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Week 3: Granola makes me happy…

13 Jul

Week 3 of training for the Montreal 1/2 marathon brings with it some pretty intense runs. I’m going to be honest here, i have never run 4.8 km (3 miles) steadily, without breaking into a walk midway. My training schedule had me slated for a 3 mile run on Sunday, as well as Monday and Thursday of this week. I’m not going to lie; i was nervous.

As i departed from the warm comfort of my home, where my B was still snuggled comfortably amidst the sheets, i thought to myself “Wow, Sara, you’re running at 8AM on a Sunday morning. You’re wacko.” However, as i comfortably settled into a nice jog, i found myself loving the crisp morning air, relishing in the small rays of sunlight poking out through the clouds, and becoming entranced by the sound my feet made as they hit the pavement. As i passed fellow joggers, we exchanged small smiles, as if we were all in this together, part of some special club of AM wackos. I found myself loving the feel of my body slowly waking up from fingertips down to toes as my pace quickened. I’d be lying if i said the 3 miles flew by effortlessly, but i was able to complete the whole run without slowing down to a walk!

As i embarked on my second 3 mile run yesterday, knowing that i was able to complete the distance Sunday made the run so much less intimidating. I again completed the 3 mile run at a steady pace, without stopping to walk, and on top of that, i beat Sunday’s time by a handful of seconds! As a long-time asthma sufferer whose symptoms pretty much disappeared once i took up yoga, i am surprised my lungs are not causing me discomfort. Not once in my training have i felt wheezy or short of breath. As i run, i keep remembering my yogic breathing, which helps sustain my pace throughout my runs.

On the food front, i’ve been going nutso for granola. My new breakfast fix has been a huge bowl of granola goodness, made with Sunburst granola found at Fleur Sauvage. This granola contains rolled oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, pure vanilla, raisins, almonds and no artificial un-pronounceable stuff! The flax and chia seeds sustain me throughout my morning, and the dried fruit give me that little burst of sweetness i sometimes crave in the AM.

Breakfast Bowl of Awesome

Ingredients:

1 cup berries (i’ve been using strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)

1/3 cup granola

a small handful dried fruit (apricots!! YUM!)

1/2 cup non-dairy milk, or more if you like your granola soft

Directions:

Throw fruit, granola and dried fruit in a bowl. Pour milk over mixture and enjoy!

I’ve also taken to sprinkling some extra flax seeds on top, to boost the nutritional content, though if your granola contains flax seeds already, you’re good to go!

In case you’d like to support me in my efforts, please head on over to my personal fundraising page. Please remember that PETA’s research and investigations team needs all the help they can get to fight for animal rights not only in the food industry, but also when it comes to pet abuse and neglect, inhumane treatment in the entertainment and circus industry, as well as in the medical experiment and clothing industry. You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to support their efforts, and any money you can spare will go a long way!

The Compassionate marathon runner? T-88 days…

29 Jun

About a year and a half ago, i came up with this crazy idea that it would be really cool to run a marathon. I’m not sure what i was thinking; as a long-time asthma sufferer, i sometimes can’t even walk up a flight of stairs on a humid day without gasping for air. Endurance is a concept that is as foreign to me as bacon cheeseburgers. (yuck!) But for some reason, the idea has stuck, and months later, i still have the desire to be able to say “Ya, i ran a marathon, no biggie.” As luck would have it, a week or two ago, PETA sent out a call for all runners to sign up to their PETA Pack, an international team of runners competing in half marathons in the fall of 2011 throughout the world. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to set out on accomplishing my goal, seeing as i should probably start with running a half marathon before tackling the mother of all races. As part of PETA Pack, I can now run with a purpose, for a cause greater than just patting myself on the back at the finish line… though i will pat myself on the back at the end, i can assure you! I felt the opportunity was perfect, so i signed up to run the Montreal Oasis half marathon on September 25th, as part of the PETA Pack. PETA will set me up with a complete training schedule, a t-shirt, and a fundraising page, and i can train and raise money for an awesome cause!

This whole half marathon idea scares the living daylights out of me. I have a feeling this undertaking will push me to some scary limits, both mentally and physically, seeing as i have never really been a runner. But there’s no time like the present to push your limits, right? I’ve decided, as a newbie half-marathon runner, to document my weekly progress and training here, so i can share my accomplishments, my failures, my roadblocks and awkward first-timer stories for the next 13 weeks.

And what would a blog post be on this page without the mention of FOOD! I aim to fill my plate and the pages of this blog with awesome vegan recipes for energizing, delicious food to keep me going throughout my training.

If you’ve got some extra change lying around and would like to sponsor me in my efforts to end animal cruelty, you can do so here: http://www2.peta.org/site/TR/Events/PETAsOnlineCommunity?px=2909955&pg=personal&fr_id=1081

If you are a runner and are looking for a friend in the Montreal area to run with you, let me know!

Wish me luck, everyone! Training starts Friday!