Black & Brew

This week has been insane! Back to work from vacation on Tuesday. Tuesday night I had a meeting after work until 9:30 and today another meeting right after work. This one was at the really cool Black & Brew in Lakeland.

There are few things I love more than coffee and these days it is so difficult to find independent coffee places. Black & Brew did not disappoint.

For dinner I had the Veggie Medley Panini. (I may have eaten half before I could get myself to take the picture. Was really hungry)


Gorgonzola cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, red peppers, red onions, and basil pesto sauce on ciabatta. It was really good!

I also had a latte which was excellent. Definitely recommend Black & Brew if you are in Lakeland.



Hotter than Hades Virtual Half Marathon

I need some running inspiration lately. My goal race (first half) is not until the end of November and the only other race on my calendar is a 15K (four days before my 30th birthday) in September.

With the Hotter than Hades Virtual Half, time does not matter and you do not have to run all 13.1 at once. What you can win, besides the feeling awesome for going the distance, are some great prizes.


My first entry into this race is my run from Monday. Here is the proof in case you were worried I was cheating.


Only 8.68 miles to go.

Do you need some motivation? Is it so hot where you are that your friends and family think you are nuts for running outside?

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16 thoughts on “Black & Brew

  1. Every summer until this year I have whined about the cool summers here – not truly summer, more like mid-winter LA. But this year, I am thankful for the cool weather.

    Great start on your virtual half!

    As for motivation? I bought myself a home espresso machine for my 45th birthday as a reward for morning runs. My husband thought it was a horrible extravagance, but it has sooo been worth it!
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    • Cool weather sounds so nice! Central Florida is barely tolerable this time of year.

      Treating yourself, especially with fun kitchen gadgets, is important to do sometimes.
      Dina recently posted..Black & BrewMy Profile

    • It always seems hot here. It took me a few years of living in Florida to get used to that but I don’t think I’ll ever love it. Would rather live in a place that has more seasonal weather.

      The sandwich was amazing and I will be sure to eat there again.
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  2. Oh I love the idea of doing a virtual run where you don’t have to do all the running at once! Congrats on making it through the first week back after vacation! I know it’s tough.

    Found you through the Fitness Friday hop!
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  3. I have found the virtual races to be fun for motivation! And with the heat it seems like a lot of us need a little extra push to get out there. I’ve run the HTH twice and will do another tomorrow as part of my marathon training.

    Yes. It’s hot. And yes my non-running friends think I’m crazy. Actually, they think running in general is crazy :)

    Have a great weekend!

    Life…as I see it [Fitness, Health and Happiness]
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    • I think your post, about runners being different, is apt. There is something about it that those who do not do it find perplexing, especially in the heat of summer.
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