Watercolor Weekend

It has been a gorgeous weekend in Watercolor!


Sunrise from our balcony…


And running around Western Lake…




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


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


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



This was the yummiest mushroom ravioli!



Sunday’s high temp: 75 degrees!!!

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



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



I loved the morning fog.


Visited the Watercolor Farmer’s Market.


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


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


A pre-dinner pic:)


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



What’s your favorite dish at an Italian restaurant?

When do you start carb loading for a big race?

What’s your favorite beach?


Join the Conversation

  • 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!

    • 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.

      • 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!

  • ooartist1234

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

    • jenchoosesjoy

      Its one of my favorite places to visit:)

  • 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 :)

    • jenchoosesjoy


  • 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! :)

    • jenchoosesjoy

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

      • FLRunnerBoy

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

  • FLRunnerBoy

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

    • jenchoosesjoy


  • 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.

    • jenchoosesjoy

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

  • 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.

    • 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!

  • 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.

    • jenchoosesjoy

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