Will Run For Chocolate: Dallas Hot Chocolate 5K


For the past 3 years my family and I have endured the cold weather and challenging routes all for a cup of hot chocolate at the Allstate Hot Chocolate 15k/5k.

It all starts at the expo for packet pick up, you’re greeted at the door by volunteers who quickly places several chocolate squares in your hand. As you move through the expo there are more volunteers waiting to take your picture with the chocolate inflatables. Which is a plus because outside of a good selfie, expo photos with your race bib and swag is a must. Volunteers are very important at the expo and on race day. On race day the volunteers are those who stand with a smile and encouraging words to hand you water, and electrolytes (Nuun) alone the race course. They also pull you in at the finish line and place that well deserved metal around your neck. During my 3 years of participation I have had the privilege of having current and former students assist me at the expo with packet up, but this year was extra special because my niece Kyndell was a volunteer at the finish line so she cheered me in and placed my metal around my neck.

There is a selected group of vendors at the expo which range from race fuel (Nuun) to race belts, visors, caps, jackets and of course Hot Chocolate paraphernalia. Nuun is the official hydrate for this race. When I first tried Nuun about a year ago, I was not impressed with it at all, now, I’m on the Nunn bandwagon. Nuun has a great new line of vitamin tablets which comes in several flavors including Ginger Lemonade which happens to be one of my favorites because it’s great as hot tea. Not only does it provide me with energy it seems to also help my digestive system (added bonus). An additional plus about Nuun is how it is packaged, it comes in a tablet form which makes it very easy to snap in half and drop into your water bottle, because who has time to make sure that you accurately pour loose powder.

So, let’s talk about the swag. On a scale of 1-10, It’s definitely a 10. Instead of a dry fit T-shirt, this race offers a fleece pull over jacket, which is perfect for the cool weather on race day. The race day metal is an unique chocolate candy bar design. This year there was an added bonus of a legacy metal for all runners who had participated in the race 3 or 5 consecutive years, with an additional legacy bib. “The more the better” is my philosophy where bling is concerned. There is one twist with the bling for the Allstate Hot Chocolate you must run the 15K to receive a medal.

To quote the words of Forrest Gump “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” This race was definitely a box of chocolates. The course included flat surfaces, inclines and hills. But knowing that a cup of hot chocolate, along with a bowl of chocolate, marshmallows and banana were waiting at the finish line made it all worth it.  See you next year, for more “CHOCOLATE”



P.S. Don’t forget to hashtag #ontherunwithkrista when you hit the pavement, I’ll be looking for you. See you on the pavement.

Plan Ahead for Successful Destination Racing


Destination racing can be a lot of fun, yet a little nerve racking. Travel, dining out, and elements of being out of routine can spark a number of questions. Am I eating enough? Am I eating too much? What kind of food will be available at the hotel? Will there be a 2-hour wait at the restaurant? What if get sick during the race from a bad meal?

Key plan-ahead concepts can boost performance and your race-day mental game:   


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Photo by Domenico Loia 

Pack a water bottle to allow ample opportunity to fill and refill with fluids in aiming for light colored urine as a sign of proper hydration leading up to the race start. Adding electrolyte-only packets or tablets offers flavor for a water-fatigued pallet and supports hydration retention. A nervous runner who struggles to meet carbohydrate goals through whole foods may want to consider drinking beverages with carbohydrates and electrolytes. Drinkable carbohydrates can support meeting pre-race carbohydrate goals when the desire to eat is lacking. Tomato juice, coconut water, and diluted juice with a pinch of salt are natural hydration alternatives to commercial sports products to support healthy hydration.

Carbohydrate-Rich Snacks

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Pack a supply of the everyday easy-to-digest carbohydrate-rich snacks that you would typically consume throughout training. Familiar foods such as fresh fruit, low fat granola, hot or cold cereal, brown rice cakes or crackers, and whole grain bagels are options that travel well and stock the body with energizing carbohydrates to fuel successful endurance racing.

Pre-Race Meals

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Photo by Jannis Brandt 

Research dining options located around your hotel in effort to find a restaurant that serves a comparable meal to one of your favorite pre-long run meals consumed often throughout training. Once you find a location, try to make a reservation to minimize the risk of a 2-hour wait time in a city full of hungry, race-minded runners. This is not the meal to be adventurous. Eat enough of a familiar meal to feel satisfied and well fueled, but not excessively full and over-stuffed.

Always pack a pre-race breakfast option. Even if the hotel serves an ideal pre-race breakfast, unforeseen circumstances such as a faulty alarm clock can wreck a good plan. Pack your typical breakfast or a safe backup in the event plan “A” falls through. Packets of oatmeal, a banana, and even a quick purchase of hard-boiled eggs are examples of pre-race fuel that can be kept in the hotel room for pre-race fueling.

