Bittersweet

Sunday’s are always so bittersweet. Relaxing and wrapping up the week only to welcome another Monday.

Here’s a tiny glimpse at what I was up to this weekend…

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In other news…

Fail of the Day

The Parents and I rode bikes down to my grandmother’s house for a visit. My great aunt Joan was there, too, so we all relaxed on the screened-in porch and chatted. It was lovely and I took a few pictures to share with you but unfortunately forgot to put the memory card in my camera and neglected to bring the correct USV cord…fail. Suppose you’ll have to go without pictures of all of our faces for this post.

My Week in Fitness 6/2-6/9

M – walk with Sophie
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50 mile bike ride
W
 – 60 minute {warm} yoga
Th – quick upper body weight sesh + fartlek walk/run intervals
F – 1 hour power walk + abs
S – strength + cardio blast circuit
Su – R&R at its finest

Must Try Recipe

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Rebecca’s buttermilk pound cake. Topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries? Swoon.

Must Try Workout

I conjured up this routine and then repeat it twice on Saturday and I’m already sore from it today. Talk about a butt buster! If you’re unfamiliar with any of the moves then check out bodybuildling.com or shoot me an email/leave a comment. 😀

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Food for the Mind

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I’ve always really liked this quote. So often I find myself worrying about tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, and…well, you get the point, but how much of that worrying really does any good? Nada. That’s how much. I am very avid about praying for strength so maybe I should become more avid about worrying less.

Here’s to a new week!

Bayou Country Superfest 2013 Recap

Saturday morning started off with breakfast at PJ’s.

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Oat bran muffin, half a banana, and coffee for me.

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The Parents and I walked around downtown for a bit before heading to the practice field to hang with Zach and company.

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Zach’s good friends viagra tabs from UGA rode from Nashville to Baton Rouge on a fancy tour bus (previously Luke Bryan’s) so Darius Rucker could do a meet and greet for a radio show. Incidentally, my mother loves Darius and has long been a Hootie and the Blowfish fan, of course, her love of him has rubbed off on me.

After hanging out on the tour bus for a couple of hours leading up to the concert, we had to get off so Darius could do his meet and greet. When Darius rode up in the golf cart all my mom could say was “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God”. Darius casually gave us a wave (!!!) before getting on the bus as we waited outside with a few other guys, hoping Pervus could score us a picture.

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Then my dad walks over to where my mom and I are standing and asks who’s in the bus. We both tell him matter of faculty. So then he strolls on over to where Pervus is standing beside the door of the bus. Dad mutters something to Pervus and then bam, Darius walks out and my dad Forrest Gumps a hand shake. My mom and I just stared in awe. That little turd.

Once we got over that incident, we made our way to the concert…

Saturday night’s line up was Thompson Square, Darius Rucker, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum.

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We arrived for the tail end of Thompson Square — just in time for Darius Rucker — woohoo! He was the highlight of the weekend next to Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan (Both of whom Zach got to meet back stage. Oh, the perks of being a starting QB…:|).

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Darius closed with Wagon Wheel and Lady Antebellum came out to sing it with him. It was awesome so we left on that note.

Sunday morning called for sleeping in after realizing we started too early the day before. Oops.

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Church at noon and then a late lunch after.

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Couldn’t leave Sophie alone in the hotel so she brunched with us also. 😉

After brunch, we took an afternoon bike ride along the levee and through campus.

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No worries, we made sure to visit Mike.

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He was a sleepy tiger, catching some R&R on a Sunday afternoon. I snapped a few shots of Mike before we rode back to the hotel to wash up and get ready for the night ahead.

Sunday night’s line up included Rodney Atkins, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, and Zac Brown Band. We arrived just in time for The Band Perry and stayed until the very end. Zac Brown is one hell of a guitar player. Jimmy De Martini was incredible on the fiddle, too.

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Forgive me for the less than perfect quality of my iPhone pictures. Can’t say that the environment was all that safe for my Canon.

Home atlas on this beautiful Memorial Day afternoon! As soon as I set down my bags, I remembered I was expecting mail…

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Slightly Stoopid and Chris Scott over at Silverback Music sent me this package from above Cali. These guys are the real deal and if you aren’t already a Slightly Stoopid fan you better start listening. I might even let you borrow an album. 😉 Cheers to saving a shit ton of money on iTunes! Thanks again guys!

Hope your Memorial Day weekend has been a blast. A big thanks to the men and women who fight for our freedom. ‘Merica!

Weekend Recap: Music and Beach Style

Good evening friends! I hope you had a great weekend, whatever you had going on.

As far as my weekend went, it was incredible and I feel like it’s still going on since I don’t leave the beach until Tuesday viagra for cheap morning. No complaints there. 😉

The Hangout Fest was such a blast!

