The alarm went off at 5 am this morning. I hit snooze once, fell back asleep, and then successfully woke up the second time my alarm went off. Knowing that I’m only a few minutes away from a warm cup of coffee usually helps me get out of bed. I headed into the kitchen with only one eye open (half asleep?), made my coffee, and now I’m going to fit in my recap post before my fun adventure today. Becca and I are going on a ten-mile hike to celebrate her two years of living a healthy lifestyle. We decided to make our hike a yearly tradition. You can follow our hiking road trip today on my snap chat! (@taralynnmcnitt)
I started last Tuesday morning with a light run around the neighborhood. I scheduled a 90-minute deep tissue/sports massage for the afternoon, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to workout for a couple of days. Even the light runs in my neighborhood are still tough because of the hills.
After my run, I added more of the flowers to the pots. 🙂 I am officially the crazy flower lady in the neighborhood.
My massage felt really good. It was a little bit painful because it involved a lot of stretching and pulling. She told me my right leg was extremely tight compared to my left, so I’ve been trying to stretch as much as I can. Sports massages are so good for your body when you’re training. They increase blood circulation to help relieve muscle tension, reduce soreness and help you recover faster. After the ten-mile run on Saturday, this was exactly what my body needed.
After my massage, I headed over to Whole Foods and picked up a ton of water (to flush toxins after a massage) and coffee for Becca. She took a quick break from work, and we just chatted for a bit. We basically sat there aligning our schedules for the month.
I picked up dinner at Whole Foods, too. They had the paleo rice and jerk chicken on the hot bar, two of my favorites!
The pups and I headed out for a walk, and then relaxed and watched movies for the rest of the night.
I spent Wednesday working and that is pretty much it. Exciting! I know 🙂
Breakfast: Pumpkin Spice Cheerios + Oat Bites & almond milk. That combination was the most exciting thing I did all day.
To be fair, it stormed all day long. It finally stopped at 7 pm, so the dogs and I headed out for a four-mile walk. They are finally walking together and behaving so well on walks. They used to pull me in separate directions, and it was impossible.
Breakfast for dinner: two slices of Applegate bacon, Muscat grapes (seriously the best grapes in the entire world), and an omelet made with two yokes + four egg whites.
My grandma and my uncle were in town on Thursday! They came over after my spin class, and I drove them all around Charlotte so they could see the city. Leo just loved my Grandma.
We headed to Hobo’s for lunch, and started with the fried green tomatoes! When I was a little girl, my cousins and I would always watch “Fried Green Tomatoes” at her house. She recorded it on an old VCR, and it was one of our favorite movies. So this dish was fitting 🙂
I ordered a cobb salad. It came with pecans, bacon, grilled chicken, spring mix lettuce, tomatoes, egg, and avocado. Hobo’s salads are huge!
After lunch, I took my mom and uncle Josh to Amelie’s for an afternoon cup of coffee. My uncle told me that my grandpa always loved his afternoon coffee, so maybe that’s where I get it from. Cheers to you, Grandpa!
The pups were in heaven!
I headed uptown for a kickball game. When Meighan and I got there, we thought it was strange that the field was empty. When Meighan logged onto her email, she saw that our game was canceled. We decided to head over to the park to workout instead. Some of you probably already saw us running the football obstacles on Snapchat.
We are now convinced that playgrounds are so much more fun when you’re adults.
The boys were excited about their new treats 🙂 I found fun Easter treats at Petco! They love Bocce’s Bakery.
So playgrounds may be more fun for adults, but safer for kids. This is why I know I’m getting old. Check out those fun playground injuries. The top left is the large knot on my foot, the bottom left is where I hit a metal bar, the top right is my hip bone from who knows what, and the bottom right is my swollen and bruised knee from the cement. Oh, and all of those bruises are from the same fall. Luckily my hair covered the big knot on the back of my head.
Friday morning breakfast: 2 slices of bacon, scrambled eggs, English muffin with butter and raspberry jelly.
I finally unpacked the boxes in my office. I spent the morning hanging up photos and organizing shelves. My dad built me a huge wood desk for the office, and I need to take the time to set everything up eventually. Working from my kitchen table has been my strong suit.
Later in the afternoon, I picked up my family and headed to the Legal Remedy Brewery for wine and appetizers. The southern style poutine is no joke. I was so mad at how good it tasted. Crispy fries smothered in beer cheese, bacon, and pepper jelly.
One of our favorite restaurants in the Charlotte area is the Garden Cafe. If you type “garden cafe” into my blog search box, you’ll find all of my posts about this place. I just love it. We wanted our Friday family dinner here.
I had been keeping a secret from my family all day. Around 10 am, my phone said “Pentagon calling,” and you never want to decline a call from the Pentagon, so I answered. It was my brother 🙂 He said he was going to drive down from D.C. to visit the family, so we decided to make it a surprise.
