Road to Revel: Week 7

After a tough week 6, marathon training is back in action!

Largely in part due to the wonderful people at Milestone Running, who helped me find the best new shoes for my awkward feet and informed me that I'm a half size bigger than what I was running in. Uh oh. That could explain the blisters.

I'm now running in the Hoka Bondi 5. Have you tried them? Amazing! I swear by Hoka's unique cushioning and these may be my favorite yet. Thanks, Milestone friends!

Other exciting things from this week:

I tried Squared Organic protein bars for the first time and love them! I wish they had more protein, but they are good for a quick snack.

Chad and I attended a free throw tournament for the Huntington's Disease Society of America, San Diego branch. It was a lot of fun for a great cause, and I even got to snap a pic with my workout buddy Bill Walton. (We go to the same gym. He's the nicest, most normal guy!)

We also enjoyed a mini-getaway to Orange County (Laguna + Newport Beach), thanks to a great Christmas gift from my mom. We had a late lunch and spent the afternoon wandering the beachside cliffs and collecting rocks.

And I made the best vegan mousse ever thanks to a recipe from the Lazy Vegan Baker! Threw some strawberry slices on top and it was perfection.

As for training…

Monday: elliptical + weights (was still nursing the sore feet at this point)

Tuesday: felt okay to run-ish again: 2 miles of speedwork, free weights, ab circuit

Wednesday: 4 miles, 3 Yasso 800s (4:00 pace), 1 evening mile with my dog, push-up and ab circuit

Thursday: 3 miles @ 8:49 pace

Friday: rest, stretch, walk

Saturday: 6 miles easy pace

Sunday: 10 miles @ 9:36 pace (8 easy miles of hills and 2 miles of intervals)

Total: 26 miles…almost a marathon! πŸ˜‰

I'm looking forward to longer runs this week and to being back with my track club for hill work. How is your training going? Any races coming up?

Verse of the Week:

Happy Trails,


Friday Five: Podcasts

Hi friends, and Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing five of my favorite podcasts with you. With so much time spent commuting to work, and logging training miles, my ears (and brain) crave quality entertainment. I mean, a girl can only listen to Despacito so many times before her brain turns to mush, am I right? 

Podcasts help the miles fly by and always leave me inspired, refreshed, and like I learned something new. I love that feeling!

Here are five podcasts that I’ve been loving lately. What have you been listening to?

Have a fun weekend! 

Happy Trails,


Setbacks Happen. So How Can We Handle Them?

I started training for my marathon 6 weeks ago, and the miles came easily. I was logging 20, then 25, then 30 mile weeks, and everything was going smoothly.

Until it wasn’t.

I ran 14 miles last Sunday and when I woke up on Monday morning, everything felt fine. Only a teeny bit of sort-of-soreness that comes with running double digits. I stretched, swam, recovered just fine.

And then Tuesday happened. I met with my local running club for hill repeats on the trails. A few miles in total, I expected it to not be that hard.

But it was. Really, embarassingly hard.

(Warning: it gets a little gross here…scroll along if you want to! #runnerlife.)

I had blisters on the two outer toes of both feet. Gnarly, nasty blisters as a result of Sunday’s long and sweaty run. No big deal, I thought. Blisters happen. ButΒ what I didn’t expect was the overwhelming pain in the arches of my feet that came from overcompensating to relieve the pressure on those blisters. I bailed on the workout only two miles in, something that I haven’t had to do since my very early days of running and building endurance.

I felt awful, physically. My feet were killing me in the strangest way. Just walking back to the car felt like an impossible chore.

And I felt awful, mentally. A minor injury? A setback, only 6 weeks into my training? The mileage hadn’t even gotten hard yet! I left the park and my running friends with my head low and my heart discouraged.

This past week, in the days after the failed workout, was miserable. I logged a whopping total of 16 miles for the week and had to say no to a lot of scheduled runs. I logged more miles on the elliptical than I would like to, and some days I was left feeling so discouraged about my feet, waiting for the blisters and arch pain to subside, that I couldn’t get my butt to the gym at all. It was rather pathetic.

Now, one week later, I’m happy to report that the pain is gone, I’m up and running according to the plan again, and life is back to usual. I have a little pep in my step and walking around the office no longer feels like stabbing pain. (It was SO weird, guys! Feet are weird. And fragile. We take them for granted).

