Drive * Bike

September 2, 2011

We were BIZ-Y today! Thanks to the person who bought 10 loaves of bread for her “hungry family” – and fun to see Kipperly. Sorry I just missed you Blessing!

Fuel for the day: frozen raspberry crumbs, Cville Cluster, milk. YUM!

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I left the bakery a little early because I had to go pick up my race packet for tomorrow. I would have gladly paid a few extra dollars to have it mailed to me and save having to drive at 5:00 on a Friday night! The traffic was AWFUL!!

And the parking lot – even worse.

The line – not short.

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Thankfully the line did move quickly, and the volunteers were very friendly!

But the parking lot. Ack. Get me outta there. I sat staring at brake lights in front of me – not moving -for TWENTY minutes just to move about 100 yards to get out. Horrible! I could have biked there and back much faster than the 1.5 hours it took me to drive 2 miles, get my stuff, and leave.

Car:

  • Gas
  • Pollution
  • Traffic
  • No parking
  • Lines of taillights
  • Music
  • Easy

Bike:

  • Green
  • Swift
  • Exercise
  • Never any wait
  • Always a parking spot

But…sweat !! I got back home (I missed Faith’s first two shows :evil: ) and raced on my bike to try to get there for her second. I was 10 minutes late after the doors closed.

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Inside I snacked on a few McGuffy treats and had a seltzer water with a splash of chardonnay for taste + hydration

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Finally, it was showtime!

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Faith was beautiful!!

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Afterwards, Matt and I went on a nice little date – didn’t want to party too hard because his alarm is set for 3 and mine for 5!!

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We went to Escafe where we had a great outdoor meal – including entertainment from the UVA marching band! First football game tomorrow!! Remember when we witnessed this last year!?

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Escafe was great – and I had a Restaurant.com coupon to use!

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My entrée came with a house salad – a REALLY good house salad with lavender dressing that was amazing and blue cheese + apples

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For dinner I had a soba noodle entrée salad – filled with veggies in a light peanut sauce. I gotta remember to make this at home more! With a side of green beans (also included – this was quite a great deal for only $11!!) Matt had the house salad with calamari on top – the one I got last time!

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After dinner we went next door to..Sweet Frog!!

Cookies n Cream + Cake Batter with a few crunchy candies

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Then we promenaded! Cannot WAIT until we are within walking distance of downtown! Although the cool night bike ride home was quite pleasant.

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I’m not planning on racing tomorrow – just going for my normal Saturday morning run with 4,000 other women. No pressure – just fun!!

See you for brunch hour!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat September 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Lavender dressing?! How did I miss that last time? Have a great run (not race!) tomorrow!

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2 Stef @ Living HI September 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

That’s an incredible “house” salad! Most places that would go for an entree salad at your meal price. Fruit+cheese+greens= a win.

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3 Katie September 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Have a great run in the morning! :)
And your dinner looked DELICIOUS!

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4 Emily September 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I wish I could get more into biking my commute. I really would love to bike to work but showing up sweaty in professional clothing just is not a working thing :( Dinner looked great and Sweet Frog looked even better :) Enjoy your Saturday run tomorrow!!

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5 KathEats September 3, 2011 at 4:29 am

maybe you could bike in the cooler months?

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6 Ma Fea September 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ve been dealing with this same dilemma. I don’t even have to move to sweat, so biking leaves me soaked, no matter the weather. I’m a teacher, and I’ve finally taken to putting my actual “teacher clothes” in my backpack with a towel and soap. When I get to school, I do a birdbath in the restroom and change. Doesn’t solve the lovely “helmet-head” on my sweaty head, but my hair is really short, so I can make it look okay enough for the day. :)

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7 kathleen (the daily crumb) September 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm

i have made a concerted effort to bike more and drive less this summer… and it has been glorious! good for the environment, good for my wallet, and good for me!

good luck in your race tomorrow, kath!!

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8 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Wow, your dinner was only $11?! That’s incredible! It looks so delicious. Usually the salad alone would be at least that much. I wish we had a froyo place nearby. Maybe next year. Sigh. :(

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9 Hannah September 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Oh Charlottesville and UVA. Swoon.

