A Superfood Sweet Treat for Runners

by Jess on August 19, 2014

Chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies have a special place in my memory. Some of my earliest memories include licking spoons and waiting for cookies to cool. I couldn’t wait to get my little paws on them and would often burn my tongue when my patience ran out. In reality these cookies cool rather quickly, but when your six-years-old and you need that peanut butter chocolatey goodness in your mouth, thirty minutes feels like a life time.

While I still occasionally make the original recipe, I’ve been tinkering around with a healthier one for some time now. I think I’ve finally perfected it. Full of healthy carbs, fats and super foods such as raw cacao, coconut oil and hemp seeds they can be a healthy treat for us runners. They’re also vegan and can easily  be made with gluten free ingredients.

no bake almond butter chocolate hemp seed cookie recipe


These take very little time to make and yield approximately 15 small cookies. If you’re marathon training and crave salt add in a dash of salt for a salty-sweet combo. Additionally if you don’t have any hemp seeds on hand substitute an additional 1/2 cup of oats instead.

Trust me when I tell you you’ll want to make these this week! Enjoy!


Training Diaries

The summer and fall edition of Race Pace Training Diaries follows Jess D, a Race Pace Runner, training for the 2014 New York City Marathon with the goal of becoming a faster runner and setting a new Personal Record. Learn more about Jess and her goals here.

I am officially in the fifth week of training and have been filled with so many emotions but mainly I’ve noticed that day by day, I’ve slowly fallen in love with running (and New York City) all over again.

Relaxing post run

This winter was brutal! For those of you in the Northeast, you know what I’m talking about…the “polar vortex.” The days all started to blend together and were filled with endless amounts of snow and crappy running conditions. Running in that type of weather can be really tough at times…the winter wonderland very quickly lost its appeal!

But as the temperatures got warmer and I got myself back into the training groove with Jess, those cold dreary days seemed like a distant memory. I’ve been trying to switch up my runs so that each time I can explore a new part of NYC. And I have to say, the city has been looking pretty great these days. As runners, we get to experience this beauty by foot…and it doesn’t get much better than that.

From early morning runs in Central Park, to weekends at Summer Streets, to sunsets over the Westside Highway, I’ve fallen in love all over again with my running shoes and this amazing city I am lucky to call my home.

Here are just a few of the gorgeous moments I’ve been lucky enough to capture while training for my 26.2. I’d love to hear where your runs are taking you these days…I hope it’s somewhere amazing.


You can find me on Twitter and Instagram…talk to you soon!



After completing 4 marathons in eleven months(!), I had zero desire to run yet another marathon in 2014. Despite how it appears, I’m not a serial marathoner, just a life-long runner. Running that number of marathons over a relatively short period of time is uncharacteristic for me.


San Diego in June, NYCM in November, LA in March and Boston in April.

What exactly was it that convinced me to sign-up for another marathon?

The opportunity to be a member of the Ford Warrior’s in Pink Team, to coach two teammates and fund raise for a cause that so many I’m close to have been affected by. Despite my previous commitment to not run another marathon this year, I knew this was something I 100% wanted to be a part of.

You see, there are two things I can remember being a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember – running and breast cancer. Those two things look so strange in the same sentence, but it’s true. Unfortunately, we all know what breast cancer has meant to many of the people we love (my grandmother, aunt, high school best friend’s mom, a friend’s best friend, a client… the list goes on).

This opportunity to do something that I love while fund raising for a cause to help potentially save someone’s life or give them access to care makes this one of the more meaningful fundraisers and races I’ve committed to.


Ford’s Warrior in Pink donates100% of the net proceeds of sales to four unique breast cancer foundations. Check out their website to see exactly how many dollars from your purchase are donated.

The Ford Warrior’s in Pink Team is made up of myself, Sarah D (of SarahFit fame) – a Model of Courage for Warriors in Pink and Tracie B , also a Model of Courage for Warriors in Pink, who is a 30-year-old Breast Cancer Survivor. The Chicago Marathon will be Sarah and Tracie’s first marathon!

My goal is to raise $1,500 for Komen and run this race to honor all of the women and men I know whose lives have been changed because of this disease. And I’ll need your help in order to reach my goal.

Donate $100 to sponsor a mile or donate any amount to receive an enormous amount of gratitude.

If you wish to make a donation you may do so by clicking here.

Much love and appreciation,



Race Pace Training Diaries: Meet Jess D.

by Jess on August 4, 2014

Training Diaries

Hello fellow runners and Race Pace Runners! My name is Jess and I am lucky enough to be working with @RacePaceJess to train for the NYC Marathon this November.

