An Early Run + Health Fair Exhibiting and a Packed Lunch!

Good morning, my friends!

I was up bright (yay for the sun being up early now too) and early this morning for a run with friends Turner and Karen.


I’ve been doing a lot more evening workouts lately so it was a nice reminder how awesome it feels to get outside in the fresh air in the early morning and to have your workout done!

The girls and I met at 6:45 in Rock Creek area and headed out on a pretty run. Part trail, part roads, part Zoo! :)


My favorite part was the trails. It’s nice that it’s light enough out now at that hour that we can do trails instead of roads all the time!


Off roading! :)


We ended the run with the very long and steep climb up through the Zoo. It’s nearly a mile climb – just when you think you’re done because it flattens out, another hill comes up! WHEW! I was not feeling such a big hill this morning so I was glad I had the girls with me to keep me going. Definitely wouldn’t have made it up without walking had I been by myself!

We did it! :)


4.5 miles – check please! Great way to start the day. Our average pace was 9:13 minute/miles, which is great considering the rocky trail/creek scrambling and the massive hill at the end!


Now I’m home, showered, and about to race out the door! I have a booth at a corporate health/wellness expo today to advertise my AnneTheRD nutrition counseling services. I’ve been debating the past few weeks what to have at the table to entice people to come over. I ended up deciding handouts that they could take with them would be a good thing!

First, I printed a ton of copies of my Healthy Cooking Substitutions PDF (click the link to download it for yourself!).


And then I also formatted and branded a few of my recipes with my logo and blog link. I tried to pick a good variety/mix of types of recipes, so I choose a few of my absolute favorites: my Corn Flake Encrusted Chicken Fingers, Sweet Potato Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas, and Whole Wheat PB&J Muffins. Hopefully at least one of them will be appealing to everyone. :)


I also printed out a couple signs on some colored card stock, which I’ll display with some little wooden picture easels I bought earlier this week at a craft store.



Hopefully it goes well! :)

Since I’ll be at the health fair for about 4 hours and over lunch time, I also threw together a quick packed lunch for myself. We’re low on groceries since we’re leaving town tomorrow, but I was able to throw together some leftover cooked quinoa, some tabouleh (store bought), a big spoonful of hummus, and some chickpeas (canned – just drained/rinsed) into a little vegetarian bowl of sorts. I put a squeeze of lemon juice on top and some salt/pepper. I think it’ll be good! I wanted to add some avocado, too, but ours wasn’t ripe yet. Boo!


Plus some juicy grapes on the side.


And just in case I don’t have time to break out a real lunch, I also threw in one of these cool new “alternative protein bars” that Larabar just came out with. I received a fun package with a few of the different flavors in the mail yesterday. Thanks, Larabar! They are basically normal larabars but with some pea protein added. Cool! Much better ingredient list than most other protein bars, that’s for sure. Excited to try it! Have any of you seen these in stores yet/tried them?


And I’m off! Have a wonderful day, friends!

p.s. Love packed lunch ideas? I have a whole bunch more of them on my recipe page under “packed lunches”!


  1. 1

    Lunch looks yum! And good luck but I’m sure you don’t need it :)

  2. 2

    Larabar has a protein bar now! I have to try them!! :) Thank you for the post and all your set up ideas look great…have fun!

  3. 3

    My school is right across the street from the zoo, and I love running past it on my runs. Sometimes I’ll even run inside of it (I get in for free–the perks of being a student!).

    I haven’t seen (or even heard) of Larabar’s protein bar, but I’m going to have to get on that stat. I love Larabars to a freakishly obsessive point. :)

    • 4

      I have to say, I was not a fan of the new Larabar! I’ll see how I like the other flavors but I’d avoid the pumpkin one… I tried it this morning and it was really dry and dense. Blech.

  4. 5

    Have fun at the health fair! They’ll love your recipes. Gorgeous trail run, wish we had more stuff around here like that.

  5. 6

    I have made your Sweet Potato Black Bean Veggie Enchiladas before. Yummy!
    They were well recieved in my house. As a matter of fact, thanks for the reminder. I’ll put it on my menu next week. I would like to exercise in the morning but my mojo isn’t there. My energy level peaks in the late afternoon so that works best for me. Have fun at he Health Fair!

  6. 7

    What beautiful run! The zoo by us does a 5K every year. I’ve never done it, but how cool would it be to run by all the animals?! Good luck at the expo. Those materials would definitely entice me to stop by.

  7. 8

    I love your packed lunch ideas, actually eating a Hummus Feta wrap right now! :)

  8. 9

    Good luck at the Expo!!

  9. 10

    How did you pick your Garmin watch? I just purchased the new FitBit Flex wristband, which shows activity levels, tracks sleep etc., but was thinking about getting something more dedicated to running to try to improve my mile time etc….any advice welcome!

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    Doreen G. says

    I love Larabars and I’ve tried the Pumpkin Pie ALT bar too. Delicious!

  11. 13
    kate cecil says

    hey anne! i have a few wellness fairs to attend this week here in philly–i was actually stressing about what i was going to pack that i can covertly eat while at my booth…thanks for the idea :) good luck!

  12. 14

    Looks like a great run, I love trails! Hi Turner :) Miss you ladies!

  13. 15

    It is always good to have new ideas for packed lunches, I’m going to have a look at it now! :)

    Hope the wellness fair goes well!

  14. 16

    I know what would entice people to your booth: a sample of one of your recipes! Free food always gets people (but you know that of course).

  15. 17

    Central Park has cat hill, I call the zoo Panda Mountain.

  16. 18

    AM workouts are the best! I always feel energized and ready to tackle the day when I workout in the AM.

  17. 19

    Larabar sent me the same ones- love the creative flavors.

    Ps. Yoga again when you’re back is a must!

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