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Tess W.

I'm Tess, the blogger behind Cross Country Cajun. I was born and raised in the bayou country of South Louisiana and have since lived in a couple other states. I wasn't raised in an environment that emphasized exercise as part of our daily routine. After graduating from college, I began to exercise... Full Bio
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Foodie Pen Pal Reveal and a fun Treat Recipe by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running It’s that time again – time for this month’s foodie pen pal reveal. This was my third month participating, and it was the best yet! This month, I was paired with a won ... Read on »
Just what I needed and an iTunes giftcard GIVEAWAY by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I am feeling incredibly blessed with the small things in life right now. Several little things have happened the past few weeks which were just what I needed. A couple ... Read on »
One Year Ago: Happy Anniversary! by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running On our first date, he stood there looking handsome and nervous – white lilies in hand. I was nervous too. I sensed that he was something special, really special. The n ... Read on »
Marathoning: The Mental Game by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Distance running is no doubt a physical sport. To train one’s body to run for hours at a time is no small feat. Though, in my humble opinion, I think the physical aspect o ... Read on »
Foodie Pen Pal by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Hey Ya’ll! I hope everyone has had a lovely Labor Day weekend. Ours was great and I will definitely recap it soon. I was tending to bridesmaid duties this weekend as o ... Read on »
Seven Years by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Seven years ago, I was leaving New Orleans and driving back to my parent’s house. Going to Tulane for college, I frequently went home and knew the short drive like the bac ... Read on »
Some much needed R&R by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Howdy from the beach! Chris and I are enjoying  some much needed R&R this week and waking up to this view certainly sweetens the deal. We drove all day Saturday ... Read on »
Giving back through coaching by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Running has given me so many things over the years. It’s added happiness to good times, clarity to hard times and confidence in times of doubt. It has helped me make new f ... Read on »
The never ending quest for speed. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Hey ya’ll. Long time no blog (seems to be an ongoing theme). The last time I popped in to say hello I was chatting about  Fleet Feet Nashville’s   Speed Sessions  trai ... Read on »
Speedwork: Giving it your all by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running This month, I began Speed Sessions with Fleet Feet Nashville . This training group meets once a week at a local high school to complete track workouts. The aim is simple. ... Read on »
Year 29 Bucket List. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Today, I turn 29. My 28th year was by far the best yet. I got engaged shortly before my 28th birthday. We bought our house. A place to call home. ... Read on »
RW Run Streak – Week 1 Recap by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Streaking is usual taboo and frowned upon. It’s sometimes criminal. Run streaking, however, is totally different.  I decided to take on the Runners World Run Streak th ... Read on »
Half marathons #9 and #10 by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In the last three weeks, I ran my 9th and 10th half marathons. The 9th was the Country Music Half Marathon here in Nashville. The 10th was the Viola Valley Half Marathon i ... Read on »
heaven is here (book review) by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running We had a wonderfully busy and enjoyable weekend, and I have so many things I want to share with ya’ll – half marathons, NYC marathon, P90x, etc. Those things will have to ... Read on »
Wordless Wednesday. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running ( source ) ( source ) (source: Chester, the well-behaved puppy) I promise words tomorrow! Goodnight, ya’ll. Read on »
recipe: gator for puppies by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running From reading the title of this post, you may be wondering what we are feeding our puppy. Although he has gained at least 20 pounds in the 6 weeks we have had him, I can as ... Read on »
weekend love: 12 STRONG miles by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Saucony’s new ad campaign centers around the motto FIND YOUR STRONG. The face of their campaign, none other than my beautiful and inspiring running coach, Dorothy . ... Read on »
Staycation Success! by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running This week has been great and relaxing, which is just what I needed. My last day at my old job was last Thursday. I start my new job on Monday. Thus, I had several glorious ... Read on »
Refreshed, Recharged and Ready. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Chris’ birthday was Friday. It’s no secret that we could both use a weekend away after several busy months so that’s exactly what we did. We went away to his family’s cabi ... Read on »
Running – more than just exercise. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Yesterday, I did something I have only done a couple times in the last month. I laced up my shoes, and I ran on my favorite running trail.   It was 5pm, and ... Read on »