Friday Five: Five Ways to Share the Running Love

I’m excited to link-up with DC area bloggers Courtney at Eat Pray Run DCCynthia at You Signed Up for What?!, and Mar at Mar on the Run again today! This week’s theme is 5 ways to share the running love.

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  1. Encourage a friend to run: Prick others with the running bug! Recruit a new running partner. Find someone else to chat with about your weekly mileage and daily splits. Share that running love in its most purest form by encouraging someone new to run! My enthusiasm for running inspired my father to pick up his running shoes again this spring, and he’s deeply considering running the Navy Air Force Half Marathon alongside me. On a more daily basis, I encourage my boyfriend during his training for this month’s Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon, and I can’t wait to see him cross that finish line. Whether you’re inspiring a new runner or just assuring a veteran that they got this, encouraging your friends to embrace this thing keeps the love flowing.
  2. Share a gift: I don’t know about you, but I’ve been know to be inspired by the occasional material good in the name of running. I recently purchase the Believe Training Journal, and it keeps me accountable to my training (it’s satisfying to write in your workout) while giving me a place to look back on past weeks and check in on my progress. I love looking back now and reading about accomplishing each new mile.
  3. Cheerlead others: It can be easy to compare your training or workouts to others, whether you read about them in their blogs or see it on social media, but we need to remember that we are all in different parts on our running journey. Some of us are just starting out, and others have made progress over a series of years. There are a few who are just speedsters and high mileagers from the start, but we must acknowledge that they are just not normal 🙂 Haha! But in all seriousness, throw a little good juju out in the world. Cheer on each other’s accomplishments, big and small, and you’ll be surprised how good you feel about it too! Kindness and support are easy to give and happily received.
  4. Join a running group: This is something I have not done yet, but it’s on my to-do list to do this spring/summer. I know there are a wealth of groups in Washington, D.C., and I’m sure my boyfriend would be happy if I shared my enthusiasm for running with other similarly-minded people from time to time. I’m sure it’s a also a great way to meet new people in this city!
  5. Don’t go overboard: Finally (and maybe most importantly), it’s good to know when to reign things in. Sure, I support the right to unabashedly love what you love! Why try and hide it? But I can practically see my loved ones’ eyes glaze over when I’m gushing about running for too long. Sometimes it’s good to know when to share and when to talk about something else too! No need to alienate the non-runners in your life.

How do you like to share the running love?

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Running on Veggies’ Pre-Workout Blueberry Maca Muffins

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This week I made Running on Veggies‘ Pre-Workout Blueberry Maca Muffins! After traveling, there are few things that make me feel settled again like a full fridge and if possible…a fresh batch of homemade something. These baked goods have the added bonus of serving as delicious fuel before a hard run. As Lottie points out, they’re also easily portable so I’ll be packing a few for Alex before his half marathon in Virginia later this month or for the RNR Savannah this fall.


Lottie breaks down the purpose of each ingredient in her blog:

  1. Oats: quick digesting carb it wont sit in your stomach for hours.
  2. Chia Seeds: If you ever read the book Born to Run you know how important chia seeds are! They ran for hours, fueled by chia seeds. This super seed is loaded with healthy fats to keep your stomach from grumbling, plus they expand in your stomach keeping you hydrated!
  3. Maca: A superfood known for its amazing ability to help with endurance and stamina. I purchased my maca from Thrive Market for over half off 
  4. Bananas: A great source of potassium to keep your legs from cramping and it is also perfect fuel if you have tummy issues
  5. Almond Milk: Because I’m not a fan of dairy products and love the nutty flavor of almond milk, oh and hey it has tons of calcium, because healthy bones are everything to me!! (if you have nut allergies i’v made these muffins with orange juice and coconut milk both worked great)
  6. Apple Sauce: Instead of oil, keeping this muffin really low in fat. Because fat takes energy to digest, so lets not waste energy digesting food! Plus it gives the muffin a slightly sweet taste.
  7. Blueberries: Yum no explanation needed. Okay I had to– Antioxidants

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I topped the muffins with flax seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut and a slice of a banana because I can get a little carried away with the toppings from my pantry. It may take a little bit from the pre-workout purpose, but they taste great 🙂

What do you eat as a pre-workout snack? Would you make these?