New 5k Record!!

I did it!!! I made my goal of running the 5k in under 27 minutes! I finished in 26:49!!!


The course was actually 3.2 miles and not 3.1, so that’s the time it took me to run the 5k distance. It took me just under a minute to run the rest.

My previous PR for a 5k was during a training run, when I did it in 27:13. My last 5k race also happened to be my first race ever, and I did that in 29:24. 

My average pace was 8:40 min/mi. Not gonna lie, I thought my chest was going was going to explode out of my chest during my sprint to the finish line! :P My heart rate monitor went up to 190 bpm, but I’m not sure if I even believe that!

I don’t think I mentioned it, but today’s race was the annual Terry Fox Run.


I’m not sure if Terry Fox is well known outside of Canada, but I would definitely call him one of our national heroes! After losing his leg to cancer, he set out to run across the country on a prosthetic leg to raise money for cancer research. He called it the “Marathon of Hope.” Unfortunately, he died in 1981 before he could finish, so now people across Canada run every year to sort of “continue the marathon.” One great thing about the race is that there’s no registration fee or required fundraising amount. Terry Fox’s whole thing was that he wanted to raise just one dollar from every Canadian.

Anyways, it’s got me kind of nervous for my 10k race next weekend! It made me realize that I have to remember to pace myself. I want to finish it in one hour, but I may tucker myself out if I get caught up in the excitement at the beginning. And I think I will take walk breaks if I feel so inclined. Seeing as they tend to speed up my pace! :P

Okay, enough babbling, I’ve got some food pics too :)

Day started off mega early with a breakfast cookie.


Hmm…looks like I had a smudge on the lens. Or my morning haze just translated into the photograph. Chris can take long videos on his camera, so I’m thinking of doing a breakfast cookie how-to when he’s home next!

I also tried out my Montreal smoked beef slices from the market.


On a pita with some laughing cow cheese, mustard, tomatoes, onions and romaine. Loved it!! I’m a total carnivore now.

I opted for a larger pre-race snack after I got off work, because it would be a couple hours until I actually started running.


Sliced banana with peanut butter and a couple dates with cashew butter. These are my no-fail foods before exercise. It never, ever upsets my tummy and gives me an excellent burst of energy.

While snacking, I worked on my 5k playlist.

This actually ran at 30 minutes. I like choosing songs with a beat that I can pace to. Keeps me going fast :) I also can’t stand exercising to boring songs. They’ve got to be quick and catchy!

I was a sweaty mess when I got home. It was way too hot to be running today. For me at least. Around 25 C with the sun beating down on us. So I rehydrated with my fave Vega smoothie.


1 box One coconut water, 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion, handful frozen papaya chunks.

I also foam rolled and iced, which I don’t always do for shorter runs, but I am definitely feeling the effort! My legs are stiff, and I feel a little woozy from the heat still.

Dinner was very purple. Well, it was supposed to be purple. I steamed some purple potatoes and purple “green” beans:


Except the beans turned green when I cooked them!


The potatoes stayed purple though ;) I had a grilled chicken breast stuffed with baba ghanoush on the side. It was delicious, I love fresh veggies steamed. In case you’re wondering, I also smothered them in parmesan cheese. Not the fancy kind, oh no. The processed Kraft kind. Yup! I love the stuff, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! April wrote a wonderful post on the pressure we sometimes feel to show perfect foods on our blogs all the time. Sure, I try to eat whole, unprocessed stuff as much as I can. But I love my fake syrup, Kraft parmesan and protein bars. I think balancing these things out with “real” foods is the key to a happy way of eating :) For me anyways.

Now I’m just doing some major couch sprawling. Going to get up soon and do some cleaning though! Gotta stretch out those legs! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Posted on September 13, 2009, in Fun, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Congrats on the awesome PR!!! Love your purple themed dinner…purple veggies are so much more fun!

  2. Congrats! That’s a super awesome time. And I’ve kind of come to terms with the fact that the processed, fake stuff will never totally be elimated from my diet. Neither will the unhealthy stuff, once in a while (oh…Mexican food I miss you!) Now, I don’t blog my daily eats, and maybe that’s partly why, but I think moderation means just that! I’m glad to see more people in blogland leaning that way too, and talking about it.

