Charleston Long Run + Weekend & Eats!

Hey, Everyone!

I’m writing from the airport this morning. I’m off to NYC for a couple of days, and I thought this would be the perfect time to write all about my week + my Charleston trip. I hope you have your coffee ready because this is going to be a long one! I picked my coffee up at Cinnabon and it was so hard fighting the temptation for one of those tasty little cinnamon rolls. It doesn’t help when my gate is right across from the delicious aroma.
I spent all last Wednesday locked to the couch editing theΒ video + blog post from my hiking trip. I knew I had to get up and do something or I’d officially become a couch potato.

I laced up my shoes and headed out for a quick three mile run in the neighborhood. After my run, I took the boys out for a two-mile walk. When I’m a couch potato, so are they.

For dinner, I made roasted carrots, salmon, and brussels sprouts. I’ll blog that recipe soon!
I have no idea how it happened, but I’m on a kickball team in a real kickball league. I hadn’t played kickball since I was in sixth grade! Not to brag or anything but Meighan and I both scored on our first kicks. My second kick was caught, and I managed to get a few people out. It was honestly such a fun night and I can’t wait for my next game. When I got home, I made leftover flat out wrap pizzas and a Caesar salad for dinner. Β Meighan and I headed to Charleston Friday morning. This was going to be our last long run together before our half marathon. We wanted it to be somewhere fun, so we could celebrate how far we have come. As soon as we arrived in Folly, we headed to CVS and the grocery store for beach snacks and a quick lunch.Β 
Now, that’s a big SAND wich. πŸ˜‰

All of that bread was too much and I didn’t want to be too full for our dinner, so I reconstructed the sandwich.

We spent a couple of hours on the beach and then headed to get coffee and walk the pier. Folly is so much fun to explore and it’s filled with fun shops and restaurants.Β 
If you’ve read any of my other Folly Beach/Charleston blogs, you know I never leave without a cappuccino Center Street Coffee! It’s the cutest little spot, and the coffee is delicious!

Β I ordered a cappuccino with skim + one extra shot of espresso!

Beach hair. Don’t care.

We left Folly Beach around six, so we could check into our hotel and clean up for dinner.
Β We stayed at the Francis Marion Hotel. It’s right on King Street and close to all the coffee shops, restaurants, trails, parks and more. I used to drive by this hotel every time I was in Charleston and dreamed of staying there. So glad we finally made it happen!Β 
The hotel rooms were adorable. Gold & Blue! The view of the downtown Charleston was breathtaking, and you could even see the water.
“The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the β€œSwamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924. Built by local investors at a cost of $1.5 million from plans by noted New York architect W.L. Stoddard, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas. The 1920s was the Golden Age of railroads, radio, and grand hotels, and the Charleston Renaissance was in full bloom and the Francis Marion Hotel was β€œthe place to be” Read more about the history here!Β 
If you want a taste of southern hospitality, you’ll find it here! The staff was so friendly and welcoming.

Meighan and I headed down King Street to find a place to eat dinner.

We found a cute little spot called “Eli’s Table.” It’s right on Queen Street.

We sat outside under the lights. They greeted us with Champagne. “HELLO!”

Palate cleansers.

We treated ourselves with an appetizer. All of the appetizers look phenomenal, but we went with the Prosciutto & Fig Crostini. It had fresh local figs, prosciutto, truffled goat cheese, and pomegranate syrup on top of toasted crostinis. They were heaven. The bottoms of the crostinis were slightly toasted in butter.

For my entree, I had Eli’s Forager’s Salad with salmon on top. Their salmon was perfection. The salad had kale, lemon-olive oil, blackberries, watermelon radishes, shaved red onion, and vincotto.

I cannot wait to go back! We skipped out on dessert because we wanted to feel our best for our last long run on Saturday morning. Kyle and I are going to come back here for dinner when we visit again!
I never slept better in my entire life. The hotel beds were like clouds πŸ™‚

My alarm went off at 5:30 am, and I slept through it for a good five minutes. I heard it going off in my dream, but couldn’t snap out of it. The annoying alarm didn’t wake me up, but Meighan’s voice softly whispering, “Tara, Tara” woke me up.

