Last night, I hung out with my parents!

We originally planned to walk around and eat at the Rib America Festival, but when it started pouring down rain we decided on eating in at a restaurant.

We went to a little bar/restaurant called Chatham Tap.  This bar is just so cute and has a great atmosphere!  It is seat yourself, so sometimes when it is busy there can be a long wait, but last night we were able to waltz right in and sit down.


We started off with a delicious onion rings appetizer.  I took a picture, but unfortunately the picture won’t show up on my computer.  The breading on these rings was so light and crisp, and the sauce was slightly smoky flavored with chipotle and very runny which was a surprise considering most onion ring sauces are a bit thick.  I think that my favorite part was the fact that the onion rings were topped with grated parmesan cheese…so yummy!

For my entree I go the balsamic grilled chicken salad.

It had blue cheese, sunflower seeds, cranberries, grilled chicken, a balsamic dressing (on the side of course), all on top of mixed field greens.  The salad was wonderfully refreshing, which is just what I wanted after having onion rings as a first course.

Mom got the fish and chips, which is one of their more famous dishes, per Brian’s recommendation.  I tried a bite of the fish, and although the breading was thick, it was slightly sweet and just so delicious!  Good recommendation Brian!

We then ordered a piece of turtle pie to share.

Need I say more?  It was delicious 🙂

We then, went to the Rib America Festival so that Dad could listen to the Dooby Brothers, and Mom and I walked around and sampled the barbeque sauce from each vendor…our favorite was the smoky!  I can’t remember which booth it was at though.

This Morning

This morning I woke up, and my knee was bothering me.  Last night it was actually bothering me to on the lateral (outside) side of my right knee.  I have never had a pain like this before, but I am positive that it is from the half marathon.  I am hoping that it goes away with time, but in order to prevent further issues this morning I did some stretching and exercises to work my IT Band, hip adductors and abductors (the inside and outside muscles of my thigh).

IT band stretches/strengthening

Hip adductor/abductor strengthening



Hopefully things start to feel better tomorrow!  There is no swelling, which is good, I think I just need time to rest.


Breakfast this morning was what I think a Sunday breakfast should be…pancakes!

I originally wanted to buy buckwheat pancake mix when I went grocery shopping, but I couldn’t find it so I decided to try Hungry Jack Wheat Blends pancake mix.  It tasted delicious.  The pancakes were light and fluffy not dense like some wheat pancakes can be.

I topped them with some natural peanut butter, raspberries (thanks mom!), and sugar free syrup.  We also had some coffee on the side.  It was the perfect way to start a Sunday!

Training Schedule

Yesterday, I told you I would go into detail about my training schedule for the half marathon.  I looked at several plans, finally deciding on the Hal Higdon Training Schedule and the Half Marathon 8 Week Training Plan.

I combined the two workouts putting my schedule and my group fitness teaching schedule into consideration to come up with this 8 week plan:

  • Monday:  Pilates or Stretching/Strength
  • Tuesday:  4 or 5 mile run depending on the week
  • Wednesday:  Short run with strength training
  • Thursday:  Short run or cross train
  • Friday:  Rest
  • Saturday:  Cross train
  • Sunday:  Long run
Of course some weeks I had to tweak things a bit because of various events and my constantly changing work schedule, but I think that this schedule totally worked for me.  Since I had just finished training for a 6 mile race, I was able to up the mileage in my long runs faster than I expected, so I actually changed the numbers in my plan a couple of times but kept the same basic format.
When it comes to nutrition and training for a half marathon or marathon I looked to blogs like running-advice and the Runner’s World magazine site.   When it comes down to it, everybody is different and needs to find the food combo that works best to fuel them.
I really enjoyed having a long-term goal in sight, and I am 100% sure that this is something I will do again.  Because it was my first race I did not incorporate speed training into my regiment, but I have decided that is a goal I will focus on next time.


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