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nashville to asheville {weekend recap}

Hello! How was your weekend? Ours was spent in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina._DSC0063We headed out east on Friday around noon. Lunch on the go: cold quiche, eaten like a slice of pizza. We didn’t have time to stop for food during the drive, so my freezer stash of quiche ended up saving the day. I’m a lunchtime superhero.0605151306aAnthony and I had a pretty uneventful drive — just some 90’s pop sing-alongs and a couple episodes of Reply All. The last hour of the drive got pretty crazy, though: a steady shower storm hit us and was followed by a double rainbow!! On exclamation point for each bow.0605151842We arrived in Ridgecrest (small town just outside of Asheville) right at 7 pm to grab our bibs. This is me pointing down at the Downhill @ Dawn elevation chart. Get it? 0605151905aWe met Lizzie at the expo and then swung by a grocery store to get some pre-race essentials. Bagels and beer.0605151930We had an early night since the race was the next morning — but did make it out for one quick drink at Pisgah Brewery in Black Mountain. This was a really funky spot!pisgah brewery black mountain ncWe wrapped up Friday with some home-cooked pasta and an early bedtime. Thanks to AirBnB, we had a cozy cottage and full kitchen to make ourselves at home in. Plus, our place was only a few minutes away from the start line — which was crucial given that the Downhill at Dawn race started dark and early the next morning.downhill at dawn half marathon race review 2015
The race was really fun — full recap coming tomorrow :)

Flash forward through 13.1 miles, a long nap, and an enormous cheeseburger. We spent the rest of the weekend drinking exploring Asheville and Black Mountain. Just as fun as the last time we were in town. _DSC0061
A stop at Wicked Weed was necessary. Love this spot!wicked weed brewery in asheville north carolinaWe sipped on our favorite cucumber beer. So refreshing.wicked weed brewery in asheville north carolinaAnd we tried this beer “mint julep,” which was herby and sweet. Don’t worry, I drank plenty of water, too!wicked weed brewery in asheville north carolinaWe broke up our brewery hopping with stops at Asheville’s cute little shops._DSC0059 I picked up a gift for a special friend and longtime blog reader whose birthday is this week :)_DSC0038Sticking with the liquid diet theme: I also sampled lots of gourmet olive oils and vinegars. This blood orange blend was darn tasty._DSC0044Slow and sore — but still smiling!_DSC0062Though I have to say that this sign made me frown.thirsty_monk_brewery_asheville_DSC0039
After a day of intense running, walking, and drinking, we turned out the lights pretty early on Saturday.

Sleeping in until 8 am on Sunday felt glorious! We had a slow start to the morning — Anthony whipped up a fabulous breakfast at home, too._DSC0070Fun fact: our Air BnB had a real live chicken coop in the backyard! Fresh eggs on the menu. 0607150801bEveryone’s legs were super tight on Sunday, so we decided that a slow, easy walk might help loosen them up. Black Mountain has a ton of trails nearby — our host recommended we check out Old Toll Road, an abandoned dirt road that’s now more of a hiking/off-roading trail. old toll road hiking trail in black mountain ncWe did a nice out-and-back walk, covering about three miles total. Good to shake out the legs!

Final stop in Black Mountain: Dark City Deli. I was craving some vegetables — this piled-high veggie creation did the trick. Plus a ridiculous amount of potato chips. Those count as a vegetable too, right?dark city deli vegetarian sandwich in black mountain ncAfter lunch, Lizzie and I headed back to Nashville while Anthony drove to another part of North Carolina for a work trip. Can’t wait to have him back home shortly! And yes, we always try to wear matching outfits. 0607151314c
Awesome race, awesome weekend. More on running and cheeseburgers coming tomorrow.

  • Did you race this weekend?
  • Ever been to Asheville?
  • Fanciest oil or vinegar you own? (I have a bottle of black truffle oil that’s basically my most prized possession)

5 thoughts on “nashville to asheville {weekend recap}

  1. Crazy you were in Black Mountain. My family has a house in Montreat (the even smaller town next to Black Mtn). I have been thinking about doing that race. I might have to try it next year!