#StayHome What we are eating these days

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It’s been a crazy last 2 months. Sean & I ran the LA Marathon back on March 8. We got home and then the Global COVID 19 pandemic got real pretty quick. As I was scrolling FaceBook, getting NY Times news alerts, etc. things were quickly escalating and my anxiety was through the roof.

We did a few quick trips to the store & I got my car smog tested on Mar 14 and we have not left the house since. We’ve literally done all of our runs, meals, everything at home.

We haven’t gone to the grocery store or really done anything since Mar 14 so we’ve relied on the amazing delivery people who are out there. I wanted to share some of the food services that we have been using, tried, etc. in case anyone else is interested.

And as you might know if you follow me online, I’m a huge foodie & that doesn’t change when I’m quarantined at home.

So you might know from following me that we are vegan so all of the things I’m going to mention below are vegan.

I’ve been a follower of a company called Hungryroot for quite a while now & just never had the opportunity to try them out with all the travel that we do. So the first week we were home I gave it a try. I put in my requirements, a few lunches/dinners & the occasional breakfast.

Hungryroot picks a menu for you and then you can customize based on your likes/dislikes. Based on the plan that you select you are given credits & then you choose meals &/or grocery items that add up to the number of credits you have.

There are a ton of meals to choose from, from sandwiches, tacos, grain bowls, pastas & more. Everything in my selection is vegan but they do have some vegetarian options, I know this because we accidentally got some egg product by mistake one week.

Everything can be made in about 10-15 minutes and you get fresh veggies, rices/grains & protein (either tofu, beans or beyond products like the brats or burgers) along with a sauce to go with it. They give you recipes that are super easy to follow and I am really enjoying the meals. I have been eating more and more healthy since we started getting Hungryroot.

If you’d like to give it a try use code 25OFF2JENNY to get $25 off your first 2 orders (a total of $50 off).

Next up, we got the opportunity to try a weeks worth of meals from Territory Foods.

Territory Foods are ready made meals that are made in local restaurants using sustainably-sourced real ingredients. They have a variety of different menus so depending on what kind of diet you follow. Choices include Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Keto Reset, Mixitarian, Whole 30, Low fat, low carb & Mediterranean.

I selected 4 different options for Sean & I to try. We had a few meals from Cafe Gratitude which is a plant based restaurant that has a location near us in downtown San Diego.

Territory can send meals twice a week and they recently started selling a one time delivery Grocery Box that has tons of fresh produce in it. I’m really excited to try this since fresh fruit & veggies are one thing I miss from not going to the store.

If you would like to try out Territory Foods, you can use my code RUNNYLEGS to save $25 off your first 2 orders so again a total of $50 off.

Next up, we ordered from Postmates a few times here in San Diego. I got pints of vegan ice cream from Stella Jean’s ice cream one week.

Another week we got Popcorn Chick’n (fried cauliflower bites) & vegan Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches from another of our fav San Diego restaurant Grains.

Another time we had a super yummy & huge pizza from Urbn Pizza.

I ordered from Plant Power Fast Food to get a little fry action!

A few weeks ago, I discovered that Tender Greens, a restaurant that we actually hadn’t been to in a while because while healthy, they don’t have a ton of vegan options, was selling grocery boxes! I’ve ordered boxes of fruit & veggies from them, along with loafs of sour dough bread & flour.

You can order directly from their app or website and have the boxes delivered right to your door.

Other fun things I’ve ordered. Cookies from Maya’s Cookies here in San Diego.

Vegan Peanut Butter cups that taste just like reese’s from HeroCup.

Grocery supplies including vegan marshmallows & chocolate chips from Thrive Market.

Last week we got Acai Bowls from Everbowl, another local chain in San Diego. They are selling later bowls, which are frozen bases (they have 4 different options to choose from) along with granola & then you can add on goji berries, hemp seeds, shredded coconut, chia seeds & cocao nibs. They sell them in either a 7 pack or 15 pack box & you can pick your flavors. They have also just started shipping overnight in the continental US and have local delivery (free with orders over $50) in San Diego County on Tuesday’s & Friday’s.

I tried to get ice cream from Van Leeuwen but they use a service called Goldbelly and it was a total mess. Apparently they ran out of 75% of the ice cream flavors and I was given a choice between 3-5 flavors that I wasn’t really interested in or a refund. Mail order ice cream is expensive so I took the refund because I didn’t really want to spend that much on something I didn’t really want.  I am giving Van Leeuwen another shot when they opened up shipping through them directly vs going through Gold Belly.

We also treated ourselves to box of yummy vegan pastries from a company called a bakery called Split Bakehouse here in San Diego. I’m was so excited for bagels, croissants, pop tarts & some other fun treats. Their delivery area includes all of San Diego, North to Oceanside, east to El Cajon & South to Chula Vista.

Are you ordering more food online during this stay at home time? What are some fun things you’ve gotten?

Spring Health & Wellness Box Review

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx, I did receive payment & product for this review, but as always opinions are my own.

I’m super excited to share with you all this awesome Spring Health & Wellness box that I got from BabbleBoxx.

