48 Hours in Berlin: A Complete City Itinerary

Berlin will always hold a special place in my heart. It's such a broad and unique city with an incredible amount of things to do. From castles to WWII sites to parks made from abandoned places, all punctuated with obvious influences from the number of different countries that have occupied it, it's like the city has an identity crisis.  But that's all what makes it so uniquely Berlin. 

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My First Marathon in Nashville: 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before

Finally checked the full marathon off the bucket list! Even with how much I trained, running those last few miles was absolutely the hardest thing I have ever done. Yet, as much as I swore off running during the race, I'm somehow sitting here 48 hours later thinking about how I can train differently for the next one. 

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Hiking the Best of Interlaken, Switzerland for Cheap! {Day Two}

As I said in my last post about this trip, Switzerland in general is not a cheap vacation. But enjoying the beautiful alps doesn't have to break the bank at all! In Interlaken, there are a number of hostels or cheap hotels, and if you pack smart, you can get away with spending less than $50 / day. And, in a place like Interlaken, those $50 goes a long way in terms of what you get to see! 

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Weekly Meal Plan: Anti-Inflammatory Recipes

If you've seen some of my other posts lately, you know that this weekend I'm running a marathon! I was feeling so good, and then a week ago my back flared up and it's been pretty uncomfortable. I'm not a fan of pain meds, so for this week meal plan I've decided to spotlight anti-inflammatory recipes!

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Preparing for An Out-of-Town Marathon: Quick & Easy Guide to Race-Day Ready!

After four plus months of training, race day is almost here! I'm running it out of town, which is adding a little bit to my anxiousness. It's a new topography, climate, and route that I haven't trained, and just not staying at home adds a whole new set of variables. While the weather and course changes are completely out of my control, I can make sure that I have everything that I need, to make my hotel room feel as home-like as possible, and get myself race-day ready.

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Hiking the Best of Interlaken, Switzerland for Cheap! {Day One}

Visiting Switzerland, the incredibly beautiful, eco-friendly, efficient country, is an absolutely amazing experience, but it's no secret that it definitely is not cheap!  I found that you can actually have an incredible and cheap mountain experience in one of the best hiking destinations in the world - Interlaken -  if you plan ahead and pack smart. 

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Weekly Meal Plan: Spring Stalks

I think, (finally on April 17th), spring has finally sprung! Spring is the prime time for stalked vegetables like asparagus, fennel, leeks, etc, and my local farmer's market was flooded with them. So: for this week, I decided to spotlight dishes with these stalked veggies!

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Escape from Berlin: Castles and Boutique Shopping in Potsdam, Germany

It's nearly impossible to get bored in Berlin. The spread out city, with tons of different cultural elements, can cater to a types of interests. With everything it has going for it, it's no shock that the city can be bustling.  Every once in a while, it's nice to take a break from all that, and the western town of Potsdam is the perfect retreat. 

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Packing for a Spring Weather Vacation with Stitch Fix

This month I asked my stylist to send me things for a spring trip to Europe. I'll be gone for three plus weeks, so I need things that are versatile to fit all 25 days of outfits in one suitcase. I didn't end up keeping any of their pieces, because I didn't like the actual pieces enough. But: the concepts were great! Here's how I'm going to use my fix to guide my packing.

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Weekly Meal Plan: Cashews

For the cheese-loving people who try to go dairy-free, you have to feel like cashews are your best friend. When used in a sauce, they add back in the creaminess that a typical cheeseless dish lacks. I also love using them in my Thai dishes! So: for this week, I decided to spotlight dishes with cashews!

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Why Picturesque Dresden, Germany is a Must Do Day Trip from Prague

Only a two hour train ride from Prague, Dresden, Germany is an easy case to make when considering candidates for day trips.  It's beautifully reconstructed old town and popular art museums bring tourists from all over the world. But: no matter what you're into: art, architecture, history, outdoorsy-things, culture, etc. Dresden has something for everyone... 

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Weekly Meal Plan: Rosemary

Okay - am I the only one who absolutely loves the smell of rosemary roasting in the oven? We had lamb with rosemary on Easter, and it got me thinking about making some related recipes for this week.  I rarely get fresh rosemary ( I just have the spice ) and I love both the taste and presentation of the actual sprigs. So this week I'm spotlighting recipes with fresh rosemary! 

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Cinque Terre for the Active: Hiking All 5 Cities in One Day

Typically the beautiful Cinque Terre that rests along the rugged coast of north western Italy is not really known as an active destination. Rather in the last twenty years, these cities have become popular for their romantic seaside views and pastel colors. However if you're up for it, you can hike all four trails connecting each of the cities in a single day, getting a great dose of activity and absolutely amazing views along the way. 

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5 Critical Steps for Running Your Next Half Marathon... Faster!

So you just finished up a half marathon - which is a huge accomplishment! But if you're like me - a.k.a. super competitive - it isn't long before you start thinking about the points during the race where you're energy level dipped, or you felt weak. Before you know it, you're registered for next half marathon, and determined to set your new P.R... 

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The Perfect Afternoon to Feel Like You Saw All of Porto, Portugal

Despite how amazing this city is, Porto, Portugal was originally not one of our intended destinations when we booked our flights ! Our friends - who were going around the same time - reached out to us and proposed a meet up in Porto and I'm so glad we did. We ended up only having an afternoon to explore, and we ended up getting to see so much! 

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Fuel Your Long Distance Run The Right Way: Before, After, & During

When you're training for a marathon and running 30 plus miles per week, you burn about 2 full days worth of calories, which is insane.  It's incredibly important to find a good balance between fueling yourself properly and not over doing it. Here's what my typical 18 hours surrounding my long distance run look like...

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