Flashback Friday: 2017 Year in Review

Flashback Friday: 2017 Year in Review

As 2017 draws to a close and we ramp up for 2018 races, we wanted to take a moment to look back at this year’s races.

We hope you enjoy our race trailer and some of our favorite race photos from this year.

2017 RunAllTheRaces Stats:

  • 5K = 46
  • 10K = 23
  • Half Marathon = 31
  • Full Marathon = 11
  • Ragnar Trail Relay = 2
  • 10-Miler = 1
  • 5-Miler = 1
  • 3.5-Miler = 1
  • Total Races = 116
  • Total Miles = 1,027.9
  • TOTALLY FUN

Stay tuned for the sequel – it’s due out in December 2018 😉

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15826523_10211728439469609_7783300244304885711_nHow was your 2017 racing season?  What was your favorite running memory from this year?

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Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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Countdown to runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2018: Healthy Recipes from Cigna

Countdown to runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2018: Healthy Recipes from Cigna

One of the reasons the ladies from Run All The Races run all the races is that we like to eat – like REALLY like to eat.  And you can bet that we will be indulging a bit following our 5th Dopey Challenge [5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon races over one long weekend] – but it’s important to make better choices day-to-day [and especially the days leading up to a big race weekend].

Together with our friends from Cigna, we offer these tips and a bunch of yummy recipes you can try to get yourself race (and life) ready.

Just like a car cannot go the full distance with only half a tank of gas, the same concept is also true for our bodies. Here are some ways to help you properly fuel your body:

  • Don’t Skip Meals: When feeling starved, you are more likely to over eat at the next meal and choose fast foods and snacks. Head off temptation and eat regularly.
  • Eat Balanced Meals: Eat for nutrients and health, not necessarily for taste. Meals should include a balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
  • Drink Plenty of Water: We have all heard this but sometimes don’t do it. A good rule of thumb is to drink 16 ounces of water two hours before your workout. For workouts over one hour, try to drink 4-6 ounces every 15 minutes. Once you’re done, continue hydrating to quench your thirst.

Check out some great quick and healthy meal ideas (and get the recipes) from Cigna below:

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Check out the video above and get the recipe for Eggs-traordinary California Avocado Breakfast Muffins here.

Help your mind and body get started in the morning with this delicious, healthy recipe. Avocados are rich in potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure.

 

Why this recipe is great for athletes: 

This is a quick make ahead high quality protein breakfast!

Because it is made ahead of time it’s a quick grab, heat and go morning pick me up!

Eggs are great protein source to fuel workouts and the vegetables add fiber and potassium.

Avocadoes are a great source of heart healthy fat to keep hunger at bay. They also are a great source of vitamin B6. B vitamins help the body convert food to energy which is particularly important for athletes as they train; their bodies need to access that energy easily.

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Eating healthy is easier than you think. Check out Cigna for quick, healthy options for you and your family, such as:

  • Blueberry bananas overnight oats
  • Crockpot butternut squash, kale, and bean soup
  • Crockpot sweet potato chipotle chili
  • Lemony pesto pasta with edamame and almonds
  • Peanut butter overnight oats
  • Pumpkin cranberry granola bites
  • Quinoa black bean crockpot stuffed peppers
  • Roasted chicken legs with potatoes and kale
  • Super seedy granola bars
  • Three-bean vegetarian chili

Check out the video below and get the recipe for Double Spinach Pasta Casserole with Pesto and Asiago Cheese here.

Pasta casseroles are perfect for any occasion. Try this delicious spinach pasta casserole. It’s good to share with family and friends. In addition, a half-cup of spinach greatly exceeds your daily dose of vitamin K, which helps build strong bones.

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The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice. You should always consult with your doctor and consider all relevant factors when making decisions related to your health care.

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Thanks for following along –

The Ladies of Run All The Races
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Cigna_logo4What’s your favorite heathy (and delicious) meal?  Share it with us!

Use #CignaRunTogether and #WDWMarathon to join the conversation on social media.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RunAllTheRaces, Instagram @RunAllTheRaces, and like us on Facebook/runalltheraces.

Any questions, please reach out to us at runalltheraces@yahoo.com.  We’re happy to help!

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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Countdown to runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2018: Diet Guidelines to Prepare to Race with Cigna

Countdown to runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2018: Diet Guidelines to Prepare to Race with Cigna

Fuel your body with a healthy diet.

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The ladies of Run All The Races and Cigna applaud your efforts to reach your full athletic potential and, because we know that running a half or full marathon demands a lot of energy, we wanted to offer a few nutritional tips to get you started on the right foot and help you stay energized during those long training runs.

  • Get a head start with a healthy breakfast. If you exercise in the morning, make sure to get up early enough to eat breakfast. Most of the energy you acquired from the previous night’s dinner will be used up by morning and your blood sugar may be low. If you plan to exercise within an hour after breakfast, eat a lighter meal or drink something to raise your blood sugar. Emphasize carbohydrates for maximum energy.
  • Check your portions. Be careful not to overdo it when it comes to how much you eat before exercising. Eating too much can leave you feeling sluggish, or worse, upset your stomach. Eating too little may not give you the energy you need to feel strong throughout your workout.
  • Pack a snack. For snacks before and during training, do what works best for you. Snacks eaten right before running may not provide you with substantial added energy, but they can help keep your blood sugar up and prevent distracting hunger pains. A healthy snack is especially important if you plan a workout several hours after a meal.
  • Refuel after you exercise. To help your muscles recover, eat a meal that contains both protein and carbohydrates within two hours of your exercise session. If you’re not hungry after your workout, drink juice or a sports drink to provide replenishing carbohydrates.
  • Drink up. You need adequate fluids before, during and after exercise to help prevent dehydration. Water is generally the best way to replace lost fluids. However, if you’re exercising for more than 60 minutes, consider having a sports drink to help maintain your body’s electrolyte balance.
  • Train your stomach. Training your stomach is just as important as training your muscles. You wouldn’t try out new sneakers during a race, and likewise, you should never try a new nutrition routine during a race. Treat your long runs like the race, and practice consuming different types of foods during your training so that you don’t have any surprises on race day.

The bottom line is to eat right to finish strong!

Finding the time to cook a healthy meal can be a challenge. Allison, a #CignaHealthCoach, shares techniques that she uses to ensure that there is always something nutritious in the refrigerator.

  • Make a grocery list before going to the store
  • Make sure you have healthy foods (that you actually like) available at your house [See Tip #1 above…]
  • Make dinner – a crockpot can be can be set overnight so you’ll have lunch and/or dinner ready in the morning when you get up
  • You can soak oats overnight in the fridge with your favorite fruits so you have breakfast ready and waiting in your fridge when you get up
  • Make double or triple the any recipe you make – you’ll have leftovers you can eat later in the week or freeze
  • Soup and stews (which can be made overnight in a crockpot) are great freezable options that can be ready in a jiffy when you need them

Knowing how to fuel your body the days leading up to a race, as well as during and post-race, is important if you want to finish feeling great. Philip, a #CignaHealthCoach, shares tips on foods that can help you fuel your workout and make proper nutrition part of your training routine.

  • In the week leading up to your race: Focus on complex carbohydrates; this ensures your body has glucose available for your training runs
    • Examples of complex carbohydrates: Whole wheats, lentils, yams
  • Night before your race: Focus on simple carbohydrates; this ensures your body has spike in glucose to support your race day effort
    • Examples of simple carbohydrates: White rices, cereals. breads
  • During your race:
    • 30 minutes or less: Good old water is generally all you will need
    • 60+ minutes: You will need to replenish your body’s glucose
      • Examples of on-the-run options: Gummie Bears [YES – that’s correct – gummie bears, #CignaHealthCoach Philip is my new favorite person!]

Follow these diet guidelines along with the other tips and training information available on Cigna.com.

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The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice. Always consult your doctor for appropriate health advice and guidance, including prior to starting a new diet or exercise program.

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Thanks for following along –

The Ladies of Run All The Races
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Cigna_logo4Use #CignaRunTogether and #WDWMarathon to join the conversation on social media.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RunAllTheRaces, Instagram @RunAllTheRaces, and like us on Facebook/runalltheraces.

Any questions, please reach out to us at runalltheraces@yahoo.com.  We’re happy to help!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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Race Report: California Kiley Runs San Francisco

Race Report: California Kiley Runs San Francisco

Hi everyone! California Kiley here with another California race! Even though I’ve been exploring world of 5k fun runs basically all summer long I had a race was a little longer. The 40th San Francisco Marathon. Even though I ran the full back in 2015 and said it was a one and done race and could move on from the SF series they handed us a new challenge.

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The Golden Gate Bridge

20642217_10155592774853252_1527115233_oFirst let me break down this huge marathon for you, they have a 5k, 2 different course half marathons, the full marathon and the ultra marathon. All run on Sunday and all take you on a journey of San Francisco. The first time I ran this race way back in 2010 to participate in their final “California Dreaming Series,” I fell in love with running in San Francisco. It was just awesome and that one race would send me back up there a few times a year to run different SF races over the years. I took a 3 year break from the SF Marathon series till 2013 when I traveled up there for the race to start their new “half it all challenge.” Run the first half and the second half in back to back years and get your super cool 2nd medal. During that time they were partnered with my favorite 20662746_10155592774473252_568736562_ofull marathon the LA Marathon and had challenge if you ran the LA Marathon and one of the SF halfs or fulls in the same year and you guessed it you get another medal. (Do you see a trend here??) Once you finish the “Half it all Challenge” then if you run the full you are now part of their “52 Club” and give you a sweatshirt on your 3rd year. So once I finished those 3 years I thought we were done and I let my “legacy fall in 2016. What we didn’t know was if we had run anything in 2016 this year we would have been gifted the 5 year legacy water bottle! This year they offered their 40-40 challenge which was if you ran the full marathon or half marathon in the last 2 years you qualified for their 40-40 challenge. This is a onetime never going to happen again (well until the 50th anniversary lol) kind of race. My friend that I ironically met while running their first half during our “half in all challenge” start said we have to go! So the idea of running the full on its anniversary of the full marathon made tons of sense….ON PAPER!

This year I have run more full marathons they I ever have in one year. After Big Sur I felt I could handle anything so I was talked into yet another full marathon. The race is iconic because you get to run over the Golden Gate Bridge on the first half, full marathon and ultra. It’s always a cool experience and I have run over the bridge now 3 times since starting the SF Marathon. I’m sure many others have run it more but I’m a socal girl so even though a lot of people think “oh it’s in California,” it’s not overly close so it’s still travel race for me even if it’s short travel.

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ALL the BLING!

This year the weather was great but know if you are set to run the full marathon here it’s two different types of weather. Cold on the bridge and warm thru the finish. This race will take you thru Fisherman’s Wharf, into the Presidio, across the bridge and around the scenic lookout and back over the bridge. Leaving the bridge you are around mile 9 and heading for the hills of San Fran. The finish of the first half ends in Golden Gate Park. The second half starts nearby with a later start time. It sends you thru the whole park and I refer to those as the “dark miles” it’s quiet and a ton less people so you are just alone with your “marathon thoughts.” For me this year they were dangerous thoughts as I literally didn’t want to keep running from 16 to 17. There were many miles of extreme tiredness where just walking was a challenge. Leaving the park you head into “The Haight” which is known as an old hippie town and in the 1960s it was a site to see as my parents always told me. After the haight you journey thru more of the streets of SF heading back to the Embarcadero which is your finish. Mile 25 wraps around the San Francisco Giants stadium and almost every year I’ve run the race it’s been a game day so there is a ton of crowd support. If you love huge races that run thru amazing cities this is a great race. I strongly recommend that you make a trip up and run one of their races. Marathon has a cut off of 6 hours and while it’s not as hard of a cut as Big Sur you will get pushed to the sidewalk and not finish under the actually finish line. Even coming in later most of the finish line stuff was shutting down so keep that in mind when you are training.

Hope everyone’s summer running is going well stay tuned for more 5k fun runs coming soon!!

California Kiley

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20676960_10155592774178252_1681002189_oHave you run a series of challenge races?  

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RunAllTheRaces, Instagram @RunAllTheRaces, and like us on Facebook/runalltheraces.

Any questions, please reach out to us at runalltheraces@yahoo.com.  We’re happy to help!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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