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Runfessions for September

Happy Friday!!!

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 beyond exhausted lately... I see running, napping and relaxing in my future.

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

I think I have a little problem, and that is a Spandits! addiction.  The new prints came out a week or so ago and I've already placed an order for some things in the new prints.  Tights in the Calavera print and the Vinyasa Dress in the Elsa print. You can save 10% on your first order by using code SPANDITSLOVE, be sure to tell them Vicki sent you.

[caption id="attachment_1593" align="aligncenter" width="300"] From top left clockwise - Elsa, Flash, Pheasant Dreams, Calavera, Tail Feathers, Ritz[/caption]
Thanks to recommendations from a few bloggers, I have been enjoying listening …

Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bowl

This has got to be the laziest "Healthy Vegan Friday" post there ever was.

I can't even take credit for the recipe.

All I can tell you is that after making the Roasted Broccoli, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Salad from Minimalist Baker, I began to wonder if this would make a good Buddha bowl.

I have a confession to make... I've never made a Buddha bowl. While I'm confessing... I've never had roasted broccoli either, I can't believe I have been missing out on that for so long either!

I quickly consulted Google to determine the proper make up of a bowl, and found that it was missing one ingredient - a grain. I found some farro in my pantry and cooked it up.  Assembled the ingredients and voila! I had made my first Buddha bowl.

So there... that is it!  Grab the recipe for Roasted Broccoli, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea Salad, cook up some Farro... layer it in a bowl and nosh to your hearts content.

It must also be said that the Roasted Broccoli, Sweet Potato, and Chickp…

Running Challenges

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "The Most Challenging Aspect of Running Right Now Is..."

Don't get me wrong... I love running.  However, there are times that make it more of a challenge. Right now I've got 2 things that are proving a challenge to get me out the door.


I've been fighting fatigue for a while.  I am feeling incredibly tired and my legs just feel like they are filled with lead. I had started taking cat naps right before my evening runs (before it started getting dark so early), and even last week I had to take a nap on my lunch hour!

Late last year I consulted "Dr. Google" after feeling fatigued and sluggish and self-diagnosed myself with having low iron levels. I started supplementing and the fatigued feeling went away. Then... almost 2 months ago, I read a couple articles that stated you shouldn't suppleme…

Vegan Breakfast in a Cup

I have never been a fan of breakfast. I think a lot of it is due to the fact that I am not a morning person.  I need something that is quick and easy and good on the go.  I usually eat breakfast after I've been at work for an hour or so.

I recently veganized this dish from a recipe my family used from a cookbook we called "The Bible".  These breakfast cups meet my requirement for a breakfast.  Once you cook up a batch of them, they can be frozen and then popped in the microwave for a minute to heat up.

They also have a bit of zing to them with the green chilis and cumin.

Vegan Breakfast in a Cup Ingredients 3 cups cooked brown rice 1 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilis 1 jar (2 oz) diced pimentos, drained 1/3 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk) 1/2 cup tofu egg batter 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground black pepper Nonstick cooking spray Instructions Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Divide mixture ev…

Workouts - Last Week Today - September 25

I am in my 11th week of training for the Houston Half! This week my running took a back seat to rest.

This week, I began to feel incredibly tired. My legs felt heavy, and I just felt like I couldn't get enough sleep. Also, my anxiety and depressive issues started appearing again.

I had stopped taking iron supplements about month and a half ago, after reading that you shouldn't supplement with iron without a doctors guidance. (I had originally consulted Dr. Google about a year ago with fatigue and "lead leg" issues, and started supplementing with iron, which helped.)

I had started feeling a little off at the end of August. Knowing that I was eating more junk food than I normally do, I cleaned up my diet in September.  It hasn't seemed to help on the energy front.

I had my doctor appointment on Wednesday, which included lots of blood work. I'm hoping that I am just low on iron, or something else that is easily remedied.

Sunday - Rest.

Monday - 9 miles easy.

Tuesday - …

Sweet Potato Chili

I love a good chili!

To me, it speaks of crisp fall days, football, and bonfires. While it still is very much like summer in Houston, I'm not even in the chili making mode.

This recipe is based on the Sweet Potato Chili recipe in Simple Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin.  I've added a few of my own touches to it here.

I entered this chili in a chili contest that we had at work, I won the Most Creative category.

