any given podcast, you will automatically receive updates as they become available.  That is really cool. It’s a no brainer.

On to the good stuff and the 5 fitness podcast I enjoy & the ones that can motivate you too.

Running at the Center of the Universe– This podcast is hosted by Ashland Dave.  He is an avid runner who luvs ultras.  I luv his laid back style of podcasting.  It always inspires me to continue running.  The run time is around 45min which is great for a run or walk.

Fitness Podcasst
Running with Pack, All about running.

Running with the Pack – this is my favorite running podcast.  It is basically all things running.  The host are Allen Gorkey & Stevie Roco.  I love this show. This was actually the very first audio podcast I ever listened to. This fitness podcast runs around 35 – 45 min.

Fitness Podcast
Jillian Michaels Show for Weight Training day.

The Jillian Michaels Show – Everybody knows Jillian. She is her normal in your face trainer. She talks a lot about her children now that she has adopted two.  It is still a very good fitness podcast & also entertaining.  It runs around 45 minutes.

Iron Brandon– Iron Brandon’s podcast studio is in the mile high state.  So you get to hear from a fitness expert who trains in high altitudes.  I believe his show is sponsored by Newton shoe company, but he does not overly advertise for them.  As the name imply Brandon’s expertise is Ironman training.  His fitness podcast runs about 30 -45 minutes.

Fitness Podcast
Have Yoga Mat will travel.

Namesta Yoga – This is the only video fitness podcast I watch.  It was one of the first video podcast I downloaded also.  It is hosted by Melissa West who runs a pretty comprehensive yoga site.  She always has great information about all things yoga.  Her fitness podcast runs about 60 min.  You have to carve out some time for this one.


Fitness Podcast
Fan Day Radio Podcast

Honorable Mention – Fan Day Radio – This fitness podcast is hosted by yours truly, ME! :)  I don’t know if I could truly call it a fitness podcast.  It is more of a random thoughts podcast on most days.  The run time for the fitness podcast is around 20-30 min.

In any case you will really enjoy and be inspired by the podcast above.  Go ahead and give them a shot, enjoy and be inspired & motivated.  :) All podcast are free…period!

Your Listening Lotus Lizzy :)

Fitness Podcast Questions:

What are your favorite podcast?

Do you have a podcast to share?

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FD264 – Weight Training Count Too

Weight Training
Those are 5 Lb weights. They look small, but do a bunch of reps and see how you feel.

I’m always looking for some ways to mix up my workouts.  Today I decided to get back to doing weight training.  I was mixing it up pretty good when I was in Afghanistan,but lost my momentum during my crazy travels.  It doesn’t take much for me to get thrown off kilter.  Cross training for a runner means resting your legs, to some extent.  That is a dirty word for most runners. They don’t want to rest, they want to run all the time.

My weight training includes some cardio as well.  Keep in mind, I’m no certified trainer, but I believe I can put together a training plan that works for me.  I think anyone can do it.  To get my cardio in and to get my heart rate up, I added in jumping jacks.  I really hate jumping, but I really need to ramp up my workouts a bit.

Here is the workout that I put together for myself.  Steal it if you like.  I don’t care.  It works great for me.

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Also here is the training worksheet I use to track what I’m doing.  Once again, you can steal it if you like.  I don’t care.  :)

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I have to say that the workout above was tough for me.  I only did 2 sets instead of 3.  Since I haven’t work with weights in a while, I wanted to gauge how I will fill tomorrow.  I know the feeling of debilitating soreness from doing too much.  I once did weights too heavy and couldn’t brush my teeth with my own arms and hands.  That sucked! :(  So don’t do too much too soon.

Weight Taining
I plan and record my workouts immediately.

I’m going to do this workout every other day.  I think that will be good for me.  If you are a personal trainer and would like to give me some tips, I’m down.  I would even love to interview you.

So everybody get moving, like I did today. :)

Your Bound to Have Muscles Someday Lizzy :)

Weight Training Questions:

How do you plan your workouts?

Do you record them in any way?


FD263 – Cross Training Elliptical Video + 7 More Elliptical Tips

Cross Training Elliptical
My Little Elliptical

I decided to do some cross training on the elliptical instead of running.  That’s right, cross training elliptical work.  Here I come.  I also decided to post a video on my YouTube channel which you can subscribe to receive updates.  Yeap, I’m enjoying the videos and I’m  getting darn good at editing.  I would say that, if you have a business and you want to do videos, pay someone else to edit them.  It’s a long process.  I’m on hobby time right now, so I can sit down and do nothing but play on the computer if I want.

