My First 5K of the Season is Almost Here!

It happened again… I got up for an early morning run! I think I’m actually starting to like it! Not enough for it to become a 6-day a week thing, but maybe a twice a week thing!


I know I’ll be up bright and early again on Sunday because I signed up to run a 5K! For any local readers, it’s the Optime 5K at Markham Park and it’s only $25 if you register before the event.


I have a 12-miler to do on Saturday that includes a 3-mile fast finish so I’m definitely not looking to PR or anything crazy on Sunday. I’ll just be running by feel … but also making sure I’m in the top 500 finishers so I get one of the pretty medals!

Of course I’ll be wearing my Garmin … and my newest gadget, a heart rate monitor!

The team at NuMetrex sent over an adidas Heart Rate Monitor that you can pop inside of your adidas miCoach sports bra so you don’t have to wear an annoying heart rate strap!



The heart rate monitor snaps into the sports bra and then pairs with the adidas miCoach app on your phone to give you heart rate stats and real-time coaching advice based on your settings.


I tried it out on my run on Tuesday night but I want to use it a couple more times before I give you the full scoop — so far I think it’s super cool! Cecil approves, too : )

But enough about that for now, what I really want to tell you is that I found this list of the 38 best restaurants in Portland! After I run the marathon I will choose one item off the menu from each restaurant until my runger is satisfied!

What’s your favorite thing to eat after a really long run? 

– I love an iced cold fruit smoothie!

*NuMetrex sent me the adidas miCoach sports bra and heart rate monitor. I am not receiving any compensation for my blog post(s) nor was I given any specific information that I needed to include. All opinions and experiences are my own.



  1. September 18, 2014 / 7:58 am

    I’ve never done a 5K! I think I need to sign up for one…
    Wooo for morning running! I’m converted and will never go back to night running.
    PS. That heart rate monitor in the sports bra is awesome, I need that.

    • September 18, 2014 / 5:49 pm

      You should! If you take them easy it’s a fun social activity, if you race them… well at least it’s over quickly 🙂

      So genius to put the heart rate monitor inside a sports bra, right?! Makes so much sense!

  2. September 18, 2014 / 8:16 am

    Yes, you should totally hit up all 38 of the restaurants! Please tell Adam to take a TON of pictures at your race! 🙂 I want to FEEL LIKE I AM THERE.

    • September 18, 2014 / 5:50 pm

      I will tell him you said that BUT please note that Adam LOOOOOOVES sleep. I kind of am anticipating him rolling out of bed when I text him that I’m 3 miles away 🙂 Just enough time for him to get dressed and meet me at the finish! haha

  3. September 18, 2014 / 9:54 am

    I am interested to read about the heart rate monitor. My husband wants me to get one. I feel proud of myself for remembering the Garmin! I hear they are really beneficial for ultra training–one step closer!
    Have fun with the 5k!
    My favorite post race food…I usually feel pretty crummy for a while after, but when the appetite returns, it is something crazy hearty like steak, sweet potatoes, spinach salad, and ice tea…But really, ANYTHING is good, as long as I didn’t have to make it!!!! 🙂

    • September 18, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      Yes! I’ve read too that for ultra training you should train by heart rate. I’ve never used the strap but I’ve heard it can cause a lot of chafing during long runs, so I think the sports bra as a holder will be really nice to have! I can say that you don’t even feel the monitor inside the sports bra at all.

      Hahahah YES! I will eat anything after a long run as long if it’s made for me 🙂

  4. September 18, 2014 / 10:42 am

    That is really cool that they have a heart rate monitor in bra form! That would be so much easier than using the strap (mine is always falling down on me). I can’t wait to hear how you like it!

    • September 18, 2014 / 6:01 pm

      Right? I had never even heard of it before! So far I am really liking it! You don’t even feel the monitor inside of the sports bra and the bra is comfortable and hasn’t chafed me at all!

