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SURPRISE! I thought I didn’t want to run this again?!


So, one year ago I celebrated finishing the third leg (10 miles) of the Vermont City Marathon Relay, having run with a 3-person turned 2-person relay team (I ran the 10 mile leg). I enjoyed the race, my legs felt amazingly good, and I toasted never having to run the race again. Done and done.

Apparently my resolve only lasted a year. Same friend; another teammate shortage; same outcome—I’m running. This time I ran the 1/2 Marathon relay. So once again I find myself running a road race—not overly excited about running on the roads, but adequately trained and coming to realize that diversifying the type of running is probably best for your overall fitness.

Our combined-relay time was just under 3:30. Dharma ran a 1:41 and I ran a 1:45; not my best half marathon but certainly nowhere near my worst. It demonstrates to me that even with a small amount of training I can drop into a half marathon and do decently well. It also helped that I wore my “Strong Hearts Vegan Power” shirt—this always gets me lots of cheers and provides a real morale boast.


I’d say that I’m not going to run this ever again, but we know how far that got me last time.

Strong Hearts Vegan Super Power—The Ragnar Adventure

You might have noticed a new icon show up at the bottom of our blog, saying “Strong Hearts Vegan Power.” Well last year a group of vegans, sponsored by Strong Hearts Cafe in Syracuse, got together and ran the Adirondack Ragnar Race in NY. As it was right across the lake from me I really wished I could have been a part of it, but I just enjoyed hearing about and looking at pictures and video of the event. It looked amazing.

Then I heard that Strong Hearts was going to put together another team to run Ragnar Cape Cod in May 2015.

When the call went out for runners I was on board. No matter what.

To my delight I was one of the runners chosen. But we won’t just have one team—we’re going to have three teams for a total of 36 vegan runners taking on the challenge of spreading the message of veganism…and kicking ass while doing it! Blam-o! Now we have a whole website for the Strong Hearts Vegan Power team where you can check out the bios of all the runners (including me) and read about our primary cause, The Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Image from last year’s Ragnar in the ADKs

But there was is that little thing about having a baby. It will only be a few months after Nut gets here, so I wanted to make sure  Katie and I were on the same page with me committing to the race. We talked and decided that I should go ahead with running my little heart out (and that maybe she might be able to come along for a family vaca!). So right now the plan is for me to run the race, though who the hell knows what is going to happen in the coming months?!

There will me more posts to come. This one was meant to share this awesome news with everyone and then, since the goal to run is out there, to motivate myself into gear and get training.

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