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A Perfect Stop in Athens

We’re already on the road again but our quick stop in Athens was wonderful!

We stayed with our friends Natalie and Drew. We went to college with them and they still live in Athens. Natalie is in her final year of vet school and Drew started an awesome pizza franchise, Your Pie. It’s so much fun to have friends who still live in Athens so that we can visit and pretend like we’re in college again.

Case in point. 😛

We had dinner at Last Resort. It’s one of our favorite “nicer” restaurants in Athens. Unfortunately, I couldn’t photograph my delicious dinner due to really terrible lighting but I had the Adobo Salmon – it was grilled salmon that was marinated in chipotles and adobo, topped with pineapple salsa and served with rice and sautéed kale.

Despite our late dinner I was up a little after 8 this morning and ready to run.

It was a perfect run. I had a big smile on my face the whole time. I went sans headphones and technology and just soaked in the beautiful fall morning. I think I covered 3.5ish miles.

I run with music 90% of the time but sometimes it’s so nice to unplug and get out on the road with only the thoughts in your head and the scenery around you.

Do you run with music? If so, do you ever unplug?

After my run I picked up coffee at Jittery Joe’s. Their coffee is a must anytime we’re in Athens.

We said goodbye to Sullie, she’s staying with Drew and Natalie tonight while we’re at the wedding. She’s in doggie-heaven with since they have three dogs. I predict she will be very tired when we pick her up tomorrow.

We grabbed breakfast at Big City Bread on our way out of town. The weather was awesome for sitting outside.

I ordered a random but delicious assortment of food. Fresh fruit, cheese grits and sourdough toast with butter and jam.

It’s a BEAUTIFUL day for a wedding! See y’all tomorrow with all the details!


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  • 1
    Mike October 15, 2011, 1:04 pm

    So jealous. I haven’t eaten at Big City Bread in YEARS! That was definitely the best lunch spot in Athens.

    Last Resort was always incredible, although the last time I ate there (after a game), the service was horrible. Hope you had a better experience.

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    Allison Johnson October 15, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Love your blog, but this is the first time I’ve left a comment.

    HUGE fan of your overnight oats. HUGE!!!

    I have been trying to unplug every so often and currently, I’m running naked (sans Garmin). I’m coming back from an injury and don’t need to be obsessive about my paces. I think it’s nice to take a break from technology during a few of your runs so you can kind of get back to the basics, yk?

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    Brittany (healthy slice of life) October 15, 2011, 1:16 pm

    There is nothing better than a fall day in Athens. It makes me feel incredibly nostalgic 🙂

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    claire October 15, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I usually only run with music if I’m doing speed work on the treadmill, to help get me pumped. Plus on a treadmill you don’t have to worry about safety issues, in terms of not hearing cars or whatever else. I never listen to music when I race – I find it distracting and actually run slower because I am pulled away from my own pacing rhythm. It also can be a bit dangerous, depending on where you are – better to be aware of your surroundings, even if you are not running where there are cars. And it’s nice to just zone out and soak up the atmosphere – sounds, sight, smells etc – of where you are. It also makes those times when you DO listen to music quite fun 🙂

    As for the Garmin, I keep trying to leave it at home and it’s so hard! I just did my first run after doing the Portland marathon last weekend, and I really wanted to not wear it but I was trying out a new route and wanted to know how many miles I was doing…oh well. It is so important though to just get out there without any technological distractions every once in awhile! Very healthy.

  • 5
    Brittany October 15, 2011, 2:42 pm

    I usually run with music but sometimes it’s nice just to think!

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    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 15, 2011, 2:52 pm

    Cheese grits are so flipping good. #jealous

  • 7
    Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files October 15, 2011, 4:17 pm

    mm cheese grits sound amazing! that cafe looks so cute!

  • 8
    Stef October 15, 2011, 4:32 pm

    I actually ran without music this morning, too, even though I have it more than 95% of the time. It is a nice change, but would only want to go without music on runs shorter than 4 miles. Looks like you are having a great vacation and some good eats, enjoy!

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    Alaina October 15, 2011, 4:41 pm

    I go off and on with the iPod. Sometimes I like the distraction, but other times I like to just focus on the run and not let the music make me go too fast or whatnot. I am loving this fall running weather though!

  • 10
    Ashley October 15, 2011, 5:53 pm

    You covered all my favorite places!! Need to make an Athens trip soon to get my Last Resort fix!

  • 11
    Holly @ Pink Runner October 15, 2011, 5:59 pm

    I have to have my Garmin for all of my runs but I go without music a lot. Usually anything under an hour I go without. Also, after listening to elementary music kids all day long I usually need the quiet during the week when I run after school 🙂

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    Megan@eatmybeets October 15, 2011, 6:21 pm

    Looks like a great time! I actually never run with music. I enjoy the outdoor experience of it – listening to nature. Plus if I’m running, the sun usually isn’t up so it’s safe to make sure I can hear for cars

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    Stephanie October 15, 2011, 9:10 pm

    I prefer not to run with naked ears. It’s not that I need to be distracted from anything negative (fatigue, pain, boredom) related to running, I just enjoy my music and since I’m training for a half-marathon (12 miles tomorrow, woo hoo!) on Nov. 6th, those long runs require music.

    And I sympathize with you on wedding wear for outside weddings this time of year. I was at one last weekend and we were sweating in the sun during the 5:00 ceremony then shivering later before the dancing started, when we warmed back up. Thank goodness for dancing and a fire pit (with s’mores!).


  • 14
    abby October 15, 2011, 9:20 pm

    We love Big City Bread and The Last Resort! We lived in Athens up until a year ago and those are some of our favorite restaurants. YUM!

  • 15
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 15, 2011, 9:55 pm

    That breakfast looks delicious. I can’t say that I have ever had grits but that picture makes me want to try some asap. Enjoy the wedding!

  • 16
    Clara October 15, 2011, 10:31 pm

    I’ve read your blog for a while (and love it!), but this is my first time commenting; I’m currently in school at UGA and love seeing how you still come back and visit/watch games with friends. My friends and I are all ADDICTED to Your Pie, a few of them actually taste-tested new dough recipes earlier this week, and my sorority won the Greek Madness challenge back in March. Big City Bread is also one of my favorite places for breakfast/brunch. Go Dawgs!

  • 17
    lindsay October 16, 2011, 2:17 pm

    its funny because I run without music 90% of the time. I think its habit though. Love that smile and happy running legs!

  • 18
    Annie @ Annie's Cube October 16, 2011, 8:40 pm

    I love Your Pie!! Thats so cool that you know the owner. I live in Charleston, SC and we just got our first one here, loving it!

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