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December Runfessions

I'm linking up with the lovely ladies today for Friday Five 2.0 and the fabulous Marcia for Runfessions.  I can't believe that December is pretty much in the books, let alone 2016!  I have a few things on my mind to Runfess...

I have really enjoyed my runs during the marathon training cycle... but to tell you the truth, I am really looking forward to the taper.
I am getting my sleep!  I have my jawbone up programed to remind me at 8:30 to start getting ready for bed, lately... I've been anxiously awaiting the reminder, and a couple times have actually found myself in bed before it went off. 
After our cold snap in mid-December, I got a little concerned that I only had 4 pair of tights... I may have ordered a some more Spandits!tights (with a pair of shorts mixed in for good measure. 
Of course since that cold snap, it's been anything but cool here in Houston... I have to admit with marathon day looming, I have been stalking the 10 day forecast for a hint of what to expect…

Rueben Stuffed Baked Potato

Here I am with yet another baked potato recipe!

I came up with this creation during a run.  I was hungry and knew I had a baked potato in the fridge, just waiting to dressed up with some goodness.

I knew I had some sauerkraut at home, and had been wanting to add it to a baked potato somehow. During the clarity that sometimes comes to me on a run, I thought of the wonderful tempeh rueben sandwich at my favorite sandwich shop back home (Yellow Sub)... maybe it was runger, we'll never know.  I crafted this stuffed potato to be similar to that sandwich, and it is oh.so.good!

Rueben Stuffed Baked Potato Ingredients Baked Russet Potato Sauerkraut (about 1/3-1/2 cup) Tempeh (about 1/4 cup), diced Daiya Swiss Cheese Slice Thousand Island Dressing (I used Just Thousand by Hampton Creek) Instructions Heat up sauerkraut and tempeh in a small saucepan. Cut open the baked potato and squish it open. Ladle on the sauerkraut and tempeh mixture. Place the cheese slice on top and microwave until me…

Santa Hustle Race Recap

I ran the Santa Hustle half marathon in Galveston on December 18.

Race day eve was BUSY!  I had a 6 mile training run, followed by yoga class, then a hair appointment.  I had planned to cook a pasta bake for dinner that night, but by the time I was finished with my hair it was after 6pm! I had a pre-race dinner of frozen ravioli garlic bread, then started getting my things ready for the morning.



Race day morning came very early! I got some warm lemon water in me and started to make my toast/almond butter/banana and realized that I did not have a banana.  This wasn't going as planned! I made a few adjustments to my outfit and what I would pack in my bag for after the race.  I opted to wear the 3/4 zip top and pack my windbreaker.  I brewed a cup of yerba mate for the road and headed out by 5:00 am.

The wind was HOWLING from the north, which made my southbound trip very fuel economical :-).  I made it to Galveston and found a place to park, took off to pick up my packet, drop my bag, a…

Workouts - Last Week Today - December 25

I'm in my 13th week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is 3 weeks away!! I've finished out my highest mileage runs and I'm headed into the taper.

It was a great week of running, kicking off with the Santa Hustle Half in Galveston. I changed around my workouts a bit so that I wasn't running my long run on Christmas day (and ended the week with some pretty high mileage).  Here is how my week played out:

Sunday - 14 miles total.  1 mile warm up, then a half-marathon in Galveston.  It was  challenging one with 35 "feels like temps" and 35-40 mph winds. I hope to get the recap for that race up this week.



Monday - I had 4 easy miles on the schedule, but opted to rest. My calf was acting up so I took care to do some extra foam rolling and stretching.

Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday -  8 miles progressive (sort of...) 11:13/10:35/10:41/10:33/10:00/9:51/9:36/9:18.





Thursday - Basics Yoga class.

Friday - 8 miles steady.



Saturday - 16 miles.  I was supposed to speed it up …

2016 - My Year In Running... Bling and Pictures

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 "Your Year In Bling or Pictures".

I had a really great year in running!  I finished 5 half marathons, a 10 mile race, 2 5 mile races, and a 5k.  Not a ton of races, but a good balance.  I was fortunate to run in 2 races with my family... one "back home" and one in H-town.  I also did several virtual runs (including one virtually with my niece HD).




Jailbreak Half Marathon

Run Like A Diva Half Marathon

Running With The Cows

Baytown Bud Heatwave 5 Mile

Southern Star Brewing Company 5k

Ten For Texas

Houston Half Marathon

Run Thru The Woods 5 mile

Santa Hustle Half Marathon

2016 Virtual Races


How was your year in running?  



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

Workouts - Last Week Today - December 18

I'm in my 12th week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is 4 weeks away!! Coral assignments came out this week... things are feeling real!

Summer was back in Houston this week.  Overall I had a great week of running.