  3. Congrats!

    PS – Would LOVE to see a vid on the breakfast cookie. I’ve been too chicken shit to try it yet.

  4. That`s awesome!!! Congrats on the super fast 5k!!

    I`m worried about the 10k next week… I don`t want to be slower than last year but I haven`t been working on speed so I`m not sure how I`m going to do. I`m hoping my two days of rest (or taper) leading up to it will perform some kind of miracle lol.

    I find food blogs much more `believable` when you see the occasional sprinkle of Kraft parmesan or a french fry. I try to eat healthy most of the time and think that affords me the luxury of eating other foods in moderation without feeling the least built guilty :)

  5. Congrats on the race! PR’s are the BEST :)

    How funny that the purple beans turned green!

  6. Awesome job, Susan! You will be fine for next week. Just start slow and find your comfortable pace for first 5K – then bust your butt for the last 5k!

  7. CONGRATS!!! That’s awesome that you PR’d :) You will be awesome in your next race!!

    I always say, eat what you want! For example right now I’m eating white potato bread – it’s so doughy and delicious! I could careless if it was whole grain or not! Give into the Kraft parm!!

  8. April (Foods of April)

    Congrats!! That’s an awesome time!!

    And thanks for the shoutout! I’m glad to see someone else who likes some fake food.. sugar free syrup will always be my friend! and pure protein bars.. it’s like candy!

  9. I saw your tweet….SO happy for you! Amazing race!

  10. yayayayayay so happy for you!!

  11. Congrats! I am honestly too scared to run a 5K. I know I could physically do it, but it’s a huge mental hurdle for me I just can’t get over. :(

    DEFINITELY make the applesauce. It is a lot of peeling and chopping, but it’s soooo good!

  12. YEAH SUSAN! that is awesome you got such a great time! and you looked so cute while doing so. congrats! you will do so well in your 10k, i know it. that guy who the race was in honor of sounds amazing, i have never heard of him before but he sounds like he was a stand up man. i would love to see a video! loving all the poyple. have a great monday!! xoxo

  13. Way to break a personal record!!

  14. Congrats! :D I love the cause behind that race too… :)

  15. Excellent PR!! I’m doing a 5K next weekend that is not (for once) attached to a tri. I can’t wait to see how I do, but your time is more than I could even hope for right now!

  16. Awesome time on the 5k! You should be so proud of yourself!

    I was surprised too when my purple beans turned green after cooking, weird huh? And I bought a purple cauliflower over the weekend – not sure what I am going to do with it though!

    Happy Monday! :D

  17. Awesome race, Susan! Congrats!!!

  18. YOU ROCK!! Congrats to you, that is awesome. You know, I think we each ran races back in May. I basically quit running and you kept going. If I would have kept up, I could feel as proud of myself right now as I do of you!!

    • Lara, you forget I was training for a triathlon in July! That definitely kept me running ;) I’ve mostly been working up for next week’s 10k since, and now I want to try to hit the double digits outdoors before I’m forced back on the treadmill for winter. We’ve all got our own individual goals, there are plenty of ways to feel proud of ourselves :)

  19. congrats on the time! that is amazing! woowoo for a PR! i am so proud of you :)

  20. Congratulations on your PR!!

  21. Congrats! That is an awesome time!
    Sounds like a great story and casue behind the race too.

  22. Congrats! That is an awesome time!
    Sounds like a great story and cause behind the race too.

  23. You are awesome!! Congratulations lady! That is totally killer that you finished in 26:49. Running in the heat is HARD too! Don’t be nervous about the 10K – you are at least conscious of the chance of over-doing it at the start so likelihood is you will be golden!

    Mmmm dates and nut butter – my new favorite!

  24. WAY TO GO!!!! That is AWESOME! I’d be so proud if I managed that… then again I am really in no place to be running like that right now. :P

    Your play list looks pretty rockin too! I might have to check out a couple of those!

    Thanks for your comments on my wedding post too – I kind of felt silly after I posted it, but then I thought, NAH, I’m doing this for me, and I’d deserve to do something really special like that with my hubby if I managed to achieve this goal! :)


  25. You’re awesome, Susan – congrats on your new PR!

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