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RAC to Redhook

June 13, 2011

There is no denying that the best races are the ones that end with a lunch buffet and cold beer, and that’s exactly what I did this morning. A few weeks back I signed up for RAC to Redhook fitness challenge (technically it’s not a race, which what makes it even more fun). There is an athletic club in downtown Redmond, the RAC, which I am not a member of, but every summer they organize a series of challenge events to benefit Hopelink organization. I was ecstatic to participate in an outdoor workout for a good cause! It’s a scenic, mostly flat run on the nearby Sammamish trail and I even got to super-size my run for free (the only acceptable thing to super-size)! A group of runners, including me, met two hours earlier and ran extra 7.5 miles before the actual challenge began at 10am.

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The idea behind the challenge is that during the 4.5 mile run you stop every mile to do a 5 minute mini boot-camp series like squats, pushups, lunges, mountain climbers, and today I learned of a new exercise called a man-maker (burpee with a row and a lunge.)

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The $35 fee gets you a t-shirt and lunch at the Redhook brewery (including pitchers of beer!). The fee for consecutive two runs goes down to $20 so you are not forced into paying for multiple shirts again and again. And ladies, get this, they actually had fitted girl shirts, so this will be my first race shirt I will actually keep.

After the two and a half hour workout during which I covered 12 miles, the beer never tasted so good! I went with Caesar salad, carrots and celery sticks and two chicken wings for lunch. (Darn, forgot to take a photo that’s how excited/hungry I was.)

To top off this fabulous morning, I ended up wining a $25 gift certificate at FootZone (local running store).

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The day could not get any better! Oh, wait Eric is grilling tonight, so yeah, it can Smile Turkey burgers on multi-grain buns with grilled organic veggies and grapes for dessert.

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Time to get my nutrition back on track; the weekend is over.

How was your weekend?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2011 2:58 am

    The RAC to Redhook sounds fun, I am so impressed by your commitment to running, I am finding it harder to get the runs in now that Jack’s school is coming to a close.

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