• Four Races I Am Really Excited About

    August 9, 2013

    Hi, friends! Happy Friday!

    I have all sorts of running stuff to share with you this morning. Are you ready?

    First things first: I’m running the Falmouth Road Race (aka “my favorite road race ever”) this coming Sunday! Woohoo! A huge THANK YOU to ESPN Boston for hooking me up with a bib!

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    The Falmouth Road Race doesn’t have race day bib pick-up, so my friend Jess and I drove down to Falmouth after CrossFit last night to get our stuff. She offered to drive, so I offered to bring snacks!

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    It took us about an hour to get to Falmouth High School (where the number pick up and expo are being held), which was actually record timing for a drive to the Cape in the summer. Cape traffic = the worst. Driving down Thursday night was definitely a great decision!

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    We arrived around 8:00 PM, about an hour before closing, so the expo was pretty quiet, and Jess and I were in and out in no time at all.

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    Thought these shirts were fun…

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    I love the bibs for Falmouth. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a pretty one!

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    Remember when I told you guys I was training for a half marathon this fall? Well, that’s only part of the truth. I’m actually training for the Hat Trick at the Runner’s World Half & Festival.


    Hat Trick? I’ll be running a 5K, 10K, and half marathon all in one weekend. I’ve never run that many races in such a short period of time, so I’m excited for the challenge!

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    I’m also excited about the fabulous group of bloggers who are attending the Runner’s World Half & Festival with me. Runner’s World is sponsoring a group of us for the weekend. Check out who’s coming!

    Awesome group, right? I am psyched to spend time with this group of bloggers. I’ve been following many of them online for years now, so I’m really excited to meet them in person—and, obviously, RUN with them! I can’t wait!

    If you’re looking for a race to run this fall, the Runner’s World Half & Festival is hosting a 5K and 10K on Saturday, October 19th as well as a half marathon on Sunday, October 20th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Or you can run all three races for the Hat Trick! In addition to the races, the weekend is full of speakers (the keynote is Dave McGillivray, director of the Boston Marathon and Falmouth Road Race), seminars (by Bart Yasso and Mark Remy just to name a few), kids races, live music, and lots of other great stuff. Runner’s World is also offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced training plans for all of these races, including a special one for the Hat Trick. Cool!

    Think you want to sign up? Here’s the link to the registration page: http://rw.runnersworld.com/rwhalf/register.html. And you can get 10% off the cost of registration for the half marathon and Hat Trick with the special codes below:

    • 10% off Half: carrotsncakeRWHalf
    • 10% off Hat Trick: carrotsncakeRWHat

    Please let me know if you end up signing up. It’s going to be a blast!

    Health News & Views

    I recently started training for a half marathon, and, as I increased my weekly mileage, I found that it was more and more important to properly fuel my runs. The day after a training run, I started to notice that my muscles didn’t recover as quickly and my performance was more sluggish than in the past, so I began to focus more on good nutrition, especially after my workouts.

    I found that drinking a smoothie post-run has been essential to my recovery time. All of the nutritious ingredients that I include in them help fight inflammation and promote quick repair and healing inside my body, which is important for overcoming soreness and getting me out the door for my next workout.

    This smoothie recipe is one of my favorites for post-workout recovery. It includes a number of nutritional powerhouses that also have recovery benefits. Bananas, for instance, provide a healthy dose of potassium, which is essential for replenishing electrolytes which are lost through sweat. And, the best part about this smoothie, besides doing amazing things for your body, is that it tastes great too!

    The Ultimate Post-Workout Recovery Smoothie for Runners

    Questions of the Day

    Have you ever run more than one road race in a week/weekend?

    What race are you looking forward to this fall?

    P.S. Check out my recent post on The Laughing Cow blog for Mini (No-Bake) Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes! OMG, they are so good!

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    { 15 comments… read them below or add one }

    Sam August 9, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I’m signed up for the half and am super excited for it. Initially because it winds through my hometown but now because all these bloggers that I read will be there! That’s awesome that you are tackling the Hat Trick. I thought about it but decided I’m not quite ready for that feat of athleticism yet. Maybe next year!


    JuJu August 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Ahhh so you exciting you are running the Hat Trick in B-town! My sister and I are planning on running it as well, it will be beautiful run in the fall! My sister wrote a guest post for you on training for a half marathon during her stint in the Peace Corps…it would be fun to run into you!


    Suzanne August 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Love the Falmouth Road Race, I have a cabinet full of mugs…still on ACK so didn’t sign up this year. Good luck to you, looks like a nice weekend for it!

    Thinking Tufts 10K in October…


    Holly August 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I’d love to do the Falmouth road race. race. This is inspiring as I’m doing a 9 mile race tomorrow. City to the ocean. I’m pumper now! Great post. 🙂


    Janette H. August 9, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I signed up for the Hat Trick months ago!! I am in week two of my training plan and am looking forward to the races. This will be the first time I run multiple races in the same weekend!


    jenny August 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I did the Runner’s World Hat Trick last year and had a blast! Wish I could do it again this year but have to miss it for a wedding. Have so much fun and enjoy the area up there as well. My husband played baseball with the Iron Pigs there for a season and we absolutely LOVE it – that was the reason we even registered for the races last year!!


    Jenn B August 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    How long are the discount codes good for? I’ve been planning on signing up for the Hat Trick and don’t want to miss out on the savings! Thanks for sharing!


    Tina August 9, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I’m not sure. You probably have a few weeks to use it. I’ll ask RW!


    Jenn B August 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

    @Tina: Ok, thank you!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 10, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I’m running my second 1/2 marathon that weekend (not the Runner’s World but in Des Moines) but I should admit I’m really intrigued by the Hat Trick…;)


    Jessica @ Keeping Mommy Sane August 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I am running Falmouth too (for the first time) and I hadn’t seen the bib since my friend picked it up for me. So pretty! And how perfect does the weather look?!


    Jess August 11, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I would love to say that I have run more than one race in a week/weekend, but I am yet to do it. It is now something on my hit list to do though, after reading how excited you are about it!
    Also wanted to say that the smoothie looks good, I will have to give that a try post runs. thanks!


    Peach August 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Hope the race today went well for you! Mad props for the hat trick event… I’m far too much of a rookie runner to attempt that, but maybe one day! 🙂


    Jenn B August 18, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    My boyfriend and I just signed up for the Hat Trick! We’re so excited! It’ll be the first time we run multiple races in a weekend.


    Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) October 14, 2013 at 6:47 am

    So glad I just found this post! I am doing the 10k…best of luck!!


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