YOUR FEEDBACK and Running Links [05/08/2016]

Good morning everyone and welcome to my new blog!

This morning I don’t really feel prepared yet to introduce new content (outside of a WHOLE NEW BLOG!) so I hope you’ll bear with me a few more days while I get things going over here.

A small update: running is good, recipes are coming and I’m still heading to Cape Cod next weekend with SHVP

I want this blog to both chronicle my running and vegan lifestyle, but I also want to hear from all of you. I don’t consider myself an expert in any way, but I am a person with a lived experience. I do have ideas, reasons why I do things and think that if more people shared their opinions we would all benefit. Some of the most influential people in my life have no medical degree, no data other than themselves, but have provided an experience that I can resonate with, so I took some of the advice they gave and ended up with a great result.

What do you like about my blog? What keeps you coming back? What can I improve? Do you want more specific, nitty-gritty training details? More quick meal recipes? More vegan information? I love it all, so I want to connect to you. My lived experience is just that, mine, but I think if you read it and get something out of it, isn’t that the point? Isn’t why we read on some level because we relate to something or want to relate to something?

Running Links

Well, with that call for feedback, I’ll leave you with some articles I read this past week. I hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

A call for YOUR feedback! What do you want to see? @theBGBcommunity #BGB #blog #running #vegan #recipes Click To Tweet

5 Reasons Why You (Yes, You) Need 1-2 Weeks Off After A Marathon via Tina Muir

The Race Process via Belle Lap

Let’s Talk About Rest Days via Blissful Lyss

That’s Not Fat: How Ryan Hall Gained 40lbs of Muscle via Runners World

Recovery From Any Race Like A Pro via Fit Bit Blog (Ryan Hall)

Check Out These #Running Inspired Links! Stories via @runnersworld @fitbit @tinamuir Click To Tweet

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Welcome to Eat Run Pavement

This is kind of scary!

I decided to go self hosted when I realized that I love blogging. I love writing about my experiences running, eating and living. I love the community and the friendships I have made. It was time to take the training wheels off. Thank you for bearing with me!

Who am I?

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My name is Ellie and I am a 24 year old athlete working and living in Ithaca NY. I started running about five years ago and racing the past two years. Since that time, running has turned into my passion and joy. I once used running to get away from problems, but now I run toward my goals and happiness.

My running journey is complex but in a short version, I took my PR in the half marathon down from about 1:43 to 1:20:37 in about 2 years. I read everything I can about training and how to get better, but still maintain my joy for the sport by not tying every run to “training”. I love going fast, but know that running with friends or on trails at a slower pace is just as important as the workouts.

I also went vegan two years ago and that has changed my life in so many ways. I have met so many amazing people and had so many great experiences through this decision. It is really the best thing I could have done. I went vegan first for the animals and second for the environment. My decision had nothing to do with an optimal diet for running, but that is a benefit I can not understate. Eating plant based has certainly helped out with my endurance and performance.

Presently, I work full time at Collegetown Bagels as a way to pursue running. I gotta pay for the racing and training right? It is really convenient and I love all my coworkers, they are like family.

I am a born again Christian and although I don’t post too much about it, my faith is a huge motivator behind my values and life. I will answer any questions to the extent of my ability and refer you to more well versed bloggers or resources if I don’t have the answers you seek.

I race on a team called Strong Hearts Vegan Power and look forward to opening up more opportunities with racing to promote vegan companies and this lifestyle.

Well, that’s about all I can say about myself. Check out my past blog Eating Pavement for more information about my past life.

This blog is about my serious running journey, how I eat and live to fuel this adventure and where I end up at the end (I hope there is no end!)

Check out my contact page to work with me and make my vegan running succeed. Together we can save animals, save the environment and be a happier, healthier human race.

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Welcome to my vegan running life!

Cheers!

Ellie Pell: Vegan Athlete

My name is Ellie Pell and I am a competitive vegan athlete living in Ithaca, NY.

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I started running distances (longer than a 3000m) about 5 years ago on the side on a mountain. My first half marathon distance was the Monster Half Marathon trail race in which I finished in about 2 hours and 10 minutes.

I didn’t run another race until about two years ago. The Monster was enough for me for a couple years.

Fast forward some school, some work and living on my own, I decided to train for the Skunk Cabbage classic half marathon and finished it in about 1:43.

Another year and with some training on my part, I won it with a time of 1:24:26.

The next year, on April 10, 2016, I won it again and set the course record with a time of 1:20:37.

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Too fast? Ok, here is a it more of the story:

After my first Skunk Cabbage attempt, I went back to school for a year and ran for fun during college. After running out of money to pay for my last year and a lack of direction, I moved back to Ithaca and started training for a second attempt at Skunk in 2015. I loosely followed a couple training plans, had no expectations and used the treadmill a lot that winter.

Well, the hard work payed off. I ran the Syracuse half marathon a few weeks before Skunk and dropped my PR to 1:30:34 in a 10 degree race.

I ran Skunk and ended up winning overall female with a time of 1:24:26.

After that race, I had a few hip injuries, so I raced pretty sparsely through the summer and did not decrease that PR.

I decided to train for my first marathon on May 29th 2016 and did two half marathons in that build up. I raced the “Syra-crazy” half marathon on April 3, 2016 in a blizzard and white out conditions and got a 1:25:22, obviously not working on that PR. That next weekend, I raced Skunk for a third time and (drumroll please),

I got a PR of 1:20:37 and set the female course record.

Right now I am three weeks out from my first marathon attempt. It’s been one wild ride!

I also race on the Strong Hearts Vegan Power racing team. I love this group of people and have enjoyed getting to know so many passionate vegans who love running just as much as I do!

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For more information, check out my Vegan Lifestyle page!

What are my goals? To see how fast I can be

What is this blog?

This blog will chronicle my experiences running and eating while I train to get as fast as I can. I am here to reflect, learn and answer my own questions as well as those I’ve gotten from readers. I have recipes I trust, runs I recommend and life stuff I go through as I work a (more than) full time job and train intensely.

Contact me! I love interacting with other people, not just runners or vegans!

Check out my Sponsors page to see what products I’m using and what fuels me.

Check out my past blog Eating Pavement to see some recipes, some training and some laughs. I no longer actively post on there, but the recipes are still good and I still look back on that from time to time.

Email: elliepell8@gmail.com

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Disclaimer**

All opinions are my own. I have no medical degree and only speak from my own experience. I have found I learn the most from actual people rather than science. Take whatever I say as some else’s experience and that’s it. Use what you want, leave the rest and let’s be friends.