Banana Split, Running in the Heat …and Going Vegetarian (say wha?!)

I have so many things to share.

Let’s start of with Saturday.

Hubby and I went to the sweetest festival on earth – Banana Split Festival. 🙂

Banana Split Festival

This small town in Ohio claims the origin of the first banana split. They commemorate the event each year in the month of June with a Banana Split Festival in honor of this classic dessert.

Ever since my husband and I lived here in Ohio in 2010, we come to this festival every year for the banana splits, car shows and events. It’s a great place to find local crafts too. I, of course like and support anything local.

A featured attraction at the Festival was the “Make Your Own Banana Split” booth where you choose how many scoops, what flavors of ice cream and toppings you want.

Banana Split Festival

Banana Split Festival

TOP (Mine): I had 2 scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt (uhm, if you haven’t checked out my crazy FroYo addiction, head over to this post). Topped with chocolate syrup, rainbow sprinkles, almond nuts, whipped cream and cherries! YUM!

BOTTOM (Hubby’s): He had 1 scoop of vanilla and 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream, and went crazy with the toppings. 😛

Banana Split Festival

Now dig in – Yum…Yum!

After we devoured our dessert we stayed some more and enjoyed the festive mood. It was really a street fair in nature – just good old fashioned fun. 🙂

I got so excited when I got my Runner’s World in the mail that day! I was touched by this issue’s cover photo. It has a photo of a finisher’s medal with a piece of black tape across it . It portrayed a very powerful message showing support for those affected in the bombing. I thought this issue is mournful but optimistic in a way to remind people to be stronger, move on, and never stop doing what they love. I will treasure this issue forever.

Runner's World July 2013

I wasn’t aware at first that I was wearing the colors of Boston Marathon that day
’til I I saw my copy of the Runner’s World in the mail. Such a coincidence! 🙂

Runner's World July 2013

I was so inspired so I grabbed a copy of one of these too.

People June 2013

Moving on…

I planned a 10-mile run on Sunday but I woke up late again. By the time I got my lazy butt up, it was already close to 8:00 am. I knew it’s going to be hot as hell after 8:00 am. It was supposed to go as high as 82 degrees later that day. I was debating with myself if I’d still manage to run outside or not, but I didn’t give in. I thought of heading to the trails to seek some shade and …. just run!

Just run

Southwest Ohio is generally pretty cool in the mornings for running. Usually, a run before 8:00 a.m is perfect around here. The “getting up really early” part to beat the heat is a challenge for me.

It’s funny that after living here in Ohio, when I hear people who run outside during the winter in negative degree snowbound weather, I don’t react weird about it; but when they tell me they went running during 95 F weather, I’d think they’re crazy I mean, bad ass!

My ideal running temperatures would range from 50º-55º. For me, that’s perfect! I’ll be flashing a big smile on my face throughout my run in that temperature. Greater than that, I’ll have issues… I’ll die! (Lol! Just kidding!) 😛

What is your ideal running temperature? When is it too hot for you to run?

I’ve only been running for just over a year now and within the year I’ve read some useful tips from the running gurus on training during hot days:
– Run really early or later in the day after the sun starts to set to avoid the heat of the sun.
– Avoid getting out there between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
– Wear loose light-colored clothes.
– Run on shady trails or indoors
– Stay hydrated

Just Run

How do you run in the heat and not die? What are your hot weather running tips?
How hot would you say is too hot to run outside?

I usually run with a hand-held water bottle but I knew I wouldn’t get through 10 miles in the heat and humidity with just 8oz. water, so I thought of running with a CamelBak. This was actually my first time I had to bring one on a run. I don’t like carrying stuff with me on my runs, but that day I was thanking myself for thinking of it. I was able to stay hydrated throughout my run and I realized, carrying a CamelBak wasn’t bad after all. 🙂

Just Run

I didn’t have to stop for water but I planned my route where I can stop for water just in case I run out. My husband was on call for work that day so I ran by myself. I did multiple short loops in the trail staying close to where I parked instead of a long run out and back. That way, if I get too exhausted and dizzy, I can head back to my car easily to rest or stop early.

10 miles
Have you ever not run because you thought it was too hot- or what do you do to make sure you’re properly hydrated?

