Running, Blogging, Living: on Finding Balance

Running, Blogging, Living - searching for balance

A couple weekends ago, I found myself quite emotional: it was the weekend of Pensacola Marathon, the race I’ve participated in for the previous three years, starting with my first half marathon in 2011 and following with full marathons in 2012 and 2013. The 2013 race was especially near and dear to me because I started this blog in an effort to document training for it as a runner who became vegan a few months earlier. As I was watching race reports and pictures pop up on Facebook from my running friends back in Alabama, I found that I was sad not so much because I wasn’t participating in the race this time– we’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest earlier this year, and I’m not planning on traveling back to Pensacola, FL, anytime soon – but because I’ve been running much less these days, which prompted thinking whether or not … Read the rest of the post

Chanterelle Stir-Fry with Potatoes and Herbs

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Today I’d like to share with you a recipe that’s been near and dear to me ever since I was a kid growing up in Russia: a delicious and simple stir-fry of chanterelle mushrooms and potatoes. The chanterelle season in central European Russia falls on mid-summer, so this dish was always a treat we used to have a few times every June and July. Since I came to the US eight and a half years ago, I never had a chance to find chanterelles again until Rob and I moved to the Pacific Northwest earlier this year. We found out that this type of mushroom grows pretty well around here, but the season falls on September-October. A couple things to clarify: 1. No, I didn’t put on my brand-new rubber boots and set off on a mushroom foraging trip in the nearby woods to find me some chanterelles for this stir-fry, even though that probably would have been … Read the rest of the post

How to Beat Gym Boredom: 5 Workouts that Kick Your Butt in Under 30 Minutes

5 Workouts to Bust Gym Boredom

If you’ve ever committed to a gym routine only to find yourself bored and unmotivated a couple months later, I feel your pain. I myself used to be less than excited about going to the gym regularly, but kept coming back only because I knew that the gym was charging me every month regardless of the frequency of my visits. Running saved me from quitting exercise back in those days, but that’s a different story. Today I’d like to tell you about the little tweaks I’ve implemented into my workout routine that get me excited about going to the gym almost every day, plus share with you 5 workouts that bust gym boredom and keep things interesting. In the past year or so, I’ve changed my approach for gym workouts, and finally started seeing results while spending less time at the gym! These are the 3 steps that made the difference: 3 … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: All-Natural, Organic Vegan Skincare Products by SkinnySkinny – a $42 Value

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As you know, I’ve been running giveaways here at Vegan Runner Eats on a monthly basis. I’m particularly excited to bring you today’s giveaway of organic vegan skincare products by SkinnySkinny, an all-natural beauty care company based in Brooklyn, NYC, because supporting a vegan business is always great! I came across SkinnySkinny while researching fully vegan beauty care products, and was impressed by their commitment to create all-natural, cruelty-free products using environmentally friendly practices, from buying wind-power energy for their facilities to using eco-friendly packaging. Clara, the creator of SkinnySkinny, knows about the need for ‘green’ bodycare products from her own experience: she battled acne and other skin issues for years while using conventional products with harsh chemicals that seemed to make things even worse. Eventually, Clara stepped away from paying attention to big-brand advertising, and went on to combine her knowledge of aromatherapy principles with her passion for all-natural … Read the rest of the post

Tried And True Recipes Series #3: Comfort Food Edition! 5 Recipes From All Over The Vegan Blogosphere

Tried and True Recipes Series #3

Hi all! It’s time for another episode in the Tried and True Recipes series, this time it’s all about comfort foods! Fall is in full swing, and I find myself craving foods with rich, complex flavors. In case you think that finding those on a low-fat, plant-based diet is a challenge, I’m going to show you that it’s not hard at all: the recipes below hit the spot without containing lots of added fat, except for one of the desserts that’s nut-based. Read on, and get your comfort food fix without busting your waistline! Check out other episodes in the Tried and True series over here. Tried And True Comfort Foods From All Over The Blogosphere Recipe #1: Smoky Mac’n’Cheese A few weeks ago, I came across this recipe for smoky macaroni and cheese from My Darling Vegan blog, and immediately realized that I HAD to make it that very night! I … Read the rest of the post

