I’m excited to begin training for the Illinois Marathon taking place on April 28th. It will be my 9th marathon. Disclaimer: I received a free race entry to the Illinois Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!
I’m also excited to share that I’ve signed up to train with Mary and Rochelle from Lift | Run | Perform. They put together a program specifically for those running the Boston Marathon but others are definitely encouraged to participate. The Boston training doesn’t start till December 26th but Mary and I will begin working together to get ready for that training.
I told you I am excited, right? I’ve been wanting to train with Mary since September. Finally this opportunity showed up! For now my A goal is to PR (5:12:59 from October 2016) and my B goal is to get a sub 5 finish time. Man, you’d think that by now I’d get that sub 5, right? Nope.
My training will consist of running 4-5 times a week. It will also include cross and strength training, which I know is necessary, but always fail to do.
I like to eat. However, I can be lazy and rarely cook. I make pasta, quinoa, eggs, pancakes, etc. It has to be easy with very few ingredients. I told you I was lazy. I also like to snack. I know it isn’t healthy but many times I crave something salty and spicy. My favorite is potato chips with hot sauce. No wonder I cannot lose weight!! Sometimes I also crave something sweet.
It was during this summer that I first heard about Health Warrior Chia Bars. I believe it was before my trip to Alaska. I didn’t think about it anymore and then just completely forgot about them till about sometime in October when the opportunity arose to try them out. Sign me up!
Health Warrior makes Chia Bars, Pumpkin Seed Bars, and Chia Protein Bars. I received two different flavors of the Chia Bars – Apple Cinnamon and Dark Chocolate. What makes these so great and healthy? They’re gluten free, soy free, dairy free, 100% vegan, and non-GMO. Plus they’re only 110 calories, have 4-5 grams of sugar, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, and 1100 mg of Omega-3.
I first tried the dark chocolate. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet but yet it was enough to satisfy me. I finished it in 3 bites.
Next I tried the Apple Cinnamon and also liked that one too. This one had pieces of apples. Again, 3 bites later and it was gone.
I realize that they’re meant to be eaten as a snack but I think these should be a bit bigger. 🙂 Also, I know chia seeds tend to get stuck in your teeth (dislike it when that happens). However, I found that that was not the case with these bars.
I enjoy eating one or two of these after school. I eat lunch at 11:30 am and am done with school at 3:00 pm. You bet that afterwards I am hungry. Depending on the day I either have a meeting, stay late to grade papers, or have Math Club on Thursday.
Something else I received with the Chia Bars is a Marathon Training Coloring Book. I like to color but don’t always make the time for it. I laughed when I checked out each page because I could relate to many of the pictures in the book.
The Chia Bars come in 9 flavors: Acai Berry, Apple Cinnamon, Banana Nut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Cherry, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla Almond, and Mango. The Health Warrior Chia Bars are $15.99 for 15 bars (one time purchase) or $12.79 when you subscribe and save 20% off your order. The company offers free shipping for orders over $25, hassle free returns, and a rewards program.
You can also try a sampler box of 3 bars for $4.99 and FREE shipping. I ordered the Pumpkin Seed Bars in Cinnamon Spice, Dark Chocolate, and Honey Cracked Pepper with Turmeric. You can also get the free coloring book with your order by going here: http://healthwarrior.link/colorbookbr.
Have you tried these bars? Thoughts? If you haven’t, which one would you like to try?
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I have applied again for next year and will be back in 2018! Next year is supposed to be bigger and better so you bet I am looking forward to it.
It is hard to believe that we are close to the end of October and November starts next week. Also, hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Oh, and my birthday is that same week as Thanksgiving. 🙂
I am excited because that same week of Thanksgiving, I only work Monday and Tuesday and then I am off the rest of the week. Thanksgiving is always a time to eat all of the food and spend time with family. It is also time to run in a turkey trot. This year I am looking forward to run the Art Van Turkey Trot in Chicago. I haven’t decided on whether to run the 5K or 8K. It’s been years since I’ve run in a turkey trot. Read along as I list the reasons why I am excited to run this race and why you should too.
1. This race supports the Greater Chicago Food Depository. What better way to start off the day than to help out fellow Chicago friends to ensure they don’t go hungry this holiday season.
2. It is a local race. That saves me time and money. I sleep in my own bed and drive to the race. I’ve never run this race before and am looking forward to runing in Lincoln Park.
3. FREE Race Photos. I never buy any of my race photos (too expensive and don’t like how I look) but I’ve noticed that I do like the FREE ones. Regardless, whether I like them or not, they’re still FREE.
4. It is a short race. There are two options in this race, 5K and am 8K. Whether it is 3.1 or 6.2 miles, those distances are still doable. Right?
5. A cool shirt and medal! New this year is that everyone that crosses the finish line gets a medal. Check out that cool blue color of the shirts! Love it!
EXTRA: 6. I get to wear some cool socks! I purchased these socks at the Shamrock Shuffle expo specifically to run a turkey trot. I am excited to wear them on race day.
I had originally signed up for the half marathon. However, with the unusually high temperatures in Chicago, I decided instead to run the 5K.
After my run on Saturday morning, I went to Soldier Field to pick up my packet. Parking was a deal for $5! Names were printed on the letters but I didn’t find my name. In fact many names were missing because I didn’t see any names with last names ending in A, B, C, D, or E (just naming a few as I know there were more but cannot remember).
Bib pickup and switching over to the 5K was fast and easy. Not much in the goodie bag.
I do like the shirt.
A reminder that it was going to be warm on race day.
It was a good size expo with many vendors.
I tried Rx bars but did not like the texture.
Almost bought these shoes.
Walked around a bit more and left to meet my friend, Claudia, for lunch.
I woke up early on Sunday morning to get ready and eat something. I also had some coffee. Then I drove to the race location. I got lucky and found parking right away. However, I was there very early so I still had to wait. The half marathon began at 7 am and the 5K at 7:45am.
I found my friend, Claudia, and we use the port-a-potties, took some pictures, and I wished her good luck as she was running the half marathon.
I hate it when vendors take advantage of the situation (I know they are there to make money) and charge a lot for food. That slice of pizza is very small which is the same one runners got at the end of the race.
I was planning to meet Heather prior to the race but that didn’t work out. I did see her once the race began and she was walking to start running.
Then I had to wait again. By this point I was hungry. It was also warm. At least now there were no lines at the port-a-potties but they were also SMELLY!
Finally time to run. It was nice to run in the shade. Miles 1 and 2 went by fast. There was a water/gatorade station a bit before mile 2. I drank some Gatorade and ran again. I was surprised there was a station so late into the race. I didn’t care too much for me because I was running a shorter race. The half marathoners still had a long way to go and shouldn’t have had to wait till mile 2 for water and Gatorade.
I saw a cute Mexican family with less than half a mile away. I could hear the music and the race announcer. I picked up the pace a little bit and finally crossed the finish line.
Done. Got my medal and some post race goodies.
Love free pictures. The bottom one cracks me up. I almost didn’t post it because my eyes are closed. But there is a story behind it. Next to me is my friend’s dad.At the beginning he told me he was going to beat me. Throughout the race I would pass him and then he would pass me.Around mile 2 was the last time I passed him. He surprised me when he caught up to me as we got closer to the finish line and I ran as fast as I could. We crossed the finish line together and I was laughing!! I still beat him by 7 seconds. 🙂
Free pizza. Would you pay $6 for that slice? I am a big fan of Home Run Inn pizza and realize that that picture of the pizza doesn’t look tasty. However, my complaint is the cost for that size.