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A Marathon Takes More Than Just Lots of Running

On my first 20-miler a week ago, I discovered that the secret to enjoying this first marathon rested in more than just running lots and lots of miles. My upper abdominals, my oblique abs, my glutes – all these muscles were on fire in the late miles of this training run. My will, my drive, and my endurance had returned since having a baby and major surgery (C-section) a little over 5 months ago, but physically, my body just couldn’t quite keep up with what I was asking it to do.

The Monday after that long run, I called up the gym that I have given money to for years and yet never go (my own fault) and told them I needed someone to kick my butt for the next 10 weeks until race day. I met with one of their heads of the Personal Training department and got set up with one of their upper levels of trainers. Yes, I could have taken just any trainer, but a more experienced personal trainer was more likely to adapt their exercise prescription to my specific, more unusual circumstances of a distance runner with a deadline for performance who is coming back from still recent surgery and the effects of 9 months of stretching my abdomen with a baby inside and the effect of the hormones on all my muscles.

So I started with the new trainer Saturday morning after a hilly 10.3-mile long run with the North Texas Runners club. Boy, was I going to be sore the next day! The trainer, Jeff, did a full assessment, testing me out with different strength, balance, and range of motion exercises. I got a lot of “that’s interesting” reactions […]

By |May 24th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 13

Weekly Running Recipe-Turkey Bolognese...
By |May 19th, 2011|Categories: Latest News, Uncategorized||Comments Off

The First 20 Mile Long Run

With 11 weeks to race day, it's unusual in a novice training plan to do a 20-mile run this far out from race day. Some plans only ever have you do a maximum of 18 miles. I'm planning on doing multiple longer runs in this added time before race day so I can tweak and practice for race day for things like pace, run strategy, nutrition, apparel, and hydration.
By |May 17th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 12

Frozen Yogurt with Strawberries & Lime. In a small bowl whisk together the yogurt, sour cream, honey and vanilla. Set up four muffin papers in a muffin pan. Fill each muffin paper ¾ of the way up and place in the freezer for about 1 ½ hours or until firm to the touch. In a small bowl combine the sliced strawberries, honey and lime zest, set aside at room temperature. This will allow the juices from the strawberries to be released giving you a syrupy sauce. When ready to serve gently unmold the yogurt and invert into a bowl. Spoon the strawberries over the yogurt and serve.
By |May 12th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Long Run Lessons the Hard Way

This week’s recap: 13 miles of midweek runs that included speedwork and hillwork, and then a 16.6 mile long run.  Total Mileage: 29.6

Hills Are My Friends

I studied the San Francisco Marathon elevation chart in detail this week. After 2 weeks of 3 workouts of mid-week hill repeats on a 60 foot hill climb in a tenth of a mile, I have to say… Not as scared of those hills now.

And Friends Make Long Runs Better

This weekend, I put out to my network that I was doing a long run, broken into 3-5 miles at a time, hoping someone would join me. I was thankful when Shannon said she needed a long run and would come along. Another friend Catherine decided to go out for my mile 5-10 segment. From now on, long runs will have defined segments and I’ll be willing to take company for a handful of miles as people are available. Friends help runs go by faster, so this is a a great way to hopefully pass the time with someone to run with for some parts of each long run.

Such a Painful Long Run

Even with the one thing I did right, so much was not good for that run. Many mistakes were made on this longest run so far of my training.

1.      I went out too fast. I knew what pace I was intending to do, and I thought I was running “easy” and just ignored the number on the GPS watch. First 4 miles were entirely too fast. The first mile was 1 min, 25 seconds too fast. Oops
2.      I intended to take a short walk break every mile to replicate the occasional giant uphills I plan to walk during […]

By |May 10th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Charity Chaser Challenge: Running for the Volunteers

As I stood at the starting line behind the plethora of people chasing their dreams, pushing through boundaries and capturing a little bit of magic at the Baltimore Marathon in 2008, I noticed that no matter how much I edged backward, one gentleman would always take a step back.  I finally approached him and told him he had to go first.  He initially refused as he wanted to be the last person across the starting line (for what reason I do not know.)  When I explained to him that I, in fact, had to be that last person to start, in order to fulfill my duties for the day, he seemed unmoved.  Finally a race official had to verbally nudge him forward. Five seconds later, I passed him.  I do not think I will have that same problem in San Francisco.

Why exactly do I need to be dead last?  Because every single one of those wonderful people in front of me is a running or walking dollar sign.  Not for me, mind you, but for the all of those whom make races possible: volunteers.  I recently wrote an article about how Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our wonderful sport. This is why I have chosen to raise money for Committed 2 Community which raises money for the organizations that do so much for the SF Marathon year after year – the volunteer groups. In the Charity Chaser Challenge, money will be raised for every runner I pass for Committed 2 Community.  Funds will go toward grants to various local charities affiliated with The San Francisco Marathon.

