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”

Fighting for Equality

The cornerstone of wellness is feeling safe. We cannot feel safe if we do not feel equal to others in society, and none of us are truly safe until this is accomplished. But as long as there are those in this world who would count any life as less meaningful than their own, equality willContinue reading “Fighting for Equality”

Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Whole Foods

Whole Foods seems to be synonymous with the mecca of all things organic, weird, healthy, and vegan. This is why it wasn’t one of my first grocery tours! We are lucky to now have 2 stores in the RVA, both north of the river. Our original store is in Short Pump, and a new oneContinue reading “Grocery Store Tour for Vegans: Whole Foods”

Marathon Training Tips for Newbies!

For the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, we are about to enter what I affectionately refer to as “hell month.” It’s the time in our training plan where the 18 and 20 mile runs are done, and for new marathoners, the most intimidating parts of training. I’m already there. My marathon will be October 11thContinue reading “Marathon Training Tips for Newbies!”

Looking forward to fall!

Blah. Today’s run was terrible. I thought I was doing myself a favor by waiting until today to run, because yesterday’s weather was rainy. There were a few sprinkly breaks, but for the most part, there was either steady rain or all out downpours all day. And honestly, I just wasn’t feeling a rainy runContinue reading “Looking forward to fall!”

On falling in love with dogs…

One of my favorite stories to tell to my patients or to my running companions is about how this once professed cat lover/dog hater became a dog person. OK. Hate is a strong word. Misunderstanding is more like it. Since I didn’t grow up around dogs, I really didn’t get them. I had a fewContinue reading “On falling in love with dogs…”

Kitchen Tools I Love!

I consider myself an amateur foodie. I have always enjoyed cooking, and think of making good food as one of my “love languages.” Transitioning to cooking as a vegan wasn’t that difficult, but it’s helpful to have the right tools. Limiting my diet to only plant based foods, sometimes cooking with from scratch can beContinue reading “Kitchen Tools I Love!”