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Instagram Trends to Leave in 2013

The New Year means a new you, so shouldn’t your Instagram profile reflect your new persona?

2013 was a good year. You traveled somewhere tropical, you bought a new cute dress, you saw a beautiful sunset, and let’s guess, you probably Instagrammed each of these moments. Your friends absolutely needed to see your toes in the sand, the adorable bow on the back of your dress, and the sunset that faded an odd hue of orange. You probably even made a Flipgram of pictures from throughout the year on January 1st, 2014. But times are changing and your Instagram should too.

barack-obama-selfie-1024x768 Limit the Selfies- You looked really good today, as you did yesterday, the day before that, and you probably will tomorrow too. Selfie may have been the word of the year for 2013 and yes, even Obama is doing it, but it’s time to move on from the mirror pics and the duck lips on social media. Remember your profile represents your life. We don’t need to see that you got ready today again. There is one exception though, a selfie of you covered in foam running a 5K, because that’s more than a selfie, it’s a healthy.

xl_2874_food-photography-tp-1 Food- That burger and fries looks delicious, but were stuck at work till 6 and without lunch today, so the jealousy is more anger of how hungry we are than how jealous we are of your life. If you baked a giant cake and decorated it like a burger, that’s awesome and we want to see it, if not, leave the McDonald’s menu to yourself.

 

download SMS Conversations- “LOL, <3 you” and “LOL, love you too” isn’t really pertinent to anyone else other than the person who the conversation was with originally. That’s why it was a text message between just you two in the first place. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s just that, well, we really don’t care.

2014 is bound to be full of tons of new experiences, laughs, and adventures, just make sure you don’t fall into the cliché traps of selfies, food, and text messages. Also be sure to follow the Foam Fest 5K’s Instagram, @5kfoamfest.

1st of 6 NEW Obstacles for 2014- The Log Roll

We are bent on making everything bigger and better. Sometimes that requires us to do something completely new all together. Instead of thinking that our ideas were the best thing since indoor plumbing, we went to you, our fans, looking for new obstacle ideas. Here is one of the six new obstacles that we totally bought into.

 Thank you Shelly Rollins for inspiring… the Log Roll

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This baby will inspire a little more tree hugging from everyone. Once you get to the platform you’ll find yourself face to face with a 24’ foot long steel pipe wrapped in Styrofoam. Get your hug on cuz there is no other way across the pond beneath. Try walking across but we warned you to wear your water wings! While it is something that your average joe (no offense joe) can do, we can promise that it will be a challenge to even you endurance tree huggers!

5k Foam Fest teams up with A Child’s Hope Foundation for 2014

We’re pumped to announce the charity that we are supporting with the proceeds from our 2014 season! While the CEO graciously offered to paid for everyone here at Round House to change their middle name to foam, we decided to leave it to our mantra to tell about who we are. Fun,Fitness and Philanthropy. 

While a lot of time put into where our funds would be best used A Child’s Hope Foundation came to our attention

This is the new charity that the 5k Foam Fest is supporting this year

Along with being vigilant about the funds they receive,they have a great story to tell:

In 1997 Paul and Carolene adopted a beautiful girl from China and named her Megan. In 2001, the agency through which Megan was adopted came to the Cooks and asked them to donate to improve a poor orphanage in Haiti. The Cooks donated the money and thought little more about it.

A few months later, the agency returned and asked Paul if he would like to accompany the agency on a trip to Haiti so he could see what his donation meant in a personal sense.

Paul said, “It was only then, when I saw the desperate plight of orphans in Haiti, that I knew that I needed to do more than just donate money. I needed to personally get to work on this problem and help save the lives of these kids. We named our charity ‘A Child’s Hope Foundation’ because we believe it is every orphan’s hope to belong to a loving family.”

come visit A Child's Hope Foundation on Facebook

Come by their Facebook and see what they are all about!

 

We are pledging a portion of every race entry to go towards building a new orphanage. We hope that you will join us in supporting this stellar organization and exemplar cause! 

What about the family gift this year?

