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RUN 4U 3rd Annual Recap

sweat June  28th, our 3rd Annual bFIT4Lifers Run 4U 5K was held at the Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, NJ. The buz has been out for a few months as we marketed this event  believing for a great participation. This years event  has showed tremendous growth from year 1 and doubled from year 2. Lots of hard work and prayers showed forth a great harvest of participation.  We are grateful for all of our 125 participants who supported us this year.  A far reach from our first year of 18 participants.  Run 4U is finding it’s niche in the communities heart by drawing 1st time 5kers and drawing a following from many returning participants.

Team Support

The 3rd Annual has grown in team support.  This year we has many teams competing for the ‘Largest Team Trophy Award.’ Many community running groups showed up such as returning team 2nd Annual winners FIT4Mom Stroller Strides of Cherry Hill, NJ , Spinlates Wellness, Latinas in Motion, Cardinal Health and Friends Forever and our 3rd Annual Team winners Team S.W.E.A.T.T.  The S.W.E.A.T.T. had a group of 26 participants.  We loved the commoririty and the TEAM Spirit that the teams displayed.

Our Health and FIT Expo Vendors

The vendors that displayed for our Health and FIT EXPO were great!  The Expo is one of the easiest part of the Race Day event to plan and market.  The vendors came from all over to offer there products and services.  This year the EXPO has a great variety.  From food to make-up, housewares to fitness services.  Rite Aide was also on display to perform health screenings.

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Sponsor Support

We are delighted by the many sponsorships and partnership involvement in our event.  This years title sponsors Reiff & Biley Attorney’s at Law in Philadelphia returned to show support again.  A new title sponsor, Agent Dan Miller of State Farm showed great love and devotion to our cause.  We also welcome new our race tee sponsors are my Coach and Trainer, IFBB Pro Sheena Ohling of Grindhouse Fitness, Parkside Business and Community Partnership, Fayers Market, Amino Juice and Road Runner Sports of Cherry Hill, NJ.  We’re  grateful for our returning race tee sponsors; Victoy Outreach Camden Church, Zone2btoned, Integrity Painting Services and Walmart.

The Race

It was great to see the runners and walkers enjoy such a great race event. It is always  a joy to see our young participants run their little hearts out. We had many 1st 5K runners join us and what a privilege it was that they choose our event to do their 1st 5k .     Our 1st finisher was male, Omar  Abdelhamid,  with a finishing time of 18:33 just a little under 17:32 for the 2nd Annual top finisher’s time.    Our Eldest Participant, 73 Sue Levy.   We received great feedback from many participants that they enjoyed the event, that it was well organized and fun. One of the hightlights for this years event was the bFIT Photo Booth.  And we added awards for 2nd place male and female finisher. The race has grown and we are blessed and overwhelmed by the love and support for our cause.

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Here is a runner we ran into at the Broad Street Run Expo.  He received one of our flyers. From a 10 miler to our 5K, Matt Rudomin choose Run4U!!! How cool is that?

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The Finisher Metal

This year we went with a semi-custom metal displaying part of our our new branding for The bFIT Studio. We are working with a metal company now for the 4th Annual to produce our 1st custom metal in 2015. photo 1 (1)

Race Highlights

The highlight for me at the event was seeing my hub and son with Cerebral Palsy participate. He was inspired in 2013 by the Fit4Mom Stroller Stride team  for there strength and endurance to complete the race. photo 3 (1) PARTICIPANTS WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS EVENT FOR YOU WAS?

WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR 4th ANNUAL EVENT . THANKS TO ALL OUR PARTICIPANTS. FOR MORE INFO SEE THE RUN4U TAB ON OUR PAGE.  THX FOR READING! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Your bFIT Week

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These are some special days I implemented in my BFIT journey and want to share with you. Tell me how you like them and if you have another name for your bFIT days .

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Broad Street Run 10 Miler Recap

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On May 5th, 2013 I set out to complete my 2nd 10miler.  Whoot!!  I choose the  Broad Street Run for my second 10miler because I knew the course and wanted to go for a new personal record.  It is a pretty flat down hill course with just a slight elevation up hill at 2.25 miles in. I this the course is great for beginners long distant runners like myself. This race became very sentimental because of the recent tragedy at this years Boston Marathon.  The city of Philadelphia rallied together to show love and honor to the citizens of Boston. We all wore RED SOXs to commemorate Boston. Runners came together 40,000 strong for Boston. My socks we ankle high because of my compression capris.

