Last night was all sorts of fun.


We ended up going to a little restaurant called The Spotted Dog, a casual bar and restaurant with a focus on vegetarian- and vegan-friendly fares.  I immediately loved The Spotted Dog because there are pictures and statues of doggies everywhere.


And – of course – we have a spotted dog, so the restaurant made me think of Magaret.  Spotted dogs are awesome.


The Spotted Dog had one of those menus that are so extensive that you just stare and stare and stare, not able to make up your mind because you can’t decide what to order. 


Everything sounded tasty.  In hindsight, we should’ve just ordered a bunch of entrees and shared bites.


We started off by sharing a vegetarian crab cake appetizer – they tasted like real crab cakes to me!


And for my entrée, I got the Tempest salad.  You can’t really tell amongst this pile of greens, but there’s some grilled tempeh, artichokes, cucumber, tomatoes, and carrots in the salad, too.  Yum.


Cue: a wild ‘n crazy night.


But I woke up first – around 8:30 AM – and knew that no one else was going to be ready for hours. So I slipped out of the room and headed to the hotel gym for this fun and easy treadmill/elliptical workout.

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Here’s the workout:



2 minutes at 4.0 MPH warm-up

1 minute at 5.5 MPH

1 minute at 6.0 MPH

1 minute at 6.5 MPH

1 minute at 6.0 MPH

1 minute at 5.5 MPH

Repeat speedwork once



1 minute at Level 3 at 60 rotations per minute (RPM)

1 minute at Level 4 at 60 RPM

1 minute at Level 5 at 55 RPM

Repeat a total of 4 times


I loved this workout because it was short and sweet – and not too intense for me (you can, of course, vary the speeds and intensities to match your own abilities).  Considering that I was on the treadmill within 10 minutes of waking up, it was all I wanted!  The speedwork helped the 24-minute workout by fly.


And afterwards, I did weights.


I’ve really been trying to lift more frequently.  Since I’ve been traveling for work so much, it’s been easy to lift a few times a week in hotel gyms (I also have access to a weight room at my pool).  Grow muscles, grow!


A half-tailgate leftovers and half-hotel breakfast… I crumbled a hardboiled egg on the quinoa salad from yesterday.  Pretty decent for makin’ do.


Time to drive back to Charlotte.  Chapel Hill – you were loads of fun!



  • Tammy Root October 16, 2011, 10:30 am

    I love The Spotted Dog!!! My hubby and I used to eat there several times a month. I love, love, love, the vegetarian chicken wings with veganasise (instead of blue cheese). And, I always got the tofu salad. 🙂 Your post made me miss NC. I just moved to Santa Fe, NM 3 weeks ago. 🙁

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 16, 2011, 10:34 am

    Spotted Dog looks great! What were the crab cakes made of? I make them with tempeh and love them!

    Intervals with multiple machines is one of my favorite hotel workouts. I also use the bike – it’s a good way to start out and warm up. 🙂

    • melissa October 16, 2011, 10:46 am

      I’m curious too what in vegetable crab cakes- they look amazing!

  • Aubrey October 16, 2011, 10:40 am

    I love this restaurant! I live in Carrboro and it’s one of my favorite places to go. It’s so good, and all the doggies everywhere make it great.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 16, 2011, 10:43 am

    Even though it sort of feels weird when I’m the only one in the gym, I love the feeling after of being done before everyone else is up! Looks like a fun night! 🙂

  • Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 16, 2011, 11:45 am

    Those veggie crab cakes look amazing! Sounds like a fun weekend! Have a safe drive home. 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 16, 2011, 11:59 am

    I just woke up early and hit the hotel gym too. No one in there, it was quite peaceful for 7:30am on a Sunday 🙂

  • Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows October 16, 2011, 12:09 pm

    The Spoited Dog looks like a great restaurant! =) Makes me wish we had more places like that where I live — it would be a welcome change. BTW, have you heard of the Heart Attack Grill? People over 350 lbs eat free. It’s terrible.

    Have a safe trip back to Charlotte!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition October 16, 2011, 12:14 pm

    I do wonder what is in the crab cakes – they look amazeballs!

