Monday Motivation!

Happy Monday Everyone!

I have been slacking on my Monday Motivational posts; this reflects my lack of motivation for running since the Martian Half Marathon a few weeks ago. Today, I am determined to get back on track with my running and healthy eating. The end of the semester for school has really made me eat very unhealthy compared to what I normally eat; I know that this is just an excuse and I am okay with that. I am ready to get back on track! I really need to do this because I have a race this Sunday, the Cinco De Miler, which I am really excited about, and two half marathons to train for in June!!

To start this week of right here is some motivation & inspiration:

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Have a great Monday & I hope that everyone gets motivated to accomplish what they set out do to!

What’s Next

I have been thinking a lot about what races I want to run next and also how I want to train for them since my half marathon last week. I am planning on running the Chicago Women’s Half Marathon on June 24th. I still have to register for this race. I must get on that asap. My cousin and I are also thinking about doing the Dexter-Ann Arbor Half on June 3rd, but this race scares me. It has hills and after the Martian Half I don’t know how I will deal with too many hills. There are so many races upcoming up! I think that I am the only one who didn’t register for 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon. That’s ok with me. In the next week I need to figure out exactly my race schedule is for the rest of the year so I can figure out what my training is going to look like for this summer!

I also need to work on my strength training. I pretty much slack in this category. I really need to find a way to incorporate more strength training workouts at least a couple of times a week!

Speaking of races, I just signed up for the Cinco de Miler race on May 6th. My boyfriend Hector also registered! When I got an email saying that the race is 80% full, it pushed me to register right away. He is really excited about the shirt because he is from Mexico and likes design!

Thinking about different races and which ones to register for, it got me thinking.

What makes you decide to run one race over others?

2012 Martian Half Marathon Race Review

It is hard to believe that I ran my second half marathon this past Saturday! On Friday, I took the train home from Chicago and I arrived around 11:45 PM. Good think I didn’t have to get up that early for the race. So I was able to sleep until 5 AM.

My cousin Kristin picked me up at 6 and her friend Holly followed us to the race. Holly was running her first 5k ever! It took us about 1 hour to get to Dearborn, but it took awhile to park because the traffic got a little backed up. After we parked we rushed to get Holly her race bib & shirt. She only had 15 minutes from getting out of the car to the race start! I was so happy she made it with extra time to spare!

We weren’t able to get our race packets at the expo on Friday, so I am not sure if it was great or not. They did send the race bag virtually which was nice because it was eco-friendly! So after Holly got to the race start, we got our shirts and bibs and went to the bathrooms. Everything went really smoothly. I am glad for that.

After going the bathroom for the second time, we lined up. Good thing we went to the bathroom because there were not bathrooms along the route. I later realized that there were bathrooms in the park along the course, but if you didn’t know that you would have just kept going.

This was definitely a small race. It was actually nice and it wasn’t overwhelming like some of the bigger races. However, there was not many spectators along the course. I wasn’t a fan of this at all, but what can you do?

The weather called for rain and even thunderstorms for Saturday. The temperature ended up being in the mid-50s and the ran held up until the last couple of miles. I like running in the type of weather.

I knew that this course was going to have some hills, but I had no idea that there would be so many rolling hills because the course description said the course was relatively flat with some rolling hills. I should have known better. Next time I would need to prepare for more hills because I haven’t ran any rolling hills here in Chicago!

With the hills, I knew that It would slow me down. I was okay with this. I ran the first few miles with Kristin, but then she became too fast for me to keep up with her. I was so happy for her because it was her first half marathon!

Overall the race was great! The course was a nice out and back route, but I couldn’t imagine running the full marathon on this course. It was just be way too boring for me!

I would run this half again. Next time, I would train for hills, even if the course just has slightly rolling hills!

I had such a great time at the race. I liked the shirt. I honestly thought that it was going to be worse. I really loved the medal!

Time: 2:20:46

Pace: 10:44

AG Place: 54/71

Overall Place: 1320/1795

Sopa de Fideo

I would like to share a delicious and easy recipe with you, sopa de fideo, which really just means pasta soup. It is a traditional dish in Mexico is normally served as a meal starter or as a light meal. It is so good! The traditional recipes call for chicken broth or chicken bouillon cubes, but it is just as good with out the added chicken flavor!

Ingredients:

4 roma tomatoes, chopped

½ medium onion, chopped

1 garlic clove minced

1 TB olive oil

1 package (7-8 ounces) Vermicelli Pasta

3 cups water

Salt, to taste

Directions:

-Blend the tomatoes, onion, and onion together until a smooth sauce is formed

-Heat oil in a pan or soup put. Add pasta and stir until it is lightly toasted. If you don’t keep an eye one the pasta, it will burn.

-Once the pasta is toasted, add the tomato mixture. It will sizzle. You can strain the tomato sauce if you would like to, but I don’t usually do that.

-Add the water and bring to a boil. Once boiling lower the heat to medium-low and cook about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
Add salt to taste.

Enjoy! 🙂

A New Addition to the Blog, Recipes!

It only would make sense that I talk about food on my blog since it is called Hungry Vegan Runner after all! I am getting ready to start sharing some of the foods that I eat on a regular basis. I know that I am always looking for information from other bloggers on what vegan runners, or just vegans who don’t run, are eating. I am looking forward to sharing some of my favorite foods and recipes with you!

If you are not sure exactly what vegans eat, here are the basics. A vegan is a person who refrains from using any animal product whatever for food, clothing, or any other purpose It is really easy to live a vegan lifestyle! I will have to do a post on my transition into veganism sometime soon!

One of my ambitions in life is to veganize traditional mexican recipes. No “Tex-Mex” here. My boyfriend Hector is Mexican and now that he is vegan he misses some of the traditional foods that he ate back in Mexico City. He also has a hard time understanding exactly what “Tex-Mex” is. Wikipedia has a good description and a little history about it, but he still doesn’t get it.

I look forward to sharing my first recipe with you tomorrow!

Have a great night~

Getting a little nervous.

I will be honest. I haven’t followed my half marathon training plan exactly. I have missed a few runs here and there. I am disappointed in myself for not completing some training runs when I was fully able to. There is no looking back now. I am now getting myself prepared for Saturday’s run! I am leaving Chicago Friday afternoon on the train. The train has become my main mode of transportation back to Michigan since I don’t have a car. I hope it doesn’t get delayed. It is suppose to arrive at 11 PM. I need to get a lot of sleep that night, but I will just have to wait and see it that is going to happen. The race doesn’t start until 8:45 AM, but my house is 1 hour away. Also, I am going to have to pick my packet up on the race day morning because the expo is only Friday night and obviously I can’t attend it. So, I will have to leave around 6:30 AM.

This is what I am looking forward to:

I can’t wait to have this medal put around my neck after I finish running 13.1 miles!

Even though I am a little nervous for this race, I am getting really excited. I can’t believe that I will be running my second half marathon on Saturday!!!