Team SRSLY Fall Updates

In 2011, Bread SRSLY started delivering bread by bicycle in hilly San Francisco. We understand (and appreciate!) first hand the thrill of an active lifestyle, and we're proud to sponsor these incredible athletes.

NATASHA LABEAUD ANZURES

About Natasha

I am proud to represent the country of Canada in my quest to the Olympics. In addition to running, I am a co-founder of the non-profit organization 2nd Recess, which teaches kids ages 4-13 about healthy habits through running in San Diego. Some of my running accolades include: 5-time National Team Member, #2 Canadian Marathoner 2014, Qualifier for the 2015 Canadian Pan American and World XC Teams for 2015, and Canadian National Record Holder with the Chiba Ekiden relay team. 

I was diagnosed with Celiac's Disease in 2006, so I know the importance of having foods that you can trust and rely on, like Bread SRSLY!

What have you been up to this fall season?

I have raced a lot this year, especially with a big buildup before the Olympic Trials (and all of the emotional highs and lows that come with that experience). This fall has been a good training block with races coming up in November and December, with a focus on qualifying for the World Track and Field team in London in 2017.

Do you have any upcoming races? If so, which one(s) are you training for?

I will be racing the Silicon Valley Elite 5k on Thanksgiving Day, and then the Holiday Half in San Diego in December. I will then switch over to indoor and outdoor track to start out 2017.

What is the Thanksgiving dish you can’t wait to sink your teeth into?

I am looking forward to making a gluten-free stuffing this year with Bread SRSLY sourdough bread. I am not meat-eater, so I love loading my plate up with tons of vegetables and squashes. I will combine the following ingredients for a tasty stuffing:

• 6 cups of chopped Bread SRSLY sourdough

• 2 shallots, minced

• 2 yellow onions, diced

• 2 stalks celery, diced

• 2 carrots, diced

• 2 teaspoons dried sage

• 2 teaspoons dried thyme

• 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

• 1 cup gluten-free vegetable broth

• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you most want with you?

If I were stranded on a desert island, I would most want to bring my husband (he always makes me laugh, even if we were stranded somewhere)! But as for physical items, I would want to have: a large sketchbook with pencils and pens (I love to draw), a copy of the book The Physician’s Desk Reference (it would be helpful to have a medical guide), and a good knife (I just think that it would be so beneficial to have instead of trying to fashion something myself).


LAUREN JIMISON

About Lauren

My name is Lauren. I’m a professional runner for ASICS and recently raced the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. I live and train near Sacramento, CA in my hometown. My most proud performance was my first marathon--running 2:35 to qualify for the Olympic Trials! When I’m not running, I’m in the kitchen making a delicious kale salad or nutrient-dense sandwich on a Bread SRSLY roll! And, I’m planning my wedding. I love great espresso and spending time with my closest family, friends, and my soon-to-be husband, Seth. I work part-time at a children’s hospital, and my faith is the most important part of me; it fuels me to do what I do.

What have you been up to this fall season?

I have been up to a lot this fall! I am currently preparing for the Big Sur Half Marathon next weekend. But more importantly, I'm preparing for my fall marathon, CIM (California International Marathon). It’s my 6th marathon and my first time racing my hometown marathon. It’s perfect timing since I moved home this past year after training and living in Mammoth Lakes for the past 3 ½ years. I’m supported by SRA, Sacramento Running Association, so it feels so exciting to be racing CIM this year.

After the marathon is even more exciting news for me! I’m getting married in February to the love of my life and my favorite person to do life with, Seth. He’s a professional triathlete and a legal assistant. We can’t wait for our wedding day.

Do you have any upcoming races? If so, which one(s) are you training for?

Big Sur Half Marathon on November 13 and California International Marathon on December 4

What is the Thanksgiving dish you can’t wait to sink your teeth into?

We always make a nutrient-dense meal! Oftentimes, we actually eat more non-traditional. My mom and I really like salmon, so this is often on the menu. I always make my favorite kale salad (recreated from Smitten Kitchen’s Pecorino Kale Salad). And, sweet potatoes are always a must. Also--helllooo Sweet Onion Bread SRSLY. Who else is so excited about this?!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you most want with you?

My fiance, Seth

My favorite book (besides the Bible), Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist

A picnic basket - food is so necessary.


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KATIE MATTHEWS

About Katie

I run professionally for the Boston Athletic Association High Performance Team. We are an elite group that trains primarily in Boston, the city I fell in love with after attending Boston University. I qualified for the Olympic Trials in 2012 and 2016 and have personal bests of 1:11 for the half marathon, 32:23 for the 10k, and 15:30 for the 5k.

I also work part-time as a speech and language pathologist at a clinic right outside the city. We use a lot of play-based gross motor therapy to help improve language and communication in the kiddos we service.

Being gluten-intolerant doesn’t slow me down, but it has made me a lot more conscious about what I am eating and fueling my body with. Realizing that so many products (including bread!) use fillers and preservatives was very off-putting. Bread SRSLY is one of my favorite carbs to use in fueling my many miles and long days. My go-tos are making avocado toast, dipping it into one of the many soups I home make, and using the rolls whenever possible! I also make a mean gluten-free French toast casserole!

What have you been up to this fall season?

I have been coming back from a bone stress injury I was diagnosed with early in the summer. While I am back up to running almost full mileage, the intensity of my runs has been lower than normal. I am working on increasing that now and also increasing my strength in the gym.

Do you have any upcoming races? If so, which one(s) are you training for?

I do! I have a tradition where I run the Manchester Road Race (in Manchester, CT) on Thanksgiving Day. I have actually ran it the past 10 years! So I will be running that race in just a few short weeks. It will be a good gauge of where my fitness is. Then, I will see how my workouts are going to see if I can get some races onto my schedule for the new year.

What is the Thanksgiving dish you can’t wait to sink your teeth into?

I really look forward to the actual turkey – it is probably the only day of the year that I actually have roast turkey that isn’t a cold cut!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you most want with you?

Let’s see – if I were really stuck there with no way off, I would have to say a good book, matches, and a good food supply (including your bread!), so I could sit and wait for a plane to pass!


KRISTEN ZAITZ

About Kristen

After graduating from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) I knew I wanted to run professionally. I worked my way up the ranks and qualified for three Olympic Marathon Trials (2008, 2012, 2016) with a marathon personal best of 2:32:48 from 2014. I am currently taking a break from the professional scene because I am expecting my first child. I will continue to run after the baby is born and will continue to coach high school track and cross country, a job I got last spring.

What have you been up to this fall season?

This fall season has had me focusing on exercising everyday, but not competing. I am focused on the birth of my first child and staying healthy for her!

Do you have any upcoming races? If so, which one(s) are you training for?

I have some goal races on my radar for the fall of 2017. Those races give me something to shoot for once my baby is born. I need to have a goal to get out the door everyday. I’m excited to tackle them, and as they get closer I will announce those goals!

What is the Thanksgiving dish you can’t wait to sink your teeth into?

I’m not a huge fan of Thanksgiving dinner (I know call me crazy)! I would have to say turkey with homemade cranberry relish. Hmmm, maybe I should try making stuffing with my Bread SRSLY. Maybe then my mouth would be watering for Thanksgiving dinner!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you most want with you?

Bread SRSLY of course, my husband, and my baby!