Thursday, August 27, 2015

Organic Freekeh Review and Give-a-way!

Organic Freekeh Review! 
Visit Freekeh ~HERE~

About a month ago I was asked to try Freekeh (free-kah) and write a review!  I love trying new products and this is something I have never tried before.  I was excited to see how it tasted. 

I tried "original" and " rosemary sage."  Both are a good source of fiber and protein and cooks in just minutes!

What is Freekeh?  I was wondering the same thing?  Freekeh was created by accident nearly 2,000 years ago when a Middle Eastern village was attacked and their crop of young green wheat was set on fire.  The villagers rubbed off the chaff and cooked it up...that is how Freekeh was created! Freekeh is a Organic food, Non-GMO, and Kosher.  They are based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota  

What do you do with Freekeh???  Good question!  The thing is, what CAN'T you do with it?  You can add it to soups, pilafs, salads, anything really!  It's easy to cook-just like rice! It's packed with fiber and protein to adds nutrition and flavor to any meal!  I will be adding it to my fish/veggie meal tonight for dinner!

I personally love the favor of both the Rosemary Sage and the Original.  I like it so much, I will definitely be purchasing more at the store. Freekeh can be ordered on-line or found at places like Whole Food or New Seasons (Portland, OR area).

Want recipe ideas?  Visit Freekeh-food website ~HERE~ for tons of ideas! 

Want to try Freekeh for free?  Enter my give-a-way below!  Freekeh has generously offered to give one lucky ready your choise of a bag of Original, Rosemary Sage, or Tamari

Winner will be picked Sept. 4th! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Runaway Pumpkin Half 2015 Coming Soon!

Join me Saturday October 17th at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon, OR for The Runaway Pumpkin Half


Register ~here~

Current price is $57.00
After Sept 1st price goes up to $67.00, DON'T MISS OUT!
Walkers and Runners welcome! 4.5 hour time limit. 
 Race is limited to 1500 people.

 All proceeds go to the ABC House 

The Runaway Pumpkin Half is one of my favorite half marathons. For starters, I love Fall races in Oregon!  This one is fun because you can dress up.  They even have a costume contest.  Come at 8:00 am for the contest.  They even give out prizes if you win!  Last year a lot of people came and took part in this.  It was really fun!   If your not wanting to dress up, it's not a requirement, but it is sure worth it! Grab a friend and start planning! 
The race will start at 9:00 am.  The course is a large loop.  It's fairly flat with a few very small rollers.  I think this is a great beginners course and a great course for a PR if your looking for a faster time.  I will be running this in hopes of a PR this year! Hope you can join me!

Follow Runaway Pumpkin at facebook here!
Join the event page here!
Follow on Twitter here!
 Follow on Instagram here!
Follow on Pinterest here! 

Follow me (Julie) at ZaoFit here!

Upcoming races:

Runaway Pumpkin Half Oct 17, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Albany Half Marathon Race Review 2015

Check out Albany Half's Website ~here~

 Saturday, August 15th was the 3rd annual Albany Half Marathon. It was held at Timber Linn Park. I was excited to run this Summer Half! 
Add caption
 I arrived at 7:30, knowing the half started at 8:00. There was plenty of parking close to the start/finish line.  Packet pick-up was easy.  No lines and the volunteers were friendly and helpful.  Everything seemed very organized.  I went over to the port-a-potty line and there was no line there either.  Plenty of port-a-potties to handle this race.
I went back to my car and waiting a few minutes to the 8:00 am start.  The starting line was next to the parking lot.
The Finish Line!
We started out on Timber Street SE.  The race started promptly at 8:00 am.  It was a little muggy but cooler than it had been the last two years on this day.  I was thankful for cooler weather this year. We ran through a neighborhood, then heading out onto Knox Butt Rd E.  This part of the course was nice and flat. There were water stations about every two miles with plenty of volunteers. I got into a running grove and tried to relax!
Lots of food after the race!
As I made that first big turn on the looped course I felt a headwind.  I tried to tuck in behind a few of the runners running about my pace but that didn't last too long.  Half way there was a port-a-potty ready for anyone needing a break.  Soon I knew we would be running up a few rolling hills!  I was now caught up with the walkers.  They got an early start, 7:00 am.
At mile 7.5 I ran my first hill.  The hills in this race aren't that bad, they just are there and you do have to run them.  They are also the last half of the race, so they get me every time!
I ran the rollers and then the road evened back up again.  It was warming up slightly, but the weather overall was nothing to complain about for a Summer Half!  As I came back into the neighborhood, I knew the finish was near!  I picked up my pace for mile 12 and ran in with a strong finish!
My husband and 11 year old was there and we walked around and looked at the different vendors.  Dutch Bros was there giving out chocolate milk.  There was lots of food available for the runners and walkers to eat after the race!
It was a nice atmosphere.  I was able to get my finish time with-in minutes thanks to Eclectic Edge Racing.
 I walked around for a while, cooling off and waited for the Raffle and Awards at 10:30 am.  I came in first in my age group and won a cool plaque, a water bottle and some Dutch Bros chocolate milk.  My 11 year old quickly claimed the milk for himself! Lots and lots of raffles were drawn for all kinds of prizes.  My number didn't get called, but many people walked away with cool prizes, including new shoes! 
This year I liked the shirts the best out of all three years.  They were not unisex this year.  They had male and female fit shirts. This year they added a 5k and a kids run.  I love it when race organizers do this.  It makes it even more family friendly! It was the 3rd annual race, I recommend adding the 4th annual Albany half or 2nd 5k to your 2016 calendar!  Hope to see YOU there next year!  

