Big news: I went running!
This was no small feat 4 months post-ACL surgery.
Running and I are conflicted.
I ran pretty fast for awhile. (Hence the “sprint” in my name.)
Often time with running comes injuries. I had a PCL that was stretched thin and the only way I was going to run more than a mile or two again was to have surgery or build my quads. I chose quads and started doing figure competitions. I mean… go big or go home, right?
I used to run races.
I even placed in a few!
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve attempted a race. The Fit Foodie 5K/10K Race Weekend in San Diego seemed like the perfect time to change that. Leave it to me to make my first race back a food-related one!
John Hancock’s Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend is more than just a race. It’s a party, a gathering for food lovers, and a place to share passion for food and fitness. Calories are both burned and earned!
The race was bright and early on a Saturday morning. There was an option for a 5K or a 10K, but I decided not to push it and did the 5K.
My baby sister joined too! I love that we get to do things like this together. We share the same passions for food and fitness. I guess that’s proof we are related… even if I spent most of her childhood telling her she was purchased from gypsies.
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I digress… the race took place along the water at the Embarcadero Park. There’s nothing like a gorgeous view and a great breeze to make you want to move.
While it wasn’t a PR, I was happy with a 26:24 finish after my hiatus. I was 19th in my age group! That’s especially satisfying given that there were over 1300 runners and we spent the first mile kind of trapped behind people.
We received a medal to reward our run, then moved into the John Hancock Vitality Village (a.k.a. the most delicious finish line ever).
The celebratory food and drinks in the John Hancock Vitality Village was the perfect post-race experience!
There were rows filled with delicious and healthy food samples, culinary demonstrations, and mini fitness classes led by certified pros.
Another highlight of the race was seeing so many friends there. My sister and I ran into Teresa from Eat Drink & Be Skinny. Now we have plans for a friends workout!
As much as we hate to admit it, fitness without good nutrition is not nearly as impactful on your health as when you combine the two.
That’s why John Hancock has created John Hancock life insurance with Vitality, which rewards people for the healthy choices they make, like exercising, seeing the doctor, and now, purchasing healthy foods at the grocery store.
With John Hancock Vitality and the new HealthyFood program, not only can you save up to $600 a year on the nutritious foods you buy, but you can also significantly save on your life insurance premium and earn valuable rewards and everyday savings for those healthy food purchases.
Visit JHRewardsLife.com for more information on how you can be rewarded for the small steps you take towards a healthier life!
Oh, and did I mention MEB was there?!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of John Hancock. The opinions and text are all mine.
Now it’s ON… I’m already plotting my next race!
What was the last race you ran?
Are you a “fit foodie”?
Cool(er) weather makes me want to run.
My body sometimes has other plans.
There is a rumor that San Diego is 70°F (that’s 21°C) all year long. This is a lie. It was as high as 90°F (32°C) just last week! Yesterday it finally cooled to a comfortable 72 and I decided to hit the trails in Balboa Park.
This is my favorite place to run. It looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book!
San Diego is always filled with activity.
Literally. There’s a festival very weekend!
Even though I’ve lived in San Diego for less than two years, I don’t often spend time in some of the most “famous” areas. This weekend my baby sister and I decided to do a little adventuring on foot around Downtown, Sea Port Village, Waterfront, and Little Italy.
We started out with a little jog to the Convention Center… only to run these stairs.
Some days I love to run.
Some days I’d rather light myself on fire.
Today I have an uncharacteristically sappy story to go along with my cloudy (thank god – it finally cooled down) run.
It’s about what motivates me, even when I don’t realllllly feel like dragging my ass to the gym or out for a run. Exercising was not really my “thing” until about age 24. To be honest, you would have been hard-pressed to convince me to much more than walk to dinner. My mentality was “I’m not a big person, so why bother?”
The Olympics have taken over our TV.
Is everyone else this obsessed?
I feel like this week has been background to the Olympics. I work while watching the Olympics, I plan workouts while watching the Olympics, Vegas and I eat dinner in front of the TV… we are obsessed.
I did get away for a run though. It was a gorgeous day, despite all the hills.
My baby sister and I never really lived together.
I left for college when she was 10.
It’s funny to think about. My baby sister, Madison, was still a baby when I left for college. We all still lived in Georgia. It’s not like we didn’t see each other, but that’s a lot different that sharing space.
I had to laugh when this popped up in my Timehop last week:
Working out in the heat is 100x harder.
Especially cardio and leg day.
I’ve actually gotten in a few good runs. Maybe I’ll one day earn the “sprint” back. Until then, I’ll be satisfied with my current summer heat pace. It’s definitely faster than I’ve been in a couple of years!