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March Runfessions

Happy Friday.  How did it get to be the last day of March already... it sure did fly by.  I'm ready to head into April, but first I have to come clean with my March Runfessions.

I RUNFESS...

I bought a new pair of running shoes.  Did I need them?  No.  When Amazon announced they were increasing donation % for Amazon Smile to 5% for a day, I had to think of something to purchase, shoes came to mind.  I got a pretty new pair of the Altra Torin (I got it a little bit below retail price).  On this one... I'm blaming the dogs (my charity is All Border Collie Rescue, the rescue organization that we got our pups from).



I took a week off running.  Do I feel guilty?  Nope.  After my last half marathon, Seabrook Lucky Trails, I was sore.  I don't know if it was due to a different running surface, my shoes, the awful humidity, hydration, or just not moving around enough afterwards.  So, the week after I took the week off from running, I survived.



I've been skimping on my required amo…

Vegan Greek Pasta

I think most of us have that friend that posts recipes on Facebook that look really good and make you hungry just by looking at them.  Recently that happened to me... a friend posted a recipe for Greek Pasta.  It looked so good, that I knew I had to veganize it!

The feta cheese is easy to make and is almond based.  it is more spread-like, but has that great tangy/salty taste.  It seems to melt up really good in this sauce.

Pasta with some great Greek flavors in a creamy sauce... how can you go wrong?  You can't, it is really delicious!

Vegan Greek Pasta Ingredients 1/2 lb whole wheat penne, cooked al dente extra-virgin olive oil for pan 1 small red onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 red pepper, diced 1 tsp oregano sea salt fresh cracked pepper 1 package chik'n strips, thawed and chopped (I used Gardien) 3/4 c. almond milk 8 oz. vegan cream cheese 1/2 c. vegan feta cheese, crumbled 1 TBS lemon juice 1 tsp lemon zest 1 1/2 c. quartered cherry tomatoes 1/2 c. pitted Kalamata …

Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon Recap

I ran the Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon on March 19.  I chose to run the half marathon on Sunday.  The entire weekend is filled with racing events... starting with a 5k and quarter marathon on Friday; marathon, marathon relay, half marathon and 5k on Saturday; and the half marathon and half marathon relay on Sunday.  You could run an event, or several and complete the Pelican Challenge.

I took it easy on race day eve ... getting a facial and my hair did.  Then headed to Gino's East for my pre-race dinner of pub chips, some veggie deep dish pizza, and a glass of wine. Oh... that pizza was sooo good!

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I prepped my things for the morning, watched some of the NCAA tournament and headed to bed early... wake-up time was going to be early!

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Modern Day Salem Witch Hunt

I recently read The Fifth Petal by Burnonia Barry.

The book is set in modern day Salem, Massachusetts.  The book begins with a flashback to the night of the "Goddess Murders" in 1989, where we first find the protagonist, Callie Cahill.  Fast forward 25 years later, where a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night. One suspect is of interest in both muders, Rose Whelan.  This story follows the investigation of the current murder case, and the reopening of the "Goddess Murders" case. Callie returns to Salem and is a help to the Salem chief of police in solving the murders.

This book captured my attention from page one, I really did not want to put it down.  Barry takes you through many twists and turns and really kept me guessing as to how it would end.  I found Callie to be a very likable character and the glimpses into her past only added to the story.



Note:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Blogging For Books for an hon…

Greek Style Cucumber Nachos

Greek Style Cucumber Nachos - I'm really on a nacho roll lately.  Let's just blame it on March Madness.

After cooking up the Mediterranean inspired pizza last weekend, I started wondering if I could do nachos in a similar fashion.  (spoiler alert... I did)

I wasn't sure what to use as the base "chips" ... originally I was thinking pita chips - either homemade or packaged, but I wasn't sold on the idea.  It came to me as a eureka moment to use cucumber rounds - they are one of my favorites to use to dip into hummus, so why not!

