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Month: January 2014

Trigger Point Massage and Gua Sha ?>

Trigger Point Massage and Gua Sha

  If you’ve been reading my weekly mileage recaps, then you’ve heard me use the terms “trigger point massage” and “gua sha” a lot lately. These are two types of therapy that I’ve recently discovered and have been incorporating into my training routine in order to treat my trouble areas: my achilles tendons and plantar fascia. I’ve had various achilles issues on and off for the past 8 months. Currently I’m dealing with sore, tight achilles after long runs. I’ve…

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Pre-Run/Race Meals ?>

Pre-Run/Race Meals

  Earlier this week, some of my fellow Hammer Nutrition athletes were talking about what they eat for their pre-run/race meals, and it got me thinking about the kinds of foods I eat before I run. I thought I’d share my favorite staple meals with you. My pre-race meal is easy. I always have a bowl of cheerios with milk, a banana, and a bagel with peanut butter. Always. Seriously, figure out what you need pre-race, and stick to it…

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How To Make Your Own Kombucha ?>

How To Make Your Own Kombucha

I recently discovered this brilliant probiotic drink called kombucha. One of our good friends is really into healthy remedies and tinctures, and he brews his own kombucha. When he started telling me all about the benefits of drinking kombucha, I really wanted to learn how to make it for myself. It’s known for fighting infection, enhancing energy levels, detoxifying, boosting the immune system and improving digestion. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of kombucha, check out this article…

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Recovery Recipes ?>

Recovery Recipes

  When you do as many workouts a day as I do, you need to make sure you’re recovering appropriately. You’ve heard me say before that Hammer Nutrition’s Recoverite is my favorite go-to product for recovery. However, sometimes it can get boring just mixing it with water or milk after a workout, so I’ve come up with a few different “recipes” to add some variety! Here are my favorite recovery recipes: 1) Recoverite Ice Cream: This is my favorite recipe to do…

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Cape Cod 50K Race Recap ?>

Cape Cod 50K Race Recap

  The Cape Cod 50K race website explicitly states, “This race is not for wussies!” Now that I’ve been there and done it for myself, I can wholeheartedly agree. Between the 35 mph winds, the loose sand and the snow drifts, these were definitely the most extreme weather and trail conditions that I have ever raced in! However, it was also one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever run in, and against all odds, I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The…

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Weekly Mileage Recap: The Last-Minute 50K Edition ?>

Weekly Mileage Recap: The Last-Minute 50K Edition

  It was a tough training week for me between recovering from being sick and having an old injury come back to haunt me. Then, after deciding to skip the Cape Cod 50K due to the weather and trail conditions, we changed our minds at the last minute and showed up at the starting line on Saturday morning still wondering what we were getting ourselves into. Looking back, I think I made all the right decisions this week in both…

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We’re heading to Cape Cod! ?>

We’re heading to Cape Cod!

  We’re heading to Cape Cod to run a 50K this morning!! Even though we’ve been tentatively planning on doing this race for a long time, it feels very spur-of-the-moment because we waited until the last minute (Friday morning) to decide for sure whether or not to go. We’ve been keeping an eye on the weather down there because this is really a just-for-fun race for us, and there’s not much point in going if the forecast points to a…

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