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Iowa City hosts first ever Color Your Campus Run

Iowa City held its first 5k Color Your Campus run at the University of Iowa on April 12, 2014.

Nearly 1,200 runners participated (including myself) in the race and since the run was such a huge success the race will be back next year but will be bigger and better!

Check out this slideshow of some great photos I took at the Color your Campus race. It was such a great experience and I can’t wait for the next one to come next year. Also thank you to Color Your Campus, Grant Kamins for letting me use some of the photos taken at the race for this slideshow.
Be Sure to Check out Color Your Campus’s Facebook Page and Follow them on Twitter!

 Want to know How to Prepare for a Race? Well look no further. I made a video on 5 Great Tips for how to prepare yourself for a race.

1. Wear Appropriate Workout Gear
2. Hydrate!
3. Eat a meal high in carbohydrates but low in fat, protein and fiber.
4. Train!
5. Stretch

If you are interested in other types of Color Runs in the Midwest this summer check it out here! There are three other different types of color runs going on in Iowa that are all 5k races : The Color Run, Run or Dye and Color me Rad.

Color Runs in the Midwest

Color Runs in the Midwest

 

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Dietitian Holds Food Demonstration in Iowa City

JoAnn Miller, University of Iowa Dietitian hosted a food demonstration on February 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City,Iowa. The demonstration discussed how to incorporate healthier foods into the diet daily. JoAnn also provided four different recipes for everyone to try and many seemed to enjoy.

Recipes Made (Click to View Recipes)

  • Massaged Kale Salad
  • Fruity Thai Pita Pockets
  • Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
  • Breakfast Rice Cereal

Run all over Iowa

A new year means a whole new year of races that will take place all over Iowa. Whether its a one mile race or a marathon, Iowa has a variety of different races that anyone can be a part of that will be spread out throughout the year.

Color Run

I myself have decided to start running more races this year and I am glad to have found out how many races there are among Iowa that I can register and run for, which many are for a good cause so why not participate in a race and have the money you register with go to a good cause? Its not a competition for me, I just enjoy the race and am happy to be a part of it. Plus its exercise which is even better.

So where are all of these races located at? The Cornbelt Running Club has a huge list of all the races that will be taking place all over the state of Iowa throughout the 2014 year. Be sure to check it out to see if any are in your area.

RUN!

Click here for Nearby Races.

Some of the ones I am really looking forward to in my area which is in the Quad Cities as well as one in Iowa City are:

1. St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race– March 15 @ 10:00 a.m.
Located in Davenport Iowa
Registration Cost $40.00

2. Black and Gold Fun Run (Color Your Campus) 5K Race– April 12 @ 10:00 a.m.
Located in Iowa City, Iowa (Hubbard Park)
Registration Cost $40 per person or Team Registration $35.00
What makes this run fun? You are to wear ALL WHITE and by the end of the race you will be covered in Black & Gold by getting covered in colorful cornstarch.
Charity? A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through the University of Iowa Foundation

3. Race for the Cure- Susan B Komen 5k Race– June 14 @ 8:00 a.m.
Located in Moline, Illinois
Registration Cost $30.00
Benefits of this race: The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series is the world’s largest and most successful fundraising and education event for breast cancer ever created. Your participation in this event helps us provide significant funds and bring awareness about breast cancer to our local community. Whether you walk, run, volunteer or donate, your support is helping us save lives and provide priceless support to those in need.

4. The Color Run 5k Race– July 12
Located in Des Moines, Iowa
Registration Cost: TBA
This race is just like the Color your Campus run but getting covered in a variety of different colors!

Those are just a few of the races that I will like to be a part of and there are MANY different runs that are available and I too most likely will also be participating in besides these 4. Besides the Color Run there is also a run that is called “Color Me Rad” that also will be in the Quad Cities but not until fall 2014. Be sure to check out those websites as well that I will list for you to check out to see if they will be in your area.

It’s a new year. Try something new. Get out and run and help out your city.

