In two weeks, I’ll begin training for my third and final attempt at qualifying for the Boston Marathon while I’m eligible for the 30-35 year age bracket. (This means I need to run a 3:35 marathon time to qualify – which I’ve done – BUT actually need to train for and run a 3:30 or less to get into Boston.) Even though I’m only 31 and could keep trying to hit that 3:30 before I turn 35, I feel like I will need a break after this attempt due to general life busyness and other fitness goals I’d like to focus on – I love running, but I really don’t love marathon training. It always makes me feel really run down and those long runs really beat up my body if I don’t take a long enough break in between training cycles.
I’ve really been enjoying strength training and the Tone It Up workouts these past few months since my last BQ attempt in February of this year, and although I’ve still been running a 5K to 8K once or twice a week to maintain cardio, I’ve been taking it much too easy and letting my pace slip down more and more each week.
That’s why I was excited when Ocean Spray® challenged me to be #evenbetter by setting a healthy goal I could obtain within two weeks, making myself accountable to it by announcing it on my blog, and updating my readers and social media followers about my progress in reaching said goal over the next two weeks. So what’s my #evenbetter challenge goal, you ask?
Over the next two weeks (June 20 to July 4), my goal is to improve my 5K training pace from 5:25 to 5:00 – the pace I need to run to get a 3:30 marathon time at the Victoria Goodlife Fitness Marathon this October. I plan to run two to three 5Ks a week, so by the end of week two I want my last two 5K paces to be 5:00 even or just below. I think it’s the perfect goal to set to get my body ready to hit that speedy five-minute-per-kilometre I need to maintain to get to Boston for 2018.
I’m also excited that Ocean Spray® was kind enough to send me three flavours of their PACt® Cranberry Extract Waters (Cranberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Raspberry and Cranberry Mango Passionfruit) as part of the campaign to help keep me hydrated during the next two weeks, which will be important in helping me hit that pace as the weather gets hotter.
As you may or may not know, hydration is something I suck at. And since I’m all out of electrolyte tablets right now, I thought this was the perfect time to try another yummy flavoured water to encourage me to drink enough h2O throughout the day during the challenge, not just before or after my runs.
So what exactly is Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water and what makes it better than plain ol’ water?
- It’s tasty. Because let’s face it – we’re way more likely to drink water if it’s flavoured. I know I am.
- It’s Packed with the Power of 50 Cranberries. Because that stuff about drinking cranberry juice to prevent urinary tract infections is actually true, and Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water contains PACs, or proanthocyanidins – a compound found in dark fruit plants like cranberries that help protect against certain harmful bacteria from sticking in the urinary tract.
- It’s low-calorie and naturally sweetened with Erythritol and Stevia. With only 10 calories and 1 gram of sugar per bottle, Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water is a better way to stay hydrated while getting the benefits of cranberry juice, minus the extra calories and sugar.
- It’s FREE of…
- Artificial colour (it’s red for a reason – the colour comes straight from those 50 cranberries!)
- It’s also Kosher. 🙂
So that’s my challenge for the next two weeks! I’ll keep you posted on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook about how my challenge is going, and will post an update in two weeks on the blog to let you know if I met my goal or not (and what I thought about hydrating with with Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water!).
Ocean Spray® PACt® Cranberry Extract Water is a tasty and low-calorie way to hydrate in a more meaningful way. Packed with the power of 50 cranberries, PACt® cranberry extract water delivers unique cranberry health benefits. Visit http://pact.oceanspray.ca to learn more and find out where to buy PACt® water at a store near you.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Ocean Spray® via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Ocean Spray®.