  5. September 18, 2014 / 11:05 am

    I applaud your strength for being able to wakeup for morning runs. I’ve been trying to do some more of them but the snooze button is all too tempting ;).
    Haha! That must be the best thing you could possibly do after a marathon. Hell, it’s enough of a reason to run one in the first place!
    My favourite thing to eat after a long run recently is almond butter with a chopped apple – so filling!

    • September 18, 2014 / 6:02 pm

      I hit the snooze button a lot too even on the mornings that I get out for a run. I just set my alarm for 30 minutes earlier than I need to get up so that I can go through my normal routine of hitting it a bunch of times 😉

  6. September 18, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    A heart rate monitor that is built in to the sports bra? Genius. I need to get my hands on this because my Garmin strap HR monitor causes a lot of chaffing. It’s ugly.

    I have yet to run a 5K but am hoping to sign up for one during the off season. It would be a fun change. I am all about smoothies or omelets after a long run (depending on how hot it is).

    • September 18, 2014 / 6:04 pm

      Wow! I am so surprised you have never run a 5K!!

      So far I can only say good things about the heart rate monitor + sports bra combo. The bra is comfortable and hasn’t chafed me (although I’ve only worn it once so far) and you don’t feel the monitor inside of it at all! Really easy to forget its even there!

  7. September 18, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    I often have plans for morning runs, but it rarely happens. 🙁

    I don’t think I’ve been to any of those Portland restaurants! Pok Pok is one we’ve been meaning to try though.

    • September 18, 2014 / 6:06 pm

      Pok Pok sounds really good! I wish we were going to be in town longer, Portland sounds like a pretty place to explore and there are obviously tons of great restaurants to try! What is your favorite restaurant? Any recommendations?

  8. September 18, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    That’s great that you’re getting into the early morning runs! I’ve tried and I just can’t get myself there. Especially now that AM darkness is lasting longer :-/

    After a race or run I always want pasta. Lots of pasta. But I always want that anyway. I could eat pasta every day.

    Best of luck on your 5K! I know you’ll do great.

  9. September 18, 2014 / 6:49 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about the heart rate monitor. I don’t wear one because I don’t want a strap around my middle!!!
    You are going to be doing some serious eating after your marathon:)
    For some reason I love Chipotle after a long run!

    • September 19, 2014 / 1:22 pm

      Oh yes! I LOOOOOVE Chipotle bowls! Good one!

      The bra is comfortable and hasn’t chafed me (although I’ve only worn it once so far) and you don’t feel the monitor inside of it at all! Really easy to forget its even there!

  10. September 18, 2014 / 9:15 pm

    Enjoy that 5k!! That’s nice bling. I want to hear about the heart monitor w/o a strap! I still wear my heart monitor every workout- its always interesting to see what is really happening when I look back over the stats. I have enjoyed most seeing what is happening with my heart rate during lifting sessions 🙂

    • September 19, 2014 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you, Karen! I will put together a thorough review of the heart rate monitor soon! So far I can say that the bra is comfortable and hasn’t chafed me (although I’ve only worn it once so far) and you don’t feel the monitor inside of it at all! Really easy to forget its even there!

      I didn’t even think about wearing it during lifting, great idea!!!

  11. September 18, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Good luck with your 12 miler and 5K! That is cool the heart rate strap is part of the bra band. I’ve used a Polar HRM, but there has been chaffing when it was really hot out. I haven’t tried my Garmin HRM yet. I look fwd to your review!

    • September 19, 2014 / 1:25 pm

      Chafing is the biggest complaint I’ve heard about the straps and the main reason why I have never used a heart rate monitor! Full review coming soon! 🙂

  12. September 19, 2014 / 11:48 am

    Looking forward to hearing more about the bra/heart rate monitor. SO many times I have put on my watch and forgotten my strap or visa versa! Good luck on your 5k!

    • September 19, 2014 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Nellie!

      I can totally see how it would be so easy to rush out the door without the strap on! Plus, even when you do remember it the strap is just another extra thing you have to put on that can cause chafing! Eeek!

  13. September 21, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    What a cool little gadget!

    With all the mileage you’ve been putting it, it’s no wonder you were able to PR the 5k, even if you weren’t expecting to!