Photo Share 12/9

Hi party people! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I’m so excited to share that I finished my first half marathon this weekend! Derek and I ran in the OUC Orlando Half Marathon, and decided it definitely won’t be our last. I’ll go into a more detailed re-cap of the race in another post, but for now,as tradition calls for, I’ll share the last few days in photos with you all!

I spent Thursday evening with my parents and nephew Parker, drinking almond milk hot chocolate and watching Christmas specials on TV.  This is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season, and I’m loving the many SNL Christmas Special re-runs that have been airing!

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We started the carb-loading off early in the week ( Monday is appropriate for a Saturday race, right?), so my dad was sweet enough to prepare us some tasty pasta with homemade tomato sauce and fresh basil on Thursday night.

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After work on Friday, Derek and I drove out to Orlando to check into the hotel we stayed at the night before our half-marathon. We made reservations at 310 Lakeside after verifying that they had some serious opportunities for carb consumption! We shared a zucchini flatbread and both had the Chicken Piccata Pasta and it was all delicious!

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We had an early wake-up call Saturday morning, and made sure to snap a pic at the hotel before our race began!

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We ran the race in 1:59:22, and headed back home to Tampa to watch our two teams play in their championship games!

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I’m literally in shock  (but still proud) that Auburn ended up being the team who will face FSU in the National Championship game in January. I’ll be sad to cheer against Auburn, but am glad both of my teams are the top 2 in the country!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics from my firm’s holiday party which took place Saturday evening, but it was held at the beautiful Tampa Bay History Center, and catered by one of my favorite Tampa restaurants, the Columbia.

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And we passed Sunday morning in typical Sunday fashion, with church, a trip to the gym for a CX Worx class, and some relaxation, before having dinner with my family to celebrate my Nano’s birthday!

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I plan to get some easy runs in this week, and I’ve set a goal for myself to continue to drink as much water as I did last week as I was gearing up for my half-marathon.

Do you all have any health or fitness goals for this week or month?!

Happy Monday, keep smiling!

A Hungry Girl’s Favorite Week + Photo Share 11/25

Hi strangers! I have missed you all so much the past few days! How has everyone been? I am SO excited that Thanksgiving is almost here – I can barely control myself! Does it get any better than an entire day filled with food, family, and a little bit of football? The special traditions every family has during the holidays is probably my favorite part of it all. My dad and I always run a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning, and then go home and watch the Macy’s Day Parade with my mom. It’s one of my favorite mornings of the year, and I’m excited Derek will be spending it with us this year!

This weekend was a wonderful kick-off to the holidays, and I’m grateful to have spent so much time with family and friends the past few days. 

As usual, I’m going to share my weekend with you guys in my favorite fashion – through pictures, of course!

Friday evening after work, Derek and I kicked off the weekend with a short 3 mile run. Derek has been crazy busy working the past few weeks, and our runs have been a great time for us to catch up and have some time to do nothing but talk to each other. One of my favorite parts of running is the time I get to spend with the people I’m running with – whether it is Derek, my dad, or a friend, it’s always great to share that special time with someone!

After our run, when we were having the typical “I don’t care – you pick where we go to dinner” conversations, our indecisive struggle was put to an end when we got a call from Derek’s mom inviting us over for Mexican Soup! I know I’ve said it a million times before, but I love her cooking and could never turn it down. We quickly cleaned up and headed over to spend the evening over there.

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Dinner was DEEELISH as usual, and I spent the rest of the night cuddling on Sam…
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And enjoying way too much Yogurtology. Is that even a thing? Too much Yogurtology? Probably not. aaaa

We also had fun watching Ben watch the Season 2 finale of Homeland (the best show in the history of television). If you’ve never watched Homeland, I cannot recommend that show enough. Please, do yourself a favor, get Showtime, and go watch it!! aaaaaa

After a 30 minute elliptical sesh (I really don’t love that thing), and a CXWorx class, I spent the day with my parents and Louie on Saturday! I helped them decorate the house for Christmas, and they returned the favor by helping me at Derek’s house! I’m feeling super thankful for my parents this week (and every week, for that matter)!
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We spent Saturday evening with Derek’s parents and neighborhood friends at a neighborhood shrimp boil! This was only my second shrimp boil (remember my first?) and it really made me wonder why we don’t do shrimp boils more often. We had such a fun night eating too much shrimp + cornbread muffins and drinking way too much wine.
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Speaking of wine.. I was pretty worried that I shouldn’t have had those few glasses of wine the night before the longest run of my life so far. But, surprisingly, our 12 mile training run on Sunday was my most enjoyable long run yet. I’m amazed at what a real training plan can do for you. Each week my body feels more and more comfortable with longer distances – I never thought I would be someone to run 12 miles and enjoy it, but I’m really glad it’s developed that way! Our half marathon is in 12 days, and I’m so excited for the day to finally get here.
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Don’t worry, Louie only came with me the last 1/2 mile – which probably was the most distracting half mile of my life.

