Delicious Holiday Deals are here!

The Flavor Run Team loves the holidays!  We’ve got some great deals coming your way!

Flavor Run Orlando – Sweet Black Friday deal!

  • Date: January 24th, 2015
  • Time: Select from one of the Following:
    • MORNING Flavor Run – Starts at 9 am
    • AFTERNOON Flavor Run – Starts at 2 pm
  • Location: Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake
  • Use the code CYBERORLANDO to save $15 on Flavor Run Orlando tickets (expires at Midnight on Monday Dec 1st).
  • Buy tickets on Eventbrite: flavorrunorlando.eventbrite.com

Flavor Run Tickets Make Delicious Holiday Gifts!

Available for the month of December at the Flavor Store – Purchase Flavor Run tickets for friends and family!

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Pay only $30/ticket -or- $55/ticket with the additional Tutti Fruiti Package! 

Ticket includes Race Entry, Flavor Shirt, Race Bib, Flavor Tattoo, Flavor Packet, and Delicious Finisher Medal.

Included in the Add-On Tutti Fruiti Package: Flavor Shades, Flavor Headband, Flavor Socks, and Two Extra Flavor Packets. All conveniently packed up for you in a Flavorlicious Draw String Pack.

Purchase your Holiday Flavor Run Gift Tickets at the Flavor Store.

*Note: Tickets may be mailed to you or you print them off yourself. Mailed and printed tickets MUST be purchased by Dec 10th and Dec 23rd, respectively if needed by Dec 25th. Tickets are valid for any 2015 Flavor Run event.

BUY HOLIDAY TICKETS NOW – ONLY A LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE!

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Announcing Giveaway Winners & the 4th Annual onbikes Winter Wonder Ride!

The Flavor Run Team loves supporting local events!

onbikes is a Tampa-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on a mission to provide at-risk kids with an experience no one should be denied…their first bike. They have an AWESOME upcoming event during the winter holiday season!

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Put on your finest reindeer themed gear and polish your spokes! Enjoy a scenic bike ride through the heart of downtown, along the waters of Bayshore Blvd. Try incredible food from local vendors and dance the night away at our famous post-ride celebration. Proceeds from the 4th Annual Winter Wonder Ride go towards the purchase of bicycles and helmets for at-risk kids throughout the Tampa Bay area this holiday season.

Important info:

  • Date: Saturday December 13, 2014
  • Time: 2-10:30 pm
  • Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602)

General Admission: Ticket price includes: entrance to The 4th Winter Wonder Ride, an exclusive event-only 4th Annual Winter Wonder Ride t-shirt, and access to some of the best food, beverage and live entertainment the local community has to offer.  Price: $50 (Day Of: $60)

 VIP TicketsYou get everything included in general admission plus: access to the exclusive “Reindeer Lodge” where you will enjoy complimentary seasonal brews courtesy of Cigar City, free wine by Gallo Wines, vodka by Titos, and choice food options at no additional cost, and special VIP bike parking.  Price: $100 (Day of: $150)

DISCOUNTUse the code FLAVOR and save $10 on General Admission or VIP Tickets!

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WINNERS OF THE FLAVOR RUN ORLANDO GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to Tracey, Cassandra, and Brittany on each winning an entry to the Flavor Run Orlando –  MORNING event!
Congratulations to Cat, Thomas, and Debbie on each winning an entry to the Flavor Run Orlando – AFTERNOON event!

*Winners will receive an email from the Flavor Run Team on how to receive their FREE TICKETS! Thanks to everyone who participated!

Flavor Run Orlando Giveway!

Yes. You read correctly!  We are giving away SIX FREE ENTRIES for the Flavor Run Orlando!

WIN Tickets to the Flavor Run Orlando – Morning Event

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WIN Tickets to the Flavor Run Orlando – AFTERNOON Event

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Share or Comment on a Flavor Run Blog Post to be eligible to win!

3 Winners for each giveaway (Morning and Afternoon) will be announced on Tuesday.

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Get excited for the Flavor Run Orlando!

Calling all Runners, Walkers, Cartwheelers, Fruit-Lovers, & Flavor Fairies!

The Flavor Run is the original fruit-flavored color powder run and we are so excited to return to Orlando, FL this January!

YES. We said “fruit-flavored” powder – Blueberry, Strawberry, Orange, Banana, Watermelon and Grape! Plus, we have an awesome Post-Run Flavor Festival that includes everything from fruit, vendors, live entertainment, and kid’s activities! We are a family-focused, quality fitness 5k event, where volunteers flavor you in fruit-flavored color powder!RFB2

What’s so cool about the Flavor Run Orlando?!

First, the Flavor Run Orlando will take place at the scenic Bill Fredrick Park, located along the shores of Turkey Lake. Centrally located, and minutes away from big attractions like Universal Studios, Bill Fredrick Park is a beautiful 183 acre oasis that will make you forget you’re in the middle of Orlando!

Second, we have some awesome new and delicious plans for 2015:

  • New 2015 Strawberry Finisher’s MedalStrawberry-Medal
  • Awesome Live DJ & Entertainment
  • Mystery Flavor at the Start/Finish lines! (more flavor = more awesome)
  • New 5k route with over 50 course markers and more traffic controllers
  • Sweet Flavor Swag including new T-Shirts and Flavor Tattoos!
  • Buying tickets is now SUPER EASY using Eventbrite.com!

