Fall Running & Homemade Veggie Soup

It’s here, my friends. That magical time of year in D.C. when the mornings are cool, clear, and crisp, the days are warm, and the running is happy. Oh, September. How I love thee.


Yesterday morning, I met my friend Lauren for a run. We had 6 miles on the docket and the weather was fully on our side. Even better? She was able to meet at 7 a.m. instead of my usual 6 a.m. run date time.


My legs were feeling pretty stiff and worn out after Sunday evening’s 17 mile adventure, but views like this sure helped. :)


Lauren and I hadn’t run together in nearly a month so it was great to catch up with her, too. I <3 running friend dates, and it was a big treat to be out on such a beautiful morning! The air felt so fresh and it was almost cold out.



We kept it casual on pace (and tackled a steep hill in the last mile) and finished out the 6 miles in 58:56. Love getting in a solid run before the workday starts!


In honor of the weather being cooler this week, I also decided some homemade soup was in order. On Monday night, I whipped up a simple vegan veggie & bean soup that came out delicious.


To make the soup, I boiled 8 cups of water and dissolved 4 veggie bouillon cubes in it as the base. You could also just use 8 cups of veggie broth – I’ve been using the cubes lately since our pantry is so small and they take up less space (and are cheaper)!

When the broth was ready, I threw in some frozen edamame and chopped carrots and let them soften a bit before tossing in some chopped celery, kidney beans, and some cooked brown rice.


I also tossed in some fresh parsley and basil from our apartment herb boxes and some garlic powder! I love soups like this – they’re so easy and versatile and it’s fun to get creative with what you throw in. Give it a try yourself! And if you want an official recipe, check out my Homemade Minestrone Soup (click for recipe). It’s an old favorite! Two other favorites, if you’re in the mood for soup, are my Chicken & White Bean Chili Soup & Chunky Turkey & Vegetable Soup. Yum!

Hope the weather is gorgeous where you guys are, too! How are you enjoying the start of the cooler temps?


  1. 1

    The weather in DC was just gorgeous yesterday and today is shaping up to be more of the same! I just can’t get enough!!

    Sounds like a great run!

  2. 2

    Do you ever get cramps or side stitches when you run? It’s been happening to me a lot lately. Do you have any tips to prevent it?

    • 3

      I don’t usually, but one thing that’s supposed to help is altering your breathing pattern – trying to slow down and take longer, deeper breaths. I hope that helps!

  3. 4

    Here in the Midwest, fall means football, pumpkin beer (still need to get some) and chili! But your post sure does make me miss the fall running season in D.C. I used to LOVE watching the Georgetown crew team row down the Potomac while I ran by. Sometimes I would try to race them!

  4. 5

    Anne, so happy to report to you that I have lost 15 pounds since mid-July. I am cutting way back on cholesterol/fat/sugar/salt. I am still enjoying lots of good food, but eating less overall, and cut out the snacking. I have to thank you for your posts, especially some of your good recipes!

  5. 7

    Running buddies are the best buddies; and soup is a great chilly workout meal. Yum!

  6. 8

    We haven’t been lucky enough for Fall weather in Texas just yet, but I defrosted some homemade soup last night to get me in the spirit! I LOVE homemade soups because they’re easy to make (especially if you just toss things in the crockpot!), are generally flexible recipes and a good way to use whatever you have on hand, and are super nutritious if you pack tons of veggies in!

  7. 9

    We’ve been having those same mornings and I love it! We made a big meal of spaghetti and meatballs, which is total fall comfort food for me.

  8. 10

    Seasons don’t really exist in SF. It’s this time of the year that always makes a little envious of people who have “real” seasons.

  9. 11

    I’ve really been craving soups and chilis lately, even though Texas takes awhile to finally cool off. We’re still in the 90s…. yuck! Looking forward to those cooler runs too!

  10. 12

    The crisp morning temps in DC translate to downright chilly temps in VT this time of year. Could you do a post on dressing for cold weather runs?

  11. 14

    That soup looks delicious!

  12. 15

    I absolutely love running with a friend or running group. It’s a great way to catch up and it makes the time fly! The soup looks delish!

  13. 16

    I made my very first soup last night – a carrot and ginger one :)
    This one looks awesome too, I will have to try it out next time!

  14. 18

    I haven’t even thought about making soup yet! I am still munching on salads and enjoying the season’s tomatoes. Morning’s have been getting chillier, and I switched to hot coffee instead of iced. I’ll get to the warm fall comfort foods soon enough!

    I have been enjoying fresh-picked apples and pumpkin lately :)

  15. 19

    Great combination — cool running weather and warm soup! Well done!

  16. 20

    Bah humbug. I am not a fan of fall. It means winter is coming soon. Give me the heat and sunshine!

  17. 21

    I wish! It’s still over 100 degrees every day here in Arizona… I’ll be excited for the cooler temps when they arrive, possibly for the first time in my life :)

  18. 22

    I am loving the cooler weather. I love having the windows open and having the fresh air in my house. I need to remember to close them at night, because it’s been getting a little too cold.

  19. 23

    We haven’t had cooler temps yet…but I am patiently waiting! I can’t wait for the first long sleeved run :)

  20. 24

    Hi Anne! You inspire me with your morning runs. I have been doing more morning runs over the past few months and it has been great. I’m just curious though, what do you eat or drink between the time you wake up and the time you start your run? If you do eat or drink, how long before your run do you do that? Thanks!

  21. 26

    I’m LOVING the cooler weather! It definitely gives me time to sleep if I don’t need to rush out in the morning before it gets too hot to run!

  22. 27

    While training for a race last November I discovered fall is my absolute favorite time of the year to run. I love the cool, crisp air and the sound of leaves crunching underneath my shoes (we still have some time for that to happen though). I use bouillon cubes in substitute for broth a lot of times too. I like to add a little more water so their isn’t so much sodium concentrated in the broth. Not sure if that helps, but I can try, right?

  23. 29

    It’s great running weather in Indianapolis now too!!! Yay for fall soups…they all sound so tasty right now :)

  24. 30

    It’s amazing how much more fun running is when the humidity drops! :-) I can’t wait to try that turkey soup you mentioned…maybe I’ll review this one on my blog, too! You never disappoint!

  25. 31

    I would love to learn about your warm-up / stretch routine before runs!

    • 32

      I basically just do a quick few stretches and we’re off – I should probably be better about warming up/stretching out first! I do try to foam roll quickly before heading out the door, though, especially my calves.

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