Vegan Tuna Salad

With the prevalence of vegan meat substitutes emerging on the market right now, it’s easy to shift a plant-based diet to these convenient, highly processed protein sources. But more and more frequently, I find myself wanting to cut back on these, and go back to consuming more recognizable ingredients. Sure, I won’t completely give upContinue reading “Vegan Tuna Salad”

The Virginia Capital Trail

Last week, I shared my excitement with you for the re-naming of the Ashland to Petersburg Trail, which will now be known as the Fall Line Trail. This is the developing north/south corridor trail in the metro Richmond area, and I can’t wait for it to be finished! Its companion in the RVA is theContinue reading “The Virginia Capital Trail”

Update on the Ashland to Petersburg Trail!

Ever since I went to the first information meeting for Bike Walk Academy through Sports Backers, I have been super excited about this trail. It was merely a proposed idea at the time. The route is based on the old trolley line that used to run between the Town of Ashland and Richmond in theContinue reading “Update on the Ashland to Petersburg Trail!”

Vegan Freezer Staples

A couple of weeks ago, I shared about my favorite vegan pantry staples. These are the items that are shelf stable and readily available to serve as vital components for a quick vegan meal. The other place in the kitchen capable of storing food for longer periods of time is, of course, the freezer! AsContinue reading “Vegan Freezer Staples”

Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.

I had an incredibly enjoyable final long run of taper the Sunday before the marathon, spending the first 6 of my planned 8 miles with one of my sole sisters. The marathon training team had 12 on the schedule which I cut, also giving me the opportunity to see the continued evolution of what remainsContinue reading “Post Marathon Blues. Yes, it’s a Thing.”

Race Recap: Marine Corps Marathon #45: Virtually!

MCM 45 is a wrap. I feel like I had been training for this race since February. In essence, I was, since I’d been helping my best friend train for the Chicago Marathon, which was supposed to happen on October 11th. With all races either cancelled or forced to move to virtual formats due toContinue reading “Race Recap: Marine Corps Marathon #45: Virtually!”

Taper Madness

I have to say, this year’s taper is going better than anticipated. What is taper, you ask? It’s the time in marathon training when you have completed your last 20 mile run and are gradually decreasing mileage over 2-3 weeks until race day, allowing your body to repair itself and restore its glycogen reserves inContinue reading “Taper Madness”

Grocery Store Tours for Vegans: Lidl

In the bargain grocery market, Aldi and Lidl are pretty similar, and the original store owners were brothers. I already shared Aldi with you a few months ago, so this week, I’m taking you to Lidl! Both are filled with lots of merchandise under the store’s label. I find that the Aldi stores feel smaller,Continue reading “Grocery Store Tours for Vegans: Lidl”

Tips on Enduring the Pain of Long Runs

The best part about coaching is ushering in new marathoners to the 1%. I try to think about what I would have wanted to know as I trained for my first marathon back in 2014. The pain of long runs and anxiety of training in the final weeks leading to the race are definitely topicsContinue reading “Tips on Enduring the Pain of Long Runs”

Vegan Pantry Staples

Take a peek into my pantry! If you’re newly vegan, it’s helpful to know what shelf stable items to keep in stock. My family is not vegan, so it’s often something I throw together from the pantry that becomes my dinner in a pinch. So what do I keep there? Grains. Oats (quick cooking, usually)Continue reading “Vegan Pantry Staples”