There’s No Place Like Home & Favorite Links this Week

After 12 hours of driving, 3 Subway stops, and far too many cups of coffee to count, I have finally moved! I will be staying with my parents (doing the mid 20something rite of passage!) will looking for an apartment in downtown ATL. I could not be more thrilled to be back home, but my blogging has definitely taken a hit while being gone. Here’s a few of the links, recipes, and looks I’ve been digging this week.

1, Chobani Greek Protein Cheesecake

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This is one of my absolute favorite healthy and affordable desserts to make.  I have made this many times, and I do sometimes make this without nutmeg, as it can be a bit  overpowering.

Ingredients:

For filling:
6oz 0% Plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
1/2 Tbsp Jell-O sugar-free instant pudding mix – cheesecake

For crust:
1/2 cup fiber bran cereal
4 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp unsalted almond butter
1/4 tsp stevia
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg

Preparation:

Add the cheesecake flavored pudding mix into the yogurt and stir until well combined. Set yogurt mixture aside. In a food processor or blender, grind the bran to a fine texture. In a small mixing bowl, add the ground bran with all dry ingredients, (stevia, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and mix evenly. Then add the almond butter and water and stir until it becomes moist and sticky. If the batter is still crumbly, add additional water in 1 tsp increments until desired consistency is achieved. Pour the crust mixture into a small 4 inch circular pan. Pack the crust along the bottom and sides of the dish to create a pie shape. Pour the filling on top of the crust and smooth evenly along the top. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and enjoy cold.

2. Blog: Colorful Corporate 

This is a great blog for outfit inspiration for both work and home. Jeannie shares her outfits with pieces from J Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, etc. and puts together pieces in unique ways. A great blog to follow when you need outfit pairing motivation and inspiration.

3. Detoxinista’s Avocado Pesto Sauce Recipe 

Have I mentioned how much I adore this blog and Megan’s yummy and healthy recipes? This is a fantastic healthy pasta sauce recipe that is light and refreshing. Click here to go directly to the recipe.

4. Greatist Article: 71 Resources to Run Better Today 

Greatist is a fantastic resource for health and fitness recipes that cater to young adults. This article offers lots of links for runners new and old to celebrate National Running Day (which was yesterday, Happy Belated Running Day!). Some of the links include training plans, the best theme races, and so much more.

What recipes are you cooking this week? Did you celebrate National Running Day?

The Farewell Tour- Saying Goodbye to My Favorite Running Trails Before Moving

In less than two weeks I’ll be moving back to my hometown of Atlanta, GA to be start a new marketing communications position that’s closer to friends and family. Though I could not be more thrilled about this awesome opportunity, it’s a bit bittersweet to say goodbye to friends and to the trails and sidewalks where I fell in love with longer distance running. I’m spending the next few days running these favorite spots and trying to de-stress from the lunacy of packing through this endeavor:

1. Grandview Drive

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Previously mentioned in my Run River City Recap, this is my go-to spot for scenic and shady hill training in the Peoria Heights area. It’s also home to some stunning homes

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I typically run 4-6miles here, as it basically runs into a busy highway around the 6 mile mark. It’s also super close to Running Central, the best running store in the area.

2. Rock Island Trail

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By far my favorite trail in the area, this 26 mile trail is built on old railroad tracks and is one of the best places to run no matter the season. I’ve used it extensively for long training runs but would advise caution in running in later in the evening hours, as after the 2 mile mark it can get a little isolated. You’re also likely to run into all sorts of critters

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This possum was the only other soul on the trail one snowy afternoon in February.

This trail is perfect for what I like to call a thinking run. If something is bothering me, or I’m stuck on a decision, Rock Island is the perfect flat course where I don’t have to worry about cars or being lost.

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It also constantly reminds me of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, as it splits at a few places.

Other spots in the Peoria area that I have enjoyed running:

Farmdale Recreation Area: I ran a ten mile trail race here last October, and these are not  your high school cross country course trails. This is a great trail for intense hill/trail training, but you do have to watch out for some of the overly aggressive bikers. There is great nature watching and since the deer are protected in this recreation area, they run rampant!

Do you have a favorite running trail in your area?