It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

That’s right, fellow runners. We are about to enter fall marathon training season! And if you’re lucky, you are part of a marathon training team like mine. There is absolutely no way I could have run any of them without the help of the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team.  Meeting with my team again eachContinue reading “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”

Vegan Restaurant Review: 821 Cafe

Near the bustling campus of VCU on Cary Street in downtown Richmond is 821 Cafe. It’s a small restaurant with an eclectic feel. In other words, just the kind of funky place you’d hope to find near an artsy school like VCU!  I’ve eaten there a few times now, and I’ve always received great serviceContinue reading “Vegan Restaurant Review: 821 Cafe”

We had a snow day! (Tips for winter running.)

For the first time since 2018, the Richmond area had an appreciable amount of snow! Now, I follow the meteorologist DT from WxRisk (you can find him on Facebook), and he is usually on point with forecasting, often calling it correctly days before the local meteorologists. Well, this go-round for the east coast Nor’easter, heContinue reading “We had a snow day! (Tips for winter running.)”

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!”

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!”

Biking for Newbies

Do you remember the first time you actually rode a bike without training wheels? It’s a rite of passage for kids. Those first few rides which felt a bit dangerous and thus exhilarating at the same time are so freeing! And the sense of independence that comes from being able to travel to a friend’sContinue reading “Biking for Newbies”

Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Ellwood Thompson’s

Since we have begun to re-open in Virginia, at least for now, I will go ahead and continue on with my grocery tour for vegans series. This week, I’m taking you to one of Richmond’s locally owned organic grocers. My younger daughter is always up for an adventure, so before our visit, we took aContinue reading “Grocery Tour Series for Vegans: Ellwood Thompson’s”

The Garden Still Grows…

Garden Update! Life has been interesting the past few months, that’s for sure. The activities which center me and allow me to process life’s uncertainties the most are endurance cardio and gardening. So, as we figure out how to stay safe from coronavirus while simultaneously fighting the ongoing plague of racism in our country, thereContinue reading “The Garden Still Grows…”