The vegan feta cheese I used in this recipe was more like a spread, I used less water (1/6 of a cup) and firmed it up in the fridge.  This cheese is really good (like eat with a spoon good), but doesn't really crumble.  To adjust, I dropped pea sized amounts over the top of the pile of nachos.

These are light and cool... and I think a perfect "nacho" for spring and summer!

Greek Style Cucumber Nachos Ingredients seedless c…

5 Great Game Time Foods

Happy Friday! Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0! The topic today is food. Since I've got March Madness on my mind (and I'm suffering from staying up way past my bedtime watching all the games last night)... I'm sharing 5 great game time foods.  I really like snack foods when I watch a game, but those can be pretty unhealthy, these five are pretty much guilt-free!



Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos - these "nachos" use oven roasted sweet potatoes as the base and shredded jackfruit as the "meat".
Cauliflower Nachos - taco seasoned cauliflower is the base in this one with walnut-lentil taco "meat" and a great creamy no-cheese sauce.
Greek Style Cucumber Nachos - Cucumber rounds are the chips, topped hummus, veggies, and vegan feta cheese.
Lentil Sloppy Joes Sliders - lightened up version of the classic ... I like to use Kings Hawaiian Rolls when I make the sliders.
Med-Veg Pizza - pizza with hummus... sounds a little whac…

My Favorite Local Race - Houston Chevron Marathon

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 "Favorite Local Races"... sell your local race.

For me, hands down, it is the Chevron Houston Marathon!  This race has a special place in my heart... it was my first full marathon.  It had an amazing time at this race (you can read my recap here).



Why is it so special?

The organization and attention to detail from the Houston Marathon Committee is out of this world.  It's a pretty big race - 27,000 runners between the half and full marathon (13,500 in each race). Course support was just phenomenal. I was amazed at the amount of medical staff stationed on the course and riding the course on bikes.  In addition, they keep you updated in the months, weeks and days leading up to the race.

It really showcases the best of Houston... you get to run through downtown, past the stately houses of River Oaks, in the oak lined stre…

Med-Veg Pizza

Pizza... it was my favorite food in High School... I thought I could eat it every day without growing tired of it (note:  my parents didn't allow that to happen).

The inspiration from this recipe comes from Connoisseurus Veg.  If you haven't checked out her blog, you should! She has some great recipes!

What intrigued me about this pizza was having a layer of hummus.  In addition to that, I added some feta cheese and veggies that I associate with Mediterranean food. You could make this vegan by omitting the cheese, or substituting a dairy free version.

I hope you enjoy!



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

Workouts - Last Week Today - March 19

I had a solid week of running this week.  I continued with my plank-a-day and went to yoga class.  I only ran three times this week, totally ok with that as I had a half marathon on the books for today (more about that this week).

My runs felt better than they did last week.  I still slacked on the foam rolling, but upped my hydration game (thanks Kim for the recommendation).

I'm still trying to do that transition with my running days to get that day off during the weekend... I'm not really seeing it working... time will tell.

I've also been captively watching the March Madness... it seriously is my favorite time of the year! I love all the great, close games... and the fact that my Jayhawks are still in it has me so happy.  I have an alumni group that meets close by, it is nice being able to yell and cheer with some like minded folks (especially here in TX). this is a shot of our turnout from the game this afternoon. KU plays again Thursday!

This is how my week ended up:

Sunda…

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

It isn't a secret that I love nachos... but generally they aren't that good for you.

A facebook friend had recently shared one of those cooking videos for sweet potato nachos, they were full of dairy and chicken... but it got me thinking about veganizing them!

Since that recipe has shredded chicken, I thought that shredded jackfruit would be a good stand-in.  I shredded up a block of almond cheddar-style cheese and made some tofu sour cream.

These, like my cauliflower nachos are "main dish" nachos that you eat with a fork, but they definitely have the nacho flair... plus they are full of good for you ingredients!

