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Three weeks ago I ran my 3rd 5K in May, the Fit Foodie 5K!!

At the three-day John Hancock Hosts The Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend, calories are both burned and earned!!

I can’t even explain to you how happy I am to be back running races regularly. In 2009 I ran 17 races and I’m well on my way to that number again!

It took feeling like I was on the verge of losing racing all together for me to appreciate every single race finish.

The Thursday before the Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend my Garmin told me that I ran a 5K PR {on that specific Garmin} as part of my speed work that day. I was doing 5 x 1K repeats with 3 minutes of active recovery in between each 1K. I programmed in .6 to my Garmin which is just shy of a 1K. I didn’t want to change the unit of measurement overall so the .6 was close enough for me. :)

On the first repeat I was completely lost in thought and forgot I was even doing a speed workout. That was a first bahaha.

So #1 clocked in at an 8:10 average. Ooops. #2 was a 7:07 avg, #3 was 6:32 average, #4 was 6:38 average, #5 was a 6:15 average. Warm up and cool down included it was 8.02 miles in 1:03 – with an average of 7:54 for the entire run.

I hadn’t intended on running that fast, so I knew going in to the race I was going to use it as a hard fun effort and not an all out race.

When my alarm went off at o’dark thirty I could hear the rain pounding on our roof. I like running in the rain – but since it had been raining on and off for a couple of weeks straight I knew it was going to be more than just running in the rain and more like jumping puddles in the rain.

When I arrived at Mosaic I parked in the parking garage right next to where the race start was. Parking was a breeze and just about zero walk to where I needed to be. When you have been running races for 15+ years how far away and how much of a pain in the butt parking is – matters!

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I headed to the John Hancock tent before the start to attempt to stay dry before warming up. Most of the runners were hanging out under over hangs to try to stay dry so I had the very good fortune of getting to hang out with Caroline Rotich, the winner of the 2015 Boston Marathon!

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I warmed up for only .6 of a mile before calling it quits and heading back to the John Hancock tent to stay warm/dry till the race start. At that point my feet were already soaked! The race went off shortly after. After a bunch of twists and turns I finished as the 7th female.

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Post race I headed back to the John Hancock Vitality Village for the ultimate post-race experience that rewarded a job well done and celebrated participants’ hard work through delicious and healthy experiences! I really wish the weather had cooperated that day. Mosaic is such a great shopping and restaurant destination. I was looking forward to a little kid free time to hang out and enjoy everything, but the rain put a damper on that. Thankfully all the vendors there didn’t seem to mind and everything went on as usual.

Post race I was able to chat with someone in the John Hancock tent and have them explain to me what exactly Vitality was and how it rewarded people! John Hancock created the insurance with Vitality to reward people for the healthy choices they make, like exercising, seeing the doctor, and now, purchasing healthy foods at the grocery store.

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Fitness without good nutrition is not nearly as impactful on your health as when you combine the two. I love running and moving – nutrition is always where I have struggled! It’s something I work on constantly and something I will continue to work on with my new coach Alicia Shay.
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 for more information on how you can be rewarded for the small steps you take towards a healthier life!

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Note: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


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