Non-Race Weekend Adventures

Hey friends! It’s hard getting back to work today after a really fun weekend, the highlight of which was running the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler yesterday with Matt and a big group of friends!

team cabot will run for cheddar

More on that tomorrow, when I’ll share a full race recap (plus an awesome giveaway from Cabot, who made putting my team together possible)!

And for now, the non-race portion of the weekend! On Saturday, Matt and I kept things low key in preparation for the race. Lazy morning followed by banana pancakes (we used the Simple Mills pancake mix) plus some scrambled eggs.

gluten free breakfast pancake

The rest of the day was spent relaxing and getting some errands and things done around the house! I hit the race expo in the late afternoon to get our bibs and Cabot racing shirts, and then headed to the pre-race dinner with a few of the ladies on my #WillRunForCheddar team. Thank you to Cabot for adding us to the guest list for the official pre-race dinner!

cherry blossom race dinner

Look, occasionally my workout/running buddies and I do put normal clothes on and wear our hair down. ;)


The dinner was a lot of fun, and we were honored to be there among many of the race volunteers, elite athletes, and sponsors. The food was also delicious – we were certainly well fueled!

pre race dinner

As for Sunday, it was all about the race! Again, more on that tomorrow. :) It was a gorgeous day, though – the weather was the total opposite of last year’s freezing temps and crazy wind. We got lucky!

Since it was so nice out, Matt and I spent the rest of the afternoon post-race doing some yard work and gardening around the house! We planted some flowers, raked and mowed, put down some new mulch, got our herb boxes ready for action (starting with plants vs. seeds this year, no shame), etc. Zara was no help. ;) (And, how is this comfortable?! Lol!)


We were in the mood for something salty but hydrating last night, so we made some chicken and veggie soup! I started with some celery, onions, and carrots sauteed in a pot until the onions were soft.

how to make homemade veggie soup

Then, I added two containers of chicken broth and brought it up to a boil, then down to a simmer to soften the carrots. Meanwhile, Matt cooked the chicken, which we put in last minute with some fresh chopped mushrooms, Italian seasoning blend, and a little salt and pepper (the broths were low/no sodium).

homemade chicken veggie soup

Matt doesn’t really like rice in soup so I just added some to mine (it was plain microwave brown rice) before eating. Delicious!

After all that activity and fresh air, I was so exhausted I went to bed at 8:30 last night and slept until 7:30. It was glorious. Looking forward to a rest day today, and also a massage, which I’m getting over my lunch break!

As for breakfast today, I had a mix of cottage cheese and whole milk plain yogurt with berries, various cereals, chia seeds, and slivered almonds. Yummy! My mid-morning snack, which I just ate, was a latte plus a banana with peanut butter.

breakfast yogurt cottage cheese bowl

Looking forward to the leftover soup for lunch!

I will leave you with bit of randomness – remember how I wrote ages ago recommending the Netflix documentary about the Barkley Marathons, which is an insane 100+ mile ultramarathon trail race in the mountains of Tennessee with a 60 hour time limit? Well, it’s going on right now! I first found out about it because my friend John Kelly, who works out of the same co-working space I do, has attempted the race twice and was telling me about it last year. Well, this year he is making his third attempt – and as of now (10:15 a.m. EST), the race has about 3 hours and 20ish minutes left to go and only John and one other man, a Canadian named Gary Robbins, have made it to the 5th and final lap. It’s going to be down to the wire whether either of them finish within the time limit – AND apparently it’s raining and foggy there right now just to add to the drama and navigational challenges. I seriously can’t stop checking the #BM100 Twitter feed for updates! Ahhhh! Good luck to both of them! Also, a fun fact – John apparently brought a bunch of my Salty Maple Nut Energy Bites with him to Barkley – I guess they make great ultramarathon fuel as well as great normal distance fuel. :)

Have a great day guys – and I’ll be back tomorrow to share my race recap!


  1. 1

    Congratulations Anne! The pre-race dinner looks lovely.

  2. 2

    i also watched the Barkley Marathons. Such a CRAZY race. Loved the movie.

  3. 3

    I’m jealous you’re gardening already. The last frost date here isn’t until the end of May, so I have awhile to wait still.

    I’m looking forward to your race recap tomorrow.

  4. 4
    Stacey Wiesenthal says

    Congrats on your run! Glad the weather was better. I think it would be really cool to have your friend John do a guest post all about training and the experience etc. I’m going to watch to documentary as well!

    • 5

      He actually started his own blog last week (at my encouragement, because I agree I’m so curious to read more about his adventures) — you can find it at, or I linked to it in the post (click on his name)! He has his two previous Barkley failed attempts up as recaps, plus some other previous race recaps. I’m sure he’ll do a big post all about this year’s race!

  5. 8

    Sounds like a solid weekend! I need to try those pancakes–seems really easy! I’m loving this weather too I think winter is finally behind us!

  6. 9

    What a great race weekend!! Can’t wait to read the recap!

  7. 10

    Can;t wait to read the race recap! Looks like a fun weekend! I’ve never watched that documentary so I will be watching it this weekend!

  8. 11

    I watched that documentary after you posted about it and loved it. Good luck to your friend!

  9. 12

    I’m glad you had good w

  10. 13
    Jennifer says

    I was just talking to a couple friends this weekend about the ultramarathon. Oh, man, just looked and your friend made it (yaaaay!), but Gary was 6 SECONDS over the time limit! OUCH

    • 14

      So crazy!! Apparently Gary came in from the wrong direction, though, so would have been DQ-ed either way… but man, such a bummer! So pumped for John, though!! I’m grabbing lunch with him later this week and so excited to hear all the details.

      • 15
        Jennifer says

        Major bummer. I hope you write a post about John! I’d be totally interested in what he has to say about it.

  11. 16

    Sorry about that! Typing on my phone…I’m glad you had good weather for your race and can’t wait to read the recap!

  12. 17
    TrackBuddy says

    WOW! Was obsessively refreshing the Twitter feed – unbelievable – can’t believe your friend WON and heartbreaking that the other runner DQ’ed.

  13. 19

    What a solid weekend! Always feels good to ‘dress up’ and get out of running clothes, hah! I’ve never seen or heard of that movie, but will check it out!

  14. 20

    Can’t wait to read the recap :)

  15. 21

    Congrats on the run! It looks like a lovely weekend.

  16. 22

    Congratulations you guys, awesome work! :)

  17. 23

    Looks like you had a great weekend full of yummy dishes!!! Congrats on your run!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  18. 24
    Roadrunner says

    How about a post on the Barkley race? I would love to learn more about it, as would others I suspect! Maybe interview the survivor!

    • 25

      He’s planning to do a big post on his blog about it soon – I’ll share a link once it’s up! I’m dying to hear more about it too!

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