The Green Girl's Tour DaVita Packing List

The Green Girl is updating The Green Girl's Tour DaVita Packing List in preparation for Tour DaVita in North Carolina next month.

The Green Girl's Tour DaVita Packing List

Clothing Personal Items/Toiletries Gear/Electronics Nutrition Travel Outfit/Carry-on Additional Notes/Tips:
  • I pack each day's outfit in a separate gallon zip baggie and then seal up the dirty outfit in the same baggie.
  • You will need some sort of bag with a handle/loop so you can hang it from a hook for carrying everything to the shower and hanging it while you shower - I'm using a mesh beach bag.
  • Tents will be provided.
  • Sleeping pads and sleeping bags will be provided so I plan on using the secondary sleeping bag as additional cushion.
  • I absolutely swear by the Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes Clutch and Clean Carrying Case because I can loop it around my wrist and easily hang it in the porta-potty.
  • One item I omitted from my packing list which might be useful is an extension cord for charging electronics since the charging stations tend to get crowded.
  • For cold mornings, stash your outfit in your sleeping bag before you go to sleep so you have warm clothing to put on when you wake up.
  • Don't leave electronics or anything you don't want to get wet on the tent floor because condensation tends to accumulate over night.
  • I would recommend not taking a CO2 cartridge onto an airplane due to increased security - I used to carry them with me but I no longer do this.


The Green Girl's June 2015 #RunChatHunt

The Green Girl participated in #RunChat's June 2015 #RunChatHunt on Twitter.

I spent most of the month of June in Alexandria, VA, so this #RunChatHunt challenge was a fun way for me to explore the city.

The #RunChatHunt is a virtual scavenger hunt where #RunChat provides a list of 10 items to find out on your runs. When you find an item, you snap a picture, and tweet the shot using the tag #RunChatHunt.

Each item counts as 1 entry into a drawing for #RunChatHunt prizes. A bonus entry can be earned by blogging about your experience with the #RunChatHunt tag.

ItemThe Green Girl's Entry
Body of water Holmes Run Watershed
Statue 'Promenade Classique' by Anne and Patrick Poirier
Sunrise or Sunset Sunset over Washington D.C.
Something unique to your city/town Seeing the Washington D.C. skyline from the Old Town Alexandria waterfront
Race/running sticker on vehicle The Color Run sticker
American flag (or flag of your country if not in the U.S.)
Selfie with another runner SweatyBettie offered to take a virtual #selfie with me
Empty beer/soda can Floating in the Holmes Run Watershed
Garden gnome I managed to find 3
Home under construction The interesting thing about this was that the dumpster changed so I guess they were hauling it away


Reebok Spartan Race Canada Giveaway

The Green Girl is happy to announce she is partnering with Reebok Spartan Race Canada to give away one race entry to a Reebok Spartan Race in Canada.

Spartan Race was voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race.

In 2014, there were over 130 Spartan Race obstacle events in 17 countries.

Spartan Race is a global series of obstacle races at 3 distances:

Obstacle Sprint 5+ km/15+
Obstacle Super 13+ km/20+
Obstacle Beast 20+ km/ 25+.

The Spartan World Championship is the culmination of these events.

In addition to the Elite Heats, the Spartan Race Open Heats offer something for all abilities and fitness levels.

The goal of the Spartan lifestyle is to encourage people to get off their couches and help everyone lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

Types of Spartan Races

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The Green Girl's Ragnar Packing List

The Green Girl is preparing for her third Ragnar Southern California relay with her team 'All About That Pace!'.

I recommend packing the majority of your stuff in a backpack or duffel bag that can be stored in the trunk of the van but also bringing a smaller bag that you can have with you in the van for ready access to essentials.

Pack 3 complete changes of outfit in individual gallon zip bags so dirty clothing can be sealed in the bags. Also store all your safety items (see 'Safety' list below) in a single zip bag so you can easily grab it for the Safety Briefing inspection.

A towel is indispensable - you can roll it up as a pillow, you can use it as a blanket if you get cold, you can sit on it when you are sweaty, you can use it as a barrier when you're changing - and the list goes on.

I cannot say enough good things about Target up & up Sensitive Skin Wipes - trust me on this one, go pick up a pack or two.

Another tip is to stick the spare van key in a magnetic keycase to avoid accidentally locking your team out of the van.

The Green Girl's Ragnar So Cal Packing List

North Face Recon Backpack
3 outfit changes [stored in individual gallon zip bags in which the dirty clothing can be sealed]
Safety [stored in a single gallon zip bag]
Other items

Small Bag

Nathan Intensity Race Vest


The Runner's Choice Review and Giveaway

The Green Girl was contacted by Trusted Health Products to review their The Runner's Choice foot recovery product.

