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Wedding Weekend–Part 1

March 13, 2012

This past weekend I headed off to Newberry, SC for my friend, Mary Frances’s, wedding! It was a great time, but I had no internet, which is why you are all getting the recap now!

I flew to SC Friday afternoon and rented a car since Newberry is about an hour and fifteen minutes from the airport. When I was getting the keys to the car, the Enterprise representative asked me if I’d want the Fiat or some other car (can’t remember). Silly me said, “Oh honestly I have no idea what these cars are just by hearing their name, so whatever is fine!” I should have known by the smirk on his face when he gave me the keys that I was in for it.

I headed to the garage, looking for parking spot 17. I approached and saw a teeny red car, thinking wouldn’t it suck to have that car? Then I noticed it was in spot 17… Then I thought it was a mistake. I tried the key. It worked. No mistake, I was driving a bright red Fiat in small town South Carolina.

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Although I thought I was going to die on the highway in this tiny thing, I did enjoy it because it became quite a joke for the weekend. I also turned quite a few heads and got several questions from some men at the gas station… Let me just explain that cars like this don’t really exist in SC. They like their pickup trucks.

I headed into town and changed quickly at my friend’s house to head to the rehearsal and then the rehearsal dinner. Although it was quite a large bridal party, the rehearsal went by pretty quickly!

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After the rehearsal we headed to The Firehouse where the dinner was being held. After some cocktails we enjoyed a wonderful sit down dinner. It was so nice of Mary to include me! Here’s a great camo shot of Mary Frances with two bridesmaids, Chelsea and Meredith.

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The dress Mary Frances wore to the dinner was actually the dress her mother got married in! She looked absolutely gorgeous and was great about going around and talking with everyone there. There were a bunch of fun toasts and a lot of laughs. We were ready for the big day!

Both Friday and Saturday night I stayed at Chelsea’s lake house near Newberry with a few other people. It was so sweet of her to let me stay with them, and great for me since I wasn’t stuck in a hotel room alone!

Saturday morning we got up and Meredith’s boyfriend, who is a chef and owns two restaurants, made us some breakfast! I could certainly get used to this…

We started out with smoothies made from fresh berries:

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And then had the MOST AMAZING EGGS EVER, with sausage and bacon! It was ridiculously delicious. I ate this plate times 2:

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I was a little worried, however, because this was not exactly my typical pre-run meal… A bit more protein and a biiiiiit less carbs that what I should eat. And, well, I’m pretty sure it affected me.

About an hour or so after breakfast I headed out on my run, heading to Dreher Island State Park, which was about 3 miles down the road from the house. I then went into the park and ran around a few times until I had built up to 9 miles and then headed back to the house. photo (15)

I completely lucked out on weather, it was gorgeous, warm, and I loved running out in the country! It was so nice to do a run that wasn’t in the city!

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I wore my Camel Bak, which I wish I’d put a bit more water in because I was feeling pretty dehydrated, and ended up putting my gloves and headband in the pack after 2 miles because it was too warm for it!

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Although the run was absolutely gorgeous, it didn’t actually go well… At all. I did manage to finish my 12 miles in just under an hour for a pace of about 9:51 min/mile. However, I was dehydrated, improperly fuelled, and completely unprepared for all the hills!

I thought since it was an island, hills wouldn’t be much of an issue once I got out there. I was so, so very wrong. The only flat part of the run was the bridge! Otherwise it was up and down and up and down… The back of my right knee really started to bother me and I got pretty nauseous near the end!

I do have to say that I am pretty proud that I stuck to it! I definitely learned my lesson though on pre-run food! Haha but I don’t regret that breakfast, so good!

After my run I stretched, showered, and then rested up for an hour or so before it was time to get dressed and head to the wedding! The rest of my weekend will be coming tomorrow with part two!


Have you ever eaten something before a run/workout even though you knew you shouldn’t?

Where is your favorite place to run/walk?

29 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2012 8:53 am

    I’ve made the mistake of eating dried fruit before a run too many times. Baaaad idea! Don’t know why I don’t learn.

    That’s so lovely that you got to run outside in “nature” as opposed to the city for a change. I love running in various forest preserves and I think my favorite is the Des Plaines River Trail in Lake County.

