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Girls on the Run 5K, Etc.

What a great day! I woke up about 6:45A,  got up and put on my pink GOTR t-shirt, ate a Zone Protein Bar for breakfast, and made it to CU-ICAR shortly after 8AM. I picked up my race pack, pinned on my “GOTR Coach” tag and my race number. They had all kinds of booths set up for the girls. They got their faces painted, got their hair sprayed with pink and glitter, got little GOTR 5K washable tattos, chapstick, BiLo coupons, orange wedges, bananas, bagels, Rita’s Italian Ice samples, water, lemonade, and even coffee for the grown ups. It was fabulous! And B93.7 was there documenting the whole day. I grabbed a small coffee and a half banana before the race. It was just what I needed.

We started just before 9AM and my co-coach, Carmine, got to lead the whole race in pre-race stretches. She did a great job!

Carmine Leading Stretches

Pre-Race Stretching

At 9AM, they blew the whistle and the race was on! The girls did such a good job! I’m so proud of them!

Coach Melissa (that's me) & My Running Buddy

I ran with our fastest runner (which surprised me). We kept each other going. I ran the whole first mile with no problem, then I walked for about a minute and started running again. I only walked 3 times for about a minute or so, I think. It was a lot of fun. Towards the end, I told my running buddy, “Okay, if you were on the treadmill and saw 2.7 miles, would you keep going? I would! Come on, you can do it!” By the last little bit we hit a good stride and I hit a “runner’s high.” I crossed the finish line at 34:20. I know it’s not super fast, but it’s probably the fastest I’ve ever run 3.1 miles. I usually walk more than what I did today. It was so much fun to see the girls succeed! I’m pretty sure all of them beat their practice 5K times! I’m just so proud of them!

Little Miss Initiative

Girls on the Run is So Much Fun!

Family Involvement! Lots of Parents & Siblings ran too!

Spunky - Speedy - Spirited

I used to say I didn’t understand why people payed to run, but after today, I kinda get it. It was so much fun to run with that many people! They keep you going! The last picture is of a girl on my team whose mom was my freshman Speech teacher in college. What a small world! Her mom and I ran near each other pretty much the whole race. It was really fun to run with her! And there was no way I was going to let her beat me. 🙂

After the race, I came home and took a nice hot bath, used a sugar scrub my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas on my feet, and soaked in some oils. It was so refreshing!

WholeFoods 365 All Natural Lavender and Mint Body Washes, Organix Coconut Shampoo & Condition, Burt's Bees Facial Cleanse, Homemade Sugar Scrub

Then I got ready and headed to Earth Fare for a “Free Lunch with Purchase” with my sister and nephews. We each bought a drink and got sandwich, soup, and chips for free! I love Earth Fare coupons! I had a veggie hummus wrap with vegetarian 3 bean chili, tortilla chips, and Coconut Water. I know Coconut Water is good for me – electrolytes and minerals and such – but it really wasn’t that tasty. Everything else was delicious though.

My Sis & Jordan (yes, we're twins, no, really, we are)

"Aunt Mel" & Micah

My Lunch!

Early Morning

Lots to do today. I was up at 4:30AM! Yes, folks, I was actually out of bed that early! I had to take someone to the airport, so it was an early morning. I got home about 5:30AM and was determined not to go back to bed, so I did some yoga (which felt great), got cleaned up and ready for the day, and went downstairs to make breakfast: mixed berry quinoa with agave and cinnamon again! Yum! I think I could eat this every day! I took the time to sit down and eat my breakfast with a cup of cafe au lait (sweetened with agave nectar and a touch of cinnamon) and read John 5 (going through the gospels asking myself “What is the gospel?” in each passage).

I packed my lunch, watered the garden and flowerbeds, and got everything together for Girls on the Run tonight. It’s their practice 5K tonight. We’re treating them with some extra snacks (I bought a bag of apples and nectarines, and then I have some trail mix bars and gingersnaps). And we made a poster for each girl to hang around the track (encouragement to keep running), full of glitter and stickers. Hopefully I’ll get to run with them. Hmm…I should’ve made a poster for me and Carmine (the other coach) to keep us running too! Oh well. I’m just praying it doesn’t rain them out of their big practice run.

Lunch is spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and red pepper strips. Then I brought several snacks: an apple with a tablespoon of almond butter, some homemade trail mix, and a bag of cut strawberries. I’ll have to make sure I get some greens in tonight, since I’m loading up on red foods today.

So, it’s not even 9AM, and I feel like I’ve already had a productive day. I should do this more often!

Thursday Weigh-Ins

About a year and a half ago, I stepped on the scale at my all-time high. Since then, I’ve had two numbers in my mind: 1. the weight I think I need to be, and 2. the weight I want to be.

As of today, I broke another 5 lb. mark! I’m down 1.25 lbs. since last week and feeling great! I’m 4 lbs. away from the weight I think I need to be and 16 from what I want to be. And the weekly (or monthly) weigh-ins give me a chance to stay accountable with myself and my friends.

Breakfast was a small glass of Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Protein drink and a Low-fat Blueberry Chobani Greek Yogurt with some Kashi Go Lean Toasted Berry Crumble Cereal mixed in.

For my morning snack, I had some trail mix, and a little later some California Poppers (recipe from my friend Catherine’s blog; it’s basically raw cauliflower with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cumin).

Lunch is a small salad, whole wheat bun with chicken breast, Asiago cheese, and some dijon mustard, and 1/2 cup of diced peaches.

Tonight is Girls on the Run, an after-school volunteer program I help coach in my community. It’s a great way to mentor kids and teach them about health and fitness, and I get a little exercise too. At the end of the season, we’ll run a 5K together (a first for me). After GOTR, I plan on helping my husband finish weeding the front flowerbeds (lifting bags of mulch has been my strength training this week).

Happy Thursday! Get Fit, Stay Fit, and Enjoy the Journey!