I headed downstairs to grab us some pre-run fuel and coffee. I like to be awake three hours before my run, so that’s why I woke up so early!
Pre-run fuel: banana, energy nut bar from CVS, and a medium-roast coffee.

It was kind of a bad thing that the beds were so soft because I didn’t want to get up.Β 
We took off for our run at 8:30 am! I had a route in my head, and I was happy with how successful it was.

*When I take photos while I run, I just hit the camera button and pray they turn out well enough for me to edit! I don’t stop to take photos.

We started down King Street. Luckily it was still early, and most of the shops hadn’t opened up yet. Most people were rising or packing for a day at the beach. We were extremely blessed with perfect weather.

We took a turn down Meeting Street to Queen Street and then to the water.

I always talk about how I rarely sweat during a run. I usually sweat once my heart rate begins to go down, but this run had me sweating the first five minutes. Welcome back, humidity!


I saw this magazine at the grocery store and recognized the path instantly πŸ™‚

Running in a new scenery makes a difference for me. The beautiful surroundings distract me, and I forget about the time or any aches and pains. If the run is any distance over six miles, I have to find a new spot.
There is a method I always use to start and finish in the same place during long runs. I want to be near my water when I finish, and in a spot where I can stretch.

Estimate your mile time – 10:25 per mile
Divide your total distance in half – 4 miles
Multiply your half distance mileage with mile time – 10:25 x 4 = Approx. 41 Minutes
Run the half time in one direction and immediately turn around and run back to finish the next half.

If you’re running a loop, you won’t have to worry about it! Be aware of the streets you take and take a second to recognize and memorize buildings you pass. Β 
The mileage felt great! I could have kept running and so could have Meighan! We just wanted to stick to our training plan and not overdue it! We still had a lot of walking to do. If you are ever in Charleston and want a great running route, use the one posted above! You won’t regret it. But don’t do it in the summer! It tends to get a little too hot and humid downtown.

The plan we used and created was amazing, and I can’t wait to share it with you!

After showering off and checking out of the hotel, we walked down to 82 Queen for breakfast.
Last fall, Kyle and I had breakfast with his dad at 82 Queen. I’ll never forget the incredible food I had, so I wanted to experience it again. I also wanted Meighan to try it out!

This place is a Charleston gem. The restaurant has been in Charleston for over 30 years, and it continues to thrive and serve some of the original recipes.

Southern buttermilk biscuits <3
I never liked grits until I had them at 82 Queen, and putting seafood in my omelets would have never been ok with me.Β 
Meighan and I both ordered the same breakfast. I’m literally at the airport drooling over this photo! I just want this all over again.
The low country omelet had shrimp, crabmeat, spinach, tomato and Parmesan cheese. We had a side of stone ground grits, bacon, and fresh fruit.

Add this breakfast to your Charleston list; you will not regret it!
We food coma walked all the way back to the hotel to pick up the car. We were excited to spend the rest of our day at the beach.

Instead of going to Folly Beach again, we decided to try out Sullivan’s Island. It’s usually less crowded and easier to get to.

Nothing better than cold coconut water under the sun!


After the day at the beach, we decided to grab gelato and coffee at Beard Cat’s Sweet Shop! Meighan found this place on her phone search, and it was definitely a win.

Gelato made fresh daily with milk from local South Carolina farmers!

I had a cappuccino + 1 extra shot of espresso and a side of gelato. The sweets shop was so bright and colorful!

For my gelato flavor, I chose one scoop of carrot cake and scoop of pistachio almond.Β 
The carrot cake gelato had chunks of actual carrot cake in it. It was out of this world! The pistachio was equally delicious.

We decided to leave around 6 pm. We wanted to get back on Saturday night, so we didn’t have to face the Sunday Easter traffic on the way back to Charlotte. If you like spicy and sriracha, you need to try this popcorn!!! We made it to Charlotte around 8pm and I was so happy to see Kyle and the pups.

Meighan has been BEGGING me to try out Joe’s Dough’s for the past four months! Ironically, they sent me a free half dozen coupon in my Instagram inbox. I think Meighan’s continuous behavior of tagging me in their post worked.

