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Tryptophan Trail Run

by This is Carrie on December 8, 2013

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Instead of Black Friday shopping, I opted for the Tryptophan Trail Run in Trabuco Canyon organized by Skyler of The Endurance Family.  From the moment I arrived, I could immediately tell I was way out of my league.  I might have been the only one in the gorup not talking about an upcoming ultra distance […]



Thanksgiving 10K 2013: Plymouth Rock ‘n Run

by This is Carrie on December 7, 2013


Turkey Trots are just as important to our Thanksgiving tradition as Turkey.  Instead of dressing up turkey-like, the kids opted for Santa costumes and Sparkle Athletic skirts, shouting “Merry Thanksgiving!” to everyone around them. The three youngest did the Kids K while Princess ran the 5K with her friend at the slowest pace since she […]


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Race Recap: Disneyland Half Marathon 2012

by This is Carrie on January 17, 2013

With the 2nd annual Tinkerbell Half Marathon just a few days away, I realized I never completed my Disneyland Half Marathon race recap. I have to say, the Disneyland Half Marathon is my FAVORITE race of the year.  Not only does it hold a special place in my heart for being my very first half […]



How to Prepare for a RunDisney Race

by This is Carrie on October 28, 2012

photo credit: Angry Julie Monday Step 1: Hang out (or in our case work) at the expo wearing 3 Sparkle Athletic running costumes in 2 days to properly absorb the true spirit of a RunDisney race. Step 2: On the night before the race, finish up running costume #4 (the actual costume for the race) […]



Race Recap: Wet ‘n’ Wild 5K {Knotts Berry Farm}

by This is Carrie on September 27, 2012

After the PR at the 5K during the Ogden Marathon weekend, running just another, plain old 5K didn’t seem exciting enough for Princess.  But when she heard about the Wet & Wild 5K through Knott’s Berry Farm, ending with a wade through the lazy river at Soak City water park, she was “all in” especially […]



On the Friday before the Disneyland Half Marathon, I was lucky enough to get my “kicks on Route 66” during a meet up and warm up run through Disneyland & Disney California Adventure park including it’s newest addition, Cars Land. Not only did I get to run through the deserted Disney Parks along with one […]



Race Recap: Ogden Half Marathon {kids race}

by This is Carrie on September 8, 2012

Todd and I weren’t the only ones in our little family to race during the Ogden marathon/half marathon day of festivities.  Princess and Pumpkin ran the 5K with Grandma and a few of the bigger cousins. Big Brother ran the Kids 1K with a bunch more of the smaller cousins.  Realizing that Baby Brother was […]



Race Recap: Ogden Half Marathon {the race}

by This is Carrie on September 7, 2012

Spoiler alert: I finished the Ogden Half Marathon. So did Todd. On the morning of the Ogden Half Marathon, our plan was to get dropped off at the start and meet up with the rest of the family there.  At the last minute the six of us decided to meet in downtown Ogden to get […]



Race Recap: Ogden Half Marathon {the beginning}

by This is Carrie on September 6, 2012

photo courtesy of Only in Ogden To capture the full experience of the Ogden Half Marathon, I have to start at the very beginning. Almost a year ago, we received a phone call from Todd’s mom. After running her first half marathon at the 2011 Ogden Half Marathon, she really wanted the family to do […]



Making Stuff: Ragnar Relay Team Shirts {DIY Customization}

by This is Carrie on August 19, 2012

For the So Cal Ragnar Relay Race, we had our “team shirts” professionally screened by the awesome Lucky Devil ScreenPrint with “Team Sparkle” on the front and our fab sponsors on the back. But, I needed to figure out how to customize our relay team shirts with our first names across the back. At the […]