The Runner's Choice is comprised of a proprietary blend of almond, eucalyptus, eucalytol, wintergreen, peppermint, and spearmint oils.

The Runner's Choice Oil Blend
Almond Oil is antioxidant rich, high in vitamin E, and contains many essential nutrients.
Eucalyptus has antibacterial/antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties. It also creates a cooling and refreshing effect.
Eucalytol has anti-fungal properties.
Wintergreen contains salicylic acid and methyl salicylate and therefore acts as a natural pain reliever. It also increases blood circulation.
Peppermint has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-spasmodic properties. It also provides a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body.
Spearmint has antiseptic, antispasmodic, restorative, and stimulant properties. It also contains vitamins, antioxidants and vital nutrients.

The Runner's Choice
The Runner's Choice comes in a 2 ounce amber glass bottle with an orifice reducer for dispensing a drop at a time.

The Runner's Choice Directions
Apply to feet immediately before and after running, jogging, or when you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Coat the bottom of your feet, between the toes and the top and 2 inches above the ankle for best results. Do not rub in (rubbing is not required for effectiveness). Wash hands after use.

The Runner's Choice has a soothing but not overpowering minty fragrance that I found refreshing.

I was initially hesitant to rub essential oils on my feet and ankles because I didn't want to end up all oily but I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly The Runner's Choice was absorbed into my skin.

I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly The Runner's Choice was absorbed into my skin.
I used The Runner's Choice on my sore feet post-LA Marathon and I felt like it aided my recovery. When I woke up the next morning, my feet were no longer sore and I was able to workout the day after the race. The skin on my feet has also become softer and smoother since I started using The Runner's Choice.

Trusted Health Products would like to give 3 of the The Running Green Girl's readers a chance to win their very own bottle of The Runner's Choice. To enter the giveaway, simply log into the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note this giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.

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Happy Chinese Lunar New Year 恭喜發財

The Green Girl wants to wish everyone a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous Chinese Lunar New Year.

According to Chinese astrology, our universe consists of five basic elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. It is said that everything in the universe, including humans, has a relationship with these five elements.

The Chinese believe every element is equally important and powerful. Metal will create Water, Water will create Wood, Wood will create Fire, Fire will create Earth, and Earth will then create Metal. Conversely, there is also a cycle of incompatibility and destruction: Metal will destroy Wood, Wood will destroy the Earth, Earth will destroy Water, Water will destroy Fire, and Fire will then destroy the Metal.

2015 is the Year of the Wooden Sheep. It is also referred to as the Year of the Goat or the Year of the Ram. This is because the Chinese character 羊 (yáng) for 'horned animal' is common to these animals. 绵羊 (mián yáng) means sheep, specifically the kind that is raised for wool. 山羊 (shān yáng) means goat. 公羊 (gōng yáng) means ram.

Wood relates to trees which relate to the color green. The Year of the Wood Sheep is therefore also known as the Year of the Green Sheep.

The Year of the Green Sheep brings a slower paced, more relaxed, and introspective time. Creativity and arts flourish during Sheep years.

The Green Sheep encourages you to cultivate the things that make you feel happy and fulfilled. 2015 is an opportunity for you to nurture your inner child by exploring the world with bright-eyed wonder.

The Green Sheep has a reflective, sensitive energy that brings plenty of opportunity to tune into feelings and leverage them for our own growth and awareness. 2015 is a good year to resolve stubborn problems or break free of negative cycles.

The Green Sheep also brings a hint of nostalgia. This is a good time to research your family tree or journey to lands of ancient civilizations.


The Green Girl's LA Marathon Training Playlist ♪

The Green Girl was forced to replace her SanDisk Sansa Clip+ MP3 Player when it refused to power on.

I replaced it with a SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB MP3 Player in Lime.

Getting a new MP3 player inspired me to update my running playlist.

