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The Grand Unveiling  February 2013
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Fall Marathon: Mount Desert Island in Maine

All smiles before the C'Ville group heads out for the last LONG run 

Ready to run "Big Sur of the East"? Lace up your sneakers for 26.2 miles in Bar Harbor Maine for the Mount Desert Island Marathon. Building off the success of the Charlottesville spring marathon, Get Out N Play is creating another exciting destination marathon training program. This fall, we are bringing a group of athletes to Bar Harbor, Maine for the Mount Desert Island Marathon, on Sunday October 20th, on the doorstep of Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor is a quaint seaside town with scenic New England charm. The point to point marathon has been hailed as the "Most Scenic Marathon" by Runner's World and runner up for Best Overall Marathon. Over the rolling terrain your eyes will take the beauty of ocean vistas, lakes, forests and quaint villages.

Participants will arrive in town on Thursday, October 17th and get settled into our rented house, where you'll be spending the next four nights. On Friday, we'll spend the day preparing for the race with yoga, packet pick-up, a course preview and some light sight seeing, followed by a home cooked meal. On Saturday, you have the day to explore the area or just kick back by the ocean with a good book. Sunday is your day to tackle 26.2 miles. We'll head back home after Monday's breakfast (you can leave earlier if you would like).

Training will begin the week of July 14th. To start, you should be able to run ten miles. We'll be training as a group with runs on Wednesday mornings during the summer (and evenings in the fall) and long runs on Sunday mornings. Throughout this program, you will have unlimited access to your coaches.

If you are looking to get faster and/or learn about successfully running a marathon, this coaching program will surely move you in the right direction. A fall marathon is a perfect way to close your 2013 season. Come into the race well-prepared and injury-free with a huge foundation to surprise yourself and build confidence in your racing abilities. Make this marathon one for your record books! Visit the website for more information.

The race will SELL OUT. Last year it filled up in April. It is critical that if you want to participate you let us know ASAP, otherwise you might be out of luck.

Enjoy the new look!

The Get Out N Play website has a new look! I tried to streamline and define the services offered by Get Out N Play. My favorite feature of the new site is the ability to search. Over the last few years, I've generated a lot of content and now you can easily access recipes, articles and previous newsletters.

After viewing my website, please take a moment to complete this SURVEY.
Destination: Bar Harbor, Maine

By the Numbers
  • 1532 - The height, in feet, of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park
  • 40 - The potential height, in feet, of the spouting water at Thunder Hole in Acadia National Park. 
  • 27 - Miles of the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park. 
  • 1800's - The origination of the Jordan Pond House popovers. This tradition can't be missed. 
  • 175 - The depth, in feet, of Somes Sound, along the marathon course, which was once considered an East Coast fjord. 
  • 7 - Percent of the island that is covered by lakes
  • 365 - Miles away from Manhattan, where John D. Rockefeller traveled regularly from to visit Mount Desert Island
Book Review: Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
If a historic blizzard is coming your way, what's the first thing you think of? Food right? I knew we'd need lots of it, since we might be snowed in for a few days. Having a well stocked fridge is critical (as long as you don't lose power). So, yes I was one of the many New Englanders to head to the grocery store, but I didn't care too much about bread and eggs. I wanted to play in the kitchen and try out new recipes. While my husband cleaned up the 24+ inches of snow from our driveway, I was happily situated in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals from the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook which arrived the day before the storm, giving me enough time to create grocery lists.

layout of this book is similar to the book I reviewed in my last newsletter. Each recipe starts out with a few paragraphs about the inspiration or key insights into cooking the recipe. Every recipe has a gorgeous full color photograph. Some recipes have several photos, which can be very helpful when trying to figure out how to craft the Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels. The book is divided into sections; Breakfast, Salads, Sandwiches/ Tarts/Pizza, Vegetarian Main Dishes, Carnivore Main Dishes, Sweets, and Party Snacks and Desserts. The ingredients and steps are familiar. I dislike elaborate, fancy-schemancy cookbooks. This cookbook offer a different take on foods I'm already eating, a kind of why didn't I think of that combo. I was already a fan of her blog (thanks to Edith for recommending it) and I will love cooking from this new cookbook.

Special Bonus: Interested in Blizzard Nemo? Take a look at this time lapse video Ken created.

Time Lapse - Winter Storm Nemo
Recipe: Sesame Spiced Lamb Meatballs

Flipping through the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, meatballs caught my eye. Memories of my mom's homemade spaghetti sauce made this feel like a nice winter time comfort food. The suggestion to use lamb instead of turkey meant I was sold in an instant. enjoy Moroccan inspired dishes. The cumin and coriander paired well with the lamb and offered a protein source other than our standard beef, poultry and fish.

  • 1 lb ground lamb 
  • 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs (1-2 slices sandwich bread) 
  • 1/4 cup water 
  • 1 Tbsp salt 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/2 tsp coriander 
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper 
  • Pinch of cayenne 
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted 
  • Olive oil to coat pan
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients with a fork, breaking up the clumps until ingredients are evenly distributed.
  3. Form mixture into golf ball sized meatballs and arrange on a plate.
  4. Heat oil in an oven proof saute pan (I used my cast iron pan). Brown the meatballs in batches, being careful not to overcrowd them or nudge them until nicely browned.Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and continue to cook the rest in batches.
  5. Discard the oil and wipe all but a thin layer from the pan. Return all the meatballs to the pan and transfer to the oven.
  6. Bake about 10-15 minutes until fully cooked.
Perelman served this over a tasty Smashed Chickpea Salad. I'll feature this recipe in next week's Fleet Feet Newsletter.

Source: Deb Perelman's The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Thank you for spending the time learning to nourish your health.

Aubrey Schulz
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