About Me

Welcome and thanks for reading my rambling/infrequent blog posts! I’m Megan and a recent transplant to Saratoga Springs in upstate New York. Previously, I lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the 7 years following college graduation. My husband and I are getting used to life outside NYC and while it’s definitely different, we are enjoying the change. I do miss my running buddies and favorite take-out places, though! Career-wise, things have also changed. I left behind my job at a corporate law firm and recently became a RRCA certified running coach. I also write for two local newspapers as well as the occasional freelance assignment. When I’m not coaching or running, I enjoy traveling, cooking, baking, reading, and being active.

I began blogging as a way to document my two passions – running and experimenting in the kitchen.  At first I was posting everything on Facebook and then I figured focusing the content in a blog might be a better approach! That way the people who wanted to read about marathons could do so….and I wouldn’t risk being “de-friended” by the less athletically inclined. In November of 2008 I finished my first marathon (NYC Marathon – 3 hours, 38 minutes, and 41 seconds). Fast enough to qualify me for Boston! I must have been delirious because the very next day (despite the fact that I could barely walk down stairs) I registered for the 2009 Boston Marathon. I recently ran my 3rd marathon (New York 2010, 3:18:17) and am now training with the Central Park Track Club, a post-collegiate competitive running club. My long term goals are kind of TBD, but I think my next big race will be the 2015 Boston Marathon. I am always hoping to break the elusive 1:30 barrier!

Running History (Check my race recap page for more details!)

PR’s

  • Marathon 3:18:17 (NYC Marathon Nov 7, 2010)
  • 1/2 Marathon 1:31:29 (Philly Rock ‘n Roll 1/2 Marathon September 18, 2011)
  • 10 miles 1:11:30 (Cherry Blossom 10-miler April 3, 2011)
  • 15K 1:06:51 (Colon Cancer 15K March 28, 2010)
  • 9 miles 1:06:16 (Run for the Diamonds 9-miler November 28, 2013)
  • 10K 42:28 (Joe Kleinerman 10k December 5, 2010)
  • 4 miles 26:57 (Autism Speaks 4-miler September 7, 2013)
  • Road 6K 24:57 (Jingle Bell Jog 6K December 10, 2011)
  • XC 6K 25:19 (NE Div III Regionals November 12, 2005)
  • Track 5K 18:52 (NESCAC Track Championships April 28, 2007)
  • XC 5K 20:51 (Open New Englands October 07, 2006)
  • Road 5K 19:55 (Founder’s 5K in Prospect Park July 31, 2010)
  • 3K 11:15:42 (Elmer Swanson Invite April 14, 2007)
  • Mile 5:52:28  (Cardinal II Invite February 10, 2007)
  • 1500m 5:22:17 (Elmer Swanson Invite April 16, 2005)

My running life began when I joined my high school’s track team in January of 2000. I had never run before and thought I might be shotput/discus/javelin thrower or jumper. After it became clear that I lacked any sense of coordination, my coach decided I should try sprinting. My first races were the 100m, 200m, and 400m sprints. Running fast and short was fun, but I soon realized I would be a much better long distance runner! I joined the cross-country team that fall and continued running and racing competitively throughout my high school and college years. Being a member of the cross-country and track teams while at Wesleyan University was one of the best experiences of my life. Upon graduating in 2007, I was sad to say goodbye to team athletics. After a year or so of running on my own, I decided to join a local competitive team – the Central Park track club.

