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Team Amica: Will Run For Pizza

Throughout our training, we’ve both been trying to commit to eating healthy. So, we usually prepare high-protein dishes like chicken or salmon and vegetables.

Before a longer run, it’s important to have a meal that is packed with both protein and carbs. Our favorite meals before a morning run are protein pancakes or bagels with peanut butter. We’ve been buying the Buttermilk Kodiak Cakes® as they have less sugar than regular pancakes but more protein.

After a long run, we’ve gotten into the habit of rewarding ourselves with chocolate banana protein shakes. Our recipe calls for:

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  • One scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • Ice
  • *Optional: 1 teaspoon coconut oil*

Of course, we have our cheat days (sometimes more than one cheat day each week)! After a workout we’ll occasionally make a pizza from scratch using an easy dough recipe. We mix fast-rising pizza yeast with hot water, an herb mix, and olive oil to create our dough. After we’ve let the dough rise and pre-cook it for a few minutes we top it with some sauce, fresh vegetables, and mozzarella cheese. This recipe is such a favorite of ours that we end up making it a few nights a week after a longer run.

§ Gillian and Will are employees of Amica Mutual Insurance and have received free entries into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.

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Team Amica: Oh, The Places We’ll Train

We’re into our third week of training and it’s going well! We’ve gotten into a pattern of running after work and doing our longer runs on Saturday morning. This is a good compromise for us because I like to run in the evenings and Gillian likes to run in the mornings. Neither of us likes running at midday as it takes away from other fun weekend activities, and it’s the hottest part of the day. We try to train together as much as possible, so we are doing our workouts as a team.

We prefer to run outside because the scenery helps make the run more enjoyable and helps make the time go by faster. (Who likes staring at a treadmill screen telling you that you still have an hour of running left?) We typically do our speed workouts and shorter runs at a high school track, but we also like running on some bike trails. For our longer runs, we’ve gone to Alki Beach or to Green Lake, since these areas are not only scenic, but provide a nice flat road.

Ideally, the best training weather for us will be when it’s a little colder outside. But no matter what, we’ll be out there running in any weather (rain, heat, cold) giving it 110 percent!

§ Gillian and Will are employees of Amica Mutual Insurance and have received free entries into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.

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Team Amica: We’re on Our Way!

GILLIAN AND WILL

GILLIAN AND WILL

WILL ON THE BASKETBALL COURT AGAIN.

WILL ON THE BASKETBALL COURT AGAIN.

We’ve officially begun our marathon training and are off to a great start!

Our training started on July 3 and will conclude on race day, November 26. Our plan has us running on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sundays are our rest days. On Wednesdays and Fridays we cross train. This typically consists of 45 minutes to an hour’s worth of activity such as strength training at the gym in our office or swimming. I also used to be a spinning instructor in college, so that’s my favorite type of cross training. And last week, we got back to Will’s sports roots by playing basketball.

Each Saturday we add a mile to our run, and will be able to run 20 miles by the day of the marathon. The idea is that once your body can run 20 miles, the remaining 6.2 is all mental. I’ve used this training for previous marathons.

We haven’t signed up for any smaller races yet, but we won’t rule it out. We think it would be a great way to continue exploring the West Coast.

By the end of all this training, our goal is to complete the marathon in less than four hours. But we’ll be happy if we just finish it! Wish us luck!

§ Gillian and Will are employees of Amica Mutual Insurance and have received free entries into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.

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Team Amica: The Will to Succeed!

Greetings from Seattle! I’m Will, an Account Manager in Amica’s Seattle Regional Office. I’m originally from Massachusetts and moved here about 8 months ago.

The Seattle Marathon will be my first major run ever. Although I’ve played several sports, I’ve never run track, much less trained for a marathon. My longest run was a 5K. Before starting to train for the marathon, I’d never practiced long-distance running.

I decided to run the Seattle Marathon because I enjoy pushing myself and trying new things. I know that training for this marathon will be drastically different from training for other sports I have played, such as basketball and baseball.