I love getting subscription boxes so when I had the opportunity to work with my friends at BabbleBoxx to review this box, I knew it was going to be awesome. So let’s dive right in…

What’s inside?

2 bottles of Power Dressing from Healthy Choice
Solar Red Aeropex from Aftershokz
Ignite Your Light Book from Running Press
Compression Socks from No Nonsense
Suunto 7 Watch from Suunto
LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen from Vichy
Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies from Nature’s Truth
Simply Collagen from Pink Products

Pretty awesome group of products don’t you think?

Now let’s get a bit more info for you on all the products in here.

First up the Power Dressing from Healthy Choice.

While I don’t eat a ton of salad, I always try to have salad dressing on hand because I actually really like to add it to grain bowls. These Power Dressings are pretty amazing, salad dressings made with real veggies, no artificial flavors & no soy. They are all under 45 calories each.

I got the Greener Goddess & the Creamy Italian to try out. I requested to not get the Ranch since it’s the only one of the 4 flavors that is not vegan.

The taste is really good & I’m always on board with any food that includes more veggies.

Next up are the Solar Red Aeropex from Aftershokz.

I’ve got a few pairs of Aftershokz in my collection and they are a big hit with runners because they use bone conduction technology so that they aren’t actually in your ears, but rather sitting on the bone outside of your ear so you can still hear outside sounds. You can read a review I did on one of the other versions here.

The Aeropex have a lightweight frame, 8 hour battery life & are sweat & waterproof although not recommend for swimming.

They are doing 15% off through 5/15/2020 at their website.

And since I am an ambassador for another headphone brand, I’m super excited to share that I will be giving these away to one lucky reader!! Keep reading to find out what you need to do to win!

Ignite Your Life by Jolene Hart book has been an awesome Self-Care resource for me as of late.

Self Care is something I have been sorely missing with all the travel we have done in the last little bit.

I’ve been working hard to rid my life of the negative energy that comes with anxiety & Ignite Your Light shares tips to live a more positive light.

Compression Socks from No Nonsense

When I think of No Nonsense, I think of panty hose but it’s only natural that they would branch into socks too!

I was sent 2 styles, no show & crew both of which have graduated compression in them. I’ve been wearing them when I get up in the morning because it’s always so cold in our house! And I love them for riding my new bike – I’m definitely more of a no show girl ;).

Both styles are made in the US, which is really cool and you can find them at Rite Aid.

Next up, I was sooooo excited to finally get the opportunity to try out a Suunto watch.

The Suunto 7 is a smartwatch that has features from Wear OS by Google.  I will say there are so many features on this watch it’s a little intimidating, lol. I was expecting something slightly different than what it actually is.

As a runner, I’m looking for things like athletic capability & there are over 70 sport modes available, along with GPS, wrist heart rate & you can sync to Strava. The battery life though for long distance running though is not great. Because of all the Wear OS features, like seeing calls, messages, google pay & assistant, the battery does wear out easily and battery life is discussed on Suunto’s website.

While I won’t be trading in my normal running watch, the Suunto 7 is a great everyday watch and perfect if you are looking for more of a Smartwatch that you can use for everyday. The Google Pay feature is really awesome and I look forward to trying that out down the road. And I love how sleek it looks on. It really makes me want to try one of Suunto’s more run specific watches.

LiftActiv Peptide-C Sunscreen from Vichy

Vichy has created a product that is not just an SPF but is also an anti-aging daily moisturizer that contains plant based peptides.

I’ve really jumped on the sunscreen bandwagon lately and am testing out so many different options. I love that this one has plant based peptides and is considered an anti-aging sunscreen.

Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies from Nature’s Truth

I love Apple Cider Vinegar gummies. They are so tasty and easy to use vs taking shots of actual apple cider vinegar.

The Nature’s truth version delivers 600mg of Apple Cider Vinegar per serving, they have a great natural apple flavor, no vinegar aftertaste and best of all are Vegan, Gluten Free & Non-GMO. Sean & I have been munching on these gummies every day lately!

Last but not least is the only product that I can’t actually test.

Simply Collagen from Pink Products is a grass-fed pasture raised pure Collagen Peptide power. Since I am vegan, this particular product isn’t a good fit for me but if collagen is something that you use, please check this one out and you can save 20% on all Pink products on Amazon using code 20SHAREPINK.  Pink Products do however have two Vegan products listed on their site including Be Well Cranberry cap with Vitamin C & Hibiscus & L-Theanine Calm Cap.

I’m pretty impressed by this box, the Suunto 7, the Power Dressings from Healthy Choice & the Apple Cider Vinegar Gummy from Nature’s truth are my fav products but it was a lot of fun testing everything out and sharing with you!

Now for the fun part! If you made it this far, you now have the opportunity to win a pair of Solar Red Aeropex from Aftershokz. Just comment below with which product from the Spring Health & Wellness box that you would want to try, put your IG name & follow me on Instagram @runnylegs and then you are entered!

Giveaway not associated with BabbleBoxx or Aftershokz.  Contest ends on Thursday, Apr 23 at midnight PST & a winner will be randomly selected on Friday, Apr 24. US only since I’m shipping them, sorry.

