Monday, July 18, 2016

Two Burgers in Two Days .... all the way in Rhode Island!

A couple of weeks ago I got to travel to Newport, Rhode Island to help celebrate my friend Shannon's bachelorette weekend.  A bunch of us flew in from Charlotte and met up with some of her friends and family from up north.

Even with staying up late and having a few cocktails Friday night, I managed to get in a run Saturday morning.  I ran from our hotel to the "Cliff Walk," a 7 mile out and back trail near Newport. 

For someone as clumsy as I am, I was pretty scared going over the rocky parts of the trail.  But the views made up for it!  It was a little cloudy and much cooler than it had been in Charlotte, and oh so quiet.  I ran and walked just under 5 miles and headed back to the hotel, coffee in hand, ready to party!

One of the fun activities that Shannon's sister planned for the group, was a trip to a local vineyard (Newport Vineyard), complete with a chauffeured party bus ... no drinking and driving for us!

After touring the winery and sampling our fair share of delicious wines, we headed to their in-house cafĂ© for lunch.  I settled on their beet & bean burger and chips.
BEET + BEAN BURGER                                                     9
herb mayo, arugula, tomato, brioche roll
It was tasty and definitely made me feel like I was eating healthy!

The next day found us on the water aboard a mimosa cruise.  Although I was too hungover to partake in any drinking, I did work up an appetite while sailing, and devoured a burger at our lunch spot. 

Not only did the Midtown Oyster House have a delicious burger, they also had a killer bloody mary that worked wonders for my hangover.

GOOD BURGER*          13
Bacon, Gruyere Cheese, Onion Jam Toasted Brioche Bun

I loved spending so much time with one of my favorite people in such a cool city.  Eating 2 burgers in 2 days wasn't so bad either :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Famous Toastery American 4 Miler - race recap

I was lucky enough to win a free race entry into the Famous Toastery American 4 Miler on July 4th.  There are a couple of reasons why I shouldn't have run this race ... I was still on antibiotics for my sinus infection (ie. hacking up a lung) AND I didn't have my pre-race cheeseburger the night before.

I made it to the race with time to spare; I parked 1/2 mile away at the nearby middle school and took my time walking over.  I wasn't feeling all that motivated to race and had a feeling I wouldn't be setting any PRs that morning. 

I didn't even make it to the 3 mile mark when I began to text Ryan.  I told him I wasn't feeling well and that I was stopping to walk.  A side effect from my sinus infection medication was DIARREHEA.  Boy oh boy did I have to poop.  I continued walking the course as I coughed up all sorts of green and yellow grossness. 

I finally crossed the finish line in 36:14 minutes, by far my slowest 4 miler time ever.  Although I was disappointed I didn't run faster, I was surprised that I actually finished the race.  I could've veered off course and found a shorter way to my car but instead I suffered through the 4 miles.  How noble of me right?  Wrong.  I should've skipped the race and gotten healthy.  You live and learn I suppose.

Run For Your Life always puts on a great race and the Famous Toastery American 4 Miler was no exception.

Did anyone else race during the holiday weekend?  Any fun patriotic running stories?   

"woah, we're half way there"

gotta love a little Bon Jovi to shake things up on a Friday night.  "Woah, livin' on a prayer."

it's July 1st.  to me that means that half the year is already over ... which means I should have already run at least 500 miles to hit my goal of running 1,000 miles in 2016.

lucky for me I ran 507.4 miles in the first 6 months of 2016.  492.6 miles to go!  so close, yet so very far.

I'll have to remain pretty aggressive with my weekly mileage to reach my goal this year.  I'm up for the challenge and have run (slightly) more each month since January (77 miles).  I'll have to run more than 90.35 miles in July to continue this trend.  Fingers crossed we stay away from injuries and/or sicknesses that would prevent this from happening. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

my first attempt at speedwork

After so (many) years of running I finally decided that incorporating some speed work could help make me faster.  I'm 99% positive that I've never attempted to do any speed work in the past. 

Today while at the indoor track at the Harris YMCA I completed what I considered a speed work out.

12 laps = 1 mile

I alternated walking 1 lap with 3 laps (1/4 mile) of running.
1/4 mile - 1:48
1/4 mile - 1:40
1/4 mile - 1:43
1/4 mile - 1:39
1/4 mile - 1:40
1/4 mile - 1:38
1/4 mile - 1:41
1/4 mile - 1:41
1/4 mile - 1:43

then I jogged for 1/2 mile as a cool down.

total - 3.5 miles in 29:43 minutes

I would love to try this again on an "actual" track where each lap is 1/4 mile.  I was a sweaty mess when I was finished and was glad that I had taken 30 minutes to complete my work out.  I think I may try to incorporate some speed work outs into my weekly runs. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

save that pickle juice

Summer time running is rough.  It's hot.  It's humid.  And I'm usually sweating buckets by the time I'm done.  This morning was no different after slogging through 4.5 miles. 

