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Lakeshore 8 Miler

Popping in on a Saturday to share some photos from this morning’s 8 miler.  I’m in Chicago this weekend for the Coldplay concert and obviously had to get in my long run, so Lakeshore Drive it was!  It was oppressively hot, sticky and humid out but glad my friend Mary and I were up and at it. 

Found a triathlon!

    Halfway point at Navy Pier!

And when you’re the donut dietitian, post run donuts are a must.  Amazing.  We tried a variety–Orange poppy seed old fashion (not pictured) was my fav ūüôā #DonutsEarned

 Whenever I’m traveling, even if it’s too a familiar place, I love exploring with a good run.  What is your favorite way to explore?

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Missouri Weekend

Hi friends.  Happy Tuesday.  Just popping in here on this dreary Tuesday morning (so sick of the rain…who else is with me?!) to share some snapshots of my quick, weekend trip to Columbia, Missouri.  Myself and some of the fam went to see my younger brother graduate before he moves to Seattle.  Exciting stuff!

The drive from Cincinnati to the Columbia area took almost 9 hours.  I blame rush hour traffic in the St. Louis area.  Is St. Louis rush hour always the worst?!  The drive included plenty of packed road snacks (almonds, fruit + iced lattes) and a Panera stop for lunch.  Upon arrival to Columbia, it was dinner time.  Off to one of our favorites in Columbia, Broadway Brewery!  Broadway Brewery is located in the basement of a building so it’s very dark inside so unfortunately, no photos.  While I was 100% underwhelmed by their pre-selected graduation menu and did not enjoy my meal Friday, from a previous experience, I can report that their burgers are top notch and you can’t beat the beer.  I like their honey wheat.  Instead of food photos, here’s an attractive family photo at the restaurant.

The next day was a late wake up call.  After a morning workout and hotel breakfast, it was off to explore Columbia.  Coffee, scones and donuts?  Yes, please.  I was sad sour cream dunkers were the only type of donut Harold’s had left, but just goes to show in a college town, the hangover can motivate students to buy all the donuts at a local donut shop before lunch.

 Next up, a very early (like 3:30pm) dinner at Sophia’s before the graduation ceremony.  Sophia’s was good, not great.  In true Kaplan family fashion, we tried a bunch of stuff.  Started with an antipasti plate.  It had pita, cheese, fruit, and meat.  So tasty.

The ahi tuna pita flatbread was just okay.  The horseradish mayo was way too overwhelming for my taste buds.

My favorite was the pasta carbonara.


I was most confused by the grilled romaine.  Why is that a thing?

After or dinner (or linner–lunch + dinner, is that a real phrase?) we wandered the Mizzou campus for pre graduation photos.  Then, much needed coffee.  Then, a boring graduation ceremony.

The drive home was long so immediately after returning to Cincinnati, a run was in order.  5 miles with my friend Maria in the books.

Congrats to the grad!

Who else is traveling to graduation ceremonies this month?  Any healthy traveling tips you swear by?  Does anyone actually like grilled romaine salads?


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Louisville, Kentucky Eats + Activities

Happy Hump Day, friends! ¬†Hard to believe that it’s already Wednesday and that I’m officially a 3x marathoner. ¬†The more time I’ve had to sit and reflect on Saturday’s race, the more content I have become with how things shook out. ¬†26.2 is such an unpredictable distance and many seasoned marathoners will likely agree with me here, that anything beyond mile 18 is going to be a mystery. ¬†There is no way I could have anticipated the issue I encountered with my ankle, so the fact I still beat an old time to earn a shiny new PR is nothing short of wonderful. ¬†Even if this PR does not reflect my current level of fitness, I beat my previous time and that’s what counts. ¬†Plus, in other ankle related news… Guys! ¬†It’s officially not swollen and completely pain free. ¬†I’m still taking care of it, but I don’t think it’s going to take me out of commission. ¬†It might force me to ease back in incredibly slow, but who said that’s a bad thing ūüôā

So while the main purpose of our trip was obviously to run, we did do our best to sample some of Louisville’s best eats and activities. ¬†First on the agenda Saturday after a nice post-race nap? ¬†Pizza! ¬†Right next to our Airbnb was this nifty place called Garage Bar. ¬†It was raining, so we ordered our pizza to go. ¬†However, this place sticks out due to the garage like patio set-up it has. ¬†While we waited for our order, we sat at the bar and enjoyed¬†some local craft beers before taking the pizza back to the apartment. ¬†It was AMAZING pizza. ¬†We got a sweet corn and bacon, as well as a brussels sprouts pizza. ¬†I wolfed down 5 slices so fast I forgot to take a picture. ¬†. ¬†Running 26.2 miles will do that to ya ūüôā


Next on the agenda was another nap.  We were wiped.  After that, time for dinner!  We heard about a BBQ joint / Brewery called Against The Grain and knew that would be the perfect spot to continue the post marathon celebration.  Obviously we all sampled some of the beers (my favorite was their pilsner) and of course the BBQ nachos.  For dinner, we split a few different items including a beer can chicken, brisket, and a ton of sides.  The chicken was moist and delicious.  Unfortunately, the sides were a major bummer.  I felt like they came from a deli counter at Kroger opposed to a nice restaurant.  For a sweet bite after dinner, we obviously tried the bacon donut.  It was good, but not my favorite donut.

¬†Post dinner included checking out Louisville night life for drinks on 4th Street. ¬†If it wasn’t for my swollen ankle, this might have been more enjoyable. ¬†Always fun to explore though!

Sunday morning we slept in. ¬†First on the agenda was coffee and Louisville’s best chocolate chip cookie at Please and Thank You. ¬†This place was absolutely adorable. ¬†I could spend a lot of money here.

Our early morning snack was followed by brunch at Wild Eggs. ¬†I felt the need for some veggie action so I got a veggie hash with fried eggs on top. ¬†Hit the spot. ¬†And a celebratory bloody mary–because marathon weekend ūüôā

Last stop?  A mandatory visit to a location on the Bourbon Trail.  The Bulleit Bourbon Tour was a blast.  The property was very beautiful and well maintained plus, our tour guide was passionate and had a sense of humor.  He was also incredibly knowledgeable.  I learned that my favorite bourbons have a higher ratio of corn than barley or rye which is what makes them sweeter.  Cool!

I’ll also mention that our Airbnb was in a really cool part of town called “NuLu.” ¬†It’s a very trendy area that’s really turning around. ¬†The streets were so beautiful too–Market Street specifically was lined with cute shops and restaurants.

Who’s been to Louisville? ¬†Favorite spots? ¬†Favorite post marathon meal?

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