I couldn’t be more excited about this week’s WIAW for two reasons: (1) I leave for Vancouver TOMORROW and (2) I get to celebrate the awesomeness that is about to go down this weekend with you guys by teaming up with Vega for a GIVEAWAY!

In this week’s Marathon Monday post I talked about some race tips.  One of the biggest for me is #3 Keep your diet consistent.  This week has been pretty basic for me meal-wise so I don’t have any fancy photos for you today.  A day of eating has been looking a little something like this:

Breakfast/post-run: smoothie

Lunch: chickpea salad sandwich + side of fruit or veggies

Dinner: maple balsamic tofu with quinoa + salad

Snacks: chips and salsa, spoonfuls of PB, handfuls of chocolate chips (don’t judge)

With the race on Saturday, my snacks will probably be a little different over the next few days.  More fruit, less chocolate.  Boooooriiiiiing.  You gotta do what you gotta do.

ANYWAY…see how it says “smoothie” for breakfast??  Lately I’ve been making the best-tasting morning post-run recovery smoothie ever.  Like EVER, ever.  I’ve already shared it on Instagram so if you follow me on there then this is old news to you.


4.6 from 5 reviews
Vega Recovery Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop Vega Recovery Accelerator
  • 1 cup coconut water (I use Zico)
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.

You can use less coconut water to make it more like an ice cream/sorbet.  Smoothies are the besssssst when they are so thick that you need to use a spoon.  I get so excited to eat this after my runs that I don’t even transfer it to a glass or bowl.  Less dishes to wash, right?! 😉


So we wanted to spread the Vega love (maybe you will try this smoothie for yourself??) and will be giving away the ultimate Vega Sport package!

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One winner will the following:  Vega Sport Sugar-Free Energizer, Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator, Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator, Vega Sport Performance Protein.

How does THAT sound?!

To enter I was going to have you guys try and predict my race time but then I started to get nervous and thought it would put a lot of pressure on me if I started getting comments like “1:35!” so yeah…scrapped that idea.  INSTEAD, tell me your favourite Vega product in the comments section below or if you haven’t tried Vega yet, tell me which product you’d be most interested to try!

Giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada. Winner will be chosen via random.org and announced nexw Wednesday, August 27th.  GOOD LUCK!


I was recently contacted by Amy, the owner and founder of Momentum.  Her and her business partner, Wendy, have blended their passion for fitness and jewelry-making experience by creating motivational, workout-friendly jewelry.  They offered to send me a motivate wrap, which has been specifically designed to be COMFORTABLE so you can wear it when you exercise.


I don’t know about you, but I can always use a little bit of extra motivation, not only while I’m exercising but also just daily reminders of why I do what I do.  There were so many inspiring sayings to choose from but I decided on ‘Love & Gratitude” because it applies to ALL the things in life.  I love running and I’m grateful that I can run.  At the same time though, Love and Gratitude are two things that I try to practice everyday whether it be at my job, at home, with family or with friends.

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Now comfort is a big thing for me, especially while I’m running.  The Momentum bracelet is made with a super soft and stretchy fabric that you can barely even feel when it’s on (comes in a few different colours too – black, olive, eggplant, red, pink).  The pendant is super lightweight and made out of aluminum so it won’t tarnish if you get it all sweaty.  Huge win.

Now for the fun part – the ladies at Momentum are giving away a wrap bracelet to one of YOU.  All you have to do is check out their site and tell me what you would get on yours if you won (just leave a comment below)!  Bonus entry if you give their Facebook page some love (and leave a separate comment for this)!

Momentum is also offering a coupon code for 15% off until July 15th: GGS158

I will announce the winner on Wednesday, April 23.  Open to residents of the US and Canada.  GOOD LUCK!


I tend to obsess about things, usually in a good way.  My current obsession: Albion Fit.  I first saw this brand reviewed on a couple of blogs and was immediately drawn to the cute, feminine details on their clothes.  They make workout clothes “pretty”.  Almost too pretty to work out in.  Almost.  

Albion was also one of the Phoenix Marathon sponsors and made the race shirts as well as tees and sweaters to purchase at the expo with fun designs on them.  I’m not sure if you remember from my race recap, but I bought one of the “Sorry, gotta run!” sweaters and it’s SO soft and comfy.