  • Amber K October 16, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I need to find some restaurants like that! Pretty much any I go to I don’t even get to choose what I’ll eat because only one or two items will be free of everything I can’t eat.

  • Khushboo October 16, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Especially on days I am not feeling a workout, intervals are my go to…yesterday I banged out 4 miles before I knew it thanks to ralking (run+walking)!

  • Sana October 16, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I think vegetarian restaurants put more care and effort into the meals so that they taste better!

  • Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso October 16, 2011, 1:42 pm

    First, I love the beer glass! It’s direct and to the point-sounds like my kind of a place. Second, I really like that pink workout shirt you have! Do you mind me asking what brand it is? I’ve worked out for so many years in just cotton t-shirts from school…but I think it’s time to update my workout wardrobe a bit!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 16, 2011, 1:57 pm

    Wow-that sounds like a great restaurant! Yumm.

    I love a good workout–especially with weights. Makes me feel awesome!

  • Nicole October 16, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Such an awesome cup!:D

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 16, 2011, 3:09 pm

    such a fun trip 🙂 love the combo of hotel/leftovers for breakfast. best of both worlds!

  • Army Amy* October 16, 2011, 3:18 pm

    A nice workout is always such a great follow-up to a busy night out!*

  • Lisa October 16, 2011, 4:55 pm

    what a great workout!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 16, 2011, 5:31 pm

    I love when restaurants have fun names like that–they always draw me in! Of course, it’s always nice when the food is as good as the name 🙂

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 16, 2011, 5:41 pm

    I’ve been working with weights a bit more lately too – I want some guns! haha 🙂

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) October 16, 2011, 5:52 pm

    That bar looks so fun!! And way to go making that leftovers’ filled breakfast work! Hope you had a good drive back. 🙂

  • Wendy October 16, 2011, 6:12 pm

    So glad you liked spotted dog. We live 2mins walk down the street and go there quite often. Their food is tasty and ppl there are always so nice and make you feel right at home.

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 16, 2011, 8:01 pm

    Any worthwhile beer in that glass?

    • CaitlinHTP October 17, 2011, 6:01 am

      All beer is worthwhile!!!

  • October 16, 2011, 8:32 pm

    That restaurant sound amazing! It’s such a nice treat as a vegetarian to open a menu and see endless options, since usually were’re so limited in our choices!

  • BroccoliHut October 16, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Agh! How fun! Spotted Dog is where my boyfriend of two years took me on our first date way back when. He knew I was vegetarian, so he picked a place he knew would have lots of tasty options. I think I actually ordered the Tempest Salad that day too 🙂

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats October 16, 2011, 9:34 pm

    The Tempest Salad looks great! I rarely see tempeh served in salads from restaurants!

  • Laura October 16, 2011, 10:03 pm

    Oh what a great idea for treadmill & elliptical workouts– it’s always necessary to change it up so you don’t get too bored! Plus I love the feeling of waking up & being productive before everyone else 🙂

  • Kristin @ STUFT Mama October 17, 2011, 4:20 am

    Great treadmill workout! 🙂 I’m in love with that pint glass! 🙂

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith October 17, 2011, 7:52 am

    We almost went to the Spotted Dog on Saturday night for dinner, but hit up a veg restaurant in Raleigh instead. We may swing by on our way back home tonight for dinner!

  • Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count October 17, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I am the exact opposite with doing strength while travelling. I think it is SO HARD. Maybe because I am so unmotivated to do it if I am by myself…I like classes like BodyPump to help push me!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul October 17, 2011, 1:19 pm

    hehe, totally looks like Maggie! At first I thought it was her and was thinking why is she standing like that? 😛 great job staying on top of fitness, anytime, anywhere~

  • Lucas November 16, 2011, 2:10 am

    Thanks for sharing this workout plan. The food looks totally delicious too!

  • Dianne Howard January 22, 2012, 7:51 am

    I was searching the Internet looking for why dogs’ spots might become more abundant in the Winter and eventually stumbled upon your website. There is a photo of a spotted dog…Margaret?….who could be an almost mirror of our dog Dippy. We always thought he was a mix of Basset and ? What is the breed of your spotted pooch or is she also a delightful mix? I await your reply and will send you a photo if you give me an e-mail address.
    Truly amazing!

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