How to Beat Treadmill Boredom and Stay Focused on Running: 5 Workouts That Keep Things Interesting

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It’s been a while since I wrote about running and fitness in general, so today’s the day for an update! And yes, you’ve read it right – my running as of recently has involved a treadmill. The good ol’ ‘dreadmill’, as it’s known among the running folk for its ability to induce epic boredom. Why have I decided to start using it? Read on – and you’ll find out how I manage to keep my treadmill runs fun and challenging. (The Naturally Nutty giveaway winner is announced at the end.) In fact, it all started with me stopping running for some time. In the past five weeks or so, I made a conscious decision to avoid running so that to give my injured foot some long-deserved rest. You may remember me mentioning plantar fasciitis that’s been bothering me since a couple weeks before I ran my marathon last November – that’s a … Read the rest of the post

Easy Vegan Pasta Primavera Recipe

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The other day I was making this Pasta Primavera for dinner when it hit me: this dish embodies everything I believe vegan food should be – easy, quick to make, tasty and healthy – so it would be unfair to not share this recipe here on the blog! In fact, I’ve been making some variation of this pasta quite regularly because this recipe always saves the day whenever I’m too tired/lazy/pressed for time to make a more elaborate dinner. Plus, Rob being half-Italian is a big fan of pasta! The hands-down awesomeness of this recipe is that it’s very customizable depending on what ingredients you have on hand. I like it with spaghetti, but any pasta shape will do. Fresh veggies are great, but if you don’t have a lot of them, you can easily use a bag of assorted frozen vegetables in a pinch. Store-bought pasta sauce will work … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: Three Jars of Organic Almond and Pumpkin Seed Butter from Naturally Nutty

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Hi everyone! I’ve got something pretty awesome for you today – a giveaway of delicious organic almond and pumpkin seed butter by Naturally Nutty in not one, not two, but THREE amazing flavors! A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Katie, the founder of Naturally Nutty – a small family-owned and operated company based in Traverse City, Michigan. Katie, a vegan runner and a mom of three, decided to start making her own healthy and organic nut and seed butters back in 2007, after searching for a healthier peanut butter alternative for her kids and not finding any among the big commercial brands. (You can read her story here.) Fast forward to today, Katie’s small company has grown to make an impressive lineup of all-organic peanut, almond, pumpkin and sunflower seed butters in various flavors, from plain to decadent – Mocha Almond Butter, Chocolate Cherry Peanut Butter, White Chocolate … Read the rest of the post

New Series: Tried and True Recipes! Plus Our 4th of July Weekend Trip to the Mountains

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You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting a lot of recipes lately. Before I pull out the “It’s hard to blog regularly while having a full-time job!” card, I’ve got to admit that lately I’ve been making a lot of recipes from various vegan cookbooks and blogs as opposed to experimenting on my own. So the other day I had an idea to put together a post about those recently tried recipes and share all that vegan deliciousness with you – after all, this post about my 10 favorite recipes from other blogs from a few months ago remains one of the most popular posts on Vegan Runner Eats. Then I had an even better idea – what if I start a new series here on the blog, and regularly share a few of the recipes I’ve recently tried? So today I’m introducing the new series that I’m calling Tried and True Recipes! … Read the rest of the post

What I’ve Learned Series: June 2014 Edition

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Here we come again – the month is almost over, and it’s time for another episode of What I’ve Learned series! As you remember, every month I put together a list of 10 random facts of knowledge that come to my attention during that month so that you have something to learn too! As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts – or recently learned facts – in the comments below. To see past editions of What I’ve Learned series, click here. What I’ve Learned in June 2014 – Ten Random Facts of Knowledge 1. Only 0.05% of Americans have ever run a marathon. 2. Gardening tip: if you’re growing plants for their fruit or root, plant them in a place where they’ll be getting lots of sun every day. If you’re after their leaves or stems, they’ll be just fine with partial sun! This sums up pretty much all of the … Read the rest of the post

