Cooking with Aubrey

Marathon Bolognese

I fawned over Shalane Flanagan’s first book, Run Fast. Eat Slow. Her second book Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow, is equally as good. Although I think my favorite part is seeing references, quotes and pictures of her 2017 win at the New York City Marathon. This cookbook is full of recipes to help you feel comfortable in the kitchen making nourishing food designed to fuel your body.

Don’t think that you have to be an elite athlete to appreciate the recipes in this book. They really are for everyone and any household, with ingredients easily found at your local grocery store.

Even if you’re not hard at work preparing for a spring marathon, you’ll appreciate that this sauce is heavy on veggies, rather than a traditional Bolognese which skimps on vegetables. We are all better off getting more vegetables in our diets.

Marathon Bolognese


  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3-4 carrots, chopped
  • 2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cups baby spinach or chopped kale (optional)
  • Parmesan (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and about 1 tsp salt. Sauté until soften about 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Increase the heat to medium high and add the beef and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Add the oregano and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer, cooking uncovered, stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens about 25 minutes. Stir in the spinach or kale.
  4. Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash and top with grated Parmesan.

Adapted slightly from: Flanagan, Shalane & Elyse Kopecky; Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

Aubrey Schultz

Aubrey Schulz is a certified nutrition and triathlon coach with Get Out N Play. She works with clients to help them reach their nutritional and athletic goals, in the kitchen, out on the road and in the water!  Plus she's knowledgeable about how essential oils can boost your wellness and fitness. You can reach her at

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