Dreary Run & Comfort Food

Good morning!

We’ve got another rainy, cold day over here on this Monday. But at least the rain stopped yesterday so I could go out for a run! It was cold — “35 but feels like 27,” according to


I ALMOST considered running on the treadmill since I didn’t have anyone to run with me (Elle and I were supposed to do a 6 miler on Saturday, but the storms thwarted our plan) and it was so yucky out, but then I remembered how miserable I find the treadmill. Outside it was! I told myself I just had to run 5 minutes and then I could come back inside if I wanted. But of course, by the time I reached 5 minutes, I’d already been out long enough that it made sense to keep going. :) What tricks do you use to convince yourself to fit in a workout even when you don’t want to?

Another reason that got me out the door was the opportunity to try out my new Under Armour shirt!


I was talking to my BFF Jenny (who works for Under Armour) about how I need more long sleeved workout shirts. I have a ton of short sleeved shirts, and a good amount of long sleeved thicker running jackets, but not many just straight up long sleeved shirts for in between weather days. She recommended this one — it’s a level 2.0 which means it’s a bit thicker than a normal workout shirt (it kept me nice and toasty the whole time), but still does the wicking and all that good stuff.


I was a HUGE fan! I have one other Under Armour long sleeved shirt that she gave me awhile ago that’s a level 1.0 and is black, so I wear it under short sleeved shirts a lot, and my favorite thing is that their shirts don’t ride up at ALL. That’s such a pet peeve of mine with workout shirts. This baby didn’t move an inch the whole run.


I ended up running 4 very hilly miles at a casual pace — it felt good once I got out there.


  • Mile 1: 9:06
  • Mile 2: 9:17
  • Mile 3: 8:38
  • Mile 4: 9:08

Total time: 36:15. Way more than I would have done on a treadmill. :) I’m going to officially start training for the Tobacco Road Half Marathon next weekend. The plan is a 7 miler!

After the run, I headed out to meet my high school friend Hilary for lunch! She suggested a southern place she’d heard was good called Lucky 32.


I would come back for the cornbread alone! It was SO good — doesn’t it look like lemon bars?!


We couldn’t decide if we wanted brunch or lunch, but being at a southern comfort place and all, we felt we should stick with the southern specialties. We actually both ended up getting the red beans and rice! I also had an unpictured (subpar) salad on the side.


YUM. It was so good — I love red beans and rice and the sausage was delicious. I brought half home with me (it was huge) and Matt got the rest for dinner last night — he was pumped.

Fun lunch outing! The rest of the day was spent catching up on school work, visiting with our friends Tim and Lindsey and their adorable newborn boy Hayes (cutest little man EVER — seriously), and watching more Breaking Bad, obviously.

Back to the grind — I’m off to school! Have a great day, friends.


  1. 1

    I definitely don’t have enough long sleeved workout tops either. I always seem to forget about them in the winter.

    Brunch looked delicious! Happy Monday girl!

  2. 2

    I love cornbread and their looks delicious!! They key to running in the cold is layers. If you do it right, you won’t even know it’s cold out :)

  3. 4

    Love beans n rice! Haha have a great day :)

  4. 5

    Whoa…I’ve never seen cornbread look so…fudgy?? Ha! I haven’t been to that place, but I should check it out next time I’m in CH!

  5. 6

    I may have to try that shirt – I love UA and I am always looking for long sleeved shirts. that do not ride up! :) thanks for sharing!

  6. 7

    I’m sticking to indoor workouts for the time being. Yesterday was -22 and -30 with windchill.. ;)

  7. 9

    Your lunch looks great! Especially that cornbread!

  8. 10

    Cornbread is the best part of a southern meal! :)

  9. 11

    Haha that is just too cold for me! I get cold very easily, I went on a run a few weeks ago when it was 37 and I wore 3 layers and was still loosing feeling in my fingers!

  10. 12

    Great shirt! I also hate it when my workout shirst ride up…. I want a shirt the will conceal as much “bottom” jiggle as possible!
    Great run! Especially the 3rd mile!

  11. 13

    Thanks for the casual review on Under Armour. I am super picky about workout clothes; Nike seems to be the only one I’ve tried that actually pays attention to how they stitch their seams to prevent annoying/painful rashes. I did accidentally buy a pair of UA workout shorts one time that I LOVE LOVE LOVE, but thought my love for it was a fluke. I may look into their other workout tops now.

  12. 15

    I just did 8.5 miles on the treadmill yesterday and I hated it! Running outside is definitely the best. :-) I have an UnderArmour undershirt and I love that it doesn’t ride up. And it keeps me toasty.

  13. 17

    I have a giant cup of coffee and a small piece of chocolate and I tell myself that I can have a mocha if I run.

    sad, but true.

  14. 19

    Wow, that cornbread looks so dense! Pretty amazing.

    I tell myself that I can’t shower until I work out. So, if I want to look somewhat presentable for the rest of the day, then I better get my sweat on.

  15. 21

    Under Armour seriously makes some of the best running shirts. I’ll have to check this one out, as I have the same issue with shirts riding up…ugh!

    Good for you for “tricking” yourself into a run! :D

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    Jen Robinson says:

    YAY i’m so glad the shirt worked out for you- it definitely looks great! Randomly I had cornbread last week at a catered work lunch that looked more like lemon bars and was a lot more dense than i was used to- it was yummy, but i i actually like my cornbread a bit dryer with more cornbits in it.

  17. 23

    That cornbread is making my drool… now I have to figure out what I can make for dinner this week just to include cornbread :-)

  18. 24

    I layer when I run outside. I’ve been doing a lot of runs in the ’35 but feels like 25′ temperatures. Occasionally, I’ll take it indoors – like when it’s raining, or this weekend, when it was too icey to really go anywhere (my seven miler took almost two hours because the bridge wasn’t salted at all), but I prefer outside. I’ve noticed that when I’m layered up, I dont’ even notice the cold – sometimes, I even get too warm!

  19. 25

    the treadmill was torture! hopefully the weather will cooperate for our run this weekend! :)

  20. 26

    I am with you on the treadmill. I can barely make it 10 minutes before surrendering. I went to Lucky 32 when I first moved to the area. It is so good! If you go back you have to get their whipped sweet potatoes. They are so dreamy!

  21. 28

    Oh man, it seems like every time I read your blog lately it makes me crave cornbread! I still have your last corn muffin post bookmarked, and I need to find a time to try out the recipe and satisfy these corny cravings!

  22. 30

    I also hate the treadmill. Even if I am in decent running shape, a mile on the treadmill feels like a half marathon. Although when I PRed my half marathon, I did the majority of my training on a treadmill …

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