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

Wow – I can’t believe that I’m sharing my Pensacola Marathon recap today! This past Sunday, 11/10/2013, I’ve completed my Vegan Marathon Challenge – something that I’ve been working on for sixteen weeks. 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: … Read the rest of the post

Weeks 15 and 16 of Marathon Training. Race Day is Almost Here!

Sharon Stone reportedly once compared her expectations of working in a movie with James Woods to the expectations of a pregnant woman: at first she’s very excited, sometime midway she feels like she’s made the biggest mistake of her life, and towards the end she just wants it all to be over. Well, I have neither worked with James Woods nor expected a child (yet), but at this point I have very similar feelings towards training for … Read the rest of the post

Week 14 of Marathon Training: All is not Lost!

Week 14 of my marathon training plan also happened to be the first full week that we spent home after almost a month of being away (1 week vacation followed by 3-week-long trip to Seattle area). I was glad to be back to my old routine of blogging, cooking, running, and being amazed at how fast the time flies by when I’m busy! I’ve also managed to sell three sock … Read the rest of the post

Weeks 12 and 13 of Marathon Training. My First Injury Scare.

As I am approaching Pensacola Marathon on November 10th, it’s time to make an update on how my training went in weeks 12 and 13. I can’t believe I’m only three weeks away from the race I’ve been preparing so hard for what seems like an eternity! And yes, if you’ve got an eternity to do something, you’ll inevitably go through some bad experiences. In my case – as well as almost every … Read the rest of the post

Weeks 9,10,11 of Marathon Training. Staying on Track with Race Preparation when Traveling.

Wow – It’s been three weeks since the last update on my ongoing marathon training! It’s no wonder there’s been a pause: all of the traveling of the past couple weeks took its toll on my dedication… but all is not lost! Sure, I’ll admit that it’s been a challenge to stay on track with my training while hopping all over the continent from Florida to Georgia to South Carolina to Washington state, … Read the rest of the post

Week 8 of Marathon Training. Classic Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries – the Most Comforting Breakfast!

Uh oh – time is going by so fast! Can’t believe I’m writing a report about week 8 of my marathon preparation. Another eight weeks, and my race will be here! I know, I know – I might sound kind of stressed saying this, but actually I’m kind of excited! Yes, setting any big goal (including running a decent marathon on a vegan diet) will bring plenty of stress and … Read the rest of the post

Think You Have No Time to Exercise? Think Again! Time Management and More. Also: Week 7 of Marathon Training.

In this day and age, the importance of exercise in our life is hardly a secret. Yet so many of us still find it hard to incorporate working out into our daily routine. The main excuse? Lack of time! Are we all doomed to be unhealthy, tired, and overwhelmed, or is there a way out? Every now and then this happens to me: I meet new people, and when they find out … Read the rest of the post

5 Nutrition Tips for Vegan Athletes

Today I’m going to cover a few nutrition tips for vegan athletes. It doesn’t matter if your idea of exercise is a half an hour walk every night, 2 hours of weightlifting at the gym every day, or something in between: optimal nutrition is a key to optimal performance. When it comes to nutrition and athletic performance, we’ve all heard so much information – often contradictory – that it’s hard not … Read the rest of the post

Our Adventures at the Summerdale Alligator Farm in Alabama + Week 5 of Marathon Training

I know what you’re thinking: marathon training, Summerdale alligator farm, and vegan food? How can these coexist in a single blog post? Here’s my answer: it’s possible! I’m a vegan who’s training for a marathon, and I’m also fascinated by big, magnificent creatures that coexist next to us humans on this planet!  It’s hard to believe that I’m already five weeks into my marathon training! The good news: the way … Read the rest of the post

Week 4 of Marathon Training. Are All Runners Smug?

Today on the agenda: discovering the reasons why some runners come off as smug to other people, why it’s counterproductive, and how we can avoid being perceived as smug. Another Monday has rolled around – and this means that it’s time to share how my training went in the fourth week of my marathon prep. Before you start yawning and rolling your eyes (‘Who cares?!’), let me say that in … Read the rest of the post