vegan 4 a day
yesterday on a whim i decided to join katy and michelle by participating in this one-day vegan challenge. i have never photographed all of my food before, and now i know that i never EVER will — once a day is more than enough for me! but it was a fun challenge to participate in and i’m glad they came up with the idea. here’s how it went . . .
it started off super-easy, because my typical breakfast choices are already vegan or close to it. i normally have either an english muffin with peanut (or almond) butter and some sort of fruit, or oatmeal with the same accompaniments. i make my oats with water (and salt) so no substitutions were necessary for this pre-run meal.
of course, i also had some coffee. again, no subs needed here, as i take it black normally. incidentally, my favorite coffee ever is the 365 brand colombian. it’s fairly inexpensive and sounds no-frills, but every time i try anything else i find myself yearning for the original.
a quick search though my bar stash revealed that honest foods bars are vegan! i have yet to post a formal review, but i absolutely LOVE the square bars — they are chewy and taste like wholesome-but-tasty cookies.
as an aside, like kath, i found that the plank i tried tasted very off and had a stale texture — and as you see in this post, the company stated that they did have problems with their recent batch. i plan on writing them to see if they will send me some replacements as well.
anyway, i toted an almond honest food square and some water mixed with a few ounces of OJ (homemade gatorade) to snack on throughout my 20 mile run.
i’m very happy with how my 20 mile run went yesterday! psychologically, i knew the run was very important — if it was terrible, i would wind up very anxious and negative about the marathon, which is never a good thing.
instead, it was pretty glorious. i did feel ready to finish when i was done, but i think it’s because i did my last 6 miles at a pretty fast (for me) clip. i just have to remember not to kick into that gear in the real race until at least mile 22 or 23.
here’s my polar, looking all victorious:
mile 1 9:18
mile 2 8:52
mile 3 9:02
mile 4 9:08
mile 5 9:28
mile 6 9:06
mile 7 9:00 ( + ~2 minute fuel break)
mile 8 9:12
mile 9 9:06
mile 10 9:08
mile 11 9:08
mile 12 9:25
mile 13 8:43
mile 14 8:34 ( + ~2 minute fuel break)
mile 15 8:53
mile 16 8:48
mile 17 8:45
mile 18 8:41
mile 19 8:23
mile 20 8:18