Good Morning, Guys!
It feels weird to be writing a recap post on Sunday morning, but today is a big day for me, and blogging is relaxing. I also want to catch up before I get too far behind with everything I’ve been up to the past couple of days.
I can’t believe in three hours; I’ll be running 13.1miles for the first time in my entire life. I’ve been working for months to get here, actually years. Completing the half marathon has been a goal of mine for years, but injuries and life kept getting in the way. I’ve been training so hard and praying that everything will go smoothly. I’ve been battling a little hamstring pain, but I think it’s going to hold up today.
I also want to thank my readers for helping me train along the way. You guys have given me the best advice and prepared me for today as well. You guys are AWESOME, and I appreciate all the kind messages I woke up to this morning. I can’t wait to blog all about my weekend and the race.
Meighan and I are completely carb-loaded, hydrated, and ready to run! My boyfriend told me that it’s “just another walk in the park,” and he’s (kinda) right! 🙂 WE CAN DO THIS! I didn’t run in 30-degree weather for anything 😉
Recap time 🙂
I was supposed to get home on Thursday night, but my Delta flight kept delaying throughout the day until it was finally canceled. Even though I REALLY wanted to get home, it was a good thing because I caught up on so much work.
I also love that it’s not hard to find healthy options at the airport anymore. There are salads and superfood products on every corner! When I got to the airport, I finished some work and enjoyed a salad from their DIY bar. The salad had kale, coleslaw with vinegar, grilled chicken, quinoa, radishes, cucumber, spring mix lettuce, and dried cranberries.
Five hours later, I was sitting at my gate with only a couple more hours before my plane was said to arrive. I was done with work, so I grabbed a Runner’s World Magazine (my fave) for inspiration and some snacks! The RXBAR is SO GOOD! I had that with a side of vanilla Greek yogurt. I was really impressed with how good the Maple Hill (grass-fed organic dairy) Greek yogurt tasted. I’m now on a hunt to find it in Charlotte.
My flight ended up being completely canceled at 9 PM because of the weather. There weren’t any more flights to Charlotte until 6 AM the next morning.
I took a deep breath, called an Uber, and headed to a nearby hotel. Luckily, I was scheduled onto the 6 AM flight. It wasn’t direct, which kind of stunk, but I just wanted to get home.
I woke up at 3:40 AM the next morning, hopped on the hotel’s airport shuttle, and made my way back to LaGuardia airport. We headed towards ATL at 6:15 AM! I sat by a woman named Dorothy, and we had such a great conversation with our airplane coffee 🙂 It was kind of a blessing I missed my flight because she was such an inspirational person to meet.
I made it to the Atlanta airport at 8 AM and had to run to my next gate to get on the plane by 8:15 AM, and that is extremely stressful because the Atlanta airport is HUGE!
I did make it to the gate on time, but (luckily) the flight was delayed by an hour. I was so hungry, so I grabbed Greek yogurt and a banana before getting on the plane.
I finally made it back to Charlotte at noon! I ate my Chopt salad leftovers and then headed out to my parent’s house to grab the dogs. They watched the pups while I was gone for a couple of days.
I hung out with my dad and the pups in the backyard for a couple of hours before taking off. I was so excited to see them! I miss them all the time, even when I’m only gone for a couple of hours.
On Friday night, I headed to the gym with Kyle. I did three miles on the treadmill and then headed to the studio room to do a circuit. I was SO tired, so I showered, Kyle made me eggs, and I fell asleep at 8:45. We finished Thirteen Reasons Why and now we are watching OJ.
I was finally back on Schedule Saturday morning. I woke up at 6 am, had coffee, and worked a bit.
Kyle and I wanted to take the pups to the park before it got too hot outside. They love their weekends at the park lately. So happy Charlotte has this.
LOOK HOW HAPPY THEY ARE! 🙂
When we got back from the park, we threw them into the tub to clean off their feet, and then they slept for the rest of the day. It tires them out.
I headed out for my LAST RUN before my half marathon. I tapered back and only did seven miles. It was actually a pretty awful run. Meighan was gone, visiting her parents in NJ, and running alone was kind of crappy. I’ve been too fortunate to have a running buddy. I tried the GU Tri-Berry, and it gave me a boost at mile four.
It was a gorgeous day, so I’m glad I got out there!
Kyle was at the gym while I was running, so we decided to grab a protein smoothie together at the new juice bar in NoDa.
We had the “Doctor’s Order” with protein powder and extra ginger added. It was made up of organic apples, ginger, mint, spinach, kale, banana, mixed berries, probiotics, and spirulina.
We headed to Rock Bottom Brewery later in the evening and split a pizza with his roommate, Steve. Rock Bottom has pretty good pizza!
I headed to the mall on Sunday morning to pick up a few things for race day. I found the BEST Athleta race day pants, and I will share them in my race recap. They have all the pockets 🙂
I stopped at Central Coffee Co for a cappuccino on the way back from the mall.
I also picked up their vegan zucchini bread because it is so good and perfect for the rainy day.
I stopped at the Fresh Market to grab ingredients for fajitas. We all felt like “fajita night” 🙂 Kyle could eat fajitas all day, every day if they were available. I was shocked at how inexpensive the chicken and steak are at the
I was shocked at how inexpensive the chicken and steak are at the Fresh Market! I know where I’m going for meats from now on.
Monday morning lazies.
Breakfast: eggs and an English muffin with butter and honey!
Grumples and I headed out for a three-mile walk before his groom.
I took him over to my parents and shaved him in the garage. He actually loves it. He rolls over and lifts his leg when he wants me to get his favorite spots. Leo won’t go near the shaver, so we will probably have to take him to a groomer.
My parents made me dinner! Grilled chicken, broccoli, rice, and a spinach salad with balsamic.
Popcorn for dinner!
I woke up early Wednesday morning, had some cereal, and headed to Target and CVS to pick up travel necessities!
ALL PACKED FOR THE TRIP! I had to pack clothes for NJ and NYC. I blog more about my race packing in the race recap.
Whole wheat turkey sandwich and a Southwest salad for lunch!
Kyle and I walked to Tazikis for dinner on Wednesday night. I ordered their Greek salad with grilled salmon, and it was AMAZING. I think I found a new favorite Charlotte spot. It had cucumber, romaine, onion, tomato, pita, feta, and a house-made Greek dressing.
I headed to the airport at 5:45 am to hop on a flight to New Jersey! Meighan’s family lives in Jersey, so we had so much fun exploring and hanging out with her family! 🙂 I’ll blog ALL ABOUT that soon.
Well, guys, it’s time to get ready for the race! xo xo xo
Questions for you!
- What is a goal you’d like to accomplish by the end of the summer?
- Do you do anything as good luck before or during a race?
- What would you eat after running 13.1 miles!?