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Seeing Slightly Stoopid was without a doubt the highlight of my weekend. I gave them two thumbs up and almost shed tears.

Some pictures from Friday…

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My Aunt Robin and Uncle E. just so happened to be staying in the same area with some friends of their’s this weekend so I met up with my uncle Saturday morning for a run.

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The only picture I have from our run is this one my uncle took of me after we finished. We ran the state park trails which has an alligator habitat along one of the trails. My mom often rides her bike on the trails and told me she saw a mama gator with a baby resting on her head [insert heart-melting aw here] the last time she was here so I was sure to look for them during my run. I ended up spotting the mama and five little baby gators in one of the ponds! Still kicking myself for not having a camera.

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Annnyways. The uncle is loosely training for an upcoming 10K so he ran 6 miles while I opted for a 5 miler. We started out with a nice 8 minute/mile pace and a lot of conversation so I had to slow down on my way back.

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Coffee, coconut water, Greek yogurt + Kashi GoLean Crunch + Ezekiel flax granola + blueberries + 1/2 bananner 

When I got back from running I had PIAJ (parfait in a jar :)), coffee, and a ton of water. I thought I’d want coconut water but ended up putting it back in the fridge shortly after I snapped the picture. Oh, and yes I brought a jar of PB with me to the beach. Obviously.

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Baby kale + leftover salmon and spinach from dinner the night before + balsamic vinegar

Before heading out to the Hangout I had a small lunch if you could call it that. But whatever it was it was delicious. Can you spy the coconut water in the corner? Thought I would drink it and ended up putting it back in the fridge…again. I will drink that darn bottle of coconut water on the beach tomorrow though! Mark my words.

Some pictures from Saturday…

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As far as today goes, it has been a totally chillax day. I checked a lot of things off my To Do list and have plans of ending it with a Magnum Mini Almond bar. 😀

What’d you do this weekend?

Charlottesville Half-marathon Recap

Happy Hump Day friends!

This week is flying by and, brand name viagra to be honest, I need it to slow down! There’s so much to be done before summer break and even more to be done during — it’s time to kick it into high gear, y’all.

Anyways. This past weekend I was in Charlottesville, VA with my mom and some friends of her’s our’s for the Charlottesville Marathon (half and 8K included).

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After two wonderful flight delays *sarcasm intended*, I finally arrived in Cville on Friday afternoon, greeted with warm air and beautiful Virginia scenery.

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Our group stayed at the Omni Hotel where the starting line was conveniently located right outside along with Main Street and the race expo.

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Shortly after setting my bags down in the room and cleaning up a bit, we all made our way over to the race expo to pick up our packets and browse around. There wasn’t a whole lot to offer so we didn’t stay very long.

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Can’t decide if Charlottesville is ready to welcome spring or not, haha.

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Since we had some time to kill before all meeting up at the restaurant for our dinner reservations, Mom and I decided to take a stroll down Main Street.

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Mom told me about this almond baklava she saw in a coffee shop earlier that day so we headed that way for a little snack to tide us over before dinner. Baklava is without a doubt my favorite sweet and this almond version did not disappoint.

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Dinner was at Sal’s Italian Cafe for some good ole carbo-loading. I ordered a pizza that came with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and spinach then added pancetta and requested light on the cheese. It wasn’t as good as I had hoped but it did the job carb wise so I didn’t complain.

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Once we finished our meals we took our time chatting before walking to Splendora’s for gelato. There was literally zero room in my belly after my pizza so I sampled the cookies n’ creme and ordered a decaf coffee.

When we got back to the hotel we called it a night and made plans to meet in the lobby at 6:25 am — five minutes before the start of the half and full marathon.

Saturday 4/6/13 

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The alarm on my phone went off at 5:00 am and after pressing snooze twice, I was up and spreading Justin’s maple almond butter on a plain white bagel at 5:18 am. While I was forcing myself to eat that early I thought I should probably snap a picture of my race day breakfast but the sleepiness in me dismissed that idea. Sorry. 😐

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The night before I put together a playlist to run to on my iPod and set out everything I would need for the race. In my ID belt I packed some tissues and Honey Stinger energy chews.

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Soon after breakfast and a cup of coffee, I was geared up and ready to go. 😀

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Left to right: Heather, Katie, Shelley, me. 

Out of the four of us I was the only one doing the half, the rest of the girls ran the full. Shelley has ran in a number of other marathons along with one 30 mile trail race but this was Heather and Katie’s first full marathon.

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Immediately after this picture was taken, we all headed to the starting line. Shelley and I made our way towards the middle of the pack while the other two opted for a start a little farther back. In no time the gun was off and I was officially running my first half-marathon!

