Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Ignite Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a Team Ignite Athlete, but I thought it was kind of cool how they jazzed up my picture, so I thought I’d share. I’ve been using the InRefresh Electrolytes, and loving it, especially in this humid, hot weather we’ve been suffering through enjoying lately. I didn’t carry my own fluids during the Costume Party Run, but I tried to hydrate as much as possible, both before and after the race, using InRefresh.

Costume Party Run Update

Speaking of the Costume Party Run, I received an email from Ken at Superhero Events. He thanked all the participants, asked for feedback about the race, and promised that it would be even bigger and better next year. The improvements will include providing tech shirts instead of trucker’s hats, and reducing the amount of distance spent running through the parking lot of Qualcomm. Hurray! Those were my only two, admittedly minor, complaints. And they are going to make the finisher’s medal even bigger! Next year, it will be the size of an actual 45 record. Huge! Can’t wait for next year. Hmmm, what should I go as?

Recap23 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Cross Country

Cross Country practice started on Tuesday! I am always excited to get the season underway, meet the team, start training and planning for the upcoming year. The fact that practice started on the worst day, weather-wise, that we’ve had yet didn’t put a damper on my excitement.

Cross Country 2013 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

It looks pretty, but it was hot, humid, and even smoky! Though the weather managed to get even worse for my own run the next morning. Just gotta say, 70% humidity is HUGE in the desert! It just doesn’t happen. Until it does.

Cross Country 2013 2 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Vegan Food on the Road

I always get excited when I travel to Encinitas, because I know that I’ll get to eat at my favorite restaurants. After we checked into the hotel on Saturday, Alan and I walked over to the Roxy for lunch. I was in the mood for hummus for some reason, so that’s what I ordered. The Hummus and Pita appetizer, plus a side salad (I didn’t take a picture of it but it was HUGE!).

Roxie Hummus Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

I couldn’t even eat the whole thing (the picture is missing a slice of hummus because I couldn’t wait–I reformed it into a 5 pointed star instead of 6). We burned it off by walking to Moonlight Beach to check out the renovations that had been done. They recently built a new dressing room/restroom/concessions complex, made some changes to the landscaping, and enlarged the picnic/playground area. It looked really nice.

Now that Native Foods has opened in Encinitas, there is never any doubt where we’re going to have dinner. I did post a teaser photo on Instagram, though.

Native Foods July Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Alan and I both went old school. I had the Oklahoma Bacon Cheeseburger, he had the Chicken Run Ranch Burger. And we shared an order of Native Fries. And we each had a piece of apple pie. I had to fuel for my race, didn’t I?

Native Foods July 2 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Native Foods July 3 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Native Foods July 4 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Honestly, I think I kind of overdid it at dinner. Fortunately I didn’t have any stomach issues during the race, but my tummy didn’t quite feel normal. Too much delicious food!

After the race (if you missed my recap click here) and a little rest, we headed to the Lotus Cafe for a late breakfast. I was delighted to see that they’d added a full line of breakfast items to their menu, including my favorite, Tofu Scramble. It was really very good. It was served with vegan breakfast sausage (I don’t think I’ve even tried that before!), and potatoes. It did a great job of refilling my tank!

Lotus Cafe Tofu Scramble Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Even better than the food though, was who we got to eat with.

Samuel July 4 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

Samuel July 3 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

And especially

Samuel July Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

As you can see, Samuel is wearing a specially designed helmet that will correct and round out a flat spot on his head. According to my son, this has become more common since they now tell parents to always put an infant to sleep on their back. If they turn their head more often to one side than the other, it can develop a flat spot. The helmet will correct it, but he has to wear it for four-six months. Since that will encompass football season, my forward looking son and daughter-in-law had the helmet made in blue and are awaiting receipt of various Charger logo stickers to dress up Samuel’s helmet.

Samuel July 2 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

I was mostly concerned because, for a baby who always has a smile on his face, Samuel didn’t look very happy. I was afraid the helmet was making him sad. They assured me that he was simply tired, and it was true that after a short nap, the true Samuel-face reappeared.

Samuel July 5 Vegan Food on the Road, Cross Country, & Costume Party Run Update

I drove home feeling completely happy and satisfied on all levels. I successfully completed my half marathon within seconds of my two hour goal (I’m simply not going to sweat that 11 seconds), had great food the whole weekend, and best of all, got to spend time with my family. Life is good.

I’m a little late asking this, but I hope you’ll still tell me..How was your weekend? Did you compete in any events, eat at any great restaurants, spend time with family? It was such a long weekend that you may have had time to do all of the above!

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  1. says

    it was a fantastic weekend here too AND I AM GLAD YOU WAITED TO ASK as now it feels like another is right around the proverbial corner :)

    LOTTTSA kids from guatemala wore the helmets as well.
    and yep. like Samuel it did NOT MAKE EM CEASE SMILING.

    xo
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  2. says

    Wow — some really great eats! California is the best for healthy eating.

    I have a cousin whose son went through the helmet procedure. The nice thing is that at that age, they are completely content, regardless!
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  3. says

    Oh, how I would love to tuck in to your sandwiches from Native Foods! Those are always the go-to orders for me and my husband. I get the Oklahoma and he gets the Chicken Run.

    I’m glad that Samuel is able to keep his smiley disposition intact, even with the helmet. Luckily he won’t even remember his helmet days.
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