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The Weekender: Favorite Reads + Last Week’s Workouts

Phew! I had a long, but awesome, day. I headed up to Winston-Salem this morning for church and Easter brunch with some friends. We had an amazing spread of food, including a ham that a friend, Mary, ordered online and it was seriously the best ham I’ve ever had. She got it from – I want to find an excuse to order one…

I took these gluten-free morning glory muffins and these paleo cashew blueberry scones. Hilary came over and helped me cook dinner and bake last night – we spent three hours in the kitchen (after three hours at the mall and a break for a beer and chips at Noda Brewing in between shopping and cooking). IMG_2468

We were both skeptical of the scones (the batter did not look right), but they turned out amazing and were a big hit at brunch. The muffins were awesome when she and I shared one right out of the oven, but the texture was a bit meh after sitting overnight. I’d make them for a same-day event but, like many gluten-free goodies, they didn’t store super well. They may have been better reheated… IMG_2479IMG_2472

Anyway, brunch was delicious and my golfing date was really, really fun. As expected, I was terrible but I didn’t whiff it too many times so I’m calling it a success. I have a feeling I’ll be sore tomorrow even though we weren’t at the driving range very long – my body is not used to that range of motion!

It’s been forevvvvvver since I’ve done a Weekender and I consistently hear that’s one of your guys’ favorite posts so here we go! I’m getting back in my blogging groove I think.

The Weekender

Super interesting read about keeping a 12-hour eating window for maintaining a healthy weight.

This was a great read on avoiding burnout at work – even (or perhaps especially) if you love your job. (I never take it for granted that I love my job. Seriously. So. Grateful.)

Ummm I feel kind of cool that I knew about this hoodie and purchased one as a gift a few months ago before it became so popular.

Good resources in this post for going gluten-free as a runner! (Run to the Finish is an awesome running blog, btw.)

7 Questions You Should Ask Yourself at the End of Every Day – I want to write these down and keep it on my nightstand. Good things to think about!

When was the last time you cleaned your coffee machine? I’m saying I don’t need to clean mine rest since I just got it a couple months ago. Right? Right. Here’s a quick tutorial though for future reference. 😉

Last Week’s Workouts

S – ran 8.5 miles, 7:35 pace

M – 30 minutes on the stairclimber (with an episode of The Mindy Project!)

T – ran 5 miles, 8:10 pace (explored the Plaza Midwood  neighborhood – super cute!)

W – ran 5 miles at the NoDa Beer Run, 7:23 pace (I was pleasantly surprised by this pace since running has felt so hard for me lately! Running with friends makes such a difference!)

Th – took a rest day; my allergies were killing me and I just felt TERRIBLE (I keep telling myself it’s just allergies and not a cold). And, I just needed a a rest day!

F – ran 30 minutes stairclimber (trying to sweat out my cold…errrr allergies)

S – ran 8.8 miles, 7:40 pace

Alright, I’m off to bed! I’m exhausted! Hope you have a great week!

Questions for you (I love hearing from my readers!):

Any golfers out there?

Do you have any allergy/cold remedies??

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  • Anne @

    Yeeyy for the return of the Weekender, love it!
    It sounds like a lovely weekend, even though I grew up on a golf course, I haven’t the foggiest idea how to play!

  • Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl

    I’d seen that 12-hour eating window article – this is something I have tried to stick to, but unfortunately running actually made it harder for me to do so, because it would mean not having a fueling snack before morning runs for me, which just does not work!

    Those scones look delicious 🙂

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed

    I’ve gone golfing quite a few times, but haven’t gotten out at all the past 2 years. I’m overdue!

    I think I need those scones in my life. Glad to see some posts from you 😀

  • Mary

    Definitely NOT a golfer. I acquired an unfounded and weird hatred of golf when I was younger, there were always more magazines about golf than horse back riding, and as an equestrian I was bitter 😉

    I do a lot of vitamin c and sleep. If its a cold, I try to get outside in sunshine and fresh air. If its allergies…. I sleep. Sleep for days. Pretty much sleep solves everything. If I’m too full, sunburned, hungry, mad, sad, happy, everything. Sleep makes me so happy. hahaha

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