Disclaimer: I received a free race entry in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
And helllllloooo Fri-yay!
I’m especially excited since MJ and my aunt are coming up to visit for the weekend. Where there will probably be some steamers (that’s steamed clams), and definitely lots of wine and laughs.
This has probably been one of the busiest and funnest summers, not counting the days when I could stay out until the street lights came on to eat my weight in freeze pops and run through sprinklers. That was like 3 summers ago.
Concerts, expos, camping, and… oh yeah packing up and moving my life to a different state. You know, the usual hum drum of summer.
While fitness is a still a big part of my life and daily routine, one thing that has taken a bit of a back burner is running.
I’ve been in Portland for about 3 months now, and I’ve run a total of three times. Tha-ree.
Two that were blazing heat and humidity, and one during a torrential wind and rain storm. Not exactly ideal conditions to motivate me.
I’ve decided I need a little oomph to get me back into the running game since I miss and love it so much. Despite my first injury after my first half marathon, the pure satisfaction and empowerment running gives me keeps me coming back for more.
The Power of She is an all-women’s race to empower and support fellow females in their journey through health and fitness, all the while supporting a great cause.
Not only will this be my first 10k, but my first ladies-only race as well. Moving to a new place where I count the number of people I know on my hands has been a bit of an adjustment. It’s not like school where you’re surrounded by people your age doing the same thing. Let me know when there’s a Tinder for gal pals so I can find someone to eat peanut butter with.
So when I found out about SheJams, you can say I was just a bit excited. And feeling a little Long Island Medium that this was the answer to my despair.
A group of gals, with a love of running, fitness, and supporting one another. Kinda reminds me of Sex In the City..with sneakers instead of stilettos. And Gatorade for Cosmos. So yeah pretty much the same thing. 😉
The race is in October, which in my opinion is the best month of the year. Nothing to do with the fact that I was born then or anything like that. 😉
I figured this will give me plenty of time to train, and enjoy the crisp girl power-filled air come race day.
Proceeds from the run go to the Maine Women’s Fund, a foundation solely focused on advancing women’s and girl’s economic security. This includes grants, community engagement, and support for social change for women of all ages in Maine.
I am all about empowerment for the ladies. I did grow up in the 90s, adoring (and still do) The Spice Girls after all. Preach that Girl Powah.
And one little Miss that is the epitome of strength and courage is my little cousin Sophia.
She was diagnosed with a HLH, a rare condition similar to leukemia. She is currently undergoing her second bone marrow transplant, and is truly a shining example of strength with a smile.
I’ll be running this race in her name and the #SophiaStrong mantra that is so supported by the strength this munchkin has.
My goal is to run the race in under an hour, which is realistic for me, after not having a set running routine in a few months. I’m following the Hal Higdon Novice 10k plan found here, in which I’ll be starting this Monday!
I’ve also been doing the 21 Day Fix exercise routines, and roughly following the meal plan for a couple weeks now, and really want to follow through with continuing it. These will serve as my cross-training and strength training days in my plan. That means some days will be double workouts, aka early morning runs. Woof. I’ll try to stick to following my own tips to make it through and come to enjoy it.
I’ll be sharing my journey throughout the training, so be sure to follow me on Instagram to stay up to date!
So if you’re anywhere in the Northeastern hemisphere, come run with me! I promise we’ll go get a gatorade cosmo in our stiletto sneakers afterwards.
Make it a great day!
Are you running any races this year?
What are you most looking forward to this weekend?