Category Archives: Winter

Weekly Rewind~Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That Edition


Have you read any great blog posts this week? Are you ready to see what I’ve been reading this week? I’ve got some great stuff for you today.

There are some great giveaways going on around the blogosphere lately, here are two of my favorites.


Pinch of Yum is giving away a brand new Kindle! Can you believe it? I have a nook (which is Barnes and Noble’s version of the Kindle) and can’t imagine life without it. I’ve got over 100 books on mine, can you imagine how much space I’m saving by not having to put all those books on shelves? Giveaway ends March 27th, so hurry up and enter already!


Sally’s Baking Addiction along with 10 other bloggers are giving away a Nikon D3100 PLUS 35mm lens. Unbelievable! This is one giveaway you do not want to miss, head on over to any of the blogs that are participating right NOW! Giveaway ends March 31st, hurry up, what are you waiting for?


Need some running motivation? Bored with the same old routine? Check out this fun scavenger hunt from the folks at runchat! The #RunChat Scavenger Hunt begins at 9 a.m. ET Thursday, March 14, 2013, and runs through 9 p.m. ET Sunday, March 31. Read the complete #runchat scavenger hunt rules to join in the fun.


Susan Lacke from No Meat Athlete busts 8 common triathlon myths, how many have you heard before? No Meat Athlete also shared a great infographic this week, 7 Greens You’re Probably Not Eating (But Should Be)

I also enjoyed reading this great article from Runner’s World: Eat Vegan & Run; excerpted from the book Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek with Steve Friedman.


After my injuries during the half marathon I’ve been feeling down and defeated so was motivated when I read the article, Swimming Workouts for Runners. My physical therapist said besides my stretching, strengthening and physical therapy sessions, the only acceptable form of exercise for the next 2-4 weeks is swimming.

What interesting articles have you read this week?

Polar Bear Series Half Marathon

Polar Bear Series

Sunday March 10, 2013 I ran my first half marathon as part of the Polar Bear Series through the local YMCA. I felt ready. I followed a half marathon training plan since December 2012. I cross-trained, I strength trained. I felt mentally and physically prepared for the race. Then the Sunday before the race during my long run I began to have some pain in my right foot, so I took the week before the race off from running and only went to spin class and worked out on the elliptical trainer. By Thursday I was virtually pain free and my confidence was back that I would be able to race on Sunday.

That Saturday night my youngest daughter vomited during the night and I only got four hours of sleep. I lost an hour of sleep to  daylight savings time and I woke up worried that my lack of sleep would affect my ability to put forth my best effort in the race. I went ahead and prepared to race anyhow, telling myself not to worry, that I would do great.


I had a pre-race bagel with peanut butter and a banana along with an energy drink (just in case!) I put 5 pitted dates in my pocket for during the race fuel, my plan was to eat one at miles 3, 6, 9 and 12 plus an extra if I felt I needed it. I debated wearing my fuel belt, but decided against it.

We headed over to the race site and picked up our bib numbers about 30 minutes before the race. I got myself ready and warmed up a bit. It was a beautiful day, mid-50s and sunny, perfect running weather! About two minutes before the race was supposed to start I realized I had forgotten to put on my IT band strap but there wasn’t enough time to run back to the car and grab it so I decided to just run without it. I hadn’t been having issues lately so felt that I would be okay.

3, 2, 1 and we’re off! I felt good at the start of the race, I had run the course before and knew what to expect as far as turns, etc. I felt confident and began to pick out people that I wanted to catch and pass to keep me going and focused. I was keeping a good steady pace of about 9 minutes per mile and was feeling confident that I was going to meet my goal of finishing in 2 hours. I grabbed some water at the first station, mile 4, and ate a date.


Around miles 5-6 I saw the leaders heading back to the start/finish and knew that the turnaround was at mile 7. Sometime between seeing the leaders and getting to the turn around I began to feel twinges in my right IT band. I quickly stretched a bit on the side of the road and kept going. I got to the turn around at 57 minutes, still on pace to run the 6 miles back and finish in 2 hours.

By mile 8 or so I had to stop and stretch out my right leg/knee again, the pain was sharper and more intense. My husband caught up to me and stopped to ask if I was okay and should he stay with me? I waved him on to go ahead and finish the race at his own pace. I tried to keep running but it got to be more and more difficult, by mile 9 I was alternating walking, stretching and trying to jog a bit. I knew by now that there was no way I was making my goal. Now all I wanted to do was finish the race. I had completely lost sight of my husband. People began to pass me, lots of people.

