Run of the Champions 5k PR!

Before I get to my exciting I title I of course have to recap all of the events leading up to it! 🙂

Friday:

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Yummy Strawberry/Banana/Oat/PB/Greek Yogurt Smoothie to start the day.

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Quest Bar/Apple at the pier before heading into the city for a fun Body Pump! I am obsessed with that class.

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Big salad after Body Pump: Arugula, Carrots, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Avocado, Quinoa, Beets and Grilled Chicken with a Sweet Potato on the side.

Friday night fun:

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Andrea runs on Dunkin especially before babysitting 😉

Saturday:

Planned rest day. I hadn’t had a rest day for awhile so due to some fun things planned I thought it would be a good day for rest!

My friends and I went to Central Park for a picnic. We bought food at Whole Foods (hello $16 salad- there was a piece of grilled pineapple in there aka heavy) and then lounged in the park for awhile. It was fun to catch up and the weather was perfect picnic weather.

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After that I walked to the NYRR office to pick up my bib and shirt:

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Came home and was cravinggggg apples with nut butter and raisins? Weirdest craving ever.

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Almond Butter and Cinnamon Raisin PB.

Dessert-you must try this:

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Choc. PB Arctic Zero, I had like one serving left, mixed with my homemade banana ice cream and strawberries. I was craving fro-yo but the idea of leaving my apartment was not happening so this was def the next best thing!

Sunday

This morning I woke up nice and late (6:15 am) haha that is very late for me for a race. I was so excited that the race was like a 15 minute car ride (if that) away from me, at Met Life Stadium!

My parents met up with me before the race. Although it was a 5k, not too long for spectators, I asked them to come just because it seemed like it would be a really cool experience to see me run on the field. They also were having a Health & Fitness Expo after so I knew it would be a fun and cool time!

Some pics before the race:

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After we walked around a bit I left them by the finish line and headed to my corral. Did you see I moved up to the Orange corral because of the Queens 10k! So exciting!

Since I knew it was 3 miles I decided to just start running fast. Def at my “interval” or “rep” pace. I knew it because I was breathing hard and not feeling super happy. My coach explained when we are using up the VO2 you start to feel a little agitated, everyone around you is annoying, which I kind of felt. I was trying to be positive but I was breathing harddddd. After mile 1 I saw I did an 8:29 mile. HOLLA, so I kept on trucking. I def didn’t have negative splits, but my avg. pace was 8:59, all sub 9 splits and I finished in 27:53! Towards the finish line I almost thought I was going to puke, thank goodness I didn’t! I have to be honest- not a fan of the 5k. 10k, 15k, half, sign me up- 5k: way. too. fast.

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Blurry pic toward the finish line (this was cool running on the field).

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Post-race pic!

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Loved that my mom and dad came!! 🙂

After the race we walked around the expo for a bit. My mom and I both won 2 free weeks the Hackensack UMC Health & Fitness Gym. I see this on my way up to Bergen County and drool over the gym every time I drive by. They have 3 pools, including a salt water pool. A zillion classes (so many Les Mills classes- not just bodypump ). I am planning to start my two weeks VERY soon! I know they will want me to join after which I won’t be able to because it’s just not convenient for me, however it will be like a fun gym vacation for two weeks!

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After the expo we grabbed breakfast at an okay diner, nothing to write home about.

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Spinach & Feta Omelette and Chocolate Milk 😉

When I got home I still had so much energy so I decided to go for a little recovery run just to enjoy the fresh air at an easy pace, 3.77 miles at 11:29 pace!

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I then decided to finally try my Vega Protein Powder:

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Powder, Water, Strawberries, & Mango. It was OK, would never spend the money on a tub of this stuff. Filled me up for sure, kinda gave me a tummy ache,  but still tasted a little chalky. I think if it was a little colder it would have been better but whatevs, now I see what they hype is isn’t all about.

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I am now relaxing on my balcony waiting for my sister and bf to get here with our new couch. Wish us luck on carrying it up to my apartment!

Hope you all had an awesome weekend!

 

 

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