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Gleaning, Trail Running and Weekend Stuff

I hope you had a nice weekend! We got some stuff done but also had a mix of social life too – a nice balance.

I got two great trail runs in and it got me thinking a little bit about how much I enjoy trail running – but I’ve decided there are definitely pros and cons.

Pros and Cons of Trail Running

I find that it’s so much easier to think less about time, and just enjoy the act of running on trails. It’s private, secluded, and cooler, for one thing. But, it’s also enjoyable to just be in nature. I usually listen to music or podcasts when I run, but when I’m on trails, I can deal with the silence. I don’t need the audible company for some reason.

Cons would definitely include the higher probability of me tripping. It seems that everytime I’m on the trails, I almost trip at least once. You definitely can’t go as fast on trails, which isn’t always a bad thing. For my recovery runs during marathon training, I used to head to the trails to make sure I wasn’t pushing myself too hard. The trails force you to be more methodical with form and movement, in stepping over branches and roots.

I love road races though. I feel like for a trail race, it’d be hard to get that crowd support that you get on the road. And with road races, your scenery is constantly changing and can be very picturesque if you pick the right course. Ultimately, I think I would always choose a road race or marathon over a trail one, but I could do a trail race for anything under a half marathon. I’m not at the point of thinking about ultras yet….What are your thoughts?

Aside from running, we had some other fun weekend highlights!


Friday felt like a pizza night, so Ed and I headed to Alino’s pizza in Mooresville to get our pizza fix. We split a pizza (they only come by the whole pie) and salad. Ed was running a half marathon Saturday morning, so perfect carb loading for him.

Alinos pizza

I gleaned on Saturday morning. I wasn’t familiar until I looked the term up, but gleaning is collecting excess or leftover crops (usually after the harvest is done). It helps reduce food waste, and gives those excess crops to people in need, like churches, food pantries, homeless shelters, etc. I love the idea behind it. It actually started in Biblical times. In the Old Testament, they talk about farmers leaving the outer edges of their crops for those in need to come and take.


I know for myself included, and probably for most of us, it’s easy to overlook our ability to buy fresh fruits and veggies. Alot of people lack access to grocery stores or don’t have the ability to buy fruits and veggies. So, this experience helped put that in perspective. Any way we can reduce food waste and give it to those who need it just makes total sense.

We gleaned muscadine grapes! I tasted many along the way 🙂


On Saturday night, we went to the Charlotte football game. This was their first home game of the season. It was fun to get back with our usual tailgating group. Ed and a bunch of his buddies have season tickets, so there’s a fun group that gets together for all the home games.

Charlotte football


On Sunday morning, we went to the 9:45 service at our local church and then I met my friend, Emily for lunch at Tupelo Honey.

We split an apple tahini and hominy dip with chips, biscuits (sooo good), and I got a salad with fried chicken. The salad was pretty small and lackluster. I was sold on the blend of quinoa, kale and watermelon radish with yogurt dressing, but there was barely any quinoa, and I didn’t taste much yogurt dressing.

Tupelo Honey Tupelo Honey

After lunch, I ran some errands, got some client stuff ready for Monday and did some meal prep. I made this peanut butter brownie baked oatmeal, roasted some veggies (butternut squash, zucchini, parsnips, and broccoli seasoned with canola oil, turmeric, salt, chili powder, garlic powder and TJ’s everything but the bagel seasoning). I also made this lentil BBQ loaf because I’ve had a bag of lentils staring at me for far too long. I’ve made my lentil tahini dip a few times but wanted something more substantial.

Other Sunday night activities included a long walk with Tater and Sunday night football. Hope you had a great weekend!

I’m linking up with Hoho Runs and Misssippipiddlin for the Weekly Wrap!


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  1. Looks like a great weekend! I had
    Never heard the term gleaning, but its a great idea. A lot of folks have citrus trees here and there is a local group that will
    come pick unwanted fruit and distribute it to people in need, it’s an awesome program.

  2. What a fun weekend! I agree on your pros/cons of trail running… I think as I get older I’ll be doing more trails and less competitive (with myself) running. Love the gleaning concept! How did you know where you could go?

    1. I’m afraid I’d get hurt if I was competitive on the trails, so agree with you there! The gleaning opportunity was set up by my local dietetic association. They were asking for volunteers!

  3. How did the oatmeal turn out? I really like the idea of the recipe, but Beth’s notes say that it is a moist, gooier baked oatmeal, and I prefer mine more on the dry side (closer to muffin or banana bread texture).

  4. I love watching football! football and fall go together hand-in-hand. I don’t enjoy running but I do enjoy nature walks! I love beautiful peaceful trails.

  5. I prefer trail running just so I don’t have to deal with traffic. One of my trails is pretty tame though since it’s a local rail trail and some portions are even paved. No real danger of tripping there. The other is a trail through the woods so that requires more caution!

  6. I would choose trails any day over road. I’ve kind of lost interest in the roads because the trails just make me feel sooooo much better mentally and physically. Now I need to make the PB Brownie Baked Oatmeal…yum!

  7. Gleaning – so cool! Was this organized through some sort of group/company? I’ve never heard of muscadine grapes, let alone fields of grapes. Do you know where the grapes you picked are being sent to/used?

    I’m not a runner but I would think I’d be on the pro – trail side. I’ve always enjoyed not using earphones and rather getting lost in the silence of the wilderness, at least for my walks. And I think the different terrain would add a sense of fun/adventure during a race. But I can totally see how the risk of falling would be a major damper. And I would fall… a lot.

    1. It was organized through our local dietetic association, who heard about it through the Society of St. Andrews, who organizes lots of different events. We were just donating the grapes we picked to local churches and food shelters.

  8. I just recently did my first 15K race, Sarah. I think I will be sticking to 5K runs in the future…

  9. I have never heard of gleaning before but now I’m super intrigued! It’s sounds like a really awesome thing to do. And I can’t wait until the temperatures drop here so that I can make all the baked oatmeal! Right now my body just doesn’t crave it – but I know that it will soon!

  10. When I was a kid, we had a scuppernong vine — which I think is just that lighter variety of muscadine. Anyway, they were delicious. My parents even made wine. Gleaning is a great idea to provide for those in need. I don’t run on trails regularly, mostly because we just don’t have nice ones around here. But, I would have to be very careful with my ankles and wear the correct shoes. Thanks for linking!

  11. How fun season tickets to football! We have a few schedule to attend this year! It is always fun to get together and root for your team!
    I enjoy trail running but I tend to do more of it in the fall when the snakes and critters are in for the winter, lol.

  12. I think I will be trying that baked oatmeal next weekend as a meal prepped breakfast, it looks good! I’ve never done a trail run but in cross country some courses were more trail like and I felt like I was going to trip half the time so I stick to roads now. The best thing I ate this weekend was the chocolate cake at dinner last night, so good!

  13. You squeezed in so much this weekend! Well done! I love both trail and road running for the same reasons you have shared. I feel so at peace when trail running – find it so refreshing being out in nature and time seems to fly by. But I am still a road runner at heart!

  14. I dont have trails close by, but I wish I did. I still don’t think I would want to do a trail race though! I just think it would be a nice change to run on trials once in awhile.