Seattle Hot Chocolate 15k Race Recap: Hills, Amazing Views, and Chocolate Fondue

It’s been a while since the last time I participated in a running race, but last Sunday I finally put my fears and doubts aside and took part in Seattle’s Hot Chocolate 15k. Today I’ve put together a detailed race recap to show you exactly how I managed to exceed my expectations and have a successful run this past weekend. Not going to lie, it felt great to finally add another medal to my collection of race bling! As you may know from my previous posts, I’ve been in a full-on training mode for my 3rd marathon coming up this June. The marathon is also taking place in Seattle, so I knew that running last week’s 15k race would be helpful in at least two ways: it would show me what racing in Seattle felt like, and teach me what running a bigger race was all about. All of my … Read the rest of the post

First Light Marathon Relay, Mobile, AL: How It Turned to Be the Most Inspiring Race I’ve Ever Done

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, I participated in First Light Marathon relay race in Mobile, Ala., on Sunday, January 12th. A few weeks ago, our local running store was looking for people interested in joining this relay, so I decided to sign up. I figured the relay would be a perfect way to combine the joy of running with a new kind of race experience: lately I’ve had very little motivation to participate in a solo race of any distance because they seem too ‘been there, done that’, so teaming up with 4 other people to cover a marathon distance sounded like fun. Now that the race is over, I am so glad that I made a decision to sign up for it! To top that, this relay turned out to be one of the most inspiring races I’ve ever participated in! How so? Read on! Bienville Square in Mobile, around 6 am. Our bus … Read the rest of the post

Pensacola Marathon Recap: What I Learned from Running My First Marathon Since Going Vegan

Wow – I can’t believe Pensacola Marathon is already over! This past Sunday, 11/10/2013, I’ve completed my Vegan Marathon Challenge – something that I’ve been working on for sixteen weeks as I trained for my first marathon (my second overall) since going vegan to show that regular people like myself can accomplish serious athletic goals like running a marathon just fine on a vegan diet. Another little milestone: I started this blog on the first day of my marathon training, and I can really see how it got better week after week, and now it even kind of looks like I know what I’m doing 😉 . The Vegan Marathon Challenge is over, but I’ve got some great ideas to keep this blog going! At the start line of 2013 Pensacola Marathon, 6:25 am. So how did it go? Here are my official stats: my time for the full marathon was 4:08:18, average pace 9:29 min/mile, I … Read the rest of the post