My Top 3 Vegan Protein Smoothies in July 2018

Below are my favourite recipes I made last month.

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Returning to my Running Club

23-29 July 2018

Week 7 of my training block for the Clacton Half Marathon based on Jack Daniels’ Running Formula.


Easy Miles – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Slower than 7:25 per mile pace

Interval Club RunThursday

4:50-5:45 per mile pace

Rest Days – Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday


After three weeks of increasing mileage, I made a conscious effort to reduce my running load this week. I enjoyed three rest days, lead two group coaching sessions and complimented my training with recreational cycling of over 10.5 miles across three days, just as I did last week.

My weekly goal was to return to my running club and complete a tough interval workout, which I did on Thursday. My calf muscles were sore afterwards but consuming my homemade protein smoothies helped me recover.

I accumulated 19 miles with still no signs of my recent injury, which has set me up for a ‘heavier’ week of training to come.


Week of Building Endurance

16-22 July 2018

Week 6 of my training block for the Clacton Half Marathon based on Jack Daniels’ Running Formula.


Easy Miles – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Slower than 7:15 per mile pace

Tempo RunSaturday

Faster than 7:15 per mile pace

Rest Days – Thursday and Sunday


I stepped up the quantity of my running this week. Almost all my workouts were easy-paced, long runs. This took more time and energy, and therefore I didn’t feel it appropriate to run any miles at my intended half marathon race pace. 

My weekly goal was to run continuously for at least an hour, which I did on Friday. I also cycled over 10.5 miles across three days. Although simply recreational, the exercise supplements my training.

I also enjoyed coaching my first two-day running assessment on one of my runners.

I accumulated over 29 miles with no signs of my recent injury, which built my confidence that my body is adapting well for ‘longer distances’.


Quality Running, Injury-Free

9-15 July 2018

Week 5 of my training block for the Clacton Half Marathon based on Jack Daniels’ Running Formula.


Easy Miles – Wednesday and Thursday

Slower than 6:45 per mile pace

‘Quality Workouts’ – Monday, Tuesday and Saturday

Fartlek run (whilst coaching)

Intervals faster than 6:05 per mile pace

Rest Days – Friday and Sunday


I’m pleased I’m still injury-free after my shin pain. I was therefore able to run several tougher workouts, replicating my intended race pace of 6:00 per mile. The high local temperatures and tiring workload this week were factors affecting my performances but I enjoyed the challenge.

My strategy for the remaining five weeks of training for the Clacton Half Marathon is to focus on tempo intervals at race pace and progressively building my endurance with longer runs.

I accumulated over 21 miles, and ensured I primed myself for a heavier mileage week next week.



My Top 5 Vegan Protein Smoothies in June 2018

Last month I experimented more with my protein smoothies, and even baked with protein powder for the first time.

Below are my favourite recipes in June.



My Top 5 Vegan Protein Smoothies in May 2018

I have become a Bulk Powders Affiliate.

I love their vegan protein powder range, which supplements my diet in delicious ways.

Below are my favourite experiments in May.

Please comment if you try any.



My Top 3 Vegan Protein Smoothies in April 2018

I have become a protein smoothie addict.

Last month I experimented with a range of ingredients.

Below are my most delicious and filling recipes in April.

Even my Vibrams wanted some.

Comment if you try any.



Why I Run: Reason 1

One of the pleasures of running is that you can see places from a unique perspective; unlike travelling on a bicycle, personal vehicle or public transport, running is a slower, yet purposeful means of visiting new locations.

Similar to walking, running has given me an opportunity to explore my local area in my work lunch break, or at either end of the day. On holiday I have seen intriguing landscapes.

On recovery runs I can enjoy a ‘tour of streets’, that although nearby, I would never have otherwise witnessed. I have encountered many scenes through running, and have interacted with nature by running ‘off-road’. Certain running routes are off-limits for anything other than two feet and I have been inspired to write poetry and record my adventures.

I have run on the streets of Chicago in the United States, the beaches of southern Spain, up the hills in the Peak District, in the Suffolk countryside, and all over my home county of Essex.

I look forward to running in many more locations because if you keep an open mind, you can always take a path you have never run before. Unless you do, you will never know what it may hold…


Follow me on Instagram @GroundedRunner to see images of my running routes.