[Belated] Oak Scare 5k & Health Fair Recap

Ok I seriously have had this post “in progress” since October 21st.  Seems a little late to recap the Oak Scare event that I helped plan at the Oak Square YMCA the week before Halloween, but I still want to.  Plus if I have any hope of recapping Mania, I best get this out of the way first.  Better late than never, right?!

Anyways, the Oak Scare event is an annual tradition for the Oak Square YMCA and the Brighton community.  There’s a 5k where participants can run, walk, or wheel (in costume!) and then attend a Health Fair in the gym after.  The other coordinators and I put a TON of planning into this event… weekly meetings and follow-up items to make sure everything was organized and set in stone.

The day started bright and early.  By bright and early I mean that we were at the Y at 7am to set up for the race.

We set up the registration tables outside in the parking lot.

Runners began arriving right at 7:30.

Runners got their numbers and started warming up.  Some were even in costume!

We set up the timers, handed out t-shirts, and Lauren & I were given the very important responsibility of hanging the mile markers along the 5k route.  We really could have messed with people with that job!

Runners before the race:

And they’re off!

Meanwhile, while the race was going on the rest of us coordinators and all my wonderful volunteers got the gym set up for the Health Fair.  We were a bit pressed for time, but thankfully we got everything ready just in time as the runners started coming in!

Here are some highlights from the fair itself!

My brother as DJ:

Dunkin Donuts across the street was kind enough to donate coffee and bagels, and we set up a bunch of fruit for runners to grab after the race:

I had my amazing group ex addicts manning my group ex table:

A couple of my awesome cycle instructors instructed people on form and how to set themselves up on the Cycle bikes.  Hi Mom!

Monique manned the Dynamax Medicine Ball station:

Julio rocked some kettlebells:

After a quick pep talk, I lead the Corpbasics girls in a 10 minute Kickboxing performance.  Thank you, ladies, for giving up your Sunday mornings to help out with this!

About 45 minutes into the fair we announced the race winners and gave away some raffle prizes:

And us coordinators got a special thank you shout-out and recognition, which was nice:

Later in the morning we also had Carolyn lead some Family Zumba for the kiddos… and us not so kiddos!

And we can’t forget about the plank challenge!  Theresa took home 1st place with a six and a half-minute plank.  Go Theresa!  P.S. Check out Tim rocking his plank in jeans and a sweater.

We also had tables set up for aquatics, prizes, nutrition, blood pressure, children, fire safety, and more.

Finally, I can’t forget about the vendors/sponsors who donated both products and time to help make our event what it was.

Becca from Mindful Massage:

The folks over at Chobani!  Tons of yogurts donated:

We also received product donations from HINT water.  Which by the way, I had never tried before and I loved it.  So refreshing and light!!

New Balance was there, giving away free swag and representing the community:

And so were my good friends at Fiorella’s Express:

A huge, enormous THANK YOU to these sponsors.  It made our event so much better, and we loved all the great feedback we got about not only your products but about your generosity as well with raffle items, etc.

The Oak Scare 2012 event was a lot of work, but worth it.   I love when a plan comes together!

Have you guys ever planned an event you’ve been really proud of afterwards?

Have a great Wednesday!

Weekend Wrap Up and Back to Bootcamp!

Good morning!  As usual, the weekend went by way too fast.

Weekend Wrap Up

Friday night Tim and I celebrated our three-year “anniversary.”  We tried a restaurant in Arlington called Tryst.  Loved the vibe, loved the food.  Most of all, loved the wine.  And my company of course.  Highly recommend!

Saturday I spent the day doing a bunch of errands… CVS, post office, about two hours at the Y prepping things for the Health fair, car inspection, etc.  Also snuck in a two-mile run outside because it was so beautiful out!  Slesh came over to hang for a bit and we grabbed dinner at Conley’s Pub down the street, but we were back home by 10pm since we both at 6am wake up calls on Sunday.

Sunday was the Oak Scare 5k Road Race and Health Fair that I’ve mentioned all week.  It was a success, yay!  I’m so happy our hard work paid off.  Huge thank you to everyone that came in support, but also to my brother who agreed to be our DJ for free, and to my friends that volunteered their time on a Sunday morning to help set up and clean up.  I really appreciate that and am so lucky to have such amazing people in my life!

I’ll be doing a more detailed post on the event recap, but here’s a sneak peek pic of my CBC ladies demonstrating Kickboxing to hold you guys over.

Photo courtesy of Kristen!

After the fair I was STARVING so Tim and I grabbed lunch at Coolidge Corner Clubhouse.  I just realized I went out to eat too many times this weekend.  Oops.  We also did some grocery shopping at The Meat House (yesterday’s Groupon deal!) and Trader Joe’s before heading home and faceplanting on the couch for the football game.  Our friends Pete and Andrea joined us, which was nice.  I ended up taking a nap, which NEVER happens, then somehow managing to stay awake for Homeland.  Is it sad that Sunday night Homeland watching is one of my favorite parts of the week?

All in all, another great weekend!

Let’s focus on this week in fitness, then it’s time to tackle the day.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  1 hour Kickboxing
  • Monday:  30 minute abs class + 90 minutes of Kix at CBC
  • Tuesday:  Took Liz’s Kickboxing class, then taught Circuit
  • Wednesday:  Off
  • Thursday:  Taught Circuit with this stability ball themed workout
  • Friday:  Off
  • Saturday:  2 mile run outside

This Week’s Workouts

I signed up for another round of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp program.  I participated in this program for round 2 over the summer and had a lot of fun doing it.  I signed up again because it’s only $25 for 8 weeks worth of workouts, with six different workouts provided each week.  For me this is a great way to get new ideas for my Circuit Training classes.  I also found that I increased my weights during the last round, so now my ten pounders don’t do so much for me anymore!  Bring on the twelves and fifteens please… and Tina’s workouts are no joke!  I also definitely noticed a slight change in my body which was great since that wasn’t my goal going into the program.  Another perk of BBB are the weekly goals you set for yourself since making goals holds you more accountable for them.  Plus there are cash prizes at the end, it’s a great way to network with other bloggers and non-bloggers alike, and it’s also SO flexible.  That’s the most important part to me, being able to adapt it to my already crazy workout schedule.  That being said, some days I don’t do a workout from BBB, other days I switch around the order of the workouts from how they were provided, and so forth.  I’m excited for Round 3!  Plus Jen is doing it again, and Trina is trying it this time too!

This is what I have planned for this week so far… but it might end up changing.

  • Sunday:  Ran around all morning setting up the health fair + 10 minute sweaty Kix demo + 10 minute Family Zumba demo
  • Monday:  Teaching a Cycle class at the Waltham Y + Planks
  • Tuesday:  Taking Liz’s Kickboxing class.  Then teaching Workout A, B, or C in Circuit.
  • Wednesday:  TBD — either 40 minutes of steady state with more planks, or heading to CBC as my cardio.
  • Thursday:  Teaching Workout A, B, or C in Circuit depending on which I teach Tuesday!
  • Friday: Teaching Cardio & Core (this will be my “cardio of choice” day)
  • Saturday:  Doing Workout A, B, or C on my own — whichever I have left over from the rest of the week.

Weekly Goals

1) Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night
2) Track my food every day in LoseIt!

I know 7 hours might not seem like a lot, but it will be in comparison to past weeks and I need to start with realistic (SMART!) goals instead of just jumping into something that I know I won’t necessarily do right away and then get down about later.

What did you do this weekend?  What is on your workout agenda this week?  Anyone want to add on to the goals I already made?

Hope everyone’s week is off to a happy start!