It was exhausting, but I finished 10 miles without collapsing. 🙂 I headed back to my car, rested for a bit, and had my much needed recovery snacks before driving back home.

Post-run fuel

I like to refuel with banana and coconut water/juice. 🙂

What is your favorite way to refuel after a run?

While having lunch at home, I watched this interesting documentary on Netflix titled, Vegucated.

It is about these three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks and learn what it’s all about. The director of this film, Marisa Miller Wolfsonused to make fun of her vegetarian friends until she became one. Like her, I used to never understand why people go meatless. Although I know greens are the way to go for healthy life, I grew up also knowing the importance of the nutrients we get from meat. That thinking slowly changed when I became conscious about my health and watched several documentaries about the importance and benefits of changing our diets to plant-based. I have seen quite a few videos about the meat and dairy industries but they did not affect me like Vegucated did. Among the films I’ve watched, this one, this particular documentary hit home the most for me!

I’d like for you guys to watch this trailer just to get an idea of what the film is all about.

After watching it, I felt sorry for the fish I just ate for lunch (Ugh! I’m so sorry fish). I was aware of how animals go through in slaughter houses from local news and newspapers but it never really sunk in to me until I watched this documentary. It showed what actually takes place in slaughter houses and how it’s really like for those poor animals. These cows, chickens, and pigs are no way different from the dogs and cats you love in your homes. It’s really emotional to see what these animals have to undergo JUST for us humans. I shed a tear and it opened my eyes to things I had not previously consciously considered. It changed my outlook on a lot of things. It’s been 2 days since I watched the film and I haven’t had a single meat intake since and I am feeling great. 🙂

I just can never look at meats and enjoy my half rack ribs the same way again. I don’t know how long I can handle not eating meats. As of now, my heart is still melting whenever I remember the film. I can’t say it yet if I can go all the way vegan but I know I want to. I am very inspired at the moment by this educational video to become a vegetarian. 🙂

So if you’re thinking or interested to go vegetarian/vegan or adapt a plant-based lifestyle, watch this film! I tell you, this documentary will DEFINITELY inspire you to do it!  It’s available on Netflix. And even if you choose to continue to eat meat, Vegucated will definitely teach you a lot of things. It isn’t the first film I have watched on this subject matter, but it is the first film that changed me.

Do I think everyone should be a vegan? No. Not necessarily. I don’t think vegetarian is for everyone. I think food is a personal choice. However, I do think that everyone could benefit from more plants and less meat and dairy. I totally agree that a mostly plant-based diet is generally better for your health and better for the environment

Have you seen Vegucated? What do you think of the film?

On a last note before I end my post, we recently celebrated National Running Day and enjoyed National Doughnut day, but did you know that it was National Iced Tea Day yesterday? I didn’t ’til I got this email from Dunkin Donuts! 🙂

Well, in this heat, every day is National Iced Tea Day for me!

National Iced Tea Day

Have a great day everyone! Stay cool!

Xoxo, JOTR
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26 thoughts on “Banana Split, Running in the Heat …and Going Vegetarian (say wha?!)

  1. Ashley

    Very jealous of the banana split festival!!

    I was lucky that my last double digit run fell on a cool morning (a rarity lately in OH!), not looking forward to next weekends 12 miler as says it’s going to be a scorcher. Guess I’m waking up @ 5a on a weekend.

    Love Vegucated! I’ve been a vegetarian for over 10 years and I’ve never looked back. I feel good about what I eat and when I first switched over I was “forced” to try a lot of new foods.

  2. Emily

    1) Don’t they say that the Garden of Eden is in Ohio (or is that Iowa) and that would make sense as the Banana Split festival is there!

  3. Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness

    That is a banana split done right! Your hubby’s is good too, but you did it the way i would – all about the froyo, SPRINKLES and CHERRIES! nicely done 🙂 and yeah i like going for runs in the evenings after its cooled off a bit. i do strength work in the mornings (because me and cardio are not friends at 6am) and the running in the evenings.

  4. Reba - Not So Perfect Life

    1) Ohio sounds awesome lol 2) what kind of pants are you wearing in the Runners World Mag picture? I love them! 3) I agree with you about getting educated. I eat meat but I strive for a vegan diet… Its hard but I do try 🙂

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      Been living here in Ohio for 3 years now, so far I’m loving it here. Love the weather and the scenery. So laid back! 🙂

      2.) They’re leggings. My friend is selling them! 🙂 They’re really cute. I have few pairs and I love them. I’ll send you the link to her site later. I can’t copy and paste the URL from my phone.

