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Swim Friends

by Meghann on May 9, 2012

Leading up to the Flying Pig Marathon this past weekend, Kelly and I seemed to only have one thing on our minds – a post-race smoothie. We both had Pumpkin Peanut Butter Smoothies from Jamba Juice after the Chicago Marathon and wanted to recreate that awesome experience.

Unfortunately we ended up being short on time and couldn’t locate a smoothie place close enough to our hotel to make the effort worth it. Trust us – we spent most of Saturday trying to figure out how we would get a smoothie on Sunday, but couldn’t make it work. Booo…

After the race, the smoothie craving never went a way, so this afternoon I finally had that post-race smoothie I missed out on on Sunday.

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Oh, yes. The chocolate cherry – honey peanut butter – almond milk smoothie with Kashi Go Lean Crisp really hit the spot.

It was also the perfect fuel for swim practice.


Me, Mary, Felipe, Stephanie, Jess, and Chuck

I almost didn’t show tonight (my legs are still sore!), but I had promised too many people I was going to be there and I hate to back out on promises! After all was said and done, I’m glad I went. My legs weren’t fans of the power kick races with the kick boards (ow!) and my arms are never fans of pulls with tied legs (double ow!), but I know every drill makes my body stronger and even my tired, marathon legs enjoyed their time in the water.

As always, the people were great. Seriously. If you want to stick with swimming – find a group of amazing friends/athletes to swim with. It’s worth showing up every Monday and Wednesday just to get to hang out with them. It was a full hour of marathon and triathlon talk – the kind of talk I never grow tired of!


This is Philipe’s “swimmer pose”

We covered roughly 2000 yds in the pool, and by the time I got home I was hungry!


I was craving a burger when I went shopping on Monday and put a pound of lean ground beef in the cart. I seasoned the beef tonight with basil, oregano, salt and pepper, sriracha, soy sauce, and worcestershire sauce, added a handful of feta cheese, then divided the patties into thirds. While I took a shower, Derek “grilled” the burgers on the George Foreman.


I topped my burger with ketchup, mushrooms, and sprouts. I’m not sure if it was the feta or the sriracha, but this burger was really tasty. The perfect mix of salty and spicy. 🙂

I had a scoop of ice cream with sprinkles for dessert.


I think the bed is calling my name.

Good Night!!

1 Annette @FitnessPerks May 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

That DOES sound like a fun swim team to be ‘on’ and train with. How cool!! Any ‘swims’ or tris in the near future for ya?! 😉
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2 Ally May 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

It’s sriracha..

3 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 10, 2012 at 12:23 am

I really want to get back into swimming, and I think it’s so awesome that you have a group of friends to swim with. It’s so much harder for me to push myself when I’m just swimming laps by myself, than when I’m on a team or with a group who are doing the same exercises!
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4 Chuck May 10, 2012 at 2:20 am

Had a blast today! Thanks for making me work hard!
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5 Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 10, 2012 at 6:02 am

I’m not really into swimming, but I can definitely see how it would be more fun with friends!! 🙂
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6 Emily N May 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

nice work making it to your swim practice!
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7 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed May 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

Sounds like fun. I would like to do some training in the pool, but I’m not really sure what the local YMCA’s day passes look like. I’m really not into paying for their full membership… tooooo expensive haha.

Good job 🙂
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8 Kat May 10, 2012 at 9:03 am


9 Cait's Plate May 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

That burger looks INCREDIBLE!!
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10 kate May 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

do you guys just swim laps or do you do different strokes/intervals? i’m training for a sprint triathlon and just started swimming a couple months ago, but i feel like everyone around me is smoking me!! i want to try and increase my speed so if you guys have any tips i would love them!

11 Meghann May 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

We do different strokes/ intervals to mix it up. Just like with running, where you want to challenge yourself with different tempos/intervals/speedwork – we do the same in swimming. 🙂

12 Victoria May 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

I love swimming, it’s my favorite sport. Once on the mend, I think I am going to get with a group rather than do it on my own… so much easier!
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13 Kirsten May 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I went to highschool with Jessica! Or at least that looks like her. Did she go to Berkeley Prep?
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14 Jessica May 14, 2012 at 11:47 am

Yep, that’s me 🙂

Hi Kirsten!

15 Kirsten May 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

Haha hi Jessica!
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