We decided to pick up their Easter donuts early Sunday morning. Β I was sad that the Cadbury egg donuts were sold out πŸ™ Above we have salted chocolate caramel, coconut jellybean, chocolate sprinkles, glazed, cinnamon, spicy carrot cake, maple bacon, and chocolate glazed. The donuts were pretty dang good! *adding this to my Charlotte list* We cut them into little pieces so we could sample them all. To be honest, my FAVE donuts are the jelly filled ones.

Kyle and I took the pups the dog park later Sunday morning. This was Leo’s first dog park! He was a bit scared at first but was jumping all over the dogs ten minutes in. They were both in heaven! I used to take Grumples to the dog park every single day when I was living in Atlanta. It was my morning routine. I’d grab coffee and drive him over to play for an hour.

I wish Charlotte had more dog parks! This is Frazier, and it’s located near uptown Charlotte. It’s pretty large and there are a lot of grassy and shaded areas for the pups to play.

The boys were zonked.

Since the gym was closed on Sunday, and there was no way I was going to go out for a run, we all headed to a hot yoga class.

I loved the 95+ degree room. Sweating out all the toxins and getting in a deep stretch was just what I needed! I was actually feeling sick on Sunday, so I was nervous to do yoga, but it actually made me feel better.

After yoga, we all headed to Bourbon N Burgers (formerly known as EDS) for lunch. Kyle and I split a turkey BLT avocado wrap with sweet potato fries.

We all split wings and Southwest spring rolls. They were so good! This is probably a top spot in Charlotte for wings. I recommend the Jamaican Jerk.

I spent Monday morning having coffee, relaxing, and working on the blog. I even fit in a three mile dog walk with both dogs before it got too hot out.

I made a yummy tuna salad on Monday for lunch. You can find the recipe here!

I decided to head to the gym and do an athletic conditioning class on Monday night. It’s one hour of movement to keep your heart rate up. Lots of jumping jacks, squats, ab work, planks, push-ups, hand weights, cardio, and so on!

I took the dogs to my parent’s house Monday night, and we all hung out for a bit. I stopped at CVS to grab my FAVORITE post workout on the go drink! The muscle milk pro series is so good! I usually have it fifteen minutes post workout. Sometimes I drink half before and half after.

After working yesterday afternoon, I headed out for a three mile run before yoga. Running and yoga always relaxes me before a day of travel.

On the way home from yoga, I stopped and picked up a salad at Chopt! I still have half left in the fridge and can’t wait to eat it when I get home on Friday.

My salad had cranberries, goat cheese, the Chopt lettuce blend, Falafel, grilled chicken, butternut squash, onions, cucumber, and balsalmic on the side.

Kyle and I spent the night finishing up 13 Reasons Why. It’s a love/hate for me with that show. It’s definitley one you’ll have to judge on your own. Some people like it or hate it. I’m kind of both.

Questions for you!

  1. Have you ever done hot yoga?
  2. Best Donut flavor you’ve ever had?
  3. Favorite destination run?

Comments

  • George

    Great job on the run.

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  • Mirna

    just one small advice. pull back your shoulders when you pose for photos. I have noticed that you always lean forward a bit, which looks odd and unnatural (for example, photo where are you showing peace sign – does it look natural?).

    you have nice lean and sexy back, neck and shoulders, show them off girl!!

    lots of love!!

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  • Madison

    The best donut I’ve ever had was in Portland, OR. Blue Star Donuts. Blueberry Bourbon Basil. It was insanely amazing! I dream of it all the time. It makes all other donuts taste sub par and not worth it.

    My favorite place to run is outside of my hometown in Denison, IA. There is a 4.5 mile trail at Yellowsmoke Park. It’s a mixture of forest, farm land, lake and in town scenery. It’s full of little critters and the worst hills I’ve ever run. I’m from the very hilly side of the state. Makes most timed races I do a piece of cake though. I’m used to only running up and down hills!

