Running + Farmers Markets = Happiness

I’ve had the best day and it’s not even 1 p.m. yet :)


(Rocking my awesome new SparkPeople bamboo performance shirt that the lovely Stepfanie sent me! It’s soooo soft and comfy — and great for running since it wicks and dries super fast.)

This morning, Matt headed off to play soccer and I headed off to meet my grad school friend Jillian for a 5 mile run. Yay! We had beautiful weather for it :)


We ran 5 miles in 45:15 minutes and went all through Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and UNC’s campus. It was beautiful — although a bit hilly! ;)



  • Mile 1: 9:13 (warming up & hills!)
  • Mile 2: 9:08
  • Mile 3: 8:47
  • Mile 4: 9:22 (hillsssss)
  • Mile 5: 8:43

Average pace: 9:02. Sweet!


Our run ended in Carrboro, which is the town over from Chapel Hill, and we had the brilliant idea to wander over to the Saturday morning farmers market! We’d both been wanting to go and never made it :)



It was fun wandering around and checking out the goods. Plus, there were samples! Perfect for after a good run. You can’t tell in this picture, but I’m holding a PURPLE sweet potato! Literally bright purple. I bought a couple to bring home ;)



Sweet potatoes were everywhere at the market — including some ENORMOUS ones! Check out this one that was literally the size of my arm:


That’s my “this is an intense sweet potato” face. No big deal.

I also bought some beautiful and very flavorful tomatoes (don’t worry, we sampled them first, heh). Farmers market tomatoes are sooooo superior to grocery store tomatoes.


My last purchase was a top secret one for tonight’s festivities! A bunch of the girls in my program and I (and Matt! My friends love him — he’s good at being a social butterfly :) ) are heading over to our friend Elle’s place for homemade whole wheat pizzas! Jillian and I came up with an idea for one of the pizzas and it’s going to be seriously epic… stay tuned ;)

When I got home, the awesomeness continued because Matt made me an omelette while I iced my legs :)


Look how pretty he made it :)


Two eggs filled with 2% sharp cheddar cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, and spinach. Mmm.


On the side — a bowl of applesauce with cinnamon! :)


Yay! Thanks Matt :)

So, back to icing my legs — I’ve been reeeeally bad about it lately. When I was training for my half marathon, I literally iced my legs (knees, back of knees, shins, ankles) after EVERY single run, no matter how long. It really helped with soreness and avoiding injury! I always rocked the frozen peas because the texture was much nicer than regular ice, although they quickly got too melty (especially since half the time I forgot to put them away after I used them) and then, as a result, too icy the next time I used them. Plus, I couldn’t put them directly on my legs — too cold and wet!


But that’s all changed because, friends — I’ve found my leg-icing soulmate.


Those would be Paradice Packs! If you are a runner, you need these. I’m serious.


The Paradice peeps were nice enough to send me two of their ice pack cuffs to try out. They have all sorts of sizes — I got the P300 cuff (for knees), and the p150 cuff (for ankles). Matt has been stealing the ankle one for after his soccer games!


The ice packs feel like bean bags and consist of a soft, durable, fabric bag with free floating frozen balls inside — a lot like frozen peas, in fact! But these don’t get soft and soggy :) I love that the fabric is enough that you can wear the cuffs directly on your skin if you want, and that they are cuffs, so you can ice all around your entire knee, ankle, etc. at the same time. Now all I need to do is buy two more so I can ice everything at once :)


I’m off to enjoy the beautiful weather — it’s so nice being in town for once! Have a wonderful Saturday — I hope it’s gorgeous where you are, too.


  1. 1
    Liz @ Blog is the New Black says:

    I’m dying to try a purple sweet potato. Your breakfast looks amazing! I’m jelly. ;)

  2. 2

    Holy cripes. I want that sweet potato. In my belly!

  3. 3

    Wow! So impressed with Matt’s Omelet making skills.

    Sounds like a wonderful start to the weekend. Enjoy the rest!

  4. 4

    I’ve only had white and regular sweet potatoes, but no purple. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for those :) This weather is beautiful today. I love sunshiney Saturdays!!

  5. 5

    I really need to check out those paradice packs. I have bad knees so icing is a MUST after running and my ice packs are always sliding around.

  6. 6

    I adore your photos from the farmers’ market. Looks like a very nice one.

  7. 7

    Those ice packs are awesome! It’s always amazing to me the stuff that they come out with!

  8. 8

    Ice pack giveaway????

    [God, I’m a dork.]

  9. 10

    Purple sweet potatoes…got any recipes for Thanksgiving??
    Nicely plated omelet, Matt…

  10. 12

    A run, farmers market, and boyfriend making breakfast sounds like my perfect morning too!

    Where can I get those ice packs??

  11. 14

    I’m so intrigued by those ice bags! I’m definitely checking them out!

  12. 15

    Purple sweet potato?! I would search Connecticut high and low to find one.

  13. 16

    As you note, a great day, and it’s not even half over! Nice run, wonderful breakfast (well done, Matt!) and intriguing ice packs! Life is good in the Tarheel State!

  14. 17

    I cannot tell you how excited I am to hear about those ice packs! Some people get excited about fancy electronics, I jump for joy over ice pack innovations. Totally normal.

  15. 18

    Matt is so sweet!!! I thought for a minute he put the green beans in a happy face. That would have been icing on the cake ;)

  16. 19

    I believe in telling it like it is. Matt, I love your beard and mustache. Nothing looks better on a man than a groomed beard and mustache. What a gem, having your brunch ready when you got home. My husband doesn’t know where the kitchen is, God Bless him.

  17. 20

    Matt is so awesome!! He is a keeper!

  18. 21

    This entire post made me smile! It really does seem like you had the perfect day :)

    Oh, and Matt’s “edible art” is too adorable!!


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