Monthly Archives: February 2011

Anthem 5k 2011

This past Saturday, I participated in my fourth consecutive Anthem 5k, the very first race I ran back in 2008. It’s amazing to think of how many 5k races I have completed since then (not to mention the longer ones!) and hard to believe I was back at this one for the fourth time already. Time really does fly! This year, there were also more than 10,000 participants for the first time ever :)

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We took our usual starting place, right in the middle of the crowd!

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Saturday morning it was cold. This race is always cold. I think in 2008 it might’ve been in the 40’s, but I’m pretty sure every year since then we’ve been near freezing at the start. And even though I am the self proclaimed “Queen of Layering” I could’ve used a bit more on the legs and feet. They were pretty numb for the first half mile!

The rest of the race was kind of a blur. I felt like I kept a pretty good pace throughout. Not my fastest but still good considering I have not been running frequently and for how numb I was at the start. I was also dealing with some lower back pain which has now thankfully subsided :)

Before I knew it…I could see the finish line!

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I actually took this on my way back to the car! And cheered on some runners and walkers on their way to the finish :)

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I finished the Anthem 5k in 30 minutes, 40 seconds. I did not have a blog when I completed this race in 2008, but this is the EXACT same time I finished in that year as well. So now of course, I have had “Feels like the first time…” in my head ever since.

I will admit it. I teared up a bit when I finished. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been running, how many races you’ve ran (or walked!), the distances you’ve covered…there is just something special about completing a race. Any race. In any time.

It made me think of a post I read on The Anti-Jared, where he commented on a post written by a runner who thought that someone having a “3.1” sticker was silly.

Every race is a BIG deal. In two weeks, I will run a 10k, then two weeks after that a 10-miler. Then a month later, a half marathon. But this 5k is still very special to me and I am freaking proud of it.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Louisville Vegetarian Club meets again!

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I last posted a meeting announcement, but this coming Saturday, February 26th, the Louisville Vegetarian Club will be meeting at Cumberland Brews starting at 1:00 p.m.

Check out the invite on Facebook and RSVP if you wish to attend!

This month’s discussion will be led by Andrew, who has a food blog of his own, Jolly Green’s Kitchen :) The topic is “Vegan on the Cheap” and I’m really looking forward to learning some new ways to save money while eating a vegan diet.

So many people assume that healthy, vegetarian or vegan means expensive. Sometimes that is true, especially if you rely on a lot of processed foods. But there are ways around it and the benefits of a healthy diet will save you money in the long run.

If you are in the Louisville area and you are currently vegetarian, vegan or an omnivore interested in the vegan diet, come on out and join us!

Fleur de Lis Cafe, Take 2

I first visited this restaurant with a group of friends back in September. I was really impressed with the food and of course the half priced bottles of wine :)

This time, I had a Living Social coupon that I needed to use, so my friend Courtney and I decided to hit the place up for lunch after some shopping in the Highlands.

Yes, the vegan options are limited but I was grateful that they at least have them. Plus there are a few things on the menu that could be “veganized” if need be.

For lunch, I ordered the Vegan Muffaletta:

Fleur de lisFor my side I got a “side salad” which was a funny name because it was huge!

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The food was really delicious and the service was just as good. Since we had a Living Social coupon we did not have to pay much for the meal but we sure did tip the waiter well. :)

I just love the place, it’s atmosphere is cute and cozy, they have good food and good service. They weren’t very busy when we first got there, but it picked up and we always had enough of everything we needed.

My only complaint? They really need to update their website. Their menu is far more vast than what appears online!

Happy Thursday :)

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Gearing up for racing season

Hi friends! Holy heck, where has the time gone?

I still have a few race recaps to share with you that I participated in this past Fall and Winter, but a more pressing topic is that Spring racing season has arrived! This Saturday, I will be running in my 4th consecutive Anthem 5k, which holds a very special place in my heart…it was my first race ever.

I had just starting running in September of 2007 and built myself up to 30 minutes, then gradually started working on distance. In early March of 2008, I crossed my very first finish line as a runner. It was probably one of the proudest moments of my life, the first of many. It helped me fall in love with racing.

But this year, I feel like a seasoned veteran and there is a good feeling that comes with that too. I am not anxious or worried about anything. I’m ready for any weather, any crowd (heard there are over 9,000 registered so far!), I already know where the bathrooms are, etc. Now I am just ready to go have fun running 3.1 miles.

The Anthem 5k is also exciting because it kicks off the Louisville Triple Crown of Running, which is three races: the 5k, the 10k and the 10-miler. This will also be my 4th consecutive 10-miler, but only my third 10k, as I missed that race last year when I was out of town.

All of these races lead up to the big one, which for me this year is once again the Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon. Someday I hope to do a full marathon but not quite yet ;-)

What are your racing plans for the Spring? Please share!

Free lunch!

After a really sweaty workout, I decided to check out a health fair taking place on campus. It was geared mostly toward students but they were happy to see staff people there too :)

I am so glad that I went because I ended up getting free food!

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This veggie wrap was unbelievably tasty and impressive. I can’t remember the last time I actually found real, good vegan food at a health fair (sadly).

The wrap, along with some hummus and pita chips (not pictured) ended up being my lunch, instead of the veggie burger that has been in the freezer at work going on two days now ;-)

We also got some free snacks for later!

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I ended up having the apple with some peanut butter for a snack just now :)

It never gets old

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I still remember the time a few years ago that I decided to try peanut butter in my oats (another great thing that came from reading other blogs). It was so good that I can’t remember how I ate them before!

Oats with fruit & peanut butter is a breakfast that works well for me because it’s cheap, easy to make, delicious and it doesn’t matter where I am — if they’ve got hot water, I can make it work :)

I ate this at my desk this morning. I used to eat breakfast at 6 a.m. but have found that if I wait until I get to work, not only do I get more done at home in the mornings and also am not starving by lunch time.

Happy Tuesday friends!

Miss me?

I’ve had a few friends recently share with me that they miss seeing the things I eat every day. While I have no intention of going back to posting every morsel that goes in my mouth, I do miss taking the pictures and it gave me a bit of a blogging confidence boost, knowing that I’ve been missed :)

So, here you go. My snack plate from a party we had at work today.

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Two kinds of hummus, pita slices, chips, salsa, veggies and tabbouleh. Yum!

This shall be part of my lunch today :)

Oh and I may have had this too, since I made them.

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Happy Monday!

“Cooking for Friends and Lovers” e-book

I am very happy to announce that my friend Lindsay over at Cook.Vegan.Lover has released her second e-book: “Cooking for Friends & Lovers.”

I got to be a tester for a handful of these recipes, which was really exciting! I had planned to share on this blog before the release, but believe me when I say that there are some amazing and creative recipes in this book that you must try!

My favorite was probably the banana protein pancakes with agave glazed berries, but I really did like everything I tested. I will post pictures soon but in the meantime, go check out Lindsay’s post and support her by purchasing this amazing e-book!

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