Happy day after Valentine’s day. Did you have a wonderful holiday? Tell me about it!
We were in Raleigh/Carrboro for the weekend for some running events. Speaking of…,did anyone watch the U.S Olympic Trials for the Marathon? It was SO intense, especially the womens’ race. We watched it at a brewery in Carrboro, and it was so cool to be watching in a brewery, on a projector screen, with beer + pizza, and 40 other runners.
I may now classify myself as a little bit of a running nerd…
And while you may think watching 26.2 miles of running may be boring, I can assure you it’s not, especially the last 5k.
Amy Cragg was unstoppable. I think she could have kept going for another half marathon at least. Her gait was just as smooth and effortless as when she started. And if you didn’t watch, there was an amazing demonstration of teamwork between Amy and Shalane Flanagan. She pushed Shalane when you could tell Shalane was tiring from exhaustion (it was 70+ degrees in LA, yikes) and it really helps represent just how much emotion is present in running!
Photo taken from this Sports Illustrated article.
Congrats to the top 3 (Amy, Des, and Shalane) who will be representing the US in the marathon at Rio, and Galen Rupp, Meb Keflezighi and Jared Ward for the men! This is EXCITING, ya’ll!
All I can say is watching this race inspired us to go get a little run of our own on after. We had another event on Sunday, and in our free time between, we enjoyed some good food in both Raleigh and Durham. Both areas are close to Chapel Hill where I was for grad school, so it was nostalgic to be back in the area and there are so. many. amazing. restaurants.
On Valentine’s day morning, I had a beautiful blueberry lavendar waffle from Bean Traders with lots of coffee. This falls in one of the top 3 best waffles I’ve ever had. Boldddd statement.
Switching gears a little bit…
Recently, I read an article about Aldi’s addition of more organic items, removing pesticides, and adding more stores and expanding. They are also expanding their selection of gluten free products and fancier products (i.e. artisinal cheeses, smoked salmon). This is great news, especially for all of us who can’t afford to always shop at Whole Foods.
If you’re not familiar with Aldi, they are a large retailer that offer discounted prices. They can offer these lower prices due to less merchandising and customer service in the stores, and by requiring customers to bring and pack up their own shopping bags. Definitely worth the lower prices in my mind.
While I usually rotate between stores for my grocery trips (mainly TJ’s, Harris Teeter and Aldi), last week, I needed a little bit of everything. In these instances, I go to Aldi. I got like 80% of my groceries at Aldi…for $51.49!!!! I just feel like my money goes so much further when shopping there, and they have dietitians they work with, so that gives them lots of street cred in my book!
I got a bunch of new-to me products I was excited to purchase such as brown rice spaghetti and spinach pasta. Also, some sauerkruat I raved about last week, was more than 75% less than it was at Harris Teeter.
A breakdown of everything I got:
Produce: Organic Spinach and Arugula, organic grape tomatoes, bananas, avocados, mushrooms, baby carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, zuccini, 5 lbs bag of baby red potatoes + sweet potatoes.
Refrigerated: Eggs, greek yogurt (plain tub), unsweetened almond milk, goat cheese, parmesan cheese, peach salsa (love this stuff!), hummus
Dry: pasta, rolled oats, canned beans, canned beats, wheat thins, whole wheat tortilla wraps
I should just say…this post is not sponsored by Aldi. I just really have tons of respect for them as a chain. And if you’re interested, some of my personal favorite products (based on quality and price) are the avocados for under a buck, honey goat cheese (this stuff is amazing!), peach salsa, quinoa, organic tomato sauce, frozen salmon, plain greek yogurt, gigantic sweet potatoes, and string cheese!
I hope you have an Aldi near you so you can experience their greatness.
Lastly, the winner of last week’s HUMA gel giveaway is Mary Beth J. CONGRATULATIONS!! She has been emailed and notified. Thank you all for participating, and hopefully you get a chance to try HUMA if you have not. Don’t forget you can still get 25% off your orders at www.humagel.com with the code SHurd25.
Have you ever shopped at Aldi? Favorite product?
How did you spend your Valentine’s day?