Albany Half early registration $55.00 (includes a dri-fit shirt)

5k early registration $20.00 (includes a dri-fit shirt)

Kids race $5.00

This is a fundraiser for Albany Schools

Want to volunteer or get more information for 2016?
  Contact Bryce Bennett at (541) 730-0413 or

Follow Albany Half on facebook here. 
Follow Julie (me) on facebook via ZaoFit here.

Upcoming races:
Runaway Pumpkin Half Oct 17, 2015
Uberthons Winter Half  Jan 23, 2016

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Uberthons Summer Half 2016 Preview Run

                           Uberthons website can be found 

Saturday I drove up with a group of runners to run the Summer 2016 Half Course for  Uberthons.
We met at Greenville City Park, Banks OR. We all piled into Kim's 15 passenger van and headed to what will be the starting line in the Summer of 2016.  
We got to the start (L.L Stub Stewart State Park about the same time we will be starting the official race in 2016.  The air felt good.  Even slightly cool, but we were eager to get started, knowing it would soon be heating up.

We took off running downhill from the park!  It was fantastic! Everyone seemed to be feeling great and we all could run fast downhill!  You can see in this elevation chart! 

Alan from Uberthons
Go Kristi!!! 
Kim, myself and Madi
Jerry, like a speeding bullet! 
 We ran down a hill, and then did a short out and back.  There was a very slight lift in elevation on this part, but not enough to slow us down much! This was fun because we all got to see each other.  As we came out of this part of the trail/course, there was Darwin from Uberthons waiting to cheer us on and take a few photos!  The course was just about as perfect as you can get for a summer race. 

It is off the mail road, on a paved trail and it's shaded! I don't care to run too much in the heat/sun, so I was really excited to be in the shade.  I was also excited about the downhill for the first several miles.  It wasn't so steep, you had to hold back, just steep enough to really get a good start and feel like your flying!  

Just after mile 5 you get to cross this bridge. 
At mile 5, Darwin had an aid station set up for us runners, but was also giving out water to bikers/runners who happened to be using the trail this day.  He had fuel for us, including gu, water and ice cold wash clothes.  These are all things we are working on having at the 2016 Summer half.  With the warmer weather, the ice cold wash clothes were my favorite thing!  I had my handheld water bottle, so all I needed was the cold!!!  After a minute or two, I started running again.  About mile 5.25 (right after the aid station) we got to run across my favorite bridge on this trail head (see photo).  There were several small bridges we crossed, but this one is the longest and grandest. 

I ran on, now running by myself.  About mile 8 or 9 I was feeling the heat and slowed my pace down a bit.  I wanted to really enjoy the trail. At mile 10.29, there was Darwin again with an aid station set up.  This time, I not only took an ice cold wash cloth, but some cold water.  Darwin had plenty and refilled my handheld bottle.  I was so glad to have cold water.  As I moved on there were some spots of sun, then shade back and forth.  I stopped and picked a few blackberries about mile 11.  They were delicious!

The course is 85% shaded and paved.  There was a spot or two, where we crossed a back road and then went right back onto the trail.  The race will be on the  Banks to Vernonia trail-head for the first 11.5-12 miles.  It then comes out onto Main St/Hwy 47 and into Greenville City Park!  

Some of my friends had already finished when I got back to the park.  We sat around for a few minutes in the shade of the paved covering in the park.  We enjoyed cooling down, drinking lots of water and eating bananas.  This will be the finish line of the official race in 2016.   There is talk of lots of water activities for the whole family, food and fun! 

Uberthon's keeps me coming back for more for a number of reasons.  They are geared to the whole family.  They often include a free kids run, and or a mile kids run.  They welcome walker, competitive runners, kids, people of all ages.  They often have a whole meal after races.  They do things to make the community a better place and help others more then you know! Plus the race organizers are just great people.  I encourage you to say hi to them next time you are at an Uberthons event.  

The Uberthons Summer Half will be Saturday July 16, 2016, so mark your calendars today!  You can visit Uberthons website here for more great information! 

You can find Uberthons on facebook here.
Twitter here.
Instagram here. 

Register for an upcoming Uberthons event or just check out their website here.

Thanks for a great run guys! #ZaoFit 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Race Preview: Albany Half Marathon August 15th 2015


I am looking forward to the 3rd Albany Half Marathon.  This will be my 3rd year running it!  I'm excited they have added a 5k and kids mile run this year!  Fun for the whole family! Everyone is welcome. Walkers, runners, strollers and dogs! 

WHEN: This event takes place August 15th at Timber Linn Park in Albany OR.  

