Quoth The Raven “Weekend No More”

May 4, 2009

I woke up this morning hangover free! Woo. Hoo! I knew I wanted to run on the beach before we left, so I did my best to make good choices last night so I’d wake up refreshed. I’m not sure I felt refreshed but I was in a running state. While I am hangover free, holy water retention! My wedding rings are so tight, and I’d rather not be in my own skin today. But I know it’s a temporary result of overeating and will be gone in a day or so, so I’m just floating through.

I went for a great run at 9am by myself on the beach. It was low tide and perfect for running. I absolutely LOVE running on the beach. The breeze, the “track”, the scenery. You just have to implement a few rules.

Tips For Running On The Beach

  1. Wear tennis shoes. If the sand is hard, there’s no problem. I don’t know about your feet, but mine couldn’t handle being barefoot.
  2. Wear a hat. This is SO important. Because there’s no shade, sometimes you are looking right into the sun. A hat’s brim does wonders.
  3. Do I even need to mention sunscreen? Remember: there’s no shade
  4. Run the hardest way first. Try to figure out which direction the wind is blowing and run into it first so as you get tired and turn around, you’ll have the wind to help you. I was running about a 9:30 mile into the wind and pulled it down to 8:45 with the wind helping me!
  5. Stop to smell the sea breeze :)
  6. And the most important variable: figure out when low tide is and go then. It’s nearly impossible to run at high tide – unless you want to be falling in the sand – so check the Weather Channel and go as close to peak low tide as you can.

I did just under 4 miles today, including stopping under a pier to soak in the beauty and get a break from the sun.

Once home, I had a small breakfast to tide me until our early lunch.

Oikos, which I picked up at Whole Foods on Sat., a banana, a little strawberry jam and the last of my Kelsey granola.

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After breakfast, blogging and packing up the house, we set out to have lunch at Poe’s Tavern. SO many people have recommended it to me!

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Here’s the history behind Edgar Allen Poe’s stay on Sullivan’s Island –

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The menu was very poe-priate 😉

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And there was Poe stuff all over, including pages from his books on the bathroom walls! Such a charming place. Given the beachy setting and good selection of beers on draught, we decided to partake in the 10 oz size. LOVE IT when you can get half pints (or near half pints). I had a New Castle, which was sooo good.

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I decided on the recommended fish tacos – the mahi-mahi.

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And a Tavern Salad. OMG it’s been like 48 hours since I’ve had good raw veggies and I was sooooo pleased to be eating this. I nearly squealed when she put it in front of me.

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I ate the entire salad and 1.5 of my tacos. I gave the other half to Matt. I could have eaten about 3 more, but this was a portion choice.

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He had this amazingly rare burger topped with pepper spiced goat cheese and deliciously crispy fries. I had a taste of both, per usual.

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I am blogging from the car at the moment! I think Matt is going to make me drive in 30 minutes :( Better relax while I can.

Tonight my girlfriends and I are taking Kate out for her birthday.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What is so very exciting is that when I wake up tomorrow I do not have class, or a paper to write, or flash cards to make. I think I”ll start a book! FICTION that is.

I’ve got the month of May to catch up on life and we’ve got two trips planned with Karen to celebrate Andrew’s college graduation (Matt’s younger brother). Starting in June, I’ll be working for an R.D. who owns a private practice to finish out the summer.

See you tonight!

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1 Kim May 4, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Either that is a very tiny bun, or one humongous burger!

Yay for beach running. My high school was across the street from the beach, and the cross-country team ran there every day… running on the sand is the BEST training you can ask for! (except maybe hills.)


2 Mandy M. May 4, 2009 at 4:13 pm

you guys have some seriously ugly sunglasses lol:)!


3 Lara (Thinspired) May 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I can’t wait to hear more about your job when you start in June!
Looks like such a fun place. I have a friend named after that poem…I’m sure you can guess her name if you know it 😉
I’ve never tried beach running but I hear it’s a great workout. I’ll remember your tips if I ever get around to it!


4 Lindsay Lu May 4, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I actually live five minutes from Poes! The fish tacos are seriously my favorite meal! I’m so glad you got to experience their delicousness!


5 Heather May 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm

What a perfect way to end the trip! I love all of your beach-running tips – Seriously good ideas!

