Running Solo

I usually run with my iPod in my ears. I don’t listen to music, but I am addicted to all types of podcasts. They keep my company for the many miles I log each week.

This past Sunday, I had a virus scare on my computer, which prompted me to pull my iPod out of its charging socket without properly ejecting it. The next morning, it was not working very well, so I left it home and went out on my run.

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That iPod has gotten me through some really mentally and physically tough workouts. It gives me a companion to run with when I don’t have anyone else. I don’t focus on the hard hill ahead or the soreness in my legs when MattRich or Tina are sharing some piece of their world with me.

I also enjoy that I don’t have to talk back. I can heavy breathe and they keep right on talking as if I’m a normal person. I’ve learned so much from these podcast episodes throughout the years. Endurance Planet taught me how to structure a running week, why it’s important to run slowly and build a base and most recently, why I should get my blood and hormones tested. Marathon Training Academy showed me that I do have what it takes to run a marathon and change my life (how right they were!).

I credit Our Hen House with turning and keeping me vegan. Meeting the cohost Jasmin was one of the main reasons I joined my Strong Hearts Vegan Power team (don’t tell them that) and now I have a huge vegan family.

Podcasts have done all that, but also they have given me a crutch to take the sometimes unpleasantries of running away. I don’t have to be on top of my mental game. I can zone out and get 12 miles in when it’s dark because there is some form of entertainment to guide me. Leaving the iPod at home is daunting, but not impossible.

The Buffalo Marathon was the first time I had run without my iPod in…ever. Unless I am with my running partners, I am with my podcast friends. I realized that it actually wasn’t too bad to go technology free. I was able to focus on my pace, keeping my breathing steady and pain management. I stopped being afraid to go podcast free.

Granted, since the marathon, I have run either with someone or with my iPod each time, so Monday was the first day I tried it out. It was a chilly morning, windy and gray. I had an 11 miler on tap. I went out there and got it done. I thought about more things. I sang songs in my head. I tried to remember what I had to do that day. I talked to God, thanking Him that I got my computer fixed.

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It also kind of sucked when I wished I could be with someone. I missed a voice, a comfort that something was there. I worried that I wouldn’t be able to fix my iPod and would miss it. I don’t only listen to it while running, I also use it doing other things simply because I enjoy the content.

Ultimately, I will fix it, but this training cycle (TBD) will feature a lot more runs without technology, a lot less runs on the treadmill and more of my quest to get both mentally and physically tough.

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Do you have a running crutch?

What do you do to get out of a habit?

WIAW and a Runner Survey

I totally stole this fun post idea from Blonde Fit Foodie! It seemed like a fun way to share some of the other things about running that I prefer when thinking about ideal race conditions.

WOULD YOU RATHER…

RUN A RACE IN 30 DEGREES AND WINDY OR 80 DEGREES AND HUMID?

I am a total hot weather running person! I would rather be too warm than too cold. This is because my body is efficient at cooling me down and not too great at keeping me warm. I also find that in the winter months I have to wear a lot of clothing, which inhibits movement and increases chaffing. Give me the sweat!

RUN A BEER MILE OR A COLOR RUN?

I’ve done a color run and it was really fun. However, I think I would feel more legit after a beer mile. The problem with this is that I do not like beer nor do I drink. I think it would be painful mostly because of those two factors.

RUN ON THE TRAILS OR IN AN URBAN SETTING?

This is tough but I’d say trails ideally. I think the cars and noise in a city are a bit annoying as are crosswalks, stop lights and cars that don’t pay attention. I prefer the openness of the woods, the quiet, the varied terrain and the alone time. That being said, I do most of my training on the roads.

FORGET TO PUT ON DEODORANT OR BODY GLIDE BEFORE A LONG RUN?

Omg I always forget deodorant so that’s no big. Body glide is essential for odd chaffing spots, so I hate forgetting that. Does anyone else find they randomly chaff sometimes and then not other times? I can wear the same tank top once and chaff till I bleed and then wear it again and be fine. Weird.

EAT BACON OR BROWNIES AS MID-RACE FUEL?

Brownies. Bacon does not thrill me like it seems it does everyone else. I think it’s because I hate the smel of burned flesh and at my job, we burn a lot of bacon. Just thinking about it makes my stomach turn.

