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Colon Cancer Challenge 15K Race Recap & Fit Four Gloves Winner

This morning I woke up and headed to Central Park for my very first race this year: The NYRR Colon Cancer Challenge 15K. I have a much lighter race schedule this year than last in order to try to stay healthy for the NYC Marathon this fall. I was excited for this one for several reasons 1) it was my first 2013 race 2) I ran with my sister and 3) this was the first time I ran a 15K distance (9.3 miles). Plus, the weather was beautiful and sunny.

Central Park on race morning

Central Park on race morning

There were three events happening this morning: 1.7 mile walk, 4 mile run and 9.3 mile run plus a festival to increase awareness of colorecta cancer. They even had a giant inflatable colon at the festival that you could walk though. I really liked that this race was in support of this organization and helps to increase awareness.

Colon Cancer shirt and bib

Colon Cancer race shirt and bib

The race:

The race itself was held in Central Park and was almost two full loops of the lower loop (excluded the Harlem hills.. to my relief!). I typically am not the biggest ran of races where you repeat loops but today it didn’t bother me for some reason, although I would have preferred a route where this didn’t happen. I have also never ran a 15K distance before so this was different for me, I’m not used to stopping my runs mid-mile!

At the race start there was a bit of a bottleneck before it opened up, which is always annoying for a runner. We were basically fast walking at the start but once everyone spread out there was plenty of room on the rest of the course so it wasn’t a huge deal. There seemed to also be a good deal of people cheering on the sides which I always appreciate a bunch.

Approaching the finishline in pink and blue :)

Approaching the finishline in pink and blue :) As you can tell, I’m obsessed with my blue capris, I promise I wash them in between each wear!

The hills of Central Park came out to play for sure. I haven’t run there in a while so I didn’t even think of it, but the rolling hills of the West side are, in my opinion, are always the toughest. My legs are certainly going to be sort tomorrow, the quads got a workout!

Luckily, I felt pretty good for most of the race and my breathing did settle in. My sister ran at a nice pace which pushed me to pick up mine to more than I have been running, plus I wanted someone to chat with during the race so we stayed together for most of it. I didn’t have any foot pain (yay) but my knee was a little tweaky (is that even a word?). Still, its not awful and the French toast bagels at the finishline made everything all better :)

I ended up finishing 9.3 miles in 1:25 (9:11/mile) which I’m happy with since I did it without too many body parts hurting me.

Recovering after the finish.

Recovering after the finish.

Pros:

  • Beautiful weather: sunshine, nice temperature
  • The distance. I never ran a 15K before but its a nice distance below a half marathon. Since I’ll be running the Nike Half in a two weeks, this was a nice training run
  • Besides the bottleneck at the start, the runners spread out quickly for the rest of the race.
  • French toast bagels at the race finish

Cons:

  • The double loop course wasn’t my favorite but it wasn’t horrible either.
  • Short bottleneck at the start of the race.

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Lastly, the winner of the Fit Four Gloves giveaway is….

Jill Snethen

Congratulations Jill! Contact me at runlikeagrlmegan [at] gmail [dot] com within 48 hours so I can get these gloves to you!

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Also, I *may* be switching my blog over to self-hosted this week so if you get error messages or things look funny, that’s why. I’ll tweet updates if that happens!

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Did you run this weekend? How did you do?
What is your next upcoming race?

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Plant Fusion Giveaway Winner

I just wanted to quickly announce the winner of the awesome Plant Fusion giveaway! The person who will take home a 1 lb tub of Plant Fusion of any flavor they choose is…

Desiree (@desilove)

Congrats!! You have 48 hours to contact me with your information at runlikeagrlmegan [at] gmail [dot] com or I will have to choose a backup winner.

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Also for all you Abs By April challengers out there, the Week 8 challenge was sent out tonight! I hope you enjoy this week, we only have a few left to get to our April goal.

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Remember to take your progress photo so you can look back on how you did :)

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Running, Training, and Plant Fusion Giveaway

Today I have an awesome giveaway for you, but first wanted to give you some workout updates! I have been doing running and tons of strength training lately in prep for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in April and the Brooklyn Half in May. As per my doctor, the stronger my legs are the less likely I am to be injured. I’m crossing my fingers but so far so good! I’ve even increased my leg press numbers to more than my body weight for the first time ever.