So we know that you have put in your fare share of time and money to think about what each one of your kids might want. New gadgets, a bike, sports equipment, clothes, toys and you could have even done the whole enchilada and bought them their first set of wheels! But what do you get the whole family and not break the bank? What could you all do together even if you have a 10 year old and a 20 year old? What about moms looking to do something fun and exciting with their daughters but don’t want the pounding headache after a loud concert?

what kind of gift can you give your family that doesnt cost you a small fortune?

When New Years comes around are you going to make some fitness goals that you may or may not keep up with come February? What if you were to make a fitness goal that involved the whole family? There are not many things that can involved that whole family!

You could give your family a gift that would allow for everyone to train together !

Have you thought about signing up for an 5k obstacle race as a family? You could plan one 6 months in advance and then use that as a goal for the whole family! You can train individual or together and but when the day of comes around you can do it as a team. This would allow for you to spend time while training for and then have a celebration as a family once the goal is completed! 

You can give your family the gift of foam this year!

Why not give your family a gift towards health and fitness this year? You could give you kids running shoes and slip their ticket in with it! This year you could give the gift of foam with the 5k foam fest.

4 Winter Extreme Sports to Check Out

We thought you could use some inspiration on how to spend your winter months waiting for it to warm up for the Foam Fest! The word extreme may not mean as much these days but we can guarantee you that you will have a blast even just watching these videos. These are just 4 winter extreme sports but we are sure we could add at least a dozen more!

#1- Snow Kayaking

Equipped with a paddle, craft and helmet, snow kayakers take to some of the steepest slopes in the world to see what it would be like if the whitewater rapids they traverse in the spring, summer and fall were frozen over and coated with several feet of snow. Interested in having a go? No special equipment is required and paddles are still used to steer, but beware: mixing waxed-up kayaks with snow and ice results in some seriously fast cruising. The potential for injury is high, so start off on hills to get your bearings before taking the plunge on rock-laden trails.

#2 Shovel Racing

Did you know that they used to have this in the winter X games. It made a television debut in 1997 but when there was a racer that suffered a broken sternum, bruised heart and a fractured pelvis they decided to not have it on the x games again. The hot bed for your shovel racing adventure can be found at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico. Spandex is not required but if you have we recommend you use it!

#3 Speed Flying

Born in France this is one wicked way to do your skiing. Can you imagine looking for the cliffs because you know you could sail off of them!? This is in the same league as skydiving and BASE jumping and be careful because this is risky business. The sport is taking off in Switzerland and Austria  with Italy and Germany catching up. So if you are near any mountains check out to see if you have a Speed Flying club nearby so that you can at least talk to the pros to see if its something that you want to try out. Otherwise you can find a score more of videos and live the extreme life through your screen and live to see another day.

#4 – Ice Cross Downhill

Crashed Ice (Red Bull Crashed Ice) is a world tour in the winter extreme sporting event, ice cross downhill (or downhill ice cross), which involves downhill skating in an urban environment, on a track which includes steep turns and high vertical drops. It is sponsored by Red Bull. It is similar to ski cross and snowboard cross, except with ice skates on an ice track, instead of skis or snowboards on a snow track. February is your month Minnesota so get ready!

5 Tips to Stay in Shape during the Holidays

There are plenty of reasons why you could become lax on your holiday marathon between holidays. Not only is it cold outside in most places but the amount of school/work/family parities just got squared. So that being said, all of your vigilance or ignorance to pay off or cost you. Here are 5 tips to stay in shape and will make you feel on top of it all including the best present you could give yourself…healthy habits.

In order to stay in shape during the holidays it is important that you do not skip meals

Tip # 1- Don’t skip any meals before the big one- if there is one guarantee to overeat it would be to compensate for the ones that you lost out on. Moral: the uno card skip has nothing to do with breakfast. Don’t miss breakfast! Balanced meals with actually be excellent at helping you stay in shape.

To have healthy habits during the holidays it is important that you schedule your exercise so not to miss it when things get busy

Tip # 2- SCHEDULE a walk or get enough exercise to break a sweat. Good intentions are like crying babies, they should be carried out – Mark Twain. The holidays will get crazy and so only if it’s planned will you actually go on a walk. Exercise will keep you appetite in check as well.

