1. Congratulations on your race! What a sense of accomplishment you must feel! And a chance to be out in the mountains! It sounds very exciting and rewarding. Perfect for an energizing smoothie! I love the creaminess of avocados in smoothies! I also love the quote “happiness is only real when it’s shared.” I came across that quote in a movie (“Into the Wild” I think it was called?), and it has stuck with me ever since. It is so true. Love the photos too–the cozy lighting is perfect for this rainy day we are having here. 🙂

    • Thank you Jenny! It really was a unique experience. I do believe in happiness alone, but it’s impossible to experience it without interacting. This smoothie is so good. I’ve been drinking a normal green one in the morning, but this one is a treat. Thanks so much about the photos. It is rainy and keeping me indoors instead of training for the weekend. I was dreaming about your cookies as I awaited my legs of the race too 🙂

  2. Well done Amanda and good luck with the marathon. I hope you are taking your smoothie on the run.
    My butcher dropped dead of a heart attack last week, while on holiday on Spain. He’d seemed so healthy and full of life when I saw him on the Friday before he left.

    • Thanks, MD. I will be taking the smoothie with me. That’s crazy about your butcher. It’s so sad. That’s what gets me. I’ve heard these stories my whole life and it was something I was afraid of until I realized that it was almost completely preventable through diet. You can be healthy and full of life because you’re not really “sick” when you have heart disease. But you can eat in a way that staves off things like that forever and live without that kind of fear. I hope you’re doing well. I’m looking forward to another holiday soon. It’s colder and rainy here now.

      • You may be right, but I think genetics play a big part too. Look at Keith Richards.
        I hope you get sent to Mexico – a paid “holiday” is always nice and I’m sure it will be warm and sunny there.

        • Oh genetics play a part in it for sure. Western medicine is keeping all the men in my family alive, but diet certainly helps. I’m iffy on Mexico. I usually end up going for 2-3 weeks at a time and I feel like I have a dual life, but I also love the food, language, culture and weather and I like ppl making my bed for me and driving me around.

  3. Congratulations I’m so proud and happy for you and your team! Also your way of telling the story of the race is beautiful. I don’t do well either with cold, sleep deprivation AND let me add, altitude (I was in Peru in the Andes and boy did I suffer from altitude sickness!) . But then Adirondack is less high so I guess it’s ok.
    Its also so refreshing to hear about the team work between teams and strangers. I suppose these details that bring you closer to humanity help bring on enthusiasm in wanting to do your next race.
    Good luck and enjoy your next challenge. Un abrazo amiga!

    • Thanks, Sofia. I think you would actually really like something like this. Your runs seem to be increasing and it’s nice not to be in it alone. It’s funny that you’d mention Peru because that’s what I kept thinking about when I was running. The only other challenge I’ve had like that was the strange hours and altitude of Peru with the beautiful landscape as a backdrop. Thanks so much for your support. I’ll see if I can make it to 13.1. I’ll be so excited to do it! xoxo

  4. I am glad you did this, and love the words you have chosen to tell us about your race. What a sense of accomplishment. And pride! I hope the marathon goes well too.
    I’ve yet to try avocados in a smoothie; I am not usually a big liker of creamy smoothies, but perhaps more posts like your beautiful post will convince me to give it a go some day. Just in case I might have changed my mind about it! The pictures are gorgeous!
    Concerning Mexico… don’t think too much about it; if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t! In any case, you can enjoy both staying at home or being abroad. Try to see the positive aspects of both situations, especially if you have no say in making the decision (sorry, that’s me being a positive-thinking yogi).

    • Thank you! What a thoughtful and supportive sentiment. They already asked me to go but obligations this week kept me here. I’ll likely go again. We’ll see. I’ve been thinking more like you lately. I’m glad I ran the race too. Im still catching up on sleep and every night I’ve been dreaming about running. Maybe because if the books I’m reading and tomorrow’s race. This smoothie is like a milkshake which is why it’s so decadent as opposed to my regular green one. I hope you’re getting some rest. Your yoga is like my running. Both are active meditation that require focus and energy to give back the same. Xo

  5. I’ve mentioned this before, Amanda, but I reiterate. Your posts are beautifully written with exceptional photography. You could definitely school me on lighting, among other things. I’m not much of a smoothie person, I’m afraid, but I have been making one with bananas, honey, and cocoa powder. Did I mention that the bananas are frozen? I guess it’s not really a smoothie then, eh? It is tasty, though. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. You made my evening. I certainly wasn’t a smoothie person until recently. I only bought a blender a month or two ago, but this smoothie has staying power. I’ve been going for it instead of frozen yogurt. Bananas honey and cocoa powder sounds like a killer combo. I’ll have to give that one a shot! That’s a total smoothie! I hope you’re doing well and enjoy the rest of the week!

  6. I used to run a lot when I was in my 20ies and early 30ies, if not in a competitive way as you do, but just for myself, to feel well and shake off everyday trouble or stressful events. I loved it, it´s slightly addictive, isn´t it? It´s great how you also put so much effort in adopting your diet and eat healthier. I on the other hand usually do workout to be able to compensate for culinary sins and extra calories 😉 – your smoothie, however, looks health and indulgent at the same time!

    • Thanks Sabine. Running is so addictive. I do it for the same reason. It doesn’t hurt to work out so you can say sweets ;)) whatever the motivation is is good!

  7. Whoa! I’m incredibly impressed with your running this race and dedication to continue doing so. Congratulations! Your description of your thoughts and feelings during the race is so well written, too. You deserve many of these yummy smoothies and I hope you indulged!!

  8. I love the days you catch up on my blog in one fell swoop. It’s so touching to think of you reading and reacting to what I’ve been up to and you’re always so supportive and kind. I’m all about the blender these days and hoping that these new habits are lifetime ones. I’m so glad I ran this race. I’m hoping that my running can evolve too, but even if it doesn’t, training for this and doing it has shown me so much already.

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