#AbsByApril is also going great, we are up to week 7 already! If you’ve signed up you should be getting the official emails and PDFs with the challenges. The workouts have been getting harder since Week 1 and with four weeks to go its time to push it! I have definitely noticed some definition and incredibly increased core strength. Yay!

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This weekend I went to a class at Pilates Pro Works with an awesome group of ladies. I’ll write more about it this week in detail, but I did win an awesome raffle from Kristine: a Nike Plus Fuel Band! I’ve read about these and always wanted one so it was such a lucky win. I used it the past two days to track calories, steps taken, and Nike “fuel” and its awesome to see the numbers right there on my wrist and on my iPhone. Such a cool product, I’m sure you’ll hear more about it.

Nike Fuel Band!

Nike Fuel Band!

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Now for the review and giveaway! I was contacted recently by an awesome company called PlantFusion and when I read more about what they offer, I realized this plant protein shake was perfect for me and my 2013 goals of clean eating. I have also trying for a more (although not exclusive) plant-based diet this year as part of the Thrive Forward program. In the past, I used whey or soy protein powders for my post-run and post-workout recovery drinks but recently have been using only plant-based.

One of the great things that becoming a part of the healthy living community has encouraged me to to is to eliminate processed foods and those with chemicals. The focus is on real, whole, natural foods and that’s what PlantFusion is. There are so many benefits to eating plant-based, especially for athletes/runners like me. Here are some highlights:

  • 21-22g of protein from organic, raw, sprouted ingredients for lean body mass
  • 4.5g of branched chain amino acids (amino acids are the “building blocks” of proteins). This seriously helps in muscle growth and recovery: HUGE plus for runners.
  • High levels of L-glutamine to promote lean muscle mass, limit body fat, and support GI health
  • Allergy-friendly: NO wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, fish or potential allergens
Plant Fusion

Plant Fusion

For anyone with digestive issues, the formula here is natural and contains ingredients like pea, artichoke, quinoa and amaranth that are easily digestible. Sometimes after a long run when my stomach is feeling a little funny to begin with, a whey powder would upset my system even more. But with PlantFusion, there has been none of that. It is really easy on the stomach plus with all the protein benefits. Here’s an example of a kale green smoothie I made the other day after a run! Yum!

Handful of kale, packet of PlantFusion powder, tablespoon of Greek yogurt, and some almond milk. Delicious!

Handful of kale, packet of PlantFusion powder, tablespoon of Greek yogurt, and some almond milk. Delicious!

I also LOVE the nutritional facts of this protein powder, since its so heard to find a healthy, low calorie powder. One serving has only 120 calories, 2g of fat and 22g of protein which is fantastic. Plus, it tastes delicious which, lets face it, is one of the most important things!

LOVE the nutritional facts.

LOVE the nutritional facts.

 In addition to all the health benefits, PlantFusion is available in 5 flavors: vanilla bean, chocolate, chocolate raspberry, unflavored and their brand new flavor Cookies N Crème!

While I didn’t get to try Cookies N Creme, I absolutely loved each of the flavors I tried, but my favorite was vanilla bean. It just goes perfectly in green smoothies which is predominantly what I make for myself. The powder does go airborne a bit if you pour it into a blender too fast so just pour slowly and you’ll be set! I used this mostly for post-workout recovery and noticed my muscles felt less sore than in the past. This stuff works when used right!

PlantFusion flavors

PlantFusion flavors

Now for the GIVEAWAY! PlantFusion has graciously offered to send one winner a 1-lb tub in their choice of any of the 5 flavors. This is an amazing opportunity and a great way to try a plant-based protein powder that I really loved (and know you will too!) Click on the link below to enter via Rafflecopter.

***Plant Fusion Giveaway via Rafflecopter***

The giveaway will end Sunday, March 10 at 11:50pm and the winner will be announced Monday March 11. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided sample packets for free to review. All opinions expressed, as usual, are my own.

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