Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $1,000!).

Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) are back at it again and running some of their fastest times yet! Let’s backtrack: Adrienne is still running as often as she can, but her knee is still giving her hell. Fingers crossed this won’t cause any problems during the upcoming 10K in Prospect Park.

Darby is killing it with her speed training and recently ran 3.15 miles in just over 30 minutes. This is huge, people. On the culinary side of things, the pair asked Jessi (@greatistmentor) about the best food to eat the night/morning before a race, which prompted a solid answer we’ve included below.


  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) treated himself to a scoop (or two or three) of gelato, which is possibly one of the hardest desserts to resist.
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine)is feeling good after finishing Whole30, and is making sure not to celebrate too much with unhealthy food. Stick to those bananas, Jasmine! But not too many, because, you know, they’re radioactive.
  • Regina (@greatistregina) is furiously consuming coffee in an attempt to stay awake and sane. FWIW, we love your leather loafers/pink workout pant combo.
  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) dishes out some useful information on the food you need before a race to make sure you’re energetic and not too full: “Protein and carbs are typically best, as opposed to fat. So, for example, full-fat yogurt might not be as good of a choice as low-fat Greek yogurt plus fruit. Dinner should be filling, but breakfast can be a bit lighter. Toast is great as long as you get some protein too, and protein shakes are ideal for anyone who just hates to have that ‘food sitting in your stomach’ feeling while running!”