There were several times during those last 3-4 miles that I felt like just giving up. I thought there was no way I would make it back to the finish. My knee hurt an unbelievable amount, but I kept going. Walk, stretch, try to jog a few feet, stretch, walk again. I ate my dates. I stopped at the water stations where the people handing out water cups shouted words of encouragement like, “Almost there, 2 miles to go!” Those two miles felt like 200, but I persevered.

I caught up to a young man who has done all the races (and happens to be a client where I work) and we commiserated about our injuries (he had a hamstring issue going on) and jogged together for miles 11 & 12. He managed to get another burst of energy and ran the final half mile to the finish. At mile 13 I pushed myself to run the final 0.1 mile to the finish line. Once across I collapsed to the ground in agony.

My official 1st half marathon time was 2:23:33 hours. I was very disappointed in myself that I had failed to meet my goal after all my training and hard work. On the other hand I was proud of myself for having finished a half marathon even though I was injured.

Blueberry Chia Blaster Smoothie | Herbivore Triathlete

After the race there was Gatorade, water, pizza, pretzels and Newton’s available. I had made my Blueberry Chia Blaster Smoothie and drank that instead.


There was an awards ceremony after everyone had crossed the finish line. Everyone who had run and finished all 4 races of the Polar Bear Series was given a medal.

I went to my primary doctor the next day. She sent me for x-rays and referred me to a sports medicine doctor. I saw the sports medicine doctor on Wednesday. He diagnosed me with Iliotibial Band Tendonitis and Peroneal Insertional Tendonitis. I was prescribed anti-inflammatories and physical therapy 3 times per week for the next four weeks. Doc said that if PT clears me I may be allowed to begin low-impact exercise such as swimming or the recumbent bike in 2 weeks. I go back for a follow up with the sports medicine doctor in mid-April.

Bruised Foot | Herbivore Triathlete

To say I’m bummed out is putting it mildly. I do not sit still well. I’m the kind of person who feels guilty and restless when I take one day off from working out. I don’t know what 2-4 weeks will do to me. It will probably drive my family crazy! My fear is that all the gains I’ve made will be lost. I’m worried I will put on a bunch of weight and lose cardio fitness. I don’t have a game plan yet, but perhaps I can still do some yoga or kettlebells or have Jillian Michaels kick my ass using her 6 weeks 6 pack DVD that’s collecting dust. We’ll see.

Check out my other races on the Herbivore Triathlete Race Results Page
Previous Races in 2013: Polar Bear Series 5K & Polar Bear Series 10K & Polar Bear Series 10 Miles
Next Race: Allegany Adventure Run 6K-May 4, 2013 (Trail Run)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Harley’s Birthday, and a Fitness Tip

St Patricks day

There is no weekly workout summary post this week because I’ve had to take the entire week off from any form of exercise. Make sure to check back tomorrow to read my Polar Bear Series Half Marathon race recap where I explain the lack of exercise this past week.

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Today is not only St. Patrick’s Day but also my dog, Harley’s birthday. She is a black lab/border collie mix and today she turns 15!! I bought her a special bone for a treat as well as a Beneful soft dog food dinner.

Fitness Tip of the Week: Inner layers should fit tight to keep you warm and dry. Outer layers should fit loose so that the air between layers helps evaporate sweat.

Weekly Workout Summary 03.10.2013

spring weekly workout

**Today I am running the long anticipated Polar Bear Series Half Marathon!**

Here’s what my weekly workouts looked like:

Sunday 03/03/13: 7.4 miles (1 hour, 15 minutes)

Monday 03/04/13: REST Day

Tuesday 03/05/13: Elliptical Trainer (30 minutes)

Wednesday 03/06/13: Spin Class (45 minutes)

Thursday 03/07/13: Elliptical Trainer (30 minutes)

Friday 03/08/13: REST Day

Saturday 03/09/13: Spin Class (45 minutes)

Weekly Totals:

Running: 7.4 miles
Spin Class: 90 minutes

**I hurt my foot on Sunday during my run to the point that I could not put any weight on it at all on Monday. By Tuesday the pain was tolerable. Wednesday it was down to tenderness when walking but no pain when sitting. I decided to continue some form of low or no impact cardio all week but no running.**

This week’s playlist:

