Friday, April 29, 2016

Wine + The Week!

Hope you all had a nice week & are ready for the weekend!!! Here's a bit on how my week went....

Woke up Monday in Chicago & couldn't wait to get back onto the lake front path. They re-did the Fullerton water stop where I got on & it looked great! I took a few of my favorite pics that never get old. It was such a beautiful morning. I ran 2 miles (9:36 & 9:09), walked 1 full mile, ran 1 at 8:46, walked 1 mile. I was really sore / tired after my six hour on Saturday & 1 hour on Sunday, so I wasn't able to do a normal run, but I didn't care!

Then it was meetings all day & off to a work dinner @ MK. We grabbed one drink afterward at Untitled too! Had some great wine, but the newest one I remembered was Dusky Goose! It was delicious and paired great w/ my steak! At the restaurant it was $150, but retails anywhere from $65 to $90. It's an Oregon Pinot Noir. Read more about it here.
I came home & did the below basically all night (side note: Seth & I trade selfies w/ Oliver because we both miss him so much when we're gone (yes we know he is just a puppy =)..) I took the day off from working out.
I was so happy to come home & find out Seth had left me pizza in the fridge. A win with Donato's!
I met up w/ the Brentwood Breakfast Club at 6 am for 4 miles since it is taper week, average of 9:12 pace. After our run, we had breakfast at First Watch & I was so excited they had their Avocado Toast. It is a must try if they have it on the menu!
I got some new TN running shirts at Fleet Feet. I'm not sure how many they will have, so I'd get there sooner rather than later! They have unisex & men's shirts as well.
Lastly, I caught Oliver sleeping while cleaning & packing for my weekend in Cincinnati! This little donut dog warms my heart so much!!!

Anyone racing this weekend? I am doing the Flying Pig in Cincinnati, OH

Where is your favorite place to run?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Healthy Brownies & Trails

I had on my schedule a 6 hour training run at Percy Warner to get ready for our trip to the Grand Canyon next month to run/hike Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim. There is a group of about 20 of us from Nashville that are doing an organized run in mid-May. A few of those coming with us have done it before and will be leading the way. I started the run at 5:40 am and ran about 8.5 miles until I met up w/ my Fleet Feet Dirtbag group for the next 3 hours. After that I had 1 hour on my own. I struggled through the first 2 hours and then I found my groove and felt pretty good. My goal thought was "Can I do this again?" as 6 hours got me about 26 miles and we will be doubling that for the Grand Canyon run. I felt pretty good at the end given I was hiking/walking a lot for the last hour. My nutrition was 2 honey stinger waffles, 2 GU's and 1 pack of tailwind. I went through my entire pack of water as well. Hopefully this will get me prepared for 50 miles!
Afterward, I finally got to visit my friend Heather's Juice Bar in Belle Meade. Large PB&J of course!
Then it was off to get a manicure before my work trip (pampering is always needed)!
That night we attended the Grand Ole Opry w/ Seth's grandparents & had such a great time!
It has been a long week of running even w/ skipping Thursdays Breakfast Club Run!
Then it was off to Chicago & out to dinner for my friend Lindsay's birthday! We tried out Duck Duck Goat downtown & it was delicious!! We had so many dishes that we ended up slitting & one of them was the crab rangoon! On point!
And couldn't pass up a Sprinkle's cupcake!
And FINALLY my new recipe, Healthy Brownies!!! Recipe found HERE.

  • 1 and 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips, separated, I use 67% cacao
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil, LouAna brand recommended (I used whole foods)
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3/4 cup oat flour (blended regular oats)
Optional Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk, or whatever milk you have on hand
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4- 1 and 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil or parchment paper and then spray with nonstick spray.
  1. In a bowl place 1 cup of chocolate chips or chopped and measured dark chocolate.
  2. Microwave the coconut oil and measure the coconut oil in its melted, hot state.
  3. Pour the hot melted coconut oil over the dark chocolate and stir the chocolate until it is completely melted.
  4. For best results I suggest using LouAna coconut oil (I used Whole Foods brand).
  5. Add in the Greek yogurt. Make sure the Greek yogurt is quite thick and not watery. If needed drab it with a paper towel after stirring and measuring it.
  6. Stir in the vanilla, salt, baking soda, and coconut sugar.
  7. In a blender or food processor put in quick oats or old fashioned oats. Blend or process until the oats resemble flour. Measure the oat flour after blending and not before. (I used actual oat flour)
  8. Stir into the mixture. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  9. Spread the mixture (it is very thick) into the prepared 8 x 8 pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 28-32 minutes or until a fork comes out clean when inserted.
  10. Do not over-bake. Slightly under-baking is better and will yield a better taste and texture. (More fudge-like)
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
Optional frosting
  1. In a microwave safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and milk. Microwave in bursts of 15 seconds, stirring for 15 seconds in between each burst until the chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Stir in the Greek yogurt and then whisk in the powdered sugar.
  3. Start with 3/4 a cup and add as needed. Note that the frosting thickens up a lot after being refrigerated.
  4. Refrigerate the frosting (covered in an airtight container) for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Cover the brownies with the frosting.
  6. Remove the brownies using the overhang of the parchment paper or foil. Cut into pieces and enjoy.
Seth & I really liked these, but they were very rich & kind of crumbly, but would be so delicious paired w/ vanilla ice cream. I would probably only eat one in a sitting, but I was surprised at how much they tasted like normal brownies, but were made w/ healthier ingredients!! I would definitely make these again!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Got into Chicago!!

Good News came on Thursday that I was drawn for the Chicago Marathon this coming October!! This will be my second time running this race & I love it. It was my first EVER marathon & holds a special place in my heart, especially because I lived there for 8 years prior to moving to Nashville. This will be my GOAL race of the fall & where I hope for a PR! Can't wait to run w/ everyone! We have about 35 people coming from Nashville!

