The week of September 23rd through the 27th is Marathon Week in Lake Tahoe, and offers a wide range of events for those who love to walk, run, swim, paddle or pedal through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Lake Tahoe is one of my personal favorite places to go and be active…Capitola and Santa Cruz are of course a close second!
A couple of my clients and myself will be heading up there on Saturday the 22nd to run the 10k and or the half marathon! If you are interested in signing up or just want to come out and cheer your friends on click the link below!
They even have Optomist Kids Fun Runs that are free! The fun runs feature various distances depending upon age with one year age groupings up to 12! How awesome is that? After the race all kid finishers recieve a medal, hot dog and drink. The grown ups participating in events may join the sunset pasta dinner cruise on board the Tahoe Queen Saturday the 22nd 5:30-8:30p.m. All finishers recieve medals and shirts.
Come out and challenge yourself! They even have a little 5k for beginners!
Along with summertime come bbq’s and cocktails, two things that can definitely sabatoge anyones diet and hard work throughout the week at the gym. Here is the low down on alcohol, it contains 7 calories per gram! Protien and Carbohydrates contain 4 and Fats contain 9. So alcohol is almost as high in calories as a gram of fat! That being said when you combine it with all the sugary mixers that most bar tenders use; your average 3-4 oz cocktail ends up being around 400 calories! I don’t know about you but 400 calories is about 40 minutes of cardio for me! So here are some cleaner cocktail recipes to help keep you on track and not ruin your waistline while enjoying some summer fun.
3oz Light Limeade ( premade frozen) or make your own with limes, water, and sugar substitute
Juice of 1 Lime
2 oz Tequila
1.5 Triple Sec
Blend and serve or simply pour over ice. Salt to taste (optional)
3 oz Light Sugar Free Cranberry Juice Cocktail or Sub Crystal Light ( even fewer calories )
1 oz Rasberry Vodka
Squeeze of Lime
Lemon Twist for Garnish
Shake together with ice and strain into fancy glass of your choice
As with anything enjoy in moderation! Having a party at home is also more personal, economical, and keeps you safe and off the roads.
recipe courtesy of Paula Deen on the Food Network
You have got to try this one its healthy tasty and low carb!
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided
3 tablespoons soy sauce ( go low sodium )
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
2 small tomatoes, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
For the yogurt sauce:
8 ounces (1 cup) unflavored yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
Olive oil cooking spray
1 large Vidalia or purple onion, cut into thin rings
6 pita breads
1/2 head romaine lettuce, finely chopped
1 (10.6-ounce) jar kalamata olives, drained, halved, and pitted, or other black olives
Freshly ground black pepper
July 26th 2009 I ran in the 37th annual Wharf to Wharf race from Santa Cruz to Capitola. What a blast! The weather was perfect, a nice cool 60 degrees and what a great group of people! The race is only six miles and is full of eye candy. It starts in down town Santa Cruz by the wharf and continues on to cliff drive which follows the coast line and twists and turns through some great residential areas along the way. We also got spoiled with a different live band to rock us on our way at every mile, and lots of people on the side lines to cheer us on! I will definitely be doing this run again next year, and be lining up at a faster starting time! There were 15,000 people in this race and the first 8 minutes you couldn’t even run it was so crowded! My race pace for my marathon 3 years ago was a 10 minute mile, but I have actually increased my race pace finally to an 8-9 min mile! Unfortunately because we couldn’t run the first 8 minutes or so of this race my first mile took 15 minutes! But I made up time and finished in 1 hour and 1 minute! Not Bad! If you are considering training for a marathon or even half marathon, this is a great race to think about doing along the course of your training. If you are thinking about signing up for the 2010 race go to www.wharftowharf.com