IMG_0042The Broad Street Run is the largest 10miler in the US and I felt privileged to be chosen to run this year.  This year was based on a lottery system.  Each year the race sells out in a few hours on the day that registration opens. The theme for this years run changed from just #BSR to From Philly to Boston with love!

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After hearing about the Boston Marathon Bombing, I had reservations on competing in the race, but I was inspired that my husband made a commitment to support me at this event after my 1st 5K this year , the Adrenaline Run.  Him wanting to take time off from preaching his regular Sunday sermon to come out and support me really meant alot. This made his second race for me this year, so I was pretty excited to go and compete and enjoy the running experience  I rocked my natural fro for the first time in public 🙂 .

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We set out to drive to Philly from our home in New Jersey at about 6:45 am.

My pre- race meal was very simple.  I didn’t have my favorite Protein Shake of  Isagenix IsaLean Pro shakes because I ran out of  my supply, so I had a Vega One Berry Shake with a banana.  My fuel and hydration during the race was the Isagenix More Energy Electro Supplement.  I also had an e+shot on my drive into Philly.  I felt I was pretty hydrated for this race as I started my hydration on Thursday.  Knowing that the weather was going to very warm, hydration was very important. My Post workout meal, another Vega One Performance Shake was already to go in my nap pack along with my sandals.

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After crossing the bridge and before approaching the start line, I needed to make a  pit stop for a bathroom run, so we visited a friends home just as she was about to leave for church.  I knew the port-a-potties would be very full with lines and wanted to avoid that.  After reaching the start line and I said my goodbyes to the hub, I made my way to my coral wave.  It was very conjested.  I had to cut across the street where the Orange Coral began to get to the green Coral. It was an impossible task.  I had to pardon and excuse my way through the sea of runners.  The race was beginning and I knew I still need to get in some stretching.  This was impossible to do because I felt like a sardine packed in a can.  I gave up hope trying to get to the Green Coral and just stayed put and took the time to get in a few stretches. I was trying to meet up with a former Coach friend so that we could start running together but it didn’t happen.  I could not get to the start of my Coral to find her. IMG_0049 As the race started and the runners started moving, I was able to gain more room to stretch and get a good 5 minute warmer up.  Wearing my sweats did help with my warmup and stretches. I waited until the green Coral wave was suppose to start before I started running.

The Race started and I was off!  I go to the first .25 mile and had to stop at the first set of potties.  It was go now or later.  I decided to go NOW instead of later.  This lost me some time on my Garmin. 😦 Because the pause was too long . At the start of this race I wanted to go for a PR, but decided to just enjoy the run and complete the race to the finish.  This race was personal to me because it taught me about perseverance   I feel like I didn’t do alot of training for this race and wanted to play it safe.  I wanted to stretch the boarders of my mind, will and challenge my physical strength.  Somes we feel like we can not complete a task and that it seems too hard.

Here are shots while waiting at the potty. I took the time to also get in more stretches While waiting in line.  These lines were not too long.

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I was off down Broad Street again enjoying the beats from my playlist.  Groovin!! I had a great mix of songs that helped me get in a few sprints along the way.  There was a greater showing of North Philly spectators out this year then from my previous BSR in 2011.  I was excited about that.  As I approached mile 3 at Temple University the  football band was out cheering and playing, “This Girls is on Fire.”  What motivation to finish this race? I was inspired and feeling the fire of finishing in my heart.

My parents were trying to meet me at the halfway mark, which was Spring Garden & Broad Street. To cheer me on but they were stuck in traffic on the I95 due to a car accident.  My hub was driving down from the startline to caught me too, but I had already past mile marker 5.  I felt like a road runner at the point although I am not, so I encouraged him to get to the finishline in hopes that he could get a good photo of me coming through the finish. At this time I was feeling pretty good.  Legs were feeling pretty strong.  I was getting a great sweat because I was warmed up and supplments were running through me.  I ate half of a PowerBar after mile maker 5. The Electro More Energy by Isagenix was fueling me well too and Adrenaline started kicking in as I was approaching CIty Hall. Thinking to myself more that halfway and let’s get her done! 🙂

As you make the turn around City Hall, you begin to expereince the spirit of the City.  South Philly is where the crowd hangs out.  So many cheering groups, speactators and people with signs. A beautiful site to see.