Fremont Fair: Seattle’s Quirkiest Neighborhood Shows Us More Than We Asked For

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Wow, this past weekend was definitely something to remember! On Saturday, Rob and I visited the Fremont Fair – a giant fun event celebrating the summer solstice that took place in Fremont, the quirkiest neighborhood of Seattle. This annual fair took place for the 43rd time, and while we only found out about it a few days ago, we were definitely glad that we did! Just how quirky is Fremont, you may ask? After living in the Deep South for almost eight years, I consider seeing anyone wearing clown shoes on an average day the pinnacle of quirkiness, but for the dwellers of Fremont it’s just casual Tuesday morning attire. In fact, this Seattle neighborhood has an official motto of ‘delibertas quirkas’ – the freedom to be peculiar. The Fremont Fair concentrated this free spirit the same way sugar cane juice is concentrated to turn into molasses – it may be light and thin at first, but … Read the rest of the post

Ten Changes in My Mindset I’ve Had Since Going Vegan – Part 2 of My Veganniversary Celebration

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(This post is part two of a 2-part series celebrating my Veganniversary. See part 1 here.) As you remember, in my previous post I summed up a few changes in my health since I went vegan a little over a year ago. Today’s post is about the changes that I believe to be even more important than the physical ones – the changes in my mindset. Why do I think that the mindset changes are so important? Because they show how far we’ve gone in our personal growth, and ultimately they can influence our decision to stick with something we chose to do, or abandon it. I am sure that everyone who’s ever decided to go vegan has experienced some changes in their mindset, but since they are not as noticeable as, say, the improvement in our energy levels or, ahem, better bowel  movement frequency, we tend not to compare them with … Read the rest of the post

My First Vegan Anniversary Celebration! 5 Physical Improvements I’ve Had Since Going Vegan

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(This post is part one of a two-post series celebrating my Veganniversary. See part 2 here.) You know how sometimes we get caught in a whirlwind of things suddenly happening to us, and we forget something important? Well, that recently happened to me: last month I started a new job, got lots of new opportunities for this blog (the new Everyday Heroes series taking off was awesome!), continued to explore our new surroundings in the Northwest Washington and almost got used to this new rhythm of life – and in the meantime, completely forgot that May marked a year since I ditched all animal-derived foods and went vegan! All is not lost, so I’m going to celebrate my belated Veganniversary (yes, that’s a real word) today! And what’s a better way to do this than to count all my blessings and see how my life and wellbeing have changed since … Read the rest of the post

Quick Recipe: Chili Taco Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing

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The past few weeks have been a whirlwind over here! Since I started my new job, there hasn’t been enough hours in a day, it seems, to do everything I need to do. I used to be able to put a nice, freshly cooked meal on the table every night, but now I’m scrambling to find time even to sit down on our couch for five minutes! The whole time management issue has been a challenge, especially since I still very much want to keep this blog going, and exercise regularly. When free time becomes a luxury, you’ve got to get inventive. That’s exactly what I did the other night when I made this chili taco salad, and it was a huge hit! A little backstory: Rob and I agreed that if we wanted to have homemade dinners every day throughout the week, we would have to spend a good portion of … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: Win a Copy of Mark Sutton’s ‘Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World’, Autographed by the Author!

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I’m excited to announce yet another giveaway today on Vegan Runner Eats – this time, the winner will get an autographed copy of ‘Heart Healthy Pizza Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Based Recipes for the Most Nutritious Pizza in the World’ by Mark Sutton. A few weeks ago just after we moved to Washington state, I received a copy of this cookbook from Mark, and immediately started binge-reading it. You may remember from this post that we ran into trouble with getting our worldly possessions transported to us – it took almost a month for them to cross the country, which made me miss my kitchen supplies like never before and left me unable to cook anything more complicated than a veggie burrito. As I was waiting for my kitchen stuff to arrive, I got plenty of time to familiarize myself with Mark’s pizza cookbook and pick a few recipes to make … Read the rest of the post