Well Hello, BRENT!

Hey there Flavor Runners!

We are gearing up to make our first ever stop in Baltimore MD. and we are super excited to meet you all! Don’t forget as usual, packet pick up is on Friday (at Boston Street Running) from 1p-6p and you are still able to pick up packets on event day, although the line may be a bit longer on event day than it is prior. Either way, we look forward to seeing you there and at the Flavor Run Baltimore. We like to also make note that when you see  Carlie in the Flavor Swag Shop to say hello as she is native to Baltimore!

And without further ado- I’d like to do the first of what will hopefully be a staff series of MEET THE STAFFER. This week I’d like you to meet our good buddy Brent, but you may better know him as Brent the Flavor Fairy, or the Fairy Walker. We did a little get to know you Q&A and you are welcome to post any extra questions you may have for Brent in the comment section and we will be sure to follow up. You can also see his lovely selfie-skills each event from our Instagram account @flavorrun


Karla: Hey Brent, how long have you been a runner?

Brent: I started running seriously about 5 years ago. Before that, it was occasional at the gym or a few miles. Nothing too intense

Karla: How long have you been with the flavor run

Brent: I was a participant in the first Flavor Run in Tampa in 2013? I’ve been the emcee since Sarasota in July of 2015

Karla: Had you been an Emcee before The Flavor Run?

Brent: No. I’ve just always been a talker.

*he’s not joking!!*

Karla: What is the best part of being the Flavor Fairy

Brent: The wings!

Kidding (kind of)

I love being a part of an amazing and really fun group of people that creates a memorable experience for people.

And the tutu. I like the tutu


Karla: What do you do outside of the Flavor run?

Brent: I run! My full-time job is recruiting runners for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Team Momentum. I participate in marathons and I love to travel, write, go to concerts, play piano, sing, watch Netflix, ride my bike, be with friends, and eat. Especially chips and salsa. I could eat my weight in those. And guacamole. And hummus. And Slurpees. And pizza. And Combos. Now I’m hungry and need to go have lunch.

Karla: You’re training for a marathon right?

Brent: Yes. It’s this Sunday in Burlington, VT. It’s called the Vermont City Marathon, and I’ve heard it’s AMAZING! Every time I mention to someone who knows about it that I’m running it, they get weirdly giddy for me. I’m ready for a break from the South Florida heat.

Karla: You have a tradition of having your Facebook friends pick your playlist. What are some of the best songs you have been able to discover this way?

Brent: Loving Me Wrong by the Stanton Warriors is a great pace song Reload gets me going Run the Show -Kat Deluna

I had my fifth graders students give me songs too

I was not happy with the Little Einstein Theme Song remix, but I smiled through it and thought of them

Karla: While we are traveling for the Flavor run, how do you stay motivated to still run in the mornings?

Brent: Because I have to! I travel so much for The Flavor Run and for work, that it isn’t an option to not run, especially when I’m training for a marathon. Those weekend miles don’t run themselves! Plus I really love running through different cities. It’s a great way to see new places, and The Flavor Run allows me to do that.

Karla: Anything else the Flavor Family should know?

Brent: That we love our Flavor Family, and we put a lot of hard work into every city we come to. We want you to have an incredible experience and come back to see us again!! And that we love chips and salsa.

Karla: so much salsa

Brent: Never enough salsa

Since our interview, Brent did complete his marathon. Although it was shut-down due to heat, which is the only time this has ever happened at this specific event, Brent was so close to the end (Two miles I believe) that he finished anyway. We are very proud of Brent and hope that you give him a high- five when you see him next. Or twinkies. Because why not.

There is also still time to join Brent and MDA’s Team momentum at the Chicago Marathon!  Feel free to comment for more information!

Give it a rest!

Hey Flavor Runners!

We are having a great time out on the Life is Delicious tour, and had a great time with our first race in Indianapolis, Indiana! We hope everyone was able to make it out. Our next stop is next weekend in Ft. Pierce Florida! We can’t wait to be back on the space-coast!

