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Catch-Up Meals

by Meghann on July 23, 2012

Have you ever heard of a catch-up meal?

It’s what I like to call meals where you’re “catching-up” with all the leftovers in your fridge. My fridge is currently littered with tupperware containers – a good sign that a “catch-up” meal is required.

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First there are the last two lentil and beet burgers (which I swear tastes better today than they did last night).

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The last of the zucchini and yellow squash.

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And the last 1/2 of a sweet potato that didn’t make the chopping block for Friday night’s sweet potato rounds.

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I cut the sweet potato into rounds then cut those rounds into quarters. I placed the sweet potato chunks in the microwave for 3 minutes, then added another 3 after I flopped them over. Not quite the same as roasting them in the oven, but it does the trick if you’re looking for something quick and easy to do with a sweet potato.

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  • lentil and beet burgers: $ 0.56
  • zucchini and yellow squash: $0.35
  • sweet potato: $0.30
  • Total: $1.21

Savannah Marathon

I’ve had a lot of questions regarding the Savannah Marathon recently (registration season for fall marathons is currently in full swing and Savannah is a hot topic!), so I thought I would give my 2 cents on my experience with the race last November. Especially since Rock ‘n’ Roll just released their improvements for 2012, some I applaud, and some I’m still scratching my head over.

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Here’s my official recap in case you’re curious.

I ran the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon with my little brother, Ben. It was my sixth full marathon, his second, and our first as a team. It was also my first time in Savannah (not counting the times I went as a kid and didn’t remember much from the visits). I was so excited to run this race that I registered with a steep discount the April before at the Country Music Marathon expo.

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What I didn’t realize when I registered for this race was that it was on a Saturday and Saturday races pretty much blow. The logistics of everyone trying to pick their bibs up the Friday night before were pretty awful, especially when they originally stated that there would be NO Saturday morning bib pick-up. It was a heavy mix of bumper-to-bumper traffic an angry runners. Of course that all changed when they weren’t able to give everyone their bibs, even after extending pick-up hours.

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While Savannah remains a Saturday race for 2012, Rock ‘n’ Roll is putting measures in place to aide with Friday evening crowd control by offering “perks and prizes” to runners who pick their bib up during the day Thursday instead of waiting until Friday (something that still isn’t an option for runners who have to travel to the race site, but a nice encouragement for local runners), limiting vehicular traffic to the expo (which is located on an island) and encouraging runners to park downtown and take the ferry or shuttle buses to the expo, and leaving the possibility of extending hours Friday evening.

I’m still not sure all of these measure will alleviate all the problems from last year, but I’m sure they wouldn’t hurt. I’m actually curious to see what happens.

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My family likes to get places early, especially the morning of races. We arrived at the race start shuttle site almost as soon as it opened. When we arrive there were plenty of buses (a TON) and we had no problem immediately hopping on one. Unfortunately, I know others who arrived later weren’t as lucky.

And while we had the luxury of hopping right on the bus, that doesn’t mean it was a quick and painless journey to the start. Our bus driver wasn’t properly prepped on road closures or where exactly we needed to be dropped off. She circled downtown a few times, before basically giving up on getting us exactly where we needed to be and dropped us off as close as she could. She was just as frustrated about the situation as we were and not proud of that fact.

Luckily, we still arrived on site super early and were able to find a warm hotel lobby to huddle in before the official start time.

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Details for 2012 satellite parking sites are still coming, but my only hope is that they’ve learned form their mistakes and will educate their driver’s on road closures and where exactly the runners need to be for race start. However, even with the changes I would still recommend runners arrive EARLY for the shuttles. Heck, I recommend arriving early to all races in general, but I’m crazy like that.

Now, the course.

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Loved the energy of the first part of the course (everyone was so cheerful and welcoming for so early on a Saturday morning), but wasn’t a fan of the second half. If you were looking to PR, this is a great course – flat and fast. But all the highway running made it a little boring.

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The 2012 course looks a little better. Less highway, more downtown.

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It’s hard to keep a marathon course interesting the whole route, I get that – 26.2 miles is a LONG way – so even taking out the highway and adding in more neighborhoods is a huge improvement.

