Becca Menke: MEd|Blogger|Coach

Becca Menke: MEd|Blogger|Coach Follow

Certified running coach
Vegan blogger 🌱
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#tbt to good posture, even better clothing choices, and the time @jonnychucks and I started the most intimidating neighborhood biker gang ever
Maybe this is why I turned to running- Mom couldn’t weigh me down with safety gear 
Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you find time to laugh and not take yourself too seriously today 💃🏻
#safetyfirst #bikergang #90skids #throwbackthurday #fashionstatement #thisiswhyirun
Looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dessert? Look no further than some frozen bananas, peanut butter and chocolate 🍫🥜🍦
Check out my blog for this vegan ice cream recipe along with 4 other super simple treats 
Link in bio- what is your favorite #Valentinesday treat? 😋💝
#treatyoself #vegandessert #nicecream #chocolate #peanutbutter
My Chiberian Valentine 🏃🏻‍♀️❄️💙
10 easy miles this morning, hoping the winter air would clear my sinuses #runnerlogic 😂
Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday... perfect time for creamy, decadent CACAO TRUFFLES 
Single life has it’s perks: I won’t have to share 😂 🍫💝
Check out the recipe on the blog today. Chocolate truffles with just 2 INGREDIENTS in three variations: cacao, pistachio and raspberry 😋
These raw cacao truffles take 5 minutes to make and are vegan, paleo, gluten-free with no added sugars (plus nut-free if you don’t coat in pistachio!)
Which one would you eat first?
It’s been 1 week since starting the @edgeathletelounge  February Meditation Challenge and already I am applying strategies I’ve learned to my running and strength classes 💪
Biggest change so far: how I approach discomfort
In the past I would let that “oh no.. oh no... oh NO THIS IS HARD” thought overpower me and slow down or stop. With meditation I’m learning to simply acknowledge that thought and let it float away while I keep going. 
I’m not perfect, but it’s so cool to observe the small changes and progress 
There’s still time left in the month to join the challenge! Meditate every day, adding 1 min each day - of you can’t add a minute then at least just try for meditating everyday. Apps like @headspace are great for starting 
Happy #ThursdayTherapy
#edgemeditationchallenge #edgefamily #2018yearofthecompleteathlete #meditationchallenge #meditationinmotion #mentalstrength #doyogarunfaster #breathe #treepose #strengthtraining #ultrarunners #50ktraining #veganrunner #nomeatathlete #runchicago #teamnuun #werunsocial #groupfitness #igerschicago #chicagogrammers
New vegan lunch find at @squarerootskitchen in the West Loop, yaaaaas 🌱🎉
Custom quinoa bowl with marinated tofu, roasted squash and zucchini, portobello mushrooms, shredded carrots and hummus with a side of balsamic vinaigrette 
30g of protein and 100% deliciousness
Check out my latest blog post for a full review of the restaurant and follow along with my Stories today on What I Ate  Wednesday for some more vegan inspo 
What would you get in your lunch bowl? .
#whatveganseat #vegansofig #veganbowl #customorder #veganlunch #restaurantreview #fastcasual #SRK #westloop #chicagovegan #chicagofood #chicagoeats #chicagogrammers #igerschicago #yelpchicago #bestfoodchicago #veganfastfood #quinoabowl #whatiatetoday #312food #plantbased #proteinpacked #runnerfood
I hear ice vests are in style these days
Mother Nature batted me around on the Lakefront Trail this morning with 30+ mph winds and snow pelting my face 
My watch even froze towards the end and missed the last 2ish miles 😩 
Usually I would be all in my head, cursing every step, and the run would pass painstakingly slow
But this time around I focused on my breath and letting those negative “I really hate this weather” thoughts pass. I wasn’t 100% great at it, but it was definitely an improvement! 
Only a few days into this February #edgemeditationchallenge and it’s helping already 🙌 
Time for a hot shower, breakfast and then heading to the bake sale at @aliceandfriendsvegan - come stop by for some goodies!
