Mid Week Update

Happy Thursday friends :) As you can see I gave my blog a little make-over. I did this in hopes of getting the creative juices flowing. Instead, I ended up spending almost 2 days changing themes and configuring widgets. That is, in between the times WordPress wants to tell me that my password is invalid and not let me in at all. Ugh. I’m seriously considering going back to Blogger.

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I took a little break from training last weekend and only ran 1 mile (7 miles were scheduled). It was a cut-back week so I’m not worried, and we all need a break every now and then, right?!  Lucy certainly had a fun weekend :)

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She LOVES the sprinkler! (And the bathtub, and the pool, and the river…)

This week has been going pretty good. No tummy issues!! The only problem I’ve had this week is that my foot pod is not working, yet again. It’s really not a big deal except that I like to be able to see all my stats on Garmin. All I’ve got this week is the treadmill summaries. Here’s how it’s been going:

  • Monday: Easy 5k run
  • Tuesday: 1:2 speed intervals x11 (3.3 miles)
  • Wednesday: 5k run of Level 5 hills

Today is an easy 5k run and tomorrow is my rest day. I have 18 miles scheduled for Saturday, and a 5-mile easy/recovery run on Sunday.

My weight these past couple weeks has been a steady 114 – 115, even after eating like a little piggy at my mother-in-laws last weekend. Granted, it was all veggies/vegan stuff, but I definitely over-indulged!

Gotta run, Laura

Food and Fitness 3/10/15

Food tracked, workout done, and new recipe created (will share tomorrow). No Fed Ex man today – boo!

Food Log 3-10-15

Today was cross-training day. I did a 1 mile warm-up walk followed by 20 minutes (1 mile) on the Arc Trainer. I hate that machine but it really is a good workout.

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For dinner I made Spicy Baked Falafel burgers, and wow! They came out great! I’ll share the recipe tomorrow because I’m exhausted and going to bed now.

PS. Look at the size of Lucy’s tongue!

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Tuesday Tails

This never-ending winter is really starting to get to me. So much so that I don’t want to do anything but eat and sleep. At this point I even dread taking Lucy for her walks because if I’m not slipping and falling on the ice on my own, she’s so strong that any amount of tugging is enough to make me fall. Today when I lost my balance on the ice, she got off the leash and went running after a poodle. There was no way I could run after her so I just started yelling “she’s friendly!!” at the top of my lungs. Unfortunately the poodle wasn’t, but luckily his owner remained calm, and there wasn’t any incident.  I’m not sure how I’d feel about a 90 pound bully breed charging at me!

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As for today’s food and fitness:

  • Breakfast: Muesli with walnuts and unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Lunch: Black Bean Sriracha Pasta
  • Dinner: Mexican no-meat Loaf with guacamole, salsa, corn, and Red Hot Blues (tortilla chips)

  • Workout: Today should have been cross-training, but I ended up leaving work early (snow/sleet AGAIN) so I didn’t go to the gym. After I got home, I jumped on the treadmill and ran 2 easy miles plus 1/2 mile warm/cool. And also walked 1 mile with Lucy, slip-sliding across the ice/snow.

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And that was my exciting day ;)

Caution: Dog Can’t Hold Her Licker

What weighs 90 pounds (of peanut butter) and has a 3-foot long tongue? Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but she really does have the longest tongue I’ve ever seen! Anyone (human or animal) that gets within range of that tongue, will feel the wrath of Lucy’s kiss attacks! As you can see, Bogey tolerates her pretty well… at least for a little while.

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Lucy giving Bogey a kiss :)

Today’s run almost didn’t happen. I’m still fighting this stupid stomach virus, and spent almost the entire day in bed. Finally, at about 8:15pm I took a shot of Imodium and jumped on the treadmill for a quick mile.

Today's run brought to you by the makers of Imodium AD

Today’s run brought to you by the makers of Imodium AD

This morning’s weigh in was 116.4 and there is no food log for today since I can’t keep anything down. Here’s to a better tomorrow!

3- week unexpected hiatus, sorry!

Yeah yeah, I’m a terrible blogger, but this time I have a legitimate excuse ;)  I was completely derailed with a 3-week bout of walking pneumonia AND an upper respiratory infection. I’m still not back to 100% but today was the first time I woke up almost un-congested! So of course I had to take advantage of that and go for a short run.

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Post-run: Lucy making sure I’m not dead :)


I totally bonked on the last few weeks of half-marathon training, but that didn’t stop my virtual running buddy, Tammy, who RAN HER 1ST HALF MARATHON TODAY!! Woohoo! I am so proud of you Tammy!!

So I wasn’t sure how much not running for almost 3 weeks had affected my running, but I had a really good (albeit short and disgustingly hot) run today! I was going to do 30:30 intervals after reading an article on Runner’s World this morning about returning to running after a brief hiatus, but then decided to go with 1:30 intervals instead. I made it through fine (2.04 miles in 20:20), but I do think I’m going to try the 30:30s tomorrow. And I am going to continue right along with marathon training. I’m still shooting for the Bucks County Marathon in November!

I’ll be back tomorrow with September goals and my updated marathon training plan. And maybe a quick review on the new app I’m using, Runmeter.

Oh, one other thing! I changed my Twitter name to @RunHappyVegan and also bought the domain runhappyvegan.com, which forwards here until I decide if I want to do something else with it. Go ahead, try it :)

Weekly Wrap-up

Wow, it’s brutally hot outside today! TGFT! That would be “Thank Goodness for Treadmills!” My treadmill room has been a complete wreck for the last several months, but I spent most of yesterday getting it all cleaned out and rearranged. This morning I fixed the computer and got it running again, and then moved the treadmill so that I can now spend my long runs watching Netflix! Yay! And by giving Lucy her frozen Kong treat right when I was ready to get going, I actually made it 20 minutes before she started to mess with the treadmill and I had to lock her out of the room. Progress!



So here’s how this week went running-wise:

  • Monday: 3.27 mile run + 3 w/Lucy
  • Tuesday: 4 miles w/Lucy
  • Wednesday: 4 mile run + 1.5 w/Lucy
  • Thursday: 3 mile run (hills) + 1.5 w/Lucy
  • Friday: 3 miles w/Lucy
  • Saturday: 5 miles w/Lucy
  • Sunday: 5.52 mile LSR + 2.5 (so far) w/Lucy

I’m starting a new half-marathon training plan tomorrow so that I can help a friend train for her first half!  It’s a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate program, and is 12 weeks long. That makes the half marathon date 8/31, and leaves me with another 12 weeks  that I can up my long runs for the November 16th marathon!

I’m still under 120 (119.4 this morning) and doing pretty well with my food choices. It’s really easy when you eat basically the same thing every day. But that’s okay because I never get sick of my spicy bean concoctions, topped with homemade salsa and guacamole :)

Have a great week!