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Run Thru The Woods Race Recap

On Thanksgiving Day, my family and I participated in the Run Thru The Woods in the morning.  It had been a while since I had run a Thanksgiving Day race, and I had missed the fun run start to the holiday. I'm grateful my family was game for the fun too!

Race day eve was pretty interesting.  We had been out seeing the sights in the afternoon and opted to stop and eat dinner out at the Loose Caboose (BBQ restaurant)... my nieces and I opted for a baked potato with cheese. We had a fun trip to Wal-Mart afterwards, then headed home to get our stuff ready for the next day.  I ended up staying up and baking the carrot cake and doing some meal preps for the next day.

[caption id="attachment_1903" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Flat Vicki[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1904" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Everyone wanted to create their flat runners![/caption]

Race day morning came pretty early (especially since I didn't g…

Workouts - Last Week Today - November 27

I'm in my 9th week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is 7 weeks away!!

This week I had great week of training! I'm loving the crisp fall weather that we had most of the week.  I mixed up my mileage and workouts up a bit... to compensate for family being in town.

On Thanksgiving my family participated in the Run Thru The Woods race in the morning.  Look for the recap this coming week.

Here is how my week played out:

Sunday - 15 miles - LSD.

Monday - Rest... sort of, lots of walking at the San Jacinto Battleground/Monument and Galveston.

Tuesday - Rest... sort of, lots of walking around Space Center Houston.

Wednesday -  3 miles easy with the nieces.

Thursday - 5 miles - Run Thru The Woods - this was a speedy one - 44:02!

Friday - 4 miles easy.

Saturday - 5 miles easy.

Total Miles = 32

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

Hearty Harvest Chili

I'm blessed this Thanksgiving holiday to have my family visiting from Kansas.  Although they love their meat... they are always willing to try out new things and eat vegetarian once in a while.

My sister requested my vegetarian chili... this is the first recipe that I created and called my own.  In fact, it is one of my most requested recipes is my vegetarian chili. I concocted this recipe by trial and error and combining several elements of different recipes I came across.


Hearty Harvest Chili Ingredients Olive oil for pan 2 large onions, diced 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 TBS tomato paste 1 TBS vegan Worcestershire sauce 1 TBS BBQ sauce 1 TBS chili powder 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp celery salt 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp white pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp season salt 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 8 oz mushrooms, stemmed and quartered (sometimes I use 16 oz) 2 green peppers, chopped 2 stalks celery, diced 1 small zucc…

Workouts - Last Week Today - November 20

I'm in my 8th week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is 8 weeks away... and I'm feeling pretty good

This week was a cut back week for me.  I had a great week of running this week!  Here's how it all shook out:

Sunday - Rest. We got back from the deer lease too late for me to head out for an evening run, so I enjoyed the evening with a few cold ones with the hubs and our neighbors.

Monday - 8 miles easy with the Goose's Acre Running Club.

Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday -  5 miles + stride outs with Anam

Thursday - Rest.

Friday - 6 miles progressive with Anam.  We nailed the progressive (11:36/11:15/10:56/10:39/10:15/9:39).

Saturday - 5 miles easy. It was a chilly one this morning!

Total Miles = 24

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

5 Foods On My Thanksgiving Table

I'm linking up for the Friday Five 2.0!  This week we're talking about holiday foods. With Thanksgiving next week... I'm a little behind in planning out what will be on my Thanksgiving table.  I'm excited to have my family traveling down from Kansas to celebrate the holiday with me!

Mashed potatoes... my niece Hannah told me that there MUST be mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving.  I was surprised that that was the only requirement from my family as far as food goes.  I use this recipe from Anne Burrell with great results.  I substitute Earth Balance and So Delicious Creamer to make it plant based.
Mommy's Mushroom Gravy ... from My Beef With Meat.  It is so good! I couldn't find the recipe online, but I did find a video for it.
Braised Brussels Sprouts. Must.Have.
Definitely, not a tradition... but this Persimmon and Spinach Salad from Flavor the Moments looks fantastic!
Carrot Cake ... I'm known for 2 dessert recipes, this carrot cake from Beyond Parsley and Baile…

Workouts - Last Week Today - November 13

I'm in my 7th week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is 63 days away... and I'm feeling pretty good

Being an evening runner, I am really not enjoying the time change.  Thankfully, I have an awesome boss that lets me leave early on the days I need to run.

I had a great week of running this week!  Here's how it all shook out:

Sunday - 14 miles easy. Had a great run, except my Garmin died after 6ish miles (I forgot to put on charger the night before), thankfully remembered I still had Runkeeper on my phone, so was able to keep track of my mileage.

Monday - 5 miles easy with the Goose's Acre Running Club.

Tuesday - 5 miles & stride outs with Anam + strength exercises

Wednesday -  AM Yoga

Thursday - 6 miles total; 1 mile warm-up/cool-down & 2 x 2 mi fast (goal pace 9:55), was surprised with my splits at avg 9:35 and 9:05! The weather had cooled down and humidity was g.o.n.e. - gone.

Friday - Rest. Headed up to the deer lease for a little unplugged time.


Sex ... Drugs ... Murder

This book has a very complex story line that all begins when grandmother Maureen Phelan is surprised in her home by a stranger, she clubs the intruder with a Holy Stone and as a result he dies. This one act connects the range of characters and their stories in the book.

