Signing up for races and fitness challenges is a great way to get yourself to commit to achieving your overall fitness goals.
With a vacation quickly approaching, I discovered one of the best ways to kick off my bikini prep! Signing up for the Newport 10k that took place this past Saturday, May 2nd. I ran an average of 15 miles a week in preparation for the race and managed to complete a full 10k (6.21 miles) at least once a week. Knowing I had the race coming up kept me committed to increasing my mileage and reducing my average mile’s time.
After a month and a half of training I managed to get my 10k time down from 57 minutes to 50:50 minutes and to place 416 overall out of 1,330 other runners. I placed 119th out of all females, finishing in the top 20% for the ladies! Now this may not make me the quickest runner of the bunch but it does show that a little training can go a long way. My greatest success was maintaining a consistent 8:09 average mile.
If you’re anything like me and you love a good distraction while you’re running, the Newport 10k is a great race for you! This scenic course interweaves along some of the prettiest row house lined streets of Jersey City and leads you to the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway offering some of the most spectacular views of the New York Skyline. My training involved lots of time on the treadmill with marathons of Modern Family to keep me pleasantly distracted. Due to the inconsistent weather we’ve had this spring, training outside wasn’t always ideal. This definitely hurt me when it came down to race day because the treadmill and pavement are completely different running environments. For my next race, I plan to train more outdoors to ensure my body is ready for the difference.
The race starts at Newport Town Square in Jersey City, NJ and all proceeds are donated to the area’s only not-for-profit hospital & regional trauma center, the Jersey City Medical Center- Barnabas Health.
Consistency is really key when trying to improve your running stats. The best way to ensure you’re meeting your goals is to constantly challenge yourself throughout the week with both long distance runs and sprinting. Keeping your body surprised during your training by switching up your speed and distance helps to enhance your overall agility and performance on race day.
Here’s a video of me crossing the finish line and getting my last wind with the help of my boyfriend, Cody cheering me on!
Click here for a list of upcoming runs in New Jersey to stay moving all summer long!