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Petpalooza 5K

I hope everyone is having a fun Cinco De Mayo/Derby Day. How awesome that they both fell on the same Saturday! I would love to attend the Kentucky Derby one year and rock a gigantic hat and cute dress! πŸ™‚

My Saturday has been great although not very festive. I’m currently sitting on the couch debating options for Cinco de Mayo but there’s a good chance I’ll stay on the couch. I’ve been in recovery mode this evening from an active morning and afternoon. I took and nap and then went on a long walk with Sullie.

Before I get into today I want to share last night’s dinner. I met Katie and Brittney for dinner at Zeitouni Grill for some delicious Mediterranean food.

Katie suggested Zeitouni, singing praises about their falafel. It was a new restaurant to me because it’s located in Ballantyne and I never make it out there. It was worth the drive though. I opted to forgo falafel in favor of the grilled chicken kabobs. The platter came with baba ganoush, pita, greek salad and rice.

The food was really good. My chicken was grilled and seasoned perfectly. Even better than the food was the conversation. Topics covered everything from 30 being the new 20 to babies to blogs and much more.

I made it an early night because I made a last-minute decision to run a 5K this morning!

I got up early and headed over to Independence Park to run in the Petpalooza 5K. I’ve had the race bug all week and Petpalooza was a great choice because it supports the Humane Society of Charlotte.

I haven’t had a chip on my shoe since the Rocktoberfest 5K back in October!

It felt so good to pin on a bib and line up at the start. 5Ks are tough for me because I like to go all out but I just crank up a motivating playlist and tell myself that it will be over soon. It always feels awesome to sprint your heart out and cross the finish.

The pups weren’t allowed to run in the 5K because there were issues with heat exhaustion last year but there was a walk for them and they were out in full force. I loved seeing all the dogs!

I finished in 23:30, not a PR but I’m still proud of my effort. I was able to maintain an average of 7:15 miles and given how little I’ve been running, I think that’s pretty good. Β There were a LOT of steady inclines in the middle of the race. Luckily, the finish was a nice downhill.

I dug into the bagels and bananas after the race and wandered around the festival for a little while before heading out to catch a yoga class. I enjoy running 5Ks and then practicing yoga. It feels so good. Due to the humidity, yoga was insanely hot this morning. I was totally dripping with sweat at the end but had a solid practice.

After a shower and a farmers market run it was time for brunch at Toast.

We started with bloody marys. I thought that I deserved one after my active morning.

Our server brought over a basket of cornbread while we looked over the menu. The cornbread was just okay. It was cold and a little dry but nothing some butter and apple chutney couldn’t fix.

For my entree I chose a scramble with egg whites, spinach, roasted turkey and gruyere. It was extra cheesy. I had fruit and whole wheat toast on the side. This was a great recovery meal.

Off to decide what I’m going to do with my night!

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  • 1
    Alice May 5, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Saw you out there this morning, but you had gone by me by the time I realized it was you! You were looking strong heading into that last incline up Greenway! My family / friends all looked at me like I was nuts when I said “Hey! That’s Peanut Butter Runner… I mean Jen!” Too funny. Once I explained that you teach at Y2 and that I follow your blog, they sort of got it. Sometimes (most of the time) I think they just humor me.

    Nice work getting out there! I opted to stay in bed and roll out to cheer… and regretted it later, when I finally got around to running. Some day I will learn that I never regret getting up early to run, but often regret NOT getting up to run!

    • 2
      Jen May 6, 2012, 8:18 am

      alice – so fun that you saw me out there. i was probably dying on that last incline. those hills in the middle of the course were killer. i kept wanting to stop but just continued to push through.

      i had a moment where i thought that i might not get up and do the race but i’m so glad i did. you’re right about not regretting to get up early to run! plus, it got so hot yesterday!

  • 3
    Sana May 5, 2012, 10:15 pm

    I <3 kabobs. In fact I have a blog shirt with that saying on it! hehehe!

    • 4
      Jen May 6, 2012, 8:08 am

      love it! you crack me up! πŸ˜€

  • 5
    Carrie May 6, 2012, 12:39 am

    22:30 sounds like a great time to me! Congrats!

    • 6
      Jen May 6, 2012, 8:08 am

      i typed wrong. it was 23:30. i would have been extra speedy with the other time! πŸ™‚

  • 7
    madison @ toldinvain May 6, 2012, 2:26 am

    Talk about a great morning! I am super jealous to say the least. Can I ask a silly question? Do you always order egg whites or roll with the yolk sometime?

    • 8
      Jen May 6, 2012, 8:06 am

      hey madision – i love the whole egg and always use the yolk when i’m cooking them at home. this is how the restaurant served the dish (whites only) and honestly in restaurants i usually go with one egg and two whites because they cook with so much butter/cheese v. what i use at home. hope that makes sense!

  • 9
    Erin May 6, 2012, 7:32 am

    Nice time! I ran in a 5K yesterday and won my age group with a time of 23:08… so 22:30 doesn’t sound bad to me at all πŸ˜‰

    • 10
      Jen May 6, 2012, 8:03 am

      oops! i typed it wrong. should have been 23:30!

      congrats on winning your age group yesterday. that is awesome! have a great sunday.

  • 11
    Clara May 6, 2012, 11:38 am

    Oh my god, 30 IS the new 20! Love that!

  • 12
    Angie (Simply Yogini) May 6, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Awesome job! Love those Asics – what style are they? Love your blog by the way!

    • 13
      Jen May 7, 2012, 8:54 am

      thanks angie! they’re the asics 2170. love them!

  • 14
    Liaa May 6, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Great time at the race. Those kebabs look delicious. I love them so much during the summer.

  • 15
    Henry May 6, 2012, 8:12 pm

    Wow. 715/mile, pretty awesome. May I ask what brand shoes you used for running?
    Thank u for sharing ally this. Henry

    • 16
      Jen May 7, 2012, 8:53 am

      thanks henry! i recently switched to the asics 2170 after many many years in brooks adrenalines.

  • 17
    Miriam@Bellaspire May 6, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Go girl!! I’m running a 5K next weekend and haven’t raced in a while either!! Can’t wait and will use your time as extra motivation πŸ™‚

  • 18
    Amanda @flecksofgreen May 6, 2012, 10:19 pm

    LOVE the sneaks! I love anything that involves getting our pets healthy. I know my pups could use a little more exercise and a little less table scraps!

  • Great job! I need to start signing up for some races!
    Love the signature purple/fuchsia on you!

  • 20
    Amanda May 7, 2012, 3:21 am

    I have been in North Carolina since Thursday visiting and my best friend and I definitely went to Toast for brunch this morning solely because I checked your blog this morning! It was amazing!! So glad I read before we headed out.

    • 21
      Jen May 7, 2012, 8:52 am

      amanda – that’s awesome! so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. great brunch spot! πŸ™‚

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