Whether it has been running 52 consecutive weekly marathons in 2006, running the Boston Marathon twice in the […]

By |May 5th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Hill Repeats in Dallas

This week’s recap: In terms of running, I was kind of lacking. I shortened my weekly distance by 8.5 miles. However, in terms of doing things in the running community, my cup runneth over. I directed the 5th annual Heels and Hills Half Marathon 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile. Almost 2000 women ran in cold, wet, and windy conditions to celebrate getting active. We stress providing a fun and unintimidating atmosphere you couldn’t find at a lot of half marathons. To that end, one thing we provide is 23 half marathon pacers, with finish times ranging all the way from 1:45 to 3:00. All the pacers up through 2:30 are MEN IN SKIRTS. The women participants find it entertaining, these guys keep them motivated through the course, and it takes these seasoned very fast male runners and makes them human and far less intimidating to the ladies they pace!

So it was a week that culminated in the success of providing a great running environment to so many people. All the rough moments disappear when you see the smiles at the finish line. And for some, the tears of pride and amazement at just having tackled the 13.1 miles. I think there’s a good chance I’ll look like that finishing my first marathon at San Francisco July 31st. I can’t wait!

So frankly, there just never was room in the week to get more than the 2 workouts in. But, the improvement is that in the past, the chaos and stress of race week would typically result in no runs AT ALL that week, so I did a better job of making the runs a priority and getting some in. Now that I’m past it I […]

By |May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 11

Scallop Ceviche

You will need

1 lb scallops, thinly sliced
¾ cup lime juice
zest from 1 lime
2 tsp sugar
1 clove garlic, small, pulverized
2 serrano chilies, thinly sliced
¼ cup red onion, small dice
2 T cilantro, chopped
2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
olive oil
salt & pepper
corn tortillas

In a small bowl combine the scallops, lime juice, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Let stand refrigerated for 1 hour or until the scallops no longer look translucent. When ready to serve add in the cilantro, chilies and red onion. In a separate bowl toss the cabbage with a splash of olive oil, salt and pepper.  Warm the tortillas, pile on the ceviche and top with the cabbage.

You can use shrimp or a nice white fish for this dish.  I like to combine this with brown rice and beans for a complete meal.

Bridget Batson, runner, healthy eating enthusiast, recipe contributor at Runner’s World, and head chef at Gitane, is using her culinary expertise and nutrition knowledge to help you eat right and eat well during the 2011 training season. We’ll be including a new recipe each week that not only helps you meet your nutritional needs as a runner, but tastes good as well! For more information about Bridget Batson or Gitane Restaurant, please visit www.gitanerestaurant.com

By |April 30th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Time to Step Back

Last week recap: My Training Schedule called for 34 miles. I messed up in planning and executing my shorter runs and somehow ended up doing a total of 15.35 miles instead of the 18 intended. Oops. But the midweek 6 miler felt easier than last week’s when it was my longest midweek run ever. I’m getting used to that middle length run during the week that will be a mainstay of the next 12 weeks of marathon training.

Plus I did 2.15 miles slow active recovery run the day after last week’s 16 miler, which raised my confidence some as it didn’t feel as bad as I had dreaded.

I spent Saturday morning trail running with a big group of supportive friends. The schedule I’d created called for 16 miles, so I went out planning to do 3 to 3 ½ hours on trails. Since trails are run slower, running 16 miles on trails would have been a lot longer cardio time, so when moving to trails, I suggest going by intended time of run versus intended mileage.  It was extremely hot and humid though and I finished 2 ½ hours of the run and called it a day. My abs were cramping, implying I really need to add in some core work during the week. This is a sad side effect of the wonderful trauma pregnancy has on the body (baby is now 4 ½ months old).

But a stepback week seems like a good idea. This week, I’ll pull back the mileage a little from originally planned. I’m thinking only 3 midweek runs of 4, 6, and 4, and then long run of 9-10 miles. That’s 3 rest days then, which will not be as […]

By |April 26th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off

Bridget’s Weekly Running Recipe- Week 10

Berry Banana Stuffed French Toast

You will need:

1 loaf whole wheat bread, uncut
1 ½ cups fat free ricotta
2 Tbsp honey
½ cup bananas diced
½ cup blueberries
2 Tbsp cashew butter
pinch cinnamon
1 cup non fat milk
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
olive oil
maple syrup
salt
powdered sugar

In a bowl combine the eggs, egg whites and a pinch of cinnamon; whisk until combined.  In a separate bowl combine, ricotta, honey, blueberries, bananas, cashew butter, cinnamon and salt to taste. Place the mixture in a pastry bag.  Cut the bread into slices about 3 1/2 inches thick. If the bread has a tough crust on the top and the bottom slice it off so it can absorb the egg mixture. Cut a pocket in each slice of bread being careful not to go all of the way through. With the pastry bag fill each pocket with the ricotta filling.  Place the stuffed slices in the egg mixture for 5 minutes on each side.  Warm a splash of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Place the toast in the pan and brown on both sides. Place the French toast in the oven for about five minutes or until hot all of the way through. Dust with powdered sugar and drizzle with maple syrup.

Also try this recipe with green apples and peanut butter- it’s equally as delicious!

Have this about 2-3 hours before a long run and the combo of the carbs with a little protein will keep you going!

Bridget Batson, runner, healthy eating enthusiast, recipe contributor at Runner’s World, and head chef at Gitane, is using her culinary expertise and nutrition knowledge to help you eat right and eat well during the 2011 training season. We’ll be including a […]

By |April 23rd, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized||Comments Off