I don’t want to sit down so much that my buns start spreading uncontrollably though.  :) Say it with me, again “cross training elliptical work here I come.) So part of my video journey is showing you guys, in real time, what the heck I do for fitness.  Sometimes it’s not possible to video, but I am doing what I can.  It is what it is.

Here’s the video and below is some additional elliptical tips and info.  Enjoy!


Some additional info on Cross Training Elliptical Workouts:

Cross Training Elliptical
When in Florida do as the Floridians do.
  1. You can set the levels or inclines to get a really good workout.  There is resistance levels which mimic inclines.  Personally I’m not a fan of inclines, but sometimes they are necessary.  :)
  2. You can also track your heart rate, which should be at a level appropriate for you to get your heart going.
  3. You can set use a preset program or set the controls on manual.
  4. Don’t be mislead by what you see written on the machine.  Your abilities will dictate what level you need to workout to.
  5. Understand the gym machines. Not all machines are created equal.
  6. Do wear the proper shoes.  I can just see some fool getting on the machine in flip flops.  It is Flip Flop Florida after all.  :)
  7. You should still warm up before going for it. It would really suck to pull some crazy muscle and not be able to run.

Don’t be intimidated by cross training elliptical work.  Go get you move on.  :)

You Cross Training Lizzy :)

Cross Training Elliptical Questions:

Do you use the Elliptical when you go to gym?

Are you intimidated by the monster gym machines?

What is your favorite machine? 

FD258 – Focus Friday, Unfocused, Refocused

Focus Friday means showing up for blog planning.  :)  I know, I know. You are all saying where the hell is Lizzy.  Lizzy has been Lazzzzy these past weeks.  Something has must be said for routines.  I am constantly saying I need to get back to my routines, but it has been eluding me lately.  I don’t know why.


Back Looking on this Focus Friday  ……………………………..

I started blogging again this week.  That is so abnormal for me.  Blogging is a bit of a release and a shout out for the accountability in my life, if you know what I mean.    So this week was a bit flucky. Well actually this whole year has been flucky. I have been a woman on the move and I haven’t finished yet.

Focus Friday
My Office is in a shambles.

So I think it is time to take the baby step and get me some short-term goals in place so I can start getting on track.  The first order of business is to get my office back in order.  If I had one word for my office it would be Chaos! How does one collect so much paperwork even when they are not home.  Well I managed to do just that.  Unfortunately my shredder took a nose dive, so I have to flip for a new one.  Dangnabit.

Forward Going on this Focus Friday………………………………………….

Focus Friday
Get it, Get it!

My short-term weekly goal this week is to stay on my fitness schedule.  Journalize what I’m eating.  Yeap, I said it out loud, the dreaded journalizing.  UGGGG!  Polish my nails at night instead of five minutes before I go somewhere, which by the way has really been working out for me, believe it or not, but it really is not good for the morning schedule.

I plan on running at least 4 times this week and getting some weights in this week which I haven’t done in a while. I have a running date in June and I don’t want to look too bad.  I’m already slow enough as it is. :)

Meal Planning on this Focused Friday………………

I still have some food in my freezer from two weeks ago. I will also be going out in the AM to a farmers market to get me a hug pile of veggies.  I am going to start juicing.  My plan is to replace one meal with juice only.  We will see how that goes.

Sleep Planing on this Focused Friday……..

It is so easy for me to stay up all night.  After living overseas for 7 years, my body automatically takes every opportunity to stay on that time zone.  I drank way too much coffee yesterday and I was up until 6:30 am this morning.  Believe it or not I wasn’t sleepy at all.  That is crazy.  Not good.  Time to get on a sleep schedule.  I can’t get anything done sleeping half the day away.

Focus Friday
I can do this. I look good for only 4 hours sleep.

I also have some travel planning to make, but I will save that for another post.  :)

That’s my crystal ball moment for the past and future.

Your Planning & Refocusing Lizzy :)

PS.  BTW Check out Mind over at Road Runner Girl.  She always does some great fitness planning.  I love her blog.  :>

Focus Friday Questions:

Do you have a day where you plan your whole week out?

Does that seem too complicated?

FD 257 – Fitness Meaning…What? How do you define…

Fitness Meaning
How do you define Fitness?