Sweet Potato Chili Ingredients Olive oil for pot 2 large onions, diced 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 yellow pepper, diced 1 jalepeno, seeded and minced 1 1/2 TBS chipotle chili powder 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried oregano 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock 2 1/2 cups water 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 1/4 cup tomato paste, thinned with 1/4 cup water 2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice 2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped Instructions Heat the oil in a large stockpot…

Dog Days Virtual Run Recap

I signed up to run the Dog Days Virtual Run in August.  I opted for the 10k, and ran it as part of my training. My goal for this run was to run straight through with no walking water breaks.  I ran it as part of the social run I do with Gooses Acre Running Club, I thought running in a group would make it seem more "racey".

The Dog Days Virtual Run, was organized by Level Up Runs.  The run supported Second Chance Dog rescue - for each entry they donated a toy, blanket, or dog bowl. This was my 5th virtual run I have participated in, and I enjoyed this experience as much as the first.

It was a typical warm Houston day, and my run was in the heat of it.  Fortunately, we got a cooling shower not too long before I ran, that did nothing to help with humidity. My route was flat with a few small hills on bridges.  I took an easy pace and accomplished my goal of running straight through.

When I finished, I entered in my details into the "Submit Your Results" area on leveluprun…

Vic's Famous Blender Salsa

It is no secret that I love salsa.

I started making this salsa about 24 years ago in an attempt to copy the salsa from my favorite Mexican restaurants.

It has evolved over the years... back in the day, the only ingredients were tomatoes, jalapeños, and garlic.  As my knowledge of cooking and ingredients developed, I added ingredients to enrich the flavor.

I still think this beats most salsas you can buy off the shelf at the supermarket.


I’m linking up with Running on Happy,The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday!

Workouts - Last Week Today - September 18

I am in my 10th week of training for the Houston Half! It was a great week of running.

This week, I began to incorporate bodyweight exercises and yoga into my routine. Keeping up the foam rolling after each run.

Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - 10 miles easy.

Monday - Body weight exercises (consisting of push-ups, squats, chair dips, lunges, bridges)

Tuesday - Yoga - 30 minute workout with twists

Wednesday - Body weight exercises

Thursday - 5 miles - 6 x 800 (4:46/4:39/4:38/4:37/4:45/4:33) with 1 mile w/up, c/down.

Friday - 4 miles easy with Anam.

Saturday - 6 miles easy.

Total Miles = 25

Check out this cool medal from Level Up Runs. It's for the "I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good" Harry Potter themed virtual run. I will be running it with my neice virtually. You can save 10% on registration by 7sing code SAVE10.

I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap; andNicole, Annmarie, Jen, and Michelle for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Tropical Soulshine Juice

I'm not a big orange juice drinker, but when I do drink some oj... I want it fresh and homemade.

It also doesn't hurt that it has a little bit of added sweetness and tropical taste to it.

This juice is requested by the hubs regularly. He will drink it all up in a couple days.

It is also good to mix with champagne for mimosas!

 Tropical Soulshine Juice
Ingredients 6-7 Cara Cara Oranges (can use other varieties, I like the pink color of the Cara Cara) 1 pineapple Instructions Remove peels from orange and pineapple. Cut into chunks that will fit into your juicer. Process through juicer. Strain juice into jar.

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

Five Favorite Finds From Thrive Market

I'm linking up for the Friday Five and the topic for this week is favorites.  At the end of last year, I signed up with Thrive Market as they were running a half-off membership.  I thought it would be a good time to check out the claims of saving money on healthy products.  I have found that I do save money when compared to buying them at the local store on some items, and I love that I can get free shipping if I spend more than $49. Like anything, it is good to comparison shop.  I have found some new products through Thrive Market that I really like, and I'm sharing them with you here.

Acure Organics - I use their facial care products and I really like them.  I use the day cream, night cream, eye cream, argon oil towelettes, facial cleansing gel, and the brightening facial scrub.  Everything smells good, but not perfumey. The day cream is light and moisturizing, but doesn't leave my skin greasy.
Eco Teas Yerba Mate - when I ended my coffee addiction stopped drinking coffee …

Post Race Rituals and Rewards

Today I'm joining the lovely ladies for Tuesdays On The Run.  Where we talk about a different topic each week that is running related.

Today's topic is "Post Race Rituals and Rewards"

I've got a few things that I do after a race, particularly a half marathon... they are aimed towards recover and re fueling.

After crossing a finish line, I grab a bottle of water so that I can get myself rehydrated, I drink about 4 oz.  Shortly after that I head towards the bag pick-up and get my shaker bottle that I've filled with a scoop Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator and I pour the rest of the water in there and drink.