Some other notes –

  • It was FREEZING before the race start, but warmed up almost as soon as we started moving. Layer up with warm throwaway gear before the race, and start to toss it once the race starts. I started with one of my favorite running jackets, and ended up tying it around my waist around mile 4 – not cool.
  • We stayed at a hotel outside of town and saved $$ after all the downtown hotels booked up.
  • The gear check was great. No complaints there!

So, that’s my 2 cents. Would I run Savannah Marathon again? Probably not anytime soon. I know I’ve said this a million times, but even if I LOVE a race it’s hard for me to want to repeat is knowing all of the other great marathons out there waiting to be run. Would I recommend it to other marathoners? I heard great things about the half course (basically the full without the highway portion), so I would probably recommend that over the full course. If you’re looking for a fast course to PR on, I would also say the Savannah course is a good one to try.

If you have any questions regarding any of the races I’ve run (full recaps listed HERE), please feel free to email me anytime at mealsandmiles@gmail.com. I’m always happy to discuss race logistics with fellow runners. πŸ™‚

1 Beth July 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for posting this review! I ran the half last year and somehow lucked out and got on a back route to the expo (thanks, Google Maps!) and stayed at a hotel that offered its own shuttle to the race, but I had a friend who I was supposed to run with who didn’t make it to the race until after my corral left due to the problems with the buses. I’d be tempted to run the half again (I heard the full course sucked, like you said) but with the plethora problems they had last year, I’m not confident that that they fixed everything.
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2 Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run July 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I feel the same way about races. I don’t like to repeat them when I know there are so many other great races that I haven’t done yet. So usually I’ll only repeat the local ones since it’s not much of a drive.
I didn’t care for the Savannah race. Everyone should run the Jacksonville Bank marathon instead because that race was crazy awesome. πŸ™‚

3 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Had a lot of “catch up” meals in my day but I’ve never heard them referred to as such. I’m not a big leftovers fan so I usually just get the boyfriend to eat them πŸ™‚
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4 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I’m the same way – I don’t want to do repeat races when there are so many that I’d love to complete! And I did the Chicago Rock N Roll half yesterday, and everything went incredibly smoothly! I was very impressed with them, there were 20,000 runners but I certainly didn’t feel like it!
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5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I LOVE sweet potatoes! I bought 4 the other day and forgot to take them out of the plastic bag and they got crazy moldy within 2 days. Major fail on my part. πŸ™
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6 Annette @FitnessPerks July 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I totally do that kind of catch up lunch too! Just had one today πŸ˜‰ Gotta love it!
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7 amy July 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

My boyfriend loves catch up meals. He could literally cook two meals and mix and match them all week if I let him, girl needs some variety!!
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8 Tamara July 23, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I live in Savannah. Didn’t do the race last year and don’t plan on it this year. I’m not really sure why they have nearly all of the race go up and along the Truman(that’s the boring part I’m sure) when they could have it weave in/out throughout Ardsley Park and more of the historic district. But I guess they didn’t ask me my opinion when they laid out the course.

I’d much rather run the bridge run where you get to run around the historic district and across the Talmadge Bridge(that’s the bridge you drove across to pick up your packet)
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9 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) July 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I love sweet potatoes in any way, even just plain steamed in the microwave. Your catch-up meal looks good!
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10 Andi July 23, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Love this – thanks! I’m signed up to run Savannah as my first full … so have read your recap and now this. I love the city, and the distance from Tampa so am excited to have a driveable mini-vacation πŸ™‚ We’re staying out of town a bit too, and have a group of 8 of us running so it should be fun, if nothing else. I think the first time for any big event is hard to get a handle on, and knowing the RnR series, hopefully they’ll learn from their mistakes and it’ll all be easier this year. You’ve got me scared about check-in!
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11 Justin July 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Last year’s half marathon was my first and I thought the first half of the half marathon took us out in the boonies of Savannah and was rather boring. I’m glad to see they’ve tweaked the first 6-7 miles to try to keep it more towards downtown.

I picked up my race bib and stuff on the Fri morning and didn’t have any problems. When I was leaving, the traffic was backed up over the bridge and into Savannah, so I knew I got real lucky that I got there when I did. I hope they have shuttles going to the expo.

One of my corunners works for a place near the starting line, and we were all lucky to call her place of work as the “home base”. πŸ™‚ I had a good experience overall, but I guess I was pretty doggone lucky…

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