Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Running Up A Mountain, Eating For Energy

Hi!  After my grocery post on Monday, I enjoyed hearing about everyone's love for tea.  I used to drink coffee all day.  Now I have one cup first thing in the morning, and tea the rest of the day.  And for those of you curious about my grocery shopping, I go once a week, usually on Sunday.  That's all I have time for.   I might stop by the store on Thursday for some fresh produce. 

On Monday I said all I had time for over the weekend was studying and grocery shopping. I did manage to take a few study breaks and one of them included dusting off my running shoes. The last time I ran was summer.  There have been many long walks, but no running.  I go through phases like that.

After a week of super clean eating, I was starting to feel more energetic.  Also, I've been inspired by some of my blog friends that have blogging/instagram-ing pictures of their outdoor exercise.  On Saturday morning when I woke up craving a run I got out my running shoes and went outside.  It may have been gray, but at least it was dry.

I live near a great park that's basically a small mountain.  From my house to the very top is 3 miles.

There are a lot of stairs.  I love the stairs.

And steep dirt trails.


And concrete paths through the trees.  It's a really nice run, and a good distance for me, 6 miles round trip.  I was shocked that I could run the whole distance after not doing anything that physical for so long.  My legs and glutes were a little sore the next day, but my endurance was still there.  Thank you, awesome healthy vegan nutrition.

Speaking of nutrients, I've still been munching on the same sort of stuff, eating for energy, and following the basic Eat To Live nutritarian guidelines and trying to get the maximum nutrition from my food.

Salad with miso-almond dressing, cilantro, and green onion.

Steamed kale, broccoli, and quinoa.  Soon to be covered in nooch and my tangy almond sauce.

White beans and greens salad with tahini sauce and nooch.

And I finally got to taste the BluePrint Cashew Milk.  Probably one of the highlights of my week.  I've been curious about this for so long.  Conclusion?  It's good.  I enjoyed it.  Now that I know what it tastes like I can make it for myself and not spend $11.  I would buy it again if traveling, though!  I'm happy that I finally got to taste it.

Wednesday is my Friday, and always a happy day.  I'm looking forward to another run on my days off.  It's starting to warm (just a little) here. Plants are sprouting and blooming.  I know not to get too excited, though.  March usually brings some freezing weather, so the slight increase in temperature is most likely just a tease.  This is the time of year where I start to get excited about summer.  In the meantime, I'll see you in a few days for Healthy Vegan Friday.


  1. I am soo jealous that you are able to run outside! Here in Minnesota, the sidewalks and roads are covered in a dangerous layer of ice and snow. I do workout videos at home and go to my yoga classes, but I am really starting to miss running! Enjoy it!

    1. I seriously think about moving to a warmer climate all the time. I'm not a hot weather person, but about this time every year I start longing to be outside in the sun. I was happy it was nice enough to go out and run this week.

  2. Wow - six miles! I'm officially impressed! I'm putting it down to all those greens and tahini working their magic!

  3. That's so amazing that you got out there and went for a long run! I love that you feel energized from your clean meals. The cashew milk is amazing but way too expensive. I paid $7 for it and thought it was too much. I agree that it should be homemade in the future :)

    1. Yeah, the $$ is a little steep on those here, but I really wanted to try it. I'm confident I can make it myself and maybe even with stevia instead of agave.

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