Sunday, September 27, 2009

Race for the Cure

Whats up bloggies?

Geeze, are we seriously another week down? I am still adjusting to my new (read: busy to the max) schedule and I obviously didn’t do very well with my blogging this week. I will bounce back though, don’t you worry!

Yesterday was the Komen Race for the Cure 5k. I admit that due to my exhaustion as of lately, I wasn’t able to properly train as much as I would have liked. I wasn’t feeling my best about doing this race. But I knew that no matter what, I wanted to participate in it, because it is such a great cause and I have been looking forward to it for a while now. So I set my alarm clock for a bright and early time, laid out my running gear, and hit the sack early.

I made an awesome new breakfast to eat in the car during the 1 hour drive to the race site:


I toasted two pieces of Ezekiel bread and topped it with a mixture of chia gel mixed with a tablespoon of naturally more, 1/2 banana, and cinnamon. It was great pre-race fuel, but I thought that the peanut butter flavor and creaminess got lost in the chia gel, so next time I will top my toast with the tbsp of plain peanut butter, then top that with a chia gel/smashed naner mixture. Mmmm.

Upon arriving, we saw TONS of people there:


And many sponsors handing out freebies (score!)

I hit up the Starbucks station:


Next up was the Fuze counter!


That morning I walked up to the race site feeling pretty nervous about the idea of running and knew that I didn’t feel good enough to race.


  At first, I started to feel disappointed in myself, but then I decided to silence that negativity. This race was NOT about me. It was about thousands of people coming out to support an awesome cause and just have a good time together. I was not going to let any negative thinking ruin this.

I knew that there was a non-competitive 5k run/walk that followed the competitive run. Sooo…I made the quick decision to WALK the 5k with my mom. And you know what? It was great. It was a beautiful day, there were tons of great people to talk to, and lots of festivities. I enjoyed every second of it and did not feel one bit guilty about not running.

I am proud of myself for listening to my body and making the right decision. I know that I would not have felt good pushing myself and doing more than I could handle. I needed a break and that is exactly what I gave myself.

After we crossed the finish line, we walked around some more, listening to the live music and hitting up some more freebie stations. There wasn’t even an opportunity for me to feel bad about walking the race…I was too busy taking pictures with guys in weird costumes…;)

race 1 


(Can somebody please tell me what these guys are supposed to be?!?!)

The day got even better when we went for lunch at a place that I have been wanting to check out for a while now…it is called Green Acres Market. Oh my goodness, it’s like a mini Whole Foods…only with cheaper prices! I was in pure foodie bliss. You all know how I complain about living in a small town with no good foodie options such as Whole Foods or Trader Joes. Well, you can imagine my excitement when I found this place! It even had a hot bar!!! I gladly devoured a box full of deliciousness.

So even though the day didn’t go exactly as I had planned, I completely enjoyed myself. I love running, but I don’t like doing it when I feel completely exhausted. So I will run when I feel good enough to, and on days that I don’t feel like doing it…I won’t. Lately I have realized the importance of listening to your body and giving it what it wants. Exercise should be fun, right?

Now I am going to take a complete recovery day. I am going to be lazy, relax, and watch trash t.v. :D Hope you all enjoy your day!

xoxo kristi


  1. MAJOR KUDOS for participating in Race for the Cure, girl - don't feel bad at ALL about the exhaustion. It happens, and I'm glad that you didn't overdo it.

    Enjoy your recovery day!! :)

  2. Have an AWESOME relaxing day :) i love those days.. just chill out and veg out completely.

    great job on your running :) you are doing so well!

    your breakfast looks super good.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful day, despite the few setbacks. Loving those sponsers - Starbucks and FUZE??? How neat!

    Hope you were able to rest up today! :)



    I'm so glad you listened to your body - that's a true, strong woman right there. I'm happy you were able to enjoy yourself! Sometimes spontaneous days turn out to be the best - especially when they involved foodie goodness!


  5. aw that's so special that you were able to listen to your body enjoy this with your mom -- awesome job Kristi :)!

  6. glad you had a great time at the race even though you ended up walking with your mom!

  7. Good for you for listening to your body! I love that you made sure the race wasn't all about you.. think of all the people you helped! :)

    That stinks the peanut butter and chia gel didn't work out! That sounds like I'd be kind of good!

    What does your exercise schedule look like? School is kind of making me lazy! lol

  8. it was such a beautiful day for a race, i wish i could have done it. also, i LOVE Green Acres, it's the best!

  9. I think it is just great that you walked for the cause :)
    the day sure did look beautiful!

    hope your schedule calms down girlie!

  10. I'm so proud of you!! You listened to your body and didn't push it more than you should have--you go girl! How awesome is that?!
    <3 jess

  11. that is great that you did what you were feeling and still had a super time! yay!