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Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie

Mango Orange Electrolyte Smoothie

Two things almost every endurance athlete drinks — coconut water and sports drinks.  Beware, they may not be good for you!  Coconut water has a slimy texture I can’t warm up to, but beside that most of them aren’t close to being ‘natural’.  Many sports drinks are full of artificial sweeteners, brominated vegetable oil  and colors, so make sure you read the labels closely.  With marathon training amping up and […]

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The Best Smoothies of 2012 and My 2013 Goals

The Best Smoothies of 2012

Two months away from my next marathon and training is not going as planned.  A few months ago, I had a half marathon PR, loved running more than ever and felt strong on all my runs — I couldn’t wait for marathon training to begin!  Then the holidays arrived, marathon training started, and everything came to a screeching halt.  I’ve never wanted to hang up my running shoes so bad, […]

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San Francisco and the Nike Women’s Marathon

San Fran view from Mason Street to Oakland Bay Bridge

David Yu Photography. I could not have asked for a more perfect trip to San Francisco.  The weather was picture perfect, the food was fantastic, and the Nike Women’s Marathon was one of the most organized and exciting races I have ever run.  While I get over major jet lag after only one hour of sleep on the redeye home, I thought I would share some of my trip with […]

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Pre Workout Smoothie

Pre Workout Smoothie via Green Plate Rule

It’s important to fuel your body properly before a workout to help maintain high energy levels and achieve the results you are looking for.  You need slow releasing carbohydrates to provide energy throughout the workout, and a little fiber and protein to help keep you full.  I don’t like to eat much before I workout, but I can definitely handle a smoothie before heading out for a long run or […]

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Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes via Green Plate Rule

Last weeks Sunday Night Prep to Eat Clean All Week post has been a popular blog all week.  In that post I mentioned I don’t do much meal planning, so I’m trying to improve.  This week I made it my mission to plan a little more for the week, and find a way to make meals easy and quick using just a few ingredients.  Sweet potatoes made it easy for […]

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Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice and Thoughts on a Run

Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice

Running seems to bring out the best and most memorable conversations.  They are full of motivation, encouragement, building friendship, lots of good laughs, and even a few tears.  I’m lucky to be in great company and surrounded by friends almost every mile I run.  Some days we don’t have a lot to say, and other days we never stop.  Last night was one of those runs where the conversation never […]

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Coconut Almond Protein Smoothie

Coconut Almond Protein Smoothie

I always look forward to my long run on Saturday mornings with a group of friends.  We have a great time together, and I love the feeling I have after a long run.  Just when I thought my morning runs couldn’t get any better, they did!  The last couple of weeks, we went off our normal path and onto a real trail.  There’s no pavement — just dirt, rocks, and […]

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