Vegan Fitness for Mortals: a New Book for Health-Conscious Vegans by Ellen Jaffe Jones

Hi all! Today I have a new book review and a giveaway for you: Vegan Fitness for Mortals by Ellen Jaffe Jones. In case you’re aspiring to be more active and get your health in check in the upcoming year, this book may be just what you need 🙂 If you’ve ever tried to research vegan nutrition and fitness tips, you may have experienced confusion since there is so much information out there. Focus on protein or carbs? Go short and fast or long and slow? And what about injury prevention? Navigating through all available information can present a challenge of its own since the more sources you research, the more opinions you will hear. This is where Vegan Fitness for Mortals comes in handy. The book’s author Ellen Jaffe Jones has been a prominent member of vegan community for many years as a vegan fitness coach, book author, vegan cooking instructor, public speaker and an … Read the rest of the post

10 Fitness Tips I Wish I’d Known When I Was 21

As someone who’s been working out for over half of her life, I have to admit that over the years, I’ve made a fair share of mistakes in how I approached fitness. I used to rely on tips from various fitness magazines aimed at women, bits and pieces of information I’d find on the internet, my own experimentation in attempt to defy conventional wisdom – all of this on top of my dietary manipulations (read: working out on an empty stomach, waiting to eat for at least an hour afterwards, and wondering why the heck my muscles weren’t growing). Am I the cluster of fitness wisdom today? Of course not – I still discover new information all the time, which includes learning about things I’ve been doing WRONG since the beginning. I’ve doubled down on my fitness aspirations about ten years ago, so today I’d like to share ten things … Read the rest of the post

Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 3 Update: New Surroundings, Running in the Wild, and an Unexpected Injury

…Okay, when is an injury ever expected? But anyway, can you believe that I’m already more than halfway into my Rock’n’Roll Seattle marathon training?! Month 3 was eventful, to say the least: you may remember me mentioning in my previous marathon training update that Rob and I were moving into a new house in a different neighborhood, so that alone brought so many new experiences. Bring on the new running routes – even though this area is just as hilly as our old ‘hood, if not hillier! Thankfully, the move was successful, and now we’re thoroughly enjoying living without landlords for the first time ever and making plans on what we’ll be doing with the house soon. Oh, and hoping that this darn injury takes care of itself soon. It better! Ups and Downs of Month 3 Ups: 1. I’m glad to say that I was able to maintain my … Read the rest of the post

Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 2: Ups and Downs, Snacking Extravaganza, and Legs that Don’t Run in Sync

Believe it or not, it’s time for the second update on my Seattle Rock’n’Roll marathon training! Time flies when you’re having fun – and so did month two out of five of my marathon preparation. I’ve proven to myself before that it’s possible to train for a marathon as a vegan, so this time around, I’ve set to prove that one can balance marathon training with working a full-time job. Overall, this month went fine, with a few ups and downs that proved once again that I’m only human. I’ve been on the same 5-workout per week schedule, with three solid runs and two strength training sessions at the gym. Most marathon training plans will tell you that running only three times a week is not enough, but I’ve learned from training for my two previous marathons that too much running is a surefire way for me to get injured, … Read the rest of the post

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

Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon Training, Month 1: Preparing for Bigger Things to Come.

…And here we go: it’s time for the first update about my training for Rock’n’Roll Seattle Marathon that will be happening on June 13th, 2015! This is going to be the third marathon in my life, and the second one I’m going to tackle as a vegan. This time around, I’ll be updating you once a month about the progress in my training so that you could learn from all of my ups and downs – hopefully more ups than downs! You may remember that I started this blog over a year and a half ago as a way to document the training for my first all-vegan marathon in Pensacola, Fl in 2013 (my second 26.2 overall). You can read all of those posts over here. A lot has changed since then: when I first announced signing up for this marathon, I outlined 3 ways training for this marathon is … Read the rest of the post

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

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

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

New Breakfast Recipe: Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Pancakes

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Hi all! Another week flew by, so it’s time for an update on what’s happening in the Vegan Runner Eats headquarters. Before I proceed to tell you about the delicious vegan Japanese Sweet Potato and Chia Seed Pancakes, let me share with you the amazingly freeing running experience I had yesterday. You may remember from this post that I decided to stop running for a while in an attempt to give my left foot a chance to recover from plantar fasciitis. After not running for a couple months, I slowly started using a treadmill once or twice a week to run shorter distances – the treadmill belt is softer than asphalt, which provides less impact. My treadmill experiments lasted for over a month until finally I decided to try running outside again yesterday. The best part – I got to try out my new running shoes (in … 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