I love how you are prepared when you are away from home with your own foods. I always pack a few staple needs just to make sure I’m prepared for the unknown and definitely have some healthy alternatives.

Sounds like you have an exciting summer coming up! I’m sure you’ll enjoy every second of it! 😀


6 Jen May 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

What a cool restaurant! Thanks for the great beach running tips too.

So excited for your stint with the RD! I’m studying to become an RD too. :)


7 Run Sarah May 4, 2009 at 4:25 pm

What a fresh looking salad! I can’t wait to try out beach running, I love the smell of the ocean.


8 K May 4, 2009 at 4:31 pm

What a great restaurant! The half pints are the perfect size!! Forgive me if you’ve mentioned this before but, that will be so exciting working with the RD!

Hope you guys had a safe drive back :)


9 Laura May 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Kath – you are so inspiring and positve! It was so fantastic to read your comment about having a little water rention due to imbibing and enjoying yourself over the weekend’s festivities and good food. Too many others would berate themselves and say they feel fat, etc! You are so right, it is just temporary and you have already started back on your normal routine and back on track! Love your blog!


10 Runeatrepeat May 4, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I totally have summer fever and it gets more intense when I read your blog :)
That restaurant looks fun.


11 Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

No offense to Matt, but does it not just KILL you to be married to someone with such a fast metabolism? I’ve been slightly more fascinated with his eats over the past few days, than yours. Sorry. 😉

That burger of his today was hilarious. Where’s the bun?!?!


12 Christine May 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Thanks for the tips about running on the beach!! I will need them for my trip to Costa Rica in 3 weeks!


13 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm

I would LOVE to go to the Poe cafe! I love anything Poe :)


14 Jean Mitchell May 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I find it super encouraging that you eat such great food and such a variety and are still slim!

I went to your website 3 times this afternoon and your beautiful pictures of healthy fare kept me away from the 1 pound bag of reese cups my boss brought into the office!

Compared to your pictures the reese cups looked like crappy food that wasn’t worth eating! I’m actually looking forward to the taco salads I’m making tonight for dinner!


15 Marissa May 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Sounds like June will be a fun month for you!


16 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I have never ran on the beach before but I defintiely want to try it! I will definitely keep all your tips in mind :-)

Your lunch looked great! I LOVE all the colorful veggies on your salad. Yum!


17 Help Meghan Run May 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Oh I wish I could run on the beach. :) Have fun getting home!

www. HelpMeghanRun .com


18 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 4, 2009 at 4:47 pm

What a yummy meal!! ANd YAY FOR SUMMERRRRRR! Gotta love having TIME on your SIDE!


19 Jaime May 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Fish tacos are one of my favorites!! I bet those were fabulous!! and Matt’s burger looks amazing…I love how tiny the bun is compared to that huge patty. :)


20 HK May 4, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I love Poe’s!! I have eaten there twice while visiting family in Charleston. What a great atmosphere with amazing food to boot.

I believe what appears to be the top bun of the burger is actually the goat cheese. The bun looks to be hidden under the lettuce and tomato. “Some assembly required” for that meal, ha!


21 Kaley May 4, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I ran on the beach when I was on vacation in SC, and dang, it was so easy compared to my runs at home! I was confused, but then realized all my runs in my college town incorporate TONS of hills, just because our town is so hilly. Good tips, though!!

I wish I liked beer…I’d feel cooler! Good beer, that is!


22 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats May 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm

ooo Mahi-Mahi fish tacos are my faaaave! Sounds like you had an amazing run! Have a good drive!


23 Tanya May 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Looks like you guys are having a great time! Running on the beach is the best!


24 laci May 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Kath, you live a dream life :-)


25 life coach jen May 4, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Very cool that you have time to read something other than school books! Enjoy it!


26 Elizabeth May 4, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for the PSA about sunscreen! EVERYONE should be using it when enjoying outdoor activities.

Love the mini beers – just perfect! And your sunglasses are awesome :)


27 Shelby May 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Those fries have got me drooling…


28 Lisa D May 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm

when I saw the starving artist on the menu with pimiento cheese option I thought that is FOR SURE what you would order! salad looks delicious and have fun working with the RD!


29 Sarah May 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Beach running is so hard!

There are no super long stretches of beach to run on here in Bermuda, but there are sandy trails that connect Horseshoe beach (the best beach on the island!) and Warwick Long Bay if you are interested in getting in a run while you visit here. The roads in Bermuda are very narrow and don’t have sidewalks for the most part so running on the road is challenging.


