Runner of the Week 9/14/2014: Sheralee Hopgood

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Sheralee Hopgood




United Kingdom

Short bio (for introduction).

Hi folks! I'm a runner, I'm vegan, I bake, I write and anything else that makes me feel good!

What got you interested in running?

About a year ago a very dear friend passed away suddenly and life got very shook up. I felt the need to look after myself, not just for me but for those around me too, and in the UK our NHS offer a free couch 2 5k service. I began the c25k journey first in July, feel out of practise and then again in November. I 'graduated' (a full 30 minute run!) in February this year and have never looked back!

Are you Vegan or Vegetarian? For how long? Why did you decide to give plant-based a try?

I am vegan for almost 6 years now, and before that vegetarian for 20-odd years. I remember watching an episode of a food-based competition programme, and a guest/competitor was hosting a vegan dinner party. It sparked my curiosity and I started looking into changing my diet. It was going to be a month's trial....! It became a way of life so quickly I can't really remember going from 'it's just an experiment' to 'heck yeah, I'm vegan'!

What keeps you motivated?

Sometimes nothing keeps me motivated and I flop out with a big bowl of Booja-Booja chocolate truffles! But always I miss the sense of freedom and the achievement of running and it draws me back time after time. It's one of the best stress busters going!

If you could run with anyone (living/dead), who would it be?

Mo Farah, if I could keep up. Albert Einstein, if I could speak German, or Kimi Raikkonen if I could stop for ice cream too!

What is your all-time favorite race? Why?

My very first race is my favourite. Nike's We Own The Night 10k at Victoria Park in London. I was asked to go along by a FB buddy who I had never met and I was nervous, so nervous. I had previously only run up to 8k and had only been running 'properly' for 3 months. But I went and it was such a fantastic event and atmosphere. One I will never forget!

How has running changed your life?

It has made me a calmer, happier, healthier person. It has also helped with quitting smoking and drinking, so all thumbs up!

What foods do you use to fuel (or recover from) your runs?

I have a rice cake with peanut butter and a glass of chocolate soya milk, or a coffee if it's been a cold run!

What piece of running gear could you not possibly live without?

My trainers!

What do you tell yourself when you are struggling?

Keep going, keep going, keep going...!

What advice would you give to someone who's new to running?

Trainers! Whatever you decide to wear or wherever you decide to run, have a gait analysis and get decent footwear! I've had ITBS due to poor shoes and I will never again buy without a fitting, it just isn't worth it.

Do you have any current goals? Races?

I have a 10k race tomorrow (14/9/14) which is for the MS Society UK. There's another 10k in 2 weeks with a running buddy, and a 15k race mid-October. Then my very first half marathon in March next year! After that, al being well, training for a full marathon??!!!

Website or Blog URL?

What is your blog/website about? (if applicable)

It's a blog for vegan recipes and short stories.
Where can we find you on social media? (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (coming soon!), Google

Lush Green Vitality Smoothie Recipe

Lush Green Vitality Smoothie - home grown divinity. 

I have to admit, i have been on a bit of a smoothie binge the last few nights. There is a fruit and vegetable stand located right next to my apartment. I find myself picking up fruit more and more as September has begun. It has become an awaited nightly ritual in daily life.

 The fruit is as fresh as fruit can be with rock bottom prices. Every night i end up with endless amounts of fruits that i blend to heal my body and instill inner piece. If your into Green Smoothies, you will love this one. Try it out and let us know how yours came out!

Cucumber Garnish was a last second play call!

Lush Green Vitality Smoothie Ingredients

Soy milk is very versatile 
  • One banana (Chopped)
  • 1 avocado (pitted and peeled)
  • 1/2 cucumber (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • ice cubes... as many as you need
Blend until smooth, enjoy!

Cheap Vegan Meals: Cucumber and Ginger Soy Sauce Salad

Cheap Vegan Recipe Series: Cucumber and Ginger with Soy Sauce Salad

It is possible to cook delicious vegan meals without spending any money at all! Here is quick and easy Japanese inspired vegan recipe that uses items you probably already have in your kitchen and fridge.

Total Cost to Cook: $1.25

  • Soy Sauce: Free from take out Japanese
  • Ginger: Free from take out Japanese
  • Wasabi: Free from take out Japanese
  • Cucumber: $.25
  • Avocado: $1.00


  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Avocado, firm
  • Ginger (sliced)
  • Soy Sauce


  • Wash all Veggies
  • Cut cucumber in hald and trim off ends.
  • Peel cucumber and remove center seeds
  • Cut cucumber into 4 pieces and then into thin strips
  • Peel and Pit avocado into this slice and add cucumber 
  • cut ginger into small pieces and mix in
  • stir in a quarter sized amount of wasabi
  • drizzle with soy sauce

The New Age of Forks To Feet

Dear Forks To Feet Community,

We thank you for your loyal readership and enabling us to grow this website into one of the top sources for all things vegan and running. Recently, we came to a deal with Brandon Frye, a plant based runner and the original creator of Forks To Feet. Brandon now focuses 100% on VegRunChat , a plant based running community with live Twitter chats every Sunday night. We have been passed down the torch from Brandon to take over ForksToFeet, continue to grow the community and fill the site with more engaging content for vegans and runners.

 Brandon has built an amazing destination for for vegans and runners and we will continue to add to the legacy! Be on the lookout for new posts, custom infographics and the best content curated from around the web. To stay up to date and engaged, have a suggestion or want to submit a guest post to the site we would love to hear and you can contact us on our social media outlets below!:






Don't forget to check out Brandon's plant based running community VegRunChat. They are hosting a virtual race that lasts from October 1st to 15th and anyone can join!

Thank you and we look forward to continue to supply you with great content that will help you reach your health and fitness goals!

- Your Forks To Feet Team

Sauteed Vegan Ham Kale Spinach & Mango

Yummy and Healthy Vegan Dinner Idea Infographic


  • Kale
  • Mango
  • Spinach
  • Beets
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Basil 
  • Cayenne Pepper


1. Wash mangos, beets, spinach and kale.  Chop mangos and beets into large chucks.

2. In a medium stovetop pot or pan, pour a small out of olive oil (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan).  

3. Add in cayenne pepper, salt & basil to taste. 

4. Simmer for 30 seconds on LOW

Add two handfuls of kale, it takes the longest time to cook and semi-crunchy kale is delish. 

Add chopped mango & spinach, stir in with the sautéing kale. 
Using a large bamboo spoon, gently stir to combine. 

Add "ham" substitute, cut to size.  This can be replaced by any desired vegan protein (recommendation Pinto beans).

Add chopped beets last and drizzle with olive oil. 
Gently mix all ingredients.

Cook for 5 minutes over med-low heat for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Cook to desired tenderness & season to taste before serving. 


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