• Running and Fitness

    Lessons learned.

    I raced a half-marathon the other weekend as a tune-up race for my upcoming marathon. I didn’t set any high expectations for myself- I really just wanted to treat it as a marathon-pace training run. That’s easier said than done! I tend to get caught up in the festive atmosphere and always end up pushing myself a little bit harder than I probably should. That being said, I really enjoyed the race, set a 2-minute 2018 PR of 1:35:00, and it taught me some lessons that I will take with me going into my first marathon later this month: Don’t start too fast. Duh. I should know this by now.…

  • Recipes

    Vegan Essentials: Cashew Tzatziki

    Here is my second “vegan essentials” installment! Everybody loves tzatziki, but vegan and dairy-free folks often go without. Not anymore, with my vegan tzatziki sauce that tastes as good as, if not better than, the “real” thing! Cashews provide the dreamy, creamy base for this tangy, salty, and fresh-tasting tzatziki sauce that plays well with veggie burgers, kebabs, and all Mediterranean dishes! Cashew Tzatziki Servings: 1 1/2 cups Time: 5 minutes + 4 hours soaking time for cashews Cuisine: Vegan, Plant-based Ingredients: 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for a minimum of 4 hours and drained 1/2 cup filtered water 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cloves garlic 3/4 tsp…

  • Recipes

    Tempeh Chorizo

    This tempeh chorizo is guaranteed to please vegans and omnivores alike! It’s intensely flavourful and can stand in for the “real thing” on pizza, breakfast burritos and sandwiches, quesadillas, salads, and more! Rich in complete protein and without a single processed ingredient, I can’t think of a healthier (or more delicious!) faux meat! 

  • Running and Fitness

    How to be proud of a slower race

    I recently ran my slowest half marathon, but I was actually quite proud of the result and it led me to reflect on why I feel that way and how you, too, might find ways to be proud of a slower race time. I ran my first three half marathons progressively faster: 1:31 in 2011, 1:26 in 2013, and 1:25 in 2014. Unfortunately, a stress fracture forced me to take an extended break from running following my 2014 PR.