Archives For July 2014

I know I’ve sounded off quite frequently this summer about surviving the heat, but it’s certainly been a hot one. Thanks to Vega’s Fuel Your Better campaign, despite the heat, I’ve been able to improve my fueling regime this summer, and focus on asking myself a single question: “What’s holding you back from better?” Along with helping me answer this question and motivating me toward better fueling, the Fuel Your Better campaign has turned my liking of Vega products into a love. This summer, the focus of my Vega love has been on a three-part sustain package made up of Vega Sport products that hydrate and provide immediate energy.

Electrolyte Hydrator

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I’ve been sipping on Vega Electrolyte Hydrator every single day this summer (running or not) and I don’t plan on stopping this practice. Not only have I welcomed my family on board drinking Hydrator with me, I’ve even been blending up Hydrator-infused smoothies to share.

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65 is the New Whatever

July 30, 2014 — 5 Comments

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A Guest Post By Maureen McCartan (Sarah’s mom)

In September of 2013, my daughter Sarah asked if she could move back into her old room for awhile, during a transition time in her life, and of course I was happy to have an adult roommate. Also, being the excellent vegan cook that she is, she offered to prepare most meals, and I jumped at the chance to sample whatever she created and even to clean up after. I have been a vegetarian/pescatarian for many years, but decided that eating whatever vegan concoctions she made was fine, and I could always throw some cheese on it. I told her repeatedly that cheese was the one thing I didn’t think I could give up. When she explained to me about casein, the stuff in cheese that sits like glue in your tummy, my feelings began to change.

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The cat’s out of the bag. I’m moving across the state from the upside of Florida (Pensacola) to the other side of Florida (St. Augustine) in just three short weeks.

I began falling for St. Augustine (and one of its inhabitants) back in March during my spring break visit and have been back and forth across the state quite a few times since. And well, the rest is history.

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On yet another trek from Pensacola to St. Augustine, my counterpart and I decided to make a lunch pitstop in Tallahassee. I just couldn’t resist introducing him to Southern vegan cuisine at the infamous Soul Veg, noted as part of the largest chain of vegan restaurants in the world, operated under the Hebrew Israelite Community of Jerusalem.

Situated just outside of downtown in a modest building next to some railroad tracks is this diamond in the rough. And yes, that’s me creeping in the reflection.

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It’s no secret that staying in any kind of groove during the sweltering summer months is something that’s been incredibly difficult for me this season. It’s been all I can do to survive the summer heat. Trekking back and forth across Florida while trying to get a number of dreams and schemes sorted out before fall arrives has not made things any easier. Instead, it has discombobulated my running regularity and any sort of routine I thought I would uphold this past month. Still, my running shoes have been going with me everywhere, and I have been making an effort to run in between thunderstorms. Each and every run has been a sweaty, tiring kick in the butt.

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As the latter portion of summer blazes on, in an effort to keep on keeping on and hold myself a bit more accountable between now and the arrival of fall, I’ve developed a simple 8 Week Base Training Plan.

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I am not what you would call a melon person. Yes, I said it. I hesitate ordering fruit salad as a side item when dining out because I know there is a 90 percent chance that it will be packed with honeydew or cantaloupe that is void of all color and freshness. Maybe some soggy pineapple if I’m lucky. While I’ll never appreciate melons that have become void of all color and taste, I’m slowly but surely growing to develop a liking for fresh melons, starting with one I already enjoy in small doses—watermelon. Although as a kid my watermelon intake was limited to pool parties, I’ve since learned to enjoy watermelon in cocktails and smoothies.

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Not at Home Cooking

July 3, 2014 — 5 Comments

On our way back to St. Augustine from our Florida wilderness retreat, we pulled over at the County Line in Hastings, Florida to stop at an acclaimed Farmer’s Market, literally called the County Line. We made out like bandits picking up potatoes, squash, beets, spinach, onions, tomatoes, mango and more for a mere $12. We even got to pick out our own courtesy apples after we had paid as a nice little thank you for stopping by.

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Since we returned to St. Augustine with so many veggies in tow, we decided to go three for three on home cooked dinners for two, fully utilizing our findings.

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