Our Vacation in Hawaii, Part 1. Things to Do in Maui: from Hiking Black Sand Beaches to Visiting an Animal Sanctuary and Driving to the Top of a Volcano

Black sand in Waianapanapa State Park, Maui, Hawaii

Hi all! As you probably know, we recently went on vacation in Maui, Hawaii, and now that we’re back, I’d like to tell you everything about this adventure! Yep, it took me a while to put this post together because, you know, life interferes, but better late than never, right? 😉 To begin with, let me say that we had a wonderful time, and were surprised to find out that Maui is a perfect place for a vegan-friendly vacation. I originally wanted to put together just one post about our experience, but realized that it would most likely be mile-long, so I’m splitting my recap in two parts. Today I’ll tell you about all of the awesome places we visited on Maui – hopefully you’ll find this useful if you’re ever planning to go there yourself. My next post will be about all of the vegan food on Maui, and I’m sure you’ll … Read the rest of the post

My Top 5 Favorite Vegan Cookbooks with Best Recipes for Easy, Cheap and Delicious Plant-Based Meals

Top 5 most useful vegan cookbooks, reviewed

Every now and then I get asked to recommend my favorite vegan cookbooks. For someone who just switched to the vegan or plant-based diet, owning a useful and dependable vegan cookbook (or five) can make or break the whole deal with this new dietary choice. Of course, I know that being vegan goes beyond just what we put on our plate (I hear ya, ethical vegans!), but since food still remains the most frequently used tool on the way to a cruelty-free world, today I’d like to focus on vegan food, and particularly cooking it with the help of useful vegan cookbooks. So for today’s post, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 favorite vegan cookbooks. In doing so, I went beyond selecting books with pretty pictures and nice fonts, but rather asked myself these questions: Do I use this cookbook a lot? Does this book call for everyday, easy-to-find ingredients? Is … Read the rest of the post

PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein Powder Review + a Giveaway of a Full-Size 1.2 lb PureFood Package!

PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein review and giveaway

Hi all! I’ve got a new review and a giveaway for you today, this time it’s PureFood Probiotic Plant Protein Powder – a product so new to the market that you can’t even buy it yet! That is, until August 6th when the company is scheduled to launch. The founder of PureFood Company has asked me to try out his creation and share my thoughts with my blog readers – that’s you, duh! Also, the winner of this week’s giveaway will be getting a whole bag of PureFood probiotic Plant Protein to try for free! So why did I decide to give protein powder another try? Well,remember my new fitness goal that I’ve announced a few weeks ago? In case you haven’t seen this post, I’ve decided that after doing my share of running races of all distances, I wanted to try myself at training for a bodybuilding competition in … Read the rest of the post

VeganRunnerEats Recipes are Selected for NutritionFacts.org Healthy Recipe Directory!

Hearty Chickpea and Shiitake Mushroom Soup -vegan recipe approved by Dr. Michael Greger

I’ve got some exciting news to share with you today: doctor Michael Greger and his team at NutritionFacts.org are putting together a recipe directory for healthy plant-based recipes, and four recipes from Vegan Runner Eats have been approved by Dr. Greger himself to become a part of it! In case you’ve been living under a rock and never heard of Dr. Greger and his site, NutritionFacts.org, here’s what you need to know. Dr. Greger reviews all of the leading research papers on nutrition published every year so that you and I didn’t have to, and puts them into informative and entertaining videos and articles that are way more palatable for the average human beings like ourselves to comprehend. When I first went vegan, Dr. Greger’s site and his multiple lectures on YouTube helped me learn so much about how to do this plant-based thing right, and since then I have … Read the rest of the post

Post-Marathon Blues, Why Commitment is Liberating, and My Next Big Goal

If a goal you've picked doesn't scare you, then you need to pick a bigger goal

When I ran my first half marathon in 2011, nobody told me that afterwards I would experience the so-called post-(half)marathon blues. The big race day was over, life was moving on, and all I really wanted was to experience the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment again. I didn’t know what to do with myself – go for my next run? Give myself another day to recover? – so I chose to take it one day at a time. Within a month, I ran another half marathon, and within a year and a half, I did a total of seven half marathons and one full, all because running another race seemed like the next logical step. Here’s the deal: now that I’m done with my 3rd marathon, for the first time in my life I don’t feel that another running race is the next step on my fitness journey. Today I’ve finally … Read the rest of the post