Here is how my week played out:

Sunday - 16 mile long run with 3 miles 'fast' at miles 12-15.



Monday - 5 miles easy.

Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday -  8 miles total... 3 x 2 miles fast with 1 mile w/up & c/down. I fretted over this one all day... but I nailed it!  Goal pace was 9:45-9:55, actual was 9:28 and 9:34.



Thursday - Rest.

Friday - Rest.

Saturday - 6 miles easy & basics yoga class.



Total Miles = 35



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

5 Goals For The Santa Hustle

Happy Friday!  Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0!  This week the topic is holiday gifts... I've shared with you some ideas for gifts here and here. This week I'm going off topic and sharing with you my 5 goals my upcoming race this weekend.



Sunday I will be running in the Santa Hustle half marathon in Galveston, TX.  This will be my 5th half marathon this year. I am not racing this one, I am using it as a training run.  I have 14 miles scheduled on Sunday, and thought it would be fun to use a half marathon as a training run. Even though I'm not racing it, I still have some goals for the day.

Practice pre-race nutrition (including day prior meals and breakfast). Although I pretty much have what I eat before a race down, doesn't hurt to make absolutely sure it agrees with my stomach.
Execute on fueling and hydration strategy during the race.
Keep pace "steady" through the race... training plan calls for 10:29-11:00.
Dress approp…

Italiano Stuffed Potato

It isn't a secret I love baked potatoes!

I seriously think that I am on a mission to stuff a potato with every type of cuisine that there is.

This potato is stuffed with some Gardein meatless meatballs, a homemade sauce full of mushrooms and some dairy-free mozzarella cheese to top it off.  While this combo is great on top of a bed of pasta, the potato is a great blank canvas for it as well.

I used the sauce from my Monster Sketti. This dish comes together very quickly... you can even make the sauce while the potatoes are cooking.

 Italiano Stuffed Potato
Ingredients Baked Potato Spaghetti Sauce (omit olives) Meatless Meatballs (I used Gardein brand) Dairy Free Mozzarella (I used Daiya brand) Instructions Combine the spaghetti sauce and meatballs in a sauce pan and cook until the meatballs are heated through. Cut open the baked potato and squish it open. Ladle sauce and meatballs on potato. Sprinkle cheese on top. Place in oven under broiler until cheese is melted.

I’m linking up …

Workouts - Last Week Today - December 11

I'm in my 11th week of training for the Houston Marathon. Race day is 5 weeks away!!

We had some wintery weather for Houston this week.  I am really enjoying heading to the waterway to run... it's a very well lit area with lots of runners/walkers/bikers.  Since it is the holiday season, it is also lit up with Christmas lights... which makes it seem a little more magical. Saturday morning the temp was 38 when I headed out... it was very difficult getting out from under my warm blanket!

Here is how my week played out:

Sunday - Rest ... sort of, spent the day helping some friends move.

Monday - 10 mile lsd run.





Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday -  8 miles total... 2 x 3 miles fast with 1 mile w/up & c/down.



Thursday - Rest.

Friday - 5 miles easy.



Saturday - 6 miles steady & basics yoga class. I really enjoyed the yoga after the run... we did some foot work, which my feet were very happy afterwards!





Total Miles = 29



I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunchies

What would Christmas be like without Christmas candy... or cookies?  Sad, it would be sad.

One candy recipe my family has made for years is "white candy"... it has peanut butter, peanuts, marshmallows, and rice krispies coated in almond bark.  It is quite good.  I was hoping to veganize that recipe, but life happened and I wasn't able to locate dairy free white chocolate.  So... instead, I took what I liked from that recipe and subbed in dairy free chocolate chips for the almond bark.  I think I have a winner!

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Crispies
Ingredients 16 oz dairy free baking chips (I used Chocolate Dream semi-sweet chips) 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal 2 cups salted cocktail peanuts Instructions Melt the chips in the microwave. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth and combined with the chocolate. Add cereal and peanuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let sit overnight to harden.


I'm linking up today with Rock My Vegan Soc…

5 Things I'd Buy Again and Again

Happy Friday!  Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0!  This week we're talking about things we would never buy again. I'm fortunate to have had little to no buyers remorse when it comes to things that I have purchased for running... I could literally only come up with one thing. Today, I'm sharing more things that I would buy again and again.

Triggerpoint foam roller - This is a bit of a torture device, but it makes my muscles happy!  I like that it is compact (13 inches long) and has a hollow core... very easy to pack if you are traveling to a race.
Motivate Wraps - I love these workout friendly bracelets with motivational sayings on them. I wear them during races to help me remember to "dig deep". I have given my nieces a few, and they wear them regularly.
Injinji Toe Socks - I recently discovered these socks and decided to give them a try. I wasn't sure that I would like them, but after my first run with them, I am hooked!  …