Have you ever gotten muscle soreness one or even two days after a workout? I’m sure you have. Its common to experience muscle soreness or even fatigue after a strenuous exercise and is called delayed onset muscle soreness. There are some things you can do to help make this pain easier, or to heal faster. Keep in mind, this soreness may be annoying, but is a sign that you are healing your muscles and they will become stronger!

A few things you can do to help heal quicker and get back to the gym or back to lacing up those running shoes are:

Work a muscle group every other day. Rotating your workout and muscle focus will allow your muscles time to heal and regenerate and make it less likely to over work them and cause an injury.

Eat a high protein snack after your workout. Proteins are the backbone of muscle mass and can be easily added to a diet without adding a ton of extra calories.

Allow time for a proper cool-down! Taking 10 minutes to jog, walk or stretch can help ensure your muscles cool down properly and help to avoid immediate muscle cramps.

Apply heat to localized areas. Now, if you did a full-body workout its just not practical to wrap yourself in a full coverage heating pad burrito, even if that does sound delightful. But, applying heat to sore legs or biceps can be beneficial to a quick recovery.

Cherry juice or pineapple juice. Not only are these delicious, they are both natural anti-inflammatory drinks. You’re probably thirsty after your work-out anyway, so why not help two issues with one beverage?

Epsom salt bath 60-90 minutes before bed will also help relax your muscles and will aid in a restful nights sleep. (crucial to any workout regimen is proper sleep)

Listen to your body. There is a huge difference between being sore and being hurt. If you are feeling pain during your work out, either back down on intensity or weights if you are doing a weighted workout. Don’t just “play through the pain” as this is the first way to be injured and keep you from getting back out there and accomplishing your goals.

And seriously… GIVE IT A REST! Allow yourself a rest day or two depending on your activity level. Its just not reasonable to start a new program and think you can immediately put in time at the gym or running trail seven days a week. Take a break and let your body recover. You don’t want to hinder progress by trying to do too much too fast. Your body needs time to recover, this truly allows muscles to heal and will actually make you stronger.

So, Flavor Runners, be safe out there and listen to your body when it tells you a rest day is needed. Please feel free to comment on what you would like to see next from the Flavor Blog. Follow us on social media @flavorrun we are on pintrest, instagram, facebook, twitter and are now trying out Snap chat! If you don’t see your city on the schedule yet remember to pre-register at http://www.flavorrun.com to let us know you want the Flavor Family to visit you! You may even be lucky enough to run with Bananalicious!







What’s Your Motivation?

Hello Flavor Runners!

Sorry I have been away from our blog lately! We have been so busy trying to build the best race we can for you this year! I’m looking for a little feedback from all of you this month on what you would like to see going forward with the Flavor Blog. Are you interested in seeing the behind-the-scenes action of the Flavor Run? Are you here looking for tips to being a better runner? We want to make the Flavor Run the best event it can be and that starts with you! Please comment what you would like future Flavor Blogs to be about, and as always remember to follow us @flavorrun on Instagram to see daily photos of past races, motivation and the Flavor Crew!

What’s Your Motivation?

What makes you lace up your running shoes when you could easily stay in bed a few minutes longer? I often have a hard time getting my day started any earlier than it has to, so I usually try to sneak in a run in the evening once the little one has gone to bed. Like many of you, I have many things that keep me busy through the day and sometimes a run just doesn’t seem like it will fit in. Getting out to run is sometimes a struggle but I never regret it once my shoes hit the pavement. So what is your drive? Are you training for a race coming up or simply setting personal goals? What motivates you to eat healthy when there is a sushi burrito calling your name? If you think you have advice that would be good for other Flavor Runners, comment and we can feature you as one of our first flavor famous Q&As! I’d love to make this blog more about the Grape community around us and need your help to do so!

See you soon, Flavor Runners! (Especially you all in Chattanooga TN. We are coming for you March 26th! Don’t put off signing up any longer!)