The Happy Runner Survival Guide

The Happy Runner Survival Guide

Ever have a moment where you step away from social media in one last futile attempt to silence your mind and create a gap in active screen time? Whether yes or no, the feeling for me has created this month lag in Happy Runner posts while I tried to get a grip on my utter frustration around the expectation to never "turn off." Of course my intention was never to leave the happy runners behind. It's here I feel my most creative and most complete self. It's in this venue with the Happy Runner manifesto that is keeping me sane.

Instead, this break is a cry to my inner peace to show itself in the form of active recovery in a toxic work environment. My goal in my happy runner heart mission was to take all that I've leaned in my own yogi-runner journey and not only create a discourse of how I apply it in my own life, but also share it with a community of like-minded souls like you. In this past month I've been called to act on my own cry of action...to meditate in brief moments on the train and during elevator rides, use 20 spare moments in the early morning for quick at-home yoga or a morning run, cook on Sundays to try to bring healthy meals during the week.

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Runspiration: John Fiore

Runspiration: John Fiore

Looking at the journey of a runner is a little bit like looking at the rings of a tree. When you cut into the trunk, you can see the progression of seasons and the effect it’s had on the growth of the organism. In times of drought, fire, plague, and other pollutants the tree is forced to conserve, to change, and to grow a thicker skin on the outside in order to endure a long lifetime of a constantly changing external environment.

As a runner you’re more than aware of similar changing conditions on the road and – even harder – in life. I’ve learned not to question the intentions of this unique community. Instead, I’m only able to absorb the stories in utter admiration for what the human body is capable of, but even more so what the drives a human soul.

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6 Tips for Morning Gymming

6 Tips for Morning Gymming

We want it all because we deserve it all. We’re the ladies that are going to change the world. We’re smart, independent, determined, but while we’re out there chasing our dreams we can’t lose sight of the fact that healthy bodies harbor healthy minds. Aside from our other long list of amazing accomplishments, we are athletes and we need to be.

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The Motivation Testimonials - Charity Runners Share

The Motivation Testimonials - Charity Runners Share

Recently I published an article about the sacred community of charity runners, polling them about their intrinsic pull to the road. Runners in general are a family - connected by a collective internal circuit to keep moving, keep growing, keep challenging ourselves. For many, this will to move is ethereal; it doesn't make sense, but it doesn't have to. For others, running is found because it is needed. Running presents itself as a resolution from a world of conflict. It is the natural high, the moving meditation, and even the pain we sometimes need in order to feel again while we heal.

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Run Love: Why I will forever cherish charity runners

Run Love: Why I will forever cherish charity runners

In the deepest corner of this loving community live the charity runners. Theirs is soul sweat - a community connected beyond the notion of the runner movement. They are healing and moving together for their cause. I myself have been a charity runner for the past three years, and as it’s nurtured and inspired my own personal runner journey, I was curious to dive deeper into the charity runner mindset, and discover what exactly keeps all of us so tight-knit despite the diverse and ever-growing demographic.

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Flourless Fudgey Chickpea Blondies - borrowed from Running on Veggies

Flourless Fudgey Chickpea Blondies

Flourless Fudgey Chickpea Blondies

We all have our kitchen idols, and Lottie from Running on Veggies is in my top five, for sure. For years I've followed her Brooklyn-based blog as her recipes have carried me with energy through the streets of New York. One of my favorite Lottie-inspired treats is her Flourless Fudgey Chickpea Blondies. This power packed treat satisfies all the post-running cravings and is pretty darn easy to make. I've borrowed her recipe for the happy runner debut, but her original recipes and other fun treats can be found here.

Ingredients

  • 2- 15 oz cans of chickpeas (around 4 cups)–rinsed very well
  • 2 cups pitted dates (if hard soak in hot water for 10 minutes)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or water)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (any nut butter works)
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseeds mixed with 10 tablespoons water– mixed and set aside for 5 minutes (chia seeds also work)
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup stevia sweetened chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a food processor, mix all ingredients except for the chocolate chips
  3. Transfer your mix (making sure there are no concentrated pockets of chickpeas) and fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spray your cupcake pan(s) and evenly distribute your mixture into your cupcake slots.
  5. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.
  6. Let cool for ONE HOUR (be patient!) then remove and put in a container or freeze them for later use.

Enjoy!

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Jessica Ferrucci

The Happy Runner is the everyday athlete; finding balance by carrying six coffees without spilling them on the subway, meditating on elevator rides, and weight lifting your laptop as your hurdle a puddle to make your 9AM meeting. The Happy Runner is a community of like-minded beautiful souls striving to add a little sense of movement and meditation back on the agenda.

Green Smoothie Kick-Starter

Ingredients

  • 1 C Almond milk
  • 1 Handful Kale
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Banana
  • Fresh ginger (2-3 quarter size slices)
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

Blend kale and almond milk together in a blender until the leaves are small and mixed in. Cut and add apple, blend again. Add the rest of the ingredients and a few ice cubes. Seal in your favorite to-go container and get ready to take on your morning.

