Sunday Walk, as I used the same route.
I came home exhausted, but mentally centered, and it occurred to me that this is exactly the type of workout that Ashley would love. Ashley, if you don't read her blog, is a vegan athlete. She is inspiring in her endeavors, and though she pushes her body to its maximum, she doesn't compete with others. She is very centered on her personal goals and her body's well being. She's inspiring, as very seldom does she let things get her down. I've been reading her blog for years, and I've actually met her in person, which is something that rarely happens in my neck of the blog-world.
A couple of weeks ago, Ashley had an accident. She was on a long bike ride in preparation for completing yet another 70.3 triathlon, when she apparently fell (post here if you didn't see it). She woke up as they were taking her to the ER. She's sustained multiple injuries and right now can barely walk, nevermind compete in the races that she loves so much. She can't work for months, and I'm sure the hospital bills will be incredible when they finally come, but she is putting on a brave face and doing her best to stay positive. I wish I could be there to help her. I have been wishing I could do something for her for a while, but as she's in North Carolina, and I'm in Minnesota, I feel stuck. I don't get vacation days, and anything I know she would like (vegan treats, etc) would probably rot in the mail on the way to her. I don't make a ton of money, but I am making a donation to the fund that has been set up in her name to help her get through this time (link here for details). Right now, I want to do more. I want to dedicate this post to Ashley.
So today, I present to you a vegan meal in honor of Ashley's diet, and a very Ashley-like workout. In addition, I plan to donate the proceeds from my blog for the entire month of September to Ashley's recovery fund, along with matching funds from my personal bank account. This won't be much, but every little bit helps.
If you want to help, you can help in two ways:
1) Go to the link above and donate to her fund.
2) If you can't spare the money right now (and we'll all understand), please take the time to click on my foodbuzz banner on my blog. If you're in a reader (like Google reader), you'll need to go to my blog site. My blog earns money by those clicks. Click as many times as you like. All the funds are going to Ashley when the payments post.
Finally, some yummy vegan tacos for you to enjoy for your troubles:
1 zucchini or yellow squash, cubed into small pieces
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 can/~1.5 c black beans
1/2 c chunky tomato salsa
1 c corn (fresh or frozen)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tbsp oil
corn tortillas or other chosen wrap
Prep your veggies. My corn came frozen this week, but if you have fresh sweet corn, take this time to cut it off the cob.
Sizzle, sizzle! Preheat oil and start sauteeing your veggies.
Ok, I hope that you enjoyed the post, and I hope you can take a minute to donate some pocket change to Ashley, or at least help me do it.
PS: Insomnia post is still coming. My students had a test this week, and I spent all week prepping them and then 8 hours grading. Good news: Average 75%, which is pretty damn good for a first year teacher handling an upper-level course. Historically we tend to kill them with knowledges.