I had heard about drinking pickle juice after running so I used trusty google to find an article highlighting the miracle drink.

An article published on Women's Running mentions numerous benefits of drinking pickle juice after a run.  It helps with muscle cramping, hydration, and to restore energy levels, due to the acetic acid (vinegar) found in the juice.

I poured 2 ounces into a cute little glass and drank the salty, vinegary liquid.  Yum.  Cheers to wacky running aids! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

taking advantage of the weather

The past couple of mornings have been gorgeous in Charlotte!  I've been heading to the YMCA at 9am to drop off the boys in childcare and then running around their outdoor track. 
Yesterday morning it was only 66 degrees out!  Between the mild weather and the first song of my run being "Run" by Vampire Weekend, I knew I was in for a great time.
I love that most of the songs on the Vampire Weekend station on Pandora are so upbeat and lively.  I felt like at some points I was just gliding through my run and finished with a huge smile on my face.  Cooler temps and low humidity meant faster times which allowed me a few minutes in the weight room to work out back (something I haven't done in months). 

Clearly there are days when I drag myself out for a run, but this week has not been like that at all. 

Hope everyone else is taking advantage of our great weather before we hit 100 degrees ... EEEEEK!

One Charleston run and lots of eats

So this probably should've been posted a couple of weeks ago but alas I'm just getting to it now.  Although I didn't get to eat a cheeseburger while in Charleston, SC I did get to sample lots of other delicious food which I wanted to document.

Ryan and I were in town for my friend Liz's wedding on Sunday May 29th.  It was a gorgeous event and I felt so honored to share her special day with her.  Since my parents had driven to Charlotte to watch the boys for us, Ryan and I decided to spend an extra night in Charleston to have a mini-vacation. 

On Monday morning we packed up our things in our hotel and headed out to breakfast.  We had been staying in Mount Pleasant and found the cutest coffee shop to dine at.  Not only was the coffee at The Collective divine, their food options hit the spot.
I ordered the Pimiento Cheese biscuit, with brown sugar bacon, egg, and cheese.  YUM!

After breakfast we headed to Sullivan's Island to hit up the beach.  It definitely started drizzling on us but I wanted a chance to walk along the water since we rarely see the beach.
We spent about 1.5 hours walking along the beach collecting seashells, before we decided to head over the bridge to Charleston.  Our hotel room wasn't ready yet so we changed into running clothes in their bathrooms and headed out for a jog/walk around the city.
We love that there is a street in downtown Charleston named Chalmers Street and always try to take a photograph while we are there.  We managed to run 3.5 miles before heading back to our hotel.  We were disappointed that our room still wasn't ready, but that didn't stop us from heading to lunch in our sweaty workout clothes.  We sat at the bar at Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar and had a couple of beers and fresh seafood.  No pictures were taken but we did enjoy our food (I ordered the ceviche).

After lunch we managed to check-in to our hotel and quickly showered and got ready to head back out to happy hour.  Hitting up the happy hour at Pearlz Oyster Bar has become our tradition and we didn't want to miss the 4pm start time.
We polished off 2 dozen raw oysters!  I also ordered corn fritters and pork rinds.  Among all of the draft beer we drank, we also took 2 oyster shooters.  Now we were ready to party!

The rain was off and on so we headed to another bar to avoid getting soaked.  We found Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House and settled in at the bar.  I ordered a beer flight and their fried pickles off the happy hour menu.

Clearly by this point Ryan and I had been eating and drinking most of the day.  That didn't stop us from continuing our mini pub crawl through Charleston!  Our next stop was Cypress for some wine and a cheese board.  We sat the bar upstairs and felt pretty swanky in the fancy restaurant.  We then headed to High Cotton for a more relaxed vibe and some live music.  Plus I heard their espresso martini was to die for.  And it was.  Super tasty and way decadent.  As you can probably guess I was pretty drunk at this point and demanded dessert.  We ended our night at Carmella's Dessert Bar where I proceeded to order everything in their dessert case.  No lie. 

So there you have it.  A little bit of running and a whole lot of eating in one of my favorite cities in the world.  Check out any of the places I mentioned for some tasty treats.