2014 Virtual Race for the Animals (Half Marathon #10)

Yesterday I ran my 10th half marathon! This was the 2014 Virtual Race for the Animals, put on by #vegrunchat. All proceeds are being donated to SASHA Farm–  a farm animal sanctuary that offers a safe haven to animals in need of affection, social interaction, food, shelter, and lots of love! While I actually won my entry, I’ll still be making a donation to SASHA Farm :)

My friend Tammy also ran the half marathon and for the 3rd race in a row, she set a new PR! Go Tammy!!

I was about 5 minutes short of a PR, finishing at 2:12:02. I had a sub-30 5k and sub-60 10k, so I was hoping to finish at right around 2 hours. But at about 9 miles I started to struggle. My stomach started to cramp, and whenever I tried speeding up it got worse. I made it to almost 12 miles before I knew I was gonna have to use the bathroom in order to finish. So after, ahem… “taking care of business” I figured I’d breeze right through that last mile. Wrong. It was all I could do to get going again. I ended up doing 1:1 intervals that last mile and at that point I didn’t care how long it took – I would crawl to make it the full 13.1 miles!  Overall though, I did pretty well, averaging a 10:05 mm.

2014 Virtual Race for the Animals

2014 Virtual Race for the Animals

So, what to do now? I have decided that I’m NOT ready for the full marathon yet. And honestly, I don’t know if I ever will be. That doesn’t mean that I’ll stop training/trying. I’m just being realistic with myself. Maybe if I had someone to physically run with. It’s great to have virtual running buddies, but I think I need the actual physical interaction to get me through double the distance. Does that make sense? Maybe it’s just my sore feet talking ;)

I think my next set of goals will remain focused on the half marathon. And so, in no particular order:

  1. Sub 2-hour finish. To work on this, I will be going back to the beginning with the Couch to 5k program, focusing on pace/speed.
  2. Become a Half Fanatic. The “easiest” way is to start with Neptune, which is completing 2 halfs in a 16-day time frame, or 3 halfs in 90 days.
  3. Run more races. Virtually or Physically, the best way to get myself motivated is by training for a race!

Have a great week :)


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 :)


May Summary and June Goals

Hey look! It’s the worst blogger in the whole world! ;)

First off, Happy National Running Day!


I had a good month! I’ve been back under 120 consistently since May 18th, and I ran/walked every day for a total of well over 100 miles! Yippee! I’ve also began marathon training (again) and am seriously considering the Bucks County Marathon in November. They have a field limit of 500 runners, so my crowd-anxiety shouldn’t cause me to bail out at the last minute like I did with the Philly Marathon last year. I’m still torn between 2 or 3 training programs because 1) I don’t think a 20-mile long run is far enough, and 2) I don’t have enough time for an 8 or 9 mile run during the week. So I’m strongly leaning towards the Jeff Galloway plan, but adding in more runs during the week (speed-work, hills, etc..).

I started this last week and here’s what I did:

  • Monday (5/26): 3.38 miles easy doing 2:1 intervals and 4 mile walk w/Lucy
  • Tuesday (5/27): 3.38 miles easy pace run
  • Wednesday (5/28): Cross training- 20 minutes Arc Trainer + 1 mile speed walk, and 1 mile walk w/Lucy
  • Thursday (5/29): 3.3 miles steady pace run and 1 mile walk w/Lucy
  • Friday (5/30): 1 mile slow run, 1 mile uphill walk and 1 mile walk w/Lucy
  • Saturday (5/31): Rest Day but did walk 4.5 miles w/Lucy
  • Sunday (6/1): 6.34 mile long slow run and 3 miles w/Lucy

So my goals for June are to stay under 120, really try to blog more (really!), run at least 100 miles, run a half marathon on my birthday (June 22nd), and keep a more consistent food/fitness diary.

What do you use to track your food/fitness? I’m always on the lookout for something new!

Gotta Run!

April Summary and May Goals

So I didn’t quite make 100 miles, but I did come close (93.11 miles)! I ran at least 4 days/week. And I did dip back under 120 but unfortunately it didn’t last. I did end up with a .4 pound loss though! ;)

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All in all, it was a good month. I tracked my food more than I had been, but still not daily, and not “every” single bite. So that’s my number 1 goal for May. I’m going back to logging everything at SparkPeople and at Weight Watchers. That’s what got me to goal weight in the first place, so that’s what I always revert back to. I’m also concentrating more on my food choices. I’ve eliminated the little bit of dairy I had been consuming, and the only thing keeping me from being 100% vegan is my coffee creamer. It is non-dairy, but contains casein. I’ve tried all the options, but nothing compares to my beloved Cafe Mocha. I will continue to work on that. Progress, not perfection!

I also want to add in some longer runs. At least a 10-miler, and hopefully a half marathon.  I’m thinking about signing up for the Bucks County Marathon on November 16th. It’s a smaller race that won’t have thousands of people, and it runs alongside the Delaware canal. My only issue is my tummy. I never know when my IBS is going to flare up, and that terrifies me! Sometimes I can’t even make it more than a mile around my neighborhood before “that feeling” overwhelms me :(  Anyways, I’m going to decide by the 16th of this month, as that will give me 6 months to train. There’s also a half marathon there the day before, so that’s an option too.

And now I’m heading back out with Lucy for another walk. It’s a beautiful day, and I can get more mileage in for the #MayMiles challenge at SparkPeople :)

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Have a great weekend!

Happy New Year!

Last night I ran 8.6 miles as part of my Resolution Run and will get in the other 4.5 in about an hour – I registered for a (virtual) half marathon and already have the medal, so I have to finish earning it!  I wasn’t planning on splitting it between 2 runs, but my tummy decided otherwise.


Other than that I’m spending the day watching season 1 of Criminal Minds. I really have no resolutions for the year. I’m pretty happy with where I am :)

I have vegan chili cooking in the crock-pot, and already made a huge batch of salsa, so I’m good on lunches for the next several days. I also have all the ingredients to whip up another batch of the Tahini-Lime Quinoa Salad (I really LOVE that stuff!). And I have some pretzel crisps and hummus for snacks. There’s only a few cookies left in the house, which I’ll be taking with me to work tomorrow to get them out of here.  And although I’m up a few pounds, I am still within 5 pounds of my goal weight! So all is good here.

Until I come up with some new recipes, this blog will just be a food/running journal, with pictures of Lucy here and there, of course ;)


What are some of your goals/resolutions for the New Year?