Monday, January 26, 2015

Run your Tutu off 5k 2015

Join me for the 3rd annual Run your Tutu off 5k
 Saturday February 21, 2015!  
This will be my first time at this event. I am going with a fun group of friends.  I am ready to have a great time! Please join us!  If your from the Dallas/Salem area, you are welcome to join our car pool to the event.  Just e-mail me at 

Run your Tutu off 5k information:
Saturday 2/21/15
10:00 am 5k Starts
If you need to register the day of the event, that will be going on from 9:00-9:45 am.

Register for $25.00 (adults) and $10.00 (kids).  Children under 5 years of age will be free.
The funds raised at this event will go towards providing beds, pillows, sheets, and blanket sets to children within the community.
You can register online through 9:45 am on 2/21/15 here (adults) here (kids). 

Check out past years photos and more here.

Chrystal Lake Park-Corvallis
100 SE Fischer Lane.

This event is put on by Fitness By Emily to raise funds to benefit the Benton Furniture Share.  The 5k is designed for beginners to advanced runners and walkers. Come, have fun and help support a great cause!  Oh, and don't forget to wear a tutu (Men are welcome too!)  Lets have some FUN! 

If you would like to support this event but don't want to walk or run, you can volunteer before, during, or after the event.  Contact Michelle at 541-754-9511 for any questions you may have.

Hope to see you on the 21st! 

~Julie at ZaoFit

Friday, January 9, 2015

Uberthons NewYearathon 2015

I picked Uberthons NewYearathon to be my first race of 2015.  I love Uberthons events.  I rounded up several Dallas, OR area friends and we headed to the race on January 3rd.

Runners warming themselves with the
nice heaters.
The race was held at Cook Park in Tigard OR.  It was very easy to find and there was plenty of parking.  It was a cold morning.  We had picked up our race bibs the night before, but race day pick up was going on over near the starting line. There were two nice large warming heaters for runners and walkers to huddle around.  My friends and I headed off to find the restrooms and to get warmed up.  There were several restrooms all over the park.  I saw a few people I knew and got ready to start the race.

Jerry and me with our cool new bling!
First was the 1 mile warm up.  I was going to run this with my 10 year old but he didn't end up coming.  I watched two friends run this!  I was getting excited for the 5k.  I have never run a race this close to the beginning of the year.  Typically over November and December I am not in training so I'm not excited to race in January.  This year, I did a November running challenge and ended up stretching it to Christmas.  I felt I was in better shape this January and was excited to start the year with a good 5k!

The 5k started about 9 am.  Darwin from Uberthons let the kids come up front to start the race with a 30 second head start.  I love how Uberthons promotes active lifestyle for the whole family.  This race was chip timed so we took off in waves.  I left in the 3rd wave of runners.  It was pretty packed at first.  Some of the path was a little narrow.  It was a beautiful safe path through the park, mostly paved, partly trail.  Around mile two we had to go up and down a small but challenging hill.  The rest of the course was fairly flat.  Part of the course we came back around and could see other runners/walkers going out.  I like races where you can see other runners coming and going in all different pace groups.  

Eric and Erika after the race, great job!!!
As we came back into the main part of Cook Park we did a short out and back before coming into the finish line.  This was a fun part for me because I got to see all my friends who were in front of me and behind me!  So much fun!  I came into the finish line to start off my 2015 with a nice 5k PR!

After the race my friends and I went for a short cool down run and then got bananas and hot chocolate provided by Uberthons!  We were able to get a print up of our race times but had to wait to find out if we placed in our age group. Age group winners were announced after the kidathon race.  Alan from Uberthons lead the kids in a loop around the park.  It was really fun to watch!

My Husband ran a PR time today too! Great job Jerry!
Check out these AWESOME medals!

My friends and I had a wonderful morning running and hanging out at the Uberthons Newyearathon.  This is a race I would definitely run again.  It was a fairly fast course.  There was one small hill and several turns that made it not the fastest course.  I like that it was off road, in a park.  I like that it was family friendly but competitive if you want to race.  
Found more friends! Great job Sheila and Brittany! 
Newyearsathon was open to 400 people.  330 people finished the race. 
Uberthons offered a 1 mile race for $14 
5k for $22
Both the 1 mile and 5k for $25
Kidathon for FREE ($10 for a kids medal)

Something extra:  On my facebook page I have done two Uberthons I CAN DO THIS Challenge's.  My last challenge ended the end of December and one of the bonus challenges was signing up for an Uberthons race in 2015.  My winner, Betsy Seth was there, running the 1 mile and 5k.  I was able to present her with a Uberthons shirt after the race was over.  This was so much fun. I love how Uberthons encourages a healthy lifestyle for the whole family.