I really wish I had a camera with me during the race. The trail took us by parts of UVA’s campus, down town, through picture perfect country roads on rolling hills, and past horse farms with amazing colonial style homes. All while the sun was rising.

At the two mile mark I realized my Garmin watch never got a satellite signal. Yes, it’s just my luck that the one time my watch decided not to work was race day. I tried to reset it a few times during the run before ultimately deciding I didn’t need to know my pace to accomplish my two goals: run happy and finish.

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I was in the middle of giving my two thumbs up face for this picture.

The race was very well organized however, I could’ve used a few more water stops. For my next half I’m going to invest in a Camelbak belt.

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My mom was like the freaking paparazzi when I finished.

Once I caught my breath I headed for water and grabbed a banana then went up to the hotel room with my mom. In the room I did a few sun salutations and stretches to take care of my legs. Next race I’m definitely bringing my foam roller — my muscles need it bad! My mom ran the 8K with Wendy and Karen so we both showered up before heading back to the finish line to watch the other girls run in.

I ended up crossing the finish line in 1:58:00! Along with my other two goals, I secretly had the hopes of finishing under two hours so I was ecstatic when I saw my chip time. The course was TOUGH and by the end of it I was cursing all the hills under my breath. I can’t wait to run another half with a time goal on a flat(ter) course.

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Mom and I waiting on the marathon runners

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Left to right: Mom, Wendy, and Karen

The 8K ladies

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Shelley finished with an awesome time!

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Next was Shelley’s younger sister, Katie!

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Shelley was extra chipper after the race. I think she was high on GU shots after she told us she took one at almost every water stop they were offered. 😉

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Soon after Shelley and Katie, in came Heather with a strong finish!

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By the time everyone had finished I realized I was starving. Wendy, Karen, Shelley, my mom, and I had lunch at Eppie’s. I made it a point to eat here after seeing this mouthwatering Santa Monica salad with a baby pumpkin loaf on Kath’s blog.

Along with lunch at Eppie’s, I also wanted to make a visit to Arch’s Frozen Yogurt and Matt and Kath’s bakery so me, Mom, and Shelley set off for a walk around Cville.IMG_5349

I knew about Arch’s brownie batter topping but was beyond pumped when I saw they had a yellow cake batter(!!) topping. For my Arch’s treat, I went with vanilla froyo and topped it with brownie batter, yellow cake batter, cookie dough, Oreo’s, Reese’s, and a drizzle of caramel sauce. I needed to replenish my glycogen stores, after all. 😉

Frozen yogurt bars of Alabama: you need to get on it with the batter toppings!

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At Great Harvest I sampled the pesto swirl bread and a salted caramel cookie (uh holy deliciousness) and ended up taking home a bag of Cvile Cluster Granola and a Great Harvest mug. 🙂

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Dinner Saturday night was at Common Wealth where mom and I ordered a salad and shared the mushroom, spinach, and cheese empanadas. The whole tabled shared a few banana bread puddings and a peanut butter torte before we made our way to the roof top bar. We rounded the trip off with a few drinks and some talk before calling it a night.

On Sunday morning we all parted ways and headed for home. All in all I had an incredible weekend spent with a great group of friends. Can’t wait for the next race trip!

The Weekend

Good evening! Hope everyone is wrapping up a great weekend — I sure am.

At the end of the week I see a lot of bloggers do weekend recaps involving more pictures and less words that I really enjoy reading. With that being said, I’ve decided to give a go at one. So without further ado — the weekend!

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Week in Fitness

M - CrossFit

T - two 20 minute yoga DVDs

W - CrossFit

Th - 10 mile run

F - off

S - 5K race

Su - off

Friday

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Favorite seasoning in ze world.

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Date + TJ’s Cookie Butter = dangerously delicious

Saturday

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1/2 banana + 2 handfuls spinach + 1/4 c. rolled oats + 1 T chocolate PB2 + 1 c. unsweetened vanilla almondmilk

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Dinner at Epiphany’s Cafe (If you live in/visit Tuscaloosa you HAVE to have dinner here. Have to.)

Sunday

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Carrot cake from Epiphany’s for breakfast

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Latte + Breakfast Burrito at Five for lunch

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My Aunt Robin and I

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Prepping frozen nanners for smoothies throughout the week

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Salad in leftover spring mix container with Jim ‘N’ Nick’s smoked turkey mmm

And there’s my weekend. 🙂

Before I turn in for the night I just wanted to let everyone know that Health Nut Claire now has a Gmail account for all things Health Nut related. Please feel free to e-mail me at healthnutclaire@gmail.com for any reason.

Goodnight!