Miles on the road

5 days! 5 days! 5 days till the marathon! Eeek. After my 10-miler on Sunday, I took yesterday off. I returned to the roads bright and early this morning (well, actually it was still dark…) with a jog to the voting polls and an easy 8-mile run in CP. The legs felt yucky for the first 30 minutes or so, but then loosened up nicely (this is why I never run less than 3 miles! It takes that long to get out the junk…)

I am really trying hard to stay hydrated, get good sleep, and eat lots of nutritious things. I received a batch of root veggies in my most recent CSA pick-up and found myself wondering what to do with turnips and celeriac. Farmer Ted, the awesome dude who grows the veggies, inspired me with a recipe for Turnip & Apple Casserole. I don’t think I would go out of my way to make this dish again, but if you have some turnips lying around – go for it!

Turnip, Apple, & Celeriac Casserole


  • 2 turnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 celeriac roots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried raisins or cranberries
  • 2 Tbs breadcrumbs (I used crushed Fiber One, b/c that’s all I had!)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, dash of nutmeg and ginger
  • 1.5 Tbs butter


  • Preheat oven to 35o degrees and butter a 1.5 qt casserole dish.
  • Combine turnips, celeriac, apple, and raisins in the casserole dish. Dot with 1/2 Tbs butter and bake (covered) for about 40 minutes.
  • Uncover. Mix breadcrumbs, spices, and 1 Tbs butter and sprinkle over top of casserole.
  • Bake, uncovered, for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • This makes a nice accompanianment to acorn squash and cous cous or chicken!

In addition to my CSA bounty, I picked up some essentials at Whole Foods. Since I love sneaking a peek at other people’s shopping carts, I thought I’d show you what I bought!

  • Adora calcium supplements (my favorite brand!)
  • Amy’s All-American veggie burgers (perfect for a quick dinner or snack)
  • Olympus Greek yogurt – this is on sale for $1 at Whole Foods this week and amazingly delicious! It reminds me of Fage.
  • Beet Juice (for increasing my Vo2max!!)
  • Clif Shots (for miles 9 and 17 of the marathon)
  • Cookie Dough Lara bar (healthy dessert!)
  • Dried cherries (natural anti-inflammatory)

It sort of feels like taking medicine, but I’m still powering through a 1/2 pint of raw beet juice a day. I cannot wait until November 8th when I will be replacing this with BEER.

But a girl cannot live on beets and turnips alone, so I have been indulging in pumpkin ice cream with homemade gingersnaps for dessert this week. Yum! The pumpkin ice cream is from Whole Foods and while it’s good, I’m not sure I could eat it all year round. The pumpkin flavor is pretty intense!

The remainder of my final week of training will look like this:

  • Monday, Nov 1: OFF
  • Tuesday, November 2nd: 8 miles
  • Wednesday, November 3rd: 6 miles
  • Thursday, November 4th: 4 miles
  • Friday, November 5th: OFF
  • Saturday, November 6th: 3 miles
  • Sunday, November 7th: NYC Marathon!!
  • Total: ~47 miles

I’ve been doing some reflecting on my marathon training and while it’s had its ups (Philly 1/2 marathon PR!) and downs (calf pain, boo), I feel incredibly fortunate. I’ve said it before – running is cyclical. Sometimes you’re setting PR’s every week, feelin’ great, making big plans…but other times you feel unmotivated, frustrated, injured. No matter what happens on Sunday, I’ve had FUN these last 4 months. I’ve challenged my physical and mental limits, logged countless hours with my running buddies, and have enjoyed pushing my body to its potential. I’m not going to say a fast time or a PR isn’t important, but sometimes the journey is more important that the destination.

Coming up this week…My NYC Marathon tips for runners AND spectators and a preview of what I’ll be eating and wearing on race day. Whee!

Questions: If you’ve trained for a marathon, what have you learned about yourself in the process?

Is anyone else out there on the beet juice train?!

  • Oh I am totally making that turnip, apple, celeriac casserole this week!

  • Yay! I journeyed over to Whole Foods at lunch yesterday and found only one variety of beet juice for $5, so it was a no-go.

    Very curious about your race day eating plans! Still trying to figure out my own.

    What I’ve learned is that incorporating scored races (I did a ton of NYRR ones) really helped me push myself harder than when I attempted some of the long runs on my own. Had a major PR at the kickoff on Sunday! Though the race fees add up, they were totally worth it. I’m so psyched for Marathon Sunday!!!

  • Claire

    You are making me think I need to go by Whole Foods and pick up some beet juice on the way home from work. I am curious to know what corral you’re in!

  • I love your final paragraph with the marathon reflections. Running is one of those things where the process can be far and away more important and meaningful than the product. Journey > destination, indeed!

    Curious to hear more thoughts on your beet juice experiment! 🙂

  • I have a juicer, and I drink raw beet juice regularly. I had no idea it was supposed to improve VO2 Max though!

