Forging my Own Path

“Forge your own path” is my mantra for 2013. I have to find my own way, follow my heart, and do what I think is right for me.

There will be no resolutions. But there will be changes. My goal for 2013 is staying injury free. That’s about it. PRs will have to wait. To help me get to Boston Marathon uninjured, I have hired a new coach: Malcolm Campbell. Malcolm recently defended his Master’s National XC Club Champion title at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. I interviewed him after his win in Seattle last year. He ran 2:22 at both Grandma’s Marathon and Twin Cities Marathon in 2012, and is now gearing up to run Boston. I’ve known Malcolm for over 20 years; he’s been an elite athlete for longer than that. As teenagers we ran for the same team, trained on the same track, raced the same cross-country races. He knows the type of runner I am and this gives me confidence that his training plan will work for me. If you’re looking for a running coach I recommend checking out his coaching site.

I’m looking forward to training for a marathon again. I’m sure I’ll eat those words pretty soon, but during a very windy and cold 7 miler yesterday I felt strong and relaxed while others were complaining about the cold and how far we were running. Sure, they had reason to do that as they’d run 10 miles the day before, and I had reason to feel good because I haven’t been able to run much and I’m still in that “I’m so happy to run!” phase. I’m not expecting it to last long but I’ll take it right now.

So it’s New Year’s Eve and that often means all sorts of overindulging, especially in the liquid calorie department. If your NYE looks like this:

…Then on New Year’s Day you may be interested in this:

The ingredients are simple (don’t want anything too complicated with a raging hangover!):

8 oz OJ
4 oz almond milk
2 handfuls frozen cherries (optional: hold bag against throbbing head)
2 handfuls frozen pineapple
3 scoops Orange Pineapple GU Recovery Brew

To make: Throw everything in the blender, turn it on, retreat if your blender’s as loud as mine, return when it’s done. Drink.

This is also a great post-race recovery smoothie for those who are racing New Year’s Day!

 Cheers, and Happy New Year!




  1. I needed this the other day! I woke up hurting and needed to get 13 miles in. I’m saving this recipe for future use. Happy New Year love! Can’t wait to run Boston with you! xoxo
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  2. Thanks for the kind words and Happy New Year! Boston, here we come!

  3. I love the idea of forging your own path! sounds like it’s going to be a great year. Also the Gu Brew recovery drink sounds fantastic! 🙂 might be needed in the future haha!
    Katie @ Katie Moves recently posted..Why wait?My Profile

    • Racingtales says:

      Thanks for commenting, Katie. Re: your other comment, I’m in VA so a du in MD would work! Enjoy the GU Recovery Brew drink – it’s very yummy!

  4. I too love the idea of forging your path and following your heart. And staying injury-free of course! Wish you all the best this year!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Jumpstarting the New YearMy Profile

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