RP Diet, BQ Training, Life Update: Three Weeks Until Phoenix Marathon

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I’ve been super busy over the past few weeks doing meal prep, traveling, working, and training.  Here is a little update, including some thoughts on my training and prep going into the Phoenix Marathon (just three more weeks!) and as I wrap up my 12-week cut on the Renaissance Periodization diet.  Plus, my pre-race to-do list!

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Year in Review 2016

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Dear readers,

2016 has been a doozy — filled with epic highs (emotionally and in terms of altitude), big life questions, one terribly disappointing election, and many miles in the air and on my feet.  You can check out my goals for 2016 here  and my upcoming goals for 2017 here.  Thanks a million to all of those who supported me and brought joy to my life this year.

To recap, here are a few facts about 2016…

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Goals and Race Schedule for 2017

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Each December, I like to sit down and write out my goals for the coming year.  Last year I set several goals, outlined here.  I hit many of them, including my goal to run four marathons in 2016 (I did six), go camping (check!), hike and run trails (I did that a bunch), read Move Your DNA (done), and run a marathon under 3:45 (woohoo!).  A few others, not so much.

But I have only one goal for 2017:  B. Q.

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Last Two “Peak” Weeks Before the Kiawah Island Marathon

IMG_2722.JPGA few weeks ago, after my Chicago Marathon recovery, I mapped out my mini, 5-week training plan for the Kiawah Island Marathon.  The first week of real training was a high (for me) mileage week, with a record 54 miles (!!!!!!).  I had two other higher-mileage weeks planned after that one.  Then the election and tons of work (gotta make that hours requirement for 2016…) and the darkness of daylight losings time and maybe some fatigue from those 54 miles and a head cold and various other excuses happened.  (If you haven’t seen my listicles about backpacking, DC, and vegetarian airport food, which I posted over the past couple of weeks, check them out.) But here I’ll report what I got done in terms of training…

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Top Tips for Visiting Yellowstone and Grand Tetons (After Running the Mesa Falls Marathon)

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As I reported earlier this week, I recently completed the Mesa Falls Marathon in Idaho (no, you da ho).   But that was just the beginning of the fun.  The race was conveniently located near Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, so of course I had to check them out.  Especially because the National Park Service had just celebrated its centennial!  Woohoo!

I LOVED these parks and they each had unique vibes and attractions.  Here are some of my top tips for when to visit, where to stay, what to eat, and what to do in Yellowstone and GTNP.  Oh, and a few notes on things to do in Jackson Hole, Wyoming during the summer.

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Mesa Falls Marathon 2016 (Marathon 18, State 13- Idaho)

Sorry for the delay!  I traveled around after the Mesa Falls Marathon (post on that travel to come!) and wasn’t able to do a write up right away.  But here it is!

Race:  20th Annual Mesa Falls Marathon

Location: Finish/packet pickup was in Ashton, Idaho, in eastern Idaho about 2 -2.5 hrs from the Jackson Hole, WY airport.  Note for sea-levelers: Ashton is 5,259 feet above sea level (and note, a week of easy running at a similar altitude is not sufficient acclimation).

Time of Year: End of August, on a Saturday. 

Weather:  Can vary, but for me it was wonderful — started in the high 40s at 6:30 am and ended in the low 70s, I think.  Temperature felt good the whole time running but a little cold standing at the start.

Number of Runners: 146

Other Races:  Half marathon, 10K, 5K, fun run.

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