In the meantime, I'll change into my OOFOS for comfort and walk around the festivities at the finish area.  I'll usually grab a banana.  I try to stay on my feet as much as possible before heading to the car to head home.

Once home, I make it a point to foam roll really good.  I also take a bath with Epsom salt, baking soda, and lavender oil.

Sometimes I…

Sauerkraut & Dumplings

Growing up, sauerkraut & dumplings were a mainstay on our dinner table.  I think they always had spare ribs or polish sausage in with the sauerkraut.

When I moved on my own, I wanted to recreate a vegetarian version of this dish.  My mom gave me her recipe and I adopted it to my tastes and left out the meat. The dumplings however were full of eggs.

I recently came to an epiphany that I could probably replace the eggs in the dumplings with aquafaba. The experiment worked.  I was so pleased to be able to veganize this old family favorite!

 Sauerkraut & Dumplings
Ingredients olive oil for pan 1 onion, diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 tsp chili flakes (or more to taste) 15 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice 32 oz jar sauerkraut 1 TBS coconut sugar salt and pepper, to taste 1/4 cup aquafaba flour salt and pepper Instructions Heat olive oil in pan and add the onion and garlic. Sauté until tender. Add chili flakes and cook for 1 more minute. Add tomatoes, sauerkraut, sugar, salt, an…

Workouts - Last Week Today - September 11

This week I came off a week of rest. I am in my 9th week of training for the Houston Half.  There isn't a lot to tell about this week, as I spent it mostly resting. However, I am happy to report my foot is on the mend... and feeling so much better!!

I decided to play it safe for a few days and listen to my body. It was tough, but necessary. I started doing my foot stretching and strengthening exercises that I had stopped after my foot had started feeling better in the spring.  I will continue to do them, as I've determined pre-hab beats re-hab.

Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - Rest

Monday - Rest

Tuesday - Easy 3 miler with Anam. She was so excited to go, I was happy to have her for company (I knew she would keep me at an easy pace)!

Wednesday - Rest

Thursday - Rest

Friday - Rest

Saturday - Easy 5 miles. Midway through this run, I took a nose dive to the pavement.  The hubs has come up with a "running kit" for me, which includes knee pads, a helmet, and a 12-pack of …

Roasted Red Pepper Soup

I told myself I wouldn't do it.

I really couldn't help myself.

I fell into all the fall hype and made a batch of soup.

I love soup, but I usually don't like to eat warm soup until after the weather cools off.

This soup comes together very quickly and is very delicious, I think it is better the following day. The soup is a tomato based soup with some roasted red pepper in there for some additional sweetness.


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

5 Favorite Fall Foods

I'm linking up for the Friday Five and the topic for this week is food and beverage.  Although it technically isn't fall, you really wouldn't know it otherwise.  I'm seeing fall displays, Starbucks has started selling pumpkin spice lattes, and Halloween candy is already out.  Although, I don't want summer to end, there are some foods that I am looking forward to eating this fall!

Persimmons - if you haven't had one of these delightful fruits... you are missing out. They are so sweet and tasty!
Honey Crisp Apples - these apples are so sweet, juicy and crispy.  I get so excited when I see them in the store.
Chili - I LOVE a good veggie chili!  It just is great for fall... and watching football.
 Soups - I really like soup and can't wait to start making a weekly batch of soup to eat throughout the week in my lunch. Like this great Roasted Red Pepper soup I made last night.
Warm Golden Milk - I got out of the habit of drinking a cup of warm golden milk before bedtim…

Workouts - Last Week Today - September 4

This week was a bit of a challenge with running. I am in my 8th week of training for the Houston Half.  After my run on Sunday, my right foot started hurting.  I started RICE treatment, and then my left foot started hurting on Thursday.

I decided to play it safe for a few days. Tuesday's run got postponed to Wednesday.  Then, Thursdays run just got called off as my "good foot" started hurting.  I thought it best to take a page from my goals for the month and listen to my body. It was tough, but necessary.

Here's how my week shook out:

Sunday - 12 miles - I was supposed to run 5 miles slow, then 3 miles fast, followed by the final 4 miles slow. I enjoyed the workout, and felt no pain. My fast splits were supposed to be between 10:15- 10:25 in actuality they were (10:45/9:55/9:38)... I should be happy that they were reverse at least.

Monday - Rest. Continued icing the right foot.

Tuesday - Planned 6 x 800, 1 mile c/d & w/u. Actual - Rest. Continued icing the right foot