Shalane Freaking Flanagan

By now, most of you have probably heard about what happened at the NYC Marathon last weekend. I know we are a week out from the race but I couldn’t let this pass without writing something about it. Never have I felt so fired up about a race I didn’t even run. The running world LIT UP with Shalane Flanagan’s historic win. In case you missed it, it was the first time a US woman had won the TCS NYC Marathon in forty years. And it was freaking SHALANE FLANAGAN who won, arguably the most popular and well-recognized female marathoner in our sport right now.

Full disclosure: I wasn’t in New York to watch the marathon nor was I able to watch the whole thing online. I saw the start of the elite women and then I pretty much had to leave to go to work where I continued to stalk the event on social media. Even with all of these degrees of separation, I couldn’t help but get excited about what was happening on the streets of New York.

Shalane Flanagan | NYC Marathon

(Shalane’s Instagram)

A little context: Last winter, Shalane was training for the Boston Marathon and she ended up fracturing her back. Not a minor injury to say in the least. She had to drop out of Boston, a race she had been very open about wanting to win. I can only imagine how much that must have hurt, to have to set aside this major dream that she had been working so hard towards to focus on healing.

Fast forward to November 5th: By mile 20, the lead pack of women was down to three – Flanagan, Keitany and Daska. From there, Shalane was able to run away with it, running 5:08, 5:11 and 5:04 splits in her final miles. I would be grateful to be able to run that time in a mile race, much less at the end of a marathon. It was freaking incredible.

Shalane Flanagan

Pure emotion.

(Shalane’s Instagram)

So you might be wondering how in god’s name can I relate to this insanely fast professional runner? I have no hope of running a 2:26 marathon anytime in this lifetime. But honestly, it comes down to some of the statements she made in her post race interviews (and if you want an extra dose of emotion, watch the video of her interview) –

“I’ve dreamed of a moment like this since I was a little girl… It means a lot to me, to my family—and hopefully inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient. It took me seven years to do this. It took a lot of work for just this one moment…  About nine months ago I was heartbroken over not getting the opportunity to race the Boston Marathon… I just kept telling myself that there’s going to be delayed gratification and a moment down the road that would make up for it.”

Sometimes I find myself feeling a little frustrated about my race results. I’ve worked so hard in 2017 and I don’t feel like I currently have PRs that actually reflect my fitness. I had thought the Philly Marathon would be my break-through at least, that even if my half marathon PR had only dropped a mere minute, at least I would shave a huge chunk of time off my marathon this year. Well, you all know that that it clearly did not work out that way.

But then here is this incredible marathoner who has literally clawed her way back from a BROKEN BACK and just won the biggest marathon in the world talking about delayed gratification. And it just felt like she was talking to me and to every other injured runner out there.

This sport is hard. You pour so much of yourself into training and even if you are able to get through a cycle with no major injuries, it then all comes down to one day. You have to hope that the weather is on your side (cloudy and 40 degrees with no wind – is that too much to ask?!), that your stomach cooperates, that every other variable is just right. And more often than not, it doesn’t work out perfectly. So yeah, as runners we definitely need to become comfortable with the idea of delayed gratification.

2 Generations Running

Winter running is coming…

So while 2017 may not have been the year of PRs for me, I will still celebrate and hold my head high because my best races are still ahead of me. Here’s to delayed gratification.

Did you watch (or run) the NYC Marathon?


Run Fast, Eat Slow Post #1 – Long Run Mineral Broth + Lemon Miso Dressing

Hello there!

Today’s post will be the first in the feature of installments my mom and I will be writing as we cook our way through Run Fast, Eat Slow. I’ll be the first to say I’m not a food blogger, but I do love to cook. I think it will be a fun project for 2017 and a good way to get back to a focus on nutrition and fueling my body for all the PRs I’m hoping to run this year. Today’s first post comes from my mom! Enjoy!


