The Flourishing Experiment

Angela Tortorice, Marathon Maniac Hall of Famer (2014), who has run over 500 marathons or longer, joins Kari to chat about how to select races, how to travel to races, how to run multiple races in one weekend, and much more. Kari and Serena share their race suggestions, and Serena answers a Periscope question about when to ideally eat carbs.

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Angela Tortorice
Wonder Woman, Angela Tortorice joins TRLS to rave about her favorite seasonal races.

  • Kari gives a huge thank you to “Saint Zen” Liz Whitteberry for recommending that Angela appear on TRLS!
  • Angela is crowned Runner of the Week for this episode.
  • Angela religiously trains on the busy streets of downtown Dallas during her lunch break no matter what the weather has in store for her—talk about commitment!
  • Angela has completed 50 marathons in 50 states three
  • Check out the Texas Threesome™, the Texas Quad™, and the Texas Double™, for which Angela is the Race Director.
  • Fun fact about Angela: She is the Guinness World Record Holder for the Most Marathons in a Calendar Year (2013) when she did 129 marathons from 9/1/12 through 8/31/13!
  • She entered the Marathon Maniacs Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Angela offers some recovery advice (shower, put your feet up, eat, sleep, repeat) for runners who travel and run multiple marathons.
  • She offers some sage race advice and tells Kari some must-run races that you won’t want to miss:
    • Pick a warm(er) destination race location during the winter months.
    • Choose a race where you can hang out with your running “family,” like Angela’s in Waco, TX.
    • Check out the Marathon Maniacs and 50 States Marathon Club sites for race resources.
    • Stay active, do the walk-run method, and stay connected to fellow runners.
  • Check out Angela’s site at
  • The following races are mentioned during this episode:

Winter Race Recommendations

  • The Miracle Match Marathon in Waco, TX, is held on January 31, 2016. The Race Director is Nancy Goodnight, and the website is
  • The Texas Marathon in Humboldt, TX, has a New Year’s Day race that has a three-and-a-half-pound medal (everything is bigger in Texas!), which involves charity running and children’s events.
  • Angela’s favorite warm-weather race is the Surf City USA race in Huntington Beach, CA, on February 7, 2016, which attracts 10,000 runners and includes a flat out-and-back course, where you run along over passes and along the ocean.
  • The Yuma Territorial Marathon in Yuma, AZ offers runners a chance to run two states in one weekend.
  • Tackle the Savage Seven Marathons in Ocala, FL, where runners can run seven marathons on seven consecutive days (oh my!). The Race Director is Chuck Savage.
  • The Chevron Houston Marathon on January 16, 2016, started back in 1972.
  • The Austin Marathon offers lovers a chance to run on Valentine’s Day 2016.

Spring Race Recommendations

  • The Irving Marathon in Irving, TX, on April 16, 2016, expects more than 2,500 runners. The Race Director is Ronnie Chesko.
  • The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is beautiful and passes by a reflection pond.
  • The Delaware Marathon Running Festival, on May 8, 2016, is amazing thanks to Race Directors Joel and Stacey Schiller, and Angela likes the early start for runners who need it. She loves the gorgeous stone railways, the flowers in blooms, and thinks the spectators are amazing.
    • Head over to org. When registering for a race, use The Running Lifestyle Show (TRLS) as a team and receive $20 off the marathon ($90 by February 29th with the TRLS discount; $10 off the half marathon ($75 with the TRLS discount by February 29th; $10 off a four-person relay team ($150 with the TRLS discount by February 29th) and $20 off an eight-person relay team ($300 with the TRLS discount by February 29th)

Summer Race Recommendations

  • The Turtle Marathon in Roswell, NM, supports Multiple Sclerosis and is held on September 3, 2016 at the very end of the summer.
  • The Pocatello Marathon in Pocatello, ID includes a nine-mile decline, where Angela got her world record.
  • The El Scorcho Run at midnight in Fort Worth, TX, in July is quite the endurance challenge.
  • The Park City Marathon is beautiful.
  • The ET Full Moon Marathon in Las Vegas, NV is a middle-of-the-night race that includes almost two and a half hours’ worth of moon shine during the race on August 20–21, 2016.

Fall Race Recommendations

  • The Hancock Shaker Village race in Pittsfield, MA, took Angela 10 hours and 48 minutes. because it’s all uphill and on rocks!
  • The Eversource Hartford Marathon in Hartford, CT, on October 8, 2016, which benefits the Foodshare of Greater Hartford.
  • The Green Mountain Marathon in Green Mountain, VT on October 9, 2016, offers a flat out-and-back course along apple orchards.
  • The Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2016, is where she PRed.
  • The Fort Worth Marathon promotes exercise and health in the community and is on November 13, 2016. The Race Director is Steve Looney.
  • The 72-hour UltraCentric race is an endurance run on November 17–20, 2016 in Grapevine, TX.
  • The Williams Route 66 Marathon on November 19, 2016 is a well-organized race.
  • The Cowtown Marathon includes both the full and half marathons, runs past a golf course and a stock yard, and is on February 28, 2016.

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Serena Marie, RD: Carbs
Serena Marie, RD answers a Periscope viewer question, “When is the ideal time to eat carbs?”

  • Keep in mind that every body is different.
  • Carbs get a bad rap at times, so remember that Serena defers that we get carbs from non-starchy foods.
  • Carbs create a spike in insulin that acts as the “annoying neighbor” to get your cells to open up and let sugar in.
  • Carbs are best utilized before your workout.
  • Post-workout (40+ minutes of cardio), you can eat carbs to replenish sugar for your muscles.
  • For people who have trouble sleeping, having a serving of carbs an hour before bed might be helpful (like milk or fruit).
  • Sometimes diabetics find that their blood sugar is elevated in the morning, so they might benefit from a lower-carb breakfast.

Mike Clarke
Mike Clarke joins the show to chat with Kari about the half marathon option for the Big Beach Marathon.

  • Out of total registrants so far, approximately two-thirds (65–70 percent) have registered for the half marathon versus the full marathon.
  • Next week, Mike chats about the course and what to expect along the course (fuel, pit stops, and so on).
  • Remember that as a TRLS listener, you can get a 15 percent discount when you go to com and enter code RUNLIFE during the registration process!

Serena Marie, RD: Injury Update and Races

Serena Marie, RD (lovingly called “SMRD”) joins Kari again to update listeners on her injury and to give some stellar race tips.

  • Serena gives listeners an update on her injury.
  • She talks about the important lessons she has learned from physical therapy.
  • Learn what race SMRD really, really wants to run in the spring.
  • Kari gives some exciting news regarding the Delaware Marathon Festival on May 8, 2016!
  • Serena and Kari provide some race tips, like packing, not starting out too fast at the beginning of a race, bringing comfortable shoes to wear post-race, keeping tabs on the weather report about 18–36 hours before race day, and more!
  • Also, check out the Nike Women’s Half Marathon review from Episode #9 HERE and the Delaware Marathon Running Festival from Episode #12 HERE.

Next week, Kari interviews Jae Grunke, who is a running form expert.

Also, don’t miss Kari’s guest appearance on Jeff Sanders’ The 5 AM Miracle Podcast HERE. Kari chats about how she formed her own personal dream team to help her accomplish her personal and professional goals.

Namaste TRLS brothers and sisters!


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Serena Marie, RD:
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Twitter: @SerenaMarieRD
Instagram: SerenaMarieRD

Kari Gormley:
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