On the Beach and In the Kitchen

Hello! I hope everyone is getting in the holiday spirit and spending time with family.

Last weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Florida with my family. It was a great trip, and the weather was perfect, 70’s with sunshine! We did lots of swimming, walking on the beach, bike riding, and driving golf carts. I was very thankful to run outside in shorts and a t-shirt. I can’t wait to go back soon!

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November Meal Plan and Desserts

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I got to try sweet potato pie for the first time, and I have to say it tastes just like pumpkin pie. It was delicious! We also had homemade apple pie, which was really good too. To continue with the holiday dessert theme, we made ginger molasses cookies today. Simply amazing.

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Iron: The Secret Ingredient

Iron is a very important mineral essential in preventing anemia. Iron helps carry oxygen through our blood and into our muscles. Individuals with iron deficiency experience decreased performance, fatigue, poor recovery, and shortness of breath. Athletes have a higher risk for low iron levels because iron is lost through sweat and red blood cells are destroyed through the mechanical trauma in activities such as running.

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Recent Eats and Exercise

You know it’s almost fall when you start seeing Halloween and Christmas decorations in all the catalogues! :) I’m not quite ready, but I do enjoy the changing seasons. Pumpkins, falling leaves, and crisp temperatures are starting to work their way in. We had one more beautiful summer sunset the other night.

I love marathon training, and fall is the perfect time to increase your mileage - cooler temps, less humidity, and beautiful views. I’ve had some great marathon workouts recently including mile repeats, progression tempo, regular tempo, and long runs with marathon pace miles. Here are some highlights.

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Run Fast, Eat Slow, Say YUM!

Hello! Our garden continues to overflow us with veggies, and right now our biggest harvest is tomatoes. I would say this picture shows less than an eighth of our current tomato crop. In addition to the cherry tomatoes, we have a ton of large ones that are almost ready too. This past weekend, I used the tomatoes to make a big batch of gazpacho.

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