It’s a story I’ve told over and over and over again… I ran my first half marathon in December of 2008, the next month I volunteered at the Walt Disney World Marathon – and was so inspired by my experience – I immediately registered with Team in Training to run my first marathon (Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego) that May. It was a crazy whirlwind journey that I wouldn’t have done any other way.
Want to hear something crazy? That was FIVE years ago next month! Since then I’ve completed 19 half marathons, 7 full marathons, 1 ultra marathon, and I even completed my first Ironman last November. So much for that first marathon being a “bucket list” item. Let’s say it was more of a gateway drug to this little thing my husband calls my racing addiction. Yep. I’ve got it bad.
I’ve had some pretty amazing racing experiences, but nothing will ever come close to running 26.2 miles for the first time at the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. It wasn’t just my first marathon, it was also my first time visiting San Diego, my first time flying for a race, the first time I knew Derek really liked me when he flew across the country to watch me run, the first time I ran a marathon with Bobbi (we also ran the Chicago Marathon together the following year), and the first time I set a time goal (4:30) and beat it (4:29:46 <- barely, but it still counts!).
In honor of my 5th Marathon Anniversary, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be returning to where it all began. On June 1st I’ll be lacing up my running shoes for the 2014 Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon.
Sadly I had to opt out of the full marathon due to a crazy work schedule, but I’m still super pumped to celebrate my marathon anniversary where it all began!
I’m also excited to announce I’ll be powered by juice for the half, thanks to my friends at Suja! I’ve partnered with the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego title sponsor to get in tip-top shape for race day thanks to their powerhouse juices.
Suja juices use Cold Pressure, also known as High Pressure Processing (HPP) to preserve nutrition and high quality freshness. A high level of pressure is applied to the bottles to destroy pathogens while preserving vitamins, enzymes and nutrients. (see more info HERE)
They’re quickly becoming my favorite afternoon snack and they also make a refreshing post-run treat. I love that the juices are not full of sugar and instead have a natural sweetness to them that leave me feeling energized and satisfied.
Annie Lawlass, co-founder of Suja, wrote a great article on juicing for runners HERE.
“Juices are a great alternative if heavy carbohydrate foods do not work for you because they contain natural fruit sugars providing easily digestible carbohydrates. Juices remove the fiber, which helps the body access the energy and nutrition they provide quickly and easily with very little digestive labor. This helps prevent bloating, cramping, and indigestion on runs.”
Suja is a great pre/post run fuel for my friends with sensitive stomachs or have gluten allergies. Fruits and vegetables are living foods that are rich in water and packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all which help reduce inflammation caused by exercise
I look forward to “juicing” for my remaining training! I’ve got a little more than a month to go for race day!
Do you juice?
This post was sponsored by Suja. All opinions are my own.