I was so excited on Sunday when I got an invite to come to a “Friendsgiving” at our friends’ Gabby and Maggie’s house. The party was a hit, and it was such a lovely way to get in the mood for Thanksgiving. We all love spending the holidays with family, but I’m so happy the “Friendsgiving” tradition has started, because I love that I get to celebrate being thankful for all my awesome friends!bb

The food. was. so. good. I’m going to need a couple of recovery days for my stomach to shrink back to normal size from all the delicious appetizers, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, mac n cheese, delicious salad and corn casserole we ate. Oh and then came dessert. It was really a hungry girl’s dream come true.food food2

I brought a new-to-me dish to the party – pimento cheese balls rolled in toasted pecans. I can’t wait to share the recipe with you guys! bbbbbbbbb

And one of my favorite parts of the party was the “what I’m thankful for” props to take pictures with. Please note: Will Ferrell, Natty Lite, Jameis Winston, Chick Fil A… Not pictured: DVR, Publix BOGO (THE GREATEST). These girls hit the nail on the head with what I’m grateful for!bbb

Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone! I hope you all have a blessed week with your families, eat plenty of food, and take some time to consider all the wonderful things we can all be thankful for this year and every year!freeendz

Sweet Home Alabama + Photo Share 11/18

Hey guys, happy Monday! It feels nice to wake up in Tampa this morning for the first time in a while! We spent our weekend in Dothan, Alabama, where Derek was a groomsman in one of his best friends’ weddings! Spencer and Derek met on their football recruiting visit to Auburn when they were seniors in highschool, and lived together through Derek’s whole Auburn career.  It was such an honor to be with Spencer and Amanda as they officially started their life together, and we can’t wait to see this beautiful couple again soon!

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As you can tell, the evening was picture perfect and the ideal southern affair. I was taken aback with the décor and all the beautiful little southern touches. But the decorations weren’t nearly as beautiful as the couple of the night!

The food went perfectly with the scene – some good ole’ comfort food that included fried chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens, fried okra and corn bread. It hit the spot and made me wish  all weddings included this kind of eatin’.

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And the cakes were a delicious yellow cake with buttercream icing, staged perfectly on a rustic blue dresser

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Rewinding a little earlier in the day – Derek and I found a running trail surrounding a park in Dothan, and got a good 7.5 miles in before 9 a.m. Although our training plan called for a 10 mile run, we made sure to get that distance in last week since we weren’t sure we’d find a 10 mile route in Dothan. Next week we have a 12 miler in store, and it’s our last long run before our half marathon on December 7th! I can’t pinpoint whether I’m more nervous or more excited – anyone else feel this way for their first half marathon??

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This was my first long run sans iPod and Garmin watch (I noticed both were dead as soon as I got dressed for the run). It was much easier than I thought it would be, and enjoyed running with no gadgets and a clear head!

Still rewinding backwards – on our way up to Dothan Friday night, I was so excited when the dinner hour rolled around about the same time that we were passing through Tallahassee. We hopped off the interstate and grabbed dinner at one of my favorite spots – Po’ Boys – all of our mouths were on fire with the Cajun seasonings that Po’ Boys uses, but we left feeling happy and full!

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Before we hit the road on Friday, I made a little time for a fast paced and quick 25 minute HIIT running session, which included the following treadmill intervals:

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I really loved this interval run because it kept me busy and made the time fly by so quickly. Before I knew it, it was time to hop off and call it a day.

And MOST IMPORTANTLY, I also had a little time to whip up a batch of some pumpkin granola, which I promise to share a recipe shortly!

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I hope you guys have a lovely week ahead! I plan to begin my week with some night time Power Yoga. This will be my first time at the class, and I can’t wait to give it a go!

WHAT A WEEK

You guys. To say this week has been wild would be the understatement of the year for me. As soon as I arrived home from travelling to Atlanta last week, I was informed that Iowa was calling my name and I needed to head out west for business for the week. For those of you who have never been to Iowa, please let me inform you that the weather is very different than we’re used to in good ole Tampa, FL. Upon touchdown in the state, temps were in the teens and snow flurries could be seen. I spent the week bundled up in thermals and coats, and needless to say, kept my few workouts in doors.