Color Me Rad 5k Race
Run or Dye 5k Race
Color Vibe 5k Race
Glow Run 5k Race

List of all the Races Among Iowa

 

Iowa City Coffee

Iowa City is a hot spot for some great places to grab a cup of coffee, whether on the go or needing a place to sit down there are a few places you might like to check out (if you haven’t already). Not only is there a Starbucks like always in pretty much every city you visit but there are also local coffee shops to try out. Why not give them a chance too.

Whether you are a student walking around campus or just anybody looking for a cup of joe, I wanted to provide you a list of some of the great places to check out if you are looking for a warm or cool treat to fill your body or just looking for a place to relax and get some stuff done on your own time.

1. The Java House (Located Downtown Iowa City: 211 1/2 East Washington Street) – 6 other Locations as well *check website for more details*
Hours: Monday-Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
                Sunday 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 a.m.
The Java House made the list of America’s Best 50 College Coffee Shops on Complex at number 19!

  • Choose from Coffee, Tea, Smoothies, Frappes, and a variety of bakery items.

2. May’s Cafe (Located at 136 S. Dubuque St, Downtown Iowa City)
Hours: Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m.- 11:00 p.m.
                Friday 6:30 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
                Saturday and Sunday 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
New to Iowa City by opening up in May 2013, May’s brings in some of the highest quality of coffee in the nation to Iowa City. They source two of the top roasters in the country, Kickapoo and Intelligentsia.

  • Choose from coffee, iced drinks, tea, smoothies, and even locally made Ice Cream- Choose from 24 different flavors.

3. T-Spoons (Located at 201 South Clinton St – in Old Capitol Mall) – 1 Other Location * E. Market St.
Hours: Monday- Thursday 6:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m
               Friday 6:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
               Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
               Sunday 11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

  • Choose from coffee, teas, other drinks and a variety of diff food items for breakfast or lunch

4. Prairie Lights Books (Located at 15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City)
Hours: Monday- Saturday 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
               Sunday 9:00 a.m.-6 p.m.
Not only is Prairie Lights a bookstore but it also is a coffee shop!

  • Choose from a variety of different coffee, tea, other cold drinks, bakery goods, and even wine and beer.

5. High Ground Cafe

(Located at 301 E. Market St- Iowa City)
Hours: Monday-Sunday 7:00 a.m- 11:00 p.m.
High Ground Cafe offers Organic coffee and espresso drinks as well as organic teas. They even have smoothies and lemonade and even wine & beer. Not only do they have drinks but they also serve food as well ranging from paninis to salads.

Be sure to check them all out and skip the usual Starbucks. It is always nice to try some place new! You might find a new favorite.

 

 

 

Five Weeks to Wellness

Are you participating in the Five Weeks to Wellness Challenge at The University of Iowa?

Photo Credit: Student Health & Wellness Five Weeks to Wellness

The University of Iowa launched its 5 Weeks to Wellness Challenge on February 3rd and the challenge goes on until March 9th, 2014.

So what exactly is the 5 weeks to Wellness Challenge?

The Five Weeks to Wellness Challenge is a challenge that focuses on improving your nutrition and fitness habits while boosting your overall wellness. Not only are you striving to eat better each day and look better by participating in physical activities but at the end of the challenge you will get a prize of your choosing for participating.

Each Monday you will receive weekly goals, expert tips on how to stay healthy and support from experts. Once you are registered you will track your progress with a scorecard each week to monitor what you have been doing. You can either print off the scorecard or keep track on ICON of your progress. There are physical activity and nutrition goals for each week. Each goal is worth 1 token per day so the more the better!

The goal is 50 tokens.

So what happens at the end of the challenge? Once the challenge is over on March 9th, you will complete an online evaluation on March 10th that is emailed to you and submit the total amount of tokens you earned so you can be eligible for prizes.You will receive an email on how to pick up the prize of your choice if you accumulated 50+ tokens. The prize choices include: water bottle, salad shaker, gym towel, and food container. Students who complete the challenge (50+ tokens) will also be entered in the large prize drawing (dry-fit shirt from Running Wild, mug and smoothie from Tropical Smoothie, and Recreational Services personal training session).

So far my progress is going well as I too am taking on this challenge. Who’s with me?!