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Green Drink and other new favorites! YUM!

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You have GOT to try this. One of the only green drinks that has not made my stomach unhappy. It has all kinds of good stuff in it!

Amazing Grass Chocolate SuperFood Drink

I have been having a scoop as my post-run chocolate milk every day. It is a little pricy though.  I found it at Sprouts for $25 for 30 servings. However, I love that is has so many good things in it to make sure I am getting good nutrition in. So totally worth it for me.

Another awesome find for me has been these Perfect Foods bars. They come in Carob Chip, Peanut Butter, Fruit and Nut, and Light Cranberry. I love, love, love the consistency and they are SO yummy. They are all natural, made with organic ingredients, gluten free, and full of protein and omega 3′s. They are about 300 calories each and have good fats in them. I have one for breakfast when I am in a hurry to get to school after a run! They really fill me up. I also find these at Sprouts in the refrigerated section and snatch them up when they are on sale 4 for $5.  Thanks to my DailyMile friend Michael for turning me on to these!

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I have been having some awesome runs lately. I am feeling good and my weight is hovering between 113 and 115. I am getting all of my strength workouts in using Core Performance Endurance.  Coach John recommended this book to me after spending WAY to much time lifting weights in the gym and becoming fatigued. This plan has been amazing for me. It is short, doable, and has really helped to strengthen my core without doing the same old boring crunches, planks, etc.

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The plan consists of 3 different workouts- strength, power, and regeneration. They are all geared toward runners, which I love! This way I know I am working the right muscles. There are also movements that you complete before you begin running. Did you know that you actually should NOT stretch before running? Static stretching muscles before running actually makes them less ready to do the work you want them to do. I never knew that before I read this book!

I had a great 22 miler at South Mountain  yesterday with Tanaya. It is still a bajillion degrees here. The mornings have been back to hot this last week. So that was a bummer. We have a cool front of 99 this week though!

In other news, my goal for the Chicago Marathon is a 2:45. That is a 6:18 pace per mile. I need a 2:46 to qualify for the Olympic Trials. I am super excited and can’t believe it is almost here. 5 more weeks!!!

Runningly Yours,


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Ahhh… Recovery…

Silly me. I thought I recovered well from marathons. Ran a PR at Boston, was walking fine the next day, same thing at San Diego.

Tucson kicked my little tail. I don’t know if it was the wind, the hills, or what, but I literally felt like a truck ran me over twice. Maybe even three times. I took a full week off (!!!) and ran 20 miles total the next week. I *may* have run those 20 miles a bit faster than advised by my new, wonderful, coach. Just *may* have done them at around 7:14 per mile rather than 8:00 or slower. I couldn’t help it! I swear!

So here I am three weeks later with my legs still achy when I run. The obvious thing would be to slow down, I know. But it is hard. I have a lot of energy! So, what’s a girl to do?

These are some of my favorite recovery tools, and I am hoping that they continue to work so that I am ready and speedy for my next race.

Ari’s fantastic [some weird] recovery musts:

1. Ice bath. I try to ice bath after every run longer than 12 miles. Usually it involves me simply jumping in our pool. However, on days like today, where I swear the pool water could have been frozen, or in the summer when the water is 90 degrees, I fill the bathtub with the cold water, take all of the ice out of the freezer, dump the ice in the bath, put on 3 sweatshirts, a hat, make some hot cocoa, and make a huge production out of getting in the tub. This involves screaming, whining, and other general merriment. I sit in it and call whomever I can to make the 15 minute ‘soak’ bearable. Ahh, ice baths. My lips are usually blue when I get out. So not normal.

2. COMPRESSION SOCKS!!! I love, love, love my CEP compression socks. They were a gift from my most lovely friend Shannon. Every runner should have these things. ( And a friend like Shannon!) Mine are black, but I am thinking I *need* the white ones too…oooo…or maybe hot pink! They are so fantastically tight and make my legs feel so good. I wonder if they make a compression full-body suit?

3. Magic Mountain Witch Doctor Cream. Ok, ok, I kid. It is actually Winter Crest Cream. But it has been blessed by a spiritual healer or something totally nature-y like that. (which I love! :D ) This stuff is so amazing. A little pricy, so I need to save my pennies to get some more, but it is fantastic!

4. Badger Balm- My second go-to cream when I am out of wintercrest. Note: DO NOT put on legs after shaving. Wait 24 hours, at least. Holy cow, that hurt. (There is Cayenne pepper in it!)

5. Phiten necklace. I have to admit here that I purchased one because Kara Goucher wears them. If they are good enough for her, they are good enough for this girl! Turns out she purchased them because Paula Radcliffe wears them. So… not quite sure if it is working or not. Maybe I need more than one. But apparently, they are covered in titanium to aid in recovery. Who knows, like the article in the link says, athletes are superstitious!

6. Foam Roller- Very painful, but does the trick. Must. do. tonight.

7. Matt’s famous Smoothies. My husband makes me a great recovery smoothie every day. He puts in yogurt, Trader Joe’s Omega-3 carrot juice (it is cinnomon-y, so good!), rice or whey protein, flax oil, and frozen fruits. Perfection!

So, what are your secrets for recovery? Do you wear Phiten? If so, do you think it works?

Runningly Yours,