WEAR RUNNING SHOES THAT ARE TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL?

I would personally prefer too small if it’s a speed or short run. Too big would work better for longer runs.

RUN A CROWDED BIG CITY MARATHON WITH 30,000+ RUNNERS OR RUN A SMALL RURAL MARATHON WITH LESS THAN 200 FINISHERS?

Small marathons give me less anxiety, but bigger races get me better times and have money. I lucked out at Buffalo with a medium sized 7,000 sized race. The community aspect of smaller races is what draws me in. Everyone is so nice! I’d go with small over large most days.

EAT INDIAN CURRY OR SASHIMI THE NIGHT BEFORE A BIG RACE?

I have never had sashimi nor do I know what that is…so by default I pick curry. If you want to see what I did eat the day before and day of my marathon check out this post.

TRAVEL FOR A GOOD PR RACE OR CHOOSE A LOCAL BUT CHALLENGING RACE?

I would rather travel. I’m figuring out now that all my fondest memories have happened in a racing context. I really appreciate all I’ve been able to do through running and that includes travel. Only more of these experiences are to come.

EAT SWEET OR SAVORY IMMEDIATELY AFTER FINISHING A RACE OR HARD LONG RUN?

I am all about the sweet! After my long runs I love protein bowls or something with bananas and nut butter.mi usually like savory stuff later in the day. I do salt most of my foods, but immediately post race, sweet, water rich foods are what I can get down.

Thanks for sticking with me! Feel free to answer any of these in the comments section below.

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Now it’s time for WIAW with JenArman and Laura!

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Breakfast: Microwave banana bread topped with Philosophie Superfoods coconut butter and Bliss Nut Butter peanut butter. Side of grapes and half of an apple (the other half was rotten)

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Lunch: potatoes and dip

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Dinner: Banana Ice Cream, bowl of greens and banana chips

Tell me your running favorites!

What is your favorite ice cream?

Rocky Road Banana Ice Cream and PHILOSOPHIE SUPERFOODS!

I used to hate marshmallows in anything except s’mores. Even then, it was an “only when there is a campfire” type of thing.

Lucky charms…ew.

S’mores poptarts…pass the cinnamon sugar ones please.

Fluffernutter…I can get behind that because it’s a spread, not a marshmallow.

Rocky road…did not even get a chance.

Enter: Ragnar Cape Cod and Dandies

We were sponsored by this amazing vegan company and at three in the morning, eating a bag of marshmallows just sounded like a logical thing to do.

I forgot about the horrors that is Lucky Charms, and gave them a chance. Brain, meet sugar.

Ellie is now a fan!

I have been eating banana ice cream for the past week for dinner because, let’s face it, it’s hot outside and it’s delicious.

My job serves ice cream and one flavor we have is rocky road. Rocky Road is a huge hit with older folks ironically. Kids don’t seem to be phased too much, but the 50 plus crowd gets excited that we carry this iconic flavor.

I mean, what’s not to like? Chocolate, walnuts, marshmallow swirl. It hits a lot of sweet spots. I get it now.

Dandies has opened my eyes to the delicious way these flavors work together.

I had to recreate it for dinner last week. So that’s just what I did.

All you need for this recipe is a few simple ingredients and a food processor.

The aquafaba whipped cream on top? Purely optional, I just became obsessed with this easy whip so I’m putting it on everything.

I also want to take this time to introduce Philosophie Superfoods to everyone! If you’ve followed my Instagram for the past month or so, you may have noticed that I’ve been adding some new powders to my oats and breakfasts.


Philosophie Superfoods is a wellness company whom I have partnered with for my future nutrition. They have a big selection of protein powders and coconut butters all fortified with superfoods like spirulina, chlorella and cacao to not only help me recover caloric ally, but also reduce inflammation, soreness and chance of injury.

The most important thing for me post workout is calories, which Philosophie powders and butters provide. However, the micronutrients like magnesium, zinc, b12 and other vitamins are also essential to optimal performance. They help with the little things, protection me from illness, injury, fatigue and overtraining. I am proud to be affiliated with this company.

Their powders mix great into smoothies, oats and banana ice cream and provide an exceptional flavor and nutritional boost. The coconut butters are great by themselves or as a topping to warm oats or a Microwave Banana Bread Bowl.