Sunbeam® Targeted Heat Therapy

This post is sponsored by Sunbeam®.  I was compensated & given complimentary product for my review of the new Sunbeam® Targeted Heat Relief products.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a runner, especially one who hasn’t been training properly lately, oops! I am always dealing with one ache and/or pain after the other.  Most recently my back, the ever present hamstring tendonitis & ankle issues have been my current issues.

Which is why I was really excited to get to try out these new products from Sunbeam®.  I’m always intrigued by new products and I prefer heat to cold for recovery.

Sunbeam® is a leader in Targeted Heat Therapy for Pain Relief and their new product line doesn’t disappoint.

From the Sunbeam® website: Heat is clinically proven to relieve pain associated with muscle tension and stress; it increases blood flow to the source of the pain, which accelerates tissue healing.  Cold on the other hand reduces inflammation directly after an injury.

The new products that I received included Sunbeam® Heated Back Wrap Sunbeam® GoHeat™ Portable Heated Patches Sunbeam® FlexTemp™ Hot & Cold Joint Wrap Sunbeam® FlexFit™ Heated Wrap Sunbeam® Wrapping Heating Pad with XpressHeat®

Sunbeam® Heated Back Wrap, it has a contoured design to match the shape of your back.  It also includes an extra waist strap to extend the width of the strap  (it was a little snug so that piece will come in handy).  This is awesome to wear while I’m working.

The Sunbeam® GoHeat™ Portable Heated Patches were my favorite product of the group.  The patches are small enough that you can put them pretty much anywhere.  I like to use them on my hamstring, which is my problem spot.  Best of all, this is the only product of the group that is fully portable.  It comes with a control unit that you can clip onto your clothing.  There are 3 settings, low, medium & a 20 minute high heat cycle.

Next up was Sean’s favorite product.  The FlexTemp Hot + Cold Joint Wrap.   He was using this on his knee all weekend long.  It’s snug fitting & you can use it either with the cold freezable gel pack or plug it in for heat.  If you use it with the gel pack, you can remove the cord connector so you can move around if needed.

Sean said that it was really comfortable and he didn’t even realize that he was wearing it.  I used it with the ice after a tough spin class and it was super easy to get that icing down.

Another product I really liked was the Sunbeam® FlexFit™ Heated Wrap.  This piece was super cool because you can use it pretty much anywhere.  I especially liked using it on my ankle after my marathon to help with the minor inflammation I had from all the climbing out there in the mountains.

I also tried it out on my arm after a lot of heavy arm session and it fit great around my forearm/elbow.

The last piece I got was the Sunbeam® Wrapping Heating Pad with XpressHeat®.  This one you can use on either your arm or leg.  I was using this after Revel when my shins and calves were really sore from the downhill.  And I could use it while stretching too.

All of the products (except the portable patches) are made of a really soft material & are able to thrown in the washer, just disconnect the pad from the cord.

It’s nice because you can just plug them in and wear any or all of these products while just sitting and watching TV.  You can also create a moist heat option by spraying the pad with water which is supposed to provide deep penetrating pain relief.

These products are available at Sunbeam partners like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Walgreens & a bunch of others.

Which of these heat therapy products would you want to try?

Inaugural Lululemon San Diego 10k Race

It was the day Lululemon fanatics were waiting for.  The day when Lululemon held their first ever US race.  And it was in my city!

I was super excited when I heard the race was coming to SD.  Sean & I were on vacation in Banff when it was time to register & waited at the hotel to register right when it opened.

I even told my boss/co-worker, R.J. about it and he signed up for his first 10k!

When they announced that they were looking for volunteers I signed up for packet pick-up on the first day at UTC.  It was a blast, I met a bunch of awesome people and helped get runners their bibs & shirts.

On Saturday, we ran Revel Big Bear (recap here) and then drove home to rest & recover before the race the next day.

The race was in downtown San Diego starting at Shelter Island and finishing at Waterfront Park.  We got there really early so that we wouldn’t have to pay for parking & so that we would get there before the buses got crazy.

Well we got there really early, like over an hour before the race started, oops!  But we weren’t the first ones, we ran into a bunch of our friends. It was fun chatting with everyone but it was cold!  The wind coming off the water was quite chilly.

We did some group photos with our We Run Social friends and then we were heading to the start line.

We jumped in to the corrals just as the sun was coming up.  It was gorgeous.

As usual Lulu always gets the details, they had a boat with Lululemon flags on it at the start.

We were a little bit behind the 1 hour pace group, and ended up starting in the second wave.

It was a bit crowded as we got started so I was kind of weaving in and out for the first half mile or so until I got settled in.

The energy was amazing, that’s probably one of the best things about a Lululemon race.  Everyone is so happy.  There were cheer stations, bands, spin bikes, hula dancers and donuts at the finish!

The course is similar to part of AFC Half but the part before the huge climb lol so it’s really nice and flat which I loved.  Especially since my calf was still bothering me from the day before.

We got to about mile 3ish and I saw R.J. on the other side, he had started a bit ahead of us so I was like hum… maybe I can catch him.  So I tried.  I figured if I could catch him, maybe I could slow down, LOL.