My parents were already at the restaurant, so when we walked in, my mom was almost in tears. She hadn’t seen my brother in so long, and she was ecstatic that he was there! It took her a few seconds to register who it was in her head. My mom had this blank look on her face, and it was so funny.
Meighan and Kyle joined us for dinner, too!
We all started with the fried green beans because it would be a sin to visit the Garden Cafe without ordering them. I had a Moscow mule too 🙂 One of my favorite dishes there is the surf n’ turf. It’s just so big and filling, so my mom and I always have them split it up. It comes with potato gnocchi, shrimp, and garlic spinach.
Sin #2 – Not ordering coffee and dessert at the Garden Cafe. The desert is the grand finale, and I could care less about ordering dessert anywhere else, but it’s a must here. It’s not the type of dessert ordered on the internet or from a food truck. It’s homemade southern style dessert made right at the Garden Cafe. They are known for their buttermilk pie, so we always treat ourselves to that little piece of heaven. The chocolate peanut butter pie tastes just like fudge, so we sneak that one in there too. The desserts are so rich and fulfilling that everyone can steal a couple of bites and be content. There were eight of us and we still couldn’t finish the two slices of dessert on the table.
Perfect night with the family <3
I had an early wake-up call. Becca and I went out to shoot some photos for a FUN new post coming up. I can’t wait for you guys to see it.
I headed to Whole Foods when we were done to pick up some food to bring out to my parent’s house. It was one of the prettiest days, so we were going to spend some time in the backyard.
I had no set plans on a spread, I just grabbed everything that sounded good for a smorgasbord.
Since my brother is a pescetarian, I bought some fried tofu for his salad.
We played so many games of ping pong, and my parents still beat Kyle and I….twice. We snuck one win in there, but that doesn’t help when it’s best of three.
Whole Food’s vegan oatmeal raisin cookies are to die for! They were chewy and so flavorful. I didn’t even realize they were vegan when I bought them, I just thought they looked good, oh…and they were! They were the hit of the spread. They were especially good with coffee.
Grumples and Leo live a pretty fun life. Spoiled with treats, playdates, walks, and couch cuddles.
Being out in the sun and running around with the dogs wore us out. We headed back to my place to get ready for the night.
T.C. came out with a group of friends uptown. We started at the rooftop bar for some drinks and then headed over to Fahrenheit. Everyone was hungry when 1 am rolled around, so we ordered some interesting appetizers.
Don’t forget to check out my Charlotte Guide if you’re visiting the city!
Not only was I exhausted on Sunday morning, but had the worst allergies. I only had one glass of wine and a ton of water because I knew I had a run planned in the morning.
I finally bought Nuun because of the recommendations but…is this stuff supposed to taste good? I could hardly get it down. Someone tell me a better flavor to try, please!
Before heading out on my run, Kyle and I took the pups for a neighborhood walk. It was hot out on Sunday!
I fought through the allergies on this run, but it felt good. Meighan got her run in on Saturday while I was out taking photos, so I had to fit mine in on Sunday. We have done a great job sticking to the training schedule! After the half, I am going to put together the training plan we created and followed.
I ran all the way down Sugar Creek Greenway, back up through Queens Road, and finished at Freedom Park.
*when you are running paths, please be vigilant, share your location via GPS with a friend, and never run a secluded trail by yourself*
I wanted to keep going. I wanted to hit eight, but I had to remind myself that six was the plan and to save my legs for the upcoming weekend. Meighan and I have our last long run together in Charleston on Saturday!
It’s crazy to think that last year, six miles would have been a challenge and impossible in my thoughts. Now, I feel like six miles is nothing and it’s hardly a workout. I used to say “never” all the time. This training has really changed my mindset for the better. I’m creating a healthier mind, a stronger body, and a happier lifestyle every time I go out there for a run.
When I finished my eyes were watering and I could hardly breathe. Gotta love allergy season!
I parked right next to GNC so I could grab water and a protein bar afterward.
Spring is finally here, and I took some lovely photos on the way home. I loved everything about the gorgeous flowers and front porches.
Kyle and I went for afternoon coffee and macaroons 🙂
For dinner, I had a salad with a hamburger patty on top. SO GOOD!
Yesterday morning, I tried out a Quest Cereal Protein Bar…they are AMAZING. I just ordered three boxes on Amazon because of how good they were. They are only 110 calories, 10g net carbs, 12g protein! I’m excited to take these on the go!
I headed out for a four-mile run in my neighborhood on Monday morning.
After my run, I had scrambled eggs and kiwi!
I picked up Whole Foods for dinner, some snacks for the hike, and headed to bed early!
I can’t wait to share my fun hiking trip with you on the blog & don’t forget to follow my Insta Story/Snapchat for live updates!
Questions for you!
1. Do you have any yearly traditions with friends?
2. How do you ensure your safety on trails?