It took me a couple of days to warm up, and I didn’t make it to the gym until Wednesday morning around 6 a.m. Once I finally arrived at the quaint little hotel gym, I completed the following run on the treadmill. scrnshot

I was feeling pretty tired at that early hour, so it took me a good 7 minutes to really get moving. The slow warm-up helped jolt me awake! I also did a few arm and ab excercised to round out my gym sesh, and repeated the same routine at the same time Thursday morning.

Obviously, I wasn’t cooking out in Iowa. As the town I was working in was 10 minutes from Omaha, Nebraska, we visited restaurants in both states throughout the week. My favorite location – which really knocked my socks off.. who would have thought downtown Omaha was so unique and aesthetically pleasing?! – was a restaurant called M’s Pub that came recommended by a client.

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Not only was the architecture and design of the interior amazing, the food was out of this world! We began our meal with a vegetarian Armenian Lavosh, and I rounded my dinner out with a grilled shrimp + avocado salad, served with the tastiest black bean cake I’ve ever had!

After such a good experience with the client’s recommendation on Tuesday night, we took her recommendation again on Wednesday night, but dined a bit more casually at Boxer BBQ Company in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I went all out and ordered 1/4 chicken, brisket, baked beans, cole slaw, fried pickles and some corn. Hey, when in Iowa… right?

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My weekend is sure to be just as busy as the past few weeks have been, as I’m off in a few hours to Alabama for a friend’s wedding! I hope to fit in a long run on Saturday morning, since Derek and I have only 2 long training runs left before our half marathon!

Happy Friday, everyone! Be safe and smile 🙂

Photo Share 10/28

Hey there party people, Happy Monday! While I’d love to lie and pretend that I love Mondays sooo much, it really is a wee bit sad turning off my TV Sunday night after watching Homeland, and saying farewell to my lovely weekend. I’ve never treasured two days so much as I do Saturdays and Sundays, and my adoration for said days has grown exponentially since I’ve begun working. But, after Monday is over, we will have just 4 days left until our next weekend, and that is certainly something to smile about.

I do want to address the fact that my posts have been few and far between lately, and unfortunately, I think they may remain this way. In trying to find balance between my work and personal life, I’ve found that if I’m able to make time to cook, it’s hard for me to find time to blog about my recipes, and the same goes for my workouts. But I love sharing my culinary experiments and daily happenings with you all, so my plan is to post 2-3 times every week and keep up a routine with it. I’ll try my best to make all of those posts interesting, and hopefully filled with yummy recipes or fun new workouts!

That being said, I’m going to segue into my normal Monday morning post, a photo re-cap of my weekend!

This weekend was the most fun I’ve had in so so long, and it began with a Thursday evening Bucs game with Derek and his dad.

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It’s hard being a Bucs fan –  we are the opposite of undefeated.

Friday morning kicked off with a  barre conditioning class before I went to work. Aren’t I cute at 6am? Had to snap this beauty real quick so no one saw my weirdness!

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I’d never attended a barre class at my gym before, and went into the class with somewhat low expectations, as I’m more accustomed to the formal and structured Pure Barre setting for barre classes. I’m happy to report my expectations were surpassed, and although I miss my cardio/heart rate fill when attending any barre class, I did feel like I got a great toning workout from the session.

After barre and an exciting morning participating in recruiting events with my firm, I attended a delicious lunch atop one of Tampa’s tallest buildings. This week has been FILLED with delicious food at some of my favorite local steakhouses – I only wish I could have taken pics to show you all, but it didn’t seem too appropriate at business dinners. Let’s just say I am filet mignon’ed out for a while.

The best part of the weekend began after work on Friday, when Derek and I made the drive to Tallahassee for our first football weekend since we graduated. We stayed with one of our best friends, Alissa, and of course Megan and Ben (we don’t go many places without those 2). Alissa is in her second year of law school at FSU and was sweet enough to open her adorable home to us for the weekend.

We had a blast listening to bands and celebrating the noles at Downtown Getdown on Friday night, and it felt so good being back at FSU. I couldn’t have asked for a better college experience, and returning to my roots made me super nostalgic.

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Derek and I woke up early on Saturday morning/Gameday to make sure we were able to get in our long run.  I immediately checked the weather on my phone and realized my ears would freeze off of my head if I didn’t cover them on the run – off to Target we went for a super thick headband that covered my ears. It seems this always happens to me when I’m running out of town in cold weather – this wasn’t our first emergency ear-muff trip. I got this headband and it kept my ears perfectly warm!

On the training agenda this week was 7 miles, and my feelings going into the run were completely different than most pre-long run feelings. Instead of a little nervous-ness about getting through the run and maintain pace, I was thrilled to be running around campus and the stadium, and that thrill stayed with me the entire 7 miles. I swear I even teared up a bit when we ran around the stadium – I was covered in goosebumps, and not just because it was 40 degrees outside.