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  • Starla

    All of the delicious food and beach photos with the doggies make me want to visit Charleston. I have never been but I live in Georgia so not so far. I am craving the beach, lol.

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  • Hannah

    You look great! Keep it up

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  • Jessica

    Hi Taralynn! I’ve started running again (you’ve been an inspiration!) and have decided to run my second half marathon in 4 weeks eek! Wanted to ask about post workout nutrition, I tend to feel nauseous after a run and don’t feel like eating right after, but if I wait too long to eat after a run I end up feeling even more sick. What are your tips for post workout nutrition? Any go-to recipes or suggested times of when is the best time to eat after a run? Thanks!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      With that you have to basically go through a trial and error.

      I make sure to chug water as soon as I’m done running. Figure out what you can stomach and what you can’t. I like to drink a non-dairy muscle milk pro series after a run + half energy bar. It all depends on how far I’ve ran. In your case, you just need to focus on what works and as long as you’re eating SOMETHING you’ll be fine! You should also get checked out by a doctor!

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  • Courtney

    Ugh I’m watching 13 reasons why right now and it’s making me crazy! Like, just tell me what happened already! I guess I’ll just keep binge watching ?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I just finished! I don’t know why I can’t stop watching, but I actually hope they have a second season and I know they will because they left it open and a cliffhanger!

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  • Rachel

    I’ve never tried hot yoga but I do want to do more yoga. I have a DVD set that is sitting around! I need to try it.

    Best donut? I’m so boring but I love a good glazed donut! I had a french toast one at this bakery

    My favorite destination run was when I did the Avengers Half Marathon and we ran in Anaheim, CA! We ran through Disneyland(it was a runDisney race), Angels Stadium and through the streets of Anaheim. I also loved running in Arizona. Definitely love having great views to look at!

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  • Pat

    Hi Taralynn!

    When is your half marathon?

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  • Kara

    Hi I’ve been reading your blog for a while from the west coast and really enjoy all your posts and pictures! πŸ™‚ I’ve been scoping out your Charleston and travel posts for my upcoming road trip through the Southeast US. My family and I have never been so we’re really stoked. I really really love catfish and was wondering if you’ve come across any you would recommend in the South. We’ll be checking out Nashville, Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah. Thanks!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Kara!

      You’re going to have such a FUN road trip!!! The views will be breathtaking. I’m not a big catfish eater, but Pinterest always has good recommendations and yelp1

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  • Mira

    I am so excited for you to share your half marathon training plan!! I want to train for one and the longest I have run is a 10 mile race. I didn’t train for the 10 mile, which might have not been the best idea…. But your posts make me want to just leave work and go run!

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  • Anonymous

    Love your running posts

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  • melanie

    You have a really good eye for photography!

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  • Brooklyn

    I’m weird. I actually don’t like donuts. Sometimes people will buy me one and I’ll eat it because I feel bad haha.

    Grumples looked SO happy to be at the dog park. I love bringing my parents dog (they live on the opposite side of the country, so only when I’m with them) to the dog park. He gets so excited. It’s so sweet.

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

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  • Taylor

    Hi Tara! Please brace yourself for the final episode of 13 reasons why, i’m not sure if you’ve heard but it’s extremely graphic. I liked it at first but after the last episode and reading articles about how it can be triggering for people with mental illness, I feel a completely different way – I actually wish I hadn’t seen it. Basically critics are against it because they never discuss mental illness at all throughout the series, they make it seem like it was a revenge suicide and like it was her only way out. My main issue was really with how graphic the last scene was, but like you said – judge for yourself. I know so many people who loved it but I just wanted to warn you in case you hadn’t been. Hope you have a great weekend!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Taylor!

      We are going to watch the final episode tonight. I’m interested to see now. I don’t like the idea of revenge suicide at all. I’m weirdly mad at her the entire season. Especially because of what she did.

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      • Taylor

        Curious on your thoughts of the final episode and season in general?!

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          It made me mad. It’s hard to talk about it, because I don’t want to sound like a bad person, but I think it was so selfish and I wish she would have really seeked help. I think it would have been a better story for the young people out there today. Instead of showing how much it hurts poeple once you’re gone. IDK! I’m just UGH about it! does that make sense?

