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Fall Race Calendar

Today I'm linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.

Today we're talking fall racing calendars!

All summer we've been training in the hot, humid conditions for races in the fall which will hopefully result in a shiny new PR!

Here's a peak at my race calendar this fall:

October 9 - 10 for Texas - The Woodlands, TX.  I haven't done a 10 mile race before so this should be interesting.  Bonus is it is 5 miles from home!

October 30 - Houston Half Marathon - Houston, TX.  Last year the race was called off due to remnants of a tropical storm.  This race has some fun perks... beer, tacos and free race photos.

November 24 - Run Through the Woods - The Woodlands, TX.  My sister and her family are going to be in town for Thanksgiving and I know at least my niece and I will be running this ... might be able to convince the rest of the family too.  There's a pancake breakfast afterwards.

What is on your race calendar?

Weekly Workouts - Last Week Today - August 28

Had a great week of running this week. The is my 7th week of training for the Houston Half. My plan has had a 5th running day for the past couple of weeks... it is generally a 3 mile slow run. I have to admit, I haven't ran the extra day since it has been introduced.  My body just has needed rest, and I'm ok with it.

We are back in the pattern of pop-up storms in Houston, it is keeping the temperature down, but boy... the humidity sure makes it steamy.

I am not enjoying the fact that it gets darker so much earlier.  In the middle of the summer I was going out at 7:30 and getting back at dusk, but now it seems I'm going out at 6:30 and getting back after dark (my safety office is not thrilled).

Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - 13 miles LSD.  I had 12 on my plan, but between faulty running math and enjoying the run I got in an extra mile.

Monday - Rest.

Tuesday - 6 miles easy effort + strides (average pace 11:41). This one felt hard... it super soupy out and my legs were…

5 Runfessions for August

Happy Friday!!!

This week has been a doozie! I am so happy the work week is over and the weekend is upon us.  I don't have many plans for the weekend, which is fine with me, I've been so exhausted this week... I see running, napping and relaxing in my future.

This is the last Friday of the month... I'm trying something new and linking up with Runfessions and the Friday 5. I do have some things on my mind to Runfess!

I seem to be having more bad runs than good runs lately.  I think it is due to the insufferable heat and humidity.  I know that this phase will pass and I'm thankful that I didn't sign up for my first marathon to be in the fall.
I haven't been foam rolling as much as I should be.  This week I got the foam roller out and what a difference it has made to my sore legs.  I do feel so much better when I foam roll!
I've been randomly bursting out in huge fits of laughter on my runs this week while I've been listening to Furiously Happy.  While it is a …

Southwestern Pesto Pasta

I love salsa.

It is true, I can literally eat it out of the jar with a spoon.

Years ago, I found this recipe (where escapes me) and thought I couldn't go wrong with combining a bunch of salsa with pasta!

The original recipe called for regular Parmesan cheese and oil.  I omitted the oil and changed to a Vegan Parmesan cheese that is easy to make at home.


I'm linking up today with Kimmy from Rock My Vegan Socks & Mary Ellen VNutrition for Healthy Vegan Fridays and Running on Happy,The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday!

Race Memorabilia

Today I'm linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.

Today we're talking race memorabilia!

There is a lot of stuff that you get when you run a race... I'm always amazed at the amount of things I have that I need to empty out of my car after I've ran one.  There is the bib, usually a medal, t-shirt, race pamphlets, etc.

When I was a bit more organized.  I kept my race bibs and the pamphlets from the bigger races and scrapbooked them.

I just don't seem to have the time for that any more... this is what it looks like now, but I'm keeping the bibs just in case the scrapbook fever hits again!

Weekly Workouts - Last Week Today - August 21

Had a hit and miss week this week. I'm now in my 6th week training for the Houston Half.  This was supposed be a 5 day of running week... but that didn't happen.

This week I dodged thunderstorms!  Houston had a cool streak this day... 5 straight days with temps under 90!  The driving factor for those cool temps were storms, which started on Saturday evening and continued throughout the week.  Thankfully, nothing like Louisiana got last week... my heart goes out to those folks.

Sunday I was hoping to catch a run along the seawall in Galveston, but I woke up to a lovely thunderstorm... with lots of lightening, so I passed on that one.

Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - Rest.

Monday - 10k - I got my Dog Days virtual run done.  I had 6 miles on the schedule from Sunday.

Tuesday - Planned 12x400; Actual - Rest (thanks to a thunderstorm at run time).

Wednesday - Planned 3 mile easy, Planned 12x400; Actual - Rest (thanks to a thunderstorm at run time).

Thursday - Planned 4x1mi; Actua…

White Gazpacho

I'm still loving fresh local produce... especially cucumbers!

I love soup, but with this heat something hot is the last thing that I want, this is when cold soups come in handy!

My sister used to make this for me and I begged her for the recipe so that I could veganize it! The original recipe came from Sarah Carey from the old school Martha Stewart show.

