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).



Friday 4/5/13

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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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 


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. 😐


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.



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


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.


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.


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.


Mom and I waiting on the marathon runners


Left to right: Mom, Wendy, and Karen

The 8K ladies

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Shelley finished with an awesome time!


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!


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!

Goal attained.


First off, I’d like to say that Wednesday was a wonderful day of eats. However, I caught the lazy bug and didn’t snap a single picture the whole day. You win some, you lose some.

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Aside from Wednesday, Thursday wasn’t all that bad so let’s dive right in.

Breakfast – 7:15 am


Two pieces of Ezekiel toast + Barney Butter almond butter on one & PB&Co. White Chocolate PB on the other + nanner slices + chia seeds + coconut

This is a recycled photo (my camera battery was dead) but you get the jist of it.

IMG_4310Annnd who would I be without my morning cup of Joe? Cranky with a killer headache around 3 pm.

Workout – 8:50 am



If you don’t already know, I’m training for my first half-marathon in Charlottesville, VA on April 6th. Accidentally, I began my training plan a month early (whoops!) so the past few weeks I took a break from long runs.

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Well, yesterday I decided to get back into training with a 10 miler. Before starting my run I knew if I could do 10 miles then I would be able to do the extra 3.1 on race day. IMG_4707


Surprisingly enough those 10 miles went by way faster than expected and I felt great the whole way through. My goal was to stay under 9 minutes per mile and just finish. Goal attained.


During my run I stopped for water every time I ran past my car which ended up being three times and then I nommed on some Sports Beans at miles 3 and 7.



On my next run I think I’ll switch back to Honey Stinger’s chews. They were a lot easier to eat during my last long run.

Running is almost completely a mental sport. It’s not about how fast you go or how far you it’s just that you go. My mind is in total control of my body when I run; if my mind is in the right place then my body will follow suit.


As soon as I got home I downed a pineapple coconut water to replenish my electrolytes — tasty tasty — and then got to work on lunch.

Lunch – 11:45 am



Roasted veggies, yes please!


Jennie-O turkey burgers have been quite the popular protein choice ’round these parts lately.


Spring mix + roasted zucchini, grape toms, sweet tater with rosemary + Jennie-O turkey burger + goat cheese + red onion + balsamic reduction 

I wish I could have this salad again…right now. Darn Lent and Fridays.


Not a single snack was photographed yesterday. My apologies! But I did graze a little throughout the day with a Peanut Butter Cookie Luna bar, some mixed nuts, and an orange. All very satisfying.



Sophie can fill in for the lack of snack pics. Look it! So cute! 🙂

Dinner – 6:30 pm


Slice of Ezekiel + TJ’s cookie butter microwaved for 10 seconds

A serious craving for bread — specifically buttered rolls from O’Charley’s (Oh, how I love those things.) — struck as I was fixing dinner.


Three egg white scramble with shredded carrots + spinach + shredded mozzarella + ketchup


Before I dug into my egg white scramble I realized I had to crumble the remnants of Cheesy Garlic Bread Lays on top. Seriously, I had to.

I mean, I ran 10 miles after all. 😉

Dessert – 8:00 pm


Dark chocolate chips

Of course, I couldn’t end the night without a taste of dark chocolate.

The rest of my night was spent being a college student with some awesome girls out in Ttown.

Hope every one has a great weekend! I’ll holler at cha laterz.

Bit of News Numero

Hey there and happy Tuesday!

Sorry I’m a day late with my two bits of exciting news…I literally spent all day yesterday thinking it was still Sunday. 😕

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But we’ll get to that later. First, let’s talk weekend.

On Friday, Stephen and I made a trip to Earthfare for lunch and to pick up some ingredients that were suppose to be Saturday night’s dinner. And because, ya know, I wouldn’t be me if I opted out on an opportunity to go to Earthfare to just look at everything and then jack a few goodies out of the bins. 😉

Doesn’t it look heavenly?

I couldn’t even tell you everything I put in my salad. Among my favorites (that I can remember) would include veggie chips (that I grabbed from a sample at the check out line), roasted brussels, feta cheese, and grilled chicken. All those in one bite rocked my world.

Stephen enjoyed his salad also, which I can bet was comprised of about a third of olives. Ew.

Saturday was a super lazy day but we did manage to fit a little sweat time in…

Ah yes. Stephen and I went for a run. I won’t go into very many details but the boyfriend probably hasn’t gotten his heart rate up for longer than three minutes at a time so I was really proud of him for 1) agreeing to go with me and 2) completing the run with minimum complaining.

After we got back Stephen got his taste of endorphins and was all hyped up with energy. Now you see why I like to be crazy and exercise. 😉

Before I share my news I’d like to share a few cute faces I got to see over the weekend…

B-rock – quite the studmuffin.

TB – Mister Spaz.

And Cale – with his nostril talent.

I also got to hang out with one of my dear best friends, Kelsey, on Saturday night. Love you and so glad we got the chance to hang!

Ok ok. Time for the news already, right?

Bit of news numero uno:

Yesterday officially began my first day of training for my first half-marathon!!! If the bolded font and the extra exclamation points didn’t get my emotion across then let me just tell you – I’m PUMPED! 😀

My mom has always been a runner and has completed a few half and full marathons so when I was asked to join her and her friends in Virginia for the Charlottesville Marathon hosted by Miller Lite I couldn’t not say yes!

I’ll definitely keep you posted on how training goes. This is the schedule I’ll be following for the most part and I’m super pumped because it’s going to be like cross-country season all over again. Of course, I’ll adjust to whatever my body feels. In other words, if I’m too sore from a run/workout and need another day of rest that’s exactly what I’ll do.

Annnd bit of news numero duos:

So I’ve been looking into doing some blog revamping (i.e. personalized header, fresh layout, and things of that sort) so when I heard about Laura from Courtney a few days ago I knew it was a God sent. Hello – problemo solved!

As quick as my mouse mouse could possibly move, I scrolled over the link and immediately started browsing her work and then one thing lead to the other and well, you guys…

She’s gon’ help make Health Nut the real dealio! Woohoo! Now, it will be a process but nonetheless I’m so excited to be working with her! Y’all – she’s super sweet and seems to really know what she’s talking about. Anyways, I hope you’ll be anticipating the makeover as much as me! (Actually, that’s impossible – no one is more excited than I am! :D)

That just about does it for the day.

WAIT! I almost forgot…

What would a Health Nut post be if it didn’t include breakfast?! Gasp. Can’t believe I nearly said bye without first sharing this beautiful bowl of banana bread oatmeal and a mound of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter to go with.

Nooow that’s all I’ve got for today. My mom should be arriving in town around lunch time today so there’s most likely a delicious lunch at 5 along with a 5 mile run in my near future. 🙂

Have a great Tuesday y’all!