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Albion recently sent me a pair of the zig zag Summit Leggings, a Signature Hoodie, and a Love Racer tank.

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I wore the leggings over the weekend and posted a few pictures to Instagram and my personal Facebook and quite a few people actually commented on them.  I swear I am the Queen of leggings (stretchy pants FTW) and these are by far my absolutely favourite.  The zig zag pattern is just so different from anything else I own and they fit me perfectly.

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The Signature Hoodie is the exact same style/fit as the Phoenix Marathon hoodie that I bought so I knew I would love it.  It’s got THUMBHOLES and the Albion logo on the back.

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The Love Racer tank is super pretty (comes in a lot of colours, too!).  It has ruching on the sides and a built-in sports bra (with removable padding!).  The fabric is super soft (kind of reminded me of swimsuit material) and the length is perfect – not too long, not too short.  Unfortunately I ordered this tank in a size too big so I need to get another one but Emz wore it on race day (she has it in blue) so you can check her out here!

For reference: I ordered a size small in all of my items (I’m 5’5.5″) and the tank was the only thing that didn’t fit me.  The length and fit around the waist was perfect but I guess I am lacking in the boob department so there was a bit of bagginess going on.  I should have known this and ordered the tank in extra small instead.  Ya live, ya learn.

Here is the good part – Albion is giving one lucky reader the chance to win a $100 gift card!!  WHOOP WHOOP!

To enter:

1. Mandatory: Visit Albion and leave a comment below with the name of your favorite item.
2. Bonus: Pin your favourite item onto a Pinterest board and paste the link to that pin below.
3. Bonus: Tweet about the giveaway and let me know you did below.
3. Bonus: Follow Albion on Instagram (@albionfit) and tag 3 friends on my giveaway Instagram post (you can find me on IG at @the_athletarian).

Remember to leave separate comments for everything that you do so they can each count as an entry!

Giveaway ends on Sunday, March 30th.  GOOD LUCK!

Albion is also offering a discount code for 15% off ANY purchase until 03/30 – just enter athletarian15 at checkout!

I’m giving away a MIZUNO and VEGA prize pack!

By now I think it’s pretty obvious that I am Mizuno and Vega obsessed.  WELL, since it’s the holidays I thought it would be nice to team up with two of my favourite companies and give one lucky winner some of my favourite things!

One person will win the following:


Mizuno hat, socks, ear warmer, gloves, calf sleeves, and arm sleeves.

Vega Sport Sugar-free Energizer, Electrolyte Hydrator, Recovery Accelerator, and Endurance Gels.

The ultimate runner’s prize pack.  These are things that I use on a regular basis and I think one of you will love everything just as much as I do.

To enter just leave me a comment below telling me what you are looking forward to most this Holiday Season!

For an extra entry tweet the following: I just entered to win @theathletarian ‘s @mizunorunning and @vegateam GIVEAWAY!  http://www.theathletarian.com/2013/12/11/mvgiveaway/

If you tweet, make sure you come back and leave me a separate comment telling me you did! 😉

Winner will be announced on Monday, December 16th.  Open to residents of the US and Canada.

Good luck!

The contents of my grownup loot bag {GIVEAWAY}

Happy Friday!!!!!  The best day of the week, in my opinion.  I slept in this morning and skipped my workout.  Womp womp.  I’m attempting to do it after work because I think tomorrow is going to be a complete rest day (since Sunday is race day).  Cross your fingers that it actually happens (both the run today and the race on Sunday).

So yesterday I shared with you my amazing day with Tosca Reno.  It was perfect.  What I forgot to do was show you the other bloggers who were there with me!


That would be Kyrsten, me, Tosca (duh), and Morgan.  I’ve met these two beautiful Toronto bloggers before and was so excited to find out they were coming to the event.

While we were finishing up our meal, we were told not to forget our “media bags” on our way out.  As a joke Krysten said, “I hope there’s a waffle make in there!”  Low and behold…


I know.  I couldn’t believe it either.  What are the chances??  Time to make WAFFLES!  Nom nom nom.

You know what else was in there?  These:


A copy of The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook 2 and The Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook.  I really like grownup Eat Clean-themed loot bags.  They make me smile.