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  • Jenna

    I’ve never tried hot yoga, but I did my first warm yoga class this Tuesday, and loved it! πŸ™‚

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  • Jessie @ The Acquired Sass

    1. OMG NO. Haha. I’m hot enough usually as it is. I don’t need to go sit in a room DESIGNED to make me sweat.

    2. I. LOVE. DONUTS. Probably the best I’ve ever had was either a Blueberry Cake Donut, or a Glazed Sour Cream Cake Donut. They were the perfect texture, and consistency. Both from the same shop. This hole-in-the-wall place in Arkansas, called Howards Donuts. Legit so good that my Mom and I bought a few, went out to our car to get back on the road. Ate them, and then turned around and got more because they were so good.

    3. I’m not sure I’ve ever done a destination run! Usually when I am on vacation we are so active hiking and doing other things that there isn’t time or energy to run! I would love to run in some of the National Parks. I’ve biked through Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Yosemite, but never run.

    Charleston is definitely on my bucket list, as is Savannah. I live a little far to drive. But keep an eye out in case I could score cheap plane tickets and head down for a weekend of exploring!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      HAHAHA I’m totally the opposite. I NEVER sweat πŸ™

      YUM! LOVE BLUEBERRY!!!! So funny you guys had to turn around to get more! Must have been so good!!

      Those are all great places to explore!!

      BOTH CITIES ARE A MUST! & they are so close so you can do them both!

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  • Jaime

    1. Yes! I just got a Groupon for a studio near me and I love it. It takes a lot for me to sweat, so being in such a hot room feels so great and refreshing.
    2. Honestly I like a classic chocolate icing with sprinkles. Although the cronut I once tried was delish!
    3. When I used to run I loved this path in Boston that was across the harbor from downtown with gorgeous skyline views.

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  • Linda @ The Fitty

    Oh my gosh, whatever gave you the energy to run for 83 minutes?! I admire you! Did you fuel for it or rest for that run? Or just spontaneously bang it out?

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  • Euginea

    I love your blog posts so much! Thank you for sharing your fun and inspiring life with us.

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  • Jennifer

    I’ve never done hot yoga since I’m not big into yoga, I would like to be, however that just isn’t happening at the moment haha and I’ve never purposefully gone somewhere to run besides to the State Fairgrounds to do the Color Run a few years ago! And the best donut flavor ever is from Great Harvest Bread Co. It’s a long shape, no filling, a maple glaze, and the stick a piece of bacon on top. Some people think it sounds weird but it’s so so good!

    Have fun in NYC! Lucky you get to be there two weekends in a row. I loved it there when I went. πŸ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Jennifer!

      I was never big into yoga, but I have a feeling I’ll be going more and more. My skin feels AMAZING after hot yoga and I get so calm after a stressful/anxiety filled day. I tried the maple donut, but nooooope. Not for me haha

      I go home tonight, but I come back next week! πŸ™‚

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  • Harriet

    Hi Taralynn, charleston looks amazing going to put it on my must do list!! For when I visit the states..
    I have done hot yoga it was amazing definitely going to do it again! The best donut I have ever has was a Nutella filled donut in Prague Czech republic it was out of this world.. but have you ever tried baked raspberry and white chocolate doughnuts?? They are so good.. my favourite destination run is in Rarotonga (cook islands) mainly flat roads right on the beach front I usually run 5km to town get coffee then walk back.
    Have a great week!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Harriet!

      Yes. go! πŸ™‚ You’ll love it.

      Rasberry + white chocolate donut? That sounds like a dream.