#completeathlete #mentalstrength #edgefamily #meditationinmotion #winterrunning #snowrun #headspace #bepresent #runnerscommunity #veganrunnersclub #nomeatathlete #runshots #runlikeagirl #strive 
#teamnuun #ultrarunners #irunthisbody #lovetherun #werunsocial #igrunners #runchi #3run2 #igerschicago #chicagovegan #chicagogrammers
When I dip, you dip, we dip 🎶🎶
Just in time for the Super Bowl a new recipe on the blog: vegan spinach artichoke dip 🌱
Full of flavor and texture
Check it out and let me know who you’re rooting for this Sunday (I’m for the commercials 😜)
Working on a triangle of light 🏃🏻‍♀️💪
Arm swing is important for stabilizing the body when running and it works together with your leg stride to drive you forward 
After seeing photos and videos of myself running the @f3eventschicago #halfmarathon, it’s also clearly one area I need to improve to become a more efficient runner
Every run should have a purpose, so on my easy runs I focus on improving my arm swing instead of running like I’m trying to learn how to fly 😂 
Arms should be bent at 90 degrees and swing forward and back along your sides - aiming to get a “triangle of light” on the back swing. I also like to think of it like I’m a gun slinger in the Wild West about to duel 🤓💫
What aspect of your form are you working on?
Mediterranean soul bowl
I’ve been on a Mediterranean food kick lately, trying to find the best falafel in town. It’s because I’m getting bored with my regular meals and regular go to proteins of tofu, tempeh and seitan. So far I’ve tried @idreamoffalafel , @olivemediterranean, @rotimodernmed and @sultansmarket 
Any other suggestions?
In the mean time, I’ve been making some Mediterranean inspired salads at home like this one that I featured on last week’s What I Ate Wednesday:
1 c chopped parsley
1/2 cucumber, diced
2 vine tomato, diced
1/4 c red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1/2 c cooked amaranth (I swapped this for farro yesterday and like it a lot better)
Juice from 1/2 a lemon + salt n pepper to taste
Mix it all together in a bowl, top with chickpeas or other protein - serves 4
In the above salad I added the last bits of some arugula and wild rice, then sliced a purple carrot and tossed in some dehydrated chickpeas for protein and crunch (texture fanatic 🙋🏻‍♀️)
Comment below with your favorite Chicago falafel recommendation and why I hum-MUST check it out 😉
Running is not about numbers
It’s about moments of pure happiness 
It’s about creating community 
It’s about celebrating each other 
It’s about enjoying time outside
It’s about loving your body and the fact that it can move and sweat and get you from point A to point B without injury regardless of how slow or fast it is
🏃🏻‍♀️💚 I ran the @f3eventschicago #halfmarathon on Saturday and I’ll be honest, I almost didn’t want to. I couldn’t stop thinking of the fast times I had previously run, the times that I knew I could not reach now. I couldn’t stop thinking about the fact that at this time last year I was a much lighter weight. For me, weight and running have been so closely linked. It’s hard to see myself slower and heavier and not let that start a negative thinking spiral
Luckily, this photo snapped me out of that. 
Running is so much more than numbers, LIFE is so much more than numbers. Comparison is the thief of joy. I can’t believe it almost got in the way of me doing something I truly love to do. Live in the moment and stop assigning yourself numbers. That’s my mantra and personal growth goal for 2018 
You can find more on the blog, link in bio ✌🏻💚 🏃🏻‍♀️
Keep calm and chive (cream cheese) on 🌱🍞🧀
Normally I like Monday’s - they’re the start of a new week, anything is possible. But with the way things are at work I’ve started to dread them. So I’m putting lots more time and energy into coaching, recipe testing and blogging in an effort to grow all that. It’s been a fun stress release that has led to some cool kitchen experiments and successes 👩🏻‍🍳
New recipe for vegan chive cream cheese is on the blog - I love pairing it with toasted sesame seed bagels (pictured here from @brobagel)
Check it out, direct link in bio and tell me, what’s your favorite bagel and cream cheese combo?
#bagels #creamcheese #vegan #chives #breakfastofchamps #cashewcheese #kcco #thereciperedux #veganathlete #rabbitfoodrunner