1: “If I Didn’t Have You”, Thompson Square (If I Didn’t Have You – Single)
2: “Living the Dream”, Downhere (On the Altar of Love)
3: “I Will Wait”, Mumford & Sons (Babel (Deluxe Edition))
4: “Keep Movin'”, Dub Pistols (Point Blank)
5: “Break On Through (To the Other Side)”, The Doors (The Very Best of the Doors (Bonus Track Version))
6: “War”, Ahmir (War – Single)
7: “In the End”, Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory (Bonus Track Version))
8: “Rest of My Life (feat. Usher & David Guetta)”, Ludacris (Rest of My Life (feat. Usher & David Guetta) – Single)
9: “Crawling”, Linkin Park (Hybrid Theory)
10: “Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [feat. John Martin]”, Swedish House Mafia (Until Now (Deluxe Version))
11: “All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross)”, DJ Khaled (All I Do Is Win (feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & Rick Ross) – Single)
12: “Try”, P!nk (The Truth About Love)
13: “Off He Goes”, Pearl Jam (Rearviewmirror – Greatest Hits 1991-2003)

Fitness Tip of the Week:  To overcome a rut, each week do a long workout, a short workout, and a speedy workout.

Saturday Morning Fitness Motivation and Avocado-Mango Smoothie Recipe


Avocado-Mango Smoothie

Serves 2 | 30 minutes or fewer

1 and 1/4 cups coconut water
1/2 medium avocado, pitted, flesh scooped out
2 tablespoons walnuts
1 and 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks

Place all ingredients in blender in order listed, and blend 30 seconds, or until smooth.

avocado mango smoothie | Herbivore Triathlete

Per 1-cup serving 179 cal; 3 grams protein; 10 grams total fat (1 gram saturated fat); 22 grams carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 160 mg sodium; 6 grams fiber; 15 grams sugar

Weekly Workout Summary 03.03.2013


Here’s what my weekly workouts looked like:

*All my runs include 5 minutes of warm up and 5 minutes of cool down @ 4MPH & 1.0 incline*

Sunday 02/24/13: 5.9 miles (1 hour)

Monday 02/25/13: Elliptical Trainer (45 minutes)

Tuesday 02/26/13: Progression Run-4.12 miles (45 minutes)

Wednesday 02/27/13: Spin Class (45 minutes)

Thursday 02/28/13: Progression Run-3 miles (35 minutes)

Friday 03/01/13: REST Day

Saturday 03/02/13: Spin Class (45 minutes)

Weekly Totals:

Running: 13 miles, 2 hours & 20 minutes
Spin Class: 90 minutes
Elliptical: 45 minutes

This week’s playlist:

1: “Distance (feat. Jason Mraz) [Bonus Track]”, Christina Perri (Lovestrong. (Deluxe Version))
2: “Disarm”, Smashing Pumpkins (The Smashing Pumpkins: Greatest Hits)
3: “The Tribute (v.5)”, Colossus (Best of Mushroom Jazz Vol. 1-5)
4: “Want U Back”, Cher Lloyd (Want U Back – Single)
5: “Black”, Pearl Jam (Ten)
6: “This Is Your Life”, Switchfoot (The Best Yet)
7: “Welcome to the Club”, Manian (Welcome to the Club)
8: “Crystallize”, Lindsey Stirling (Crystallize – Single)
9: “Help I’m Alive”, Metric (Fantasies)
10: “Home”, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (Up from Below (Deluxe Edition))
11: “Groundation Chant”, Groundation (Young Tree)

Fitness Tip of the Week: Ascending hills builds efficiency, endurance, and power. Running downhill is good for endurance.

Magic Mushroom Soup and Gravy {vegan}

No, no, not that kind of magic mushroom!
Magic Mushroom Soup {vegan} // https://herbivoretriathlete.wordpress.comI have made this soup numerous times, tweaking and adjusting each time, until I felt that I have finally found the perfect recipe. You will find that this soup is magical because it can also be used as a gravy, simply reduce the amount of liquid you add.

