Embracing the Now to Propel Forward

I cried at the track today, before I even started my workout. The smell of the infield grass, the sound of my foot strike on the track surface as I did drills; with it all memories come rushing back through the veins; the track is not just in my blood, the lessons it has taught are woven into my fibers, its magic lies deep within my soul and often times at the forefront of my heart.

Photo Credit: Michael Collins

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Michele Pettinger
Stephanie Howe Violett's Base Smoothie

I was looking for some new smoothie inspiration - not just a snack, but a high in healthy fats, satiating meal. I landed on ultra runner Stephanie Howe Violett's Base Smoothie and gave it a try - it was delicious and will definitely go in the rotation. The nutrition profile is based on how the recipe is written below. 

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Potato Crust Quiche

I know fall is in the air when I get a request for this dish. And when it's something you can eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner it's hard to say 'No.' The potato crust is delicious and so adaptable! It's pictured here as described in the recipe, but you can easily make this vegetarian by subbing sausage for a vegetarian sausage (like Field Roast Italian Sausage) or subbing with vegetables of choice. 

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Collective SevenRecipes, Nutrition
Homemade Granola

So I used to be afraid of making homemade granola, weird, right?!  Essentially it came down to texture. I tested so many recipes that came out more on the soggy than the crunchy side, and making failed recipe after failed recipe is no fun. Then I was gifted this recipe from a strength client a couple years ago, and tweaked it to what you find below.

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Tempo Smoothie

Getting through the week's last quality workout before the weekend's long run can feel exhausting, exhilarating, give a sense of relief or even celebration. Today felt like  a I'm going to need coffee in my smoothie kind of day, so I adapted from Sara Hall's recipe in the most recent Outside magazine, and here's what I did! 

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Post-Run Nutrition

The recovery starts as soon as you’re done with your run. The goal is to replenish your depleted glycogen stores and repair damaged muscle fibers. Again, if we are eating a balanced diet of carbohydrate, protein, and healthy fats throughout the day, the less you need to be worried about the makeup of this meal – you’re already doing it! 

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Michele PettingerNutrition
The Beast

I have known my BFF for over 20 years. I was there for her 3rd marathon when she said she would never run a race that long again, and I was there when she said she had just signed up for another marathon. Of course I took that opportunity to remind her of her previous declaration, after all that is what BFF’s are for, right?

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The Track is Where the Magic Happens

In my running life, I’d always had endurance, but I lacked speed. In 2004, living in Bend, OR,  I started to work with a running coach, Jimmy Clark, a long time high school track and cross country coach. We met on the track to talk about the interval workouts we would be doing.

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Michele Pettinger
P3 Energy Bar

P3 Energy Bar

I was originally gifted this recipe from a friend in Northern California. Over the years, I've tweaked it to the ratios that work for me and my family, but play with it and fine-tune it to your liking! This bar can be used for a pre-workout snack, breakfast, in-between meals; really any time of the day.

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The Magic of the Milky Way

This race report certainly turned out longer than I planned, but I feel that if I’m going to take the time to write a race report, I want it to be honest and authentic and hopefully be educational in helping someone else who wants to run 100 miles and wants to hear about what did/didn’t work for another; and hopefully help someone else prevent making similar mistakes or on the other hand help someone make a wise choice. 

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Mid-Run Nutrition

A few weeks ago, I published a piece on Pre-Run Nutrition; the next natural step is fine-tuning how you fuel during your run.  As with many aspects of fueling, timing plays an important role. When you start to fuel during a run can be dependent on your pre-run meal and the length of your run. I have athletes that fuel from every 20 minutes to every 45 minutes, depending on their physiology, length of race, and the amount consumed at each fueling.  

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NutritionMichele Pettinger