Thing is, I already have these two books.  What does that mean?  I WANT TO GIVE THEM TO YOU!!  Yay!  The Eat Clean Diet seriously changed my life and I am so excited to give two people the chance to win so they have the opportunity to learn all about the lifestyle too.  There are so many amazing recipes, tips, and fun facts in these books (with some bonus pictures of Tosca, which we can all use for inspiration).  The food photos are amazing too.  I think beautiful pictures of food make a huge difference in a cookbook, don’t you think?.  They make me more likely to try a recipe!  Is that just me?

All you need to do for the chance to win is leave me a comment below telling me something CLEAN and DELICIOUS that you ate today!

For an EXTRA ENTRY “like” my Facebook page as well as the ECD Facebook page and leave a SEPARATE comment (below, not on my Facebook page) telling me that we are new Facebook BFFs (if you are already a Facebook fan, just say that in the comment)! 😉

Two winners will be chosen via random.org and announced next Wednesday, March 27, 2013.


I’d like you to meet Gavin (& Vega Prize Pack Winner)

Happy Sunday!  This weekend went by way too fast for my liking but it was very productive.  I am ready for a new week, have my workouts written and my food prepped for the next couple of days.  Since I am starting my new program tomorrow I am going to be more diligent with having meals prepped ahead of time and getting to bed at a decent hour so I can squeeze my workouts in before work.

In my ongoing attempts to increase my water intake, I decided to join Crystal in her Gallon Challenge.  A gallon of water a day.  Oh my word.  I will probably be abandoning my students and running to the bathroom every 13 seconds this week until my body gets used to it but I know I need to get my water in (check out her post for more info on water benefits).  I bought my gallon jug today and named him Gavin the Gallon.  We are going to be spending a lot of time together.

Now for the giveaway winner…  It took a little longer to get the winner chosen because half of the entries were on my blog post and the other half were on Vega’s Facebook page.  Anyway, the winner (chosen via random.org) is Krysten Siba Bishop.  Congrats, Krysten!  Email me at theathletarian [at] gmail [dot] com with your address so we can get all your Vega goods to you!

Thanks to everyone who entered!  Hopefully there will be more opportunities to win in the near future! 😉

Do you measure your daily water intake?

Do you do food prep on Sundays?  What do you make?

Food Prep and Thought Blossoms GIVEAWAY!

Let’s talk meal planning.  I posted this photo on my Facebook page on Sunday night just to show you that I do a lot of my food prep on the weekend.  It definitely makes things easier throughout the week and keeps me from grabbing things that aren’t as nutritious.

I’ve got protein, complex carbs, and some veggies (I prefer my veggies raw so I don’t really have to do much prepping for that!).  I usually eat my protein in the form of chicken, turkey, egg whites and protein powders.  For my complex carbs I will typically eat oats, pancakes, sweet potato, and Ezekiel bread.  I know I should venture out into more exciting things but these are my favourites!  Finally, veggies will most often be raw (cucumber, celery).  A lot of cooked veggies weird me out and I can only really do green beans or asparagus at the moment.  I’m working on it! 😉

Onto the good stuff.

A while back I came across a really sweet company called Though Blossoms.  Falon was having a giveaway for a beautiful hand stamped bracelet that I couldn’t seem to get off my mind!  I didn’t win the giveaway but I contacted Heather (creator and genius behind Thought Blossoms) and she kindly accepted my request to feature her product on my blog too!!

Heather makes both bracelets and necklaces that can be stamped with letters, words, flowers, hearts, you name it!  She is so creative and is always coming up with new ideas.  There are also a variety of colours to choose from (for both the plate and the cord).

copper plate with brown cord

gold initial necklace

I sent Heather a few different quotes and words that I liked and she chose “MAKE IT COUNT”.  I am so happy with it because it can apply to so many areas of life!  Make every moment count, every workout, every run, every CHOICE…  It really is a great little reminder for me.

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Onto the better stuff.

Heather is giving away an item of choice (up to $25 – most items are less than this so you will have a lot to choose from!) to one lucky reader!!

Just check out her Etsy store and tell me (in a comment below) which item you would pick if you won!

Want an extra entry?  Of course you do!  Like the Thought Blossoms Facebook page (and don’t forget to tell me you did!).

Contest ends Monday, January 30th!  Good luck!