Belmar Five – Race Recap

This summer has been quite busy; putting me a little behind on my blogging but here I am on “Throwback Thursday” ready to tell you all about this awesome race! I am blogging as I wait for my car to get an oil change so here goes!! On July 9th I ran the Belmar Five! This is a local race that takes you through beautiful Belmar; one of the Jersey Shore beach towns.

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People from all over New Jersey & even outside NJ come to participate! This race is known for being one of the hottest races of the year (last year’s race pics below).

However this year was quite different! This year it was cloudy, humid & misty & the rain picked as the race started.

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This was my second year running this race. Last year I ran this race with a sesimoid stress fracture in my foot (with my doctors ok) so I knew this year’s time would most likely be better!I went out running with no music; as I’ve done in all my race & training runs since early June. I went out with no pressure on myself; no high expectations but simply a goal to just run strong! I’ve found in the past that when I set goals for myself prior to a race; I would spend the whole race looking down at my watch stressing myself out if I’m not where I need to be. That took the fun out of racing for me. With that; I’ve recently stopped running with music, stopped starring down at my Garmin constantly to take the pressure off myself & just focusing on listening to my body & running the best race I can. The start was a little crowded which helped me to pace myself for the first mile – keeping it at 7:43! The rain was coming down but with the high humidity, it just felt perfect!! At mile 2; I was feeling good and I spotted Heather – a fellow instagrammer on the course so I ran beside her and said hello!! We saw one another out on the course at Runapalooza in April, but never actually met so it was so great to see her!! I continued on pushing through the humidity & enjoying the rain falling on me; keeping me cool!! I crossed the mile 2 mark at 7:39. As we headed into mile 3 and approached the Belmar boardwalk; we were greeted by a large group of people cheering for us!! I was feeling determined & loving these cooler temps! We ran through a bit of wind as we ran along the ocean, but I pushed through strong holding a 7:43/mile pace. With just 2 miles left; I looked down at my watch and knew the chance of running a PR was pretty good!!! I stood clear of focusing on the time on my watch prior to this to keep from stressing myself. I was determined; pushing the pace crossing the mile 4 mark at 7:38/mile pace. I was feeling good!! I said to myself “1 mile left Mere; you’ve got this!” I focused on staying strong as my SparkletΒ  bracelet from Momentum Jewelry says and you know what – I did!!!

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I ran mile 5 at a 7:26/mile pace crossed the finish line with an overall pace of 7:37/mile!!! πŸ˜€ This was huge for me; not only a course PR (shaving over 3 minutes off of last years time) but a new 5 mile PR! 😊

I managed to run negative splits and place 11th/ 165 females 35 – 39 years old, 76th/1,216 women and 355th/2,438 overall!! I was so proud! After the race; I ran into Heather, we chatted and of course took some pics as we Instagram folks do!

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She told me of a post race BBQ for all runners at a local Bar/Restaurant in town so hubby and I decided to go!! 😊 Each person received their choice of a hot dog or hamburger platter! We also received a medal & a flower at the finish-line, a T-shirt and a Belmar 5 souvenir cup for the races 40th anniversary!!

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Hubby and I hung out and just relaxed for a few hours; it was so nice!!

Overall it was a wonderful day; I earned my 53rd medal & put my 84th race in the books!

Although it tends to be a hot one every year; this is one of my favorite races along the Jersey Shore & I will definitely be back next year!!! 😊

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And… my car is ready – talk about using time wisely!! Thanks for reading!

Do you go into every race with a time goal? Do you enjoy running in the rain as much as I do? Do you race with music?

Thoughts? Please share.Β 

Next up – Boomer’s Cystic Fibrosis – Run to Breathe – 4 miler – NYRR – NYC (already ran it – recap coming soon).

Thank you as always for following my journey!!! Mere @meretherunner14

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Tasty Treat Tuesday – A Hint of Mint

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This green smoothie inspired by Hungry Girl is DELICIOUS, less than 100 calories and is so easy to make!!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of spinach
  • 1 1/4 cup of ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup of mint leaves
  • 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder (you can add more if you would like)
  • 2 packets of Stevia (or sweetener of your choice)
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut – vanilla almond milk

Blend it all up in a blender; pour it into your favorite glass, add a straw & a pretty umbrella of course & ENJOY!!!