I highly recommend Uberthons races.  They are family friendly but also competitive.  Darwin, Alan and their crew are some of the best I have meet.  They put on quality fun events and do so much for the communities they work with.  Check out these upcoming races.  Most of them I will be at and look forward to seeing you!


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roaring Run Half Marathon

Looking for a good half marathon to start off the New Year?  How about the Roaring Run Half.  It's taking place in Scio, OR on January 31st.

  This will be my first half marathon of 2015 and I would love for you to join me.  If a half isn't for you, they are also offering a 5k and a 10k.  

Starting Time

  • 8:30 AM – half marathon early start
  • 9:00 AM – half marathon regular start
  • 9:30 AM – 10K
  • 10:00 AM – 5K

Fees ~ All Proceeds go to the cross country running program at Lebanon High School.

  • $30 for the half marathon, if registered by December 1, 2014
  • $35 between Dec. 2 – January 1, 2015
  • $40 between Jan. 2 – 28               
 The race will be starting and finishing at the Roaring River County Park.  This park is about 10 miles southeast of Scio, OR.  The race is open to runners and walkers, featuring a early start time if needed.  I haven't ran this race before, but it is explained as being mostly flat, gradual downhill and uphill.  The course sounds beautiful:  "runners will pass by rolling fields and horse farms, and finish the loop by running through the historic Larwood Covered Bridge."   I'm definitely going to go out and try for a PR for this one.
There will be an overall award for both men and women along with age group winners.
Everyone who finishes the half marathon will receive a finishers medal.
Following the race, all participants may feast on the baked potato bar.  

Don't miss out, register here.
You can check out the official race website here
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Uberthons New Yearathon

Thinking about doing a race first thing in 2015?  Look no further! Join me and my family and walk or run the Uberthons New Yearathon.  I will be running the 1 mile race with my 18 year old, 10 year old and husband.  I'm also racing in the 5k. 
Don't feel like running?  That ok, come and walk.  Just get out and start the year off moving.  There is also a FREE kids race, the kidathon.  

Location: Cook Park, Tigard OR
Date: Saturday January 3rd
Time: 8:30 am

1 mile: $14.00 with Medal 
   under 7 mins starts at 8:30 am
   over 7 mins start is 8:40
5k: $22.00 with Medal
   starts time 9:00 am
1 mile & 5k: $25.00
Kidathon: FREE (can purchase a medal for $10.00)

 Meet at Structure 2 in Cook Park

Bib Pick up:  Friday January 2nd at ROADRUNNER Sports in Tualatin between 3 pm and 5 pm.  Everyone will be entered into a drawing for a pair for FREE running shoes.  Winner will be drawn on the day of the race (one male and one female winner).

ONLY 40 spots remain, don't delay, register today!

Check out the 5k course here.

1 mile course 

This will be my first race in 2015!  Come drink a hot coco with me and my family and get moving!  You won't regret it! 

No day of race registration.  Click here to register today!

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Vega One Review and Recipe

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Vega to try a new product.  I have used Vega before and love their products. I was happy to try something new.  I was sent a box of Vega One.  The exciting thing about Vega One? 33% MORE Protein.  2x MORE Greens!  Now, there is even MORE nutrition in every scoop.   

I'm a runner so my favorite time to have a Vega One Shake or Smoothie is right after a running workout. This morning I made up a smoothie using one serving of Vega One, frozen mixed fruit, greek yogurt, raw nuts and water.  So good and so simple!

 Another favorite is my Coconut Blueberry VegaOne Protein Muffins.  I make these up and have after a workout or for a snack during the day. 

Coconut Blueberry Vega One Muffins:
Gluten and Dairy Free
Makes 14 muffins

1 cup Organic Coconut Flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup honey
1 cup coconut or almond milk
6 eggs
4 tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
4 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp Chia Seeds 
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 serving Vega One

Mix all together in mixer except the blueberries.  Add the berries last, fold the berries in by hand.  Pour into greased or lined muffin tins.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

I store mine in the fridge.  Enjoy!!!!