To have healthy habits during the holidays one tip is to control the size of servings that you give yourself

Tip # 3- Portions are everything. This is where the “my eyes are bigger than my stomach” clique comes into the picture. Scan down the entire spread so that you know what to plan space ahead for. Half a spoonful of everything will definitely fill up a plate. And think about the plates that you are using. Traditionally the nice flatware is going to be twice the size of a normal plate! Visualize what you want on your plate before you start dishing yourself up.

One healthy habit to have is always to drink plenty of water especially during a meal

Tip # 4- Hydrate as much as possible. Plain old fashion water will do it. Juices are where all the calories are at and enough alcohol will make you eat more than you normally would. A tip is 2 cups of water for every plate of food will give you a great balance. If you are having multiple beverages pour you water first do you don’t forget about it. Water will also help with filling you up so that you don’t eat too much food.

a healthy habit to have is not to eat too much in one sitting. Do not feel like you are going to offend anyone by not eating everything or just get smaller portions to avoid that

Tip # 5- Eat until you are satisfied. You aren’t a turkey so don’t stuff yourself! There are plenty of us that feel that we have to at least finish what is on our plate. False. No one will miss the food. If we start out small we can measure it out so as to get the right amount to feel satisfied.

Staying in shape during the holidays may feel overwhelming as a whole but as you break it up into small action items then you’ll begin to understand how its done. These are just a few tips but definitely find the ones that work best for you.

Happy Holidays from Round House Racing!

4 Ways Obstacle Runs Can Help Gyms

1. Goals

personal goals are important to gyms so they can help know what they are looking for

The axiom comes to mind that “goals are dreams with deadlines.” You are in the dream business. Every single member of your gym has come there with a goal in mind.Lose weight, build muscle, look better for someone they love, prolong their life, improve on their self image, do something meaningful with a friend and the list goes on. With your members having a specific goal like training for an obstacle race, this provides an invaluable opportunity for them to see you as a friend helping them get closer to their goals.

2. Unify members

We know you are a bonafide Einstein when when it comes to knowing that when people get in groups they are more likely to do something. Doing something is great for business and also great for building camaraderie among members. These types of events can also become gateway experiences that culminate someone moving from one physical fitness level to another. Avoidance is hard when you know that you are standing someone up. Get them training in groups with something like the Foam Fest. Everyone could use a reminder that “If you avoid difficult things, great things will avoid you.”

3. Generate a sincere interest in customer

We are avoiding cliches but this one is entirely applicable. “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Imagine that a complete stranger at work came up to you and started asking you about your goals. Suppose those goals were attached to insecurities that you have? Would you tell them everything you were thinking knowing that they were apathetic as to wanting to see you succeed?

Why would trainers that ask members their goals be any different? Their goal to do a Obstacle Run for example, gives you a chance to check in and talk about something that would excite them rather than bring a crushing feeling of being overwhelmed. Fun is definitely fitness’s best friend.

4. Ability to create personalized  training plans

Instead of plans that were made to be generic members need to have personal plans made for them

What if you looking on the tag of everything you owned at instead of “made in china” or other obscure countries it said “made for you”? When something was created with only us in mind it almost makes it feel a little bit like Houdini had a hand in it because it’s magic. The more details that scream us, the more likely that we will buy into it. Even if the price calls for discomfort like a grueling workout, or an absence of sleep. That plan becomes our graduation certificate just waiting to be signed. The goal of an obstacle run allows you the chance to craft this plan for your clients and watch their faces light up when the tag says “made for you”. Personal plans are like capes, it can make anyone feel like a super hero.

 

 

5 Steps to Motivate yourself with Mike’s Hard Lemonade

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If mud, foam, obstacles, friends, foam and foam are not enough motivation to get you up and training in preparation for the 5k Foam Fest  then it looks like it’s time to pull our secret motivation weapon…Mike’s Hard Lemonade! When added with the basic 5k preparation steps you have all the motivation you need!

Step one: Register for the 5k Foam Fest nearest you at 5kfoamfest.com

We know this one is a doozy, sitting on ones rear end while trying to recall dates such as your birthday can be tough. So now it’s time to reward yourself with a Mike’s Hard Smashed Apple Cider!