I’m looking forward to the challenge of running in the marathon, and what I envision to be a rewarding feeling once I cross the finish line in November. I’m also excited to train with Gillian, another account manager in the Seattle office, who has considerably more running experience than I do. Training with someone who’s already done a marathon will provide great insight into what it takes to get ready, and I’ll go in knowing I am fully prepared. While I think that it’ll be difficult to go from no running experience to taking on a full marathon, I’m ecstatic for the opportunity to participate.

§  Will is an employee of Amica Mutual Insurance and has received a free entry into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.

Will and Gillian!

Will and Gillian!

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Team Amica: Channeling Her Inner Strength

Hi! I’m Gillian, an Account Manager in Amica’s Seattle Regional Office, and I’m excited to share my journey as I get ready to run the Amica Seattle Marathon – it’s just FIVE months away! But first I wanted to share a little bit about myself and why I’m running.

I ran my first marathon during my sophomore year in college – I’d never run more than a 5K before that. A few of my family members had run marathons before, so they helped me train. I found it hard at times to stay motivated (there’s only so much music that you can fit on your iPod). But that changed when the 6-year-old son of a family friend became sick and was diagnosed with leukemia. That’s when I decided to dedicate my marathon to him. Each time I went for a run, I pictured his strength and channeled my inner strength, which helped to push me further.

I went on to finish 18th in my division in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. As I crossed the finish line and received my medal from the United States Marine Corps, I felt an immense sense of accomplishment. Since then, I’ve run another full marathon and a half marathon. Also, while still in college, I worked as a fitness instructor to help others find the inner strength I felt when I crossed that finish line.

Since moving from Connecticut to Seattle, I’ve continued to run and have decided to participate in the Seattle Marathon with Will – another manager in the office. We were in the same college graduating class and we became best friends after Will came to our branch. We’re committed to helping each other through the highs and lows of training to run 26.2 miles. I look forward to helping Will complete his first marathon so that he’ll feel that same sense of accomplishment when he crosses the finish line in November.

§  Gillian is an employee of Amica Mutual Insurance and has received a free entry into the 2017 Seattle Marathon from Amica Insurance for contributing to this blog.

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Go James!!

We would like to offer congratulations to our very own James Heath for completing the 2016 Marin Corps Marathon in Washington DC!

GO JAMES!

James has been supporting you for the past 9 years as our logistics coordinator. He makes sure your start and finish line gets where it needs to be!

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5 Health Benefits of Almonds

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5 Health Benefits of Almonds

You can scour the internet for lists of foods that are good for many aspects of your health, and there's a good chance that you'll find almonds on a very large percentage of them. The benefits of this nut are seemingly infinite. They certainly make a great snack for any athlete. Here’s a quick list of five primary benefits that are sure to turn you into an almond lover if you're not already one.

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Volunteers

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Volunteers

To paraphrase an old saying, running is absurdly simple, but the father you go, it ain't easy.

The same notion holds true with organizing, facilitating and coordinating a running event.

Whether it's planning an impromptu scamper around the block for the neighbor kids or arranging a carefully orchestrated run like the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon on Nov. 27, there is one element that is needed for both to pull it off and make it happen.

That element is the dedicated volunteers who either give of themselves, their time, or provide some tangible resource of support to all runners in the event.

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The Cloth of Our Nation represented with Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

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The Cloth of Our Nation represented with Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Earlier in the year, I volunteered at the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon vendor booth at the Tacoma City Marathon expo. I couldn’t help but notice several members of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard ‘Fast Attack’ run group picking up their run packets for the event, along with a smattering of Army personnel from nearby Joint Base Lewis McChord. There were others, obvious due to their manner, their comportment, the way they carried themselves.

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Home Town Pride

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Home Town Pride

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Seattle’s hometown marathon has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for runners and walkers in the Pacific Northwest.

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Seattle Marathon Association

Who we are

The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non profit organization governed by a ten member Board of Directors. It is proud of its commitment to providing a quality running event in the Pacific Northwest, providing our sponsors with maximum exposure in association with the event and making a positive social and economic impact on the city of Seattle. Using the Visitors and Convention Bureau Statistics, a conservative positive economic impact to the Seattle economy is five million dollars per year. With the current growth trend of the Seattle Marathon, the economic impact could double within three years.

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