3Britney Spears
(It Feels So Good) Your Love Keeps me AliveSonique
5 O'ClockT-Pain feat. Lily Allen & Wiz Khalifa
A Single Moment Of SincerityAsking Alexandria
Adagio for StringsDJ Tiësto
AirplanesEminem feat. Hayley Williams
All I Do Is WinDJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross
All The Right MovesOneRepublic
AnacondaNicki Minaj
Angel on My Shoulder (EDX's Belo Horizonte At Night Edit) Kaskade
AnimalsMartin Garrix
BangarangSkrillex feat. Sirah
Bend OvaLil Jon feat. Tyga
Body Head AnthemRoy Jones Jr feat. Mr. Magic & Choppa
BonfireChildish Gambino
Boom Boom PowThe Black Eyed Peas
Break The IceBritney Spears
BurnEllie Goulding
Cafe Del Mar '98 (Original Three 'N One Mix) Energy 52
Can I Get A…Jay-Z feat. Amil
Castaway (Daniel Hairston Remix)Matt Davey
Castles In The SkyIan Van Dahl feat. Marsha
Cheers (Drink To That)Rihanna
Creep (Live)Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Dont Start ItBody Head Bangerz feat. Juvenile
Drop The WorldLil Wayne feat. Eminem
Drops Of Jupiter Train
Einstein Tech N9neTech N9ne
EmergencyMavado feat. Ace Hood
EternityDJ Virens
Exploration Of Space (Cosmic Gate's Back 2 The Future Remix)Cosmic Gate
Feel It (DJ Gotstyle Extended Mix)Three 6 Mafia feat. Tiesto, Flo-Rida & Sean Kingston
Fight MusicD-12
ForeverChris Brown
Give It To MeTimbaland feat. Justin Timberlake
Go Hard Or Go HomeRoy Jones Jr
Habits (Stay High) Tove Lo
HeartbeatChildish Gambino
HigherTaio Cruz
Hold It Against MeBritney Spears
Holy GrailJay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake
Hustlin'Rick Ross
I Like ItEnrique Iglesias feat. Pitbull
I Love the Way You LieEminem feat. Rihanna
I Made It (Feat Birdman, Lil Wayne & Jay Sean)Kevin Rudolf
I Wanna GoBritney Spears
In And Out Of LoveArmin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel
InsomniaBenny Benassi
IntenseArmin van Buuren feat. Miri Ben-Ari
It's A FightThree 6 Mafia
Jar Of HeartsChristina Perri
Kevin Gates - Luca Brasi Intro (Official Audio)Kevin Gates
Kisses & ThugsSuper Mash Bros
Knock OutDeyon Davis
Let It RockKevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
LightersBad Meets Evil feat. Bruno Mars
Lights (Bassnectar Remix)Ellie Goulding
Like A G6Far East Movement
Lost in the EchoLinkin Park
Love Me Like You DoEllie Goulding
Love The Way You LieEminem feat. Rihanna
MemoriesDavid Guetta feat. Kid Cudi
MercyBig Sean, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, Pusha T
MirrorLil Wayne feat. Bruno Mars
Mr. BrightsideThe Killers
Never Cry Again (Extended Mix) Dash Berlin
Ni**as In ParisKanye West feat. Jay-Z
No AirJordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown
No LoveEminem feat. Lil Wayne
Not AfraidEminem
PaparazziLady Gaga
Paper PlanesM.I.A.
Phonosynthesis JFK - Whiplash (Bad Habit)DJ Irene
Piece Of MeBritney Spears
Pour It Up RL Grime RemixRihanna
RadioactiveImagine Dragons
Rave MePaul Van Dyk & ATB
Remember The NameFort Minor feat. Styles of Beyond
RendevousPaul Van Dyk
Requiem for a Dream [Leamas Dream Mix]Leama
Run This TownJay-Z feat. Rihanna
Say It RightNelly Furtado
ScreamTimbaland feat. Nicole Scherzinger
She's Like a StarK.R. feat. Taio Cruz
Shit Hits the FanObie Trice feat. Dr. Dre
Sing For The MomentEminem
Stop That Booty (Here We Come)Super Mash Bros
Summer Techno 2010DJ Tiësto
Super BassNicki Minaj
SweatSnoop Dogg vs. David Guetta
Take CareDrake feat. Rihanna
Taking Back My LoveEnrique Iglesias feat. Ciara
The CatalystLinkin Park
The CityGame feat. Kendrick Lamar
The End of the WorldSkeeter Davis
The Way I AreTimbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E)
'Till I CollapseEminem feat. Nate Dogg
Touch Me [Original Mix]Croatia Squad
TuesdayI Love Makonnen feat. Drake
Turn Down for WhatDJ Snake & Lil Jon
We Found LoveRihanna feat. Calvin Harris
What Goes Around Comes AroundJustin Timberlake
When I'm GoneEminem
When Love Takes OverDavid Guetta feat. Kelly Rowland
When You Were Around (Ferry Corsten Fix)Dash Berlin feat. Kate Walsh
White WallsMacklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. ScHoolboy Q, Hollis
Women Lie Men LieYo Gotti featuring Lil Wayne
Work B***hBritney Spears
Wrecking BallMiley Cyrus
You Dont Know50 Cent feat. Cashis & Lloyd Banks
Young ForeverJay-Z


The Green Girl's 100 Things in 2015

The Green Girl was inspired by the Day Zero Project's '101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge' to start her own challenge of attempting to complete 100 things in 2013.

