Chapel Hill Study-Fest: Days 5 & 6

How we feel right now:


Um, yeah. Can’t wait til this test is over. Maria, Elle and I spent 11 – yes, 11 – hours at Maria’s house on Friday taking RD exam practice tests, reviewing, and taking more practice tests. The questions are pretty ridiculous to be honest – lots of food service and management stuff I’m never going to use. Sigh.

After our big day Friday, we all decided to take it a little easier yesterday. Saturday morning, Elle and I headed to the Tobacco Trail for a run! Before I left DC last week, I told Elle that I needed to get in a long run this weekend for spring half marathon training (post on this coming soon!) and she was thankfully on board to join me. :)


It was a really pretty, sunny morning out – cold but perfect for running! I miss this trail – so peaceful and wooded once you get a little farther down.


I haven’t run more than 6 miles since the Army 10 Miler right after our wedding in October last year, so I was wondering how I’d feel doing 8 again, but I’m happy to say I felt great! We enjoyed the weather and chatted away and the miles flew by.


Average pace: 8:59 minute/miles. Yay!

After our run, we cleaned up and headed out to brunch! Jessee’s – man, I miss this place.


Pretty latte:


Plus my favorite – the open faced biscuit sandwich, with scrambled eggs, tomato, turkey, and cheese. AMAAAAZING.


Elle and I spent the rest of the afternoon getting a little more studying done before running some errands. For dinner, we met some of our UNC classmates for dinner at a place called Panzella in Carrboro! It was great seeing them. :)


I started with the (unpictured, but delish) butternut squash soup, and for my entrée I had a big beet salad topped with salmon, candied walnuts, and goat cheese. Very good!


Today we’re getting back to studying in full force. Here we goooooo!


  1. 1
    T.G.I.F!!! (the goal is fitness) says

    Bravo on your 8 mile run!
    Keep the momentum and dedication going…..
    We’re rooting for you!!!!

  2. 2

    Good luck studying for the exam! I will be in your shoes next year at this time!

  3. 3

    Mmmmmm. Biscuits…..

    The Kidless Kronicles

  4. 4

    You all will pass the exam with flying colors! Keep on chuggin’!

  5. 5

    Love that you got to see some of the UNC girls! And look at Elder’s swanky dress haha! Miss you.

  6. 6
    Paige Callahan says

    Just bought that same shirt, two days ago, in navy and lime green that your wearing with your UNC classmates! Love it!

  7. 7

    Ugh, oh no another exam! I know you’ll do great but studying for something so significant is never fun. At least there are rewards with good friends and brunch!

  8. 8

    I was on the ATT this morning! Love these NC “winters!” I just moved to the Triangle from up north, so I especially love your posts whenever you are in NC – I always come away with great food and fitness ideas to try. I see a trip to Jessee’s in my near future… that looks so good!

    Good luck on the exam!

  9. 9

    Love the look of that open face sandwich.

  10. 10

    Are you running the Nike Women’s Half in April in DC?

  11. 12

    You can do it!!!!!!!! :)

  12. 13
    Healthy Eater says

    Impressive studying, impressive running, impressive food and friendship. Press on — and good luck!

  13. 14

    I’m an undergrad at UNC but I’m studying abroad this semester, and I’m obviously loving Italy, but this post made me miss Chapel Hill!! Jesse’s is the best and I loveeee long runs around the area. Also, SO glad I found your blog! :)

  14. 15

    HI there!! It looks like this is a pretty old post but I was wondering where did you work while you were in school? I’m trying to find some place to work while I go to school:) Thank you!


    • 16

      My job while I was in school was this blog! A lot of my classmates worked part time with professors, though. You won’t be able to work full time if you’re doing school full time though – the schedule it too crazy.

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