Miles and Music

Long Run Prep:

Whenever I’m running over 20 miles, I use it as an excuse to have a big bowl of Friday night pasta!


My brain doesn’t work early Saturday morning, so I make sure to have my ducks in a row the night before.


The all important coffee…I could write an entire post about how much I love my Nespresso Vertuoline.



I joined the Run 4 Others group again this week for 21 (very COLD) miles.


Great company made the miles fly by!


Without these Hot Hands tucked into my gloves, I’m convinced I would have lost a few digits.


When I got home, my very sweet husband had made steel-cut oats with my Gran’s peaches…so good!


We ran errands, bummed around the house, and watched the Cats lose:(  Thank goodness it’s basketball season!

Saturday night, we went to a St. Jude Songwriter Night Fundraiser.  I even put on real clothes…crazy!


One of the best things about living in Nashville is the musical talent!  Jenn Schott (one of my favorite run friends) is also a very talented singer songwriter.  She worked with the Run 4 Others group to organize a songwriters night to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


Not only did we enjoy dinner and great music, but they raised a lot of money for the hospital!!  Sorry it’s a cruddy picture, but I loved seeing so many runners support a great cause!!!


My hot date!

Also, don’t forget that I’m running St. Jude Memphis on December 6 to raise money for the Children’s Hospital.  It’s not too late to make a donation.  No amount is too small!!!!  Just click the link:)  It’s for the kids:) You know you want to:)

Click HERE to donate!



The rain was supposed to hold off, but we woke up to a very wet and cold Sunday morning.  So…outdoor USMC Bootcamp sounded like a great idea!  Hills, pushup, situps, etc…

These folks made it fun!  Bonus: I finally got to meet a social media run friend, Julie Ulery.  She’s an awesome runner and has a new blog UleryRuns!


We decided that this is the appropriate outfit for cold and wet hill sprints.


It took me forever to thaw out.  Even Caroline was parked beside the heat vent.


The weather stayed nasty all day, so we put in some gym time.


I did a lot of TRX work.


And abs…


Needless to say, I feel like jelly after a day full of cross training.

Earlier this week, Dorothy Beal from Mile Posts posted this quote.  It has stuck with me, so I wanted to share it!


Did you race or long run this weekend?

How are you braving the cold weather?  

What’s your favorite dinner before a long run?


22 thoughts on “Miles and Music

  1. I started running with hand warmers last winter, too. My core stays heated through almost any weather, but my fingers & toes can get numb fast if I’m not careful. Do you think they’ll ever come up with foot warmers, too?

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  2. Oh my, I don’t know how you braved anything outside Sunday morning! It was so yucky! I’m beyond impressed. I did something I never thought I’d do and ran 12 miles on the treadmill because the thought of cold and wet was just too much for me.

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  3. 1. That pasta looks amazing
    2. I need to try that Caramel Macchiato Gu!
    3. Your house looks gorgeous – I love the decor!
    4. I would love to visit Nashville someday, looks like a fun place!
    5. I despise running in the cold. You are brave for doing a long run in those temps! I stick to the boring treadmill for now.

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  4. That’s some high quality fueling right there chica! No long run for me this weekend just rest and then a moderate paced 7 miler yesterday @ 8:20 pace. Monday’s have kinda morphed into my long run day by accident. But my long run day will go back to Sunday within the next 6-8 weeks or so. Love that quote by Dorothy she’s the best!!! 🙂 Check with me on the cold weather running question tomorrow. Our first real cold front is blowing into town tonight brrrr lol

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  5. Oh, my gosh; it was so cold this weekend, wasn’t it? I was watching The Weather Channel with J last night and saw the forecast for this morning in Nashville; I thought about you and your track run today – yikes! It was 18* when I got started. Y’all did GREAT by hitting the gym and doing something you could enjoy inside. Way to go!

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  6. Gosh Caroline is SO cute.
    Also – I need to find me a husband to make me oatmeal after my long, cold runs! Haha!
    Sounds like a perfect weekend.

    Favorite dinner before a long run….usually a big bowl of randomness – rice, veg protein (tofu, beans, or tempeh), and veggies! Can’t go wrong! 😉

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