Mere @meretherunner14

Tasty Treat Tuesday – Guilt-Free Ice Pops

Looking for a refreshing treat on a hot summer day without the extra sugar & artificial flavoring? Here it is – Guilt Free Ice Pops! A co-worker of mine recently introduced me to an antioxidant beverage called “bai“. Being someone that drinks only water & coffee for the most part; I was skeptical at first. One Saturday; after spending the day hiking my hubby & I stopped at a store for some extra cold water. I saw “bai” on the shelf & thought “I am going to finally give it a try! After checking out the selection of flavors; I decided on “Molokai Coconut Cocofusion!” Why? Because it reminded me of Hawaii; the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited! My 1st reaction was:

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Even better “bai”contains no artificial preservatives! It is:

– Gluten Free – Low Glycemic – Non-GMO – Kosher – Vegan – Soy Free – Contains only 5 calories per 8oz. serving – 1g of sugar – no artificial sweeteners

* contains 35mg of caffeine per serving

I thought; “this is so refreshing – I wonder how this would taste if I made it into an ice pop!” So I decided to give it a try! I purchased 1 18oz. bottle of “bai” – Molokai Coconut Cocofusion (If you are not a fan of coconut there are a variety of other flavors to choose from)!!

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Frozen Ice Pop Tray

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Poured the “bai” into each tray, put it in the freezer overnight & let it freeze. The next day; it was another hot/sticky day so I decided to give them a whirl!!

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My reaction “This is the perfect summer treat without the sugar & artificial sweeteners! I hope you enjoy this refreshing treat as much as I do! Thank you “bai” for giving us these healthier options!

Thank you as always for visiting my page & for following my journey!

Mere @meretherunner14

Tasty Treat Tuesday – Skinny Pina Coladas

Are you craving a frozen summer drink without all the extra calories? Well here it is! This recipe was inspired by the AMAZING Hungry Girl! I saw it & had to try it!! I am so glad I did! I switched out a couple of ingredients because I did not have them & it still came out PERFECTLY!

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Ingredients

3 tablespoons vanilla protein powder

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup fresh pineapple

2 packets of Stevia or your choice of sweetener

6 ice cubes

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Optional – 50ml of coconut rum – with rum approximately 185 calories

Put it in the blender; blend it up, add a pretty umbrella & ENJOY this guilt-free treat!! recipe

Jess & I thought it was just DELICIOUS!!!

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NYRR Achilles Hope & Possibility – Race Recap

Sunday morning I headed into NYC bright & early to run my 83rd race (28th NYRR race) & believe it or not; my 2nd 4 mile race ever. It was another hot/humid summer day & well we all know how I feel about running in the heat.

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However, I did not let that get in the way of what I thought could be a PR for me.

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The only 4 mile race I ever ran was 2 years ago. It was just months after returning to running after a stress fracture in my 2nd metatarsal of my left foot & I had no time goals. I ran with friends & just enjoyed the race. Today was different; today I set out to beat my best! I was determined to do the best that I possibly could in the heat. Before the start of the race the NYRR director spoke to us, he went through the safety precautions & told us to be careful in the heat. Within minutes the hand cyclists and wheelchair athletes started before each corrall started one by one; I was in corral D. For some reason my Garmin couldn’t find a signal; I realized later this was a blessing in disguise. I ran the first .6 miles with absolutely no idea of what pace I was running. At mile .6; my Garmin finally decided to ‘find me’ & by that point I had already decided that I was racing “watch less.” Hills, heat & humidity but I was feeling good; taking full advantage of the water at the water stops (sipping & pouring it over my head) & running through the sprinklers set up at each mile. As I ran; I was so inspired by the wheelchair athletes, the guides pushing wheelchair athletes, the walkers – it was truly amazing! Yes, it was hot, it was humid, it was tough but I was so completely inspired by each of these amazing athletes that I pushed through with pure determination. I refused to give less than everything I had that day! Along with mile 3 came many uphills as I expected; I paced myself properly hoping for a strong finish. I paced mile 3; I thought ‘just one mile left.” I am not sure where it came from but I got a sudden burst of energy; kicking it into high gear maintaining a pace of 7:08/mile. With just 800 meters left we passed a few volunteers & a crowd of people that yelled “just a half mile to go!” I looked down at my watch & I was still maintaining a pace in the low 7:00’s. The crowds yelled & cheered as we approached the finish line! I crossed the finish line; looked down at my watch & couldn’t believe it – I finished in 31:16 (7:49/mile)!! Nearly a 9 minutes PR!

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Yes it was hot, yes it was humid, yes the hills were tough but this girl refused to give up! After recovering from injury after injury over the last 3 yrs: it’s been quite a while since I could say that I PR’d & this is definitely a day I won’t forget. Overall; I felt so strong through this race & I know my sister (my angel) was beside me the whole time & there to see me PR at the 4 mile distance. ❀

After the race; I walked over to pick up my race t-shirt & check out the post-race party where I listened for the winners of the raffles.I didn’t win any prizes but this race was a win in my book!! I headed back to NJ after the race spending the rest of the day with family & friends. My sisters dog; Carter was so proud of his Auntie Mere!

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It was a good day! 😊 I was definitely on a “runners high” for the rest of the day!

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I later found out that I placed 16th in my age group out of 444 females 35-39, 130th out of 2,781 females and 845th out of 5,629 runners! This was a fantastic race & I will definitely be back again next year!!!

Thank you as always for following my journey!

Mere @meretherunner14