I’m very grateful that this was only a small setback. Seriously, it’s not even as bad as the stress fractures I’ve had in the past. And those aren’t even a blip on the radar compared to the challenges and setbacks that people are facing in real, everyday life. This is nothing. A brief interruption to my hobby, big whoop. πŸ™‚

It was only one botched week of training, not a training cycle or a race all together. I pray this is the worst setback I’ll have in running for a while, but the reality is, we never know what might happen. I’m ashamed to admit how down being “out” of running for a few days got me, how depressed and moody I really was, but it got me thinking about how we can overcome setbacks in running so that our hearts and minds aren’t injured, too.

Setbacks Happen. So How Can We Handle Them?Β 

The next time you’re met with a surprise injury or setback in your training, take action.

Being laid up BC of my injury is making me go insane. Trying to stay positive is the hardest part


Take some time to really think about it. What’s going on? Is it a physical injury? A mental roadblock? A personal conflict that’s keeping you from running? Do you need to see a doctor or get a diagnosis? Are you in the wrong shoes? Before anything else, take a good hard look at all of the factors and figure out what you’ve got and how to treat it. Go to the doctor, head to your local running store, or ask your running friends if they’ve had any history with what you’re experiencing. They can offer you some great information!


In order to make a comeback, you have to commit to not staying stuck in your setback. You want to return to running and training as quickly as possible…great! But what are you going to do in the meantime to prepare yourself for your comeback? How will you stay healthy? If you’re not able to run, are you able to hop on the elliptical or AMT? What about swimming? You can still work on core, arm, and stretching exercises…right? Create a “new” training plan for what you can do to maintain your fitness while you’re not running. Keep your body strong and your mind engaged, and you’ll come back in no time. You might even discover your love for a new passion or hobby in the process! Beyond working out, what else do you need to do? It can be easy to turn to comfort foods when we’re down, but are you still maintaining a healthy diet? Do you need to purchase new running shoes, orthotics, or a brace/support for a painful area? Do you need to pickup medicine to kick those flu symptoms? Figure out what you need to do, make some short term goals, and get to it!



  • It’s not the end of the world. No, really, it isn’t. Even if we lost our legs tomorrow — we are still abundantly blessed. Life is still sweet. It’s just running, after all. πŸ™‚
  • You’re not the first person to have a setback in running! Neither was I. Chances are, we’ll have them again. Even elites like Kara and Deena have overcome significant challenges. And their setbacks were public, no less! My mom just ran a half-marathon after having a major foot surgery. My friend Jen is training for an ultra even after battling crippling pain and family health issues the past few months. They can overcome, you can overcome.
  • This is only temporary. Embrace this challenge and learn what you can from it. Use it to make you fight stronger and run harder. Let it give you gratitude for all of those times that your body is healthy and performing well.

success is determined by how you handle setbacks.

In the comments…

What setbacks or injuries have you experienced?
How did you overcome them?

Please note: While running is an amazing thing in life, running is not everything in life. If you’re walking through something hard, a real life setback or challenge that feels impossible to overcome, I’d love to pray for you and support you. Please feel free to leave a comment or message me privately.

Happy Trails,Β 

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You CAN’T Miss Out on the Fit Foodie Run! Here’s Why.

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After spending time scheduling some races for this Fall this past weekend, I have to say that I am most excited for the Fit Foodie Festival 5k! The most delicious 5k ever is coming to Austin, Clearwater, Denver, Fairfax, and luckily for me and my running buddies…San Diego!

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Now, this isn’t your typical 5k. In fact, it is far from it! Wondering why I’m so excited for this race?

  • There’s a bite of food at every mile (hello, best aid stations ever).
  • Finish line celebration drinks (yes and Amen).
  • A HUGE Vitality Food + Fitness Festival
  • Swag bags with samples from top health and wellness brands
  • A party for packet pick-up…making getting your bib a chore no more! (I’m especially excited for the SD party @ Soda and Swine!)

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  • Meet + Greets with Elite Ambassadors (ahem, Deena and Shalane in Denver and Bill Rodgers in San Diego!)
  • Registration is very affordable compared to other 5ks, at just $35
  • Finisher’s medal
  • A beautiful course along the water and Liberty Station (very flat and fast!)
  • Much, much more!

I also love that you can run this race, stuff your face, and feel good while doing it — because Fit Foodie gives back to No Kid Hungry.

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It’s going to be a blast.

Will I see you on the course this October in San Diego?
Are you running the Fit Foodie 5k in another city?

Register here!Β 



Friday Five: Foods You Didn’t Realize are VEGAN!

Happy Friday, friends!

I always think that Fridays call for celebration. And fun. And indulgent, guilty pleasure foods. Don’t you?

A common misconception about veganism is that we don’t get to eat any treats or anything “fun”. That’s simply not true! Vegans Β get to indulge in desserts and special snacks just like you do …when well-earned and balanced with healthy choices, of course :).