Jessica Ferrucci

The Happy Runner is the everyday athlete; finding balance by carrying six coffees without spilling them on the subway, meditating on elevator rides, and weight lifting your laptop as your hurdle a puddle to make your 9AM meeting. The Happy Runner is a community of like-minded beautiful souls striving to add a little sense of movement and meditation back on the agenda.

Spices for Running Recovery

Love running, but hate the all-day aches and drains following your speed work or long runs? As runners we push ourselves to a physical limit…then immediately ask our bodies to sit all day in a desk chair, haul laptop bags up and down the subway stairs, sleep six hours a night, or maybe even run a household. We need items in our pockets that we can look to for reliable relief without a laundry list of side effects. Often runners can slip into a routine of a pre-run Tylenol, followed by a morning-after Advil or even a weekend Excedrin to make it through you weekend night out. Sounds reasonable, right? But the thing to consider is that long-term use of pain relief medications has been linked to some scary lifestyle side effects including increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and even strokes.

On a mission to find lasting relief with minimal side effects, it only made sense to look at what nature had to offer. Our list consists of centuries-old natural spice remedies targeting inflammation, body aches, and oxidants (the very reasons you hear so much about the amazing effects of antioxidants).

The Runner’s Cabinet:

Turmeric

This is the kale of the spice market. It’s a potent superfood with growing popularity in the commercial market. Turmeric is ginger’s hot foreign cousin, powered by the compound curcumin which gives it its orange coloring and insane anti-inflammatory abilities. Turmeric in your food is a great way to slowly introduce the compound to your system, but to get the full effect it should be consumed along-side black pepper. For a higher curcumin dosage, consider adding a turmeric supplement during peak training times.

Cayenne

It might be surprising to hear how effective this under-the-radar spicy of spices can be considering it’s likely been lurking in the back of your cabinet for months or years. Cayenne pepper – yes the super spicy powder your Dad likes on spaghetti – is a remedy for migraines, cramps, joint pain, and digestion. Studies have shown that cayenne is highly detoxifying. Use it in foods, sprinkle into drinks, or most effectively stir it into a glass of warm lemon water when you first wake up in the morning. 

Ginger

In my opinion the tastiest item on the list, ginger comes sold in root form at your local grocery store or bodega and can be chopped into smoothies, stir fries, boiled into tea, or added to marinades. Ginger root is an ancient oriental remedy for reducing nausea, muscle pain, and soreness. Its spicy-sweet flavor and crisp scent make it just as enjoyable to eat as to reap the benefits from consumption.

Peppermint

More than just a fresh flavor, peppermint cleanses the body, eliminates toxins, and yes it does help whiten teeth. For your run life, peppermint also eases cramps, gas, colds, and stimulates your system. Whether it’s in tea or as a fresh addition to your water, salad, or just to nibble on the leaves, this fast growing herb is an amazing natural cleanser.

Cinnamon

Half a teaspoon twice a day can help your body resist surges in insulin and reduce inflammation. Although we’ve come to associate cinnamon with sweets, its naturally filled with metabolism ramping spice and has a cooling effect on the body’s central nervous system. Try putting a tablespoon right on top of your coffee grounds when you’re making your morning pot. The strainer will keep it from getting everywhere but let the flavorful goodness seep through. We also love it sprinkled on cereal, sweet potatoes, baked chicken, or just about…anything.

 

In a world controlled by over-the-counter drugs, I’ve found time and again that the best remedies for my own running (and life) aches and pains has come right out of my kitchen counter. Although there are dozens of potent spices, the list above is a standout of power houses deemed spectacular by both scientific research and personal preference. It’s not an easy transition, but the slow migration from prescription to plant has been more than I could have hoped for in speeding recovery without the strange, sometimes scary side effects of man-made remedies. 

 

 

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Jessica Ferrucci

The Happy Runner is the everyday athlete; finding balance by carrying six coffees without spilling them on the subway, meditating on elevator rides, and weight lifting your laptop as your hurdle a puddle to make your 9AM meeting. The Happy Runner is a community of like-minded beautiful souls striving to add a little sense of movement and meditation back on the agenda.

Broccoli Forest - what’s in your lunch box?

During busy days at the office, I find my calm in whole foods filled with green veggies. Broccoli has been linked to brain health, energy, increased circulation, and lowered stress levels. Paired with lentils and quinoa this packs the veggies + fiber + protein combo to help you power through your afternoon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa 
  • 2 cups broccoli, roasted
  • 2 cup kale, roasted
  • 1 can lentils or lentil soup
  • turmeric, cayenne, salt, and black pepper

To cook the quinoa:

Combine boil 2 cups water. Add 1 table spoon of oil (olive or coconut), and a pinch of salt. When water boils add 1 cup quinoa and lower heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Done.

To roast the veggies:

Pre-heat over to 450. Wash and cut veggies and place in a boil. Add a little bit of oil (your choice how much but go light!) and roll/stir them until they are lightly coated. Empty onto a cookie sheet and spice with turmeric, cayenne, black pepper, and salt. Cook for 15 minutes or until slightly browned.