One serving:
184 calories
11.2g fat
7.9g carb
7.1g fiber
11.7g protein

Please feel free to share this wonderful recipe with your friends and order yourself some Vega One. You won't be disappointed!
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Four Corners of Drain, Oregon

I grew up in the City of Drain! 

 I learned to love and hate running in Drain.  I moved away right after graduation, never to return to run....until today!  20 years later, I wanted to run in Drain again, so that's what I did! 
I ran ten miles! Drain is a very small town, so I had to get creative running a full ten miles. Come with me, and see my run through the City of Drain......

Front of my High School
HS track
HS track
This is North Douglas High School.  I went to this school 8th-12th grade.  There was no middle "school" at the time, so yes...8th grade.  

As I came to the  High School Track, I had to run on it.  It looked the same, muddy.  I ran one lap and then headed off to see more of Drain!

My old house
Up the hill from the H.S. is the favorite house my family lived in.  It's the tall tan house.  This road goes up to the Drain cemetery.   

Founders of Drain
I remember cemetery hill being very steep.  We used to have to run up it for practice sometimes. There were 3 or 4 dogs that lived half way up that used to come out and scare us.  I figured after 20 years, surely the dogs were dead.  I made it to the top, no dogs and for the first myself.  I was always scared to go up to the cemetery alone as a kid. This tombstone shows Charles and Anna Drain.  Charles is the founder and politician of Drain, who donated 60 acres of nearby land to the Oregon and California Railroad in 1871.

On my way back down the hill, I stopped to explore the forest up behind Drain.  My brother, my friends and I used to play on the trails on this mountain.  

This shows the view on the side of the mountain. If you look closely, you can see the town through the trees.  It was a beautiful day! I wish I had had more time to explore the mountain again, but thought I better head back into town since I was alone. 

This is the Charles and Anne house, now used for the school district.  It's a beautiful house to see in person.  It sets just on the other side of the HS track.

I ran back by my HS and over to the Elementary school, just a few blocks over. This was my school, kindergarten to the end of 7th grade.  I remember some of my teachers so clearly.  Some still live in Drain and every once in while, I get to see them.  Small town love! 
North Douglas Elem.

Next I ran back to the HS again and around the back to see the Drain swimming pool.  I spent most every summer with my friends in this pool.  We even got to have PE class in the pool since it is so close to the HS.  It's still open every summer if you were wondering.

Now, it was time to run to the other side of Drain.  To get there I crossed the railroad track that goes through the middle of town.

This railroad is still in use today, if you were wondering.
  This is the walking bridge I crossed countless times walking to school back in the day.
The Division house, our house with the creek in the backyard.
I used to play down at this creek with my friends for endless hours every summer I lived in the Division house.  I remember this house being small but had the best back yard.  A big yard to play in with a creek just down the bank. We also had two really cool neighbors. I learned to ride a bike while living at this house. 
The church I got married in.

I stopped here...

  •  Next I headed to the opposite end of Drain.  I went past the old mill my Dad worked at and out too Elk Creek Road.  Soon I came to the church I grew up in and got married in.  It still looks exactly the same.  I ran on out elk creek road.  My Senior year my family moved out into the country.  I didn't run clear to the house since it was out a ways and up a long driveway. I wouldn't be able to run up anyway.  
  •  I stopped here!  (see picture above) I'm have no memory of this house at all.  This isn't a good photo but there are pumpkins and shoes hanging all over the fence along with a hanging bike.  Not sure what that's all about.   I heard a dog and decided it was time to turn back towards town.  

The road back to town

This is a view of part of downtown Drain. you can see the post office and the bank.  There is also a bowling alley and a small grocery store and a few local small businesses.

This road goes through the middle of Drain.  Near my division house.  Countless memories of the Drain parade going down this road.  Memories of this road being flooded and not drive-able.  The only gas station in town is up there to your left! 

