Hi Everyone 🙂 How are your weeks going? I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend. My week has been an active one, but a consistent one. I live for consistency because it never lasts. I’m lucky when I get weeks like this! I even turned down a fun trip this weekend because I don’t feel like leaving. I like to plant my roots sometimes and stay put. I love being a tourist in my own town and soaking up all the fall festivities before they’re gone. Staying home allows me to work on my blog, stay active, eat healthier, and catch up on everything. Speaking of catching up, it’s time for a weekly recap before the exciting weekend begins!
I’ve been in love with the weather lately because it’s perfect for running. My friend, Meighan, and I have been following a new running schedule. I’m hoping it’ll prepare me for a half marathon. I don’t want to rush it or get too excited, I just want to keep improving as I have been.
The great part about living in Charlotte, NC, is that the trails are endless. There are gorgeous greenways and trails all over the place. We’ve been trying to change it up and visit a new trail every week. We love the Sugarcreek Greenway that leads to Freedom park because it’s so close to uptown.
Since we ended up walking 12 miles on Tuesday, we decided to just run three miles and walk three miles. We run a slower pace and longer distance on Sundays and run a faster 5k during the week. We kept a pace of 9:24. That’s my comfortable pace. Our first mile was 8:24, but we both got cramped and overdid it a little.
After our run, we headed to Romare Bearden park to do a workout with the stone blocks. It’s fun to use the outdoors as your gym and our workout was intense.
I made a caesar salad for dinner with a Greek Yogurt on the side.
I sat on the couch to watch The Parent Trap while Kyle meal prepped for the week. I passed out around 9:30 and little Leo made himself cozy. Thank you for this cute photo Kyle 😉
I headed out around 6:30 am to take Grumples on a long walk around the fourth ward. It’s starting to look like fall here. I don’t remember October in the Carolinas because I spent that time in D.C. last year. I can’t wait to visit D.C. soon! I bet it’s gorgeous up that way right now.
I live for the beautiful fall mornings:)
The pups were so ready for the weekend to start.
I walked to Panera Bread on Friday night to pick up dinner. I’ve been obsessed with their Panera app because I can order my food, pay through the app, and then pick it up in ten minutes.
Kyle and I spent Friday night watching movies! Just the way I like it.
Grumples was ready for his long walk Saturday morning. It was really chilly outside, so we bundled up and headed out. I forgot to pick up coffee creamer, so I had to drink Orange Chiffon tea to get my caffeine fix.
After our walk, we headed out to run some errands. I love running around on the weekends, especially during the fall months.
I was SO ready for coffee. People get hangry without food and I get hangry without coffee! I ordered a tall latte with four shots of espresso + 1 pump of pumpkin spice! So perfect.
Walking through the fall sections at Homegoods is like walking through heaven. (I promise I’ll paint my nails soon)
I had my leftover Panera salad for lunch with 3 egg whites +1 yolk.
I finally bought Lemon Essential Oil for my Aroma Diffuser ! 🙂 If you can find a fall essential oil, please let me know! My brother and Karlee bought me my diffuser for a birthday gift last year and I’m obsessed with it. I read somewhere that if you get late-night sweet cravings, diffuse peppermint essential oil because it curbs the sweet tooth. Not sure if there is any truth to this, but I’m going to test it out. I always get a late-night sweet tooth.
Those faces…pa pa pa paleassseeee take us to play!
We couldn’t say no to those faces! How could you? We took the pups to play at the ball fields and they had a blast! There are tons of trails and cool parks to visit in Charlotte, but we are lacking in dog parks. I’d love to see more 🙂 That is one thing I miss about Atlanta.
Whenever Grumples is done running around, he goes to the dugout. It’s the cutest.
They had so much fun!
Finally…..me time 🙂
While the boys napped, I cleaned out my whole closet. I pulled about fifty pieces I do not wear anymore and I’ll be putting them up for sale soon.
Kyle and I didn’t feel like cooking or making a trip to the grocery store, so we decided to go to Genghis Grill for dinner.
Genghis grill is one of my favorite places and I’ve been blogging about it for years. I love that I can pile a bowl high with meat and vegetables.
I always get peppers, snow peas, squash, zucchini, onions, carrots, chicken, steak, egg, and crabmeat. I add a little soy sauce, chili sauce, garlic powder, and garlic water for flavor.
I was excited for Sunday morning. I woke up to have coffee and walk Grumples before meeting up with Meighan for our long run. After the walk, I had a bowl of oatmeal with pumpkin granola on top. It sounds like a weird combo (and it is) but its so good. Carbs on carbs before a long run.
I drink Amino Energy before I run to get a boost of energy, help my focus, and support recovery during and after my run. I drink Isopure Amino Supplement after my workout to help with recovery!
**You can read more about my running fuel here! **
We headed to the Four Mile Creek Greenway. It’s one of my favorite spots to run in Charlotte, especially in the summer because it’s shaded. If you need a spot to walk your dog, this place is great!