      Coffee on the way back from a run doesn’t sound so bad πŸ™‚

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  • Casey the College Celiac

    Hot yoga is THE BEST! I started doing hot yoga over a year ago when my dad wanted to give it a try. Now, hot yoga is our favorite daddy/daughter date πŸ™‚

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  • ET

    Love that you the bf and bff all went to yoga together – you 3 are too cute! Good luck with the 1/2 you and M are going to kick *!&! xx ET

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  • Amanda

    Hi Taralynn! Great photos! Last April my mom and I went to Savannah instead of Charleston for a girls trip but it looks amazing! Maybe next girls trip πŸ™‚ Are your run photos the only one taken on your phone? How about your other photos? What kind of camera do you use? The photo of the white building above your Saturday run map is really cool!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi Amanda! All the photos in this post were from my eyephone! I usually brighten them up and add a pop of saturation! πŸ™‚

      Savannah is great too! A lot like Charleston. You’d enjoy it!

      xo

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      • Amanda

        Awesome to know! Guess I’ll just have to get better at taking photos on my ‘eyephone’….LOL I nearly googled that name because I thought it was some type of lens kit HAHA πŸ˜€

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          I was like what is she talking about and then I went back and saw my comment hahahahaha Seriously, this mac computer ALWAYS changes my words!! You’d think that an apple mac would know what an IPHONE was!!!!! HAHAHA

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  • Tara @ Run and Live Happy

    I love running new routes and exploring new places. It is so distracting to take in all the new scenery. Your route looks really pretty! My favorite place that I have run is in the Bahamas. It was so beautiful and peaceful to run on the beach first thing in the morning before anyone was out there. I just finished 13 Reasons Why this weekend too. It was definitely hard to watch and so sad! I’m not big on donuts, but if I had a favorite flavor it would definitely be maple glazed.

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  • Zoe

    We have a donut shop (Hurts Donuts) in the city nearest us that is amazing. I have three favorites: Old Fashioned, Bavarian Cream, and Blueberry Streusel. They make all kinds of fancier ones (like the Maple BACON Long John…) , but the others are my favorite. I also liked one filled with strawberry jelly, it basically made the list of favorites, but not above the others.

    Look at me going on about donuts…. gotta treat yourself sometimes I suppose! πŸ˜‰

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      OH, YUM! Blueberry anything is fine with me! You and my friend Meighan would get along so well with your donut talk! Just don’t give her jelly filled haha

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  • Lindsay

    My husband and I are going to Charleston in 3 weeks for our first anniversary! Aside from the places you posted about (which we will try out!), any other restaurants/things we should do!? We will be there for 6 days, so will have lots of time! πŸ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lindsay!

      I’m not Charleston expert. I kind of do the random when I’m there. I say go with no plans. Look around for things to do, go into restaurants you find on yelp (with amazing reviews), walk around all the shops, visit all parts of Charleston like Folly, Sullivan’s, Isle of Palm, and so on! Go visit some plantations! I love stalking yelp and Pinterest for good Charleston Ideas!

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  • jordan @ dancing for donuts

    i’m absolutely dying to go to charleston!! it looks so beautiful and all of that food you had has me legit drooling a little right now. my parents are planning on retiring down south, so hopefully someday soon i can try it all!

    i haven’t seen 13 reasons why yet, but i’m thinking i need to so i can see what everyone else is talking about!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s so much fun! GO GO GO! It’s so worth it.

      It’s interesting. Worth the watch if you’re looking for something. It keeps sucking you in.

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  • Megan

    I’m glad you enjoyed running down to the battery! I work downtown and love to run down that way after work when I can fit it in (and when it’s not obnoxiously hot and outside).

    Just a little correction so your readers don’t get confused if they try to find Eli’s Table, it’s actually located on Meeting street (close to Queen St. but not on actually on it). πŸ™‚

    Best of luck with your half this weekend!!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      OMG, I can hardly STAND downtown in the summer because it’s so hot! You must go pretty early to beat the heat (if possible)

      Thanks for the correction! I’ll fix that in the post! SO MANY STREETS TO REMEMBER haha xo xo

      My half is next weekend πŸ™‚

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  • Alexa

    This post makes me SO EXCITED to be going to SC in July! My mom rented a condo on Folly Beach (we grew up going to SC every summer, but usually stayed on Isle of Palms, so this will be a first). I’ve added that coffee shop to my ‘must do’ list. We will also be spending a ton of time in Charleston and just seeing all your pictures gets me stoked! As always, thanks for sharing!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      YOU’LL LOVE IT!

