North Carolina Weekend Adventures

Hello, my friends, and happy day 1 of the Winter Shape Up! I hope you guys enjoyed the Perfect Microwave Banana Oatmeal this morning! :)

Matt and I spent the weekend down in North Carolina, as I mentioned. Our visit had two parts, and part 1 was Chapel Hill! Longer term readers will remember that Matt and I lived there for nearly 2 years while I was in grad school at UNC; we both miss it and it’s always fun to be back. We arrived on Friday night and went out to dinner at one of our old favorites (Pazzo in Southern Village) with friends Sarah, Matt, Lindsey, and Tim. I completely failed at getting a photo of us all but it was awesome to see them! We stayed over with Sarah and Matt (and had fun playing with their son Holden, who is 1.5 years old now and SO cute), and on Saturday morning I hit up my old favorite yoga studio – Franklin Street Yoga!


I’ve found some studios I really love in DC, as you guys know, but I still miss Franklin Street – it was awesome to be back. I took Lori (my favorite)’s 9 a.m. hour and a half vinyasa flow class and it was as good as I remembered. All that was missing was my grad school yoga buddies. :)


After yoga, we hit up Jessee’s Coffee Bar, home to my most favorite breakfast ever – the open faced biscuit sandwich. Soooo good.



Drool, right?! It’s scrambled eggs, turkey, tomato, and white cheddar on top of an herbed biscuit. I seriously dream of this brunch. Nothing I’ve found in DC yet compares!

After brunch, Matt and I hit the road for part 2 of our trip – Winston Salem to meet our new nephew, little Nate!


Isn’t he a cutie? He’s 3 months old now and belongs to Matt’s older brother Chris and his wife Jess.


In addition to some cute clothes, we also brought him this amazing mustache pacifier, because, well, obviously. Lol.


We spent Saturday afternoon kickin’ it with the baby and catching up with Chris and Jess, and that evening we had a delicious chicken curry dish that Jess made in the slow cooker. I’m going to recreate this at home and share the recipe with you guys because it rocked – stay tuned!


On Sunday morning, we had another tasty meal – oatmeal pancakes!


Jess and I whipped them up for the group following a recipe she’s had for awhile. They were really good! This is another thing I’m going to recreate at home and share the recipe for. :) We enjoyed them topped with banana slices, pecans, and a little maple syrup, plus some sausage.


After our feast and a little digesting, Matt and I headed out for a run! It was a lovely day in North Carolina yesterday – in the 40’s but really sunny, and considering how miserably cold it’s been in DC lately, this felt positively balmy.


We headed to the nearby Salem Lake Trail, with the plan that Chris and Jess would come join us a bit later with the baby for a walk. This trail was so lovely – I wish it were near us in DC!


I’ve missed this Carolina blue sky!


As you guys know, I’m currently training for the LA Marathon, but I had decided to dial it back this weekend and not do a super long run since I knew we’d be traveling and I didn’t want to disappear for hours while visiting people. I started my training plan this month a week earlier than I needed to, and it seems that every time I train for a race I skip one of the long runs, so I’m feeling good about this decision. :)


It was a step down week for training anyway so I was “only” supposed to do 12 miles, so I didn’t feel like missing it would be a big deal. (Yes, I realize saying things like “only 12 miles” is totally insane. Who am I?)

Instead, Matt and I decided to do a nice 7 miles, which was exactly the distance of the trail around the lake. Sweet!


Between the sunshine, the slightly warmer temps, the lack of snow/ice, and views like this, we had an awesome run.


The good company helped, too. :)


I totally forgot to bring my GPS watch with me, so Matt carried his phone and used the Runkeeper app to track our distance/pace. Since he had his phone with him anyway, he also loaded the Pandora app to play music for us during the run! Fun. :) Here’s a nerdy action shot:


The run flew by. Here are our splits according to the app!


And our total time/pace. Love that it shows you a map of your route!


The timing worked out perfectly and just as we finished, Chris and Jess arrived, ready to walk with little Nate in tow.


We all walked together for a half hour or so, enjoying the fresh air. Here’s Nate, all bundled up. :)


Matt and I made the drive back to DC last night, sad that our weekend went by so quickly! We’ve decided weekends should be 3 days instead of 2, don’t you think?

And now – time to get back to this Monday morning! Between a pile of emails, new AnneTheRD clients, and prepping to teach at GW tomorrow, I have a lot to catch up on, as usual. But busy is better than bored, right? :) I hope you all have a wonderful day, and that those of you participating in the Winter Shape Up enjoy day 1 of the meal plan! Let me know how it’s going!

Until tomorrow, my friends!

p.s. Local DC area peeps – my Endurance Athlete Center colleagues and I will be hosting a “runner’s clinic” tonight at Pacers running store in Clarendon at 6:30 p.m. Come check it out, if you’re interested! The EAC’s sports podiatrist, physical therapists, trainers, and I will be talking all things running, including injury prevention, foam rolling, obstacles with training, correct footwear, running efficiency, and of course some sports nutrition tips from yours truly. Would love to see some of ya’ll there – it’s free and all are welcome!