~Half Marathon $55.00 July 1st to August 14th.  August 15th $65.00 (day of race)
Includes a dri-fit shirt and medal at the finish line
~5k $25.00 and includes a dri-fit shirt
~Kids mile (age 12 and under) $5.00


Professional chip timing by Eclectic Edge Racing

Packet pick up is the morning of the race only.

Day of race schedule:

5:30 am Parking opens and registration opens
6:00 am Pick-up race packets and vendors arrive
7:00 am Walkers start the half marathon
8:00 am Runner start the half marathon
8:30 am 5k starts
8:45 am Kids mile starts
10:30 Awards

There will be water stations set up about every two miles.  At mile 6.5 there will be a nutrition station and porta potty as well.

I have ran this both years and it was well organized with lots of fun drawings at the end during awards. Top ten males and females in each age group will receive prizes. All proceeds goes to the Albany Schools. Course is a "loop" progressing through local farms.  A slight incline about mile 6.  You will get a fabulous view of rural homesteads, go over a few rolling hills and see the base of the cascades. You don't want to miss this one!

Read my Review from 2104 here 

You can contact Bryce Bennett at 541-730-0413 or e-mail at with any questions

Upcoming races: 
Summerfest 5k July 25th
Albany Half  August 15th
Runaway Pumpkin Half October 17th

Follow me at ZaoFit

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Race Preview: Uberthons Summer Half Marathon

Looking for a Half Marathon to run this Summer?  I have found you a great one!  The Uberthons Summer Half!
 I recently talked with Stephanie from Heirloom Roses. Last year when Stephanie started working for Heirloom Roses, she knew it was a perfect location for an Uberthons event.  After talking with

Stephanie and seeing some of the beautiful photos, I am sure this will be a perfect location too!  I'm really excited about running this on July 18th!

 Heirloom Roses is located at 24062 Riverside Drive NE, St. Paul, OR.

Not a fan of the half marathon? No worries, Uberthons offers a 5k and a 10k going on that same day as well.

Half Marathon ~ $75.00
10k ~ $40.00
5k ~ $30.00

Start time: 8:00 am

The Course includes one small hill at mile 6.  You get to go back down that hill at mile 10. The Incline cumulative gain is 258 feet.  The course is for the most part flat! 

This race is limited to 300 people, so don't delay in getting registered!  You can register here

Parking is very close, so there is no need for a bag check. 

There will be 7 water and electrolyte startions  along the course along with some watermelon stations. 

Packet pick up will be Thursday July 16th from 4 pm-8 pm at Road Runner Sports in Tualatin, OR. 

Check out more Q&A's here

Some facts and interesting information about Heirloom Roses 

Own Root Roses
All roses shipped and sold from Heirloom Roses are grown on their own roots. Own root roses provide more profuse blooms, are more winter hardy, disease resistant, and there is no graft to contend with. Our commitment to quality ensures that you'll always know what to expect when you order from us.
Own Root Roses Provide the Following:
Healthier Plants
More disease resistant
More Blooms
True to Type
No Virus
More Winter Hardy
Long Life
No Root Stock Suckers
Virus-Free Roses
Heirloom Roses has been a leader in bringing virus problems to the attention of the public and industry. Virus-free roses are healthier, more winter hardy, produce up to 20% more blooms and are more disease resistant.
As a family-owned business, we understand the value of history and tradition. That is why we are passionate about hand cutting and propagating each rose to preserve unique and rare roses and honor the art of growing them on their own roots.
Our love of roses is deeply rooted in our knowledge that gardens go beyond just physical beauty. It provides a place of solace or social gatherings, where peace and beauty can be enjoyed to refresh a soul.
Heirloom Roses is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, one of the finest climates in the world for growing roses. Located just 25 miles south of Portland, also known as the “City of Roses,” our gardens feature thousands of beautiful, fragrant roses.
Visitors can walk through seven acres of gardens and be whisked away by the fragrance of each rose. From old garden roses to the very newest hybrid teas and everything in between, our gardens provide something for all rose lovers to enjoy.

We invite you to visit our gardens to relive memories and make new ones. Bring a book to read, brushes to paint, or lunch to enjoy in the midst of our roses. Whether you come alone or with the company of others, you will feel as if you are among friends at Heirloom Roses.
Gardens are open to the public, free of charge. Visit us year round from dawn till dusk. Roses are in bloom from May to October.

Follow Heirloom Roses on facebook here
Follow Uberthons on facebook here

Heirloom Roses can also be found on Instagram at HEIRLOOM_ROSES


Happy Running Friends, Hope to see you at the Uberthons Summer Half

You can follow me at ZaoFit

Upcoming Races:

Uberthons Summer Half ~ July 18th
Albany Half  ~ Aug 15th

Monday, June 22, 2015

Blueberry Dessert

Looking for a easy "good-for-you" dessert this summer?  Blueberries are in season in now, making this even better!

Add to blender or food processor:
3/4 cup 2% cottage cheese
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tsp stevia or raw honey (I prefer the honey)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Blend till smooth. 

3 servings, 87 calories, .9g fat, 16.9g carbs, and 4.1g protein per serving.

Try this recipe with other fruits too!

Follow me at ZaoFit