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10 staceyhealthylife September 2, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Enjoy the run, sounds fun. I don’t know why I don’t cook with soba noodles more often also.

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11 katie @KatieDid September 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I love how you put those two pictures together of you and matt to make a sort of super wide angled shot! Downtown looks hoppin! What a fun looking city.

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12 Molly @ RDexposed September 2, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Your ice cream (or is it yogurt?) looks so good…minus the cherry. Those have always weirded me out-it’s a childhood thing! ha

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13 kaila @ healthy helper! September 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Mmmm lavender dressing sounds incredible!! What an awesome dinner!!!

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14 Amy* September 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I live college football season! A true sign that it’s finally fall!*

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15 Emily September 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I’m fairly new to the whole blog-reading thing, and am wondering why you have you older blog posts below so you have to open them in new windows, instead of just having the whole posting for you to read? It’s easier to just read them when they are there, and seems like you could catch-up new readers faster!

Good luck in the “race” tomorrow! Sounds like fun!

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16 Baking N Books September 2, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I don’t think there would be enough room on the page to have the whole post there…?

I hate driving downtown here and having bikers and even runners pass me faster than what the car can go because of stop lights every few minutes and traffic.

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17 Greg September 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

More page views = more money. Some bloggers will display a part of the post then have readers click on a “read more” link to complete reading the entire post to generate additional page views. Kath doesn’t do that with original, first run posts. She is obviously doing very well since she mentioned that the mortgage on their new home was obtained solely on her blogging income and not the income from the bakery.

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18 KathEats September 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

Actually I do this because I’m a photo blog and the page was taking a really long time to load and was using up lots of bandwidth. And I’m doing well thanks to the thousands of you who come everyday Greg, not necessarily because I’m trying to sneak in clicks.

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19 Emily September 3, 2011 at 6:26 am

Thanks, Kath! I was just curious. Keep the photos coming – they really make your blog MY FAVORITE!

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20 KathEats September 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

Thanks Emily :)

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21 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Cookies n Cream + Cake Batter with a few crunchy candies = that looks awesome!

And don’t you hate it when you could actually get somewhere quicker biking or walking but once you make the decision to get in the car, you’re committed and stuck with it…happens to me in urban San Diego quite a bit and I think…why oh why didn’t I just walk! gah!

Glad you made it though :)

Oh and I really did the filter you used on that picture! Is that from your cameraphone/app? I know you don’t have an iphone..just curious what it is? I like it alot!

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22 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Have a great race tomorrow! And perfect pre-race fuel – fro yo! also great after races… or anytime.

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23 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Good luck at the race tomorrow!

Driving is such a pain in the ass. It’s sometimes necessary, but I was getting really grumpy today when I had to run errands by car and I was roasting alive while sitting in traffic!

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24 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Yumm – that meal looks so delicious. And of course…fro yo = winnnn. Have a great race tomorrow!!

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25 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I have a race on Monday, I’m getting nervous for it!

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26 Lara September 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Charlottesville traffic always peeved me. 29N is CRAZY on a Friday afternoon (although I know you didn’t need to go that far out). I’d much rather bike places — but living in SoCal, it’s uncommon to see people on bikes, so drivers don’t look out for us. Even when cycling — it’s scary!

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27 Lindsay September 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

How fun to live near a bustling college campus! Saturday morning alarms are the worse. Mine is set for 6 and my boyfriend’s for 4:30. I’ll be thinking of you in the wee hours

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28 Anna September 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Have funnnn at your race tomorrow! I’m running a women’s half marathon next weekend- my first all women race!

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29 Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous September 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Have a good run Kath!

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30 Lorin September 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm

I dealt with the same thing today in SD, traffic. Especially on a holiday weekend, it sucked. I can’t imagine buying 10 loaves, I have nowhere to put them; my freezer doesn’t even have that much room, haha! But that is awesome :) I wish I could teleport and get another savannah bar. However, I want to go to University of Virginia for dietetic internship so maybe one day :)…that’s awhile down the road…gotta start my second year of college first.