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When we got back to Alissa’s after our run, we were all ready to get our breakfast on, and grabbed some bagels/sandwiches from Megan and Ben’s favorite college breakfast spot – Bagelheads. I’d never had Bagelheads while at FSU, but I was impressed.

We spent the day meeting up and tailgating with some great friends and family, watching Bobby Bowden’s first return to FSU, and crying when Bobby took over the tradition of planting Chief Osceola’s spear into midfield during the pre-game festivities. Did I mention I was nostalgic about this weekend?

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The rest of the weekend included dinner at my absolute favorite pizza place on earth, Momo’s

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Yes, that sign says Momo’s and yes I have mad photography skills.

Also included in my weekend was one last 3 mile run around campus, brunch at my sorority house, and an evening of making some halloween treats, which I will share more about later!

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I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead of you, and enjoy some serious treats this Halloween!

Chicken Francese

Hi friends and Happy Thursday! I have a tasty chicken recipe for you today, and the end product seems like it was much more difficult than it actually is! Don’t you love these kind of recipes?!

Chicken Francese

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into thin cutlets

1 egg white

Salt and pepper

1/3 cup bread crumbs

1 large lemon, sliced

¼ cup lemon juice

½ cup chicken broth

1/3 cup white wine

½ cup parsley, chopped

1 tsp butter

Directions

Place bread crumbs on one large plate and egg on another large plate.

Heat butter over high heat in a large sauce pan. Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of chicken, and dip chicken in bread crumb plate. Next, transfer chicken to egg plate, and spread egg over both sides of chicken. Transfer chicken to sauce pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a platter and set aside.

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In the same sauce pan, pour chicken broth, white wine, and lemon juice. Reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 3 minutes. Place chicken breasts back into sauce pan, and top with lemon slices and chopped parsley. Let sit for a couple of minutes to soak in sauce. Serve hot!

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Hope you all enjoy!

Photo Share 9/30

Hello, friends! How are ya? I’m finally back home and currently writing this post alongside Lou and Derek – life is good and back to normal! While I’m very excited about beginning my career, it’s nice to have training end and be back with my family!

The most exciting part of my weekend was definitely Saturday morning. Several weeks ago, my dad, Derek and I signed for a 5K to benefit the Children’s Cancer Center of Tampa. Before I talk about the race, I think it’s important to mention what a great organization the Children’s Cancer Center is. While it’s evident how important cancer research – both pediatric and adult – is to finding a cure, it’s also important for children and families diagnosed with this disease to have a means to cope with the experience of cancer. The Children’s Cancer Center is committed to helping children and families cope today.

“Our mission is to provide these children and their families with the educational, emotional and financial relief necessary to cope with the illnesses which threaten to tear their lives apart.” – Patty O’Leary, Children’s Cancer Center C.O.O.

It was inspiring to be amongst the members and volunteers of this remarkable organization, as well as the survivors and children currently fighting cancer. I swear that the reason running felt so great Saturday morning is because I kept remembering what cause I was running for.

Which leads me to my next bit of news: I had a PR time on Saturday morning! My running while at work training the past couple weeks was much lighter than usual, so  before the race started, I thought a sub 26:00 5K probably wouldn’t happen (my previous PR was right over 26 minutes). After the second mile (and two gigantic hills/bridges), I realized that a sub 26 minute 5K was definitely within reach. I decided not to check my Garmin for several minutes, and when I did look down, I discovered that I was probably going to make it in under 25 minutes. After turning the final corner and sprinting through the finish, my official time was 24:36 – a minute and a half faster than my previous PR!

Now, the title of this blog, eatsandfastfeets, is obviously a joke – I’m by no means a setter of any land speed records. But I did cut 10 minutes off of my 5K time since I started running a year and a half ago, and it really makes me fall in love with running all over again! My time put me in 2nd place in my age group, and Derek’s sub 22 minute 5K put him in 2nd place in his age group also! Neither of us have placed top 2 ever, so it was a fun experience. My dad placed 1st in his group, which is nothing out of the norm 😉

Now some photos from the past few days..

The 3 of us right after the race

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What I received when I ordered the chicken dinner at Two Urban Licks in Atlanta. 1/2 of a chicken.

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Moroccan Chicken @ Carmel Cafe with my family on Friday night

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Molten Lava Cake @ Carmel Cafe

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Derek on the podium – they called our names and gave us medals 😉

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Dad on the podium

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Greek Frittata on Sunday morning – Recipe to come shortly!

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Parker posing with the Bucs cheerleaders at the 5K on Saturday – he was in heaven photo 43

I hope you all have a lovely Monday and a happy week! I will be over here trying to balance work + fitness + cooking, all with a smile on my face! Wish me luck 🙂