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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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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 »
A new addition and a great weekend! by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Saturday morning started off innocently enough. I was up early to get a few hours of work in before getting to the gym for my first workout in weeks. Between long work ... Read on »
Flu Friday Favorites by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I don’t remember every having the flu ever in my 28 years but now, I can cross “get the flu” off my bucket list. I was feeling a bit under the weather on Wednesday morning ... Read on »
Changing Plans. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Confession 1 : Today, I ran for the first time since last Sunday’s 15 miler. Confession 2: I only ran 6.5 miles today, but 3 of those were tempo miles which I ran fast ... Read on »
On the go with Chobani – Maple Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Hey ya’ll. Happy Friday! I was on the road again this week and working pretty long hours. When I am getting minimal sleep and eating most meals at my desk, I want the ... Read on »
Last week in numbers and running naked. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Before you get excited over the title of the post, I should define a term for you. Running naked (language: runner speak, origin: tech-savvy runner world, kindness of ... Read on »
Goals for 2012 by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I am a natural born planner and I come by it very honestly. My mother, whom we nickname “Martha” because she is super mom times a million, is a big fan of planning and thu ... Read on »
What a Year it was ! Cheers to the New Year! by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Happy New Year Ya’ll! I cannot believe 2011 has come and gone and that we are starting a brand new year. 2011 was by far the most eventful year of my life, and I can’t ... Read on »
Christmas Catch Up by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Good evening from Bayou Country ya’ll. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Chris and I made it safely to Louisiana last night after a whirlwind Alabama Christm ... Read on »
Triple Thursday by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Hey ya’ll! Can you believe it’s Christmas in 3 short days? Santa has finally come to our house and our tree no longer looks present-less. Presents and more presents. ... Read on »
5 Reasons to start your resolutions NOW by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Happy Monday ya’ll! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Chris and I had a great weekend which including Christmas shopping, furniture buying for our living room, ... Read on »
Marathon Hangover with a little Lagniappe. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Marathoning is sort of like a very long night out. You start off aggressively dancing around to the beat of fast-paced songs chatting up the people on the dance floor. The ... Read on »
Race Recap – Rocket City Marathon (a shiny new PR) by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I had lots of thoughts going through my head in the days leading up to the marathon – I thought about how I could have trained better, how I was going to go out with an ag ... Read on »
Running Bargain: 26.2 miles for $20 by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Who doesn’t love a great bargain? Watch one episode of Extreme Couponing and you’ll be jonesin’ for the next big steal. On 11.11.11, the Rock n’ Roll group had a speci ... Read on »
T Minus 4 Days. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running In four days, I’ll be toeing the start line of my third marathon. Although running was not a part of my upbringing, I am going to be relying on tried and true lessons ... Read on »
Final Training Run – Emphasis on F by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Happy Sunday ya’ll! Today, I ran my final training run for the Rocketcity Marathon which is coming up this Saturday in good ole’ Huntsville, AL. As stated b ... Read on »
The 12 Best Stocking Stuffers for Runners by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Greetings from sunny Orlando! I’ve been here this week for work. I heard reports of snow flurries from my husband this past weekend, so I was not too upset to be in the su ... Read on »
Recipe: running fuel on the cheap. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Runners opinions are across the board when it comes to how to fuel on long runs, races, etc. However, you will find a large majority who eat a pretty standard pre-long run ... Read on »
How to lace up your shoes – 10 Tips for New Runners. by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running I’ve spent the last few days enjoying my first Thanksgiving with Chris’ family. We had a wonderful time, and I feel very blessed to have married into loving and welcoming ... Read on »
But Paw Paw, all you got is little pieces… by Tess W. Posted in: Blog Posts in Running Those are the famous lines I said when I was about 3 to my Paw Paw Bernard. The story goes that I was sitting on his lap one afternoon and he said, “Tessie, you are go ... Read on »