The book is set in modern day Ireland... the underbelly of Ireland.  You have Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer, his alcoholic father Tony, Georgie a sex worker, and Jimmy a gangster. McInerney fully develops each character, no matter how questionable... you end up caring about what happens to them.

While it was described as darkly funny, I didn't really find it humorous.  It was captivating and hard to put down.  At times, I would put it down and just think to myself... "wow".

I did take me awhile to get used to regional dialect, but once I did I was hooked.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Blogging For Books for an honest review. All opinions expressed are…

Have I Changed Since I Started Blogging?

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 "How are you different from when you started blogging".

I started this blog a little over a year ago to keep my family and friends updated on my running and training shenanigans.  When I first started, I posted about every other week or so.

Since then...

I started following other blogs more ... and have met some of my blogger and instagram friends.

I take a lot more pictures, including selfies (or runfies) now... if there isn't a picture, did it really happen.

I plan my posts (or try to) ... around link-up themes and days of the week.

I've started linking up for Meatless Mondays or Healthy Vegan Fridays, so I'm constantly thinking about what I can make that would be good for those posts.

I've made some great virtual friends and enjoy following their successes!

How have you changed since you started blogging?  


Buffalo Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Blue Cheeze Drizzle

Baked potatoes are such a great blank canvas.  As you have probably noticed, I really enjoy them!

As a fan of spicy food, one of the things I have missed since becoming plant based was spicy chicken wings.  Thank you to whoever came up with buffalo cauliflower!

This recipe combines buffalo sauce, cauliflower and soy curls for the buffalo part.  I used the Blue Cheeze dressing from Daiya to drizzle on top.  This dressing is really good... tastes very similar to the real deal.

Buffalo Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Blue Cheeze Drizzle Ingredients 2 large russet potatoes, baked 2 cups cauliflower, separated into small florets 1 handful soy curls, soaked in water for 10 minutes and drained 8 oz tomato sauce 8 oz hot sauce (I used Frank's) 2 TBS vegan butter 1-2 ribs of celery, sliced Instructions Combine the cauliflower, soy curls, tomato sauce, hot sauce, and butter in a sauce pan and cook until the cauliflower is tender and the sauce has reduced a bit... about 20 minutes. Cut open the …

Workouts - Last Week Today - November 6

I'm in my 6th week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is 10 weeks away... it is starting to feel real!

I had a great week of running this week!  Here's how it all shook out:

Sunday - Houston Half Marathon - 13.1 miles.  Had a great time at this race, check out my recap here.

Monday - Rest

Tuesday - 4 miles easy + strength exercises

Wednesday -  Rest

Thursday - 6 miles progressive + strength exercises

Friday - Rest

Saturday - 4 miles - virtual 5k virtually with my niece and then an easy mile after that.

Total Miles = 27

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

November Coffee Date

Today I'm joining the Ultimate Coffee Date for some catching up!

If we were having coffee, you would notice that I'm drinking tea.  I gave up my coffee addiction several years ago.  I usually drink a cup of yerba mate in the morning and then a cup of green tea.

If we were having coffee, I'd tell you about the new truck we just got.  The hubs has been without a truck since his was stolen in January. He really loved that truck... and really wasn't interested in a new truck, he wanted his old truck back (not possible - it was stripped). I found an great Toyota truck and bit the bullet and bought it.  He hasn't seen it or driven it yet... but I'm really loving it. I can't wait to take it to the deer lease next weekend so he can see it, he's pretty excited about it too.

[caption id="attachment_1810" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Me and the new truck... I don't fear breaking my neck getting in and out of it![/caption]

If we we…

Vegan Fancy Nachos

Tex Mex is usually what I gravitate towards.

Give me a spoon and some salsa and I'll be happy.

I had a craving for nachos the other day and knew I could make them super yummy, so that is just what I did.

Note:  These taste a lot better than they look, I wasn't thinking about picture quality when I picked up the blue corn and flax tortilla chips at the store.

I used leftover cashew cream sauce from my Stuffed Sweet Potatoes.

 Vegan Fancy Nachos
Ingredients Tortilla chips Vegetarian refried black beans Cashew cream sauce Salsa Guacamole Pickled jalapeno slices Instructions Arrange chips on a plate. Spoon a bit of refried beans on each chip and top with some cashew cream sauce. Microwave for about 30 seconds. Top each chip with salsa, guacamole and a jalapeno slice.

5 Things You May Not Know About Me

I'm linking up for the Friday Five 2.0!  This week we're getting to know each other a little better by sharing 5 little known facts about us.

If you've read my blog for a while, you know a little about me... but I bet you didn't know these 5 things:

I'm a lefty... although I throw and bowl right handed, my dad bought my a right handed softball glove, so I had to learn to throw with my right.
I love pink... I also innocently thought the Aerosmith song Pink was about love for that color, until the hubs informed me differently.
I'm married to a carnivore... sometimes that makes dinner planning difficult, sometimes I just don't tell him something is vegan and he doesn't notice.
Speaking of the hubs... we met online, we are an online dating success story - we just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.
I was a band geek in High School :-)

There you have it... 5 little known facts about me.

I'm linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness fo…