Outdoor Track Meet @ Wesleyan – April 2007College

After a 3000m race at the Armory – January 2009

CPTC

NYRR Mini 10k – June 2010

Mini 10k

Cooking/Nutrition Background

I wasn’t always the healthiest eater. I grew up on very traditional “meat and potatoes” food. I think I ate Wendy’s and Burger King nearly ever day during my senior year of high school! As a freshman at Wesleyan University I was exposed to foods that I had never even heard of before – tofu! hummus! quinoa! During my sophomore year of college I began to focus more on my running and placed a greater emphasis on the food I was using for fuel. Slowly, my tastes and preferences have changed. On a spring break trip (March 2005) with the track team we were given a food allowance of about $100.  My teammates and I decided to pool our resources and cook for each other all week. During that time, I learned how to make the basics – pasta, steamed veggies, chicken, mac n’ cheese, etc. The next spring, while I was studying abroad in Italy (spring 2006), I enrolled in a series of cooking classes. I immersed myself in the Italian way of eating which emphasizes fresh vegetables, olive oil, yummy artisanal cheeses, and small portions of pasta, meat, etc . I still miss my host dad’s ragu sauce and fresh caprese salad! When I moved to my own apartment after college graduation, I really stepped up my culinary game – there was no more dining hall to serve me dinner at the end of a long day. I usually prepare simple dishes during the week, but I love experimenting with more complex projects. I’ve made my own bread and pizza dough, cured pickles, canned jam, whipped up homemade mayonaise, baked layer cakes, rolled out pies,  etc.  My tiny Manhattan upstate apartment is overflowing with kitchen appliances! My curiousity continues – In the fall of 2008 I took an “American Culinary History” course at the New School and learned a lot about our nation’s food culture.  I am keeping my cooking game sharp by attending local courses and lectures at the Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center and by reading foodie magazines and cookbooks. I hope to use this blog as a way to document how a healthy (and hungry) runner fuels for long distance running.

My usual lunch-time salad:

Salad

There’s always room for Ice cream with friends!

Friendly's!

  • Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! You have quite the impressive running history – good luck in the Boston Marathon!!

  • Love your about me…I hated living on campus and eating the garbage food school offered…I’m a senior and I just moved off campus this semester into a cute little apartment…I love it! I lost 25 lbs since relocating and it’s no surprise that I’m not eating dining hall food anymore. The only thing I hate is doing the dishes after cooking. =)

  • Wow! Your PR’s are great!!

    One of my goals in life is to do the Boston Marathon! You are such an inspiration!

  • Thanks for the sweet comment Stacey 🙂 The energy during the Boston marathon was amazing – the cheering crowds really helped me along during the last (tough!) miles of the race.

  • hi, I just found your blog; looks great! awesome PR’s.

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  • Liza

    HEY!!!! I just found your blog from SELF’s eat like me. I have a question about PB2. WHy do you eat that and not the real stuff? I know its lower in calories but you seem active enough to not have to have the real stuff.

  • Hi Liza,
    I purchased PB2 primarily because it seemed new/interesting and I wanted to try it. I mostly use it as a mix-in for yogurt. Don’t you worry – I’m still eating plenty of real nut butters! A whole jar a week, to be precise 🙂

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  • Megan,

    Thanks for joining us at the Eggland’s Best Event yesterday. It was so great to see you again. Did you get a chance to try my Roasted Vegetable Souffle? I can send you the recipe if you like.

    When you are done running – “Put on your bunnyslippers, pour a glass of wine and cook!” with me at http://www.stressfreecooking.com.

    Best regards,
    Barbara Seelig-Brown
    Stress Free Cooking
    twitter.com/StressFreeCook

  • georgiafae

    Hi! Just found your blog. I’m trying to train for my first half… so scared and nervous! I get nervous about running alone and dogs.. but if you can do it in NYC then I shouldn’t complain!

  • Hi Megan,

    This is Karina from Glamour’s Shape Up! blog. As a new runner and fellow health enthusiast, I love checking out your blog–would love to chat some time!

    Email me if you’re interested!

    Karina

  • I am also training for my first half! and am looking for good, healthy ways to fuel! If you have a minute, check out my nourishment post (there’s amazing meal giveaway on there…)

  • wow! I recently came accross your blog thanks to the guest post you did at Glamour’s Shape Up blog. I am slowly but surely getting into running and am trying to find healthy recipes. So, Runner’s Kitchen is the answer to my dilemmas. Thanks for keeping us pumped.

    Keep it up…

    Claudia

  • Laura

    Hi! I also found your post through Glamour and after scrolling through some old entries while eating lunch at my desk I am hooked! I am also a runner training for the NYC Marathon (and I do lots of NYRR races and other distances), and I live in Washington Heights (I get the sense that you live there too??). I think it’s one of the best places to live in Manhattan if you’re a runner. I’m really glad to have found you and look forward to reading…I find your entries really inspiring!
    happy running!
    Laura

  • I found your blog through someone else’s post at the Summit and wow! You are amazing! I am totally adding you to my blogroll to get running inspiration!

  • Hey!
    i just found your blog and I love reading your blog!
    I recently made my own and would love it if you checked mine out!!
    jenna

  • DiningAndDishing

    Just found your blog through Carrots N’ Cake – love it! I am super impressed with your running abilities! Look forward to keeping up with it :O)

    Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

  • wow. You are inspiring. I just started a blog a few weeks ago and i have found so many people who are inspiring me. Thank you for sharing your story! you are so strong and make me feel like I can be too!