Today, I want to share with you five treats that I bet you didn’t know were already vegan! (Note- I’m NOT saying that these are healthy or that you should regularly work these into your diet. πŸ™‚ They are processed and not nutritious! You should strive for plant-based whole foods in the day to day. I’m simply saying that you could treat yo self to these things once in a while and that no animals would be harmed in the process.) πŸ™‚

Consider switching up your next snack with one of these already-vegan options:

1. OREOS!!!

Yes, Oreos are vegan! I know, I couldn’t believe it either.

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Want to indulge even further? Dunk your Oreos in Almond, Soy, or Coconut milk. I loved doing this as a kid! Or, make them Parent Trap Style and dip them in PB (which is also always vegan!).

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2. Taco Bell’s Bean Burrito, Crunch Wrap Supreme, and Cinnamon Twists

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Just keepin’ it real – I eat taco bell maybe once every other month. No shame.

But when I do, I get a bean burrito (with no cheese) or a crunchwrap supreme (sub beef for black beans and no cheese and no sour cream). It’s not perfect, but it’s vegan, fast, and cheap when you’re in a pinch.

And, the Cinnamon Twists are such a tasty treat, just a $1, and always vegan! Yum.

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3. Thomas Bagels

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No eggs in these! Just add tofutti cream “cheese”. πŸ™‚

4. Panera Bread’s Black Bean Soup in a Sourdough Bowl

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Worried about not having anywhere to eat out that will please both you and your omnivorous friends? There are always endless options at Panera! This is one of my favorites.

5. Chick-Fil-A Fries & BBQ Sauce

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No explanation needed. πŸ™‚ Who doesn’t love Chick-Fil-A? Even vegans can!

Remember to treat yourself every now and then…it’s all about balance.

Do you have any favorite already-vegan foods that aren’t listed? There are so many out there. Please share!

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Have a great weekend!


Road to Revel: Week 5 and Random Things

I can’t believe I’ve been in marathon training for over a month! I’m sleepy and hungry all the time already and I know it is only just the beginning. Here we go! 

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 4 miles (3.1 @ 7:44) with the San Diego Track Club 

The workout was 5×1000 in the grass at my favorite park. It felt amazing! 

Wednesday: 5 miles, easy pace 

On the treadmill…I forget what my pace was but it was just an easy, comfortable run. πŸ™‚ 

Thursday: 3 mile walk, core + arms workout 

Chase loves my mornings “off” from running because it means he gets to go on an adventure! 

Friday: 3m run + hot yoga class

Running AND yoga means a very happy, very sweaty Friday. But I love it! 

Saturday: 5m run @ 9:15 pace 

Sunday: 12m run @ 9:49 pace + 2m in the afternoon @ 9:30 pace 

This run felt so good and so strong! I have the tiniest bit of calf pain but am just thinking its tight. Lots of rolling and stretching this week! 

Total Weekly Miles: 30 — woohoo! It feels great to be building again. Onward and upward. πŸ™‚ 

And a few random things from life lately… 

We enjoyed a date night at our favorite restaurant this week courtesy of a gift card from our sweet sister-in-love, Keirsten. Thank you so much for treating us!!!

I am obsessed with Kona coffee these days. I’ve recently tried this one from Sprouts. Do you have a favorite blend of coffee? 

We had a team retreat at work this week and had the BEST vegan Mexican ever ever ever. That sliced pineapple was divine. 

A kind friend let us take a few spins on his new jet ski! I had fun riding on the back and holding onto chad…but that man has the need for speed! This shot was taken when he went on a scary fast solo trip around the island and I begged to be left behind. πŸ™‚ 

My friend Katie won second overall female at a 5k on Saturday while rocking her Isaiah 40:31 tank! So awesome, girl! Shop the tank here. Only a few tanks are left and these will not be restocked in order to make room for new product. πŸ™‚ 

That’s all for now! Are you training for anything? Tell me about it! 

Verse of the Week: 



Worship For Your Weekend

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Happy Friday! Do you listen to worship music? It is one of my favorite ways to connect with God. Today, I wanted to share 5 songs that I’ve been listening to on repeat lately. They bring me comfort, encouragement, gratitude, and so. much. joy! Whether it’s on a run, in the car, or in the middle of the workday…these songs take me away from the stresses of the world and back to the heart of Jesus in an instant. I hope you’ll give them a listen and that they’ll do the same for you.

Do you have any favorite worship songs to share? Are you doing anything fun this weekend? Please leave a message in the comments – I’d love to hear from you.

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