Mark your calendars:

  • Date: January 24th,  2015
  • Location: Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake

This year we are holding TWO back-to-back Flavor Run events!  Choose between:

  • The MORNING Flavor Run – starts at 9 am
  • The AFTERNOON Flavor Run – starts at 2 pm

Buy Tickets NOW at a super low price!

That’s right! Tickets cost only $25 when you sign up as a family or join a team! But there’s only a limited quantity available at this price so act fast!

Buy tickets here:  flavorrunorlando.eventbrite.com

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Running your 1st 5K

Taking that first step into the running community is often somewhat overwhelming – There is soooooo much literature (websites, magazines, books, etc.) on how to train, prevent injury, increase your speed, increase your milage, when to stretch, what to eat…the list goes on. For someone who is interested in becoming more active, improving her/his fitness, or just excited to try something new, it’s easy to run back to the couch!

The Flavor Run Team has  put together a basic, simple step-by-step process on how to start your fitness journey and complete your first 5K.

*Please note that we are NOT medical doctors and any specific health concerns should be addressed by a qualified professional. Click here for additional information on when you should receive medical clearance from your doctor before you engage in physical activity.

1.  Be Safe.

Runners & walkers must be aware of their surroundings. Cars, bicyclists, mean dogs, potholes and the occasional “Bad Guy” are a few potential threats posed to runners.  But these threats can be minimized easily by taking a few safety precautions:

  • Work out with a friend, and let someone know where you are headed.
  • Run/walk during the day and/or wear a light after sunset.
  • Always run facing traffic. This makes it easier for cars to see you, and vise versa.
  • If you are going to wear headphones, keep the volume low enough so that you can hear your surroundings.
  • Bring your phone and form of ID with you in case of emergency.
  • Obey traffic lights and signs (yes, this should be common sense, but important nonetheless!)

2. Select proper footwear.

There are so many running shoe options and it’s just a matter of finding the best fitting shoe for you. Many running stores have sales associates trained to help you select the perfect shoe.  You can also read online shoe reviews to help you understand what features you may or may not be interested in. Here are a few resources to start with:

3. Select a running plan and stick with it.

Find a training plan that suits you and most importantly, follow the plan.  Training plans are designed to prepare you for your race, while minimizing injury.  If your plan says to “Run/Walk 2 miles at an easy pace”, DO NOT sprint 4 miles that day – Your body may not be ready!

Here are a few beginner training plans (if these don’t fit your goal or current fitness level look online or consult a professional for additional advice):

Also consider group training, offered by many local running groups and running stores. Group runs are great if you need some extra motivation! Plus, you’ll meet other runners and a lot of pretty cool new friends 🙂

4. Practice good running form and monitor your body for injury.

There are many running guides, professional athletes, and experts that teach a variety of approaches to proper running form. As a new runner, it is important to be aware that there are many successful approaches to proper running form and many also hold some common themes including keeping a short, quick stride or high cadence (number of steps per minute), mid-stride strike (not heel striking), and relaxed upper body.  There is a ton of literature on proper running form:

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

Ok, you’ve heard it how many times?! Yes, it’s important to stay hydrated.  Dehydration = Bad News. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah… It’s common sense that hydration is SUPER important in hot weather. But just because our days are getting a little cooler now that winter is coming, staying hydrated is still important and can improve your workout performance.

What happens when you get dehydrated?

“When you sweat, your blood volume decreases, so less blood returns to your heart. As a result, the amount of blood your heart pumps with each beat decreases, consequently less oxygen-rich blood reaches your working muscles. Your rate of aerobic energy production decreases, and you must run at a slower pace.” – Pete Pfitzinger, 1 June 2001; http://www.runnersworld.com/drinks-hydration/defeating-dehydration

There is a lot of new research out about hydration, when to hydrate, how much, etc.  For long-distance runners and professional athletes, these studies and the ongoing debate on hydration is very important.  However, for those of us who run/walk and strive to increase our fitness level recreationally, we can focus on keeping some basic habits:
  • Carry a water bottle to work and drink when you feel thirsty.
  • Aim to drink at least 60 oz of water a day (spread out through the day).
  • Hydrate before and after your workouts, and when you feel thirst.
  • Hydrate with water and/or sports drinks.  While sports drinks are absorbed into your body faster (due to osmolality) and provide helpful nutrients, many contain high amounts of processed sugar.

6. Fuel your body.

It’s simple math: the more exercise you do, the more calories you burn! This is why running/walking is a great option for weight loss.  But even if you are looking to drop some pounds, it’s still important to fuel your body for your next workout. Select your foods wisely to ensure you are eating the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and even fats!  Check out the links below for some helpful hints:

7. Allow your body to recover.

It’s important to take a break! It’s true, a day of rest can be just as beneficial for your body as a hard workout!  Additionally, stretching and yoga are great ways to increase flexibility and prevent injury!

8. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Yes! This is supposed to be FUN!!!! No question, your first 5k will be challenging. But with that challenge will come a feeling of accomplishment and pride! Your endorphins will be flowing and you’ll have butterflies in your stomach – And, yea, you might be feeling a little bit of “Am I REALLY ready for this?!” along with all of the excitement…and that’s ok!  YOU ROCK!Girlfriendology-no-matter-how-slow-you-go