Saturday Morning 8 Miler + Brunch

Good morning and happy Sunday!

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekends. Mine started off yesterday morning with my first real training run of the year — 8 miles! I’m starting to amp up in preparation for the Tobacco Road Half Marathon in March.


Speaking of training — have you seen my new blog feature? I added a list of upcoming races (I currently have 4 on the docket!) to my right blog sidebar — if you’re reading this through email or a reader, click through to check it out. :) I’ll keep it updated so you know what I’m up to!

Anyway! I ran the 8 miles my grad school buddy Elle, who is also training for the Tobacco Road half. We did a massive loop, starting in Carrboro. First we ran through Chapel Hill to UNC’s campus, where we stumbled upon a random sorority 5k! We ended up on part of the course and it was fun to have people cheering for us. ;) We also may or may not have hit one of their water stops. From campus, we headed back towards Carrboro via some trails.


And then continued on to this cool wooded trail near the end of our run! It’s in a park that Elle had run in before and the soft earth was a nice change from pavement and cars. It was super rocky/hilly/small though so we had to watch our feet!



Isn’t it pretty? It was very peaceful.


And finally — done. 8 miles, check!


This was actually a bit of a rough run — one of those runs where running really felt hard. My legs were tired basically the whole way, and the weather was dreary and gray, which didn’t help. You can really tell the tiredness in our pace, which was slower than usual. But we did it. :) 8 miles in 1 hour 15 minutes!


  • Mile 1: 8:59
  • Mile 2: 8:48
  • Mile 3: 9:01
  • Mile 4: 9:25
  • Mile 5: 9:11
  • Mile 6: 9:09
  • Mile 7: 10:58 (on the rocky/hilly trail where we had to go slow or break our ankles, ha)
  • Mile 8: 9:28

Good times! I was super happy when we finished. :) Elle headed home and I walked over to meet my friend Libby for brunch at a local favorite — Jessee’s in Carrboro!


Isn’t she the cutest? I <3 Libby. We had a great time catching up — even though we see each other almost every day in class, I felt like we hadn’t had much time to talk lately!

As soon as we arrived, I ordered a latte the size of my head:


It was amazing.

Plus my most favorite thing ever at Jessee’s — their open faced biscuit sandwich.


Yes, it was as amazing as it looks. Biscuit + scrambled eggs + bacon + tomato + melted cheddar + pepper = happiness. I demolished it all.

Matt and I spent the rest of the day yesterday relaxing before driving over to Winston-Salem to have dinner with his brother Chris and wife Jess. It was great to see them! They recently bought a house and did all sorts of renovations so we were excited to see it — they did an amazing job.

I’m off to get some things done on this dreary Sunday. What is the deal with it being amazing all week when I have to work/study and then being dreary on the weekends? Not cool, NC. Not cool at all.

Ta-ta for now, friends!


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    Now I’m regretting not going to brunch! Such a fun run yesterday – the 8 miles went by so fast. Love, your running buddy.

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    OK, that food and latte look absolutely amazing! I need to find somewhere in DC that has food like that! … Oh, and what you said about your pace being slower due to the dreariness, I SO feel that way when I run outside in the winter. Especially yesterday, I was trying to do a track workout and without the sun there was NO motivation! Hope you have a good Sunday!

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    That trail is absolutely beautiful! I’m frustrated with the NC weather too – I swear if it starts getting cold and snowing in March I’m going to be so mad at Mother Nature ;)

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    That latte looks like it was the perfect size! :) And that breakfast?? It looks amazing!

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    Great run and great brunch! What more can you ask for?! ;-) I love trail runs, so peaceful and gorgeous scenery! I need to find a running partner who lives near me so I can tackle some of my own runs!

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    I’m running the Tobacco Road too! It’s going to be my first marathon!

    I found your blog while blog trolling last night and love it! I wondered if you lived in the area since you liked Franklin Street yoga and one of my yoga friends liked your posts.

    Good luck with training! You are pretty fast already, I’m sure you’ll do great!

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    Anne: hope you are well. That trail is so beautiful, 8 miles is great, as always, well done Anne!! and what brunch, I want some..! have a nice sunday.

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    That brunch looks amazing, even coming from someone who doesn’t like bacon ;)

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    That scenery is so pretty, running through there must be lovely. Good luck with all of your training :-) Seeing your latte has made me crave one so badly, I haven’t had my favourite latte in over a week!

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    Hey Anne glad you had a good run even if you weren’t feeling your best. I really love your blog and think you are great, but I notice you often put a reason next to why you had a “slow” mile. I ‘m not sure why you do this but I don’t think anyone needs a reason why you had a slower mile, you’re out there and you’re doing it – who cares if it’s a little slower then your other miles! I really hope this doesn’t offend/upset you as that is really not my intention. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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      Hey Michelle! No worries – I just like clarifying for myself more than anything so that if I’m looking back on runs it will help me to remember what route I did/what was going on (regarding when I write that the mile was slower b/c of a huge hill, a trail, etc.). We do a lot of hilly routes so it helps me to see if I’m improving and makes for better comparison between runs, because I don’t want to compare a totally flat run pace to a super hilly run pace. Anyway, totally not offended and definitely agree that no one should feel obligation to explain slower miles or anything. I just like to because it helps me remember later!

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    hmm the breakfast looks fab :)

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    Obviously I’m in the minority because the only time I actually like being outside is when it’s overcast and grey (this coming from someone raised by the beach). I love winter and have missed it this year…I think I’ve worn a coat maybe twice since September. I grew up on the NC coast and dream of the day I move to Seattle (ummm…400+ parks, overcast weather, summer highs of 66…sounds like my kind of town)!

    Regardless, the trail looks great and the latte delicious. Biscuit would be nice with green tomato and turkey bacon (my dad raises hogs…I pass on the pork)!

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    Looks like you guys had a great run! :) I have never run on a trail before, this is something that I want to do soon. Holy yum that Latte looks amazing! Along with the breakfast ;)
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    What a great day! Your run looked beautiful- even though your legs felt lead-y, I’m sure it felt great afterwards, and made brunch taste even better!

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