Happy Saturday, everyone!
My weekend got off to a great start with the Fit Foodie 5k this morning!
I started training for a 5k back in late March (I decided that it would be helpful for my weight loss efforts to have a fitness goal), and I signed up for the Fit Foodie 5k, which was organized by Cooking Light and Health magazines, in late April. It seemed like such a long way off when I signed up, and I can’t believe that it has already come and gone!
My hubby decided to participate in the Fit Foodie 5k, too! I signed up to run the race independently — I didn’t ask any other friends or family to do it with me — and when he realized that, he said that he would sign up, so I wouldn’t have to do it alone. I was so grateful for his support!
We arrived at the Mosaic District, the town center in Fairfax, Virginia, where the race was held, just before 8 a.m. We went to pick up our race bibs after we parked, and then it was time to wait for the group warm-up stretch at 8:30.
It started raining while we were waiting for the stretch to start, but thankfully it stopped about 15 minutes before the race began. (Although it would have been great to run in the sunshine, today’s cool temperatures were so welcome after having several 90+ degree days this week!)
The pre-race stretch, which incorporated some yoga poses, was led by Kristin McGee, celebrity trainer and Health magazine contributing yoga and wellness editor.
After stretching for 10-15 minutes, the race emcee led the crowd in a warm-up dance to Pharrell’s “Happy.” It was so fun and energizing! Then it was time to head to the starting line!
The race started and ended at the same place. There were so many more people participating in the race than I expected — over 1,000! My hubby and I were in wave 5, and I don’t think we were even the last group to go.
The course began within the town center and extended through the surrounding neighborhoods and office buildings.
I am happy to report that I sustained my run for about the first 12 minutes — over the 1st mile! I honestly wish that I hadn’t stopped to walk when I did, because it was definitely difficult to start running again. This is definitely a lesson for my next race: when I think I need to stop, don’t — push through and keep going!
I walked for about 3 minutes and then started running again, and I think I ran for about another 4 minutes or so before stopping to walk again. I kind of lost track of my interval lengths after that. I think I ended up running about half of the race and walking about half of it.
It started raining again about 3/4 of the way through, but it didn’t pour, thankfully. Around that time, I saw Ashley of Coffee Cake and Cardio, another D.C. health and fitness blogger, on the course!
As I neared the end of the race, I made sure to run through the downhill stretches and the last portion before the finish line.
Although I wish I hadn’t walked as much as I did, I am thrilled with the outcome of the race! My goal was to finish in 35 minutes, and I did!
I finished the only other 5k in which I’ve participated, the 2011 D.C. Undy 5000, in something like 40 or 42 minutes. I didn’t train for that race at all, and I walked a majority of it. I’m thrilled that I’ve improved so much!
After we finished the run, it was time to eat! Local chefs and eateries set up tents in the Finishers Village and were offering small tasting plates. Cooking Light and Health also had a tasting tent and offered some workout and cooking demonstrations.
Before we ate, my hubby and I decided to each buy a race tee-shirt. (I wanted to commemorate my success! I decided to get a tank top to wear to work out this summer.)
Unfortunately, by the time we went to the car to get a credit card and then stood in line to make the tee-shirt purchase, many of the vendors had already run out of food. That was definitely disappointing, but we were still able to try some things.
I really liked the samples in the Cooking Light/Health tent: pulled pork tacos and a salad with beef tenderloin.
Both meats that were used are part of Cooking Light‘s new refrigerated, pre-made entrees and sides sold at Super Target and BJ’s. I had no idea that either of the meats were not freshly prepared until one of the tent volunteers handed us a coupon for them. Both were delicious!
Since we didn’t get to try too many of the food samples, and my hubby was hungry, we decided to go for an early lunch at Cava Mezze Grill, which was located directly across the street from the Cooking Light/Health tent.
I’m a huge fan of Cava’s sit down restaurants — I featured one of my meals there in one of my first WIAW posts — and I really liked the fast-casual Cava Grill when I tried it once before. My hubby had never been to either of Cava’s offerings, and since he really liked the pita chips and dip from Cava that we sampled minutes before in the Finishers Village, we decided to go.
Cava Grill’s concept closely resembles Chipotle, only with Mediterranean food — you select whether you want a bowl, pita sandwich, or salad; select a protein; and add as many toppings as you would like. I went with a bowl filled with basmati rice, chicken, hummus, harissa, a small scoop of tomatoes and onions, some pita chip strips, and feta cheese.
We got a fresh pita and extra hummus on the side, and my hubby also bought a side of pita chips midway through the meal, because he liked the strips in his bowl so much.
Cooking Light/Health‘s workout and cooking demonstrations lasted until about 12:30 p.m., but we decided to head home after we finished lunch.
I promptly showered upon arriving home around 12:20 p.m., and spent the next several hours dozing in bed with the TV on — some well-deserved relaxation!
Overall, it was an absolutely fantastic morning, despite the rainy weather. I couldn’t be happier with my race time, and the race organizers made the experience a lot of fun.
I never thought that I would turn into a runner, but I think that this is the start of something beautiful! I’m actually already thinking about signing up for another race! I want to compete with myself and gradually improve my completion time. (I’ve already decided that my goal for my next race is 33:30!)
And now for a brief Weigh-In Wednesday update, since I neglected to do so earlier this week:
I’m down 2.6 pounds since last weighing myself before our Virginia Beach vacation! My total loss is now 19.6 pounds. I’m so thrilled! I’m so close to hitting a total loss of 20 pounds and well on my way to losing a total of 30 pounds by Labor Day.
Instead of setting new goals, as I had been with each previous Weigh-In Wednesday update, I’m just going to keep working toward the goals that I set for the summer.
I couldn’t be happier with my weight loss and ever-improving fitness! Physically, I feel the best that I have in years, and achieving my goals is a huge boost of confidence.
Do you enjoy participating in races?