      3.) Awesome! Same here, I’m trying. I really want to. 🙂

  5. Kristen L

    Oooo, that banana split looks tasty! What a fun festival. 🙂

    If it is super hot, I run on the treadmill instead. Not ideal, but better than melting outside. I think my perfect temp is high 50s to low 60s for running.

  6. thepaceofitall

    Banana split festival? Oh my word, I need this in my life. NOW! I hear you on the weather, 50s would be perfect for me. 100s? Not so much. Glad that the camelbac helped you on your run. I need to check out that documentary now, I’ve heard good things about it!

  7. Brittany

    I am with you 100% 50 degrees is PERFECT running temperature. Once it gets into 70 and above I DIE! I just DIE! HAHA. I tried running with my camelbak once and it was too big, I need a smaller one for running. Great job on the 10miles!!

    I LOVE that you are trying going vegetarian. It was documentaries like this that gave me the push to go vegetarian 6years ago, and then vegan last year! I just can’t support the factory farming, it makes me sick. Heartless bastards work there.

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      High five Brittany. 50s is the way to go! 70s is already hot for me. I’d faint. 80s, I’d die. Lol! My CamelBak is small. I usually bring it to biking and it wasn’t bad carrying it to run that day.
      I know! So heartless!!! How can they do something like that? It’s so cruel. I’m still no meat since then. 🙂

  8. Nicole @ FruitnFitness

    Banana split festival, I’m YUM!! I love going to food festivals. I’m such a cold person, I would mug rather run in the heat! I started running while I was interning in Texas one summer. It was probably between 100-110 most of my runs and I loved it!!! I think it’s so much easier to breath when it’s warm out, and I kinda like to sweat 🙂

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      I’m a cold person too, but running in the heat is a different story. I’d rather run in a cooler weather. I can’t breathe well and I get too tired easily if it’s too hot. It gives me migraine.
      That’s awesome running in the 100+ F! Wow!!!

  9. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom

    I live in FL so if I’m not outside before the sun rises above the horizon, there’s a 98% chance I will not be running outside that day. Good for you for sticking it out in the heat!

    I am a vegetarian and have been for 4 years, but I’m on the fence about documentaries like “Vegucated.” I watched it and it made me cry, but I also think that some of the film plays on your emotions and uses a lot of scare tactics and is full of opinions. As a vegetarian, I do not believe in telling others what is best for them or that they SHOULD adopt my lifestyle, but I think it’s great when people decide on their own! Being scared into vegetarianism won’t make the lifestyle stick, and I think a lot of food documentaries just try to scare people into a certain lifestyle. I wish you luck! I think the first month or so was the toughest for me, but I never plan on going back, if I don’t have to! It’s not just about ethics for me, but also about environmental impacts and I just get put off by the sight/texture of meat! Good luck!!

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      Wow. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I completely agree with you! Going vegetarian is not for everyone. It’s a personal choice.

      Thanks!!! 🙂 I hope to continue to learn more in this journey. 🙂

  10. BrittsRunningStyle

    I’ve seen vegucated and watched some other documetaries on Netflix about going vegan. I don’t think I could ever go Vegan, but I try to eat vegetarian most days of the week. When I buy hamburger, chicken & eggs I always buy the more expensive packaged meats that say no hormones/antibiotics, I get cage-free eggs and chicken as well that also say no hormones/antibiotics. When I can I also buy local meat where I know the animals are totally free range and grass-fed. Maybe that’s a way of justifying, but it is a step in the right direction and better for my kids too.

    1. Ja @Ja on the RUN Post author

      That’s awesome Britt. My husband can’t go vegan either and he does the same thing. Making sure everything is free of chemicals and raised humanely as possible. 🙂

  11. Tink

    Great job getting those miles in! I’ve run so many times in the insane heat and humidity. Now if I can I have my mom come and carry my water alongside me..or just stay inside on my cool AC-ed track!

  12. liveandbeawesome

    I don’t eat a whole lot of meat, but chicken is a staple in my diet! Don’t think I could give it up. I also hate leafy greens so I need other sources of those nutrients. Good luck with it!


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