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6/18/13

Biggest Loser Run/Walk 5K Recap

I love road races! I was thrilled that after over a month off of heavy training I could get back to racing. Of course, I had to go all out on the first race back and make the drive up to Rockford, Illinois for the Biggest Loser Run/Walk 5K. Packet pick up was only scheduled for the Friday before the race which meant an afternoon drive through central Illinois.

The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Bridge (crossing over the Illinois River)

 The Health & Fitness Expo.

I also had to take a "Hollywood" shot in front of the Biggest Loser sign. Yes, I am extra dorky!


Quite possibly the coolest part of the entire event was getting to meet Francelina and Jeff from Season 14! They are such amazing down to earth people and I was lucky enough to also hear their talk on fitness and health. There were two particular quotes that really stuck with me:

"You have to want it more than anything else."

"Your mind will quit before your body does but you have to push through."

While both may seem relatively straight forward, I think sometimes we tend to forget the foundation of our journey's. I know that there are times when I find myself focusing too much on pace instead of appreciating the simple fact: I am running. I can run. Running calms my soul. I want to be healthy so I am able to spend a full and long life with my spouse. We all have our motivators and I know these two really helped me to remember why I am on this journey. 

After all the hoopla of meeting Biggest Loser celebrities, I proceeded to grab an early dinner and relax in the hotel. I have never traveled out of town overnight for a race so I wanted to make sure I was prepped for a 4am wake up call. 


The next morning I was up and out the door by 5:30 breakfast in tow. 

I think this race spoiled me because with such a small town came a parking spot right by the starting line. Side note: I love runners. I was attempting to take a picture of myself before the start (rather unsuccessfully) and a nice lady offered to take my picture. 

There were no official corrals but there were tons of people running the 5K that we had to be let out in groups. I stayed near the middle of the pack (rain and slippery pavement made me nervous) to attempt to control my pace. 

Sadly I didn't take any pictures during the race. There were tons of people, plus I didn't want my phone to be showered with water in the process. The course led us out through some cute streets filled with shops and restaurants then we began the trek through a local park. Now, my one "not so warm and fuzzy" experience from the race was the bottleneck that began at around 1.5m for about a mile. Due to the out and back nature of the course, there was major congestion plus a teeny tiny sidewalk. Other than that it was great to see so many runners and walkers taking the first step in their journey to a healthy lifestyle. I will admit during some parts of the race I gave encouragement to other runners and for a moment they smiled. I teared up several times because I know how important those little motivators can be, especially during a road race. All in all it was a great experience and I may have to sign up for the Chicago race in August. 

Did I mention I met Jeff after the race? Again such a cool guy! He ran the 5K (Fracelina ran the 15K) and was soaked from rain but still stopped to take a quick photo with me. 


I am not going to lie, after this race I was tempted to go home and sign myself up for more this summer. It took a lot of convincing from my spouse to have some restraint (I was reminded of my very important half marathon training). 

Happy Running! 










11 comments:

  1. I love The Biggest Loser! That sounds like such a cool race. I wish they had one near me. Thank you for sharing those quotes. I especially liked the second one. I have to remind myself that all the time.

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    1. Hi Lynsey! I LOVE BL too! I cannot wait for the new season in the fall! Hopefully they will be adding more races to the schedule because it was packed. Happy Running!

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  2. Looks like a great race! I am totally addicted to running and races, so I understand your desire to sign up for more!

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    1. It's funny isn't it? I wish I could sign up for more but I am trying to restrain myself so I don't miss any important long runs. I have so many races in the upcoming year that the "race break" will be worth it.

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  3. Looks like fun!! I'm super excited for my Biggest Loser run in DC next month now :)

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    1. It was SO much fun! You will have a blast in DC! Happy Running!

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  4. I wish they had the Biggest Loser races up here! It looked like so much fun!! I might need to drive down to the States to participate in one next summer! Congratulations (and I love the 'Hollywood' pictures)!

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    1. Yes they are a blast! I drove quite a bit to do one so I think it is totally worth it! Thanks again! Happy Running!

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  6. COngrats! Sounds like a lot of fun! They film the show at the park where I work so I see them all the time. I heard Bob yelling at one of the contestants one day - glad it wasn't me :)

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