I say if you are moving more than you normally do, that is fitness to me.  Sometimes you have to think out of the box.  Not everyone can afford to go to a nice gym.  “Fitness meaning” looks different to everyone.

Fitness Meaning
Done Running on my treadmill I purchased a couple of years ago. Yeah!

Fitness Meaning……Ease into your exercise

Take baby steps with your fitness.  It is not all about getting on a treadmill and running as fast as you can for as long as you can the first time you jump on.  You have to ease into your exercise and make a routine that fits your life and lifestyle.

Fitness Meaning
My Gear. BTW it took me 2 years to man up and run a half marathon.

Fitness Meaning…..Don’t be a slave to routines

Don’t be a slave to the routines.  Have you heard anyone say “If I can’t workout at a certain time, then I just cant do it”.  Well I say why can’t you?  There is a lot of hours in the day and it doesn’t matter when you get it in, just get it in.

Fitness Meaning….Think out of the box

Think out of the box.  What do you consider fitness.  Let’s see, I was on my feet all day working in the kitchen cooking, entertaining and literally speed walking back and forth to the grill.  (Mind you it was raining the whole time that day). That made me walk a bit faster of course.  :) I could really feel the tightness in my muscles when I finally did get a chance to sit down.  Oh my, did I!  :)  I will call that a workout for the day.

Fitness Meaning
Done running, waiting on buddy to finish up.

Fitness Meaning….Take baby steps

Taking baby steps can also mean gathering your workout equipment one piece at a time.  That’s what I did.  Mind you, it took me a couple of years. I now have a full gym.  I’m glad I took the baby steps to make that happen.  I really can’t afford to pay those hefty commercial gym fees.

Fitness Meaning
Time to Bike

Fitness Meaning…..Get Outside

The weather is great right now, so why not use this opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature.  I love going out to the trail and walking running or biking.  Even a walk around the block is enjoyable.  Working in the yard can also give you a fitness boost, let me tell it.            Soon I will be building my garden and that’s when the heavy lifting will begin.  :)

Fitness meaning
Resting my running legs

Ultimate Fitness Meaning…..Change the Way You Think

My point….There is always a point…..Change the way you think.  You will be surprised at what you come up with.  :)

Your Workout Buddy Lizzy :)

PS. Find a trail near you and get out there.  Click here for info on the West Orange Trail in Orlando area

You can join me on :) :

Daily Mile

All links on right sidebar :) 

Fitness Meaning Questions?

What does fitness mean to you?

What is your favorite workout?

FD 254 – The 3 E’s – Exercise Equals Energy

Exercise Equals Energy
Nothing like a Great Workout!

Once again I have done a disappearing act from blogging.  I’m back stateside and really trying to make a new routine for me.  I understand that exercise equals energy and so now that I have some time on my hands, I feel I can really get back into the swing of things with my fitness.

On my way  back to sunny Florida, I made a couple of pit stops.  I wanted to visit some of my army buddies and good friends.  Tammy in Washington and Steve/Trish in Atlanta.  Boy did I enjoy myself….maybe a little too much.  I was eating alot, not exercising and enjoying the great company.

So now I am back and settling in.  I love being home, but will probably be on the road some more within the upcoming months.  I still gots people to see.  For now I wanted to get some workouts in and some miles.

Exercise Equals Energy
Have Yoga Mat will travel.

Yesterday was a really great eating day for me.  I love to cook, so I spent some time in the kitchen after my long walk to get my news paper.  I feels great to get outside and breath in some fresh air.  The air in Afghanistan is horrible.  I hope I don’t have black lung from working over there.  :(

Since I’m not leave for an abnormal amount of time when I travel now, I can really get down in the kitchen.  I am a huge fan of freezing meals so I don’t waste food and there is not excuse to eat bad.  I’m sure I can find a reason to eat bad, but I really need to drop some pounds.  I feel like I am dragging so much extra weight when I’m moving around.  Also, once again I know exercise equals energy and I need all I can get.

Any who I leave you with a video for Jay on ab work.  I really enjoy his blog and his facebook page.  You should check it out.  Until later. LJHealth.Wordpress.com

OH remember Exercise Equals Energy, rinse and repeat. :)

Love, Peace and Hair Grease

Your Lurvly Lotus Lizzy :)

 Exercise Equals Energy Question:

What does exercise do for you?

Do you feel better after you exercise or tired?