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Vegan Collard Greens Medley Over Polenta Rounds

Vegan Collard Greens Medley Over Polenta Rounds

This recipe came about in a fit of frustration!

I had wanted to make the greens my mother made for Thanksgiving, but when I looked at the can of collard greens that she uses I noticed the words "southern style" and "seasoned".  Curious as to what would make them "southern style", I decided to read the ingredients.  I was aghast when I found that they contained bacon fat and pork!

Since I had all the other ingredients in my cart, I decided to try veganizing the recipe.  I think it turned out to be a success!

Vegan Collard Greens Medley Over Polenta Rounds
Ingredients 14 oz frozen chopped collard greens, cooked according to package directions and drained 1/4 red onion, diced 1 clove garlic 6 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped 1 TBS marinate from artichoke hearts 7 oz diced pimentos 1 TBS lemon juice 1 tube pre-made polenta Instructions For the Greens: Saute onion and garlic in marinade until tender. Ad…

Runfessing In The New Year - January 2018

I'm just going to say it... how is it the end of January already?  It feels like we were just ringing in the new year yesterday.  I'm excited for the weekend and ready to head out of town to run some trails.  But first... I need to do some clear the air.  I'm Runfessing in the new year - January 2018.
Sometimes I miss having family local that cheer at my races.  The hubs just doesn't get it, and I've come to accept it... don't get me wrong, he is supportive - just in his own way.  My biggest fans are glued to the tracking apps and cheering me on from afar.  I find that I look forward to stepping over those tracking mats just as much as looking for the people I know lining the course.

At the recent Trail Racing Over Texas sign-up-a-thon I may have gone a little sign-up crazy.  I registered for 3 races that night!  I've got 4 trail races on the schedule this year! My race schedule is filling up nicely ... and I've even signed up for some volunte…

2018 Houston Marathon Recap

Last weekend I ran my third marathon... the Houston Marathon. This is my 2018 Houston Marathon Recap!

I ran the Houston Marathon last year, it was my very first marathon.  It was such a fun time, I signed up again as soon as early bird entry opened up.
ABB 5k
I chose to run the ABB 5k on the day before the marathon.  I figured since I had to be in Houston to pick up my packet, I might as well use it for my shakeout run.  The temps were mighty chilly that morning.  I bundled up and headed in early to pick up my packet.  After I dropped my bag (and jacket) off at the bag drop, I was very happy to see the convention center was open to wait in.

15 minutes prior to race start, I headed out to use the port-a-cans and line up.  I chose to line up with the 11 minute mile group in an attempt to keep my pace super easy.  They sang the Star Spangled Banner and we were off right on time!

I had to do a bit of bobbing and weaving as there were several walkers who lined up ahead of me.  Within a half mil…

A Look At My 2018 Racing Schedule

Happy Friday!  It's been a long cold week here in H-town.  The city pretty much shut down for 2 days for a winter weather event.  We made it through the sub-zero temperatures with one broken pipe (thankfully a minor fix).

I'm sharing a look at my 2018 racing schedule today.  Just last month I was lamenting about the sparseness of my racing schedule.  Holly over at Hoho Runs suggested that it would likely fill out after the Houston Marathon.  She was right!  After I got that little piece of business finished, I went to town scheduling in some races.  I had a little time with my thoughts, plus the Trail Racing Over Texas sign-up-a-thon didn't hurt either.  My year isn't fully planned... but I've got some fun stuff planned.

A Look At My 2018 Racing Schedule

January 27 - Running The Rose.  This is a trail race at Tyler State Park.  I had actually signed up for it last fall.  I'm running the 11 mile distance, then volunteering afterwards.  It should be a ton of fun... …

Houston Marathon Training - Race Week!

This week marks week the final week of my 12 week training cycle for the Houston Marathon is in the books.  This is the recap for my Houston Marathon Training - Race Week!

I took tapering to a whole new level this week!  I didn't do much of anything activity wise,  I did get in the runs in. My body really wanted sleep... so, I woke up later/went to bed earlier this week.  Foam rolling happened every evening before bed.

I was careful with my nutrition choices this week.  I made a kale salad and my black eyed pea and barley soup to eat during the week.  Keeping my meals around race day tried and true.

Saturday was expo day and I had so much fun! In addition to meeting some of my TROT Team, I also saw Meb and Carl Lewis.  Sunday was race day... I'll have my race report out for next week.  I had a blast during the race and even managed a PR!
Houston Marathon Training - Race Week!
Monday - Rest.

Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday - 3 miles easy, 5 x 60 sec strideouts

Thursday - Rest.

Friday - Rest.


Goals for Houston Marathon Weekend

Happy Friday!  This weekend Is the Chevron Houston Marathon. I'm sharing my goals for Houston Marathon Weekend.  Truthfully, I'm not really nervous about the race... I'm more nervous about the weather! We're in the midst of a cold snap in Houston.  The temp at the start is going to be hovering aroud the mid-30s - cold for Houston standards.  I did my 20 miler in similar conditions and never warmed up, but at least I know what to expect. I'm excited about the Expo! Meb will be there again, Carl Lewis will be speaking as will Calum Neff.