  • Wow – great blog! And great running times! I’m glad you said you eat alot of nut butters…I ‘may’ have about 4 jars here now…oops – all open! I’m pretty sure I eat it at every meal too – if only to take a spoonful straight from the jar! I worry that it may be too much though – I mean I know it’s ‘good fats’ and protein and stuff…but it’s probably hard on the ‘ole tummy (I also consume alot of trail mix…oye…) Anyways!!.. I recently started my own blog and would love any advice/help I can get 🙂

  • correrconmigo

    whew, you’re a super fast runner. we are one in running but in cooking? – maybe not. I simply enjoy having a taste of good food. nice blog.

  • Hey. Just found your blog and love it. Good luck in November!

  • I’ve been following your blog for a few months and absolutely LOVE it! Running and cooking are my two favorite things 🙂 I came across an article about Chia seeds and was wondering if you had ever used them in your cooking? A handful of chia seeds were thought to sustain the Aztec warriors for 24 hours! Just thought I’d share the article with you.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-pirello/change-your-life-with-chi_b_446413.html

    and recipes here…
    http://chiaforhealth.com/chiarecipes.html

  • I just found your blog and really like it. I just started my own blog and share your interests: Food and Running. I am very impressed with your race times! Keep up the great running and cooking and I look forward to reading more about it!

  • hi! I’m new to your blog and I really love it
    ps. you. are. FAST. holey

  • I’ve been reading your blog for quite awhile now. It’s cool to know that you live in New York City ( my one of must-go places), you run, enjoy reading and cooking. Keep running and the post coming. 🙂

  • Jacqui

    UPDATE YOUR MARATHON PR FOOL

  • Love, love, love your blog!! Question – how do you joina running team like the one you train with? I always end up running solo, but feel like I’m missing out by not being on a team and learning different training workouts. I’m slower than you though so maybe I won’t make the cut (best marathon was a 3:32:24) Thanks!!

  • @Catherine – http://nyrr.org/resources/clubs/index.asp has a list of nyc area running clubs. Also, CPTC doesn’t have any time cutoffs, they just want runners who are serious about racing and training. You should check out a practice! We do tempo runs in the park on Thursdays at 7pm! 🙂

  • Hey there! I’m a fellow Wesleyan grad (class of ’09!) and athlete (I played soccer at Wes) and I’m so glad I found your blog! Your recipes look fantastic, and I’m inspired by your story. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Alex

    Hey Megan,
    I just wanted to tell you how much I like your blog!
    I love running too and am training for my first half marathon at the moment. I was looking for blogs about running and yours is hands down the first I can really relate to 100%. Someone who is in their 20’s, runs in NYC and still eats REAL food!.
    Thank you so much for the effort you are putting into this. I love reading your blog and am looking forward to many posts to come.

    Love,
    Alex

  • Anonymous

    @Alex – thank you so much for the comment! messages like yours make blogging
    worth it 🙂

  • Hi Megan! I just stumbled across your blog and I know I will be a dedicated follower now 🙂 We share all of the same interests, although I look forward to reading what you are eating because I am a HORRIBLE cook :). Have a nice day!

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  • Terra-Lee

    I have just joined your blog, I am quite enjoying it. I stumbled onto it, by surfing on running recipes. I am training for my first half marathon. I am very encouraged by your website, and to read all the recipe’s. I can’t wait to try them!! Thank you very much for sharing your passion. Keep going…

  • Melissa Bermudez

    Megan,
    I just wanted to let you know – I have read your blog sporadically the last 4 years or so (when I also lived in NYC and was getting really into running post-college). Recently, upon deciding to run a marathon, I decided to check out your blog to see how things were going. I just wanted to say a big CONGRATS!

    I’ve checked in randomly in those 4 years and heard news about running races, exciting job changes, and something about a man, but now I see all this amazing news about the move, the new (and sounds like very exciting!!) career, the baby, the husband – I wanted to be sure to say: Congratulations! I’m so glad to hear about everything going on. I’ve always liked your blog and am really pumped for you about all these exciting things you have going on. Thought I would share the love 🙂
    Take care!
    –Melissa

  • runnerskitchen

    Thank you, Melissa! I don’t update the blog as often as I used to, but I’m glad that people still read it! Good luck with the marathon!

  • coco

    I also have passion for both running (recent one) and cooking!!! 🙂