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Month: February 2017

Poha/Avalakki (Vegetarian Indian) – Instant Pot Recipe

Poha/Avalakki (Vegetarian Indian) – Instant Pot Recipe

I’m yet to write a post about my life-saver Instant Pot, which is my 2nd most important kitchen gadget after the Vitamix. I’ve been cooking so much in the Instant Pot that I forget to take photos or write about it. This one was however too good and way too fast to forget to blog about. Avalakki is a very popular breakfast dish as well as an evening snack of Karnataka, the state in India where I’m from. The dish, made with…

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Our weekend ski trip – Cataloochee Ski Area

Our weekend ski trip – Cataloochee Ski Area

I’m not a cold sports person, maybe because I prefer sports where my feet are firmly on the ground. Also, growing up in hot South India, I never had the option to play in the snow. My first snow sighting was when I came to Atlanta, but it being Atlanta it snows like maybe 1-2 days a year inspite of many impending dooms of Snowpocalypse! The minions love to experiment with cold sports and we’ve settled on an annual ski trip in February…

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How to get back into training after a long break

How to get back into training after a long break

After London Marathon and my long hiatus, I was trying to start back up from ground level. The biggest issue I had was – I wasn’t in shape for ANYTHING. I could not even run “just” 3 miles (I put the just in quotes because most endurance athletes would understand what I mean and it is not an insult because running 3 miles is a pretty cool). Because I could not run the distance, I was excessively hard on myself…

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Pav Bhaji Recipe: Indian Street Food

Pav Bhaji Recipe: Indian Street Food

I love Indian street food. In fact, much to my mum’s frustration that Mr. FauxRunner shares, I could survive on street food for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Pav Bhaji is one of my favorites. Pav Bhaji is an Indian street food sold in deliciously smelling carts, consisting of a vegetable curry and served with bread rolls aka Pav. The curry is meant to be spicy, and the bread roll is toasted in ghee to counter the spicy curry. It is eaten…

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Heart and Soles 5k – Race Report

Heart and Soles 5k – Race Report

The FauxRunner family has been a member of Atlanta Track Club for the past 3 or 4 years, but we’ve never taken advantage of the Grand Prix series and the free 5k events. When I was looking for a 5k for Miss. FauxRunner around February, the Heart and Soles 5k was perfect and it was free for members. Having raced The Red Top Rumble 11.5 mile Trail Race just last weekend, I wasn’t planning to race this one, even though…

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Red Top Rumble – My First Trail Race

Red Top Rumble – My First Trail Race

The last time I put a number on to race was at the London Marathon in April last year (I had the Memorial Day 5k and PTS Allatoona Sprint Triathlon as fillers, but I didn’t train for them. Just showed up and suffered). While it was an experience that could not be topped, after that race I was demoralized, frustrated and a bit burnt out trying to chase goals and juggle life. It took me a long time to get…

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Lack of Sleep and it’s Effect on Training and Life

Lack of Sleep and it’s Effect on Training and Life

Sleep. Or the Lack of. Every parent has vivid memories of being low on sleep during the newborn and sometimes well into toddler days. These days, luckily my minions sleep through the night, or atleast they are smart enough to know NOT to wake me up when I’m asleep. Especially on the days I’m up at 4:xx AM trying to get a run/ride/swim in before work.  It was hard in the beginning, but then I got used to the routine as…

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