Running down Broad Street on the Southside. Many BSR fans come out to show there love and support for this sport.  I began to feel so many feelings at this time.  I wanted to cry because I knew that the finishline was not too far away.  I knew that my body was holding up and legs and glutes were doing okay.  As I reached mile maker 7, I took time to stretch my quads and felt the need for a hip flexor stretch too.  Here is were the rubber meets the road and the body wanted to stop and walk the rest of the way, but I keep forging forward.  I did take a few 30 sec walk breaks, but each time a runner pass you by and say. Come on Let’s Go, so I had to keep truckin.

IMG_0054To take my mind off of what my body was feeling, I began admiring the different race attire of the runners. A group of runners dressed up like Dunkin Donuts Coffee Cups ran by me. I thought this to be very funny site. Adrenaline kicked in again and out of no where I really felt a burst of energy and felt like a roadrunner spirit coming on. I began passing people and reeling in on others. WOW I thought!

Many people were running in memory for a loved one.  I personally run alot of my long distance races in honor of my son Daniel, who has Cerebral Palsy and can not walk nor run. As I know that at times his physical pain can be hard, I know that I can endure pounding the pavement a few extra miles for him.

IMG_0055One aspiration for me during the race was to see a blind lady running with her guide.  Here is a picture of a blind runner running. What a message this was to me and many others.  If this wasn’t perseverance and resiliency then what is?

This Race was coming to a close for me as I apporached the Stadiums.  I begin to think about where I started from and if I could still have a personal record .  I know I lost time on the Garmin from the start of .25 mile . Coming up on mile marker 9 I know I was nearing the shipyard where the finishline awaits, my right hamstring because to feel a little hung and wanted to tell me to sit down.  At that moment my motivatation song came on, “Can you Feel it”, by the Jackson Fives.  This song makes me want to dance after a very hard workout .  I could feel victory in my heart nearing the finish.  I could see the Finishline shoot and the mayor of Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter high fiving runners passing through.  Yes victory was here as I sprinted to and through the finishline.

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And we’re just about done.  Time for the finishers Bling and to meet up with my friend Jessi!

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Me and Jessi. I was so happy to see her.  She was a great Trainer.  I so loved her stretches and would of loved to had a session after this run. I am sure I  passed my Hub at mile marker 9.25, I know he was there to cheer me on.

Finishers Bling!! Nothing like running for a prize. 

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In closing, after it is all said and done the results.  It wasn’t a PR, but PERSEVERANCE .  It actually took me longer than my first run in 2011 by 1 minute.  Still a success. I was happy because I had another great run on the books for the year and I need to keep going.  I do desire to too a half marathon this year because I know I can.

My Results.  I have to really work on getting to that steady 10:00 pace.

I hope your enjoyed my Broad Street Journey and thanks for reading.

IMG_0061DO YOU SEE THE BROAD STREET RUN IN YOUR RUNNING ITINERARY?  WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE TO HELP IMPROVE MY RUNNING PACE?

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Adrenaline Run 5K Recap

My first 5K of 2013.

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Let’s go! The Haddonfield Adrenaline Run was full of adrenaline.  I was amped for this race to break a PR and to start my running season off in high gear.  After not running consistently in over a year due to recovering from some lower back pain issues just diagnosed  and some piriformis pain.  I feel stronger and ready to conqueror some goals. I was blessed to have my hub and son support me at this race to cheer me on.

I use running to break some mental barriers and physical challenges because my son has Cerebral Palsy and can not walk or run, so my running is all in honor of him especially when I feel the need  to give up.

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I had a restful evening the night before.  I hydrated,  stretched and made it a day of rest.  Getting to bed by 9:30 pm and rising at 6:00 am.  Started my day with my Isagenix IsaPro shake and an hour before race time I took an Isagenix e+shot energy drink. This was the first race I get to test my Garmin Forerunner 10.  It is very new to me and I still have to get used to it from coming from  my Polar HR. I forgot to stop the Garmin after coming across the finishline. Uggh!   I was running with the prize in mind of hitting a PR from my last time of 36:54.  I wasn’t expecting alot of hills in the race, but it was a great indication of where I need to take my future training.  Hills are a challenge but the great thing is that during this race my legs did not get heavy. Yay!

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I attribute all my race pictures by my husband, Dan.  He is the ‘b’ in bFIT4Life .