To make the dish:

Combine all ingredients - quinoa, veggies, and lentils in a large non-stick pan. heat and stir until well mixed. Makes 3 lunches.

 

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Jessica Ferrucci

The Happy Runner is the everyday athlete; finding balance by carrying six coffees without spilling them on the subway, meditating on elevator rides, and weight lifting your laptop as your hurdle a puddle to make your 9AM meeting. The Happy Runner is a community of like-minded beautiful souls striving to add a little sense of movement and meditation back on the agenda.

​Vegan-yums: Easy chana masala / Recipe

30 minute, 1-pot chana masala with green chili, cilantro, and garam masala. Easy to make, extremely flavorful, and satisfying. A healthy, plant-based meal.
 

This recipe was borrowed from: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Run Fuel
Cuisine: Indian, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) grape seed oil (or sub coconut oil)
  • 1 white or yellow onion, finely diced (110 g)
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g) ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (3 Tbsp or 16 g)
  • 2 Tbsp (12 g) fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup (30 g) fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2-3 fresh green chilies, sliced with seeds (I used serrano peppers)
  • 1 Tbsp (7 g) ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 28-oz can pureed or finely diced tomatoes (if unsalted, you’ll add more salt to the dish)
  • 2 15-ounce (425 g) cans chickpeas, slightly drained
  • 1 tsp garam masala* (see instructions for DIY blend)
  • 2-3 tsp coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice, plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, cumin, and 1/4 tsp salt.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, cilantro, and green chilies to a mortar and pestle and grind into a rough paste (or use a small food processor to pulse into a paste. Alternatively, just finely mince.) Then, add to the pan with the onions.
  3. Next add ground coriander, chili powder, and turmeric and stir to coat. Add a little more oil at this point if the pan is looking dry.
  4. Next add pureed tomatoes and chickpeas and remaining 1/2 tsp salt. If the mixture looks a little too thick, add up to 1 cup (240 ml) water (I added ~1/2 cup (120 ml)). You’re looking for a semi-thick soup consistency at this point, as it will cook down into more of a stew.
  5. Increase heat to medium high until it reaches a rolling simmer, then reduce heat to low or medium-low and maintain a simmer (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes, or until thick and stew-like. Stir occasionally.
  6. In the meantime, if you don’t have garam masala seasoning, make your own by adding 2 small dried red chilies, 1 tsp black peppercorns (or 1/2 tsp ground black pepper), 1 tsp cumin seeds (or 1/2 tsp ground cumin), 1 tsp cardamom pods (or 1/2 tsp ground cardamom), 1/2 tsp cloves (or 1/4 tsp ground cloves), and 1/8 tsp nutmeg to a mortar and pestle or spice grinder and grind/mix into a powder. Set aside.
  7. When the chana masala is thickened and bubbly, taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt for saltiness, chili powder for heat, or a bit of coconut sugar for sweetness and to offset the heat of the chilies.
  8. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and garam masala. Stir to mix, then let cool slightly before serving. Fresh cilantro and lemon juice make an excellent garnish. Chana masala can be enjoyed as a stew on its own, or it can be delicious with white or brown rice, or cauliflower rice. Lastly, my favorite is over roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli (see notes for instructions).
  9. Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 4 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month.
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Jessica Ferrucci

The Happy Runner is the everyday athlete; finding balance by carrying six coffees without spilling them on the subway, meditating on elevator rides, and weight lifting your laptop as your hurdle a puddle to make your 9AM meeting. The Happy Runner is a community of like-minded beautiful souls striving to add a little sense of movement and meditation back on the agenda.

Strawberry Fields

When Mother Nature was thinking about our well-being she packed these little juicy treats with Vitamin C, antioxidants, and just enough sweetness to make then delicious on top of their wealth of health benefits.

Select the freshest berries possible, and cut them into cereal, eat on top of Greek yogurt, or freeze and throw into smoothies instead of using ice cubes.

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The Side Hustle

The Side Hustle

We all (hopefully) have a vision of our dream job… be it the Carrie Bradshaw-shoe loving-fashionista columnist who never in six seasons of Sex and the City ever seemed to be constrained by the 9-5, or the Lotus pose inspiring- headstand machine-yogi with the ability to move people and bring together communities. The problem is while we all can and should achieve our purpose in this journey of life, the current reality - in most cases -  is that it’s not going to pay the ever looming combination of rent, wifi, transportation and a much-needed “treat yo-self” every now and again.

Enter “the side hustle.”

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Love yourself a little more in 2016

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Jessica Ferrucci

The Happy Runner is the everyday athlete; finding balance by carrying six coffees without spilling them on the subway, meditating on elevator rides, and weight lifting your laptop as your hurdle a puddle to make your 9AM meeting. The Happy Runner is a community of like-minded beautiful souls striving to add a little sense of movement and meditation back on the agenda.