Home Sweet Home

Thursday:

Beautiful sunrise run…first at the beach
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and then along the Watercolor trails and boardwalks!
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The downside to Jason returning home before me…He sent me this picture of the mail I received while on vacation.  Busted.
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After my run, I had another breakfast on the Fish Out of Water patio.  The view and my fruit bowl were gorgeous!
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I opted for the adult pool after breakfast.  The Watercolor Inn Beach Club is full of energy and this pool provides a nice quiet spot to relax.
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And then, it was time to pack and head home, but not before one last picture from my balcony.
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I basically packed a bucket of pineapple for the drive home. I also found a Smoothie King (they have vegan options).
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Friday: National Donut Day!

Coincidence?  I think not.
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What better way to kickoff donut day than with a gym workout followed by a green smoothie!  I am loving the New Balance Ice Graphic Tunic and 876 seemed like a fun number to run.  Take that OCD runners!
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Bye, bye sand.  A much needed carwash.
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I have been taking dates with me to snack on throughout the day.  One date really fixes my sweet tooth!
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And, the main reason I came home (other than seeing my husband!) was to pickup my race bib for this weekend’s Franklin Half Marathon!  I’m joining friends and using it as a training run.  It’s always a super hot/hilly race.  I would never choose it as a goal race, but it’s fun to support a local run with friends!
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After lots of yummy vacation food, I opted to skip the donuts.  It’s all about balance and I had my fair share of sweets over the last week.

Do you enjoy just running races for fun with friends or does your competitive spirit kick in?

Did you celebrate donut day?  What kind and from where? Obviously, I’m living vicariously!

After vacations, do you feel the need to “reign it in” and eat a little healthier?

Happy Weekend and Choose Joy!

My husband left me…at the beach. 

I hope you had a very Happy National Running Day!!!!  I loved reading everyone posts about why they run…so inspiring!
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Annie at TheLittleGSP.com pointed out that I never explained where 30A is…oops!  I’ve been hanging out on the Florida panhandle.  Scenic highway 30a is between Panama City and Destin.  It’s comprised of a bunch of little beach towns.

Wednesday:

The sunrise was gorgeous!!
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Jason and I went swimming in the ocean (aka nature’s shower) after our run.
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All washed up!  This was my not-so-graceful exit from the ocean.  Big thanks to Jason for catching this gem!
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We went back to the Fish Out Of Water patio for breakfast.  They have THE BEST french toast that I’ve ever head in my life.  If you’re on 30A, you must try it.  I’m going to recreate it when I get home!
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Then the leaving part…We were supposed to check out and head home, but I wasn’t ready.  Jason needed to get back for work, so he left and I stayed.  I seriously have the greatest husband!

Post-breakfast pool time!
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Bike ride…
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Lunch at Raw and Juicy (green smoothie, chia pudding, and coconut macaroons!)
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Shopping in Seaside
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Balcony coffee time.
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Random dinner (salad, sweet potato fries, and fried green tomatoes) on the Great Southern patio
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A big perk to staying at the Watercolor Inn: They deliver cookies to your room every night during turn down service…yum!
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And, I totally forgot to post our turtle rescue from a couple of days ago.  Jason decided to shoot a play-by-play.  Look how big he/she is…so cool!!!
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Do you ever just order random items off the menu that don’t go together?  Sometimes I just want what I want.

Do you have a sweet tooth before bed?  Those cookies don’t stand a chance with me.  They’re gone in a minute.

Rank in order of your favorite to least favorite…french toast, pancakes, waffles.  For me, it’s waffles, french toast, and then pancakes.  (Except with this french toast.  It always wins!)

#choosejoy

I’m not going home.

Tuesday:
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We kicked off the day by heading to Justin Gaffrey’s gallery.  Jason got me one of his paintings for Valentine’s Day this year.  I’m a big fan!  You can see my painting in THIS POST!
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We had breakfast on the patio at Fish Out Of Water.
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We put in a little morning pool time….
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Until some rain moved in.  Us, an umbrella, and a rain storm shenanigans.
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For lunch we had a giant bowl of guacamole…and other food too, but it wasn’t near as exciting!!!
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We did a little shopping and hopped on our bikes for an afternoon ride.  I love vacations where we don’t have to get in our car!!
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Followed by a walk over to Seaside for dinner.  (Gross random note:  This was the first time I showered all day.  The ocean and swimming pool count for something, right?!)
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Are you wearing jumpsuits and/or rompers?  I LOVE them!

