Run for the Ta Tas: More than just another 5K

RUN FOR THE TA TAS 5K

How true is this quote! I was reminded once again, on Saturday while particating in a local charity run for breast cancer, Run For the Ta Tas. Although I have run  this event in the past, I never expected to run this year (I was in Nashville on Oct. 2,  the day this event was originally scheduled.) Due to bad weather,  the event was postponed to the weekend of Oct. 9 and I  lucked out. Today I want to give you a brief race recap explain what makes this race more than just another  5 K.

Although the cause is serious (the race benefits The Pink Ribbon Project, Pretty in Pink and Love is Bald), the event remains positive and  fun: ladies start first  ( it’s why they call it a  chaser race). Men start exactly 2 minutes 30 seconds after the women (hint on the name: Run for the Ta Tas). First to cross the finish line, male or female, wins $500 cash!  Overall winner this year was Brittany Perkins clocking in with a smoking  finishing time of 17:33! Go Brittany! I was a bit way behind Brittany, finishing the race in 23.55.2  I did however set a new PR with a 7:43 pace. It was good enough for  first place in the female grand masters. More info and results here

This race has grown since it’s inception and continues to attract some serious runners, like Brittany.  But you don’t have to be a rock star cross country star to compete in this race. There’s something for just about everyone, including a  1 mile kids run at the start. I especially enjoyed the upbeat atmosphere created by the participants and  I had fun mingling with the crowd after my run…

RUN FOR THE TA TAS 5K..and admiring  some of the  funny getups..

RUN FOR THE TA TAS 5K

.. but more importantly, remembering it’s a terrific tribute!RUN FOR THE TA TAS 5KI believe the success of this race reflects positively on our goal as a community to beat breast cancer. It’s not about the PR’s we set, the place we finish , the prizes or fun commemorative t-shirts. It’s about men and women both celebrating their accomplishments and honoring those who put up a fight against breast cancer. Here is a terrific link that highlights some survivor participants. They are the champions and the reason we run!

Who did you run for?

Do you have a special race you participate in for one of your heros/heroines?

Total Fitness in a Kit: FitKit Giveaway

This instagram from Runner’s World Magazine is helping me keep things in perspective during the final week before the TD Beach to Beacon.runner's world motivation

 

Disclosure: FitKit is sponsoring the CabotFit  team by giving  us each a FitKit to try and  one to giveaway.  Cabot is sponsoring my participation in the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, along with travel and accomodations. I did not receive financial compensation to write this post. Opinions are my own. 

Yesterday was my last training run before the road race. I ran three miles and felt good at this pace which is faster than when I started training for this race only one month ago (more on that later)..work-outdetails

Today I am taking a rest day from running, but I’m trying out a innovative fitness kit called  FitKit. It’s an exercise solution that combines a few simple tools pictured here

fit kit

with some online fitness resources. FitKit  allows you to work on upper body, lower body, core, agility, flexiblity and cardio. I am a HUGE believer in a varied exercise routine that includes not only cardio, but also resistance training and functional fitness. (This kit includes ways to work it ALL!)

A growing body of clinical evidence shows that the healthiest bodies are those that reflect the hard work of a varied exercise rountine, including resistance training. Current fitness recommendations from The American College of  Sports Medicine are for adults to  strength train twice a week (three times is optimal).

I use functional fitness to focus on individual goals and demands of running, while keeping training applicable to the everyday stresses of life and running. Functional exercise mimics movement patterns in day-to-day activities and movement patterns in sports. Think of it as, train as you play or work.

If you aren’t sure how to vary your exercise routine, fitkit give you the tools and online resources  to get started by yourself.  As an incentive to give it a try,  I ‘m gving one away. Please enter to win! Contest ends 8/6 2015 at 12:00 am . Must be U.S. resident and at least 18 years old to enter. 

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