Trail Running and Red Beans & Rice

Good morning, friends!

We had quite the strong storms here yesterday! No tornadoes (apparently there were some near Raleigh?), just lots of rain, wind, and some thunder/lightning. I was working on my epidemiology take home final exam on my laptop when all of a sudden a HUGE crack of thunder sounded (I literally screamed out loud and jumped a mile) and our internet died. Fail! Now, if we plug directly in to the internet it will work, but the wireless won’t. Weird.

Anyway! Since we knew it was going to be nasty weather yesterday and Friday was gorgeous, Matt and I went for a little evening trail run on Friday after he was done with work :)


We had a great run — 5 miles!


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I love the trail we were on — it’s rocky and hilly in parts so you’re kept entertained by watching your feet :)

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It’s been fun to just do low key runs lately and not worry about time and super long distances!

Other excitement so far this weekend included this AMAZING Red Beans & Rice dish that Matt whipped up:


Sadly, no specific recipe, but he basically just threw some chopped onions, minced garlic, and a little oil in a pan, then added green peppers, mushrooms, a can of diced tomatoes, and kidney beans and let it all simmer for about 20 minutes in a mixture of cajun-esque spices (cumin, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, and a little thyme and Cholula hot sauce):


He served it atop brown rice, which he also cooked with the spices.


Does anyone recognize the shape of the rice? Think old school video games… :)


Anyway, it was seriously delicious. Well done, Matt! I definitely need to recreate this sometime during the week — it was great as a leftover yesterday, too.


During the thunderstorms yesterday, Matt and I walked over to the movies and saw “Your Highness” (funny but stupid, haha). When we came out at 6 p.m., the skies had cleared and it was perfect and sunny! Awesome. We ended up meeting friends for dinner and drinks outside and then going to the driving range late night to hit some golf balls — such a fun, random night :)

I’m off to take a walk with Matt then meeting some of the girls for a group project meeting. Boo — it’s too nice out to do work :(

Have a great day!

p.s. Go check out my completely revamped and updated About Me page! I added lots of new photos, including some from an awesome photo shoot my grad school girlfriends and I had on campus last week… hehe. Yep, we’re huge nerds.

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  1. 1

    Is the rice shape Toadstool? lol

  2. 3

    is that the trail near the airport? i loved that trail.

  3. 5

    the rice & beans dish looks simple, nutritious, and delicious! i’ll have to try a concoction like that with all my leftover veggies :) that storm was not fun… my half marathon yesterday got caught in it! (thankfully it held out for most of the time i was on the course though)

  4. 7

    Yummy! I’m so jealous of all the trails I see you running on. Wish I had some more around here!

  5. 8

    Those trails look so nice! Trail running always keeps me focused, so I don’t trip on anything.

  6. 9

    It seems like men are so great at just throwing stuff together and it turns out amazing! lol. I’m not so great at that. Totally a recipe freak! :P

  7. 10

    A 5-mile run, great food, good friends, and cooperative weather. Wow!

    And love the revamped “About me” section! Well done!

  8. 11

    Great run girl!!! So beautiful outside, I wish we had scenery like that around here! Today I ran 10 miles for the first time in my entire life:))

  9. 13

    The face made me think Mario-related, but I think I’m wrong! Beans & rice look yummy though. Off to check out the about me page now :)

    I laughed when you said you went to the movies during the thunderstorms, since most people shut off their electronics and hide! :)

  10. 15

    Love your About Me page and so happy you and Matt are ok. The red beans and rice are a favorite of my husband’s, so I fix them fox him when he request it. The trail is beautiful.
    P.S. Matt is such a good cook, you and he should open your own healthy food cafe.

  11. 20

    Have you tried resetting your wireless router? The same thing happened to us this winter; we had to hit a switch, turn it off, and then turn everything back on in a certain order. Your manual should have the info. :)

  12. 22

    I love red beans and rice!!! Soooo good :-)

  13. 23

    what a good combo– running and then some delicious food

  14. 24

    those storms were crazy! I was in southern missouri and we had a tornado and hail!

  15. 25
    Adventurer says

    When’s your next race? :-) And what about a triathlon?

  16. 26

    1) Your coconut almond balls look insane
    2) Cutest picture of you running in pink!
    3) Isn’t it nice when the menfolk cook for us? What a great, plant-based dinner!

  17. 28

    Is the rice supposed to be a power up mushroom?

  18. 30

    I dont know why I dont make rice and beans more often! I love the combo together!

    I really like your new About Me page!


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