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Sponsor Post: Run 13.1 and 5K

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Hi Friends- There is another super fun race coming up  the Run 13.1 and 5K put on by 1st Place Sports and sponsored by Tropical Smoothie Cafe– what a team!   I am still recovering from the Gate River Run which was a perfect race this year.  Great temperature, no rain and everyone was in high spirits. I saw the craziest food on the course this year.  In addition to the hot dogs, donuts and fruit I saw people passing out jello shots, rice crispy treats, full bottles of beer and so much more it was a hoot.  I was so happy that I was able to be seeded so I didn’t have to get passed by too many people however, during the crowded areas I did get elbowed a few times by runners passing by.

One of the greatest challenges of running is planning what are you going to eat on race day.  I am great at the carb loading but I am always nervous about what I eat and drink on race morning.  I try to make sure I eat enough calories to get me through the run and that I pre-hydrate without having to run with a full bladder.  I usually eat gluten-free bread with some Trader Joes Better’ N Peanut Butter and a banana. During the week when I am training but not racing I love a good smoothie for breakfast.  I could have a banana, strawberry, spinach, PB2 and coconut water smoothie every day practically.   Why PB2 in my smoothie vs Trader Joe’s Better’N Peanut Butter you ask?  PB2 is a powder and much easier to add to a smoothie than taking out a spoon and trying to scoop into liquid.

Are you into smoothies?  Check out Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s awesome smoothie concoctions (YUM):

  • Chia Banana Boost with Strawberries (Coconut, almonds, dates, cinnamon, whole grain oats, chia seeds & roasted banana with strawberry).
  • Chia Banana Boost with Peanut Butter (Coconut, almonds, dates, cinnamon, whole grain oats, chia seeds & roasted banana with peanut butter).
  • Acai Berry Boost TM (Acai, pomegranate, banana, blueberries & strawberries).

Don’t miss out on this fun race.  The race details are as follows:

  • Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7 am
  • The Jacksonville Landing
  • All participants receive moisture wicking, technical shirt and a sling pack goodie bag!
  • Large finisher medals for participants
  • Post-race celebration with music, beer and food

Follow along on Facebook.

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Sponsor Post: I Love The Gate River Run

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I ran my first Gate River Run put on by First Place Sports 12 years ago; and ever since then I vowed to run it every year. There is just something about getting up early, the rush of a crowd of thousands of people running together. You feel a part of something.  I have never had the feeling quite like the feeling I have running the Gate River Run.  I love running and people watching. Along the route you see people drinking Mimosa’s, drinking beer, handing out hot dogs, handing out orange slices and my all-time favorite people handing out popsicles around mile six. It feels as though the entire community is coming together. The spectators and the runners are all one even though we’re not talking to each other.

While I don’t run as fast as I did when I was 28; each  year I think this is the year that I’m going to beat my 28-year-old self. I’m not running against the person to my left or the person to my right I am running to beat my previous scores and be my best self. One of the greatest things about each race is there are people that come out every year to watch me run. My parents, sometimes my nephews, my brother but always my husband (just his excuse to blast music, make funny signs and crack open a beer before noon)!  My nephew Ryan even joined me for about 100 yards one year it is one of my favorite memories.
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I love the carbo loading on Friday and the awesome expo where you pick up your packet.  But nothing compares to the feeling I get when I crank up my radio as I drive over the Matthews Bridge on my way to the race.  Each year I play a fun, loud song that really fires me up. On March 11 I will run my 12th Gate River Run with over 20,000 of my close running friends. I can’t wait!

Check out the view from my last few races:

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gluten free jacksonville gate river run tropical smoothie cafe

Details of the Race:

Gate River Run put on by 1st Place Sports: Saturday, March 11, 15k and Florida Times Union 5k for Charity.  For more information on the 1st Place Sports Gate River Run click here.

What I eat:
1. Pasta- CARBO LOADING!!!
2. Smoothies like the Jetty Punch from Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  
Special Gluten-Filled note: If you eat gluten and love flatbreads try out the Cha Cha Sriracha Flatbread at Tropical Smoothie Cafe.  It is made with grilled chicken, mozzarella, shredded carrots, house-made roasted pineapple salsa, cilantro, scallions & caramelized pineapple Sriracha sauce on a toasted flatbread.

What I listen to: I love it- Icona Pop, Safe and Sound- Capital Cities, Fancy- Iggy Azalea, Sugar – Maroon 5.

Where I train: First Coast YMCA

Gate River Run Advice: Nutrition, Training and Preparation

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Nutrition: Mila

A few weeks ago one of our followers commented on my post about a new nutritional supplement called Mila.  She was adamant about it’s benefits to those of us with gluten-issues. She asked me if I was willing to give it a try and I thought, why not.  I had heard a little about its benefits but was excited to learn more.  I had a hunch this is something Dr. Oz had reported on and sure enough I found a link to a blog post by one of his staff members.

Mila is ground Chia seed.  Chia is known as “a super food” and each serving contains a ton of Omega -3s and 5 grams of fiber per serving. According to the blog post on DoctorOz.com “The nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and much more – even protein!”

The suggested uses of Mila include:

  • blending with yogurt, oatmeal, hummus, cottage cheese
  • Stir into milk
  • mix into pancakes, muffin, bread or cake mix
  • Toss into a salad or pasta
  • Mix into pizza sauce, pasta sauce, rice, quinoa or other grains
  • Blend into smoothies
I decided to try blending it into my morning smoothie a few times a week (it was suggested to have Mila earlier in the day and drink a lot of water afterwards).

Here is my favorite smoothie:

  • frozen Strawberries
  • frozen chopped bananas
  • a handful of greens (spinach and kale are my favorite)
  • one spoonful of almond butter
  • a few dashes of agave nectar
  • almond milk about 1-2 cups
I mixed 1 tablespoon of mila with 9 tablespoons of water and let it soak in the blender about 15 minutes before I wanted to make my smoothie. Warning, Mila is not very tasty by itself, you need to add it to something with flavor.
According to Seed4change.net Mila is very absorbent when pre-soaked in water.   Pre-soaking Mila enhances the bio-availability of Mila’s nutrients (including fiber), it hydrates and decreases removal of water from the the lower intestine.  Pre-soaking may also help eliminate bloating and stomach discomfort that some may experience (um, probably everyone reading this blog experiences this).
Here is my yummy smoothie!  I know it looks a little weird because of the greens, but I promise it is delicious and nutritious!

After a few smoothies a week I definitely noticed a difference.  I had more energy and the stomach pain and discomfort I usually felt went away.  I am not sure about how much this costs or all of the places you can purchase this, but you can try contacting Jessica at Lifemax.  I would think that you can find it at Whole Foods and Native Sun as well.

Have you tried Mila? What are your thoughts?

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