      I’m so jealous, but will probably be there at the same time lol! So if you see me, say whats up! A group of us girls are going to spend some time in FOLLY in July.

      Only a couple more months and you’ll be there!!

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  • Anna

    Hi Taralynn! My family is planning on going to Charleston at the end of May, and I was wondering if you had any other suggestions for places to visit or restaurants to go to? Your trips always look so fun, and the pictures are really great!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Anna!

      TOTALLY VISIT the restaurants in my post:) Sullivan’s island for the beach. Oh, and visit a plantation, or two!

      Just explore king street, coffee at Carmella’s, and enjoy the waterfront! There is so much to see and do! I have a lot of suggestions on all of my Charleston posts. If you type in “charleston” in my search box, I have a lot of places! πŸ˜€

      No matter what you do, you’ll love it here!

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  • Sonia

    Your posts always make me miss Charlotte and the Carolinas in general. Let me know if you need any NYC suggestions!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Sonia!

      I’ll be back in NYC next week and would HIGHLY appreciate recommendations for healthy spots!

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      • Sonia

        Hi Taralynn!

        Some healthy spots are Le Pain which I know I’ve seen you blog about before when you visit DC, but we have those in NYC as well. ABC Kitchen is local and farm to table (something that can be said about a lot of restaurants in NY), but is really well known. Dirt Candy is supposed to be delicious, which is also on my list to try. Terri is vegan and has amazing smoothies and good food. Juice Press, Juice Generation, and Pressed Juicery are all amazing, but I’m partial to Pressed Juicery. I know you’re a big coffee drinker as well so definitely check out Ground Central. Hands down my favorite for a local cup of coffee, Fika also fits the bill with that as well. If you like quinoa (which I know you do), you must check out Eatsa. Prices are great and the food is healthy and fresh. Lastly, I’ve heard really good things about By Chloe, but haven’t had the chance to go yet! Hope these suggestions help πŸ™‚

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        • Taralynn McNitt

          thank you so much for these suggestions!!! I went to LE PAIN when I was there last week! It was across from my hotel πŸ™‚ Sharing this list with my running partner!!!!

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  • Sarah A

    My parents were married in the gazebo in Battery Park in Charleston! We go back every year, I love seeing your pictures!

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  • Jocelyn

    LOVE this post!!

    Have you ever done hot yoga? No—I am too scared of getting wicked dehydrated
    Best Donut flavor you’ve ever had? Maple Bacon!!
    Favorite destination run? Trail running the white mountains in NH

    Taralynn—are you able to share your outfit details in your posts? I love your style and would love to know where you shop for tops and jeans. Liketoknowit would be awesome for you to do πŸ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Thanks, Jocelyn!

      Just hydrate yourself before and after and you’ll be fine!!

      ugh. I hated the maple bacon lol which is weird because I LOVE SYRUP on my bacon.

      Thanks for the suggestion! Such a compliment especially since I DONT consider myself a fashionista.

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  • Carrie this fit chick

    I haven’t had a falafel is WAY too long. Dang, those things are good! I would love to go to Charleston- I went when I was super young, but don’t remember it much!

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  • Molly

    Clay JENSON*** haha my bad.

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  • Molly

    Okay you have officially convinced me to visit the Carolinas sometime. It is so gorgeous in all your pictures! And congrats on your run! It looked like a beautiful pathway to run. Okay I agree with you on 13 Reasons Why. I still have 2 episodes left, but I love it/dislike it at the same time. It has me completely intrigued and I love watching it but somethings seem a bit…dramatic? I feel so bad for saying that when it’s about a suicide but idk some of the stuff Hannah does just bothers me I guess. I’m hoping the final two episodes clear up some stuff for me. Also, I love Clay Jenkins. That is all.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      YES. GO!

      Like, I CAN’T STOP WATCHING and I want to! I have no idea lol

      I have the same thoughts as you! I really do!

      I love Clay too! haha

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  • Lauren K

    I have not done hot yoga yet but it is definitely on my to do list! My favorite doughnut flavor comes from a vegan bakery by me called Vegan Treats and they have some really good stuff! The chai spiced one is my favorite so far!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      I was afraid to try it, but it’s a game changer! Loving it.