So I just kept moving along, smiling the whole way, enjoying all the cheer stations, seeing friends.

Around mile 5 Sean caught up with me and we ran in to the finish.  I was really starting to feel the race from the day before but I was still moving.

When we got a little closer to the finish, I gave Sean my phone and was like you go ahead and finish before me so you can get a finish photo of me!

And just like that I was at the finish line!  2 races, 19.3 miles in 2 days.  It doesn’t seem like a lot but it was a lot for me since I’ve not been running that much lately.

We ran into R.J. after we crossed the finish line & he did so awesome, under 60 minutes!  I’m so proud of him & he even signed up for his first half marathon in February!!

The finish line party was pretty sweet.  Awesome medals, donuts, saje wellness, photo ops, drop bags & yoga.  It was a really awesome morning.

Oh, yeah and about the swag. We all got white swiftly tanks, medals, donuts, Saje Wellness Runner Rewards (if you stopped by the Saje store at UTC) and they had gear for sale at the end of the race.  The line was really long so I skipped but I heard it was just a few pieces and you would have to go to the mall to have it screen printed (I guess so they didn’t make a ton of gear that didn’t sell).

Lululemon put on a great day & I’m glad I had the opportunity to run.  I’m looking forward to next year!

Revel Big Bear Half Marathon – Race Recap

Oh boy, where to start with this one.  Well last year I ran the Revel Big Bear marathon here a week after running Javelina 100k.  I really wanted to go for a BQ but my legs just weren’t up to it and I ended up coming in just a bit over 4 hours, it’s still my second fastest marathon but it wasn’t what I really wanted.

So, we signed up for this year, my goal was again to BQ.  But the summer happened, crewing/pacing/traveling for all Sean’s Great Eight races & I wasn’t quite where I wanted to be runningwise.

We ran Mount Laguna marathon the week before (recap here) and I knew as soon as we finished that one that running the marathon was not in my best interests so I decided to drop down to the half.

Sean & I had a friend pick up our packets because the packet pick-up closed at 6pm.  Which would mean taking a half day off work in order to get our packets because Redlands is about 2 – 3 hours from us depending on traffic.  We got to the Redwoods area around 8:30p or so and had a 2:30am wake-up.  The buses would leave between 3:30 – 4:15a for marathon and 4:00 – 4:45a for the half.

Fortunately we were staying pretty close to the parking area so we got there pretty quick.  But we ended up parking really close to the half marathon buses but quite a bit away from the marathon buses.  By the time we got over there for Sean to take the bus, there was a really long line.  He was a bit frustrated but made it to the start .

I walked back to the half marathon buses, grabbed my drop bag & then headed to the buses where I met up with some of my WeRunSocial friends.  We all chatted for a bit and then got on the buses.

It was a little chilly when we got to the start but not too bad.  We got ready, dropped my drop bag off & then headed to the start line.  The waves or times were like 10 ft apart which was really funny.  I jumped in around the 2:00 mark and then had to re-tie my shoe.  I tried to get something out of my shoe & fix my sock & while doing that the race started.

I quickly put my shoe back on, stopped behind a guy trying to take off his throwaway gear and then started running.  It was the most anti-climactic race start I’ve ever seen.  There were still tons of people coming towards the corrals, kind of weird that were no announcements that the race was starting.

Last year, but the time I got to the half marathon it was kind of foggy and grey and I didn’t love this part of the race.  This year it was good weather, the sun was coming up and I just got into a good rhythm.  I didn’t want to go out too fast because I honestly didn’t have any idea how my body was going to handle the miles and any kind of speed.  I hadn’t run fast in months.

I saw my friend’s Richard & Brian pass by me along with a bunch of other people but I just kept moving at my own pace.

I didn’t really look at my watch too much, only at the mile markers if I remembered, mostly to make sure I didn’t run too fast.

It was pretty out there, there was a mountain that we were running towards that had a really nice single track looking trail that I was like wow that would be nice to run down too lol.

The volunteers were amazing but the aid stations seemed sparse.  There weren’t that many of us, I finished 226th overall and was 281 at the 5k so it wasn’t like there were 1000s of people ahead of me but they had a hard time keeping them stocked.  A few of the aid stations that they were filling cups when I went by.

I felt pretty good for the first few miles, a little tightness in my left calf and my foot was a touch stiff but nothing bad. Around mile 6/7 I decided to take off my long sleeve.  I took it off and heard buzzing around my head, I took off my hat and there was a fuzzy bee on my hat!  I pushed it off, put my hat back on and took off, maybe that’s why mile 7 was my fastest of the race LOL at 7:50.

Right after that I was starting to look at my watch more and I kept thinking that I only have to maintain 10 minute miles and I can PR.  My previous PR was 1:57 and change.

I got to mile 10 and was starting to get tired, I passed a friend from IG, he was asking me if I was trying for a PR, I was like yep trying and then just kept moving.

Around mile 11.5 I saw my friend Willem at an aid station, I was like I am close to a PR, he got a photo and then was like go get that PR.

I made the turn, hit mile 12 and I suddenly got really tired.  I was drinking water & powerade but I didn’t have any gels so I was pretty calorie deficient by that point.

