Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot 2015

Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotA cool way to spend my Thanksgiving morning, raising money for  Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity! The annual Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot had 2500 runners this year and raised enough money for a new Habitat house! The course was familiar to locals,  the Loop at Wrightsville Beach (with a slight modification to make the 5K distance). IMHO, the weather could not have been more perfect  for running at the beach!

Of course, no run is complete without some fun costumes. The folks of Nelson’s Bay Oysters scored  first place with their Oyster Roast getups.Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotHow cute are they?  And then there’s this canine. That face, though!

Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotIn addition to admiring Thanksgiving themed costumes and  chatting with friends and neighbors, crossing the finish line was another highlight for  many runners, myself included. This race proved to be my fastest 5K so far, finishing in 23:35 for a  pace of 7:35 per mile  and good enough for first in the Women’s Grand Masters. More race results here.Wrightsville Beach Turkey TrotI have so much to be thankful for, including opportunities that promote the importance of wellness through exercise, nutrition and giving back. Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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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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