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