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos Ingredients 2-3 sweet potatoes thinly sliced into coins olive oil 1 can jackfruit (in brine), drained and rinsed 2 TBS taco seasoning (my recipe below) 2 TBS salsa black beans, drained and rinsed vegan cheddar style cheese, shredded Tofu Sour Cream guacamole salsa sliced olives Instructions Toss the sweet potatoes with a bit of oliv…

5 Goals for Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0! Today I'm going to share my 5 goals for the Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon.

But before that... enjoy this great video, Border Collies and herding... but with a little twist.



Run strong.  I really don't have any time goals... I don't know what to expect.  The race website states that the course is slow due to narrow trails and congestion.
Don't fall! So for most people this wouldn't be a goal... but, I'm not most people.
Take in the scenery... the race is held on the Seabrook nature trails ... according to the race website it's surrounded by a diverse habitat of both fresh and salt marsh, the coastline of the Galveston Bay, wetlands, and wild-life and bird sanctuaries.
 Keep hydrated... the forecasted weather is for a beautiful warm day... starting out in the 60's with some pretty high humidity, hydration will be important.
Have fun!! (th…

Annual Wearing Of The Green

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 "St. Patrick's Day".... we're talking about traditions, races,  costume... etc.

St. Patrick's Day was always one of my favorite holidays! There was never any stress involved on St. Patrick's Day ... there were parades ... March Madness ... the first signs of Spring.

In my college years it became more of a drinking holiday, although I have never had green beer. I even got some fancy green cowgirl boots to wear to the parade then out to the bars (I still wear them).



It only seemed natural to celebrate the holiday with running.  This year I'm starting what I hope to be a couple of new traditions...

Goose's Acre Running ClubSt. Baldrick's Fundraiser ... I went to this last night, it was a lot of fun.  It was St. Patrick's themed... everyone dressed in their finest green running clothes.  There w…

Veggie Stirfry with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Stir-fry has got to be one of the fastest meals to cook... especially if you already have all the veggies prepped!

I think it is also one of the most versatile... there are practically endless choices of vegetables and sauce combinations that you can use.

I like a good amount of sauce... that will settle down into the rice so at the end you are eating sauce infused rice.

If spice isn't your thing, you can adjust the amount of the Sriracha and Chili Garlic sauce.







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

Workouts - Last Week Today - March 12

I had a solid week of running this week.  I continued with my plank-a-day and went to yoga class.  I only ran three times this week, had planned on 4, but got stuck at the office late 4 out of 5 days.

I don't know what it is, but this week my runs have felt harder than usual.  I have been neglecting my foam roller and eating out more than I should.  I'm making it a priority to foam roll and eat cleaner this week... hopefully that will nip it in the bud.

I am also trying to transition my running days so that I can have a rest day on the weekend. A full day of leisure, just sounds dreamy now... we'll see how it works out.

This is how my week ended up:

Sunday - 5 easy miles... I set out to do 8, but a few miles in I just wasn't feeling it, so cut it short. 1:00 plank.

Monday - Rest day.

Tuesday - Yin yoga class. 1:00 plank.

Wednesday - Rest.  1:00 plank.

Thursday - 3 miles easy. 1:00 plank.



Friday - Rest. 1:00 plank.

Saturday - 10 mile LSD. 1:00 plank.



Total Miles = 18



I'm linkin…

5 Things I'm Looking Forward To This Spring

Happy Friday!  Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0! I'm talking about the things I'm looking forward to this Spring.  Spring has sprung in my part of the world... flowers are budding, temps are warming, thunderstorms are firing up, and although I've yet to see any - bluebonnets will begin making their appearance!

Daylight lasting longer!  I am so looking forward to getting in more than 3 miles in the evenings after work... and not having to change at work and go straight to the trail/park.
Spring races!  I've got the Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon, Brazos Bend 25k, and I'm heading back to Running With The Cows in May.
Fresh produce! I've signed up for a CSA share for the Spring season, and it looks like the local open-air vegetable market is going to open soon.
 Salads... smoothies... juices!  I don't know why, but in the winter I have a hard time eating salads or drinking smoothies and juices.  I'm guessing with the…