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http://www.jandlventuresllc.com/Mikes-      Hard-Smashed-Apple-Cider-Crisp-Apple

Step two: Make sure you have the right gear, such as, running shoes!

Running Competitor gives 5 fool proof steps to making sure you get the correct running shoes

1-Visit a local running store to have your gait analyzed based on your foot type and biomechanics.

2- Choose which feel is right for you.

3- Make sure you have a half to a full thumb’s nail length from your big toe to the end of the shoe.

4- Before buying, take a short run around the store to test the fit, function and comfort before you make your final purchase.

5-To prevent injuries replace your shoes every 300 to 400 miles depending on the surface that you run.

**Just in case you have had a few too many Mike’s (is there really such a thing as too many?!?!) before trying to tie your new shoes here is a song to help you along!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqBXyF1wHVk

Or if drinking evokes super human skills for you, you can tie your shoe like this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duw5VgXb1zg

Step Three: Find a good running buddy or group.

Step Four: Run!!

Run at least three days a week and gradually increase your time and distance to build endurance.

Step Five: Rest and Hydrate

No one expects you to be ready for a 5k over night. Take your time and build up your endurance and make sure to rest and hydrate between running sessions.

** May we suggest a Mike’s Frozen Pouch?!

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3 Reasons to Grab a Clif Bar

 

Our answer to your pressing nutrition question is this: eat Clif Bars. Because we sure do. If you want to be cool like the people who put on the Foam Fest (trust us, you do), follow in our footsteps. If following blindly isn’t your thing though (weird), here are 3 legitimate reasons you should eat Clif bars before, during, or after your 5K Foam Fest.

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1) The Ingredients. Clif is all about organic, good for you ingredients. Here in the Foam Fest office, a lot of detail goes into each and every aspect of what we do. We really appreciate companies who do the same thing- and Clif is a perfect example of that. They take a lot of pride to make sure that their ingredients aren’t treated with “toxic pesticides” or “synthetic chemicals”. Clif Food Philosophy  This not only helps the earth, but also your body. On top of that, things aren’t processed, there are no hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or high fructose corn syrup. You can feel good fueling with one of these bad boys, because you know every little thing they put in their bars is good for you. We dig that.

 

2) The Flavors.  The best thing about the running/racing world is the people. We all possess a sense of adventure, fearlessness, a willingness to take chances, and a love of sweet swag. That being said, we have different tastes and personalities! As we should! The different personalities the 5K Foam Fest attracts makes everything fun- we wouldn’t have a great race without it. Good thing Clif has just as many flavors of bars as we have racing personalities.

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Are you a focused, in the zone racer? Your goal is to PR and launch over that 8 Foot Wall like Superman (or Batman..or Ironman…whatever floats your boat). Perhaps try the Clif Shot in Chocolate. It tastes like the inside of a chocolate lava cake, but you can slurp it down quickly with minimal impediment to your run. It’s no-nonsense, delicious, and powerful. Just like you.

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Are you more laid back? Life’s not about the destination, but the journey? Try the Original Clif Bars. They have traditional flavors like Chocolate Chip and Crunchy Peanut Butter, but also wild streaks in the form of Carrot Cake, White Chocolate Macadamia, and the mildly caffeinated Peanut Toffee Buzz. They take a little longer to chew, so you’re going to have to slow down between the Aqua Lily Pads and the Moonwalk to throw one down. Having said that, they’re worth it, because heaven knows they taste like heaven. Also, if you’re an Autumn/pumpkin freak like us, they have a seasonal Spiced Pumpkin Pie flavor. Oh, baby. Get in my body.

What? You don’t fit into those two categories? Have no fear, check out the rest of Clif’s considerable and delectable flavors here. All of Clif’s flavors.

 

3) The Focus.  At the 5K Foam Fest, we can’t emphasize how often we think about our racers. What do they like? What do they want? What can we do to help? Clif asks these exact same questions in relation to the people who eat their products. They’re constantly re-evaluating how they can make their product better, whether that be in taste or nutrition. The Soul of Clif Bar We both want people to love being involved with us, and love how our products make them feel. Clif and the 5K Foam Fest are united in the quest to do good and feel good. So what are you waiting for? Eat Clif bars all day long and conquer your next 5K Foam Fest, filthy clean style!