Halloween Awesomeness: The Teal Pumpkin Project

  Halloween approaches!  I love Halloween because it’s a chance to be creative with costumes and decorations, and a chance to get to know your neighbors better as people open their doors to trick-or-treators. But for some, Halloween is a scary holiday for real.  Millions of people (an estimated 15 million in the United States) have food allergies, and some of them are deadly.  For children trick-or-treating with food allergies, there are a lot of



Mizuno Running Shoes Now Vegan!

  Great news for my fellow runners – Mizuno running shoes are now vegan!  They used to use animal adhesives, which required boiling down animal hides or connective tissues (depending on the glue type) to use in the glue.  After watching Vegucated, I realized how much animals suffer and how unnecessary that suffering is.  We don’t need to use animal products in glues, there are lots of alternatives.  Brooks running shoes have been vegan for



Recipe: The Best Breakfast Sandwich I’ve Ever Had

You don’t have to be vegan to know that grabbing a bacon egg and cheese sandwich on an english muffin every morning on your way to work is a BAD idea. Finding a healthy but satisfying breakfast sandwich was a bit of a challenge. I like hummus and tomato on an english muffin sprinkled with fresh dill, but that wasn’t high enough in calories or protein for Greg.  We needed something that had enough protein



Running the kids to school

I ran Andrew to school this morning to get a few miles in, and it was a great start to the day. It was so nice to be out in the sunshine running instead of in the car – suddenly my commute was an enjoyable and purposeful part of my day. I’m hoping to do this more often – I have hesitated to do it because Will and Andrew have drop off at the same



Run Long, Travel Strong!

I’m excited because for the first time, EVER, I’m going to spend a weekend in a beautiful city as a running tourist! Greg is going on a business trip, and on his way back he connects through Paris where I’m meeting him for a few days, no kids. (YIKES!)  We’ve been together once before, our last vacation as a couple before I became pregnant with Will.  I loved it.  It was beautiful.  Heaven for someone



The First Run After A Big Race

I love the first run after any big race, because there’s no pressure.  You’ve run your big event.  There’s no pressure to go fast, or far, you’re just there to ease back into your running routine.  You can go wherever you like, as fast or slow as you like, as long or short as you like. It’s beautiful, and it helps me remember what I love about running. You might wonder why, if I enjoy



How I Define “Good” Food

  When I was in college, finding a good buy at the grocery store meant anything cheap or on sale.  (When my grandparents sent me birthday money, I used it to upgrade my food purchases.) Being a grown up with stable finances has a lot of benefits, and food is one of the biggest ones.  I love that a “good buy” now means something a lot more to me than price.  I feel extremely privileged



Picture Your Post-Race Celebration While You Train & Race

  I like to picture my post-race celebration while I train for a big event, while I run the big event, and any time I need a little extra motivation during my running journey. Having a little celebration ritual planned helps keep the end of a race from feeling anti-climactic.  Without any planning, you can find yourself rushing home after a race to shower and get lunch on the table like it’s any other day.



3 Kid-Approved School Lunches

Will is in his second year at his Montessori preschool, which means he has lunch-bunch three days a week!  I love the extra special time I have with Andrew on those days.  I don’t love waking up in the morning wondering what I’m going to pack him for lunch! To keep me motivated and inspired, I’m making fun school lunches into a personal challenge.  I’m hoping to pack three lunches each week that are a



Why I Tell My Kid The Truth

Will, my four year old, used to ask me questions that would make me freeze in my tracks because I wasn’t sure how to respond to them.  FYI – “Hang on, let me read the chapter in this parenting book in search of age-appropriate responses to questions about bodily functions, I’ll get back to you on that” is NOT a valid response. Sometimes I don’t want to tell him the truth, because I don’t like