We only planned on doing six or seven miles, but you know how it is. If you’re on a roll, you keep going! We ran 45 minutes down the trail and 45 minutes back. Seeing everyone out running and biking inspired me so much.
Can’t control that runner’s high.
I was so proud of our run. We made sure to keep our pace super slow and focus on milage.
M1 9:45 M2 10:01 M3 10:04 M4 10:15, M5 10:30 M6 10:40 M7 10:38 M8 10:02
We decided to head to Clean Juice after the run for a post-workout treat. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Charlotte for almost three years and have never been here. It’s totally my type of place and now I cannot wait to go back!
I was impressed with the menu. They had so many options to choose from!
I will be trying one of these donuts next time!
I ordered the Intense One. My juice had a banana, spinach, kale, ginger, lemon, coconut water, and whey protein. I loved that this smoothie wasn’t sweet or full of added sugars. It was the perfect post-workout refresher!
I stopped to pick up some things at the Fresh Market on the way back and I found pumpkin Chobani!!! I have been looking for this for weeks.
I headed back to my place to hang with the pups and get to work. I decided to spend my Sunday on my couch blogging & it was perfect.
Some of you were asking what kind of coffee I use, and what I put in my coffee. I always use Seattle’s Best Medium Dark & Rich Ground Coffee and a couple of tablespoons of light cream or half & half with a half a packet of Stevia. Some people would argue that putting cream in your coffee is so bad, but it’s how I like it and I’ll never give it up. EVER. I have been using Seattle’s Best coffee for the past year and it’s by far my favorite.
I had my Genghis grill leftovers with some brown rice for lunch on Sunday afternoon. It’s always better the next day 🙂
I wanted a super easy dinner because I had a lot of work to do and didn’t have time to cook. I bought grilled chicken from Fresh Market and roasted some brussels sprouts for the side.
The chopped brussels were flavored with garlic powder, black pepper, Italian seasoning, onion powder, minced onion, sea salt, and 1 tsp honey. I baked the brussels for 35 minutes at 350.
I was super excited to try my pumpkin Chobani for dessert! I even topped it with Pumpkin Flax Granola from Sweet Home Farm. The yogurt was really good, but it needed a little bit more pumpkin spice!
I get super excited for the mornings because I live for my walks with Grumples.
We did 3 1/2 miles and then headed back for coffee and breakfast!
I had Greek yogurt mixed with vanilla protein powder, dried blueberries, and pumpkin granola. I took the pups out to my parent’s house on Monday night so I could let the run around in the backyard. I love sitting out on the patio and working while they run free. I made a veggie scramble with peppers, onions, garlic powder, light cream, Italian seasoning, onion powder, and Colby Jack cheese. YUM 🙂
I ended up falling asleep while watching Dancing With The Stars! I couldn’t believe Calvin Johnson Jr was in the bottom!
For breakfast on Tuesday morning: 1 Banana, 2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder, Ice, Unsweetened Almond Milk, Honey, and Chia Seeds.
I got a surprise in the mail from JCrew & New Balance…how random! This is a genius collaboration & I’m feeling it.
I’m kind of obsessed with their new line. I LOVE the blue and white striped pants, the polka dots and all the pops of yellow!
They sent me J.Crew premium capri and I promise it’s the most comfortable pair of pants I own now…They’re already in the wash so I can wear them again. I’m excited to see where this collaboration goes!
This is the part of the blog post where you’ll think I’m insane (if you don’t already think that), but that’s ok. Meighan and I walked 12 miles last Tuesday for one of our workouts, but we wanted to beat that milage and walk 13 miles. We left uptown at 4:30 pm and started the 13-mile adventure!
It’s really starting to feel like fall.
We stopped at CVS to grab water at mile ten! Gold Emblem has pumpkin latte suckers! Did your high school ever sell these for fundraisers back in the day? We used to love buying these during class.
We finished the 13.16 mile walk in 4 hours 44 minutes and 3 seconds. We had some stops in-between, but it was so fun. We are going to try to do long walks once a week. It’s perfect for getting out and enjoying the fresh air, chatting, and getting active! I doubt we’ll ever do 13 miles again because that was the painful number. 10-11 is about right.
How about the debates last night?!…I’m just glad they could at least talk about policy and issues rather than each other. Of course, I fell asleep at 10:30! I wish they weren’t on so late.
Grumples and I woke up early for a walk around uptown this morning. I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about my walks, my runs, and my repetitive eats, but this week has been one of my favorites. I love a little consistency. I’m heading out for a run tonight and then going to get started on my halloween costume! It’s going to be a fun DIY! 🙂 I’m also carving pumpkins this weekend! yay! 🙂 My next recap post will be much more eventful!
Questions for you!
- What are you doing for Halloween?
- What is the furthest you’ve walked?
- What should I make this weekend: pumpkin spiced cupcakes, pumpkin spiced cake pops, or pumpkin spiced oreo balls?