Running And Safety: Why We Need To Talk About Harassment Runners Experience Outdoors

In the fall of 2013, I was training for my second marathon – my first one since I went vegan. I was documenting every week of my training here on the blog, sharing my ups and downs so that other female vegan runners had something to relate to. Yet there was one incident that I didn’t write about. I was doing my weekly 10+ mile long runs in a quiet neighborhood across the street from our apartment complex in our then-home of Daphne, Alabama. The neighborhood funneled into a long, scenic road that was even quieter but oh so beautiful, with old live oak trees forming a tunnel over the roadway. Running along that road, with not a soul in sight, was very peaceful, and always cleared my head from busy day-to-day thoughts. There were also plenty of challenging hills, which I found beneficial for my marathon training. So one day, I … 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

…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

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

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

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