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31 Alaina September 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Good luck and have fun on the run tomorrow!!

I do love not having to worry about a car anymore in the city. I chuckle to myself when I walk by a line of cars in traffic. :-P

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32 Angel7 September 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Good luck tomorrow early morn. :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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33 Liz September 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Have fun at your regular AM 4 miler…with 4000 people ;)

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34 Lynda @ Healthy Hoboken Girl September 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Bikes are just the way to go! Get around quickly, parking, not a problem. I even wear my iPod for some tunes, on low, of course so I can hear traffic, etc.

Good luck tomorrow, happy September!!

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35 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm

What a great way to start off the weekend. Sounds like a nice, relaxed date. You both deserve it because you work so hard. Good luck with the race tomorrow!

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36 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 2, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Your GH ‘cereal’ snacks always look so appetizing – mmm!

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37 Sana September 3, 2011 at 12:20 am

Enjoy running for fun :)!

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38 Khushboo September 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

Fun date! The noodles look great and fro yo is always a win! Good luck on the run!

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39 Living, Learning, Eating September 3, 2011 at 1:27 am

I’ve been *all over* frozen raspberries lately, too! And I want some froyo now… :P

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40 Alba&Dilek @TwoBaklavaStory September 3, 2011 at 1:37 am

I have never tried soba noodles before, but they look delicious. Have fun on the race tomorrow!

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41 Sarah Jane MacMillan September 3, 2011 at 1:55 am

Hey Kath!

It’s Laurel’s sister here. Just wanted to let you know (and I guess also your blog readers!) that I have a new blog about my life in Italy. I sort of have taken notes on how you got your blog running and I love the idea of posting about your meals while also talking about your life. I realized it’s a good way to document your life in general so I’d like to do it while I go through the process of adopting this new culture in Italy.

If you and anyone else who reads here are interested check it out- my blog is all about living in Italy!

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42 KathEats September 3, 2011 at 4:35 am

Hey Sarah Jane! Congrats on the blog!

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43 Lauren September 3, 2011 at 5:18 am

Good luck tomorrow!

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44 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 3, 2011 at 5:26 am

Looks like a lovely evening! It’ll be so nice when you’re closer to downtown :)

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45 Kate September 3, 2011 at 6:40 am

My cousin is in the UVA marching band. She’s new to C-ville. I need to tell her to come visit you! How fun to see them go by!

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46 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 3, 2011 at 6:45 am

I’m usually a pretty patient person, but sitting in traffic drives me nuts! I wish I could bike to work but it’s a 15 km drive away and I don’t have the time to bike there and back every day.

What an awesome dinner! I can’t believe that was their house salad. Much better than just iceberg lettuce and one measly tomato!

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47 VEgirl September 3, 2011 at 6:48 am

Being 15, I just bike everywhere anyway (and I try to avoid getting rides places if I can avoid it, for the pollution and such). There is no better feeling than zipping past a line of traffic-jammed cars. AHhhhhh bliss. :mrgreen:

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48 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews September 3, 2011 at 7:01 am

Wow 10 loaves is a lot of bread! Maybe she will freeze some.

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49 Lolly September 3, 2011 at 8:11 am

Matt is ridiculously photogenic (and handsome)! Has he ever been approached to model or given it some consideration to make extra $$$?

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50 KathEats September 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

Haha – thanks!! He hasn’t ever been asked to model

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51 Molly September 3, 2011 at 8:39 am

i love your outlook on the race as not a race but a sunday run! perfect!

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52 Kelly September 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

Lavender dressing is one of my favorite dressings but I can never find the perfect recipe!

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53 Tina September 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

As I was stuck in the parking lot for about 40 minutes, I was thinking “I’ll bet Kath rode her bike, and got in and out in no time.” That was the only painful thing about the 4 miler. I think that they should have treated it like any other event at JPJ, and had the extra traffic cops.

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54 Blessing@WorkingMomJournal September 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Glad I finally saw the store and Matt! Bummer I missed you. My little angel enjoyed the colored muffin (not sure what the name is) and the oatmeal cookie. Hopefully we see you sometime again.

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