I signed up to run the Canton Road Race this morning with Reebok. It was my first race of 2012! I can’t believe it took me 9 months to find a date that actually worked with my saturated weekends. I woke up at 7 AM and hopped in the shower to wake myself up. For a breakfast on the go, I spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on 2 slices of Ezekial bread with half a banana sliced in between. I stopped by Starbucks for a medium iced coffee as well. I brought my own almond milk and stevia of course. I avoid dairy the morning of races because it tends to give me cramps. During the 25 minute drive to Canton, it began to rain lightly. I checked in and went back to my car to prepare my arm band and put on my running shoes. Then, it began to downpour!

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Thirty minutes until starting time and it was pouring out. I waited it out for another 10 minutes and thankfully the rain stopped! We had the option to run a 5K or a 10K. Since I’m training for a half marathon, I opted for the 10K although it’s still a couple miles short of what I would have done if I was not racing. The first part of the race was all down hill. As most runner know this only means one thing, there is going to be a long climb at some point. My goal was to keep my pace around 8 minutes per mile. My goal was to break 50 minutes.

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At the last 200 yards, a guy comes up besides me and says, “I’ve been trying to catch up to you the entire time.”

I huffed back, “Well then, you gotta race me to the finish.”

We proceeded to sprint to the finish line. My heart rate allegedly reached 191 according to my heart rate monitor. Unscientifically, this IS my max heart rate. I gave the guy a high five after we crossed the finish line. Unfortunately, I didn’t hit my goal. I finished at a time of 50 minutes and 16 seconds. Major bummer! Given my all out effort at the end, I guess I could have picked it up earlier in the race but oh well! I came in 5th for my age group in the 10K (out of 25 ladies).

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Afterwards, I met up with a few of the other Fitfluential Ambassadors Robin, Elizabeth, Tina, Me and Mattie. Our matching outfits made it easy to spot on another. Reebok provided us with the shirts and pants. The capri pants might be my new favorite pair. They were super comfortable. Afterwards, Mattie and I headed up to the store where all race participants were given 25% off. I LOVED this shirt but they did not have it in my size. Of course, I can’t find it online either…

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I about a year ago that I like workout tank tops that do not have a built in bra. It seemed like companies for while were only making tops that had them included. Lately though, I feel like there have been noticeably more options with out!

Do you have a preference? Workout tank, with or without the bra?

Lastly, congrats to Macy for winning the SOYJOY giveaway from yesterday!



Reebok Canton Road Race with Fitfluential

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  • Sam @ TheSecondLunch

    Well done on the 10k! Definitely without the bra. I always find the bands in the shirt to be too tight if I wear them with my own sportsbra underneath, or the cups too erm.. well, not padded enough to keep things PG in the gym 😉

  • Jen

    Congrats on your finish! I was also there yesterday and ran the 5k. This being my first road race ever I was a little apprehensive when my socks and sneakers were completely saturated before the race had even begun. I agree that the hills on Green Street are a steep climb, but we made it through and the scenery wasn’t too shabby either!

  • Abby

    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for posting your “favorite interval workout” a few weeks ago….I’ve been following it the past couple weeks for fun and pulled out my best 10K time this morning! I can definitely feel the results and am going to continue using the interval workout as my 3x week workout because I now know it shows such great results!

  • Laurie Mackeson

    Congrats on the time. While it wasn’t your target time, it was still close enough for you to claim a minor victory. Do you think the weather before the race and the unfamiliar course were big factors in “missing out”? Any disappointment gives you just enough incentive to try again, either in that race next time or other 10km events. Well, that’s my guess. Congrats again! My best “race time” (against the clock) is 20:50 for 5km on a flat road. The longest I run is 6km (with intervsls) in 29-30 mins so 10km us an awesome achievement!

  • Jeanen Marie

    Hi Sarah, I stumbled across your website looking for pictures from the Rebook Canton road race. Congrats on a great race time! This is my second year. I wanted to run more this year and beat last years time so I started the couch to 5k a couple of months ago. As you know those 2 hills are a killer. I’m carrying some excess baggage that I’ve been trying to get rid of for years, so I’ll peak around your sites looking for some tips for my next 5k in Oct the Bills pizza 5K in Newton… Happy Running! Jeanen from North Easton

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