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Ever since I ate at Small Plates while in Boston, I have been dying to recreate one of their recipes: squash fettuccine!

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I scraped out the insides of 1 zucchini and 2 yellow squashes, thinly sliced each veggie lengthwise, and then boiled the mix for about 7 minutes.

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I topped it with some Alfredo sauce, pepper, and chickpeas.  Plus, a side salad:

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SO GOOD!  It was a fun way to sneak in some veggies.  I’ll definitely be recreating this meal again!

 

Earlier, I snacked on grapes:

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Team in Training Update

 

As you know, I’m training for the Disney Marathon with Team in Training to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  I’m fundraising and racing in honor of my friend Megan, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia.

 

I’m happy to say that I’ve exceeded my fundraising goal by raising $2,944.00 for the fight against blood cancers.  Thank you to everyone who donated!

 

I have my first Team in Training meet-up tonight at a local running store.  We’re getting fitted for new running shoes (wahoo!). 

 

Wild West Relay Recap from Natalie!

 

A reader named Natalie sent me this recap of her Wild West Relay race.  I thought it was so awesome and had to share with everyone!

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Natalie said….

 

I first heard about the Wild West Relay when a friend attempted to convince me to participate, and I thought he was crazy.  It was November and he was trying to get me to pay $250 and commit to running 20 miles at nearly 11,000 feet, in August of the next year!  It was rumored that he was exceptional at luring people into running races with his group, and that was no story.  Before I knew it, I was signed up and receiving all the group emails for various weekend training runs to prepare me for this endeavor. I have now partaken in the madness for two consecutive years and could not imagine missing out! 

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The Wild West Relay is a 200 mile-36 leg relay race from Fort Collins to Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Both years, our team consisted of 12 people, both male and female, split into two vans, with each person running three legs, leap frog style.  For example, last year I was runner number five, so I ran legs 5 (about 11am), 17 (around 10pm), and 29 (around 6 am). The teams began around 7am on Friday morning and finish by 5pm on Saturday evening, during which one member from your team is always running.  The legs are various distances and elevations, but average about 20 miles total per runner.

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I am a fairly average runner (9 min/mile pace) and have completed races of all distances, from 5Ks to marathons, but this is a completely different experience.  The focus of running is shifted from an individual sport to a team sport, and that is what I love most about the Wild West Relay.  You find yourself trudging up a mountain pass, no other runners in sight, lungs and quads burning, just anticipating the sight of your van of teammates parked on the side of the road to cheer you on.  You are dirty, sleep deprived, and aching, but if one of your teammates needs water or encouragement, you are sprinting alongside to provide support.  Looking back over the last two years, I don’t remember much about the actual running part, and more about the amazing time with my team. 

 

Pretty awesome!  I want to do a relay!

{ 35 comments }

 

  • Christina G. August 27, 2009, 9:16 am

    That sounds like it would be so much fun. Something to look forward to when I can run 20 miles!

  • Kate August 27, 2009, 9:19 am

    I have seen people do that zucchini-as-pasta thing before and it sounds like an awesome way to base a "pasta" meal on something much healthier! Maybe a company that makes one of those spirulizers will give you one to demo šŸ™‚

    That relay sounds awesome! Gives me (as a relatively slow, beginner runner) hope that I could do a race like that!

  • Elsa August 27, 2009, 9:20 am

    What an awesome experience!

  • Leianna August 27, 2009, 9:21 am

    That dish of steamed veggies/pasta sauce looks amazing! I love recreating dishes. Congrats on your fundraising!

  • Kristen@Simply Savor August 27, 2009, 9:23 am

    yumm that squash fettuccine looks awesome! congrats on exceeding your fundraising goals, and also to natalie for her relay!

  • Lizzy August 27, 2009, 9:26 am

    That dinner dish looks amazing! šŸ™‚ recreating things is so fun, totally something to look forward too since you loved it so much the first time!

  • Ali August 27, 2009, 9:37 am

    WOW! That lunch looks great! I am considering making it since my future mother-in-law gave me so much zucchini and summer squash from her garden! Trying to find something to do with it has been difficult! Thanks for I idea!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) August 27, 2009, 9:40 am

    Loved your zucchini dish!

    That was a great recap by Natalie! Sounds like a brutal, but amazing thing to do!

  • Runeatrepeat August 27, 2009, 9:48 am

    I've heard they do marathon relays, so you don't run the whole thing. I totally want to do one!

  • Jenna August 27, 2009, 9:53 am

    zucchini looks so neat to make!

