savannah recap 2.0

A couple of weeks ago, I ran my 4th half marathon and my second at Rock n Roll Savannah.  My roommate and I drove down on Friday and headed to the expo to pick up our stuff.  Our hotel was in Hilton Head so after picking up our packets (surprisingly quick considering the size of the race), we headed back to the hotel where we met my mom and sister.  We carb loaded at Mellow Mushroom and laid out our stuff for our extremely early morning to come.


I loved the pacing bracelets that were provided at the expo!  As you can see I was a little too anxious with grabbing the 2 hour bracelet, but figured to shoot for that rather than the 2:15 and trying to calculate what I needed to be doing the whole time.  My mom and sister got up super early to drive us to the race (thanks guys!) and dropped us by the start line so we could line up.


My mom and Julie got to the starting line right as we were heading out and we got to see them!


Yay for blurry pics!  Julie signed up for the text updates so she tried to meet up on a couple of miles but we kept missing each other.  BUT the weather was perfect and the course is pretty flat, so I felt like the race was flying by.  I didn’t get hot until mile 4 or 5 so I kept my long sleeve on until then, and hoped to hand it off to Julie and my mom but it was fine tied around my waist.  Iwas pretty steady with my pace and before I knew it, I was running down the chute to the finish line!  Julie had texted me so I knew to look on the left so I was able to wave to her and my mom as I finished, I loved it :)  I ended up finishing with a 2:07, which was a PR for me and I was extremely happy with, especially since my training hasn’t been that consistent due to work craziness.

I snatched up all my favorite goodies after getting my medal (because I feel like I paid for them so why not? Plus, Justin’s almond butter and chocolate milk? Yes, please)

IMG_5182Also, check out all these amazing signs my sister made us to cheer us on:

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After the post-race adrenaline calmed down, we relaxed with yoga (for me-my calves were tight!) and drinks (everyone else) while we waited for Phillip Phillips to place the post-race concert.


Overall it was SUCH a fun weekend, and especially special since it was the first race my mom was able to come to, and I absolutely loved having her with me.  Obviously won’t be the last :)



Best signs you’ve seen in a race?  Do you like having people there?


birthday week highlights

This week was my birthday (yay!) so I worked Sunday-Tuesday so I had the rest of the week off for festivities :)  Two of my best friends from college came up and we spent the day catching up over margs, nails, and wrapped up with my Charlotte amigas eating dinner at Basil.


So thankful for these ladies!

Friday night was spent celebrating at my sister’s apartment, and I contributed Moscow Mule jello shots to the party:


A new recipe for me that was a success (actually the party was divided on if they liked the drink or not, but was a fan).


Overall, I’d say the birthday was a success and so much fun!  I had so much fun with my friends and am so grateful I have so many people I love it my life!

We’re wrapping up the weekend with Friendsgiving, so I need to go finish cooking- twice baked sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?  What do you like to do to celebrate your birthday?

friday favorites (a day late)

This week has been full of favs and I wanted to share some even though I’m a day late :)
the signs my sister and mom had at the race last weekend

finally convincing this lady if join me at hot yoga

kickoff to my birthday (thanks anthro!)

Drinking champagne with a friend while shopping was the perfect way to wrap up my third day in a row on the floor.
the amazing sweater I got from my birthday party at anthro


What are/were your favorites this week?

day 5 of 5

Today marks my fifth day in a row at the hospital, ah I am so ready for a break! Luckily, it was 3 days of work bookended with two days at class, so I’m looking forward to spending the day in oncology core class :)
My patients were pretty good this week, but we ended up admitting new patients at shift change every day, so I never left on time. The only time this was really annoying was last night because I had plans-I was going shopping to celebrate my birthday month at Anthro!

How cute are these? Champagne plus shopping is always a win in my book.

What a great way to wind down the week!

half week!

Hi friends!  I can’t believe another week has flow by AND it’s already November AND it’s race time for me and my roommate!  Way back in the spring, I mentioned on National Running Day that Rock n Roll Marathons were marking down registration prices to celebrate, and I somehow convinced my roommate to join me for a redo of Savannah (in case you don’t know I was in a boot pretty much up to the race then still attempted to walk/run it).  Hopefully this year will be better!


This week was filled with work and meetings, and since I’ve been picking up a lot recently, I’m really excited to be getting a few days off!  Plus my sister and mom and joining us so it should be a fun weekend.  Any restaurant suggestions?

On top of work this week, I also got to watch my tigers play!  For sure, it was an ugly game, but at least we came out with a win!  Our viewing party also doubled as a birthday celebration for my friend Rikki!



Time to hit the road!  Any big plans for this weekend?  Any Savannah suggestions?  Let me know!

zio’s italian kitchen

Last week while my mom was here, we tried out a new-to-us restaurant- Zio’s Italian Kitchen.  My sister and had been talking recently about how rarely we eat or make Italian food, so we decided to go for it when mom was in town.  After some research, we found Zio’s, which offered gluten free pasta, so it was a win all around.  The weather was perfect, so we sat in the cute little outdoor eating area and started off with some wine :)

Julie and I split a salad (I can’t remember which one because it’s not online) with arugala, parmesan, almonds, and a vinaigrette dressing.  It was okay, but we both agreed it was missing something (and we both agreed it was craisins)

IMG_5130For dinner, Julie had a spinach ravioli, while my mom had one of the specials, and I had gluten free pasta alla vodka.  They both loved their dishes while mine was kind of meh.


I felt like it was missing something, but since everyone else thought theirs was so good (obviously I couldn’t try theirs), I would love to try Zio’s again.  Plus, it made me realize we need to start venturing out A LOT more when it comes to restaurants and neighborhoods in Charlotte- there’s so much to try!