Chocolate Miracle 5k Race

Today was graduation day from the Couch to 5k program.  I ran the Chocolate Miracle 5k race this morning in Hershey.  Proceeds from the race benefited the Children’s Miracle Network.

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I started my preparations yesterday by updating my playlist and charging my iPod, charging my Garmin, and laying out my clothes for the race.  Registration for the race started at 7 this morning with the actual race starting at 8.

Breakfast this morning was an English muffin with Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter and a banana.

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I wanted something that would keep my full enough to get through the race but not too full that I felt like I had lead in my gut.  This worked perfectly!

I left myself plenty (probably a little too much) time to get to the race location this morning and I was able to catch a few pictures before many of the participant arrived.

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Registration opened and I picked up my bib – #105.

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I met up with Lauren just  few minutes before the race and we wished each other good luck.  She is a faster runner than I so she took her place towards the beginning of the pack.

After waiting around for a while, it was finally time to start the race.  I started out the race at a pretty steady pace.  I used the Garmin to help pace myself to make sure I didn’t start out too strong.   The course for the race took us through some of Hershey – right past the Reese’s plant – and the air smelled like chocolate!  There were a few hills on the course but nothing that was majorly challenging.

As the finish line came into view, I picked up my pace to finish strong.  I crossed the finish line in 30:04 minutes!!  I was stoked!  That is 10-minute miles!  I never run that fast!

I had such a great time running this 5k race and can’t wait to sign up for another!  I think I’ve fallen in love with running!

After the race, I headed home to see my family and tell them all about the race. I also squeezed  in a quick shoulders and back workout:

Set 1:
Dumbbell Shoulder Press, 3 set
Seated Cable Row, 3 sets
Set 2:
One Arm Dumbbell Row, 3 sets
Front Dumbbell Raises, 3 sets
Set 3:
Side Dumbbell Raises, 3 sets
Deadlifts w/Barbell, 3 sets

Another great smoothie!

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In the mix today:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Peanut Butter protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

I had to make a second one for the munchkins – they love smoothies now!

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Lunch today was quick and easy – fried eggs and steamed veggies.

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We have spent the afternoon enjoying the great weather outside, playing in the backyard.  We are going to celebrate Father’s Day tonight and head out to dinner.  I better go get ready!

Question:  What have you fallen in love with recently?

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