As Nora announced in her last post on Run Fast, Eat Slow we are pretty darn excited about this cookbook! And I wanted to jump right in to cooking all the things. So on New Year’s Day, when Nora and her brother, Mark, were out running the 1st Run in Lowell, I headed over to our local Whole Foods to pick up a few things to make the Long Run Mineral Broth (page 111 in the cookbook if you have it).

Run Fast Eat Slow Review | 2 Generations RunningNora and her brother at the race on New Year’s Day.

With my injury, this broth’s healing properties seemed just right. I returned from my expedition with a package of Kombu (dried seaweed) and a container of white miso paste. I had never used either of these items before and was excited to try these new and exotic ingredients.

Then I gathered my vegetables. I even found that some of the parsley in my garden had survived under the snow! I was ready to cook. Basically this recipe is super easy: wash and scrub the veggies (no peeling), simmer 1 1/2 hours, then strain.

Run Fast, Eat Slow | 2 Generations RunningThat afternoon, as I sat with my family watching football, I sipped the delicious broth. It had a mild sweetness, probably from the beet, and it didn’t take us long to finish the entire pot! I drank some the next morning, after my coffee, and even in the afternoon as a little “vitamin pick me up” before my afternoon tea. I can even picture having this broth chilled in the hot summer months, when you need a healthy tasty way to get your vitamins.

I also made the Lemon Miso Dressing (pg. 168). I’ve had dressing with lemon juice before so I didn’t think I would go so crazy for this one. But I did!

Lemon Miso Dressing | Run Fast, Eat Slow The miso paste gives it a wonderful creamy texture. Packed with the anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil and great garlic flavor, this creamy dressing is to die for! So all and all, a good start as we begin our project of trying all the recipes in this cookbook.


So there you go! 2 recipes down, a whole bunch to go. I’ve also made the lemon miso dressing for myself and it really is delish, but then again, I’ve always been a big fan of lemony dressings. 🙂

Do you like to cook? What’s your go-to salad dressing? 


Blogging Our Way through Run Fast, Eat Slow

Did you ever see the movie, Julie and Julia?

In it, food blogger Julie Powell (played by one of my faves, Amy Adams) challenges herself to cook every recipe from Julia Child’s first cookbook and then documents the challenge on her blog.

Run Fast, Eat Slow Blog ChallengeI bet you know where this is going…

For Christmas, my mom and I both received copies of Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s cookbook, Run Fast, Eat Slow. I’d been itching to get my hands on this cookbook ever since it came out, especially after listening to this really great interview with Shalane and Elyse on the I’ll Have Another podcast (link to show here).

I used to not really enjoy cooking, but since I’ve gotten become more focused on running, I have started paying more attention to nutrition/healthy eating as well. And I went into this whole running thing with the idea that I could eat more ice cream/cheesecake/pancakes because of all the exercise… sigh.

run-fast-eat-slowSince I tore into my packages on Christmas morning, I’ve been poring over this cookbook. I might be in love. Each recipe has an interesting little introduction and there are some very practical sections on what types of foods a runner should stock in their pantry. More importantly, this cookbook shares Shalane and Elyse’s food philosophy: that good food should be nourishing and delicious and is meant to be savored. And *drumroll please*, foods can be healthy AND contain fat.

My mom is currently on the injured list because of her hamstring/glute, so she’s not doing much running, but that makes it the perfect time to focus on healing with nourishing, wholesome foods. And with the New Year, I’m looking to renew my focus on eating like an athlete to help me reach those big 2017 goals.

So here’s our plan: My mom and I are each going to cook 1 recipe a week from Run Fast, Eat Slow (we’ve already made a few so we’re ahead of the game!) We’ll take pictures, make notes, and write up a little review of the individual recipe that we’ll then share with all of you! Haha, we’re definitely not food bloggers, but we’ll do our best. Somehow I doubt they’ll turn this little challenge into a major motion picture, but I think it will still be fun. 🙂

Do you like to cook? Anyone else a fan of Run Fast, Eat Slow? Anyone have a fun New Years resolutions/challenge?