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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the John Hancock Hosts the Cooking Light & Health Fit Foodie Race Weekend here in Austin, TX. I remember that last year, I was out of town for the race and really bummed I missed out, but this time around, I was able to participate in the Fit Foodie 5k!
I joined the fun on Saturday, which included the race and some post-race festivities. In addition to race day, the Fit Foodie Race Weekend includes a Friday evening event where you can really get your foodie on and a sweat session on Sunday, featuring local studio Omni Fight Club. I love how the entire weekend combined both food + exercise, because a combination of healthy eating and staying active are both important steps towards living a healthier lifestyle and a #RewardingLife.
On race day, I showed up about 45 minutes before the race and parking was super easy! The race weekend was held in the newer Mueller area of Austin (actually where the airport used to be!). I headed over to the start and it was super easy to pick up my packet. From there, I stretched and hung out until it was about time for the race start.
The race kicked off on time and I really liked that they had separate waves — even though it was more of an informal process, it was needed to make sure that there wasn’t overcrowding. The first part of the race ran through the Mueller neighborhood, before it hit the area park and went on a few of the running trails.
I absolutely loved the combination of street and trail in the race, and it worked well because by time we got over to the trails, it wasn’t very crowded. The finish line is one of the best ones that I’ve seen at local 5ks, filled with people and tons of cheers! Since this was a week post-Grandma’s Marathon, I ran with a friend and ended up finishing in 31:09. I would love to run this again next year and time it so that I could go for a PR! At the finish, everyone gets a medal (instead of a t-shirt) and it was a nice change of pace.
After finishing, they had tons of water to grab as you walked through and then I headed over to the John Hancock Vitality Village, which featured local eats, cooking demonstrations and healthy living booths.
Given the weather (will somebody PLEASE take back the humidity?), I was so happy to see that there were free snow cones as part of the Vitality Village.
But really, the best part? A chance to meet some amazing elites, Bill Rodgers and Ryan Hall:
Bill Rodgers’ book just popped up on my to-read list this summer and after meeting him, I can’t wait to finish it! He has such a cool personality. As part of the Vitality Village, I learned about John Hancock life insurance with Vitality’s new HealthyFood program that helps you save money by making good choices when you go grocery shopping.
This new life insurance program focuses on rewarding people for the healthy choices they make, like exercising, seeing the doctor, and now, purchasing healthy foods from the grocery store (check out JHRewardsLife.com for more information!). I love this philosophy –> if we focus more on preventive measures, we can prevent chronic issues and have a healthier population in general.
Anyways! Back to the Fit Foodie 5k recap.
Overall, I thought it was a really fun race weekend and completely different than other 5ks that I’ve run in the past. If you are interested in learning more about good nutrition (and the fact that you can be a foodie and practice good nutrition) and rock some fun workouts, I would definitely check it out! There are other Fit Foodie Race Weekends around the country, so see HERE if there is one coming near you soon!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of John Hancock. The opinions and text are all mine.
Have you ever run a race like this? What did you think?
What’s more challenging for you: working out or focusing on good nutrition? I have always struggled at good nutrition! It is definitely a work in progress.
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