Marathon Training [05/09-05/15]

What an amazing week it has been in terms of running, racing and having a community.

This morning at around midnight, I returned from Ragnar Cape Cod completing 200 miles and 3 legs around the coast of Maine with my racing team, Strong Hearts Vegan Power.

The results are in and my team finished 5th with a time of 23:15 unofficial. It was quite a weekend!

I start tapering for the marathon today and quite honestly, I’m so sore and tired, it will be an easy first few days to scale back. Before I jump ahead to that, I want to first look back on my training this past week.

Training Log

Monday: Easy Run

8.4 Miles, 7:18 pace

After running a faster 13 miles on Sunday, I took it easy Monday and circled the parks. I saw a hot air balloon land in the inlet by the lake. Those things are so big!

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Tuesday: MP work

12.2 miles, paces ranging from 8:34-6:40

I had to work early this morning so I ran a bit on the treadmill. I am not going over MP again for a workout outside of Ragnar, so this felt ok although I was tired. Closing Monday evening and then waking up early is a struggle, but I’m happy to have gotten this in.

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Wednesday: Group Run

13.6 miles, 7:45 average pace

Another great group run. It was still 40 degrees when we started, but I wore shorts anyway. I think my legs are fine for colder temps, but gloves are a necessity. I didn’t run long like usual because I don’t really think it would provide me any benefit. I also had to work at 9AM, so I chose breakfast over more mileage.

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Thursday: Longer Run

AM: 16 miles, 7:27 average pace

Today was slope day and also the night I head to Cape Cod. I felt good despite some fatigue in my legs. Cornell campus smelled terribly of alcohol for 8:30 in the morning. Those kids are ready for summer

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PM: 6.3 miles, 50 minutes

I needed to wake myself up before driving to Cape Cod. This also helped loosen my legs up for the drive. It felt good.

Friday: RAGNAR!

I’ll post a recap of this later this week. My legs in total accumulated to 22 miles. My fastest mile was 5:56 and I think my slowest was probably 7:30ish. It was grand!

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My last peak week of training me around 90 miles. It’s taper time!

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I am linking up with Meg for Week In Review! Head over there for more weekly recaps!

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Running Links [05/14/2016]

Good morning everyone! I am essentially dead to the world this morning (or hopefully) and sleeping in my bed. After a long weekend at Ragnar Cape Cod, I need at least part of Sunday to recoup.

I imagine I’ll fill you in on the race sometime this week, but check out my Instagram (on the side bar) for tons of great pictures with all the wonderful people I don’t see enough. I really am blessed to have this community and feel so loved. As for links this week, my favorite is the one from Salty Running about marathon taper guilt. I will be dealing with that for the next two weeks and I know it’s going to be a hard road.

Another article I enjoyed was an interview with Phoebe Wright. That girl is DA BOMB! I wish she was my best friend. If you don’t follow her on Twitter, that is a mistake. She is hysterical, candid and speaks the truth. She even writes about her own adventures and thoughts on her blog. Check that out as well.

Well, that’s it for me right now. Have a great day!

Running Links

Interview With Phoebe Wright via Belle Lap

Working Out Shouldn’t Hurt via Nia Shanks

Marathon Taper Guilt via Salty Running

What To Do When You Miss A Workout via Hungry Runner Girl

Lessons my XC and Track Coaches Have Taught Me via A Run Around Life

Why Attention To Times Is Killing Our Sport via Science of Running

Training Talk [Running A Relay With A Team]

When you read this post, I will most likely be on my way to Cape Cod to endure sleep deprivation, exhaustion and 22 miles of running.

I can’t wait!

Strong Hearts Team

No matter what happens or how much of a struggle work will be the best day or two, driving 6 hours to meet a bunch of crazy vegans to run 200 miles never sounds better. I’ve thought a lot recently about why I am so excited to run this race. Honestly, when I described it to my coworkers, they thought it sounded awful. Granted, they are not runners, but they have a point.

I will be smushed in a car for 72 hours.

We still don’t know what food were going to eat.

I have to race, then sit, then race, then sit and then race again in less than 24 hours.

We all smell after the first run.

This is no small feat. Another contributing factor is that my team is the competitive team. We want to win. I am going to race each leg as best I can. When you don’t sleep, that’s a struggle for sure!

Why I do this to myself is because I am part of a team. I am part of something bigger than myself. We are part of a bigger movement advocating for animals. It just makes sense to me.

The pain.

The sleepless nights.

The uncomfort.

I thrive in that. I live for it. I can’t wait!

I think I’ve narrowed down a couple things that make being on a team worth it for me and why I think everyone should at least try it once.

1.) Less Presure

There are others on your team who share the burden of success/failure. In a normal race, it’s all on you. On a team, you help each other.

2.) Encouragement

I have never felt more amped up to run than when I have other people invested in my success. They want to see me do well in the most affectionate way. Whether it’s playing “slayer” music when they drive past or catching me before I fall into a pothole at the handoff (thanks Alan), I never have felt more cared for.

3.) Common Interest

This is a big one. I don’t know many people like me in my community. I don’t have close vegan friends. Close vegan running friends? No way! Being a part of a team, the Strong Hearts team, has given me a family. I feel completely safe and at home when I am crammed into that van for 48 hours. It’s a feeling that I would never want to give up because I don’t feel it often.

Running on a team is great! Here are my reasons why @SHVeganPower Click To Tweet

Running used to be something I would do to get away from it all. Since I’ve matured through many different stages in life, it has become so thing that has given me a community. Being part of a team, whether it’s an actual team, a group run or even a social media group, has given me that support I need to be happy and content in my crazy life.