New Breakfast Recipe: Pumpkin-Carrot Pancakes

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Hi all! Phew, the past couple days have been quite hectic over here: I’ve planned on publishing today’s post earlier in the week, but on Tuesday our landlady found out that the wiring in the house we’re renting from her has gotten pretty bad, so she turned the power off in the house and asked us to spend the night in a hotel. As it turned out, finding an available room at a hotel on Whidbey Island is not an easy feat on a Tuesday night during the off season (hotel attendants go home early). By the time we finally found a room, it was already too late, and blogging was the last thing on my mind. The situation repeated on Wednesday because the electrician wasn’t done by the end of the day, so Wednesday night was also spent at a hotel. Finally, on Thursday the wiring in our house was … Read the rest of the post

New Recipe: Barbecue Portobello Sandwich with Roasted Rosemary Fries

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I think we all can agree that sometimes it’s nice to dig our teeth into a good burger, especially if it’s served with a side of delicious, crispy French fries. Thankfully, being vegan doesn’t mean forever depriving yourself of this simple pleasure: there are more vegan burger recipes on the internet than my fingers could ever count (I’ve shared my recipes for Black Bean Tempeh and Sweet Potato Chickpea burgers here before). For those of us who don’t feel like experimenting in the kitchen, a lot of grocery stores offer veggie patties – I’m not a huge fan of those, but they’ll do in a pinch, as long as you’re not turned off by the ingredients list. But sometimes, the craving for a nice burger hits when it’s too late to run to the store or start making veggie patties from scratch. The solution is easy – use Portobello mushrooms! The … Read the rest of the post

Pawz by the Sea 5k Recap, Plus How I Managed to Beat My Anxiety

Pawz by the Sea 5k Recap

This past Sunday, I participated in a small local 5k called Pawz by the Sea, and surprised myself by finishing 3rd female overall! What was so surprising about it? Well, this was my first running race in months, and given my 2-month break from running over the summer to heal my plantar fasciitis, and the fact that I haven’t trained to run fast in a very long time, this was a pretty unexpected achievement. Another win in my book – taking part in this race helped me get control over anxiety that’s been plaguing me for a while now. I usually avoid talking about my emotional state here on the blog, but it would be unfair for me to make you believe that my day-to-day life is all roses and vegan cupcakes. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed in the past months with all of my commitments – a new job that … Read the rest of the post

5 Easy and Healthy Vegan Office Lunches

5 Easy Vegan Office Lunch Ideas

Hope everyone’s having a great week so far! Today I decided to share with you 5 of my favorite solutions for the permanent dilemma that I assume most vegans with full-time jobs have – what to eat at work for lunch? Going out to eat is not always an option, plus what should we do if we don’t have any leftovers from the night before to take to the office? These vegan/plant-based lunch ideas don’t require fancy ingredients or a lot of effort, and help me every time I don’t have any leftovers to pack with me. (Came here to see if you’ve won the Juti Bars giveaway? Scroll down below!) As you know, I’ve started a full-time job a few months ago after almost three years of staying at home. Right away I had to say goodbye to the freedom of being able to cook whatever I wanted for … Read the rest of the post

New Giveaway: Enter to Win 6 Organic, Gluten-Free, Raw Vegan Energy Bars by Juti Organics

Juti Bars Giveaway

Hi all! Guess what? I’ve got another exciting giveaway for you starting today! This time, the prize is – as you can tell from the title – six organic, gluten-free, raw vegan energy bars by Juti Organics. Juti bars got on my map recently after I was contacted by a representative of O2X Summit Challenges – a mountain running race series taking place in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. O2X series focuses on setting up uphill race courses with only naturally occurring obstacles – no artificial ice-filled pools or burning fences, just the beauty of nature and lung-burning altitude ascents. O2X Challenge has partnered with Juti Organics to promote the idea of fueling with all-natural food that’s also gentle on the environment. The word ‘Juti’ means ‘energy’ in Sanskrit. The idea of creating Juti bars came to Matt Zembruski a few years ago after he tried his mom’s … Read the rest of the post