Use my affiliate link here or at the bottom of this post and try them out!

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Now for the recipe you’ve been waiting for!

Try this vegan spin on a classic ice cream flavor. Your grandparents won’t be able to tell the difference!


Rocky Road Banana Ice Cream

Serves: 1

3 frozen bananas

4 T almond milk (optional but I think it’s creamier)

1 T Philosophie superfoods Cacoa Bliss powder or cocoa powder

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup Dandies mini marshmallows

In a food processor, place the bananas and crush them until they are “mealy”. Scrape down the sides and add the milk and cocoa powder. Blend until mixture resembled chocolate soft serve. You have need to scrape down the sides of your machine one or two more times. Scoop out of processor and into your bowl. Stir in walnuts and marshmallows.

Top with desired toppings.

You can eat it now and it’s perfect. I eat slow, so I put it in the freezer for about a half hour and then eat it as it softens.

What flavors do your grandparents like?

Anyone also love aquafaba?

Trends June 2016

This past week I noticed patterns in my life. Maybe it was just a reflective week and I had time to analyze my preferences. Whatever the reason, it came to my attention that I favored a few specific things this week. For Meg’s Week In Review I wanted to talk about what things kept popping up in my life. No, they aren’t all running related 🙂

1.) Dreams

In both the goal setting and nightly slumber sense, I thought a great deal about dreams this past week. When the weather gets hot, I sweat a lot when I sleep and often get vivid dreams. I had a few good ones that reminded me of all the information my brain takes in subconsciously, which it then filters at night. I actually had a few experiences in my dreams this week that helped me work out difficult circumstances in my real life. I think of those dreams as a blessing in disguise. They are like a practice round.


The second type of dreams I dealt with this week was in the goal setting sense. Have you ever wanted something so bad it hurts? Have you ever thought about something and wanted it to happen that it actually made you ill to overthink about it? Well I’ve had a couple of those moments this past week, and I’ll touch on it more in another post this week. I was reminded by my mentors that it’s important to have those dreams to keep the fire going, but also not over analyze those dreams and allow them to make me unbalanced.

2.) Rice

Oh rice, you delicious grain I had forgotten about until recently. Why did I let you leave my life? But really I have been on a rice kick this past week and I’m not hating it. There’s just something about a huge bowl of just white (or brown, I don’t hate) for lunch that comforts me. I have been interested in the concept of monomealling for a while, but it was an interest of “looks cool but I like eating more than one thing at a time.” This past week, I found a bag of rice in our pantry and all of a sudden a big bowl of fluffy rice sounded like the greatest food experience ever. Craving was met everyday for lunch this week. Simple big bowls of rice. Yum!

3.) Friendship


Each of my runs this past week except one were with others. I ran with Baily on Monday, Ian on Tuesday, my favorite ladies on Wednesday and Julie (plus a new face!) on Friday. I am definitely falling behind on the podcast listening, but the amazing comradeship and conversations have totally blessed me. This is what I have missed during my marathon training.

Speaking of training, I decided this week to give up my gym membership. I am doing this for a few reasons. The first is that I’ll save $40 a month. The second is that I want to force myself to do my speed and tempo runs outside. This can only benefit me in the future. The third is that I got myself a stationary bike from the Salvation Army so I don’t need to use the one at the gym anymore. It was only $30 so I take that as a sign. I downloaded the Nike training app so I will be focusing on bodyweight exercises instead of dumbells. I do have a few weights but they are at my parents house right now and I will get them when I have off this next week.

This week on the blog:


Strawberry-Banana Vegan Protein Cookie Dough

WIAW: Fake Meats

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How was your week?

Do your dreams ever help you navigate life?

Running Links [06/12/2016]

Not too much to ramble about this morning guys. Enjoy the links and enjoy your Sunday!

Running Links

Simple Ways To Become A Stronger Runner via No Meat Athlete

Marathon Training For The Busy via Run To The Finish

Aaron Rodgers Ditches Dairy via ESPNgo

7 Lessons Regarding A Runners Body Image and Weight Loss via Jerod Killick

Factors That Affect Training Mileage via Salty Running

Bodyweight Changes During and After a Training Cycle via NYC Running Mama

Tips For Running A Hilly Race via Skora Running