30 Kate the Baker May 4, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Wow, that place looks awesome! And you beach run is making me crave Florida – I went to my condo down there just a couple months ago but I’m already missing it!

Mahi mahi tacos are my favorites. I’m actually planning on tacos tonight, although I’m making mine with turkey since I’ve aleady had fish this week and it’s not exactly cheap!


31 Allison K May 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm

such cute little beers!


32 KNON May 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm

The mahi mahi tacos are my FAVORITE there!! I always get a sierra nevada!!.. mmmmm


33 Bec May 4, 2009 at 5:52 pm

that meal looks fantastic, i love a good rare burger!


34 Natalie May 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

That menu is making me drool! What a cool idea.

Everything looks so yummy :)


35 emmy May 4, 2009 at 6:42 pm

that restaurant looks fantabulous!


36 Nate May 4, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Happy Birthday to Kate Indeed!


37 Mom May 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Kate, Happy Birthday! Or, as we say in our family because we like cake so much, Happy Birthcake!



38 Victoria May 4, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Ha. Matt’s burger/bun ratio is pretty amazing. Your summer job sounds like a great opportunity!


39 meg May 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm

That cafe looks awesome!

Yeah for running on the beach!


40 Div May 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Kath! I’ve been following your blog for a while and I finally decided to delurk :) I have a question for you — do you use anything special to meal plan? Do you just scratch things out as you go along the week or how do you organize your nutrition to get everything in/not end up eating out due to hunger/tiredness etc?? yayy! thanks for your blog…i think I check in atleast 3 times a day hehe…what would I do for study breaks w/out it!?


41 Jessica May 4, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Ahh, I love the restaurant! One of my kittens is named Poe :)


42 Erica May 4, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Love Poe’s so much! We might go there this weekend because we have a friend who hasn’t been. What did Matt think of the burger?


43 Matt May 4, 2009 at 7:21 pm

1) It WAS a huge burger, but

2) The thing on top is the goat cheese, and the top bun is underneath the lettuce and toe-mater.

It was deliciously rare.

And don’t worry, Sarah, I don’t eat like that all the time, and I definitely feel the effects of a whole weekend of eating and drinking… the AWESOME effects, that is!


44 Casey May 4, 2009 at 7:29 pm

I <3 fish tacos!!!

Speaking of trips, aren’t you coming to New Orleans soon?!


45 Stacey May 4, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Haha. I should’ve known that last year while running at the beach. I ran during high tide, and i swear it was the longest (and hardest!!) 4 miles of my life. Literally felt like I was going to die!!


46 Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm

what an awesome restaurant! LOVE fish tacos! yumyumyum 😉


47 Lauren May 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm

I love getting to run on sand. It is SUCH a great workout. And the pictures of all the food are making me HUNGRY!! :)


48 Christina May 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Charleston looks so nice, it looks like you guys had a wonderful weekend!


49 Hannah May 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Beautiful breakfast! You are so lucky you get to run on the beach!


50 Michelle Hisae May 4, 2009 at 9:04 pm

What a cute restaurant! And an R.D. job to round out the summer?? How great – congrats!


51 Kath May 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Laura ,

Re. Burger,
LOL – yes, that is the goat cheese blob. The burger is on the other side!

Jean Mitchell,
Thanks! Glad you like it!

Sarah ,
I’m going to email you this week re. recommendations!!

Div ,
I clip blog food ideas with Springpad (Google it and check it out!) and make a meal plan based on the sales at the grocery store (which I check out online) and what I’m in the mood for. I keep a grocery list at Todoist.com that I add to during the week depending on what I’m craving. It works pretty well.

Casey ,
Yep! 2 weeks. I’ll be doing a call for readers this week after we figure out a time that might work for meeting with Karen.



52 Sharon May 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

MMMMm tasty time!


53 Casey May 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Score! I’m pumped!


54 Kara May 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm

The beach usually kills my ankles! Except our beach gets a pretty steep incline.


55 Jennifer May 5, 2009 at 8:03 am

Glad you enjoyed Poe’s Tavern! I lived in Mt. Pleasant for 4 years and frequented Poe’s regularly. Their fish tacos are delish and so are the chips and guac. So good! Aww…I miss it now!


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