  • leslie August 27, 2009, 10:03 am

    i made squash pesto a couple days ago and loved it – i should try the alfredo version!

    that race sounds like an incredible experience. thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Rachel August 27, 2009, 10:25 am

    That race sounds like so much fun! Congrats on reaching your goal šŸ˜€

  • brandi August 27, 2009, 10:32 am

    great looking "pasta"!

    and congrats on reaching your fundraising goal – that is awesome!!!

    relays sound so crazy, but they do sound fun.

  • Anonymous August 27, 2009, 10:38 am

    I used to live in Fort Collins, Colorado and have been to Steam Boat Springs, Colorado several times and can say it is a beatufiul route! I want to do the Wild West Relay Race now too! =)

  • seesaraheat August 27, 2009, 10:41 am

    I would love to do a relay sometime too, especially for a longer distance race. Cool recap!

    Big congrats on the fundraising too, how awesome!

  • mirti August 27, 2009, 10:59 am

    Hi Caitlin, i'm a reader from Italy…you are wonderful ( sorry for my english!!)…for zucchini pasta you have to use the spiralizer, from raw cooking….have a try!!!

    ciao
    M.Vittoria

  • Jenna August 27, 2009, 11:06 am

    I've seen that squash fettuccine around as well. I may have to try that! I go through phases with veggies, so it would be an excellent way to get them in indeed šŸ™‚

  • Arianna August 27, 2009, 11:52 am

    I loved seeing the relay description. Tomorrow I'm running in Hood to Coast (197 miles, Mt. Hood to the ocean), and I'm a ball of nerves!

  • Julie August 27, 2009, 11:57 am

    Congrats on raising so much money!!!!

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn August 27, 2009, 12:04 pm

    That lunch looks awesome! Definitely got your veggie quota in today.

    Try tomato sauce on veggies also- totally rocks.

  • Heather @ Alis Grave Nil August 27, 2009, 12:08 pm

    Great idea for people trying to avoid gluten!

  • Bec August 27, 2009, 12:15 pm

    fettuccine squash is such a great idea!

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now August 27, 2009, 1:33 pm

    That looks so good!

  • Jaime (Embracing Balance) August 27, 2009, 1:55 pm

    ohhhh, I have zucchini in my fridge right now…I might have to try something like that!

  • Ashley August 27, 2009, 2:00 pm

    Hi Caitlin! On twitter the other day you asked if anyone knew of any gluten-free blogs. Did you find any? I just eliminated gluten and it would be great to see some new ideas. Thanks šŸ™‚

  • Carrie H August 27, 2009, 2:14 pm

    Caitlin, I know you don't have a lot of time, but if you get a minute, check this out:

    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914857-1,00.html

    I'd like to hear your opinion. I'm not really too sure of my own yet.

  • Lisa August 27, 2009, 2:43 pm

    I ate at Small Plates when I was up in Cambridge in June. I had that same zucchini pasta and it was delicious! I am going to use your method to recreate it! Thanks for posting!

    My brother's girlfriend has done one of those 200 mile relays and said it was a once in a lifetime experience!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 27, 2009, 3:02 pm

    ashley – Here's one gluten-free runner blog I know of: http://www.rungranolarun.com/

    oh and http://glutenfreeislife.wordpress.com/

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) August 27, 2009, 3:42 pm

    The Wild West Relay sounds similar to the Hood to Coast relay in Oregon. It's happening this weekend and covers 190 miles with multiple teams. Seems like a fun way to race with a bunch of other people!

    That zucchini alfredo looks amazing, such a good way to use up all that squash.

  • angieinatlanta August 27, 2009, 3:47 pm

    That lunch looks incredible!

    I love the WWR idea; it's a secret goal of mine to reach that level of fitness some day!

  • runsarah August 27, 2009, 4:26 pm

    What a fun recipe! I would love to do a relay, I swam a bunch when I was swimming competitively and they are so much fun.

  • Shannon August 27, 2009, 5:17 pm

    dinner looks great:) and wow, what a relay!

  • Bula August 27, 2009, 5:42 pm

    Ooh! That relay looks fun! Hood to Coast Relay is this coming weekend. I want to be on a team šŸ™

  • Lauren August 27, 2009, 5:48 pm

    Love the squash alfredo. I'm not a big pasta fan so I love using veggies as noodles. Personally, I think they soak up the sauce way more too!

    I would love to do a relay sometime in my life too. It's on my bucket list!

    Have an amazing Friday Caitlin! Love ya girl!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) August 27, 2009, 6:39 pm

    Those moving comfort sports bras are my fav! Thanks for sharing the relay story. I've always wanted to participate in a relay race also.

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