13.1 is a Magical Distance

September 15, 2014 — 1 Comment

You know those people who display 13.1 stickers proudly on their back windshield? Well, I’m one of them.

Since the moment I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon back in 2010, I’ve recognized 13.1 as a magical distance. However, after running the Nashville Country Music Marathon (my first 26.2) in April of this year, I have to admit, I appreciate the half marathon distance that much more.

What’s so magical about 13.1?

As much as I am beyond thankful I completed a full 26.2, and certainly look forward to doing another in the future, there’s so much to love about the half.

13. 1 miles is long enough, but not so long you are totally spent when you cross the finish line. It’s demanding of training, but not so demanding you have to put other areas of your life on hold. It’s challenging, but not so challenging it takes days to recover.

As a supporter of and advocate for half marathons, I decided it’s time for me to do another one. And so, Sunday, November 16, I’ll be running the St. Augustine Half Marathon, which will be my sixth half marathon to date.

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If you are in the market for a destination 5K, 10K, or half marathon this fall, here are a few reasons to consider this event.

13.1 TRAINING PLAN

Since the race is just a matter of weeks out, and now that I’m getting more settled into my St. Augustine homestead, training starts now! That said, I’ve crafted a 13.1 Training Plan I’m eager to share with anyone who is interested in completing a half marathon this fall (or at any point in the future).

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I Live Here

September 9, 2014 — Leave a comment

Although it has only been a number of days, in some ways it feels like a lifetime since my Six Months on the Run and Six Month Recipe Recap posts. Just after I spent time recapping, it was time to pack the van and I was off and away to St. Augustine. Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind for the past 11 or so days (not to mention all the days leading up to the move) but as I kick off my second full week in St. Augustine, I figure what better time to take a breather and offer a brief rundown of recent events.

Note: I realize I’ve broken my own Two Day Rule during this moving period. I decided allowing my brain, body, heart and spirit time to adjust to the move and calling a timeout felt much needed.

Moving Day + Labor Day Weekend

If you ever decide to move across the state, or country even, don’t have many belongings and feel a truck or trailer might be a waste of resources, consider renting a van. All of my material possessions (bed, keyboard and bike included) fit nicely in this commercial van rented from Enterprise, with room to spare. I was even able to fit a dining room table to deliver to Andrew. Win!

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Yesterday, I revisited several “On the Run” highlights from the first six months of Vegan on the Run. Since at the heart of each and every one of my days is plant-based cuisine, today I’ve decided to revisit the recipes that I’ve shared thus far. And so, I present to you a visual recap of the spread of vegan eats and drinks I’ve included on the blog since its launch date.

Intrigued by any of the dishes below? Simply click on a photo and it will take you to the appropriate blog post—complete with ingredients, directions, health perks and more.

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Monday, September 1, marks six months since the launch of Vegan on the Run. With VOTR six months strong, I feel it’s only fitting to revisit some of the highlights from the past six months, beginning with my “On the Run” out of town adventures. Complete with each recap are photos that didn’t quite make the blog the first time around.

March // St. Augustine Spring Breakin’

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Ah, my St. Augustine Spring Break trip. Just a few short weeks after launching Vegan on the Run, while in the heart of marathon training, I ventured over to the oldest city to take advantage of a change of scenery and reunite with a friend I had not seen in many moons (Andrew). Little did I know before departing for St. Augustine, this trip would mark the beginning of a relationship. Not only did it kick off countless return visits to St. Augustine, it set the stage for a move.

Read more about my St. Augustine Spring Break visit, here.

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Come Friday evening, I will officially be a St. Augustine resident.

The very same day I posted about my pending living arrangements falling through requiring some rerouting of plans, a text message alerted my phone with an offer of another place to live. In that moment, I felt the giant monkey on my back climb off and watched him run around the room, jumping for joy (figuratively speaking).

With that particular monkey set free, I was able to spend the remainder of my week and a half back in St. Augustine feeling a bit more at ease, and focus my attention more fully on my company and my surroundings. One particular surrounding I’ve found myself gravitating toward in the evening hours, is Vilano Beach. Just north of St. Augustine, this location has become a prized spot to watch the sun set.

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The Two Day Rule

August 20, 2014 — 2 Comments

The premise of the two day rule is simple.

Don’t let something you love become absent from your life for more than two consecutive days. 

The idea for this rule came in the form of a realization. When I spend more than two days away from the things I love, I feel out of sorts. There’s a blanket of uneasiness that surrounds me. I grow resentful toward anything that’s separating me from the things that make me feel most “me.” And then I start resenting myself. Realizing I’m the only one who allows this pattern to occur, I established the two day rule as a way to keep the things I love from falling by the wayside.

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Want to live a life you love? Make time for the things that make you feel alive. 

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Chia-Coated Eggplant

August 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

While my return trip to St. Augustine has required ample rerouting of plans, the past week in the oldest city has been filled with blissful reunitings, welcomed opportunities, and delicious eats. 

Immediately upon my arrival, I returned to two local eateries I especially adore—The Floridian for a Saturday night dinner date, and Manatee Café for Sunday brunch. I’ve also gotten back into a joint cooking jive with my boyfriend Andrew.

We decided to play around with a vibrant, mega-sized eggplant he bought down the street at his neighborhood produce stand. We both love eggplant and couldn’t recall the last time we had eaten it, which is a shame, considering it’s delicious and packed with phytonutrients that aid in blood flow, along with fiber and powerful antioxidants.

We knew we didn’t want to simply try and recreate a more typical eggplant dish. Instead, we wanted to create something different. We wanted to create something memorable. We wanted to create something that did this mighty eggplant justice.

So, what exactly did we create?

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In less than an hour’s time, we created crispy chia-coated eggplant, paired with sauced tomatoes and quinoa, served alongside a bed of spring mix. 

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