50-Day Run Streak #writeandrun31


I hit a pretty awesome milestone today – 50 days of running in a row! And in these 50 days (started 11/23/14) I’ve ran 171 miles. That’s 3.42 miles per day on average. I’m pretty sure there were only 1 or 2 days in which I only ran 1 mile (one of those being yesterday, Lol!). Generally, I run between 3.25 – 3.5 miles per day during the week, then a shorter run on Saturday followed by a longer run on Sunday. Those longer runs are supposed to be my slow, endurance building miles, but as you can see in the above picture, I tend to actually run faster for the longer miles. Weird, huh?! Although, these results may be skewed because on the site I posted this from (smashrun.com), I “hid/blocked” all runs prior to November 23rd.

For today’s run I did reverse intervals of 4:1 for the first half, then 3:2 for the second half. So instead of run:walk, I did jog:run. I finished 10k (6.2 miles) in just over 64 minutes. I ran in my pajamas (+ sports bra) while watching Doctor Who, again :) Have I mentioned how much I love my treadmill! Lol!

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While I run, Lucy unfolds and burrows into the extra blankets that I keep on the spare bed.

 This morning’s weigh in was 116.8 and for food today:

  • Breakfast: 2 Tbsp peanut butter
  • Lunch: Black Bean Sriracha Pasta w/salsa
  • Dinner: Broccoli with garlic sauce and steamed brown rice
  • Snack: Salad (romaine, carrots, tomatoes, onions) with Tahini Lime Sauce, pretzel shells, and pumpkin seeds

‘Til next time. Xxxs and Oods


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.

RM Summary 8-31-14

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 :)

Week 1 Half Marathon Training Recap

I think I’ve mentioned that I’m virtually training with a friend for her first half marathon. We’re doing a modified version of Hal Higdon’s Intermediate plan. So far, so good! Here’s how it’s been going:

  • Monday: 3-5 miles easy/recovery: Did 3.84 miles in 40:00 (treadmill)
  • Tuesday: CT or Rest: did 40 minutes walking Level 5 hills – 2.78 miles (treadmill)
  • Wednesday: 5 x 400 @5k pace: Did 8 x 400 = 3.35 miles in 30:45 (treadmill)
  • Thursday: Easy 3: Did easy 3 in 31:30 (treadmill)
  • Friday: 3 miles hills: Did 2 miles at a 2% incline, in 23:35 (GI issues) (treadmill)
  • Saturday: Rest
  • Sunday: 5 miles LSR: did 5.15 miles in 55:25 (outside- OMG hot!)

With Lucy’s daily walks added in, I did a total of 32.12 miles for the week, rotating between my Brooks ST Racers, Skechers GR2, Skechers GRR3, and the walks in Saucony Kinvara 4.



On the food and weight side, I’ve been doing exceptionally well! I’ve been hovering between 117-118 the last couple weeks, and I’m perfectly happy with that :)


Cocoa Nutty Dough Balls

Today’s recipe is a simple yet delicious (and mostly healthy) dessert. Also, since it only yields 10 balls, you could accidentally eat them all for about 1000 calories ;)

Cocoa Nutty Dough Balls




– 1/3c oat flour (you can grind up rolled oats)
– 1/3c ground pistachios
– 1/3c ground cocoa-roasted almonds
– 2 Tbsp Agave Nectar
– 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/4c chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life – vegan)

Mix everything together, form into balls, and pop in the fridge for at least a couple hours. If you make 10 balls, they are 100 calories each:
Today’s run was a steady 3+ miles and I made it through with no GI issues! I like steady runs because I can just set the treadmill (6mph) and zone out.
And lastly is today’s food log:
B: bagel w/veggie cream cheese
L: Lime Tahini Quinoa salad
S: Tex Mex rice and beans w/salsa and guacamole
D: Caribbean black bean wrap (subbed hummus for guac and only used 1/4 cup beans)
I, of course, also had my usual over-abundance of coffee and not enough water. Oh, and I’m back down to 117 this morning!!