Like usual, I've come up with some goals for the race, but this time I'm extending it to race weekend as I'm participating in the ABB 5k on Saturday too.
Goals for Houston Marathon Weekend

Take it easy at the 5k, very easy.
Resist temptation to wear all the clothes, and choose wisely race day outfit.
Start out slow and relaxed.  I seem to start out faster than I think and end up slowing way down in the second half.
PR ... I jus…

My Running (not so) Guilty Pleasures

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 "Running Guilty Pleasures".  I'm sharing my running (not so) guilty pleasures.

We all have them... things we derive pleasure from that aren't all that great for us.  One of mine is french onion dip and ruffles paired with a glass of red wine.  I rarely have that combo, but when I tell the hubs I want my guilty pleasure, he knows exactly what I mean.

I really can't feel guilty about my running related pleasures because, well... running is good for us, right?
My Running (not so) Guilty Pleasures
Changing up my workout so I can run with my dogs.  My dogs love to run with me and I love to run with my dogs.  When the weather is nice, I've been known to switch it up so I can run with them.  I may switch out a speed workout for an easy, or loop back early to the house to pick them up.

Searching for races where eve…

Winter Harvest Salad

Winter Harvest Salad...

Does anyone else go to the store without a plan and then end up loading up on ALL the vegetables?

I did that last week at Trader Joe's.  I hadn't planned what I was cooking for the week and when I got there, everything looked good!

When I saw they had a couple new salad dressings that were vegan and oil free, I immediately wanted a salad!

I came up with this combo with all my finds from Trader Joe's... I call it Winter Harvest Salad.

Acorn Squash sliced verically, seeded, then sliced into 3/4" slices Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil Roasted Brussels Sprouts, warmed and sliced in half Cruciferous Crunch Baby Beets, room temp and sliced Baked Tofu, chopped Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing Instructions Toss the acorn squash with olive oil and the salt & pepper. Arrange on a baking sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool for a bit.
Arrange all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy!

I’m linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner

Houston Marathon Training - Week 11

This week marks week 11 of my 12 week training cycle for the Houston Marathon is in the books.  This is the recap for my Houston Marathon Training - Week 11. 7 days until race day!

This week I returned to work from a little break between the holidays. We had some cold weather for our part of the nation, and it was very hard to get out of my warm bed.  I have to admit, the warmth of the bed won out over the 4am wake up call a few days.  So, I didn't get cross-training in, but I managed to get in all my runs.

I dialed it in on my nutrition this week. For lunches I made a delicious winter harvest salad (recipe coming tomorrow), and Cauliflower Korma too!

I also lost a ton of weight this week... on my head.  Saturday afternoon I went to the hairdresser and decided to do something drastic.  I went shorter and darker!

Houston Marathon Training - Week 11
Monday - Rest.

Tuesday - Rest.

Wednesday - Rest.

Thursday - 1 mile w/up & c/down, 3x1600 with 400 recovery.

Friday - 1 mile w/up & c/dow…

First Coffee Date Of 2018

Today I'm joining the Ultimate Coffee Date for some catching up.  It's the first coffee date of 2018! So go grab your favorite beverage of choice and have a seat and let's catch up.

I'm sipping on some coffee today. My brew for today is the Kansas City Dark Roast by the Roasterie.  I picked some up when I went home over Thanksgiving... they really make some good coffee.  I grind my beans by hand and use a french press for more of a mindful coffee experience.

Over Coffee...
I'd tell you that I am an ambassador for Trail Racing Over Texas.  I ran 2 of their trail races last year and I just can't say enough nice things about them.  The encouragement and support that I felt from them while running (and not knowing them from Adam) was incredible.  I'm really looking forward to working with them this year.  If you are in Texas and interested in trail running... seek them out! They have a race distance for everyone... from 5k to 200 milers.

I'd mention that the Ho…

2018 Goals - My Year of Thrive

Welcome 2018... it's time to reflect on 2017 and set some new goals for the coming year.  As I was reflecting on last year, I just felt that I was just getting by in life.  While I did pretty good at accomplishing my running goals, it felt as if some of them were arbitrary.  In 2018, I would like to feel less frazzled and more in control.  For 2018 I've moving away from creating specific goals and using a word to guide my actions.

The word I've chosen this year is Thrive.  I want to do well, to prosper, to flourish in 2018!
2018 Goals - My Year of Thrive
With my word in mind... I think I can really set my sights on what is important in some the areas of my life:

Running - In years past I've made mileage goals... which really just seems so arbitrary.  I think using my word to guide my running will help me to listen to my body, have a great year of running and keep me injury free.
Nutrition - I really want to eat healthy and make smart nutritional choices, as well as give up …