Rewind on my week...
Started off the day w/ 6 am spin at none other than...
Then hit up Juice Bar...this is their menu for anyone interested, lots of juices, smoothies, & healthy shots.
PB & J smoothie w/ spinach for the win...
Had an easy 5 mile recovery on the schedule & tried to do some hills for my Flying Pig race next weekend! Anyone else running it?
Jeni's Ice cream that night w/ my neighbor, Collette. I tried the Wildberry Lavender & Brown Butter Almond Brittle. Both are delicious!!
Lastly, time to prep for my longest run to date in my life, 6 hours on the trails!
Where are you running/racing/volunteering this weekend?
Anyone else like Jeni's Ice Cream? If so, what's your favorite kind?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lots of Eating & Running!

Happy Wednesday to everyone!!

Got in a 6 mile morning run! Was on the struggle bus a bit after my fun weekend in NYC!
Dinner for work was at Etch in Downtown Nashville. I had the scallops & they were delicious. Also, the butter tasting appetizer was very tasty as well.
Then we had some delicious G.D. Vajara "Albe" Barolo wine ($125/bottle) & the Syrah below (new to me!) I wish I could find the brand of it, there were a few Syrah's on the menu, but I cannot find a similar looking bottle on goggle anywhere! Well, it was also delicious. I would also highly recommend the Albe Barolo. Everyone at the table enjoyed both!
Started my day off at the track at 5:30 am w/ friends for 6 x 1 mile repeats at your goal pace. I don't have a goal race coming up, so mine were kind of all over the place, but the last 4 I made consistent with the pace I'd like to do for my 10 k next weeked. Felt really good during this workout!

2 mile warm up (10:42/10:00)
Miles: (8:28, 8:30, 8:11, 8:12, 8:11, 7:56)
1 mile cool down
Total miles: 9
My co-worker Alyssa turned 27 and we hit up Tupelo Honey (their biscuits w/ jam & honey are SO Good)

Dinner was w/ my friend Jenn for her birthday at Moto in the Gulch.
Okay, now I think I've eaten out enough for a few days!!

Anyone else been to Tupelo Honey? There's one in Chattanooga that I had been to before.

Anyone else have a good run or speed workout?

Monday, April 18, 2016

NYC + A Chicken Recipe

First off, GOOD LUCK to all those Running Boston!!
I started off the morning with a run in Central Park & the weather was PERFECT! I really lucked out with the weather in NYC.
Then it was off to a bridal shower for my friend, Kelly!
These little desserts were so good & I probably ate ten.
Bach party consisted of dinner at Caroll's & out on the town!
I made a new chicken recipe for Seth & I last week & we both really liked it. I am keeping this one on our list of go to's for quick & easy weekly meals!

Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken (Recipe found HERE )

1. 2 (10-11 oz each) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, butterflied & halved
2. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
3. 1/2 tsp onion powder
4. 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
5. salt & papper
6. 2 tbsp Olive Oil
7. 6 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices (I used an 8 oz ball)
8. 4 avocado slices
9. 2 medium vine ripened tomatoes, sliced
10. 3 tbsp balsamic glaze
11. 1/3 c chopped basil ribbons

1. In a bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper. Sprinkle mixture evenly over both sides of each chicken cutlet.
2. Heat olive oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken (cover pan w/ splatter screen if you have one) & cook until golden brown on bottom (about 4-6 minutes). Rotate & cook opposite side until chicken has nearly cooked through, reducing burner temperature if needed (about 4-5 minutes). It should be nearly 160 in the center on an instant read thermometer.

3. Add 2 slices of mozzarella to the top of each cutlet, followed by one avocado slice, and 1-2 tomato slices. Cover pan w/ lid, return to heat & allow to cook 1-2 minutes longer until cheese has melted & chicken registers 165 in the middle.

4. Drizzle w/ balsamic glaze & basil ribbons (their glaze looks MUCH better than mine, how do they get that perfect drizzle??)
Have an AMAZING week!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Which celebrity marathoner are you?!

Happy Saturday Everyone!!

I looked through THIS Runner's World article about celebrity marathoners and my marathon time was closest to Jennie Finch. I would, however, love if my marathon time was closer to Christy Turlington (3:46) or even Apolo Ohno (3:26)! If you read it, who are you closest to? Or which celebrity has your dream marathon time?! Let me know in the comments below!

Began my day w/ the Brentwood Breakfast Club at 5:30 am at First Watch! I covered 8 miles at a 9:06 pace. For some reason, this run felt really tough. I stopped twice between mile 7-8. My legs felt really heavy & I tried a new fuel (Honey Stinger Chocolate) and I'm not sure if it agreed with me given it has more caffeine than a normal GU. Either way, I got the miles done, but I wasn't the happiest w/ the way I felt during it.
I ran errands at lunch & stopped in the Nike Outlet store by work & purchased a new long sleeve & capris, all for $40!! The shirt was on sale for $11!! This is a shopping win in my opinion!
Getting home late + Seth out of town = Easy PB&Banana on English Muffin Dinner!
4 mile recovery run in the AM @ 9:16 pace
Sushi for lunch @ the airport & yes I ate two full rolls :)
I arrived in NYC and headed straight to...
We headed to Benito One for our lovely Italian Dinner
Started off w/ huge rice balls (they were delicious) & I had tortellini while Amanda had Baked Ziti, both were very delicious!

Then we headed to Ferrera for desserts, we took the little box below home & devoured it :)

I also wanted to send out a rememberance for all those injured in the Boston bombings 3 years ago. Yesterday, April 15th, marked One Boston Day in honor of the victims. Please keep the victims & their families in your prayers.