The expo may not have your favorite race fuel brand and now really isn’t the time to try something new. Be prepared by packing your favorite fuel for during the race.


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Photo by Dimaz Fakhruddin 

The excitement of a successful race finish can easily outshine the importance of recovery fuel soon after the race. Chatting with friends and family, the walk back to the hotel, and showering pushes a good celebratory meal out of the well-timed ideal recovery window. A recovery snack should be consumed soon after the race. The snack should contain about 10-25 grams of protein and roughly half of your body weight in grams of carbohydrate.

Post-race drinkable options such as the popular chocolate milk will promote rehydration, recovery, and is often quite palatable when appetite is low. Sufficient protein sources may not be available as part of the post-race fuel. When in doubt, pack your favorite recovery beverage such as tart cherry juice shaken with a scoop of pure whey protein powder. Have a stash of Greek yogurt and fresh fruit ready in the hotel refrigerator upon return to your room. A good recovery plan will aid the immune system, reduce muscle soreness, and support a quick return to great training.

By: Jackie Dikos, RD, CSSD, CLT Author of Finish Line Fueling: An Essential Guide to Runner’s Nutrition

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Dopey is over, and that accomplishment has now been checked off of my bucket list. So, what’s next? Of course I had to take some time to recover which lasted all of 48 hours before I was back on the treadmill, and having visions of hitting the gym and yoga studio, when all my friends, family, and running partners are saying “Girl, sit down somewhere and rest.” Why can’t I just rest? This is a question that I begin to ask myself. The answer is that for me running is not just about the swag and the “bling” (which is definitely important) but it is also a mindfulness strategy for me to handle daily stress, anxiety and fight off the onset of depression or what society considers to be the “winter blues,” while also keeping me sane enough to interact daily with my 200+ high school students. So, being sedentary is not an option.

Have you ever noticed that people who exercise appear to be really energetic and happy? So much so that if you’re not an overly energetic person it gets on your nerves? Why are we so happy and bouncing off the walls after running mile after mile after mile, you might ask. It’s the “Runner's High,” that happy feeling that runners have due to the release of endorphins.

Now, this is my testimony, but I know that there are others that don’t have the desire to move when the weather is cool, cold, rainy, or just dreary outside, causing you to feel tired, sluggish, lethargic, stressed or maybe even depressed. Don’t think that you are just out of shape, not really into exercising, or maybe even lazy. You could just be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is defined as depression associated with late autumn and winter and thought to be caused by a lack of light. SAD is not a death sentence you just need to get up and moving. Of course for me, running is the ticket, but cycling and strength training are a great option as well.

So what’s next on my running calendar? The Texas Big Star Half Marathon, in Frisco, Texas. This means it's time for a new training schedule, new goals, and new accomplishments. To assist me with my training, I am going to use the new and improved NIKE run club 13.1 training program.


Follow me on this journey via instagram @ontherunwithKrista, facebook Krista Lee, or twitter @ontherunwithkr1



P.S. Let me know what races you are doing using the hashtag #ontherunwithkrista I’ll be looking for you. See you on the pavement.

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The runDisney: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend was definitely a “Magical” event. The weekend featured several race opportunities which included a 5K; 10K; Half Marathon and Marathon. Within these race selections you could combined the races and complete either the Goofy Challenge 39.3 miles (Half Marathon and Marathon) or the ultimate Dopey Challenge 48.6 miles (all 4 races). Of course I was up for the challenge and chose to be “DOPEY” Dopey was the ultimate endurance challenge but it was four days of pure fun and Disney Magic. All four race days was filled with awesome energy from the time I arrived at the race site until the time I crossed the finish line. The 5K - 3.10 mile through Epcot; 10K - 6.20 miles through Epcot and the Yacht and Beach Club resort; Half Marathon - over 13.1 mile through Magic Kingdom and Epcot and the 25th Annual Marathon covered 26.2 miles through Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Each race was hosted by a different Disney Character, with numerous Disney Characters along the course. There was practically no down time on entertainment because just as you thought the excitement had ended you would see a big screen projecting a Disney movie which I like to refer to as the “Run In Theatre”.

Enough about the amazing courses let’s get down to what's really important the SWAG. The swag was to put it mildly very “SWAGALICIOUS.” Disney had a graphic long sleeve dri-fit shirt for each race and challenge with the exception of the 5K which was a short sleeve cotton shirt giving the Dopey participants a total of 6 shirts. The medals are “GORGEOUS” very well designed with the host Disney character on each medal. So how many medals did I receive for being “Dopey?” SIX !!!!! Also, at the completion of the 25th Anniversary Marathon we received a commemorative Mickey Mouse Ears Hat, just another marvelous surprise to bring a smile to my face after completing 26.2 magical miles.


The runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend was a very organized event and exceeded all of my expectations. I went into the race afraid of the total mileage but because of all the extras on the course I forgot I was running and just felt like a kid in the amusement park. I was not running this race for time or PR this race was strictly to test my endurance and also to enjoy the experience.

This is not a race I would recommend for runners who are concerned about time or PR’s due to the number of participants and the narrow paths throughout the amusement park. But, if you are looking for a fun, really organized race I encourage you to runDisney.



P.S. Let me know what races you are doing using the hashtag #ontherunwithkrista I’ll be looking for you. See you on the pavement.

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As the New Year approaches and you begin to take on new endeavors hopefully running is at the top of your list. If running is on the top of the list your first step would be to choose a running training plan. Smartphones (Iphone or Android) have made this an easy process because there are various free apps and upgrades that you can utilize. There are two apps that I have found to be very beneficial in this area. The Nike + Run Club and PEAR running apps.

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This is a free app that provides various run programs from getting started which is a 4 week plan and will give you the motivation to take the first steps to start running and continue to run. This program will help you with the basics to build strength and speed. If you are already running and you are now ready to run you first race or increase your distance the Nike + Run Club app can also provide you with various distance training programs 5K; 10K; 15k; Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and a Full Marathon program (26.2 miles). I used the Nike+Run Club app to train for my first Half Marathon race (I was very ambitious so I skipped the 5K and chose the couch to Half Marathon) and I loved it. I like the calendar that sends reminders every night or early morning, whichever you prefer to prepare your mind for the upcoming run. Nike has also upgraded this app to provide social media postings of your daily accomplishments, which you will find to be very important and encouraging. Who doesn’t love a good picture after a great or not so great run.

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The PEAR App

This is also a free app with limited programs but for an additional monthly fee or per program fee they also offer various training programs from beginners to Full Marathon programs. I have not used the PEAR app for a complete training program but I have utilized this app for interval; speed training and long runs. What I find most beneficial about this app is the guided coaching during the training sessions or runs. I find the information from correct form to correct breathing very helpful and encouraging during my runnings. PEAR will provide you with your current pace and mileage during your runs. It will also benefit you to invest in a heart rate monitor for this app for the most accurate training advice. This is a great app.

So now go to your app store, download your preferred app or both, and let’s get ready to run! There’s no rule that says you can’t start that run on January 1st. New Year = New Runners.



P.S. Don’t forget to hashtag #ontherunwithkrista when you hit the pavement, I’ll be looking for you. See you on the pavement. Happy Holidays!

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ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO!!!!! ONCOR Mayor’s 5k Race


With raising health concerns surrounding teen obesity, the ONCOR Mayor’s 5k race partners have teamed up with DISD to allow students to build a love for physical activity by participating in an organized 5k (3.10 miles) race. Students are recruited by the Physical Education (PE) and Health teachers on each campus. This year over 11,000 K-12 grade students were in attendance.

The race is held in conjunction with the BMW Marathon weekend which is held annually in Dallas, Texas.

As a Marathon Finisher; runner enthusiast, volleyball coach and health teacher at Adamson High School, I have used this opportunity for the past 3 years to introduce my students and athletes to a fun way to build relationships with their peers, coaches and teachers well as becoming involved in a little cardiorespiratory endurance. Bonds built through running last forever and I know this to be true because although the kids protest each year when I present the race as a class project, they come back the following year and request to go to the race.

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Buses arrive at the school at 8:30a.m. to transport students to the race. We load the buses and begin our journey social media journey (Snapchat; Instagram and Facebook) to document our day. Once we arrive at the race site we unload the buses and head to the designated tables to pick up our race t-shirts. Race swag is always a must. The district has organized pre-race entertainment (music and games) and pre-race stretches.

Then, we head to the race “Corrals” and the real fun begins. On Your Mark Get Set Go!!!!

#Mayors5K 😆

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As, we approach the finish line we are cheered in by parents, teachers, school cheerleaders, and then as we cross the finish line all finishers receive a finishers medal.

This is a very well organized event that really has all of the elements of an official race: race bibs, t-shirts, water stations, finisher medals and post-race snacks. There are just a few cons to this event: (1) the race is too crowded which does not allow for runners to really be able to run; (2) the distance was only 1.65 miles which is not a true 5k distance like previous years.

Overall, 165 campuses participated, 300 buses were used, 30,000 Ihop pancakes were eaten, 21 Principals handed out finisher medals, and 10,000 Dallas ISD staff and students ran/walked the 1.65 mile course in downtown Dallas. It was a fantastic experience for all involved.

This is my most rewarding race of the year, mainly because I get to share my love for running with others, and I love the laughter and fun my students and I enjoy at this events.