This soup is creamy and is all about the goodness of cucumber flavor, so the fresher the better.

 White Gazpacho
Ingredients 4 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 cups low sodium vegetable stock 2 cups tofu sour cream 2 tsp sea salt 1/4 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice Toppings diced tomatoes minced flat leaf parsley finely sliced green onions pumpkin seeds finely grated vegan gouda Instructions In the jar of a blender, combine 2 cucumbers, 1 clove garlic, and 1/2 cup stock. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Blend the remaining 2 cucumbers, clove of garlic, and 1/2 cup stock until smo…

5 Favorites I Wear On My Runs

Happy Friday!!! Today I'm linking up with Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed Up For What for the Friday Five link up. Today's theme is favorites and I'm sharing with you my favorite things that I take on my runs.

Altra Running Shoes. I can't say enough good things about these shoes.  I LOVE them.  I have several pair and switch them out based on what my workout looks like for the day.  I love the wide toe box... and so do my ugly bunions!
SPANDITS! Wearing fun clothes to run in helps you run better (or at least it is my story and I'm sticking to it).  I love this brand... the patterns are so much fun and you can customize them!  I'm incredibly short, so I can't buy tights off the rack, when I do, I have to roll them up (see above picture).  With SPANDITS! I can specify what inseam my tights should be... no more ankle bulge! If you are interested in trying them out, head over to and use code SPANDITSLOVE, be sure to mention that Vicki …

Not So Upsetting...

I have a thing for cookbooks.  I really wasn't sure that I needed another one, let alone one just about sandwiches. I was concerned about how many recipes in this would really be applicable me.  I was pleasantly surprised!

A Super Upsetting Cookbook About Sandwiches has some very creative sandwich combinations.  The book is split into two sections - Sandwiches and Things to Put in Sandwiches.  The author, Tyler Kord is the chef-owner of the No. 7 restaurant group in New York.  He knows a thing or two about sandwiches!

This cookbook isn't your normal everyday cookbook.  It reads like a book of short stories.  Tyler shares humorous anecdotes for each of the recipes. I really enjoyed reading the commentary that prefaced each recipe.

These sandwiches aren't your grandmother's sandwiches either!  All of the sandwiches have different components that should make them more tasty.... and the names will at least make you chuckle.

I can't wait to try some of the vegetarian recipe…

Workouts - Last Week Today - August 14

Had another great week of running. I'm now in my 5th week training for the Houston Half.  This week was a pretty easy week, with all runs lower mileage and at easy effort.  I begin running 5 days a week next week.

The heat got cranked up another notch this week.  My weather guy says that this week is the peak of summer for Houston, so hopefully from here on out the temps will start easing back down.  It was still 100 degrees at 7:00 pm on Tuesday and 99 at 7:00 pm on Thursday.  Needless to say, I took it easy on my runs and took walking water breaks.

Saturday we took an overnight trip to Galveston. We had so much fun catching up with old friends! Unfortunately my planned kite flying didn't go as planned as the kite I bought was missing a piece.

Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - 11 miles - 5 steady/3 fast/3 steady (average pace 11:09) my fast splits were 10:38/9:54/9:59.

Monday - Rest.

Tuesday - 4 miles easy effort (average pace 10:58).

Wednesday - Rest.

Thursday - 4 miles eas…

Vegan Sour Cream Cucumbers

Home grown cucumbers are so much more flavorful than their store bought counterpart.  I'm fortunate enough to have a vegetable stand close by that sells fresh, homegrown produce in the spring/summer/fall.

One dish I always remember growing up was my mother's sour cream cucumbers.  They are so cool and refreshing on a hot summer day!

I dug out the frequently used recipe and pondered if I could make them vegan... and if I did, would they be any good?

I'm happy to say, that the veganized (is that a word?) recipe works... and the hubs was none the wiser that this recipe was any different (score!).

Vegan Sour Cream Cucumbers Ingredients 3 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced 1/4 red onion, finely diced 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1 cup Tofu Sour Cream 2 TBS lemon juice Instructions
Combine all ingredients and mix. Chill until serving.

I'm linking up today with Kimmy from Rock My Vegan Socks & Mary Ellen VNutrition for Healthy Vegan Fridays!

5 Plant Based Food Blogs

Happy Friday!!! Today I'm linking up with Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run and You Signed Up For What for the Friday Five link up. Today's theme is food and beverage, so I'm going to share with you some of my favorite plant based food blogs!

Minimalist Baker - Dana creates some really good recipes and her photography is stunning.  I love that many of her recipes are less than 10 ingredients and under 30 minutes. I recently made the vegan nicoise salad... it was so good! The macaroni salad has become one of my summer staples. I'm looking forward to trying the roasted broccoli sweet potato chickpea salad.

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My Whole Food Life - Melissa has a great collection of recipes.  I love her overnight oats collection, particularly the almond butter chocolate and cookie dough.  Her recipe for coconut crème larabars is spot-on.  I made the carrot dogs for my Memorial …