All American Pasta Party

What do you think of most when it comes to pre-race fueling?  I think of pasta.  Loaded with carbohydrates, just what an endurance athlete needs leading up to a big event.  Do you think pasta first?  I know based on what I have seen, most folks either prepare a pasta meal at home the night before a race, or head to the nearest Italian restaurant.

Many big races offer a pasta meal the night before.  It’s typically advertised on the race website, and is usually something you can pay for during registration, sometimes at the door.  Most pre-race pasta dinners are fairly cheap, too.  I’ve seen them ranging anywhere from $15 to $30.  Most include several choices of pasta, and/or sauce, salad, bread and a variety of desserts.  It’s a really great way to get in the spirit of the particular race you are running, and offers the opportunity to meet other runners.

Pasta dinners will many times also include a guest speaker, telling some kind of inspirational tale of our sport.  While at the pre-race pasta meal at the Blue Ridge Marathon last year, I was lucky enough to hear the inspiring stories of Bart Yasso, Bill Rodgers, and Frank Shorter.  It truly is a great way to get into the race mood and elevate your already heightened race spirit.

The full details for the pre-race pasta dinner for next years All American Marathon and Mike to Mike Half Marathon have not yet been released, but they are offering a chance to win 2 free tickets.  If you follow them on Facebook, all of the details will be there.  Here is a copy of the post from this morning.

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If you are a Twitter fan, be sure to follow them there, as well.  They can be found at @AAMarathon.

If you are a member of the military, a veteran or everyday supporter of our military like me, this is a can’t miss race.  It is truly inspirational to run.  You can score a 10% discount on race registration if you enter code “13AMB2015” in the discount code box at checkout.  Current pricing for the three events are as follows:  Full Marathon $90, Half Marathon $75, 5k $20.  If you are military (Reserve, National Guard, Active Duty or Retired) each event is $5 cheaper.  I hope to see you there, and good luck to those participating in the Facebook contest for 2 free pasta party tickets.  I’ll see you there!

Blue Ridge Marathon Photo Collage

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I am an official blogger for the Blue Ridge Marathon in 2014.  I ran this marathon earlier this year, and need to SCREAM out loud about how great it was!  I am sure 2014 will be even more fantastic!  Stay tuned for more blog posts about this beautiful race in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

I took some photos from the event this year and wanted to share them, sort of as a tease for what is to come.  When you see the following sign, you just have this feeling like things are about to get real, and fast!

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Nervous excitement?  Oh yeah!  When you pick up that Bib, and race shirt, doesn’t it make you feel a mixture of emotions?  Especially when you are about to run America’s Toughest Road Marathon…….

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As you toe the line, you have to remember why you are there.  To challenge yourself, perhaps to a higher level than ever before.  To run an absolutely amazing race in some of the most scenic surroundings you may possibly ever run.  The views, the vistas, the mountains, will challenge you and leave you breathless in more ways than one.

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Wow! Just Wow!

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Mill Mountain Star

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View of Roanoke on your run.

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Breathtaking views abound!

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One of many, uphill climbs

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Bart out of breath? Not!

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L-R… David, Amy, Bart, Janie

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Me and my medal. Proud finisher of the marathon.