About Me

Hi there! And thanks for reading my blog. My name is Megan and I am a 25-year-old living and running in New York City.  I work in an office during the day, but during my free time I enjoy running, cooking, baking, reading, and being active. I began blogging as a way to document my two passions – running and experimenting in the kitchen. As you’ll see, it takes a lot of cooking & baking to fuel a hungry runner! 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.

Running History

PR’s

  • Marathon 3:38:41 (NYC Marathon Nov 2, 2008)
  • 1/2 Marathon 1:36:28 (Brooklyn 1/2 May 3, 2008)
  • 15K 1:07:13 (Colon Cancer 15K March 9, 2008)
  • 10K 46:49 (Joe Kleinerman 10K December 7, 2008)
  • 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)
  • 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. I’m recovering from some injuries at the moment and enjoying yoga and cycling until I can get back on the roads full-time!

Outdoor Track Meet @ Wesleyan – April 2007College

After a 3000m race at the Armory – January 2009CPTC

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!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 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

Ice cream with friends!Friendly's!

22 Responses

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

  2. 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. =)

  3. Wow! Your PR’s are great!!

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

  4. 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.

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

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  7. 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.

  8. 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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  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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…)

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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 :)

  21. 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.

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