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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!

My First 5K – Join Me on May 22!

New Balance Girls on the Run

presented by Greenville Hospital System Life Center, Greenville Hospital System Children’s Hospital and Freedom  Weekend Aloft.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 – 9AM

Location: CUICAR Campus, Greenville, SC

Entry Fee: $25; $35 family fee (3 people)

Register online at www.ghs.org/girlsontherun

For more information, please call (864) 455-3252.

Sponsors: New Balance, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Horizon, Goody, Secret.

Meatless Tuesday – Round 1

This is my first week of Pesco-Ovo-Lacto-Vegetarianism, and so far it’s going well. I’m still able to eat the right amount of calories and stay within the right amounts per food group (carb, fat, and protein). I’m allowing myself fish, eggs and dairy products this month, so that’s helped. And I love eating all the fresh produce!

Breakfast was an organic peanut butter and jelly sandwich and some dried plums, along with my free coffee from Liquid Highway (Tweet about @liquidhighway for a free small coffee on Tuesdays).

Morning snack was an apple and an orange. And for lunch I had 1/2 of a veggie sub from Jimmy John’s and a bowl of Imagine Organic Butternut Squash Soup. Delicious!

I’ve had my green tea for the afternoon, so I’m ready to drink my Nalgene of water before Girls on the Run tonight. I hope we get to run outside and that I get to run with the girls. I need it! It’s going to be a busy week. Happy Tuesday!