Have you ever ran on a team before?

What keeps you returning to the pain cave running can be? To 

Runner’s World [A Day In My Life, May 2016]

Distance runners seem to be creatures of habit. I know that’s certainly the case for me. I like going to bed each night with a general plan for the next day. Here and there I have days where anything goes, but that’s not the norm.


Right now, my job is really busy so I work 6 days a week. On my day off, I am more relaxed about timing, but I need to get all my errands done on that day, work on the blog and spend a couple hours training. Days off are a break even if that seems like a lot.

As I come to a close in my marathon training, (less than 3 weeks out) I am pretty dialed in. I have one focus and my life sort of revolves around that. Training takes priority, then nutrition, then recovery and then my job and this blog. Here is a peak into a normal day for me right now:

6:15AM: Alarm goes off. I feed my cats, strap on my Garmin and head out the door. I usually run for about an hour and then do 30-45 minutes of easy stuff like mobility, core or weight lifting. This change day to day.

8:15AM: Grab coffee from CTB on my way home from the gym.

8:30AM: Make breakfast while playing with my cats, eat breakfast, do some social media for my blog, read my bloglovin feed and watch YouTube videos (current favorites are Plantriotic, Obese2Beast, Chelsea Lifts, drewlikesrice and Brian Turner)


[microwave peanut butter-chocolate banana bread, topped with B Happy apple cinnamon peanut butter and Jiff salted caramel PB]

9:45AM: clean up my breakfast/previous nights dishes and head back to the gym

10:00AM: work on my blog/read on the bike. This is not a workout, but a slow spin that gets out any soreness and increases my leg turnover


11:00AM: head home from the gym, shower, work a bit more on my blog.

12:00PM: start work at CTB

3:00PM: Eat lunch, check Instagram (oh shoot I need to post that picture!)


[Tofu khan, black beans, peas, cucumber and squash]

3:30PM: back to work

8:04PM: finally clock out at work

8:15PM: make dinner, talk to my cats


[another peanut butter, banana, protein bowl of some kind with nuts mixed in, bowl of greens, extra banana]

8:25PM: eat dinner, read blogs, work on my blog, check Facebook/Twitter and respond to comments

[eat a couple more spoonfuls of nut butter]

9:30PM: Get into bed, lie there for a bit and go to sleep.

The end!

This is probably my most frequent day when I have to work at that time. If I do a longer run in the morning, I don’t bike but try to do some type of mobility work at home on the mat. If I do a longer run, I also nap before work. Naps are key when working 6 days and training for this race.

I am linking up with WIAW this morning to show a day of eats.

Any other questions about my day?

What time do you work each day?

Basic Chocolate Vegan Protein Cookie Dough [gluten-free]

Who doesn’t love a simple, nutrient-dense, delicious breakfast that only has three ingredients? Naturally sweetened, vegan and gluten-free, the inner athlete in you will become obsessed with the first installment of Vegan Protein Cookie Dough. Plant Fusion has kindly sent me their products to sample and create recipes for all of you to fuel your next workout or run. Let me know in the comments if you have any flavor recommendations or recipe ideas! 

Plant Fusion

I remember when I first started running more than 10 miles at a time. I would be a wreck all day. My body simply was not used to that training. I also was not prepared to fuel it afterwards. My breakfast, although delicious, we’re not adequate for what I was doing. This caused me to be tired and slow moving all day.


As I’ve matured as an athlete, I realized that in order to run like elites, I needed to fuel like elites. Through my research, I saw a few common themes:

1.) Protein AND carbs AND fat are all important

2.) Refuel within an hour of finishing the workout

3.) Eat what you can stomach and tastes good

Athletes need all the foods to perform their best! #carbs #fats #protein Click To Tweet

From then on, I was on a mission. I knew what kinds of foods I like. I knew what foods my stomach can handle. I knew what foods were vegan. Put those things in the shaker bottle that is my brain, and out popped these recipes.

Bananas (satisfy all three criteria)

Protein powder (see above and also a fast nutrient mix)

Nuts (see above)

You see, I don’t like to spend much time making my meals. I’d rather spend time eating them and doing other things. Where does that leave me? Foods ready to eat.

I’m not talking pre packed stuff, I’m talking whole foods (mostly) and nutrient dense sources.

I know, I know, protein powder is not a whole food. However, it is a great supplement for your active life. I really only use protein powder when I’m training. Why? I don’t feel like measuring out flour and sugar to make the same basic thing. It takes less thinking to make breakfast. It also has a quicker nutrient punch, which I could get from whole foods, but that would take longer to eat. Who has time to spend all day eating and digesting food?

Long story short, this Vegan Protein Cookie Dough series is what I’ve eaten for the past few months after workouts and training sessions to get the biggest nutritional bang for my buck that takes little time to prepare.

So I can spend my time on my butt recovering for my next session or my job.

Sweet!

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Basic Chocolate Vegan Protein Cookie Dough

1 large ripe banana

1 scoop Plant Fusion protein powder

1 T cocoa powder

1 T coconut flour

Mash the banana in a bowl unless thoroughly mushy. Add all other ingredients. Stir until combined. Pour into another bowl or use the same. Top with your favorite nuts or nut butters.

Note** If your banana is small, add a bit of almond milk until you get the consistency you desire.

Vegan Protein Cookie Dough, new recipe series using @PlantFusion protein powder! Click To Tweet

What flavors would you like to see?

How do you refuel after a hard workout?