    • March 13, 2012 8:02 pm

      I need to get out to some of the trails in IL, it’s just so much to drive an hour out there, run for 2 hours, and then drive an hour back.

  2. March 13, 2012 8:54 am

    I’m so sensitive, I can’t eat anything at least an hour before I run. It’s gross, but I start to burp and that causes my breathing to get off kilter. It sucks! Oh and I have a part of this really long trail in northern WV (the Rail Trail) that is almost all up hill, so coming down it makes me feel like a superstar.

  3. March 13, 2012 8:54 am

    When I’m hungry, any knowledge about what’s good/not before a workout can go out the window! 😉

  4. March 13, 2012 9:04 am

    those eggs look delicious! i love the combo with avocado!! I love running when I am on vacation to explore but my favorite place to run besides that is on running trails!

  5. March 13, 2012 9:06 am

    That looks like such a pretty path for a run!

  6. March 13, 2012 9:57 am

    My stomach can’t handle anything ‘real’ before a run. EVER. I’ve tried everything…..only a piece of fruit ora piece of a Cliff bar and mayyyyybbbeee some toast.

    That run looks like it was a PRETTY one though!

    • March 14, 2012 9:46 am

      I usually stick to a half banana, and add a piece of bread and PB if it’s a long run! Much better on the stomach…

  7. March 13, 2012 10:11 am

    that sounds like such a great time katie! it’s nice to be able to get away from the internet for awhile and just enjoy time with those you’re close to. and wow, it looks like you sure did luck out with the weather! it looks gorgeous from your photos!

    • March 14, 2012 9:47 am

      I really did! But I wished I’d thought to wear sunscreen… My poor nose was pretty pink after that.

  8. March 13, 2012 10:25 am

    That looks like such a beautiful place to run!

  9. March 13, 2012 10:55 am

    Certain foods randomly upset my stomach more than others and I can’t always figure it out. Larabars have always worked just fine but clif bars make me nauseous. Weird right?

    It looks like you have beautiful weather and a great weekend!

    • March 14, 2012 9:47 am

      Maybe it’s the wheat in cliff bars? They seem a bit denser. I’ve never tried a Larabar before running, but I should!

  10. March 13, 2012 12:49 pm

    That weather does look gorgeous!!! I can’t ever handle too much food before my runs, I usually like to have some fruit or a bar. That breakfast does look delicious none the less!

    Love the car! That is so funny!!!! haha

  11. March 13, 2012 1:00 pm

    Yes..tacos. Bad idea!

    Looks like it was a fun wedding! Glad you were able to get out and have a good job between it all, too. 🙂

  12. March 13, 2012 1:37 pm

    There have been a few times when I had chips and salsa before a run – that was a mistake! Even the smallest amount of anything besides bread upsets my stomach.

    The wedding weekend sounds like so much fun! I love weddings 🙂

    How do you like your cambelback? I’m considering getting one because my fuel belt slides around on my waist too much. Does it bounce around at all?

    • March 14, 2012 9:49 am

      I LOVE my camelbak! It’s worked out great so far, just as long as I don’t fill it up too much or it’s heavy. It doesn’t bounce around much at all, just a slight up and down as I’m running but I don’t notice it. I do hear it though if I’m not wearing headphones, haha.

  13. March 13, 2012 2:27 pm

    Fun weekend! Nice job getting your long run in even on vacation…..I’m guilty of not doing that way too often when I’m out of town

  14. March 13, 2012 6:52 pm

    Wearing your mom’s dress to the rehearsal dinner is such an adorable idea! I am married already, but will definitely pass this along to my newly engaged friends 🙂

  15. Anna Lynn permalink
    March 13, 2012 8:21 pm

    I prefer not to eat anything at all (or within about 3-4 hours) of running/working out. However, the worst decision I ever made was eating Japanese 2 hours before a spinning class. DO NOT TRY AT HOME! Awful decision. It wasn’t THAT bad but I just felt sluggish and didn’t get the best workout I could have. A lot of veggies at lunch time and then an afternoon run usually doesn’t agree with my tummy either. I think it usually depends on the person, the day, and the outside conditions as to what upsets a stomach though!

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