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Baking Soda, a Helpful Household Item for Runners

Running has always been on the side of the spectrum of affordable exercise. If you have enough money to follow the recommendation of changing out your running shoes every 300-500 miles, then great, your chances of injury, and running in foul smelling shoes are far less. Some runners, however, expand this recommended timeline a little further, which causes their running shoes to not look, or smell very appealing.

There are many ways to get rid of the odor, or mask the odor in your shoes, while they sit in the closet until your next run. One of the easiest, and cheapest, ways to mask the odor is with baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate.

Baking soda is inexpensive and offers numerous benefits besides deodorizing. It can also be used as a household cleaner.

Sprinkle baking soda into your shoes, and let them sit overnight so the baking soda has time to absorb the odor. Dump any remnants into the trash.

Deodorizing odors from you shoes is just one benefit of using baking soda. You can also keep an open box in your refrigerator for 30 days to limit the odor of food.

 

Another way baking soda can help runners is through ingestion. An article by Runner’s World says it helps with muscle pain and fatigue. The Run and Become shoe retailer posted an article about dissolving half a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water to enhance a runner’s endurance and speed.

It is recommended to only use half a teaspoon at a time.
Stir in the baking soda and make sure it is dissolved before ingesting.

For a runner who enjoys the less expensive side of the spectrum, using baking soda to help rid your shoes of odor or your muscles of aches and pains are worth considering.

4th Annual Race for Every Child-Thousands Raise Money for Children’s National

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WASHINGTON DC- People gathered at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue this past rainy Saturday, for the 4th Annual Race for Every Child 5K. Over 3,000 people participated in the race, resulting in over 1.2 million dollars being raised for Children’s National to provide much needed health care to children.

The percentage of children with insurance is increasing, but there is still a percentage of each state’s population that does not receive coverage. That is why Children’s National Health System continues on their mission; to help children grow up stronger.

“This event really speaks to what we love about Children’s,” said Campbell Smith, along with his wife Grace are the co-chairs for the race this year. Grace and Campbell have a son who was born with a heart defect, and because of Children’s National Health System, he was able to receive treatment.

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Dr. Bear at the finish line, waiting for participants to finish at the 4th Annual Race for Every Child 5K event in Washington D.C.

Members from neighboring communities came to the event to show their support for the cause. The first place winner was Sean Laffey from Arlington, VA. Second place went to Scott Anderson of D.C.; whose son came to give him a hug after he finished.

It was an all morning event, with a kid’s dash, and inflated jump houses and obstacle courses for children. Despite the downpours, people enjoyed supporting the cause.

To make a donation to Children’s National, visit their website.

A Day for Happy Runners, 5K at Mt. Trashmore Pulls in Hundreds of Participants

A Day for Happy Runners, 5K at Mt. Trashmore Pulls in Hundreds of Participants

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 335 runners and walkers showed up to Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach this Saturday for Road Rage Events 3rd Annual Summer Slam 5K run/walk. The event was to benefit Team Hope, a National Parkinson Foundation. The event was the first of the summer for Road Rage Events. The organization conducts 11 events per year, 6 of them at Mt. Trashmore.

Steve Street, a participant in the 30-39 Male category, was running as a representative for Operation Enduring Warrior, a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization that he says “empowers, honors, and motivates” veterans and shows them that “their injury doesn’t slow them down”. Steve ran the race carrying an American flag on a pole over his shoulder, and still came in 57th out of 335 5K runners.

The event is divided by age groups, typically spanning a decade in each group, and then broken up into both sexes. The fastest time was completed in 17:55, and the slowest in 1:13:35. So the events that Road Rage conducts is for every level of athleticism and participation. Some participants push themselves to beat their previous time, and some come out just to show their support and go for a leisurely walk to start their Saturday. There are no expectations, just the hope that everyone enjoys themselves.

Karen Anderson, the Marketing Coordinator for Road Rage Events has been with the organization for a year and a half and says “I love to volunteer, it’s very rewarding to work with an organization like this” when asked why she enjoys the organization. Karen helps to spread awareness of the events by visiting gyms, vitamin stores, and through community outreach efforts.

In case you thought Road Rage only catered to adults, the event started with a kids’ 1 miler that drew in dozens of participants. It was a great opportunity for parents to show their kids the joy of participation, volunteering, or donating.

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Photo by MotionOne Studios (http://www.motionone.net)

The next event will be their 3rd Annual Road Rage XC 5K & 8K Cross Country Challenge on July 9th, 2016. For more information visit their website at www.roadrageevents.com.

 

For more information about Operation Enduring Warrior, visit their website at www.enduringwarrior.org

Summer Slam 5K at Mt. Trashmore, Saturday June 18th, to Benefit Team Hope

                      

                              

 

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The t-shirt for the 2016 Summer Slam 5K

           

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, June 12, 2016 – Road Rage Events is putting on their 3rd Annual Summer Slam 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1 Miler next Saturday, June 18th, at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. The race is to benefit the National Parkinson Foundation; Team Hope.

 

The Summer Slam run/walk will be the first event of the 2016 summer for the Road Rage team, so come out and support a great cause and enjoy yourself. This will be the fourth race I have participated in with Road Rage and it’s always an impressive turnout. From jump houses for kids, to food trucks, and apparel venders, there is something to do for everyone. Especially in the summer, it is a great chance to get out early in the morning and get in some exercise before the sun gets too high.

 

The motto at Road Rage is ‘It’s all about happy runners & walkers’. The race directors at Road Rage Events are determined to have as many people happy and involved as possible in the events. Russ Turner, the founder, and one of the three race directors at Road Rage, says, “we also have runners that participate through our virtual package program anywhere in the U.S. This allows runners & walkers to join an actual event from far away.” They also allow participants to switch to the virtual option, so that they don’t miss out on the race, or receiving their shirt or medal, if they are unable to make the race.

 

For those that would like to participate, you can sign up on the registration page of the Road Rage Events website at http://www.roadrageevents.com/summer-slam.html. The Kids 1 Miler begins at 8am, and the 5K begins at 9am. Awards are to follow the 5K race. If you are going to sign up at the event, you should show up before hand.

 

About Road Rage Events:

 

Over the course of the year, there is typically one race a month. 6 events are held at Mt. Trashmore, 3 events are held at the Oceanfront Board Walk, 1 at Virginia Wesleyan College, and 1 in downtown Portsmouth. Each event has a different charity to benefit.

 

For more information about Road Rage Events, visit their website at www.roadrageevents.com

 

For more information and  directions to Mt. Trashmore, visit the Virginia Beach website at www.vbgov.com

 

For more information on Team Hope, visit their website at http://www.parkinson.org/get-involved/team-hope-for-parkinsons

 

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Introduction to Jillianism; Who is Jillian?

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The founding member of Jillianism

Hello, Hello. This is me, Ms. Jillian Knight, only member of Jillianism. I am an active person. I like to run, hike, swim, gallop and play, but I am not at all the typical active person. I smoke when I’m stressed, I get hot-headed, at times I’m very selfish, and I believe that an entire bottle of wine should be consumed once it’s opened as to not spoil…….but, my point is I’m out there. There are only a few things in life that you can control. Some of those controls are your health and seeing as much beauty in the world as possible. So, the point of me being here, talking to you, is to provide you with ways to be active, amusement as you follow me through my active journey, and providing pictures of what I see as absolute beauty in this world.

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Sunrise in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Like this. This is a photo I took of the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine.