Grilled Egg, Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Cheese Sandwich

 

2014-04-06 11.15.12When there’s a day to celebrate one of my favorite foods, I can definitely dig it!

In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day (April is actually Grilled Cheese Month!), I’m pleased to share with you a grilled cheese sandwich that triples as breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t you love versatility when it comes to recipes?

Enter my Grilled Egg, Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Cheese Sandwich. Not only is this sandwich a delicious deviation from the classic, I have also ‘healthified” it for you by using whole-grain bread, bold-flavored feta cheese (lower in calories and fat than other cheeses) and adding some colorful veggies. I also opted to brush the bread with a touch of extra virgin olive oil, instead of butter, before grilling.

You can thank me later. :)

Grilled Egg, Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Cheese Sandwich
Makes: 1 sandwich

2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. oregano leaves
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste (optional)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 slices whole-grain bread
1/8 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup spinach-kale mix (or any variation of leafy greens you like)
1 Tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes (not in oil)
2 tsp. feta cheese crumbles

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, oregano, crushed red pepper flakes and black pepper until blended. Spray an 8-inch skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium-high heat.  Add eggs and cook until the edges begin to set, about 1 minute. Slide front edge of spatula between eggs and pan, gently lifting edge of eggs and tilting pan to allow uncooked egg to come in contact with pan. Continue cooking until center is just set, about 2 minutes. Flip eggs to opposite side and cook until just browned, about 1 minute; fold eggs in half (like an omelet), remove from the pan and set the pan aside. Cut the eggs in half to get 2 pieces.

Brush one side of each slice of bread lightly with olive oil. Return skillet to medium-high heat. (Side note- You can also create more dishes for yourself and use a grill pan like I did to achieve those oh-so beautiful grill marks. The choice is yours!)  Add 1 slice of bread to the skillet, oil side-down, and layer with eggs, greens, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese. Top with remaining slice of bread, oil side-up. Grill until the cheese has softened and the bread has browned, turn and brown on opposite side. Slice and eat!

How can you resist this sandwich?

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 Have a wonderful National Grilled Cheese Day!

Beth

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How to Love Running Again

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

Can you believe it’s April and the 2nd week of spring already? My how time flies!

So, I’m writing today to confess something with you. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that running is my thing and that I completed my first marathon back in November. However, since this race, something completely unanticipated has happened; I have fallen out of love with running. While I have continued running on the treadmill a few times a week, with a weekend outdoor run here and there, the passion and enthusiasm I felt at the peak of my training is missing. Sometimes I find myself making excuses not to run when before, I would make excuses to go running. It makes me feel a bit frustrated and sad that I feel this way because I don’t intend to stop running and in fact, I really want to get myself back on track.

Since I love setting new goals to kick off the start of a fresh month, I plan to nip this anti-running phase in the bud here and now. If you’re in a runner’s slump yourself, hopefully these ideas help rekindle your lost running love too!

Run Happy
One major obstacle for me has been that lately when I have gone running, I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself to reach a certain pace, distance or feel a certain way. So much so, that I often get nervous and feel butterflies in my stomach before heading out for a run. In short, I have turned running into something that causes me stress instead of a fun way to unwind and stay fit. Since keeping a positive attitude and repeating motivational mantras got me through many tough training runs, I will approach future runs the same way, remembering the enjoyment and pleasure that I get from running in order to tame the pressure. I’ll also stop dwelling on my watch and run based on how I feel, rather than the numbers. In other words, I will:

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Reflect on Running Past
During my training for the NYC Marathon, I could not have been more infatuated with running. I thought about it all the time, felt giddy while pondering my next long run and was on cloud 9 after completing my training runs. If looking forward to getting up early on a Saturday morning to run 20 miles isn’t love, what is? To help me remember how exhilarating and rewarding I once found running, I recently looked back through some of my previous posts about marathon training and flipped through the photo album my brother-in-law surprised me with this Christmas, and guess what? It really gave me a boost! Whether it’s looking back through race recaps, running photos or pulling out old race bibs, doing so is sure you take you back to fond memories.

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Buddy Up
Many people find that running with a buddy or a group helps keep them accountable, motivated and committed. If you’re like me and prefer to tackle runs solo, try this tactic. Identify a fellow runner with whom you can share your weekly running successes and challenges.  I chose a runner friend from work who had also expressed feeling ho-hum about running over the past few months. Our plan is to strive for at least 20 miles per week for the month of April.  This may not sound like much, but after averaging 15-ish miles a week lately, 20 is a reasonable and achievable goal for both of us.  It sounds basic, but with the elements of accountability and friendly competition in place, I’m sure it will keep me inspired. Plus we have a fun celebratory reward to look forward to! :) If you would rather not share details about your weekly runs with someone, try an app like RunKeeper or Endomondo to push yourself.

Change is Good
Since I often run from my house, instead of driving to a starting point, I have become pretty bored with my running scenery. Moving forward I plan to change up the views and try 1 new route a week. When training, I loved using MapMyRun to plan long runs in advance so I was sure to reach my target mileage without having to run in circles at the end. Don’t you hate when that happens? I have a good idea this tool will come in pretty handy now too.
I’m also going to spice up my running style from the same ole mid- to longer-distance, even-paced run to runs that include sprint/jog intervals. I used to do this a few years ago and not only did my runs go faster, they challenged me in a different way and greatly improved my overall long distance running pace. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Indulge in Retail Therapy
So what does shopping have to do with getting re-inspired to pound the pavement? Well, if you’re anything like me, you can’t wait to put something new into action! If you’ve been rocking the same sneakers, running shorts or watch for quite some time, treat yourself to some new gear! As sad as it made me to retire the beloved Sauconys that I wore in training and during the marathon, I finally took the plunge.  I have been a loyal Saucony wearer for my past 5 pairs of running shoes, but chose to shake it up with Brooks Ravennas and couldn’t be happier with my choice.  I also traded my gigantic Garmin Forerunner 205 (a.k.a. my Inspector Gadget watch…haha) in for the Garmin 10, a much smaller and lighter watch with just as much functionality. I love it and no, not just because it’s pink and stylish! ;)

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Ready, Set, Register
The last race I completed was the marathon. Of course nothing drives me more to train than when I have had a race to look forward to.  So far I have filled my running schedule with a half marathon in September, and possibly one later this spring, and a 5K this summer. Take the plunge yourself and sign up for a race in the next few months. Maybe up the ante and register for a race that’s longer than your longest race for the added challenge. Once registered, find a training plan that works for you and just do it!

Happy Running!

Beth

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Almond, Oat & Sea Salt Balls

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Hello friends!

I. Love. Snacks. That said, I’m always looking for ways to shake up snack time. As much as I enjoy diving into tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole, carrot sticks and french onion dip (totally obsessed with the new Heluva Good Greek Yogurt Dip!) or cheese and crackers on the weekends, I usually opt for something healthier during the week. The snack also has to be portable since I eat it at work or while on-the-go, which takes my fave. weekend snacks out of the runnings.

I sometimes grab a whole-grain, higher protein granola bar, but have recently been bored with the flavor options I can find. Since I have seen countless DIY granola bars, and the like, on pinterest, in magazines and on my favorite blogs, I decided that it couldn’t be that difficult to come up with one of own. So I did and you’re gonna love it! :)

Almond, Oat & Sea Salt Balls
Makes: 16-18 balls

1/2 cup almond butter (or any natural nut butter)
1/4 cup light agave nectar (or honey)
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cup old-fashioned oats
2/3 cup coarsely chopped roasted unsalted almonds
1/2 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)

In a large microwaveable bowl, combine almond butter, agave and vanilla. Microwave for 20 seconds. Stir and microwave for 20 seconds more or until nut butter has melted slightly. Stir in the oats, almonds and sea salt to combine. Using your hands or a cookie scoop, shape the mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. Place balls on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet or tray and place them into the refrigerator for one hour. Once set, transfer them to a glass reusable container and store.

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I love how you can see all of the energizing and healthy ingredients in each bite!

Do you like my festive & fun Valentine’s Day polish? :)

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I just made a batch of these this morning to take along for tomorrow’s snowboarding fuel! Our PA winter has delivered more snow than I can ever remember so the snowboarding conditions have been FAB-ulous! Check us out a few weekends ago for a snowboarding weekend getaway at Bear Creek Ski Resort. We had a blast!

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Make it a great weekend!
Beth
 
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Why Buy When You Can DIY: Red Enchilada Sauce

Hello, friends!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are refreshed and ready for the week ahead! I had a great weekend full of snowboarding, live music and winter lager at the ski lodge, running, a bit of house-cleaning, laundry and errands, plus general down-time at home. I loved every minute of it! :)

As you know I am a huge fan of making packaged and way processed foods like ranch dressing, whole wheat tortillas, taco seasoning, hummus and potato chips from scratch when I can.  Since this casserole-loving gal can’t get enough of enchiladas, I started researching how to make a DIY enchilada sauce as an alternative than the tin can-tasting, random ingredient-containing canned variety I had been using.  Just check out some of the ingredients in canned enchilada sauce—modified corn starch, sugar, soybean oil, hydrolyzed soy and corn protein, and added color.  Is it just me or do many of these ingredients seem unnecessary and just plain gross? That’s what I thought too!

After a few recipe tests, here is the shorter and cleaner ingredient list I came up with for my red enchilada sauce.

EnchiladaI’m sure you’ll agree these ingredients are much more appealing than the ones in the canned variety. What’s more? It takes just 20 minutes to whip up! That’s right—it’s that fast, so easy and tastes way better than any from a can.

Red Enchilada Sauce

Makes: 3 cups

2 cups tomato puree
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (plus more or less to taste)
Juice of 1 lime

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients and stir to blend. Heat sauce until it begins to bubble, then reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer until it heats through and thickens slightly, about 15 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and use it immediately in your favorite enchilada recipe in place of canned enchilada sauce.  Or do what I do and make a double batch so you can use one batch right away and freeze the extras for later.

Please don’t take the less-than exciting picture of this sauce as any indication of what it will taste like. I guess it’s high time for me to shop for some fun food styling props!

2014-01-12 13.20.26I rarely follow a recipe when making enchiladas. That’s what I love so much about this dish—anything goes and there are a million and one delicious variations!  They are also virtually foolproof and great for cooks of all experience levels.

Since I was trying to use up ingredients in my fridge and freezer, this is what today’s enchilada filling concoction looked like:

2014-01-19 17.39.51 In the mix—1/2 pound 93% fat-free ground turkey, 1 small onion, 1/2 cup frozen sweet corn, 3/4 cup frozen red and green pepper strips, 1 garlic clove and a can of drained and rinsed reduced-sodium black beans.

My freezer is never without an assortment of frozen veggies to toss into dishes just like this for an added nutrition boost. The same can be said for canned beans. I use them all the time to stretch meals into more portions while lending a boost of fiber, protein and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Just a few dietitian-y words of advice for you! :)

Once the filling mixture was cooked through, I wrapped about 3/4 cup of it into a whole-wheat tortilla and placed each one seam side-down in a sprayed 9×13-inch glass baking dish with 3/4 cups of sauce in the bottom.

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The amount of filling I had was enough for 6 enchiladas.  After covering the tortillas with about 1 cup of sauce and a sprinkling of Mexican cheese blend, into a pre-heated 375 degree oven they went.

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After 20 minutes, look at all that cheesy, golden brown goodness!

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And then, dinner is served! I’m not sure the roasted broccoli really went with the Tex Mex theme of the meal, but it was sooo good!

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After trying this recipe, I promise you won’t go back to buying canned enchilada sauce again. I also bet that every batch of enchiladas you make will taste better than ever!

Make it a healthy week!

Beth

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Gingerbread Overnight Oats

Hello and happy weekend!

Though the holiday season has come to a close there is one classic holiday flavor that I plan to enjoy all winter long. That flavor is gingerbread. I just love it! I didn’t realize how many gingerbread-y foods, decorations, body scrubs, lotions etc. I had in my house until I started to think about this post. For the love of gingerbread, I may be obsessed!  :)

2014-01-05 08.48.05 The Gingerbread Overnight Oats recipe I’m about to share with you was inspired by a Gingerbread Smoothie recipe I recently became acquainted with. It’s a delicious deviation from the traditional fruit smoothie and the flavors are right on. You have to try it!

Now moving onto overnight oats. If you haven’t seen or heard of this breakfast phenomenon yet, it’s as simple as it sounds. They are oats that have been mixed up with some type of liquid like milk, soymilk, almond milk, juice or Greek yogurt, and chilled in the fridge overnight. As they sit, the sponge-like oats soak up the moisture from the liquid and plump up. They also become infused with the yummy flavor of the liquid base. I was never much of a an oatmeal eater until I started to experiment with overnight oats and now I’m hooked! They are faster to make and I find the flavor and texture way more appealing than traditional oatmeal.

As breakfast options go, I would say oatmeal is one of the best because it’s loaded with good-for-you stuff.  For starters, as a whole grain vs. a refined grain, it’s richer in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber that are lost when grains are processed. Of course oatmeal also has that “stick to your ribs” quality that keeps your appetite tamed between meals. You may not know that whole grains, like oats, also contain protein. Just 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats (or 1/4 cup of steel-cut oats) supplies 5 grams of protein. Combine fiber and protein in your breakfast and you’ve scored a majorly satisfying meal! My Gingerbread Overnight Oats are bursting with 5 grams of fiber and just over 14 grams of protein per serving. Here’s how to make them:

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Mix ‘em up until they look like this and then pop them into the fridge overnight. The entire process takes less than 5 minutes!

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I use a combination of old-fashioned oats and steel-cut oats  because I like the texture better. I have tried using only steel-cut oats but they are a bit too chewy for my liking. Adding the old-fashioned oats in there strikes the perfect texture balance for me.  You could use easily sub all old-fashioned oats or all steel-cut oats in this recipe if you like. Not sure what steel-cut oats are? Check ‘em out:

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In the morning your oats will look like this.

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I add at least another 1/3 cup of milk to make them creamy and boost the protein. Then eat immediately or microwave for 45 seconds, stir and repeat until they’re nice and toasty warm. I think I will be eating these for breakfast every morning in the week ahead. The temps in PA are expected to hit all-time lows. Brrr!

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Gingerbread Overnight Oats

Makes: 1 serving

1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup steel cut oats
2/3 cup milk, plus more if desired
1 1/2 tsp. molasses
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate overnight. Microwave for 45 second intervals, stirring in between, until heated through. Add sliced banana, nuts, chia seeds or your favorite toppings and dig in!

Enjoy!

Beth

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2014: Your Year to Thrive

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It feels great to be back after a bit of a blogging hiatus and having a visit from you makes it even better!

Can you believe that the start of 2014 is right around the corner? If you’re like me you want to make this the happiest, healthiest and most fulfilling year yet. If you’re not sure how to go about this, read on!

Instead of setting the same old goals or resolutions, kick off the New Year with a fresh outlook that combines the elements of living healthy with self love, rejuvenation and overall well-being. Enter 5-to-Thrive. This philosophy encourages you to reflect on where you are with each of its five pillars—Nourish, Move, Love, Connect and Breath. Zero in on the areas that need some extra TLC and then focus your efforts on making adjustments where improvement is needed.  What’s more? Use these words as a gentle reminder or mantra of sorts if/when you begin to veer off track. For example, when times get tough, simply repeat the word “breathe” to bring yourself back to a better frame of mind before acting or speaking.

Here’s how I plan to put 5-to-Thrive into action for 2014 with focus given to the pillars of Nourish, Move and Breathe. Hopefully you’ll be inspired to do the same. :)

Nourish

If you have visited our About Us section, you’ll know that the Dietitian Duo perspective is all about keepin’ it real. That said, I have to be real with you and admit that my eating habits over the past month have been less than stellar. I have indulged in far too many Christmas cookies with milk before bed, participated in more than my fair share of holiday happy hours and have been lax with regular grocery shopping trips and cooking at home. Sometimes it’s just so darn easy to order pizza and call it a day, right? The consequence of eating this way is that I don’t feel as good and energized as I do when making better food choices.

How I will Nourish:

  • I will get back on track with regular grocery shopping to fill my fridge, pantry, purse and desk with healthy go-to options for meals, snacks and beyond.
  • I will build my grocery list with clean eating foods, a.k.a., less junk and more of the basics like whole, fresh, minimally processed whole grains, fruits, veggies, lean meats and seafood, beans, nuts and healthy oils, as well as packaged foods with a “less is more” ingredient listing.

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Move

Since scratching the New York Marathon off my bucket list back in November, I haven’t made exercise as much of a priority as I did while following my marathon training plan. Go figure that following a plan helped me remain committed. ;) I have also fallen into a bit of an exercise rut and am not really pushing myself as hard as I could be. My current routine basically includes running for 45-60 minutes outside or on the treadmill a few times a week and squeezing in a candlelight yoga class. How boring does that sound?!? No wonder I feel unmotivated!

2014 is going to be the year of breaking out of my exercise comfort zone. I will add strength/resistance training to my routine at least twice a week (have I mentioned that I would rather do any type of exercise besides weight lifting?) as well as one wild card workout a month such as a group fitness class, aerial yoga, cross fit or an elliptical or treadmill workout to spice things up.

How I will Move:

  • I will add strength training to cardio routine, twice per week.
  • I will try one out-of-the-ordinary workout a month.

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Breathe

I often find myself rushing from one moment to the next without being fully present in the moment. For example, on Monday morning I’m already counting down the minutes to the weekend, or while watching a movie with the boys, I find myself dwelling on what I need to do next. When I attend yoga at least once a week, I find that I am much better at being mindful than when I don’t attend class. My practice helps me stay focused and present during the most mundane moments of the day, as well as those ultra-memorable ones.

How I will Breathe:

  • I will attend one yoga class per week.
  • I will practice mindful meditation to observe the “here and now” instead of “what’s lies ahead.”

1040500_10201556719867028_1568805947_o Be present. Be mindful.

Now it’s your turn. Check out our 5-to-Thrive philosophy and assess where you are with each of the five pillars, then determine the actions that will help you Thrive. For additional guidance and resources, visit our Tools-to-Thrive page that includes a downloadable Goal Contract, Daily Food Journal, 5-to-Thrive Post Card, Weekly Meal Planner and more!

Connect with us via Facebook to share your story–we would love to hear from you! And head over to Pinterest to check out our newest How to Thrive in 2014 board that’s loaded with motivational quotes, tips and strategies.

Happy New Year!

Beth

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NYC Marathon Mission Accomplished

It’s official! I’m a NYC Marathon finisher!  It’s hard to believe the race was 2 weeks ago and I still feel a huge rush of excitement when thinking back to that incredible day.  All I can say is WOW! For someone that has only completed 2 half marathons and felt like I was dying at the finish line of both of them, I never in my wildest dreams imagined that some day I would scratch NYC marathon off my bucket list. It just goes to show that you should always dream big and go for it!

Our entire Big Apple race weekend was a whirlwind so I thought it would be fun to share some of my fave. pictures from expo to race to post-race celebration.  Ready, set, go!

After checking in at the New Yorker, we headed to the marathon expo. As soon as I walked in, saw the signs and felt the energy, it finally hit me that the marathon was here and I was running in it! Here’s me and my lucky race number! :)

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Part of what made this entire experience so much more special was that my sister was running too and it was also her first marathon. So awesome, right? Here we are next to the map of the course which included each of NYC’s 5 boroughs. We had a loooong way to run!

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After making our way out of the chaos of the expo, we grabbed lunch, did a bit of sightseeing and then headed back to the hotel to relax before dinner and our attempt at an early bedtime. Thank goodness for daylight savings time that night!

Check out the Empire State Building decorated in the signature orange and blue of the marathon!

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After our 4:20 AM wake-up call, 5 AM departure from the hotel and 5:40 AM departure from Staten Island, we arrived at our start village on Staten Island around 6:30-ish AM.  Whoever said it was a marathon to get to the start of the marathon wasn’t kidding! So with nearly 4 hours to go until our 10:30 race start, we bundled up, sipped cup after cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee, nibbled on snacks and nervously chatted with other runners to pass the time.  The temps were in the 40s, which would have been fine, but the gusty wind made it feel soooo much colder! Everyone was rocking these adorable fleece DD hats to keep warm.

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Miraculously, the time breezed right on by and before we knew it, our wave number was called and we headed to the base of the Verrazano Bridge.  It was right around this time that the clouds broke for some blue sky and sunshine. Perfection! :)

Once we were at the official start line, everything happened super fast. There were a few announcements, the National Anthem was sung and then the moment I had been waiting for— Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” begin to play and we were off! The bridge was very crowded and boy was it ever windy over the water, so the first few minutes of the race were a slow go. I normally despise running in the wind, but not this time. I think I had a crazy runner’s smile on my face across the entire bridge as I could see the Empire State Building in the distance and was repeating to myself “you’re running the NYC marathon, “you’re running the NYC marathon!” Pure bliss!

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Aerial shots of the race, like this one, blow my mind every time I see them. Such an incredible sight! This view is somewhere in Brooklyn which is where half of the marathon miles were run.

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My sister and I were so lucky to have an entourage of dad, mom, Nate and Bryan keeping up with us on the course the entire time.  The shot below was taken around mile 18-ish in Manhattan.  It was right around the time that I started to hit the wall a bit, feeling overwhelmed at the number of miles still ahead. I clearly remember thinking that I needed a boost—a great song to come on, a funny spectator sign to appear, anything.  Within seconds of thinking this, I looked to the left and there stood our entourage along the street! I was so excited and surprised that I starting crying but then quickly realized that crying makes it tough to breathe when you’re running. Go figure! ;)

I made my way over to them to say hi and pass out some high-5’s as I ran by. It was so awesome and just the thing I needed to push me through the next several miles.

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After more miles up to East Harlem (our old neighborhood!), I finally made it to 5th Avenue along Central Park and about 4 miles from the finish line. Can you spot me below rocking my pink and black? As much as I wanted to stay focused and take note of every spectator, fellow runner, building, Central Park detail etc. to remember the moment, I sort of tuned out. The last bit of the race is all a blur of repeating mantras and running towards that sub 4-hour finish time.

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The good news is…I did it! My official finish time was 3:58:18!!

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Crossing the finish line was crazy exciting! I crossed with a pretty big group and we all congratulated each other, snapped pictures and cheered together while making our way to the recovery station for water, snacks and one of my favorite mementos of the race—this mylar Marathon Finisher blanket!

After what seemed like an eternity because I was freezing, tired, sore and starving, I was reunited with my entourage and super speedy sis (she finished in 3:37:20!!) and we boarded the subway back to the hotel to warm up before celebrating.

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Can you tell that mom was a little proud of us!! Love.This.Picture!! :)

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Post-race celebration with champagne!

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I can’t say enough about the incredible experience I had as a runner in the NYC marathon. I doubt another race will ever compare. The amazing crowds, the scenery, the history—everything about this race made it so special!

In case you wonder how I fueled during the race, I used strawberry-flavored Clif Shot Blocks every few miles starting around 7. I’m not a fan of gels and the blocks taste great!

As encouraged by many marathon experts, I stopped for water at nearly every water station from mile 3 to the finish (unfortunately hydration packs like the Camelbak I trained with weren’t allowed). I also speed-walked through them to give my legs a quick break and so I could actually drink the water instead of splashing it all over myself. Yes, my first attempt at drinking on the run at mile 3 resulted in water going into my eyes and up my nose. Not my finest moment of the race! Haha!

Around mile 21 I started to feel really hungry so I nibbled the bites of banana that were offered at the water stations and a half of a peanut butter Power Bar over the last few miles.

After the race I drank a ton of water, snacked on salty pretzels and had a turkey and cheese sandwich before our celebratory dinner.

While I felt sore for a few days after the race, I was truly surprised at how quickly I recovered. All that training sure paid off and I was back to running by the Thursday after the race. I don’t currently have any races, with the exception of a Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot 5K, on my schedule but am thinking about a spring half marathon.

There you have it, NYC Marathon Mission accomplished! :)

In case you missed my other marathon training posts check them out:

Pre-Training Run Rituals

Saturday Long Run Prep

Bring It On: NYC Marathon Training

Happy running!

Beth

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