I completed a disappointing 19/100 Things in 2014. This year I shifted my focus to self-improvement/development and expanding/enriching Jade's life experiences.

The Green Girl's 100 Things for 2015 - [003/100]
  1. Update The Running Green Girl's 'About' page
  2. Update The Running Green Girl's 'About Angelman Syndrome' page
  3. Update The Running Green Girl's 'AAC' page
  4. Reach 500,000 page views on this blog
  5. Reach 1,000 Twitter followers
  6. Do something new at the Los Angeles Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk
  7. Raise at least $20,000 at the Los Angeles Angelman Syndrome Foundation National Walk
  8. Have a New Kid on the Block retweet one of my tweets
  9. Accrue 60 professional development units (PDUs) for my Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  10. Learn the fundamentals of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Server Bus (ESB)
  11. Get a technical certification
  12. Renew CPR/First Aid certification
  13. Attend self defense class
  14. Transmit via ham radio
  15. Join the Los Angeles County Disaster Communications Service (LACDCS) team
  16. Make a travel carry-on friendly survival kit
  17. Perform a random act of kindness
  18. Send a Postcrossing
  19. Get a new camera
  20. Buy a pair of brown work shoes
  21. Get a non-black dress
  22. Get prescription sunglasses 02.19.2015
  23. Get a hanging wall rack for my hydration packs
  24. Get a Dremel tool
  25. Try a new cuisine
  26. Get a chef's knife
  27. Get a citrus zester
  28. Prepare 10 different crockpot dishes [05/10]
  29. Prepare 10 different freezer meals [00/10]
  30. Juice 10 new fruits/vegetables [00/10]
  31. Cook dried beans
  32. Poach an egg
  33. Roast a whole chicken
  34. (Successfully) prepare an artichoke
  35. Revisit making steel cut oatmeal 01.23.2015
  36. Make homemade pasta
  37. Make my own taco seasoning
  38. Find a way to thinly slice onions
  39. Go fruit picking
  40. Go dancing
  41. Get a facial
  42. Spend a day at a spa
  43. Watch a movie at a drive-in theater
  44. Get another tattoo
  45. Workout at 10 new places [00/10]
  46. Complete a month long fitness challenge
  47. Run at least 10 miles on a treadmill
  48. Make a scrapbook
  49. Get clothing hemmed/tailored
  50. Salvage or repurpose an item instead of throwing it away
  51. Support a Kickstarter project
  52. Mark all the places I've visited in my 1000 Places To See Before You Die book
  53. Go on a cruise
  54. Go on a scavenger hunt
  55. Go an on overnight ride with Lexa
  56. Have dinner with my college roommmate
  57. Help my friend Jurline with her abstract
  58. Organize or digitize photographs
  59. Document a day in the life of a Green Girl in pictures
  60. Get a picture of with all 5 New Kids on the Block
  61. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  62. Drive along Historic Route 66
  63. Visit the Skinny House
  64. Visit The Time Travel Mart
  65. Visit The Great Wall of Los Angeles
  66. Visit Noah Purifoy Joshua Tree Outdoor Museum
  67. Visit Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch
  68. Visit the Watts Towers
  69. Visit the Leo Carrillo State Park tide pools
  70. Visit San Pedro's Sunken City
  71. Visit the Venice Canal Historic District
  72. Visit Joshua Tree
  73. Visit the Salton Sea
  74. Visit Salvation Mountain
  75. Visit East Jesus
  76. Visit the abandoned Nazi Camp
  77. Learn all 300 ASL signs in Baby Sign and Learn app
  78. Program TalkTablet for Jade with a core word vocabulary
  79. Program TalkTablet categories for Jade
  80. Teach Jade how to navigate TalkTablet
  81. Have Jade order food on her own using her TalkTablet
  82. Get a good family picture
  83. Take a photo-booth picture with Jade
  84. Take Jade to Angel Island
  85. Take Jade to the Chabot Space & Science Center
  86. Take Jade to Rockin' Jump
  87. Ride BART with Jade
  88. Ride the Niles Canyon Railway with Jade 02.02.2015
  89. Ride the Roaring Camp Railroad to Santa Cruz with Jade
  90. Ride the Redwood Valley Railway with Jade
  91. Take Jade to the Monterey Mirror Maze
  92. Take Jade on a hike
  93. Swim with Jade in an infinity pool
  94. Take Jade go-karting
  95. Have a picnic with Jade
  96. Find a board game Jade can play with the family
  97. Teach Jade to type her name on a keyboard
  98. Build a sand castle with Jade
  99. Hula dance with Jade
  100. Dress up with Jade and go out for a fancy dinner
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