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What Heaven Must Be Like.... (Candy and Running)

I should have realized when I checked into the hotel and got a warm cookie, that the trip was going to be sweet. Thank you Doubletree, for causing a three day addiction to sugar. 

The cookie part was great, but they must pipe that smell through the hotel. All I could smell was warm gooey deliciousness every time I stepped foot in the lobby. 

I heard rumors of a great candy store in Savannah, so surprise, surprise, that was our first destination. What? It was so close to the hotel! Little did I know the place was like Willy Wonka's factory. 

Taffy conveyer belts along the roof

Taffy machine. Oh the swirls!

Those barrels? Heaven. Just leave me in any one of those and pick me up when the candy runs out in a day or two. Now, even though I'm not a candy apple fan, they were like works of art. Seriously! Just amazing creations. I was tempted to buy one in particular:

Obviously, a caramel and chocolate covered apple decorated like a pig would make an AMAZING souvenir of Savannah, right? I resisted the urge, but I did happen to go back to that store 3 times in 3 days, and yes: I bought something each and every time. Tuesday: chocolate covered marshmallow on a stick, Wednesday: hard candies from the dispensers, Thursday: pecan pralines. 

Shame none of them made it all the way home. Whoops. 

Don't worry, there were some workouts in those three days too. Actually, since there was a gym, I was so excited to work out inside! A month without a gym membership = way too many hot July runs in Georgia. So my workouts went like this on vacation:

-Tuesday afternoon when we arrived, I was desperate to stretch my legs. Did 4.75 miles on the treadmill, with 1 mile warm-up @ 9:50, 3 miles tempo @ 8:30, and then 10 minutes or so of cool down jogging. 

-Wednesday morning was a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical. I was going to hop in the pool afterwards, but I forgot my bathing suit. How does that happen?

-Thursday: Another run on the treadmill. 5.5 Miles in 50 Minutes at 1.5% incline. Watching Saved by the Bell. I had to actually tear myself off that thing to meet everyone. I really wanted to know what happened after Kelly dumped Zach! Next time, I guess. 

What's the worst thing you've forgotten to pack on a vacation?
I still remember leaving a toothbrush at home on a camping trip when I was little. I learned the "brush with your finger method." Gross. 

Do you ever watch TV on the treadmill/elliptical? What do you watch?
At my old gym I would watch whatever was on the big screens--usually the news. But old re-runs is way better! Saved by the Bell is an old favorite, and yes I wanted to be Kelly growing up. 


  1. hmm i forget my tooth brush and paste a lot, but the hotel usually comes to my rescue (or CVS)...I have forgotten bathing suit...but now i pack one every time I travel, even if I have no chance of a swim!

    I always watch TV if I am on a TM or elliptical. I watch the news most times, because I don't read the newspaper that often, but hate being ignorant to the worlds' happenings - I will also watch E! to tune out completely on tough runs.

  2. p.s. way to get in three workouts in three days of vaca!!! you go girl!

  3. Mmmm candy!!! Looks like a lot of fun. I love catching old shows on tv when I'm running. It definitely makes the time go by faster.

    I hate forgetting a razor when I travel!!!

  4. Nice going on getting into the gym so many times. That candy 'factory' looks amazing. Love that pig!

    I used to watch movies when I ran regularly on a treadmill at our home. I did Toy Story and Toy Story 2, I recall, amongst others. To just run on the treadmill is way too boring to me.

  5. Great job working out on vacation! You rock.

    Yes, I always watch TV while on cardio equipment. Sometimes just knowing that a DVRed episode of Toddlers and Tiaras is waiting for me is the only thing that gets me on the bike.

  6. hat litttle pig is adorable! I totally would have brought a sleeping bag and tent and moved in there.

  7. Oh I love candy stores! And yes I love Saved by the Bell and watching TV while I run. I watch TV every single morning!

  8. i love those cookies oooo they are sooo good! I used to schedule my runs around good movies at the gym. i onced watched a whole movie while running. but now the gym i have does not have individual tvs and my elliptical does not have a plug in, so only when i am on the treadmill do i get to enjoy movies and reruns yes save by the bell and boy meets world

  9. That candy store looks awesome!! I use to travel frequently for work so I use to forget all kinds of things from dress shoes to deodorant... The worst when some food spilled and all of my work clothes were dirty I had to hand wash everything and the next morning I didn't have any dry clothes!

  10. chocolate covered marshmallow on a stick - be still my heart!

    I have only done this once but I forgot my retainer and it hurt when I got home to shove that thing in before bed.

  11. I have BEEN to that candy store! Recently. I don't even have a sweet tooth, but fell in love with that place! (Their collection of pecan + caramel candies makes my mouth water just thinking about it.) Mmm... It's a good thing I don't live closer. ;)

  12. That candy store looks fanstastic!

  13. I am so happy to "meet" another blogger from the East TN/North GA area! Your blog is really interesting, and it looks like we have similar interests. I added you to my Google Reader.

    We were supposed to do a race in Athens, GA last weekend, and couldn't find it. LOL! We did see signs for Chatsworth though! :)

  14. Brush your teeth with your finger!! I hate that but am guilty of it too!

    At the gym I always watch TV. I usually watch SYTYCD, Man vs. Food, Ellen, or the Food Network.

    That candy looks and sounds amazing!

  15. I will address two issues on your post with stories from my second marathon. 1. I brought underwear to wear to the race. And that was it. We were there 3 days. Had to hit up Ross ASAP. 2. After the marathon, I checked into a Doubletree, like still in my sweaty clothes and bib and everything, and they tried to deny me a cookie. Let's just say they are lucky they are still alive. 3. SPOILER ALERT!!! She dates her boss from the Max, and Zack is devastated.

  16. I randomly found your blog and I've just started reading :) I'm a big foodie and my husband and I loved Savannah when we went a couple of months ago. And yes, we made it to the candy store too :) But, I have a question, how did you lose so much weight and still like sweets so much? I work out every day and am below my pre-pregnancy weight but I can't get the last 7 pounds off (to my goal). I just can't seem to NOT have a dessert everyday :( Help!

  17. ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh. the candy. i gotta go to that place. it looks AMAZING. great job on your vacation workouts :) i LOVE the TV during gym time...usually ESPN...haha!

  18. Oh my god, those apples look amazing. I need to go have breakfast so that I can stop thinking about them, ha!

  19. I would like to take a vacation out there! We are so behind on vacation planning but I am so interested in going to Georgia now after that post! That candy shop looks amazing. :)

  20. Tampons, Ellen & how could you pass up the chance to eat a pig candy apple??

    Sounds like you had a "sweet" trip :)

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