Bayshore Marathon 2017 Recap and Review (Marathon 23, State 18 — Michigan)

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What: TCTC Bayshore Marathon 2017

When: Saturday of Memorial Day weekend

Where: Traverse City, Michigan — Cherry Capital and Caribbean of the Midwest.  If you make a mitt with your left hand, this race is at the inside top of your pinky.

Weather:  Sunny, 60-70 degrees.  Felt pretty warm in the final miles of the race.  Luckily most of the race is at least partially shaded, so no sunburn for me.

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Big Sur International Marathon 2017 Recap and Review (Marathon 22, State 17 — California)

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Race: Big Sur International Marathon, a race that some regard as the most beautiful marathon in the United States

Location:  Point-to-point course from Big Sur, California to Carmel-By-The-Sea, California; approximately 2 hrs south of San Francisco

Time of Year:  6:45 am on a Sunday at the end of April, when the flowers are in bloom

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How to Lose Weight While Training for a Marathon (And Still PR)

IMG_8835We have all been told that — contrary to conventional wisdom — it is really hard to lose weight while training for a marathon.  In fact, a lot of people gain weight when they up their training mileage.  Personally, after 21 marathon training cycles, I know these struggles all too well.  (There may be people out there who start running and watch the pounds melt off; I am not one of them.)  But I also think it is pretty unhelpful to say “It can’t be done,” and as I recently learned while completing a cut on the RP diet and simultaneously training for a BQ-pace marathon, it can be done.

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My Green Chef Review (Organic, Vegan Meal Kit)

IMG_0350Things have been… unstructured… since the end of my Renaissance Periodization cut and my BQ race at the Phoenix Marathon.  I’ve written about my efforts to get back on track, not with the strict diet/training regime I had before, but something with a little direction.  Basically, I need to do a better job of having food on hand so that I didn’t eat cereal and ice cream for every meal (true story).   And a few new recipes after 12 weeks of the same tofu doesn’t sound like a bad idea.   So I decided to try out some meal kit programs.  I’m sampling Green Chef, Blue Apron, and Hello Fresh, at least to start.  I’ll provide a review on each as I wrap up a week of meals.  First up:  Green Chef…

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Non-Race Travel: The Best of St. Moritz, Florence, and Rome

IMG_3321Better late than never on this one!  My husband and I were fortunate to be invited to a wedding in St. Moritz, Switzerland in mid-January this year.  I honestly had never heard of St. Moritz, but as soon as I Wikipedia’d it, I was pretty pumped, even if I mis-pronounced it for several weeks until someone correct me (Mor-RITZ, not MORE-itz).  We also decided to extend the trip with stops in Florence and Rome, Italy.   Here are some of the highlights.

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Did Orangetheory Help Me BQ?

I feel like I could write about 234,908 posts about all of the things I learned, tried, tweaked, etc. during my journey to BQ.  So I’ll just do that until you or I get bored, whichever comes first… So far I’ve covered nutrition and pacing and my race tunes. Today’s topic is Orangetheory.

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How to BQ: The Right Tunes

I’m continuing my post-Phoenix Marathon brain dump, which I hope can help me with future races, but also help my readers who are looking to optimize their own performance.  I previously provided an overview of all the thoughts I had during the race, and then I wrote about how pacing and nutrition played key roles in my success. Next up: MUSIC!

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Mesa Phoenix Marathon 2017 Review and Recap (Marathon 21, State 16 — Arizona)

IMG_0209What:  The BMO Harris Bank Mesa-Phoenix Marathon, aka The Phoenix Marathon, aka The Mesa-PHX Marathon. (There were approx 17 different hashtags associated with this race at various points — a little bit of an identity crisis, I think.)  (Not to be confused with the Rock ‘N Roll Arizona race, also held in the Phoenix area.)

Where: Mesa, Arizona, just a few miles outside of Phoenix.  Race started in Usery Mountain Regional Park and ended in the Mesa Riverview shopping center.

When: Saturday on the last weekend in February.

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