The community of Haddonfield was out to support and that is such a joy.  The BGR community was thick too. They are such a great support and encouragement to the women. I wanted to represent with my BGR tee, but couldn’t find it and my hub said rep your own brand. The calmerotery was great among the runners.  I was really impressed to see alot of moms running and pushing strollers with child.  I was blessed by alot of the children and families out running together.  Running is such a great  sport and a way to get into shape and stay in shape. Running is the one sport that makes me feel like an athlete. It hard at times and make we want to cry, but today there were not tears just ADRENALINE!

My hub was impressed with a few firefighters that ran the race with gear and fire hoses. This was strength, endurance and perseverance for sure.

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The was my first hilly 5K and I thought it was a great training run for my future runs for the year. Down hill is great!  you get a great recovery time and for me to make up time.

According to Garmin my pace was 11:34.  Our goal is to run a 10 minute mile for our upcoming  10miler, the Broad Street Run.

Coming in for the home stretch!  The Jackson Fives song ” Can you feel it” grooving on my iPod.  It was the perfect finisher song.  I finish alot of my workouts with this song because it makes me want to dance. I was glad to see the time on the clock.  There I knew I was going to break my PR of 36:54.

Now home to recovery. One thing about outdoor running I don’t like is when it is windy.  Today was very mild.  We didn’t have much wind which was good because my eyes wouldn’t be running, but after the run my allergies or sinuses kicked in. Tylenol sinus here I come.

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After everything was said and done, I was happy with the race. Glad that it didn’t rain as the forecast called for.  My heart is full of joy for stepping out and completing another race.  Thinking about my favorite quote, ” Discipline is know what you want.”

 

” I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippinas 3:14

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WHAT GOALS ARE YOU PRESSING TOWARD FOR 2013?

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The Water Blog

My Water Challenge for the day.  One Gallon

Here is my water goal incentive for the day.  Getting ready for my Adrenaline Run on Saturday.  Hydration is key for performance.

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Do you like my fruit ice cubes?

Just another incentive to keep guzzling!

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Living out Your Passion

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GOT PASSION?

Passion is the fire that ignites your soul. I thank God for the new found passion daily to serve him and live a life dedicated to Him. I also love the new passion to live a bFIT life.

What do I mean by a BFIT life?

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This is the acronym The Lord gave me for FIT. Everyday I expand my health, success, love and pleasure while inspiring others to do the same. To live a bfit4life lifestyle. I have a passion not only to bless bodies but to see souls saved. This is my passion. Because of new health I have a greater passion to live.

HOW ABOUT YOU?
WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?

Your Relationship with Body & Health

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How would your rate your relationship between your body and health on a scale of 1-10?

A recent twitter post reminds me to stay the course eating clean. And feeding my body good nutrients
“If your body is a temple, why would you build it with McDonalds, Coca Cola and Taco Bell?”

Got Passion to Stay Driven

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NO NEED FOR BELLS OR WHISTLES JUST A HEART AND PASSION TO STAY DRIVEN!

Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion. -Bill Hybels

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WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?

Run 4U

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EXCITED FOR A BIGGER AND GREATER EVENT THIS YEAR’

The Firecracker 5K Challenge Run

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This 4th of July I ran the Haddon Heights Firecracker 5K Run. Going for a personal record. I started the day off with many challenges and will discuss them throughout this blog.

I choose this race because it is in the same month as the 5k Run 4U event we are hosting and I want to stay in 5k race competition and improve my time. My current PR from the Adrenaline Run was proved by 19 seconds. Whoot Whoot’ Go Leelee ! I completed today’s race with a finish time of 35:24
I wrote my last PR on my hand as a reminder to keep it moving!

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RACE CHALLENGES
First, I didn’t get a good nights sleep. I was up excited for the race till about 2 o’clock in the morning. I arrived early for registration pick up of my bid and realized I didn’t have my earphones for my iPod. NO MUSIC OH NO! I sang to myself enjoyed the scenic route and stayed focus on getting to the finishline. I even got in some prayer time too. Running ready allows you to think about things and clear your mind. Especially when you have listening to music.

The weather was very humid and I felt like I was melting as I was drenched in sweat. There was a spectator out with the waterhose. that was refreshing! Another challenge I face was this was my first race without any music. The run was through the local community town which was awesome because it was a scenic route for me. And a road I’ve never travel or ran before.
Last challenge was that I forgot to stop the Garmin again. I have to get better at that.

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I was glad to see the finishline Time. Mow to enjoy the day with great fatloss friendly foodie. I am looking forward to kicking my feet up and waving some sparklies I’m the ate.

God bless America.

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WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE HAD RUNNING A RACE?

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