It Happened! Rock’n’Roll Seattle 2015 Marathon Recap, Plus the Lessons of Vegan Marathoning

Before the start at Rock'n'Roll Seattle Marathon

Wow, it’s still hard to believe that 2015 Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon – a race that occupied my mind and my training log for the past five months – is already behind us! I’m still struggling to gather all my thoughts together and write a race recap, so let me just say here: this marathon was a lot of fun, and like the two of my previous marathons, it taught me a lot! (You can check out all of my marathon training updates over here.) This gem is now added to my race medal collection So where do I start my race recap? With the stats! In case you don’t want to scroll all the way down to see my results (although I’d love it if you stick around!), I ran this marathon in 4:15:12. Not my fastest marathon time, but not bad at all for a challenging course with lots … Read the rest of the post

Vegan Marathon Training Q & A: Your Most Popular Questions Answered! Plus a Bonus: Race Nutrition Tips from Blog Readers

Vegan Marathon Training Q & A - most frequently asked questions with answers from my experience

…So here I am, only two days away from Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon, and closer than ever to being able to write about something other than running and marathon training soon :). All of the training with its ups and downs is in, and since I can’t change anything at this point, I can only hope that everything works out well this Saturday. So today I’m going to reflect on my vegan marathon training once more, this time in the form of a Q & A. By now I’ve covered just about everything about my training process in my marathon training updates, but there have been a few aspects that skipped my attention. Some of the questions below have been sent to me by readers like you, and others are most frequently asked by people in my day-to-day life when they find out that I’ve been training for a marathon. Plus, … Read the rest of the post

What a Vegan Marathoner Eats on a Long Run Day for Best Performance and Optimal Recovery

What a vegan marathoner eats on a long run day for best performance and optimal recovery

Ever since I started this blog almost two years ago, one of the most popular search terms that people ask Google before it sends them to this site has been ‘What a vegan runner/marathoner eats’. I can see the interest because both running and veganism are becoming more mainstream, especially after successful vegan runners like Scott Jurek have spoken about their diet as a huge enhancer to their performance. I personally have noticed that my recovery from hard workouts and long runs has been nothing short of remarkable, especially as I’ve been training for Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon that’s now only a week away. So today I decided to share with you my exact menu on one of my recent long run days that helped me bounce back from running 15+ miles on Sunday morning and have a quality strength training session at the gym on Monday evening. I have to … Read the rest of the post

Month 4 of Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training: the Finish Line is Getting Closer!

Rock'n'Roll Seattle Marathon training as a vegan - month 4 recap

So I’m officially entering the final stretch of my training for Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon, and today it’s time for me to share with you the highlights of my vegan training in month 4. To sum up this month, the training wasn’t easy, but I powered through it and came out on top! Holmes Harbor on Whidbey Island during low tide, as seen during one of my long runs You may remember from my previous update that last month, my left shin suddenly started giving me trouble, so I had to cut down the mileage of one of my long runs and went on to skip running altogether the following week. I iced that spot and made sure not to load it during my regular strength training sessions at the gym, and by mid-week noticed that my shin wasn’t bothering me anymore. The following weekend, Rob and I flew to New … Read the rest of the post

Our Adventures in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, WA: Beautiful Views, Whimsical Art, and Delicious Vegan Food

Friday Harbor marina and ferry landing

Hi all! So I was planning on posting a new update on my Seattle Rock’n’Roll marathon training this week, but last weekend Rob and I discovered a new little gem here in the Pacific Northwest – a city of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island that happened to be quite vegan-friendly – so today I decided to share our adventures from last Saturday instead of a marathon update. As you may know, we live on Whidbey Island that’s located just to the north of Seattle. If you look on the map, you’ll see that there’s a whole constellation of islands to the north and a little to the west from us called San Juan Islands. We heard that things were beautiful over there, which makes San Juans a popular vacation destination in the summer – so popular that you have to make hotel/bed-and-breakfast/camping reservations half a year in advance. Last summer that … Read the rest of the post