      I had a chai spiced vegan donut once and it was bomb, so I bet yours was good!

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  • Dana

    I’m a chicken to try hot yoga because I get heat rashes. I love a sauna for about 15 minutes or so. Love the idea of sweating out the toxins.

    Boston creme is my life-long favorite, I haven’t had one in ages though. Since I’ve been eating cleaner for the last several years, I can’t eat doughnuts, they’re too greasy. I love making baked ones in the pan I bought, that thing is magic. I swear, it almost makes them taste like fried cake doughnuts.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      It’s crazy because I sweat more doing hot yoga than when I’m sitting in a sauna! I LOVE getting rid of all the toxins too.

      OH, YES! DELISH. I’d love to know what recipe you use! I agree about the donuts being greasy! I can only stomach a bite!

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  • Lina

    Congrats on the amazing run in Charleston! You must be getting very exciting the half coming up soon and see all that hard work you put in to the test.

    I’ve done hot yoga before and absolutely hated it– too hot for me. I prefer it to be 80 degrees how my one studio keeps instead of bikram level of heat.

    Fave donut is a classic glazed or a Boston cream (unpopular opinion lol)

    Question for you, what did you end up doing for Easter? Last year I remember you writing about your faith more and celebrating the Easter holiday and was curious to know what changed?

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Lina! Thank you πŸ™‚ I AM SO EXCITED! LIKE, IS IT TIME YET?

      I thought I’d hate it, but I loved it. I also weirdly LOVE the sauna. Some people don’t like to be hot, but i’m ALWAYS cold so it was heaven for me!

      I love those two flavors!!

      Nothing changed. I’m still Catholic and believe in celebrating Easter. I didn’t go to church because I didn’t feel well when I woke up. I should have gone, but this year it didn’t happen.

      xo

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  • Anna McCarthy

    I LOVE running in Charleston. My favorite places to run are the battery, and weaving through the neighborhoods between Broad Street and South Battery. The houses and gardens are AMAZING. Also, if you look up Morris Island light house, running down that part of Folly is INCREDIBLE. Also running on the beach at Sullivan’s Island before noon is like running through a dog park. Puppies everywhere!

    I live in Portland, Maine and we have a donut place that makes them out of potatoes and they have a lemon flavor that is so tart it’s perfect. It’s even better if you cut a piece off and eat it with a piece of a strawberry or blueberry donut.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      YES! So so so so beautiful. I also LOVED running Sulivan’s island last year.

      Love all your suggestions and it sounds like you enjoy running paths too πŸ™‚

      WHAT?! POTATO DONUTS? This. I must try!

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  • Tara

    I am so excited to see this half marathon training plan you’ve been following! It looks like you’ve been making really great progress. I’m about to start training for a half marathon that’s in November, and I’m really interested to see what your plan looks like πŸ™‚

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    My favourite donut flavour is just the original glazed flavour. But only from Krispy Kreme!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

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  • Amanda|The Kitcheneer

    LOVE Charleston! I was just there for business last month! I usually stop in to Crossfit Integrity while I’m there. They are so welcoming!
    I’ll have to try that route too! I bet the water was gorgeous!
    Oh! Next time you visit, got to Coast. It’s right next to the Embassy Suites down town and hands down BEST salmon I’ve ever had!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      That is awesome! So cool you go to different CrossFit gyms while traveling! Love it.

      Please try that route! I know you will be in heaven!

      I am going to add that to my list!!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

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  • Juliette From Namastay Traveling

    Gorgeous pictures! Such a good idea to take a long run in Charleston. I’m visiting there in June and excited to find all these gems!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Juliette!

      Thank you πŸ™‚

      You will LOVE it!

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      • Jessica

        Hi Taralynn! Ive started running again (you’ve been an inspiration!) and am going to run my second half marathon in 4 weeks eek! Wanted to ask about post workout nutrition, usually I tend to feel a bit nauseous after a long run, but if I wait too long after to eat I end up feeling even more sick. What are your go-to post workout recipes and when would you say is the best time to eat after a run? Thanks!

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