I wanted to walk so bad, but I was soooo close so I just kept trucking along, I saw a guy ahead of me and just kept following him, I eventually would pass him.

The worst part about this race is the last mile, you make the last turn and then have to go about 3/4 of a mile to the finish.  You can literally see the finish line and it just feels like it takes forever to get to.

I struggled to get to the finish line, I was literally slowing as I got to the finish line, but I did and it was under 1 hour and 46 minutes!  I had done it! I got a PR in the half marathon, I was in literal shock!  I couldn’t believe it but I did it!

And not only that I ran every single step of that half marathon and I did it with no speed training, the week after a trail marathon and with having barely run in months. I’m still shaking my head but it woke me up and made me wonder, what if I actually trained.  What could I do then?

Now back to the race…Revel gives a decent shirt, I upgraded to the cotton version but it was a bit thicker than usual and felt pretty hot.  They also gave a pair of goodr sunglasses along with a pair of gloves and an emergency blanket (which wasn’t in my bag for some reason).

After the race they had water, bananas and chocolate milk for runners. You could also get a sweet treat, which this year was from Snow Monkey.  It was good but my tummy didn’t love it after the race.  They also had pizza which I never found and some sort of drink, maybe hard seltzer? instead of beer, which people were upset about but I don’t drink so I don’t know exactly what that was about.

After the race I got my card with my stats and then high tailed it over to the Normatec booth to try them out.  I was able to get in pretty quickly and whoa, they are awesome! Definitely being added to my Christmas wish list!

Then I chatted with some friends and waited for Sean to finish.  He was moving quite well and I didn’t have to wait long.

After Sean finished we took the bus back to our car, got some Starbucks and then headed back to San Diego, where we hit a LOT of traffic, ugh. But we made it back in time for lunch at Plant Power.  Then it was time to relax before our next race.

 

The best part about Revel races is the free photos! Also they start really early, which sucks when you have to get up at 2am but it means that the race is over pretty early so you have the rest of the day to relax, fuel up and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Mount Laguna Marathon Race Recap

On Sunday, Sean & I ran the Mount Laguna marathon for the first time.  We’ve heard so much about this race & have run most of the course over the years but had never put it together & done the race.

We decided to do this race for two reasons.  One because we were going to be home and wanted to run it and two because we had to run a marathon as part of the NYC Marathon Strava Virtual Run challenge so we could get guaranteed entry into the 2020 race.  We signed up for this a few months back and paid to do the virtual run so we could get in to the race without having to deal with the lottery.

We were able to stay at home the night before because Mount Laguna is only about an hour from us.  It’s been months since we’ve been out there, I think maybe we went out in early July to do a run & we haven’t been back since.

The race started at 8am with bib pickup between 7a – 7:40a so we didn’t have to get up too early.  It was also time change weekend so we fell back on Sunday night and it was light out when we left the house.

We got there and a bunch of people were congratulating Sean on a great summer & asking him if he was going for the win lol.  We decided to run together so he was bring up the rear with me lol.

We saw my friend Lisa from our local Arete group & a bunch of other friends. We got the quick race briefing and then we were all off!

We started out chatting with Lisa and our friend Jacket for the first 4ish miles before I needed to slow down.  We were doing pretty good but a marathon is a long way & I wanted to make sure I could make it to the finish.  I needed to get that NYC entry!!

The course is beautiful, we start and end at Red Tailed Roost and start running on Thing Road before heading to the PCT which is one of my favorite places to run.

We ran right through the first aid at about 4.5 miles & then headed to Penny Pines for the first time.  This is such a beautiful part of the course and one that we have done many times overlooking Anza Borrego.

We got to the second aid and refueled.  The guy at the aid station was like, this is an aid station, not a rest station so off you go! And away we went.  The next aid was about 4 miles away.

I was losing a lot of salt! My shirt had a salt mountain on it and everything!  By the time we got to Pioneer Mail, I was light headed and not sure if I’d be able to finish.  But I got some ginger ale & coke and then we kept moving.

This section was 7 miles and we had to go in & out of Nobel Canyon before getting back to Penny Pines (on the opposite side of the road).

I know Sean was probably a little frustrated, I kept telling him he could go ahead but he kept saying he was happy being with me but I know he wasn’t expecting to walk as much as we did.  But I told him, he doesn’t normally run with me and walking a bunch of trail races is pretty much my MO lol.  But I was a little more out of shape than normal so it was probably a bit slower than normal.

Photo by T.Allin Photo

We finally got to the last aid & I was just ready to get to the finish!  I had 2 cups of ginger ale & tried to get some orange slices but there were a lot of bees.  We just kept moving towards another section of the course that we have done a lot, the Big Laguna Meadows.

We passed by cow lake (my term not an official one ;)) and stayed to the far end of the meadow before heading up in the last 1.5 miles.

We finally were almost there!  We ran into one of our friends who was waiting for her family to arrive before she crossed the line, and then we were almost there!

Across the finish line we went! The RD, Kathleen gave us both hugs and our medals and we ran off for a few more minutes so we could make sure we were over the marathon distance for the virtual challenge.