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6 Simple Ways To Beat The Winter BluesWhen winter hits and it starts getting dark at 4pm, I find myself feeling a little down. I’m not as happy or outgoing, just really not myself. I wasn’t able to put my finger on exactly why I was feeling that way, until I talked to a friend. Then I realized I might be affected with a little bit of the winter blues. Read more via The Write Balance. 

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Natural Homemade Bubble Bath: On my gradual journey towards a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been slowly eliminating products with harsh chemicals from our home and replacing them with homemade versions. If you’re a regular reader here, you know I am stingy with my time and money so I’ve only made the switch when it’s easy and affordable to make products myself rather than buy the store version. For examples, check out my Homemade Beauty Products  and Homemade Cleaning Solutions. In the winter, I like to take a nice, hot bubble bath to relax and warm up from the freezing weather outside. Have you read the ingredient label on store-bought bubble bath? Here’s what mine said: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, and 6 more ingredients equally long and difficult to pronounce. I did some research to see if it would be difficult to make my own and discovered that most natural homemade bubble bath recipes only need 3 ingredients! Read more via The WonderMom Wannabe. 

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Morning Buzz For You Mind, Body, and Soul


This week has been full of great content from some of my favorite bloggers! Each of the stories this week have provided me with a double dose of inspiration and motivation, as well as some helpful nuggets that I plan on implementing next week. I added one of those MankoFit workouts to my rotation this week and your girl is weak in the knees!

Body-EAT CLEAN MEAL IDEAS WITH PASTA!: Raise your hand if you love pasta! I have good news for you! I've found a high protein, low carb alternative. Explore Asian has reinvented the pasta aisle changing an everyday favorite into a ridiculously healthy and nutritious meal. Read more...

Body-Cardio: Before or After Weights?: Should I do cardio before or after weight lifting?This is something I have discussed with a number of people and I thought I would share my opinion, and hopefully get yours too! Read more...

Mind/Soul- Tristen Paige: Philanthropist/Founder, Turning Paiges. Pasadena, CA: Would you be shocked if we told you that it ('it' being this very website you're browsing while probably trying to avoid actually checking your work emails) doesn't matter much to us if your sneaker collection is on the small side. Despite what you might think, it's not always about the sheer volume of brands lining one's sneaker rack; it's ultimately the stories and experiences behind the shoe (or shirt, or bag... we're not too picky) that really draw us in. Example: Tristen Paige. Read more...

So, make sure you show some love to the bloggers featured on this week’s Morning Buzz and feel free to leave some links to some things you have seen around the web that promote a #HealthyLivingLifestyle for your #MindBodyAndSoul.

Morning Buzz for Your Mind, Body and Soul

It seems that every time I log on there is another buzzworthy story that should definitely be seen.  That said, I want to take the time to highlight some of my favorite healthy living, lifestyle posts and put them all in one spot so my favorite readers (psst! I’m talking about you!) can take advantage of all of the goodies that motivate and inspire me on my journey to grow my mind, body, and soul.  Are you ready for a little blog lovin’?!

6 MANKOFIT WORKOUTS THAT WILL GET YOU RIGHT AND TIGHT: Holiday’s are the time of year that tests how truly committed you are to your fitness goals, and if you’re like me, you probably adopted the “you only live once” mantra and went ahead and enjoyed that Patti Pie and table full of delicious goods baked by grandma an ’em during Thanksgiving. Read More

2 Fitness Apps I Like To Use When I Can't Make It To The Gym: It is finally starting to get cold here in Dallas, and I will be the first to say that I do skip going to the gym when its below 50 degrees outside. I HATE the cold. However, that doesn't mean I skip my workout. I still get my sweat on, but just in the comfort of my WARM and cozy apartment. I like to use home workout routines that don't allow too much equipment and is no more than 30-45 minutes long. Read More

5 Ways Sleep Improves Fitness Performance & Recovery: You train like a beast in the gym, your nutrition is on point, your #fitsagram game is strong… so what’s missing? When it comes to fitness, it may seem like you’re hitting all of the important points, but there’s one thing you’re probably skipping. Read More

What are some of your favorite post this week that promote a healthy living, lifestyle? Leave the links in the comment area! Hope you enjoyed a little blog lovin' before you enjoy the weekend!- XoXo Brit

OU Students Found New Organization Devoted To Mental Health


Your mental health is just as important as your physical health and often times we forget that it all ties together. OU Sooner Mental Health met for the first time in October. The club's purpose is to bring awareness to mental health on campus through student involvement. With all of the stigmas surrounded with mental health it's great to see students come together to bring awareness.

This group was formed not only for those that may suffer from mental illness but also for the friends and " support systems" for those suffering.   " There are many stigmas that criminalize and demonize mental illness, and we need to change that conversation and mindset. We are part of something bigger than ourselves in really helping people realize that." Read more...