Race Recap: The A2A Marathon – Why We Love Small Marathons!

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A2A _marathonWe were invited to run the A2A Marathon in Ardmore, Oklahoma, by the race director -Alison Smalley.

MTA was the race’s official training partner and was even featured on the local news!

After running 23 marathons I must say . . . small town races have a special place in my heart. The A2A Marathon is friendly, well organized, and unpretentious.

Ardmore seems like the kind of place you would want to raise a family and the race volunteers are the sort of folk you would want as neighbors.

I went there expecting to make some new friends, run another marathon and enjoy a nice (kid free) weekend with Trevor. I didn’t expect to hear what they told me as I crossed the finish line (keep reading to find out).

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Fat Adapted Protein Crepes

IMG_1897Here’s another recipe straight from Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan where you learn to burn your fat as fuel!

Just because you cut out grains and added sugars doesn’t mean you can’t eat the foods you love.

These protein crepes are delicious at breakfast or any meal (especially topped with strawberries and fat adapted whipped cream) . . .

And once you teach your body to live without added sugar, these crepes make an excellent treat for dessert.

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Taking Care of Your Amazing Feet

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HiResDuring the course of a marathon the average runner will take between 30,000-40,000 steps so it’s obvious we rely on our feet a lot!

I’ve read that the running motion causes impact forces on a runner’s feet 2-3 times his/her body weight.

This episode and blog post is all about taking care of your amazing feet that survive 26.2 miles of pavement pounding each marathon.

I will give you a little anatomy lesson about the foot, and information on how to deal with problems like blisters, arch pain, plantar fasciitis and more. Your feet will love it! Continue Reading →

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How to Not Die During Marathon Training, Running

how_to_not_dieMarathoner, professional writer and guest blogger Jeremy Verdusco explores what you can do to minimize the risk of dying at a marathon

I know. It sounds snarky, but this post comes from an earnest place. People in marathon training and long-runners in general, need to approach this sport with open eyes to the risks and dangers of pushing bodies to their limits. Just as important, runners need to assure friends and family that they’ve managed and minimized those risks.

This has jumped to the top of my mind for a couple reasons. Unfortunately, the first is a tragedy. Recently, Cameron Gallagher, a 16-year-old from Richmond, Va., died after crossing the finish line of the Virginia Beach Anthem Half-Marathon.

The second reason comes from the British Medical Journal. According to their research, the most likely person to die during a marathon is a “middle aged adult man” around the age of 41.

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Video Reveals Why Being Fat Adapted Rocks!

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Yes!!! Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan is live!

Here’s a video that shows you what it means to become a fat adapted runner; three huge benefits to cutting sugars and grains out of your diet.

Angie shares the breakthrough she and I have had in our health and fitness and how you too can enjoy more energy for running and doing the activities you love, fewer sugar cravings, fewer mid-day energy crashes, and the secret to losing fat without counting calories or exercising your butt off.

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Healthy Fats for Marathoners

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We are getting ready to launch Angie’s Fat Adapted Eating Plan -Burn Fat as Fuel. This plan has revolutionized the way fuel for marathons and eat in our every day lives. (I’ve had to get new pants because I went from a size 36 to a 32!)

Here’s a quick look at the healthy fats you will want to keep on hand if you want to become a fat adapted runner. Continue Reading →

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Three Tips from The Niftiest Shoe Box Ever

IMG_1818Have you ever worn a zero drop shoe? You should try it.

I just got a pair of Skora Phase running shoes which have a zero drop from heal to toe. This forces me to pay more attention to my running form while encouraging a midfoot landing instead of a heel strike.

This is not a review of the Skora Phase, I’ve only done 2 runs so far. This post is a look at the running philosophy of the company (encapsulated on their shoe boxes) and why rotating a zero drop into your running tool box is a smart move. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Jan Seeley -Race Director and Publisher of Marathon and Beyond Magazine

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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a big marathon?

In this episode we talk with Jan Seely co-race director at the Christi Clinic Illinois Marathon in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

This race attracts more that 20,000 runners each year and was ranked as one of the best new marathons in 2014 by Runner’s World.

Jan is also co-owner of Marathon and Beyond Magazine -a bimonthly magazine tailored specifically for marathoners and ultrarunners. Continue Reading →

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