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    Checking in for the Shape Up-I am not doing the meal plan today but want to incorporate some of your recipes throughout the week! I had a busy weekend with my little nephew who is 2 1/2 weeks old! I pretty much planted myself in his vicinity for the entire weekend and didn’t manage to study the meal plan much less shop for it. I tried the flour-free pancake a few weeks ago and have eaten it several times since because it’s awesome! The only difference is that I leave out cinnamon because I don’t like it (I’m weird, I know). I used a little nutmeg one time but didn’t love that addition. I feel like it’s a little bit lacking without something, but can you think of any other good substitutes? Thanks for your hard work on the shape up!

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      Glad you like the pancake! Make sure you’re using a super ripe banana, since that will help with flavor! For the cinnamon sub out, how about some ground vanilla bean?

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    Looks like such a nice run!! I am very jealous of 40 degrees and sunny… and that trail looks amazing. My 7 miler was 20 degrees and felt like “1 degree”. That was miserable. I feel like the warmer weather its coming… its gotta be right!?

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    Lynn Fleshman says:

    I’m excited about the Winter Shape-Up, but I won’t be able to start the meal plans until tomorrow. I had guests all weekend, which was super amazing fun, but it also meant that I didn’t get a chance to grocery shop. Hoping to get my cupboards stocked tonight and then get started on meals tomorrow! I did have a healthy lunch today (chicken and veggie quinoa soup) and brought fruit and yogurt to work for snacks. :)

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    I did some running this weekend in TX and the weather was wonderful – 65 and sunny! Now it is below freezing today. It’s a love/hate relationship with the weather as we flip between warm and cold every few days. Anyways, I got to try out my new toy this weekend – the Garmin Forerunner 220 in white/violet of course. The best part is the bluetooth sync with the iPhone once you save your run. Then you can see your stats and map instantly. Pretty awesome. I always hated to have to connect to my computer just for the upload. Highly recommend it… too bad you just got a new watch not too long ago.

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    I use Runkeeper all the time and love it! One of my favorite apps for sure. I also made the Microwaved Banana Oatmeal this morning – honestly I’m not a huge oatmeal fan, but I really liked this recipe. I think it’ll be my new go-to oatmeal recipe :)

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    Checking in :) Making the mexican lasagna now! Nice to change up dinner from the typical grilled chicken and green beans haha. I already have microwave oatmeal basically every morning haha

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    Anne it looks like it was a gorgeous weekend in NC! Great job squeezing in a few of your favorites and a great run!

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    What a cutie!!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Great weekend, awesome pacifier, nice run, and yummy-looking food! And, yes, busy is much better than bored!

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    Lindsay Haney says:

    Shape Up Checkin! This morning’s oatmeal was delicious, and I just finished my yummy grain/bean salad. I used farro and kidney beans. Great combo! Excited for dinner. I LOVE tilapia.

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    That pacifier is adorable! Love the meal plan for the shape up!

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    Such gorgeous blue skies!!! I don’t blame you craving that breakfast! It looks awesome! Looking forward to the pancake recipe!

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    Sounds like an awesome weekend!! That trail looks lovely!!! And this recap really has me jonesing for some 40-50 degree temps in DC!! Those oatmeal pancakes also sound awesome — I can’t wait for the recipe!

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    What a perfect running trail! I can’t believe 40 feels warm to me, but after the week we’ve had it does!
    I totally agree that weekends should be 3 days. 2 is not enough!

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    Pandora is one of my new favourite finds! Sounds like it was a great weekend.

    Your nephew is too precious!

    That yoga studio does sound like a great one, no wonder you miss it. I really need to get into my yoga.

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    Checking in for Day 1! Bought all the ingredients for the tilapia, soo excited! My boyfriend is going to join me in this challenge!

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    is this where we check in? I didn’t have time for the oatmeal so I had Ezekial toast with almond butter, but I did all my meal prep and had a huge salad with quinoa for lunch. I can’t wait to make the curry!!

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    Great run! I find myself when I am training for a marathon that I will end up missing a long run and I think that works out okay!
    Loving the shape-up!

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    Day 1 check in! I made the oatmeal, delish, and the Tilapia and green beans for dinner, both were so good!

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    I agreed .. weekends should be 3 days!

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    Oh em geeeee that open face breakfast sandwich!!!!!
    FYI – so far the meal plan for WSU is great!! I made the curry tonight due to not having any fish on hand (but I always have lentils, sweet potatoes and coconut milk!) and it’s deeeeeelish. I’m going to have a second helping right now…Gina’s workout gave me a major appetite.

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    Christina C says:

    Just started using runkeeper and love it!!

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    Hello,,such sweet baby boy,,well Anne it’s your turn now,,when a baby girl or boy??
    Have a nice day!

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    What a fun weekend! I can see why you miss that place. Gorgeous! And that breakfast sandwich does look really good!

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    Precious baby. Food looks great.
    I’m having a good laugh right now. It’s snowing in Atlanta and the media are going nuts. lol One station said it is liken to Sherman’s march through Atlanta. hahaha. Had to share

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    Sounds like your weekend was great! That opened faced biscuit sandwich looks AMAZING! YUM! You’re nephew is super precious! My husband and I were in North Carolina a few weeks ago and the nice weather was a great change for us too. I also loved the rolling hills that were available for a good run; I live in a very flat area!

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