This running playlist has me pumped, hungry friends! I haven't shared one of my running playlists in quite a while, but it used to be a regular thing here on Hungry Runner. When I decided that I wanted to keep blogging after a short break from it earlier this year, I thought about why I started and what I originally loved about it so much.
One of those things was being able to share my running playlists because I truly, genuinely enjoyed finding the best running songs and curating them into a kick-butt running playlist that really had me amped to run. That musical motivation was key to keeping my running routine consistent in those early days when I first started running.
You know, putting this guide together for the second time (see here for more gifts that are still great for runners from last year's guide) made me realize that shopping for runners is pretty damn easy. I was surprised at how simple it was to find 20 gifts in all categories and price ranges that pretty much any runner would be thrilled to receive.
Of course, I did have some help this year! Last year, my list was completely made up of items that I have been using in my own running endeavors over the years. But this year I wanted to expand beyond that. Some of these items I do use and LOVE, some of these items have been on my radar lately, and some of these items were recommended by you, my dear readers! In particular, I asked y'all on Instagram what your favorite hydration packs and wireless earbuds are because these are two items I'm currently in the market for and I was curious what everyone else was using.
Welcome to the very first installment of the #ItsARunnerThing Q&A! This is a new series on Hungry Runner where each month we’ll hear from a new runner to find out what makes them tick, what inspires them and what they love most about this crazy, incredible sport. This month’s guest is Anna Wildman. Anna is a food and fitness blogger, podcaster, and marathoner. When she’s not writing, you can find her running, cooking or scoping out the newest vegan spots in New York City and beyond. Today she’s sharing what motivates her (even when she doesn’t feel like running), what she wishes more people knew about vegan diets, and some BIG life changes she has in the near future. Read on to learn more!
When I started running, I knew nothing except how to tie my shoes and put one foot in front of the other. And to be honest, I could barely do that. Finishing one lap around the track was truly a struggle for me. I was a total newbie in every single way, but I decided that I would just get started and figure it out along way. And that approach is fine. I'm still here. I've finished 2 full marathons and I'm currently training for my 8th half marathon. But if I could do it all over again, there are maybe just a few things I wish I had known about before I got started. A few simple tips like the ones I'm about to share probably could've helped me avoid some mistakes, like developing super painful shin splints and sometimes feeling frustrated with my training.
I have a love-hate relationship with salads. Do I always want to choose a salad at lunch or dinner? No. Do I usually end up enjoying them? Yes. And I especially enjoy them when they have a lot of extra crunch and both sweet and savory flavors all mixed in, like this honey-roasted almond and honey crisp apple salad. Whenever I whip this recipe up for lunch, I'm always satisfied afterward. In fact, because of the combo flavor palette I even look forward to it!
Hi hungry friends! Happy fall! The weather here in the Philly area is FINALLY starting to cool down and that means running is becoming more and more comfortable and less and less sweaty. Woohoo! Since Mark and I made the move to the Philly area in May, I’ve been blogging on and off and also updating social media on and off. With moving and getting used to working my job remotely and taking care of a new puppy and getting to know our new hometown, I was not only feeling slightly overwhelmed, but unsure of whether I wanted to keep blogging. It was a strange feeling and I was feeling guilty and confused, but I decided to just accept it and sit with it for a bit so I could just trust my instincts and see where they would take me. And low and behold, here I am back on the blog!
Mark and I just got back from a hike in Valley Forge National Historic Park. Today was quite literally a perfect summer day here in the Philly the area. Sunny, not too cloudy, almost no humidity and a high of about 75. We couldn't let a day like that pass by without spending most of it outside. Plus, we just genuinely love Valley Forge and there are so many great trails to explore there. Today we hiked about 3 miles on the Mount Joy trails. Could I ask for a better summer Sunday? Nope, don't think so. In addition to exploring new things here in Philly, we've also been exploring new recipes. One of them being this slow-cooker eggplant and cauliflower vegetable curry recipe.