Backyard Beet Salad

October 20, 2014 — Leave a comment

Since I can’t seem to stop talking up autumn harvest, I figured it’s only fair that I dedicate a post to a root vegetable I’ve been slightly obsessed with lately—beets.

I wish I could say I’ve loved beets since day one, but it wasn’t until adulthood that I came to appreciate these bright, vibrant roots. 

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Why do I love them now? Beyond the fact that I adore their rich taste and color, beets are incredibly good for you. As I noted in a guest post I contributed to Oiselle’s blog last Monday, “Fall Fuel Favorites for Plant-Based Runners,” beets are an athlete’s best friend. Beets get your blood pumping and energy flowing. Both the roots and the greens are packed full of health-boosting nutrients.

Thankfully Andrew loves beets as much as I do. Over the past few weeks we’ve been snagging giant beets from the produce stand every chance we get. I even packed some in the car with me Friday and brought them home to Pensacola so I could share the beet love with my family.

One perk of being home is getting to take over my mom’s kitchen again. Yesterday, I decided to whip us up my rendition of the beet salad Andrew made for me last week. Fun fact: He actually remade this beet salad yesterday too, back in St. Augustine. Clearly our minds and hearts are synced even when we’re geographically apart.

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Last Wednesday, Andrew and I hopped in the Jetta and headed toward St. Petersburg, Florida. The mission of our trip was to deliver a painting to our friend Brian. The painting is a portrait of Brian and his girlfriend Ashley that Brian commissioned Andrew to paint in honor of their anniversary.

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Pretty incredible painting, right?

Rather than simply packing up this work of art and mailing it, we decided to make a meaningful day trip out of it. Seeing a friend you haven’t seen recently and getting to provide him with something heartfelt that is a surprise for the woman he loves is a beautiful thing.

While proper vacations may demand an increased amount of time, funding and energy, day trips are a fun-filled way to take a day off from your normal routine, feel as if you are on vacation, and make it back home in time to sleep in your own bed, all without breaking the bank. Although I’m not sure day trips actually need any defending, here is a rundown of our day trip to St. Pete, coupled with reasons I think day trips should be a regular part of existence.

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The temperatures are dropping. The energy levels are on the rise. The leaves are beginning to say goodbye to their treetop homes and gracefully make their way all the way down to the ground. This can only mean one thing—it’s fall y’all.

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As a native Floridian, nothing excites me quite like the arrival of my favorite season. I have plaid shirts, tights, jackets, and a scarf for every single chilly day to prove it.

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Happy National Coffee Day

September 29, 2014 — 2 Comments

Happy National Coffee Day! How am I celebrating? By drinking coffee of course.

Considering I’m someone who isn’t quite coherent without having had a cup of coffee, as far as I’m concerned, every single day I wake up is coffee day.

As a writer, coffee helps me articulate my jumbled thoughts and get them out of my head, onto paper. As an athlete, coffee helps me get my body amped to take on the event at hand. In short, coffee is a vital part of this Vegan on the Run’s existence.

For this reason, not too long ago I decided it was only fitting to have my friend Beth, of Avenue Blue, make this custom mug for me to sip my coffee from.

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In the spirit of National Coffee Day, I’ve decided to share a brief overview of my relationship with coffee, in the form of a short and sweet Q&A session with myself.

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Golden Rabbit Smoothie

September 25, 2014 — 3 Comments

Thanks to Vega’s Smoothie Pinnin’ Contest, smoothies have been fresh on my mind lately. Although it has taken me a minute to get unpacked and into a steady smoothie routine, I’m pleased to report my Vitamix is happily living at Andrew’s house and its blades are back in the smoothie business.

First up, Golden Rabbit.

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A week ago Friday, I welcomed my mom and her best friend Jean back to my St. Augustine stomping grounds. If it seems like they were just helping me move here, it’s because they were—two weeks prior.

If you ever find yourself with one night to stay in St. Augustine and are looking for a hotel with historic charm that is situated in the heart of downtown and comes with a direct view of the bay and the Bridge of Lions, I recommend the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront.

Friday night, my mom and Jean set up camp here. Naturally, I invited myself to join so I could bask in the amenities while enjoying girl time. We had our own private bayfront balcony where we propped our feet up, sipped wine, kicked back and relaxed.

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Earlier this week, I declared 13.1 a Magical Distance and shared my 13.1 Training Plan.

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While the St. Augustine Half Marathon is at the front of my mind (since it is quickly approaching), there is another half marathon I have my eyes fixed on.

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Come January 25, 2015, I will be rocking the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon for the third time. Leading up to this event, I’m excited to be spreading the enthusiasm as part of the Rock ‘n’ Blog New Orleans team.

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