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Hospital Hill Run 10k Review

6.05.2016

Disclaimer: I received a  free entry to Hospital Hill Run as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Yesterday I ran the Hospital Hill Run 10k in Kansas City, Missouri. It was a really great race and I am so excited to tell you all more about it. I finished in 54:07 which I was extremely happy with and that was just the icing on top of the cake!

T-Shirts/Swag: I am absolutely thrilled with the t-shirt and swag from this race. 10k runners got a long-sleeved technical tee which is really lightweight and seems perfect for running. I always appreciate races that go above and beyond the generic t-shirt. I will definitely get a lot of use out of these tees. The swag was really great. Everyone got some gel chews at the expo with their packet as well as free beer, pancakes, coffee, and snacks afterwards. The medals were HUGE and really unique and I loved that the bibs had fun sayings on them.



Aid Stations: As I mentioned above, there were snacks after the race. Seriously, what didn't they have at these? They had bananas, crackers, granola bars, ice cream sandwiches, milk, string cheese, and the list goes on. I also loved that the finish line had cold sponges and water for all of the finishers. It was a hot one! The aid stations along the course were well stocked with gatorade and water.

Course Scenery: I really loved this course. It covers a large portion of the Crossroads Art District and also runs past some of the most beautiful old homes in the city. There was entertainment along the way, including bands, drum lines, and volunteers to cheer you on. It was a great course that was very well-marked.



Expo Quality: I had to get in and out of the expo pretty quickly but they had your normal running stores, etc. on site. It was really fast and easy to get my bib and swag, but there was also plenty to do if you're the kind that likes to browse and shop at expos.

Elevation Difficulty: Let me start out by saying that this should be called the Hospital HILLS Run because there are a ton of hills. The majority of them are longer hills, but some had pretty steep inclines as well. I didn't train hills as much as I would have liked prior to the race, but I was still able to get by. I enjoyed the challenge of them and they had plenty of volunteers around to cheer you on as you hustled up them.


Parking/Access: Super easy and straightforward considering it can sometimes be a task to park in downtown KC and it was also KC Pride weekend plus First Friday. We didn't have any problems finding parking for the race or the expo and it was easy in, easy out.

Race Management: I cannot say enough good things about the traffic control and all the wonderful police officers that helped with that. I felt safe the entire time.


Overall:  I LOVED this race and I am so glad it's somewhat local. I will definitely be recommending this race to friends and returning for future years.

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The Perfect Father's Day Gift: JORD Wood Watches (& GIVEAWAY + DISCOUNT!)

6.04.2016

It's that time of the year again where we get to spoil our dad's for all the nonsense they have had to put up with throughout our lives (just my dad? oops). Whenever Father's Day rolls around we all start asking ourselves, what does dad want or need that he doesn't already have? This question stumps me every year. Well, at least for this year, you can consider that question answered because JORD WOOD WATCHES!

JORD Wood Watches are modern, timeless watches that are crafted from real wood. When I first heard wood, all I could think was "that sounds heavy." However, the watch is surprisingly lightweight, making it the perfect everyday watch for dad. The watch is made with scratch-resistant mineral glass which also makes it great for those dad's that aren't particularly delicate. They also make an incredibly unique gift!

All of the watches are beautiful, but this Fieldcrest Zebrawood and Maple watch is my absolute favorite. It pairs great with both casual and dressy looks which is great for that special guy in your life. I highly recommend these unique watches!


Lucky for you, JORD is hosting a giveaway! You can enter HERE. The giveaway ends June 19th! There will be one winner chosen at random and the winner will receive a $75 e-voucher. BUT!!! Everyone who enters (excluding the winner) will get a $20.00 e-gift card that can be applied to any watch on the website! The winning e-voucher will be expire after 1 month after the ending date. There's still plenty of time to get those Father's Day watches!


JORD Wooden Watches

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Breaking Busy: How to Find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy by Alli Worthington

5.31.2016

If you look up the book Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington here is the description you will find: Breaking Busy helps women get unstuck and live with confident calm. Even though our lives are packed full of more: doing more, achieving more, acquiring more, why do we still feel like we’re missing something? Discover how “the more” might be the very thing that keeps us from living out our true purpose. 

I LOVE that brief description. It really is a great summary of the book. However, if I were telling a friend about this book in casual conversation, I would tell them it's a book for women that feel as if they are striving to do it all yet making it nowhere (so basically all women, right?). I would tell them that this book will bring some peace to that nagging need inside of us that tell us we always have to be doing more, more, more. I would tell that friend this book is for them, regardless of their life stage, age, relationship status, religion, or political affiliation. If you haven't caught on already, I really enjoyed this book.

I appreciated Alli's writing style the most. I can sometimes get tired of christian female writers because they tend to be too fluffy, but Alli is really a breath of fresh air. She is relatable, humorous, and real. She's also no-nonsense which I appreciate. Alli encourages her readers to first seek God instead of the other things that are constantly pulling for our attention, and that's a message I can always get behind. She offers advice for the times when we know that's what we should be doing yet are struggling to do it. Her advice is practical, helpful, loving, and biblically-based. She also throws some research in, which I love.

All of that to say, go read this if you haven't already. You can find me and more of my favorite books over on Goodreads!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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