The Hard Cider Run Returns!

Feels like I’m a little late to the game, but we’re registered for the upcoming Gettysburg Hard Cider Run! This race is a must on our list of semi-local races.  The course has its challenges, from steep inclines to rapid descents… not to mention running through a vineyard, it is 100% awesome.

Speaking of 100% awesome, if you’d like to register, be sure to sign up HERE and join in the fun. Let us know if you’re going to be there and we’ll be sure to have some cider with you!


These are a few of my favorite things – Part II

Race day is a very exciting day, in my early experience I would show up, dressed and ready to run.  Part way through the race, I was itching for an aid station for a drink, or some boost to keep me going.  This would often slow me down – ever try to grab a water from an aid station with hundreds of other runners?  Yeah, no thanks.  It wasn’t until I started to prepare for my races that I really started to enjoy the process.  Arriving prepared, not just in gear alone, can make a race day experience so much better.  5K races I generally treat as fun runs without much fuss, but on long-distance runs, and races over the 10-mile mark I generally start to think about fuel on the go.

Please keep in mind these product reviews are entirely my own, my own experiences, tastes, preferences, and do not express the views of the manufacturer. Please proceed with caution, individual results will vary.  While I have an ambassadorship with Honey Stinger, the best in sports fuel in the industry, I developed this list prior to joining them so there is a bit of a variety.

In this post, I want to focus on two things: Gel and Hydration Race necessities.
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This week in FOOD

Since my last post we’ve been busy cooking up all kinds of awesomeness in the kitchen. And by “we”, I mean my wife- shout out to her for constantly changing the game, finding and creating amazing dish after dish.

First up, let me pause and praise the Holy Enchilada Spirit for bestowing upon us this greatness. These Venison Salsa Verde Enchiladas did not last long in our house.

Look at this amazing dish! Black beans and a homemade Mex-mix paired well with our enchiladas. I went the extra mile and topped mine with some Green Chile sauce I scored at Trader Joe’s! Recipe can be found on the Beyond 24 Days blog: Venison Chili Verde Enchiladas

Next up, and if you didn’t know by now, BREAKFAST is clutch and this Vegan Pancake recipe we found takes the crown as king. I think I mentioned this before, but we are 90% Vegetarians that dabble in vegan meals and on occasion consume meal (that’s another topic altogether). With that said, yes, those are eggs accompanying our vegan pancakes.

For the recipe, and ingredients for the amazing Apple Compote that topped those delicious flap jacks, check out the post on Dairy and Egg-Free Pancakes for more details.

Last up is an amazing vegan tetrazzini chock full of awesomeness. The mushrooms and peas in the masterpiece made the dish pop. I had warmed these leftovers for lunch after our long run and couldn’t think of a more satisfying and delicious meal.

For the recipe rundown and more, check the post Vegan Tetrazzini

As always, thanks for looking! And remember if you have some recipes you’d like to share, please feel free to comment below!

Honey Stinger Ambassador

First off, Thank you Honey Stinger for allowing me to represent your brand. I’m beyond stoked for this opportunity and already planning out the rest of my year. I look forward to sharing my experiences with your products with everyone I meet. That is the short and sweet of things. [Insert celebratory shouting and fireworks here]

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Do speed workouts work? Do they?

While cruising through my Insta feed I see people adding speed workouts to their training. I’ve always wondered if it actually helps. I’m more of a slow and steady runner, focused more on distance than actual speed… or so I tell myself. While covering longer distances is the end goal, I still obsess over my time. In the peak of my running 8:40 min/miles were about my average pace but at a cost. I could maintain that speed but I would end up tweaking my back and resorting to slower running for months afterward, nursing pulled back muscles.

Back in December in decided to push my luck. Not being content with 9:30 min/miles I decided to push myself and really try to break back into the high 8’s. I ended up pulling my lower back muscles and ruining my holiday by not being able to move without intense stabbing pain. So I took a break.

After a brief recovery hiatus, I returned to running a little disheartening to find my average pace was in the high 9:00 min/mile range. Knowing I needed to make a change I decided strength training would be necessary, focusing on the muscle groups I would so often damage. But, that left me to question, which comes first – Cardio or Weights?
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It’s all about the FOOD!

If you’ve been following me along on Instagram, you’ll notice I post food every-so-often – and so far it’s been absent-mindedly posted without any regard to recipes, etc. That all changes after today, because food and nutrition are so important to me, I figured it’s time we start to share everything.  Well, maybe not everything.

One thing to note, while we are not Vegan, we do make and eat a lot of Vegan meals. This is largely in part of my lactose intolerance – I can’t have any dairy products, so we’ve found it easiest to just go with vegan recipes since most vegetarian dishes include some milk-based products. Also note: We only consume meat twice a week, so we are plant-based around 80% of the time.

First up on the Instagram are these Curried Salmon Cakes. We love our roasted veggies, so it’s only fitting that we pair this up with some roasted cauliflower, and some NearEast brand rice. The salmon was canned, so it tasted more like tuna fish – with a bite! So the list of ingredients and brief write-up, check out: Curried Salmon Cakes

Second on the gram, Korean BBQ Lentils! We love lentils, and we love the taste of this dish, so flavorful, so rich – honestly, I couldn’t get enough. Being primarily plant-based, I can fill up on these meals and not have any sort of weighted or bloated feeling in my belly.  I eat until I’m full, and I find meals with Lentils offer a healthy balance. Naturally, we paired this up with some brown rice, and roasted asparagus (my favorite). Find this recipe here: Korean BBQ Lentils

Last, but not least is this decedent Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato. Let’s pause and just take it all in. Just look at that roasted sweet potato, those fresh berries, the homemade granola and oats with that amazing peanut butter drizzle. This would have made for a super filling breakfast, so we chose to eat it for dinner instead. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my breakfast foods, but this one is so hearty, I can’t imagine eating this for breakfast – it’s a brunch/dinner meal if you ask me. Find the rundown here: Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potato