Do you have any special plans for National Running Day?

Do you count the ocean or swimming pool as “bathing” during vacation?  (Don’t judge me!  I did eventually shower.)

#choosejoy

May Miles in 30A!

Another month is in the books!

May Miles: 343.  YTD: 1,571
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Monday:

A bunch of Instagram runners wore orange for their run in honor of  @shanloves2run who lost her brother last week.  Everyone used the hashtag #runnerorange…pretty cool way to send some love her way.
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We spent the morning exploring the Watersound dunes.  Beautiful!
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Breakfast was at Raw and Juicy in Seaside!
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Followed by a peaceful walk on the beach.
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And pool time!
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Where we were joined by this little guy…or girl.
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The afternoon brought off and on showers, so we headed out for some retail therapy….first at Beau (my favorite home goods store).
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And then Rosemary Beach!
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For dinner, we had Italian at Borago.
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I have a big crush on their Wild Mushroom Ravioli.
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We walked over to Seaside to watch the sunset.  The clouds were crazy!
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What do you like to do on rainy days at the beach?

Are you a mushroom lover?

How was your Monday?

#choosejoy

Oh Hey, 30A!

Saturday:
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I woke up at an ungodly hour to get a little run in before we hit the road.  I was rewarded with a feather…it’s the little things!
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Of course we stopped for a big gulp sized coffee at Starbucks.
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I packed a bunch of fruit to nosh on and we hit Chipotle for lunch.
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We made it Watercolor in about 7 hours.  It’s definitely worth it for this view!!
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We cleaned up and headed out for dinner at the Great Southern Cafe!
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They have one of my favorite veggie plates ever!
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Sunday:
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I hit the Watercolor trails for a gorgeous run!
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And met up with Jason at Another Broken Egg for breakfast!
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Fruit and oatmeal goodness!
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And then he joined me for the run back to Watercolor. 30A has a great bike/run path that runs the entire 19 mile distance of the highway.
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We changed straight into our swimsuits and headed to the pool!
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I am clearly very happy!
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I got to have lunch with this man and this view.  Life does not suck.
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We went over to the Boathouse and rented Standup Paddle Boards!
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Neither of us fell!
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And we cooled off with the BEST Swell Pops!
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We chilled in the room for a bit and headed out for dinner.  We will both sleep well tonight!
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Have you ever tried Standup Paddle Boarding?
Are you a beach or pool person?
How was your race or weekend long run?!!

#ChooseJoy

Five Words Per Picture

Let’s catch up, shall we?!

Monday:
Last beach breakfast French Toast!

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MiFi blogging in the car
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Soup/Salad post-vacation dinner
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Tuesday:
Back on track: Figuratively/ Literally

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Juice Bar: best green smoothie!
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Icing my cranky Achilles tendon:(
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Baked Chobani Blueberry Coffee Cake
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Wednesday: 
Crepe date at The Perch

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NYE Perfection…Pizza and Champagne!
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Thursday:
Empty gym New Year’s morning?!

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First sweat of the year!
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New Year’s Resolution Run/Breakfast
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Showing our Drew Jones love
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Generous friends and charity donations
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Finally saw Wild…loved it!
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Special dinner…Celebrated 3,821 miles!
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Friday:  
New Whole Foods discovery: Chuice

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Beyonce mug cafe au lait:)
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Craving guacamole…this should do!
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Gotta love some guacamole humor
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Saturday:

Resolution run with Fleet Feet
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Rainy weather natural curly hair
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Hers…salad.  His…onion rings!
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Sunday:
Morning spin session with Jason

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Less running equals more weights!!
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Country Music Marathon Training Expo
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Proof that I love Brooks
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Teppanyaki.  Onion volcano.  Fried rice.
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Now, I feel like this…
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And lastly some wise words…
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Is your hair naturally straight or curly?  Do you wear it that way?  Mine’s curly, but I usually straighten it.

What’s the last movie you saw?

Did you go out or stay in for New Year’s Eve?  I loved staying home with pizza and champagne!

#choosejoy

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