I’ve made this as a gravy and poured it over millet for a hearty winter-y meal, though any grain such as brown rice or quinoa would work wonderfully as well. This magical soup & gravy is a great vessel for greens too. I’ve used both kale and spinach successfully, you could use collards or chard, if that is your preference, simply add the greens in at the end of cooking.
Magic Mushroom Soup {vegan} //

Adapted from New York in Green
Makes 4 to 8 servings

  • 1 small onion; chopped
  • 1 (4 oz.) container of wild bunch mushrooms (shiitake, cremini, oyster), sliced
  • 1 (8 oz.) container of baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (8 oz.) container of button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/8-1/4 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (add amount based on your preferred saltiness)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary**, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk
    Magic Mushroom Soup {vegan} //


  • Sauté the onions in a little oil until they are soft and translucent, I used coconut oil.
  • Add in all of the mushroom slices. Cook them down for several minutes; then add the Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, rosemary, lemon pepper, and paprika.
  • Once the mushrooms are cooked down,stir in your flour. Do this quickly and once it is in don’t delay, stir it to ensure to no clumps form, creating a mushroom paste.
  • Add in the stock once you get your paste at an even consistency, about 1/2 cup at a time. Bring the mixture up to a simmer.
  • Keep adding the stock,1/2 cup at a time, bringing to a simmer each. Follow the same procedure with the almond milk, adding 1/2 cup at a time. Be careful always to only bring to a simmer, never to a boil. If the soup boils, it will “break” – the flour will separate from the oil it has bonded to, and each will float at the surface of your soup in weird little bubble pods instead of infusing it and making it creamy.
  • Once all four cups of liquid have been added, let the pot simmer (simmer not boil!) for ten to fifteen minutes.
  • Turn off heat; let sit five to ten minutes before serving.
    Magic Mushroom Soup {vegan} //

**If you have dried dill, I highly recommend you try using it instead of the rosemary. Both will work beautifully, but I prefer the dill to the rosemary.**

Are you a mushroom fan? I love mushrooms. I will eat them any way I can get them, but this soup has become a favorite.

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Weekly Workout Summary 02.24.2013 Plus Playlist

workout summary 02.24.2013

Here’s what my weekly workouts looked like:

**High Mileage Run week; Half Marathon in 2 weeks**

*All my runs include 5 minutes of warm up and 5 minutes of cool down @ 4MPH & 1.0 incline*

Sunday 02/17/13: 3.6 miles (40 Minutes)

Monday 02/18/13: 4.6 miles (50 minutes)

Tuesday 02/19/13: 3.2 miles (35 minutes)

Wednesday 02/20/13: 3.6 miles (40 minutes)

Thursday 02/21/13: 3 miles, Intervals (35 minutes)

Friday 02/22/13: REST Day

Saturday 02/23/13: 4.45 miles, Tempo Intervals (50 minutes)

Weekly Totals:

Running: 22.45 miles (4 hours, 10 minutes)

I always like to get ideas for new music from what others are listening to so I thought I’d share my playlists at the end of every week. Here’s what I was listening to as I logged my miles this past week.

1: “Off He Goes”, Pearl Jam (Rearviewmirror – Greatest Hits 1991-2003)
2: “Pull Up”, Angelique Sabrina (Pull Up – Single)
3: “Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch)”, Calvin Harris (Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch) – Single)
4: “C’mon Let Me Ride (feat. Eminem)”, Skylar Grey (C’mon Let Me Ride (feat. Eminem) – Single)
5: “We No Speak Americano”, Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup (We No Speak Americano – Single)
6: “It’s Time”, Imagine Dragons (Night Visions)
7: “You’re So Vain (feat. Johnny Depp)”, Marilyn Manson (Born Villain)
8: “Welcome to the Club”, Manian (Welcome to the Club)
9: “Keep Movin'”, Dub Pistols (Point Blank)
10: “Don’t You Worry Child (Radio Edit) [feat. John Martin]”, Swedish House Mafia (Until Now (Deluxe Version))
11: “Kyoto (feat. Sirah)”, Skrillex (Bangarang)
12: “Scream & Shout (feat. Britney Spears)”, (Scream & Shout (feat. Britney Spears) – Single)
13: “Beneath your Beautiful – Labrinth & Emeli Sandé Tribute”, Let Me See Beneath Your (Beneath your Beautiful – Labrinth & Emeli Sandé Tribute – Single)

Weekly Rewind~Blogging Tips, Tricks and Resources Edition

rewind 02.22.13

For me, starting a blog was kind of like going vegan. I dove in headfirst and am learning as I go. Both blogging and veganism have a steep learning curve but both have become progressively easier as time goes on and I learn more.

For this week’s rewind I’ve compiled a list of all the posts that I’ve found helpful over the past several months. Posts that I’ve read and re-read countless times and will continue to refer to going forward as well.


Food Blog Posts & Resources

General Blogging Posts

Do you have any blogging tips, tricks or resources to share? Links encouraged!