Dec
29

Watercolor Weekend

It has been a gorgeous weekend in Watercolor!

Saturday:

Sunrise from our balcony…

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And running around Western Lake…

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I logged 9 miles and then we hit the gym for some weights.

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Big salad for lunch and a side of fries, because it’s vacation!

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Italian for dinner at Borago, because it’s not too soon to start carb loading for next weekends race, right?!

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This was the yummiest mushroom ravioli!

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Sunday:

Sunday’s high temp: 75 degrees!!!

We headed over to the Watersound to see our favorite dunes.

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17.5 miles, but a couple of those were strolling on the beach:)

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I loved the morning fog.

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Visited the Watercolor Farmer’s Market.

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We had lunch at the beach club grill where I found a brussels sprouts and butternut squash salad…so good!

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After lunch, we hopped on our bikes to tool around:)

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A pre-dinner pic:)

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One of the best parts about staying at the Watercolor Inn….nightly cookies with your turndown service!!!

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What’s your favorite dish at an Italian restaurant?

When do you start carb loading for a big race?

What’s your favorite beach?

#choosejoy

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  • http://www.ksrunner.com Sarah @ KS Runner

    I don’t carb load for races. It doesn’t really work unless you deplete your body of carbs first, then switch and do high carbs, which most people don’t, myself included, I don’t have the will power to give them up! I do usually eat the same foods the few days/week before the race because I know they don’t upset my stomach. Pasta is usually eaten several times the week of the race!

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Ive never had the willpower to try snd deplete my carbs before a race. I do try to swap my regular foods for those with a little more carbs a few days before the race.

      • http://www.ksrunner.com Sarah @ KS Runner

        That’s usually what I do too. I eat more “white” foods the days before a race rather than the whole wheat variety. I’d like to try the depletion/carb load method sometime but I’m pretty sure I’d just be really grumpy!

  • http://runningpast40.wordpress.com ooartist1234

    The entire post made me smile. I love that place. The pictures brought back this summer. -Liz

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Its one of my favorite places to visit:)

  • http://charissarunning.wordpress.com charissarunning

    Those pictures are beautiful! Looks like you’re having a lovely vacation. I don’t think it’s too soon to start carbo-loading ūüėČ As long as it’s not every night now… haha. Before a marathon, I’ll start carb-loading two days before :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Thanks!!!

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Favorite beach/beaches are in St Agustine, FL and I actually really never go heavy on Carbo loading. And I forgot to mention the other how much I love running on boardwalks and your vacay spot seems to be loaded with them :) nice pics too by the way! :)

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I have loved running on the boardwalks…not something i get to do in TN!

      • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

        Yeah they are nice! I actually cross over a series of 2-3 on my running route in either direction :)

  • http://leerunsdistances.wordpress.com FLRunnerBoy

    Ohhhh yes and my favorite Italian dish to eat out … chicken marsala mmmm

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      Yum!!!

  • http://www.suzyhastheruns.com Suzy

    I don’t necessarily carb load before a race, I’m more just mindful of not eating anything too bizarre for the two days leading up to it. And, I might reach for the candy a little more often than usual. He he.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I definitely play it safe leading up to race day…no surprises!

  • http://www.natrunsfar.com Natalie

    Beautiful pics! What an amazing trip!! I’m sure it was hard to leave :)
    For my last marathon I started carbo loading the last 3-4 days before the race. One thing that I didn’t do this time was have pasta at dinner the night before the race. I had pasta at lunch and a light dinner.
    My favorite pasta at an Italian restaurant is Linguini Frutti di Mare
    Favorite beach… that’s a tough one! I would say Madaket Beach in Nantucket or El Matador beach in Malibu.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      I’m never able to eat a big carb heavy dinner the night before.
      I’ve never been to Nantucket, but Malibu is beautiful!

  • http://www.runningnreading.com Running ‘N’ Reading

    The Brussels sprouts and butternut squash salad looks amazing, Jen! You know I love Brussels sprouts!! ūüėČ Those dunes are just too much…how beautiful, right? What a great weekend!! Love it all!

  • Rochelle Brown

    The pictures from your trip are beautiful. My husband and I are in need of a vacation and this resort looks perfect.
    My last few races I’ve gone high fat for the 5 days leading up to race day. Then I add more carbs the last 2-3 days prior to the race. My go to pre-race meal is salmon, white rice with soy sauce and grilled vegetables. Good balance of protein, fat, carbs and sodium.

    • http://jenchoosesjoy.com jenchoosesjoy

      We’ve been visiting watercolor for years…its so pretty! Thanks for the nutrition suggestions!!