Week Two, Day Three

Today was pretty much uneventful (as usual, hehe) so I really have nothing but my little summary. I am going to post a couple recipes tomorrow, so stay tuned!

  • Breakfast: 4 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha. Cream of Wheat
  • Pre-workout snack: handful of Red Hot Blues (tortilla chips)
  • Late lunch: Vegetarian refried beans with salsa, guacamole, and Red Hot Blues

I’m still quite full, and I’m also still having GI issues, so that’s probably it for today unless I have an apple later.

Workout: 3.5 mile run (1 mile warm up, 1 mile steady, 1.5 miles at quarter mile increases from 6 – 7mph) plus quick cool-down walk.



Today’s power songs: Fight the Good Fight by Triumph, and Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen


Week One, Day Four (and some personal history)

For the past 4 years I’ve eaten extremely healthy. I’ve been within 5 pounds of 116 since May 2009. Prior to that my weight was up and down, but I was pretty much “normal” sized most of my life. About 12 years ago I was in a very “difficult” relationship with an alcoholic, and I ballooned up to 240 pounds. To make a long story short I lost 100 pounds on my own (in a very unhealthy way) but then slowly started packing the pounds back on again.

I joined Weight Watchers in September of 2008 at 184 pounds (I’m 5’4 by the way). For the first time in my life I learned how to eat healthy. I didn’t count points; I followed the Core plan, which is basically where you can only eat certain foods off a specific list. Let me tell you, the pounds just fell off. I was at goal weight by May 2009.

In the Fall of 2009 I started the Couch to 5k program (at coolrunning.com). Once I made it through week 5 I was hooked! I finished the C25k and moved onto the 10k program. From there I went on to run 10 miles, and then started training for half marathons. Halfs are definitely my favorite distance (so far!).

In the Spring of 2010 I watched a documentary, Food Inc., and immediately stopped eating meat. After that came the China Study, Forks over Knives, etc., and I gave up eggs and (about 99% of) dairy as well. I became an advocate for Farm Sanctuary – raising money and running for them. I even have an adopted duck named Preston :)

I’m not sure what made me start adding more dairy back into my diet, but after today I see it’s gotten out of hand, and I guess that’s my main reason for sharing all of this. As I said, I’ve been eating extremely healthy for the past 4 years. Today, however, was NOT a healthy day, and it’s caused me to reassess where I’m at- in my diet and my beliefs.

I know in my heart that I will never eat animal flesh again, but why am I able to justify dairy? And what makes me think I can stay under 120 pounds by eating the crap I ate today?!

I’ll leave it at that for now and share today’s bad choices…

  • Breakfast: 4 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha and Entenmann’s Devil’s Food donuts
  • Lunch: Baked macaroni and cheese
  • Snack: Nutter Butter snack pack
  • Dinner: Salad (3 cups shredded lettuce with diced tomatoes, onions and celery) with sliced black olives, sesame sticks, and Tahini Lime Sauce

Workout: 3 miles easy (@5.6) plus .75 (@6mph)


Gotta Run!

Week One, Day Three

Just a brief recap today as I’m exhausted.

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee with Cafe Mocha. Bagel thin with peanut butter

Snack: Chocolate Peanut Butter Log (definitely not worth the calories)

Lunch: Mixture of Amy’s Refried beans w/green chilies, roasted potatoes, black olives and guacamole on a bagel thin

Workout: 4 mile run: 1 mile warm-up (5.2mph) then quarter mile repeats (at 7.2/5.2mph) for 3 miles. No cool down.


Dinner: Salad (3 cups shredded lettuce with diced tomatoes, onions and celery) with sliced black olives and Tahini Lime Sauce

By the way, the Tahini Lime Sauce is like magic sauce and tastes great on all kinds of stuff!

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (low sodium) soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Agave nectar

Just combine everything really well and store in an airtight container. A serving is 2 Tbsp and is about 60 calories. I believe this recipe came from Peas and Thank You.

Gotta Run!