Jersey City Half

I have been running for about 5 years now, but recently felt like I had hit a plateau. I always get myself from start to finish in a decent amount of time, but I knew I was capable of more and had been having trouble pushing myself to this next level on my own. Enter Jess Underhill =)

With three weeks of training under my belt, I have to say I am feeling pretty great and so excited for what’s to come. I was eager to get back on an official training schedule and I know with Jess guiding me, this time around it’s going to be better than ever. If you know me already, you probably know I live to run. I like to talk about running, buy running gear, share runs with friends…basically love, live, run!

I would love for you all to follow along my training journey as I attempt to make a dent in my previous marathon time of 4:26:11. But enough about me for now…how is YOUR training going? Attempting to BQ? Battling runger? Struggling with the humidity? We’re all in this together! Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter or Instagram so we can get a little #runchat going.

Miles ahead…let’s go =)




Summer Running

Ahhhh! Summer running is in full swing (finally)! Personally, I feel like I’m in my element right now. I’m in my fourth week of training for the Chicago Marathon and I’m excited to incorporate some new things into my training plan. I’m focusing on coaching myself the same way I do my clients instead of just flying by the seat of my pants. I’m even using the same google spreadsheet format I use with them!

I ran my first solo long run Sunday, so I downloaded some new tunes (I was still listening to my playlist from last June!). I find that I like a combination of music styles so that I’m not sprinting the entire hour and forty-five minutes I’m running. Sometimes running with music annoys me, but other times it sends me to a retrospective place that propels me into the future. I’m pretty sure that sentence doesn’t really make sense, so just roll with  it.

The first four weeks of my training looked like this:

  • 4 – 5 days of running (1 long run, 1 tempo run, 2 easy runs with 1 day of strides and sometimes a bonus run just because)
  • 1 day of strength training (should really be two)
  • 1 Hot Power Yoga Class
  • 1 Easier Yoga Class

I have a cutback week coming up and then I’ll add specific speed work into the mix. I’m excited to be working hard again!


I start out running too slow. My adrenaline and nerves at the start of a race slow me down. I just can’t seem to speed up.”

These are sentences I’ve never heard a runner say when giving their race recap.

On the other hand, raise your hand if after a race you’ve ever said “I started out too fast” or “I just couldn’t slow down enough during the first few miles and I blew it“.

Nearly every runner I’ve ever spoken to tells me that at some point during their running career they have had trouble starting a race at the appropriate pace. The best way to break this bad habit is to practice this during training and to have a specific race day pacing strategy in place.


However, fresh legs from tapering, race day excitement and adrenaline can make sticking to your pacing plan difficult in the first few miles of the race. Here’s what to do if you start out running too fast in your next race:

#1: Don’t panic. Acknowledge the fact that you are running too fast, but don’t judge your pace or yourself. Instead of beating yourself up with negative thoughts, tell yourself this: “I’m going too fast, but that’s okay. I just need to pull back the reigns a little to nail my pace.”

#2 Correct your course ASAP! It doesn’t take long to notice you started out too fast. Your breath rate, stride, arm swing and foot strike provide immediate feedback letting you know you’re off pace. Once you notice you’re off pace,  slow down.

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#3 Don’t pass the person just ahead of you: One of the easiest ways to slow down is to run behind the person in front of you instead of passing them. Then, once you’re behind them don’t allow yourself to pass them until you’re locked into your planned pace for the first few miles of the race.

#4 Give yourself a little leeway. As part of your race day strategy, plan on giving yourself the first .5-1.0 mile to settle into your pace. When you reach the 1 mile marker, slow your pace down. If you’re running a marathon or half marathon, running one mile a bit too fast won’t ruin your race. If you’re running a shorter race then you’ll need to reign your pace back in before you reach the one-mile marker.



How Long Should My Marathon Training Plan Be?

June 9, 2014

How many of you are running a fall marathon? If you haven’t started training yet, now is the time to map out your training plan! If you’ve been building a strong base throughout the summer months, a sixteen to eighteen week training plan is ideal. Yes, you can get by with a shorter training cycle, […]

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How Gary Took 10 Minutes Off His PR to BQ & 4 Things You Should Start Doing Now

May 13, 2014

I have such a fun story to share with you today. Last December, Alyssa reached out to purchase a Race Pace Wellness marathon coaching program for her husband, Gary, as a Hanukkah gift (best present ever!). This super-fit couple started running marathons in 2012, setting the goal to complete a marathon in all 50-states. As it turns out, both […]

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Race Pace Training Diaries: Nike Women’s DC Half Marathon Recap

May 12, 2014

The spring edition of Race Pace Training Diaries follows Jackie, a Race Pace Runner, on her journey of acheiving a big half marathon PR this spring. Learn more about Jackie and her goals here. Before For about a week leading up to the race, it was basically all I could think about! On the day before the big […]

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Boston Marathon Recap: Undertrained & Overjoyed

April 30, 2014

*I wrote this post a few days ago. Since then, I’ve tried to think of how to edit this so it would better capture what April 21st meant to me on a personal level and what it meant to our larger running community. However, I haven’t been able to find the words. The memory and the […]

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