I will end this tour with the Drain Covered Bridge.  It used to be in a different location just over about 100 yards, but after a big flood was moved over to this area.  It was no longer safe to drive on.  For years it's been used as a walking bridge and a popular place for photos to be taken.  I was sad to see today, it's no longer even a walking bridge.  The small green sign reads, no access and a fence is blocking it off.  It's no longer safe to even walk on, but still a beautiful bridge to look at. 
As you can see, Drain doesn't really have four corners, but hey, it caught your attention didn't it?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Runaway Pumpkin Half '14 Race Review

October 18th 2014 was the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon in Lebanon at Cheadle Lake Park.

Tonya, Erika and me!

Runaway Pumpkin  is a fundraiser for the ABC House.  The ABC house is in Albany, OR.  They provide a safe and healing environment for children who have been abused.  I love that funds are going to support this!

Info on the Runaway Pumpkin Half Marathon:
Race entries: Early bird $45.00 through May 31st. Prices went up until just before race day.  $55.00 through Aug. 31st, $65.00 through Oct. 7th and $70 till registration closed on Oct. 15th. 
Registration included a cool tech shirt, a reusable goodie bag FULL of coupons and samples.  It was one of the best goodie bags I have gotten at a race. You also got a finishers medal!
  This race was chip timed.

Staggered start in pace groups.

Packet pick up was available the day before the race or on race morning.

Race was open to walker and runners (4.5 hours time limit).

There were 7 aid stations along the course.

Course is a nice loop, partly along the water.

Lots of food after the race with gluten free food this year.

Lots of vendors including a massage vendor!!!

That's me in the middle, front with the really white legs, lol!  Costume contest! (Photo by Ingrid B.)

The Runaway Pumpkin Run from Julie's point-of-view:  Saturday morning I rode up with friends.  We came early so we could take part in the costume contest The Runaway Pumpkin Half was having before the race started.

The weather was good but could of been a little cooler if you ask me, lol.   I stood in line at the port-a-potties with Emily, Erika, and Tonya for the second time.  With only  five minutes left to start and about 8 ladies in front of me, I left the line and headed for the start. I joined my pace group and was excited to get started.
Me at the starting line (photo by Eric F.)
Soon the race started.  The race director did a great job with the staggered start.  The first mile was a narrow path and I never felt like there were too many people around me that mile.  People were passing each other with no problems.  As I ran a few people passed me and I made it a point to remember them.  Come miles 7-13, I had plans of passing them back!  I was really trying to pace this race right!  As I turned the first corner (a sharp corner) a guy almost tripped me cutting me off to shake a volunteers hand. He was so focused on the volunteers he didn't even realize what he had done.  He went on my passing list!  

Erika running fast (Photo by Eric F.)
I ran the first four miles and wondered if I should speed up but I just tried to maintain.  I didn't want the last few miles to be horrible.  I had told my friend Erika (running this for the first time) that it was a flat course. I had ran it a few times and honestly remembered it being flat.  Well, it was fairly flat (opps).  There were several small rolling hills but it wasn't bad at all.  This is one of my very favorite half courses. I did keep thinking, "Erika is gonna kill me"   
I found Erika and ran with her for a few min.
I knew Erika's husband would be at about mile nine.  I had plans to hand off my water bottle and fly to the end if I felt good.  About mile 8.7, there he was.  I almost didn't see him. I handed off my water bottle and I took off.  I was feeling good and I needed to finish passing all the people on the list in my head.  I was sure I wasn't going to PR at this point so I didn't focus on that too much.  I just looked at the line of people in front of me and started picking them off, one by one.  If they had a bright shirt on, I went after them.  
With about two miles left I realized I might just PR, but I was going to have to really GO, so I speed up.  Mile 13 was my fastest mile!  I was just short of a lifetime PR, but I did PR the course by about eight minutes!  I finished at 1:50.53 feeling AWESOME. I do believe that was the best I have ever felt for a half and it was my 11th one.  It pays to learn how to pace correctly.  I did learn that if I feel good, I should speed up a few miles earlier than I did.  
My friend Emily had finished way before me, and Eric told me in on how she did.  Eric and I headed out to look for Erika, Tonya, Mitch and Kelleigh. Some of our Dallas friends.  I was supper excited for Erika, she PRed today!  As everyone came in we went over and found the food booth and looked around.  

Found Will from Dallas, The DJ for the event
Finished! 1:50.53
Found some Superheros! Mitch and Kelleigh! 
We did good Tonya!
Race sponsors 
Post race food!

This is a half marathon I definitely would suggest you do!  I look forward to next year!

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