8 Miles – NB Vazee Pace

Well again, I didn’t make it 12 miles BUT my blistered toe was fine with just a band-aid over it. The only problem I had today was that I pooped out too early. This happens when I don’t slow down enough for my longer runs.  8 miles isn’t really a “long” run for me, but because I slacked off in November and December I almost feel like I’m starting over again.

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I tested intervals again today. I alternated miles doing 2:00/:30 and 1:00/:30. The first few miles ended up being an overall 9:40 per mile pace, so I played around with speeds for a while and got down to a 10:20 pace, but that was still too fast and after 6 miles I was already wiped out. My half marathon “race pace” is between 9:40 – 10 minute miles, so I should have been averaging around an 11:30 minute mile pace. Ah well, the virtual half is next weekend and after that I can concentrate more on the long, slow runs.

Today I wore my (2nd pair of) New Balance Vazee Pace. I think I’ve only worn these once so far because they gave me a little bit of arch pain. Today they were great, and have currently moved into the #2 spot of my current rotation (#1 is the Newton Distance IV). I wore a thicker pair of Injini (trail) socks and, as I mentioned above, had no problems with rubbing or messing with that blood blister.

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The rest of my “wardrobe” was another Skirtsports skirt, a Fabletics sports bra (I can’t link to it because they don’t have it anymore), and a tank that I ended up peeling off about halfway through.

On today’s menu is leftover Broccoli and Brown Rice casserole (I haven’t eaten anything yet other than a Gu) and then later some pineapple overnight oats with walnuts and (non-dairy) chocolate chips.

Today’s weight: 117.2


Summary of Week 1 Ultra Training

Yesterday I did an easy 4 mile recovery run which brought my total mileage for the week to just over 37 miles! That’s a good way to end Week 1 of Ultra training, eh? And after today or tomorrow’s 4 mile run I’ll have another month of 100+ miles!

Week of June 22nd - 28th, 2015

Week of June 22nd – 28th, 2015

My typical weekly running schedule includes speed, easy, hills, long, and recovery. I’m not doing tempo runs this go-around since I’ll be using intervals for all long runs. Intervals make me happy :)

Have a great week!

Marathon Training – Weeks 14 and 15

I can honestly say that I’m ready for the marathon!! Especially after Saturday’s 22(.81) mile long run!

Did you hear that?! I ran almost 23 miles!!! And it didn’t suck!!

Switching my long runs to Saturday, and using :30/:30 run/walk intervals have made all the difference. And I also bought a(nother) new pair of shoes just for long runs – the Brooks Launch 2. They have just enough forefoot cushion, and the arch support is perfect! I bought them on Friday and wore them Saturday. No break-in period needed. No blisters. They are awesome! So that means I have the shoe choice narrowed down to either the Launch or the Newton Fates.

Brooks Launch 2

Brooks Launch 2

Newton Fate

Newton Fate

My husband bought me the Camelbak marathon vest as an early birthday present because I was worried about how to carry fuel/water, etc…  I’ve tried different fuel belts but none of them have worked out (I have no hips). The vest was wonderful! No chafing, plenty of storage pockets, adjustable. I only filled it halfway because I was worried about carrying an extra 6-7 pounds (it holds 70 ounces), so there was some sloshing that took a little while to get used to, but overall it was comfortable and I highly recommend it!

Still smiling at mile 22 :)

Still smiling at mile 22 :)

Another early birthday present I received was a Gymboss timer (thanks Natalie!!!) and it worked out perfect also. It was very easy to set up, and when the timer ran out I only had to push 2 buttons to restart it. I clipped it onto the shoulder of the vest so that I could hear it over my music, and it was plenty loud enough.

And here’s how the last 2 weeks of training went:

Week 16. Only ran 4 days and still got in 30 miles!

Week 15. Only ran 4 days and still got in 30 miles!

Week 14

I really don’t mean to go 2 weeks between postings. I think time just gets away from me. I will try to do better :) Have a great week everyone!

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 :)

Meatless Monday: (Recipe Makeover) Tahini Lime Quinoa Salad

Happy Meatless Monday!

It’s been busy around here with the holidays, and all the shopping, baking, and stress that goes along with the holidays! No sooner do I get something wrapped and under the tree before Lucy and Bogey have the bows and ribbons destroyed and the packages chewed halfway open ;)

I haven’t come up with any new recipes over the last week or so, but I have perfected my Tahini Lime Quinoa Salad. I really need to rename it since 1. It’s not a salad, and 2. There are way more veggies than quinoa in it. How about Sauteed Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts with Quinoa and Tahini Lime Sauce? Anyways…




  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound Brussels Sprouts, chopped
  • 2 bunches broccoli crowns (about 4 cups, chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp hot water
  • 2 tsp sweetener (I use Agave)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Simply Asia Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning (optional)


  1. In a small pot bring the quinoa and 2 cups water to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the onion, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts in the sesame oil until it all reaches your desired consistency (I like my veggies almost burned!)
  3. In a small bowl combine the Tahini, lime juice, hot water, soy sauce, sweetener, garlic and ginger (and the Simply Asia seasoning, if using). A whisk works best.
  4. Once the veggies are done, pour into a large mixing bowl. Add the quinoa and combine. Add the tomatoes. Top with the Tahini sauce and mix well.

Makes 6 large servings and here’s the nutrition info:



I finally made it back to the gym today and got in 3.1 miles on the treadmill. I did a sort of running “reboot” since I’ve been slacking lately between minor injuries, the tummy issues, and just plain laziness. It was 4:1 intervals at 4mph/6.2mph at a 1% incline. I felt good and had no problems whatsoever. Over the next couple days I’ll be assessing my upcoming running goals and working on some kind of training plan. Stay tuned!