After getting that done, we were ready for some food.  They had some vegan options for us which was super sweet.

We also got our goodie bags, which had some cute things in them.  We didn’t get shirts though because they were an add on and we have so many shirts.  But they were super cute Patagonia shirts.

All in all I would say that this was a gorgeous race & they did a great job & if we are in town we’ll run this one again.

 

Vegan Eats in Switzerland

After thinking it over, I decided to split this blog into two parts.  Part one will be Switzerland & then I’ll share Chamonix in a separate post so this isn’t too too long.

I was a little concerned about finding food in Switzerland but surprisingly had a great experience.  I have the Happy Cow app & then of course I would google vegan food in whatever place we were in.

We landed in Geneva early on a Saturday morning, after getting the car, our first stop was a Starbucks downtown near the famous found in Lake Geneva.  We were able to get our normal soy lattes, although, word to the wise, the US Starbucks app doesn’t work, at least not at the location we went to.  I wish I had grabbed a mug when we were there because we didn’t see another Starbucks during our trip.  They also had a vegan chocolate raspberry cake which was nice, a little dry, but a nice treat especially since you can’t find vegan cake in the US stores.

Next stop was lunch.  We stopped in a little town called Thun on our way to Grindlewald.  We found a vegan spot called V-mOnd.  They had 2 specials (that was the entire menu – at least that she gave us) so we got one of each.  One was a mushroom & veggie stew with forbidden rice & the other was a couscous with fresh veggies.  Both were quite good, but my preference was the stew.

On to Grindelwald where we stayed for a short visit.  We ate at Barry’s which looked quite fancy when we arrived, but it was pretty casual.  They have a special vegan menu, that is in German, with four options on it.  The server explained them all to us.  In addition, they have a salad bar & a Mongolian bar that they said we could have as well.

Sean & I both choose to have the vegan burger & fries.  It was very good although the bread was super soft which made it hard to eat.  The fries were very goo & the burger came with various sauces on the side for dipping.

The next day we stopped in Interlaken on our way to Zermatt.  We had lunch at Velo Cafe.  When we initially walked by the cafe, there were a ton of cyclists outside making it really uncomfortable, to me at least.  We walked on to look at another restaurant, that was significantly more expensive, when we went back, the cyclists were gone.  A note to anyone allergic to bees, there were a ton of bees flying around their outside tables.  We even saw a few by our indoor table.

They had a few vegan options, and one of the servers was quite knowledgeable and shared with us exactly what was 100% vegan.  We choose a falafel wrap that came with a salad & a lentil shepherd’s pie type entree with potatoes on the top that also came with a salad.  They also had smoothies & the absolute best coffee I’ve had in a long time.  I got an oat milk latte and it was amazing, so smooth & flavorful.

Next up is Zermatt, where we stayed for the next few days.  We had dinner our first night at Brassiere de Uno.  They had a few vegan starters & 2 vegan entrees.  They do have a few items that are always on the menu, but they do change the menu every day.

First up was an amuse bouche, onion tart topped with avocado.

We skipped the starters and went straight to dinner.  We decided to try both the vegan options & share them.

We got a yummy gnocchi with an amazing vegan pesto & the vegan balls which were served with mashed potatoes & lingonberries.  Both were really good, but I’m going to pick the vegan balls as my favorite.  They were the vegan version of their moose meatballs that they are known for.

For dessert, they didn’t have any baked goods unfortunately but they did have homemade apricot & strawberry sorbet.

One of the reviews we saw said that they wished they could eat there everyday and Sean & I definitely agreed, it was so good.  Note, at least in the summer they were only open Thur – Mon.

We stayed in a very nice hotel called Hotel Matthiol, which was at the back of the town, right near trails.  They included breakfast so we went down each morning.  The first day we went down and the server was like, oh, you are vegan, we don’t have many options.  I did tell them ahead of time that we were vegan since they asked when they sent me a pre-stay email.  I guess that didn’t get passed on but no worries.

The server went to chat with the chef after showing us the fruit cups they had & the coffee machine.  She said the chef would make us some veggies & some fresh bread since they weren’t sure if the breads on the buffet were vegan.  She brought us plates of yummy veggies & steaming fresh bread and assured us they would be better prepared the next day for us.

The bread was amazing! And it only took 15 minutes to make!

For dinner that night after a long day of hiking & running we headed to town and had dinner at an Italian place called Molino.  We didn’t even change, but went in our running gear with our packs in tow.  Molino is an Italian chain restaurant and it was ok.  The servers were a little snooty & I did get to speak Italian to them so that was cool.

In any case they had several vegan options on the menu, including a yummy focaccia bread with tomatoes & olive oil and then Sean & I both got the penne all’arrabiata.

After dinner we started walking home and I saw that the creperie was open! so we were able to get a vegan crepe for dessert from Stefania’s Creperie. They only accept cash but there is an ATM not far from the shop.  I talked to the guy for a short bit, there were quite a few vegan options, including 3-4 chocolate options.  After a bit of discussion, we decided on a lemon sugar crepe using brown sugar (they could use either brown or white – I wasn’t sure what the difference would be the crepe not having had either).

