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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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