Four Races I Am Really Excited About

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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: 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!



  1. Whoa, whoa you were holdin’ out with those chia seeds bars girl! JK thank you again for the bib and the company!

  2. Since I read this I have been looking like crazy for a Hat Trick In Los Angels!! Do you know of any of these races out west????

  3. I am excited to run my first runDisney race, I am running the Disney Wine and Dine half marathon with my sister in November. Two big reasons I am excited about this race: it is my sister’s first half marathon and I get to run with her and I will be in DisneyWorld for my birthday weekend!
    I am also training for the Reebok Spartan Beast in December, 12+ miles and 25 obstacles!!! Strength training is super important so I am trying to keep up with mileage and weights this fall.

  4. I ran the Hat Trick last year and absolutely loved it! Bethlehem is a beautiful area… but get ready for some serious hills!!

  5. I am also training for a half marathon (my 1st!), so I appreciate the smoothie recipe! I am on a huge smoothie kick right now – I love seeing how many fruits/veggies I can pack into one. But I am super impressed that you’re doing a Hat Trick! Good luck!

    Also, do you think it’s better to do long training runs on an empty stomach (first thing in the morning) or a hour or two after breakfast? I want to have enough energy to complete my runs, but I don’t want to feel sick halfway through!

    1. I ALWAYS eat before I work out because I hate exercising on an empty stomach (I feel like I have no energy), but that’s just me. It really depends on what works for you and, of course, how long your workout lasts and its intensity. I’d play around with it and do what’s best for you!

  6. I ran the hat trick last year. I wont be doing it this year because i have a marathon the weekend before, but it was a fun race. Dont go out too fast in the 5k.

  7. I am running my first set of back to back races at the end of this month. First up is the Hood to Coast relay with Nuun Hydration. That will be about 19ish miles in two days. Then the following weekend I will be running the Dumbo Challenge, a 10k and half back to back. I will let you know if I survive!!! Hopefully by doing a lot of running on tired legs this summer I will be prepped for the races. Good luck at Runner’s World! It’s on my must run list – maybe next year 🙂 – Lisa

  8. I have never run more than one race in a weekend, I am sure I could but would be tough! I would love to do that Runners World Challenge but I am scheduled to run the Hershey Park Half that weekend!

  9. I can’t imagine three races in one weekend!
    And those shirts are awesome.
    No races for me this year, except I may do a 5 K for cancer awareness in October, but that’s more for fun!

  10. I am running Falmouth too!!! I am super excited, this is only my 2nd race and I am terrified of the hills but my only goal is to finish and have fun!! Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day down the Cape!!

  11. Love that tshirt! I’m running in the Bermuda Triangle challenge this coming January (yes, I live in Bermuda :)) It’s a one mile, 10k, and half marathon weekend event. I’m most nervous for the one mile! Good luck!

  12. I am an early morning runner too (4:15!) so I don’t eat before I run. I have started going to yoga right after our run so I ensure that I stretch enough to prevent injuries. Do you think it would be better to have the smoothie between the run and yoga or would I still benefit from the potassium etc. if I wait the extra hour?

    Thanks! Love your blog

  13. OK so now I am pumped about the RW race..I had already signed up with a friend of mine and now a bunch of my favorite bloggers are running too. Awesome! I hear it is an awesome and really well run weekend.

  14. I’ve never run more than one race in a weekend, it would be an interesting challenge. THe race I’m most looking forward to this fall is my first marathon–Mount Desert Island Marathon in Bar Harbor on Oct 20th. It’ll be my first trip to both Boston and Maine and I’m super excited!!!

  15. I’m running the Harrisburg Half on September 8th! It’s my 4th one, but maybe I’ll have to go for 5 and join you guys in Bethlehem! Hope you love PA! You should visit Hershey and Harrisburg while you’re here. 🙂

  16. Good luck at the race this weekend — and that is beyond cool about the hat trick — sounds like a blogging celebrity conference. I so wish I could go!

  17. I’m looking forward to running the Tower of Terror 10-miler in October at Disney World! I’m also looking forward to running my first 5k in September (I started with a half marathon as my first race…I’m crazy). It benefits sea turtle conservation, one of my favorite animals and an animal I have done a lot of work with, so of course I had to sign up!

  18. Wow, go you! I’ve never run more than one race in a weekend. This fall (next month, ah!) I’m running a half marathon on a Sunday and the Brewers 10k the following Saturday. I’m really excited about both the events!

  19. The Hat Trick sounds like so much fun – and a fantastic group of bloggers you’ll get to hang out with! I’m running two half marathons two weeks apart from each other in the fall, which will be the most I’ve ever raced in a short time period. Would love to do a multi-race weekend someday!

  20. I live right by Bethlehem and have been contemplating one of the races. Might have to now that I know all these great bloggers are going to be in the area! It’s a neat area and a great backdrop for a race (or three)!

  21. I wish there was a race series that was closer to me! That 3-in-1 weekend sounds awesome! Of course-I wish there were ANY races closer to me…southeast Missouri doesn’t have much to offer unfortunately:(

  22. I ran the Goofy Challenge (half then full) at Disney in January! It was a blast and my legs never felt better after the run which is weird. In January 2014 I’m tackling the Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, half, full; Thurs-Sun). The best part is my brother decided to run his first marathon at Disney with me!! I’m SO EXCITED!

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