Running For Two: 9 Lessons I’ve Learned About Running During Pregnancy

Hi all! I haven’t written much about my personal life lately, so the truth is, a lot of things have changed in the recent few months, and even more are about to change in the nearest future. The biggest change, which I’m finally ready to talk about here on the blog, is the fact that I’m getting ready to become a mommy in October! The road to becoming pregnant has not been the smoothest, and I’ll talk about it sometime in the future. Rob and I happy that things have finally worked out for us, and looking forward to finding out what this vegan parenthood thing is all about! Getting pregnant coincided with a renewed interest in running for me. When I started this blog almost four years ago, being a runner was a sizeable part of my identity, but after completing my last marathon in June 2015, I lost … Read the rest of the post

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

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

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

…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

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

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

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

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

New Giveaway! Win $50 Online Store Credit from InsolesAndBeyond.com

Hi everyone! I’ve got another exciting giveaway for you starting today. Hint: the runner audience will especially appreciate this one! As you may remember, I’ve mentioned in my previous posts that I’ve been experiencing a nagging foot pain that had been following me since before I ran my marathon in November. It took me a few months of brushing off the issue before I finally made an appointment to see a doctor. As it turned out, the pain in my heel was a classic case of plantar fasciitis – the inflammation of a thick fibrous band of connective tissue that is attached to the heel bone and supports the arch of the foot (see the picture to the right). Plantar fasciitis is quite common among runners, especially those like me who primarily land on the forefoot during running. While my foot issue hasn’t been getting worse, it certainly hasn’t been getting … Read the rest of the post

Fitness Update: Things I’ve Been Doing to Stay Fit Without a Gym

Another week has sneaked up on us! I realized that I haven’t written anything workout-related in a while, so today I’m going to tell you about my fitness adventures in the past (roughly) month and a half. Since we moved to Washington state from Alabama a little over a month ago, I’ve enjoyed doing all of my workouts outside. The temperatures are mostly favorable – it’s cooler and way less humid than it is right now in Alabama – plus the rainy days have been falling on the days I’ve wanted to rest anyway. I’ve been trying to exercise most weekdays, alternating days of running with days of doing bodyweight exercises right on my front porch. Of course, there’s been a few lazy days when I didn’t want to do anything, but they only proved that I feel the most energetic, productive and overall positive on days that start with some type … Read the rest of the post

3 Easy DIY Tricks for Runners that Don’t Cost Anything and Help You Run More Comfortably

It’s been a while since I last wrote about running. Truth be told, I haven’t had that many runs in the past couple months due to an injury – plantar fasciitis, a true runners’ nemesis! – but things are slowly getting better. I’m back to running 3-5 miles a couple times a week. On top of that, I was running to the gym and back (2.5 miles total) a couple times a week while we were in Alabama, so I can’t say that I’ve been slacking in the exercise department. As I’m trying to get my running edge back while painfully massaging my foot with a tennis ball, I’m looking forward to the time when I become brave enough to sign up for races again. This time it’s going to be in our new home in Washington state where we’ve just moved. New races! New PRs (hopefully)! And one more … Read the rest of the post