Happy Halloween! We’re no strangers to costumes at The Great Inflatable Race. Every new race in every new location, we get to see a whole new set of people dressing up like their favorite characters, mythical or real. Because we see so many different outfits at our races, we have a prediction for which Halloween costumes will be seen the most in 2017!
This was a pretty obvious choice. With the Wonder Woman movie slamming the box office this year, it’s no surprise that she will be one of the most commonly seen superheroes this Halloween season. We’ve seen this famous Amazon at most of our races, and we hope to keep seeing her well into 2018!
Eleven – Stranger Things
Stranger Things came out in 2016, but with the 2nd Season coming out just a couple days ago, we expect to see many interpretations of Eleven out trick or treating. If you’re all caught up with the new season, you might even be able to spice the costume up with a new look…
Literally Any Animal
Dressing up as an animal has always been a Halloween favorite. We suspect it’s because the costume is fairly easy to put together. All you really need is a pair of animal ears and a sexy outfit. (We may have taken these rules from Mean Girls.)
The Power Rangers
This isanother movie that hit the box office this year and has lots of nostalgia for many Americans. These costumes are great for groups, so we expect to see a few of them roaming around this year. Grab a few friends and don your favorite color!
With a reboot of the spooky classic “It”, this costume is sure to take the number one spot for scary costumes this year. Clowns are creepy enough as is, but give them some yellow eyes, creepier makeup, and a red balloon, and we’re out of here!
Witch or Wizard
An age old classic costume that never seems to lose its appeal. Whether you decide to go the Harry Potter route, or classic creepy witch, this is one costume you are guaranteed to see this fall.
What will you be dressing up as this year? Comment below and let us know! If you’re feeling really daring, send us a pic of you all dressed up!
Whether or not you’re a competitive runner, we all enjoy that feeling of getting faster and finishing races quicker than ever before! We’ve narrowed it down to our top two favorite ways to improve your running time. The best part about these tips is that they can be done anywhere! If you run on a treadmill or if you run outside, start implementing these techniques into your training program, and you’ll start seeing changes in no time!
#1 – Interval Training
Interval training is a favorite of The Great Inflatable Race, and it is a great way for beginners to improve. Not only will it help you increase your overall speed, it can also help you build your endurance and run for longer periods of time. What exactly is interval training, you ask? Interval training involves alternating between quick running bursts and slower recovery laps/time. For example, sprint for 30 seconds followed by 1 minute of either walking or jogging at a slower pace. Repeat that about 15-20 times and you have a solid interval run for the day!
#2 – Tempo Running
A tempo run is great when you’ve been running for a while and already know how fast your body likes to run a certain distance. For a tempo run, you are going to set a distance you are used to running and then attempt to run it at a slightly faster pace than you normally would. This should be a hard run, but not painful or overly uncomfortable. You shouldn’t be able to hold a conversation during this run, as your body should be slightly out of breath. We suggest starting with a mile tempo run, and building up from there! Try mixing in one tempo run a week, and watch your race times decrease!
What do you think? Have you tried either interval training or tempo running? Do you have a favorite? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Now that it’s officially fall, we’re loving all of the autumn flavored recipes! We decided to cater to our non-pumpkin spice loving friends and make a different fall favorite - Lasagna! You can find the full instructions for this recipe on http://juliasalbum.com, but we’ve condensed the instructions and tweaked the recipe a little to make it even more flavorful!
Butternut squash filling: For this filling, you will need to have pre-cooked butternut squash puree. Using food processor, combine 2 cups of butternut squash puree with Ricotta cheese, milk, salt and nutmeg. Add more milk if needed (to make the butternut squash filling very creamy). Mix very well, taste and add more salt, if needed. *note - after making this recipe, we would recommend adding more seasoning than you think you’ll need. We’d even suggest throwing some black pepper and italian seasoning in with your butternut squash mixture.
Spinach filling: Combine spinach, Ricotta cheese, mozzarella, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix, taste, and add more salt and pepper, if needed. *optional - add some pre-cooked chicken to your spinach filling for extra protein!
Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package instructions. Rinse with cold water, drain.
Lasagna assembly: Prepare a baking dish - use a casserole dish roughly 11 inches x 8.5 inches x 3 inches deep. Grease the lasagna dish lightly with olive oil spray, or your choice of non-stick spray. Spread 1/3 of butternut squash filling on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle lightly with mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked lasagna noodles without overlapping the noodles.
Spread half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
Spread another layer (1/3) of butternut squash mixture, then sprinkle lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with cooked noodles.
Spread the remaining half of spinach filling over the noodles. Top lightly with Mozzarella cheese. Top with the final layer of cooked noodles.
Spread a generous amount of butternut squash filling (the remaining 1/3) over this final layer of noodles, sprinkle with grated Parmesan and remaining mozzarella cheese (about 1/2 cup of mozzarella). Generously sprinkle the cheese with Italian seasoning, paprika, basil.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 min. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, let cool, and enjoy!
Voila! You have a delicious fall meal that doesn’t include a pumpkin! We had a couple minor changes/suggestions to the recipe outlined in the instructions, but overall we would definitely make it again! We’d also suggest trying out different cheeses, or a mixture of different cheeses, to play with the flavors even more!
Do you have a favorite fall recipe? Share it below!