Life Lately and Marathon Training Updates

  Jun 26, 2016  |  #Charlotte

Hi there!

I hope you had a great weekend! 80% of our weekend consisted of packing. We have boxes everywhere in our house right now, but for good reason! We close on our new house in less than two weeks so we needed to get work done!

I also feel so relieved that we’ve been able to throw out so many unnecessary things, donate bags upon bags to Goodwill, including old kitchen appliances and plate sets, and get organized. I will be a happy camper once this move is over and we are all unpacked.

In between the chaos, we went to the White Water Center for an evening trail run on Saturday night. I love running on trails. It’s so much easier for me to just get lost in my head and thoughts, and focus less on the time remaining, but just enjoy the beauty around me.

trail running, life lately

There was also live music playing for River Jam, so we hung out for a little bit after the run.

White Water Center, life lately

Marathon Training:

I’m starting to slowly up my mileage. Coach Ed has me running three consecutive days (Tues, Wed, Thurs), then a day off (Fri), in which I usually do yoga, stretching. Then I’ll run both weekend days, followed by a day off (Monday). For the most part, I like the system, except this weekend I was completely exhausted.

Since we ran our longer run on Saturday night, I was pretty exhausted doing my second longer run Sunday morning. I definitely can’t do back to back long runs with that little recovery, so that was a lesson learned.

I spent the rest of Sunday foam rolling and icing like crazy to nurture my body.


Life is crazy right now with our upcoming move. I’ll spare you the photos of the mess we are currently living in, but it’s a beautiful mess 🙂

We’re heading up to Rhode Island for the 4th of July to visit friends and family. We will be on Block Island, which is such a patriotic place to spend the holiday.

They do a fabulous parade, and we usually have a brunch on a hotel balcony overlooking the parade with cousins and aunts and uncles.

I didn’t make it to Block Island last summer because i was doing my clinical rotations for my internship here in Charlotte, and then we got married, so I’m really looking forward to being reunited this year!  This is from a few years ago.


That being said, the posting on the blog may be a little less frequent in the upcoming weeks. I don’t want to sacrifice vacation time with friends and family, or sightseeing opportunities.

I’ll plan to share recaps of my adventures through Instagram and on the blog at a later date!

Last week, I got to go to a food photography class hosted by Charlotte Food Bloggers, where we took pictures of lovely things like this charcuterie board.

I think I’m slowly getting the hang of DSLR cameras but I still have a long way to go!


I did get to spend a day on Lake Norman celebrating my friend’s birthday! 

And we had donuts from Duck Donuts for the trip – what makes boating and sunshine any better?


lake norman

Recent Eats:

These Red Grouper Tacos from 131 Main were everything I had hoped they would be. I think fish tacos are so summery, and I pretty much order them anytime I have the opportunity.

Which is interesting, because years ago when I was first introduced to fish tacos in Blacksburg at Cabo Fish Taco, I thought it was the weirdest idea that did not sound the least bit appetizing. But, that was before I developed a true appreciation for food.

fish tacos

This Sweet Potato Berry Smoothie Bowl was meant to be a snack but turned out to keep me full for a few hours, thanks to the wonderful toppings.

I added hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut maple cinnamon granola, banana, cocoa nibs and peanut butter.

PS – did you know that 1 oz of cocao nibs gives you 9 grams of fiber and tons of healthy fats?! Cheers to chocolate.

smoothie bowl

A quiche that I ended up eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t you love meals that are so versatile?


Do you have any summer trips planned?

Do you like fish tacos?


36 responses to “Life Lately and Marathon Training Updates

  1. I need to move if nothing but to get rid of some junk! Then I could move back, lol.
    I think I’m still in the boat you were in about the fish tacos. I need to bite the bullet and try them…
    Whao that smoothie bowl looks wonderful and would be awesome after a run! Thanks for linking up, we’re headed to the beach for July 4th Weekend and I see a few pina coladas in my future!

  2. Love me some tacos! Of any kind! I’m a little picky about fish tacos though. I don’t like fried fish. I feel like it makes the taco too heavy. But a fresh or blackened fish. Mmm. Mouth watering.

    Also, heart eye emojis at that charcuterie board.

  3. hahaha, I’m with you on the beautiful mess thing right now. I hate moving. ;_; A food photography class sounds like a lot of fun–I want an awesome fancy camera someday! 😛

    That sweet potato smoothie bowl looks and sounds amazingggg. *-*

  4. Fish and shrimp tacos are my absolute favorite right now! And always too:) Ahh that’s so exciting about your move! And your vacation sounds like a lot of fun too. I have a trip to Portland and possibly Denver in the works for the end of summer/early fall which I’m super excited for!

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