  • you’re 100% right about running being cyclical. i’ve definitely learned that i can perservere through sooooooo much. and i’ve learned that i’m a pretty damn good multi-tasker and balancer too 🙂

  • Great question on what you have learned. Need to process that before fully responding.

    I’ve heard great things about beet juice.

  • You are a brave soul for making that casserole!

  • Megan


    ps turnip casserole sounds..awful.

  • I am so jealous of you Americans and your Greek yogurt selection, the good stuff can’t be found anywhere in Canada 🙁
    What have I learned: Anything can happen and not to beat myself up over the little things. My marathon didn’t exactly go as I had planned it, but I crossed the finish line (still standing!) and that’s what matters … the next one, well, we’ll see 😉

  • Marisa

    Really enjoyed your paragraph on your marathon training reflection! Looking forward to your tips. Good luck on Sunday!!

  • Good Luck!!! Yessss I am loving beet juice! I have been juicing my own as well as cooking them to eat.

  • Your Whole Foods purchases are making me hungry! I’m not quite sure I’m tough enough to drink beet juice, though. The tart cherries look delish, though. And <3 greek yogurt- I just bought a whole case of Chobani brand from Costco and am addicted.

    And I am a first time marathoner and may or may not have based my last days leading up to the race off your plan, since I have no idea what I should do in terms of days off, etc.

    Good luck! Maybe I'll see you out there Sunday 🙂

  • the name of that beet juice makes me laugh.

    best. larabar. flavor. ever. i just bought a box of em…i’m hoping i don’t get sick of it…

    and that pumpkin ice cream looks fantastic!

  • Liz

    Is your pumpkin ice cream Sweet Scoops brand (frozen yogurt, actually)? If so, I bought it recently too…it’s delicious! But yes, very pumpkin-y. If you are a big pumpkin fan, definitely try the pumpkin macarons from Bouchon Bakery at the Time Warner Center. Amazing! I’m planning on having one as my post marathon treat:)

  • hehe, I stocked up on that yogurt at Whole Foods too – yay sales! AND HOORAY! 4 days now? AHHHHHH.

    I’m not on the beet juice train. Purple pee is scurry. But if it works wonders for you, I may reconsider. I’ve learned SO many things through this training cycle it’s hard to put into words. One thing for sure – I like having running buddies 🙂

  • Cookie dough larabar – must find!!! Sounds like my ideal bar.

    During my last marathon training go-round I learned a ton about myself. I did my last training on my own for the first time and I realized that I thrive on pushing my limits and giving more. I significantly upped my mileage and was amazed with how my body reacted.

    You’ve had a great training cycle and I think there is a big PR in your future. Best of luck to you!

    PS – I’m trying to maybe plan a blogger brunch the weekend of Nov. 20th – any interest?

  • @Megan – agreed, the turnip casserole is even more unpalatable than beet juice. you win some, you lose some…

    @Lindsey – blogger brunch sounds fun! keep me posted 🙂

  • Courtney

    what does beet juice taste like? I would love to try it but need some info first!

  • @courtney – beet juice tastes like beets, except the variety i bought also has lemon and pineapple juice, so it’s kind of citrusy?

  • If you’ve trained for a marathon, what have you learned about yourself in the process?

    I learned that I’m addicted to marathon running and the fact that good and bad races come and go. Everyone will treat tapering, peak mileage, and nutritional needs differently. Overall picture is: all the training and dedication put forth for a marathon; that already is an accomplishment.

  • Eileen

    OK, I’m an Irish person, so I actually like turnips. I’d recommend the less-healthy preparation: Cut them up, stem them until pretty soft, then mash with some butter, salt and pepper. That’s it!

  • Ah you’re making me think I need to grab some beet juice!! 🙂 I am so excited to hear about your race, you’re going to be fantastic! And a blogger brunch sounds awesome to me too!

    i learned through marathon training that i am incredibly/stupidly stubborn. even in the face of an injury that left me limping while walking some days, i kept going and refused to see a doctor until the bitter end, worrying they might tell me what i didn’t want to hear (aka: don’t run)…on the flipside, i learned this was immature and stupid, when i finally went i got a helpful insight and not a “don’t run” lecture. final learning: find a sports doctor who deals with marathoners/runners all the time!! they know you’re mental before you even explain it them 😉


  • i am coming over and eating your food!!!!!!!! 🙂 so intrigued by bottled real beet juice. i usually buy jars of no salt added beets and use both the beets + the juice. i’m hoping that accomplishes the same thing. i’m on the train, but not quite as consistently as you are. if i had a race coming up i’d prolly do it every day for a week as well. i did that before my half marathon in september and for where i was in my training it went pretty well. i’m sure beets aren’t like SUPERPOWERS but they are probably helpful in at least an “enough” kind of way to try it consistently.
    I LOVE AMY’S veggie burgers 🙂


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