Now the guy who worked there was quite opinionated.  After finding out that we lived in San Diego, he was like well I guess not everyone can live here.  He also tried to convince me that Banff was in British Columbia, spoiler alert, it’s not, it’s in Alberta.

And note for vegans, he told me that I had picked the two hardest crepes to make, vegan is harder than regular and lemon sugar is even harder.  There was no line when we were there but he said that if there had been, he would have told me that they were out of vegan crepes so he didn’t have to make them.  I hope he was joking but you never know.

Back to the hotel for our second breakfast & last meal in Switzerland.  The hotel had soy milk & soy yogurt for us.  They made us soy cappuccino’s, sauteed veggies & more bread.  The bread was full of seeds and to me a bit too heavy, but I’m so appreciative of that fact that they were so accommodating.

Overall, I was quite impressed with the food that we ate in Switzerland.  Everything was fresh, well made and super yummy.  I don’t think I had one thing that I didn’t enjoy & I didn’t feel like I was going hungry at all.

Next up, Chamonix.

#GoodEats New to me Plant Based Options

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Conagra Brands. As always all opinions are my own.

I’ve been following a plant based/vegan diet for the last 18 months.  While I have started cooking a bit more, with all the travel we do & the summer heat (we don’t have air conditioning in our house) I tend to look for more frozen &/or super easy to make options.

That’s why I was really excited to collaborate with BabbleBoxx & Conagra Food.  They gifted me a box of “Good Eats” to test out a few new plant based products from 3 different Conagra Brands.

I know this post is about food, but even the packaging of the product I got was pretty neat.  Normally products coming in blah brown boxes, but this one was pretty cool to see on my doorstep.

Inside was a bag of Birds Eye OvenRoasters, Sheet Pan Vegatables, Gardein Nashville Hot Chick’n Tenders & a Healthy Choice Vegan & Vegetarian Power Bowl with Falafel & Tahini.  They shipped in dry ice & were in perfect condition when I got them.

There were a few additional treats like some cloth napkins, a serving platter & a little sauce container.

First thing I tried was the Healthy Choice bowl.  It was really easy to make, I just popped it in the microwave.  Healthy Choice makes 4 different Vegan & Vegetarian Power Bowls including this one with the crispy falafel & a tahini sauce.

Next up was a combo of the Birds Eye OvenRoasters sheet pan veggies.  This is a combo of pre-cut broccoli & cauliflower that is preseasoned & so easy to make.  You literally put it on a sheet pan and then cook for 25 minutes.  So easy & so good.

I saved the best for last with the Gardein Nashville Hot Chick’n Tenders.  Gardein has been a staple in my freezer for a while now & I love Nashville Hot Chick’n so I was really excited to see these in my box.  Gardein has a proprietary pea + wheat protein that they use.  There products are always vegan, non-GMO, dairy free & kosher.

I really liked these tenders, they were probably my favorite product in my Good Eats box.

It’s pretty exciting to see plant based products becoming more and more prominent.  And yes, I know just eating vegetables is easy, but it’s not always easy to get enough protein &/or fiber by just eating veggies so I’m always on the lookout for good tasting products that I can make quickly.

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What are your favorite plant based products?

Nuzest Protein Blueberry Muffins

This post is sponsored by Nuzest & is done through my affiliation with FitApproach.

The ladies at FitApproach & Nuzest gave me the opportunity to create a recipe using Nuzest vegan protein powder & even though I’m not the best chef/baker, I took the challenge!

What makes Nuzest Protein Powder different?

From their website: It’s a Clean, Lean Protein

Powerful European Vegetable Protein  – Up to 88% protein from premium European Golden Peas, with an amino acid profile on par with whey, and over four times the protein content of meat, fish or eggs

Easy to Digest…And FillingLow in carbs with 98% digestibility; so it’s light on the tummy and keeps you feeling fuller for longer

A Complete Protein – A ‘complete’ protein containing all 9 essential amino acids needed for growth and repair and delivering 19+ grams of protein per serving

Quick, Tasty, Convenient – Scoop, shake and you’re ready to go. All of the goodness without any fuss. Choose from four great flavors or just natural

Great for Every-Body – 100% natural, it ticks all the boxes — vegan, paleo-friendly (lectin-free) and allergen-free. No lactose, gluten, dairy, soy, nuts or GMOs

It comes in 3 yummy flavors, Smooth Vanilla, Rich Chocolate & Real Coffee.  I am not normally a huge fan of protein powders but I didn’t have any issues with the taste of Nuzest.  I might have finally found the right protein powder for me!

Now to the muffins!! Last week we got lots of yummy blueberries in our CSA box so I decided to make vegan blueberry muffins.  So being the resourceful baker that I am, I immediately went to pinterest and found a vegan blueberry muffin recipe.  I found a recipe on mydarlingvegan.com which looked really easy & modified it.

I changed the servings to 6 because if I made 12 muffins, Sean & I would eat them all & while we love muffins, we don’t need that many LOL.  This reduced the amount of flour needed to 1 cup.  I wanted to add the Nuzest Vanilla Protein Powder to the muffins so I decided to do 3/4c regular flour & then 1/4c Nuzest Vanilla Protein Powder.

I had no idea how the recipe was going to turn out, but as I started mixing the ingredients together I noticed that they seemed really thick so I added in more soy milk.  I couldn’t give you a measurement, I just poured in some extra.  I ended up with 9 delicious muffins.

They were soooo good!  I ate 3 that morning & Sean took a bunch to work.

Want to try Nuzest for yourself?  Head to nuzest.com and use code RUNNYLEGS to save 15% or click this link

Have you ever added protein powder to an existing recipe to add in protein?

Carlsbad 5000 2019 Race Recap

For a while it looked like Carlsbad 5000 might disappear.  Competitor Group sold the Rock n Roll series to Ironman and last year, Carlsbad 5000 was interesting, especially in regards to the elite races.

But after what seemed like forever, it was announced that Meb & a group of local San Diego investors had purchased Carlsbad 5000 and in December they opened up registration to the race.  We immediately signed up only to realize that Leona Divide was the day before.  For some reason I had my dates wrong and thought it was later in the month.

In any case, we decided we would still run, especially since the Arete ladies were doing a big meet-up where we would get to meet one of the founders, Mary before the race.

So when I left off on my Leona Divide recap, Sean had finished and we were high-tailing it out of Green Valley.  Well it got dark not too long after that and I don’t enjoy driving in the dark, especially when I’m tired. Plus getting out of Green Valley/Palmdale requires driving on a very stressful two lane road with a ton of traffic.  We finally made it to San Bernardino and found a place to have dinner.  By this point I was so exhausted I couldn’t drive the 2 hours home so we got a hotel near the airport in Ontario and decided to drive to Carlsbad in the morning.

Sean’s wave started at 6:53a and mine at 7:55a.  We decided to shoot for my wave and left the hotel around 6am I think.  The sun was just starting to come up when we left the hotel.

It was a pretty easy drive, we ended up on a toll road that was so incredibly beautiful, unfortunately no photos, I was driving, but it was almost empty and I kept thinking how lucky we were to get to see these beautiful mountains.

Eventually we made it to the 5 and then made our way south to Carlsbad.  I was starting to stress out, would we find a parking spot, get our bibs & hit the port-o-potties and be there in time to start the race?

We found a parking spot, jogged over to the starting area, I picked up the bibs for Sean & I, he was jogging just a touch slower than me ;), understandably so after finishing a 100k less than 12 hours before.

We then jogged over to the start area, where we immediately saw Kristina & Josh, we said a quick hello & headed immediately to the bathrooms.  We made it & even were there in time to hear the National Anthem.

Last year Kristina & I were racing around this course trying to get PRs or close to them.  I managed to go under 25 minutes for the first time last year.  This year we were both like, I don’t know how this is going to go.  I told her I might not be able to keep up and she said the same thing lol.

But off we went.  I started out really easy at least compared to last year, lol, when I was weaving in and out of all sorts of other runners.  This year I didn’t have a real goal but just wanted to do my best.

The first section has a few little bumps that feel like hills and then you make the turn.  I was feeling pretty good as I made my way down to the turnaround.

I hit the first mile then made the turn to go back the way I just came around 1.4 miles.  I missed the aid station, I was pretty thirsty, but it was only 3 miles so I just kept moving.

I started to feel like my legs were really tired so I know I started slowing down around the 2 mile mark.  We eventually started seeing the leaders and I was just saying to myself, keep moving, it’s only 3 miles, don’t walk.  I was waiting for the next turn, where was it? Finally we came up to the turn.  I made it and felt like I was going soooo slow, willing myself to keep running, not much longer now, less than a mile.

Then I heard Sean call my name! I turned, thinking I probably looked like death & Sean took my photo.  I thought these photos were going to reflect how I felt, but they actually didn’t look too bad, lol.

Seeing Sean gave me a little boost and I continued moving towards the Carlsbad sign and the final turn.  I hit the turn and did my best to speed up, it was tough, let me tell you.  I don’t believe I’m smiling in the photos at the finish lol, which was a shame because they had free photos!!

But I did managed to hang on to get a 8:31 avg pace which for these days was a significant effort. I was about 3 minutes faster than the LA Big 5k so that was a good sign.

For the second year in a row, Kristina finished just behind me.  I kept thinking she would pass me, but she was hanging on just like I was, lol.

Sean finished a few minutes later, I was able to wait for him & see a few other friends in the meantime.

We got a quick snack, some coffee & then headed to meet the Arete ladies by the packet pick-up.  Most of them were running in either the 30 – 39 or  2o – 29 age groups.  I think I was the only one who ran in the masters group this race.

We got a few photos & then they took off for a quick warm-up run.  We headed to the finish area to wait to watch the next race.

It’s pretty exciting and we would have loved to have stayed to watch the elites but we were exhausted so we said good-bye to all our friends and headed to Plant Power for some lunch before heading home.

Some of the cool things about this years race, free photos, Meb was taking photos with runners at the finish.  I wish I had know there were free photos because I would have gotten a pic but I didn’t really want to pay for them.  We didn’t pick up our shirts, although they were  a nice design, we just have so many race shirts we don’t wear.