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Weekend: Greek Fest 5K, Art Party, TT and More!

Our weekend was jam-packed but in a good way.


I spent Friday evening at the studio. I taught at 4:20 and then stayed after to take a class that our summer teacher trainees were teaching so that I could give them feedback. Tanner and I brought home takeout from Namastay Kitchen after class. I had our Buddha Bowl which is my new favorite. It has a brown rice quinoa mix with shredded carrots, cabbage and cucumbers with a ginger dressing. You can add your choice of protein (tofu, salmon or chicken). SO GOOD!


Zoey helped me prep for the 5K I was running the next morning. I got all of my gear together and my playlist ready.


I got up at 6:15 a.m. on Saturday to get ready for the race. I drank coffee and coconut water and took a hot shower to warm up my body. I decided not to eat before the race since it was at 7:30 a.m. and I knew it would be very hot and humid. I also just wasn’t hungry.


I arrived at the race right before the start. I got a quick warm-up run in and then lined up.

It was an intense 3.1 miles. I wish I could say that I felt great for the Greek Fest 5K but it was kind of terrible in the way that most 5Ks are. I was pushing for a new PR but fell 12 seconds short of getting it. I was fairly certain for the entire last mile that I might throw up at any moment but I pushed through. The course was relatively flat, which was awesome, but it was 92% humidity…which was far from awesome. I felt like I was running in a swimming pool! And I looked like I had jumped in a pool at the end of the race.

I ended up finishing in 22:06 which made me the 19th female of 640 and 2nd in my age group so I’ll take it. You always play that game in your head of “could I have given it more?” but then I find grace with myself that I did the best that I could.


I was happy to meet up with fellow ambassador Aaron Hewitt after the race. He’s a PA at OrthoCarolina who specializes in sports medicine.


And I also grabbed a shot with some of the ambassador ladies (and check out that dude in the background giving the camera a “hey girl” kind of look).


The only thing I wanted after the race was something cold so I swung by Luna’s Living Kitchen on my way to the farmers market for a (very expensive) smoothie. I got the Charlie Brown with banana, berries, peanut butter, peanuts and apple juice. I subbed coconut milk for the apple juice and added spinach and it was $10.50. As I swiped my card I remembered why I make most of my smoothies and juices at home.


I did a big farmers market trip that included eggs, a whole chicken, ground beef, heirloom arugula, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, red cabbage, okra, Chinese long beans, beets, blackberries, apples, peaches, mushrooms, shishito peppers, tomatoes and a few other things.

I missed teaching my Saturday morning hot class because we had to attend a funeral. One of our students lost his brother unexpectedly and although we didn’t know the brother, the student and his wife are special to us so it was important for us to support him in his loss. I made the salad above for lunch when I arrived home.


I was supposed to spend Saturday afternoon doing laundry and cleaning the house but I got distracted by my craving for a cupcake from Sunflour and my BFF Dorie texting me, “Let’s go get a mani/pedi…we can leave right now!”


We met back up at the studio a couple of hours later for our Summer Art Soiree. One of our teachers owns an art gallery and has partnered with us to feature the work of some of her artists in the studio and to host a yearly art show.


The work this year was especially amazing because it was from artists who are closely connected to Y2 and whose art goes hand in hand with what we teach through yoga.We featured photography from Scott Gardner and his “Finding Silence” project along with paintings from Laura McCarthy who works with tar and oil. You can read more about the artists here.


It was a heart-warming evening of art and connection.


I grabbed Tanner around 9:30 p.m. and said, “I need a burger.” We hopped in the car and headed to Block & Grinder for a late dinner. I had the lamb burger with feta and curry aioli with sauteed mixed mushrooms. Tanner had the wild game burger (which was kangaroo in this day!) with fries. We shared everything. And it was everything. I haven’t craved a burger so badly in a long time and B&G hit the spot!


We slept in on Sunday and then I enjoyed a green smoothie and coffee in my PJs while blogging.


I met Tanner, Johnna and the TTs at Namastay Kitchen at noon for an end of training brunch. I helped Tanner out with this stack of pancakes (topped with chocolate whipped cream!).


For my brunch I ordered sweet potato hash with eggs and avocado. Turkey bacon on the side.


The rest of the afternoon included teacher training closing activities and teaching class. It was a nice Sunday.


And our weekend wrapped up at home with the girls. We cooked dinner and watched Parenthood with the help of Sullie reminding us it was time to chill and relax. 🙂

Tell me about your weekend? Busy or chill? 

Did you eat Sunday brunch? 

Did anyone else race? 

{ 10 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Hillary August 29, 2016, 11:20 am

    You look too cute in that black + white dress!!

  • 2
    Courtney F August 29, 2016, 12:00 pm

    While we live in Columbia, we drive up and stay over in Charlotte a lot! I truly appreciate all of the restaurants you show on the blog, it’s how we found a lot of awesome food :o) Thanks for highlighting B&G in this post, we love farm to table places. His bday and my bday are coming up and one will be celebrated there for sure!! Please keep the recos coming!!

  • 3
    Julie Running in a Skirt August 29, 2016, 1:11 pm

    What a busy weekend! Congrats on that 5K time, even though it wasn’t a PR… it would be hard to hit that in the heat!
    I got one of those smoothies the last time I was in town and Wow it was expensive!

  • 4
    Kristina Benson August 29, 2016, 3:57 pm

    Hi Jen! I love your blog so much. Your approach to life and healthy living is just so refreshing! I was SO EXCITED to read about the art soiree! I wish I was closer to Charlotte as that is something I would have loved to have been a part of. I turn my art into leggings and my artwork is often inspired by philosophical quotes from some of my favourite thought leaders like Rumi and Buddha. I would love to send you a pair of leggings to try out! I am from British Columbia, Canada and my leggings are 100% made in Canada – even the fabric is milled here!! Check out my website: http://www.kristinabensonart.com and if you are interested I would love to hear from you.


  • 5
    Alicia August 29, 2016, 6:13 pm

    Hi! I didn’t race but I ran a long 7 mile run with my friends. Your food always looks so good! What do you usually eat before an early morning 5k race? I am always looking for new ideas!

  • 6
    Nathlaie August 29, 2016, 9:15 pm

    I agree, it was a tough run!! I finished a minute behind you, you did great!!
    Check out my review of the race on my blog: http://www.nathletix.net.

  • 7
    Mattie | Comfy Confident August 29, 2016, 10:11 pm

    I am also so shocked by the price of smoothies. Juices I can understand a little bit more because it takes so much produce to make a juice. Regardless, $10.50 for a smoothie is crazy! You earned it though. It’s always nice to have a treat.

  • 8
    JennyV August 30, 2016, 11:42 pm

    That was a jam packed weekend!

    Well done on the 5k – humidity is an element that is tough to mix into a race. It sounds like you controlled the controllables and that’s all you can do!

    While you didn’t know your students brother, being present to honor their family means so much. With the passing of my grandma this past April I found myself in tears (of gratitude and love) for those who simply showed up to the visitation, funeral or both. Knowing their care for me and my sadness provided me great comfort.

    No racing and no brunching for me — but a great farmers market trip, dinner at my husband’s favorite restaurant, Moscow mules with friends, and family pictures kept us busy!

  • 9
    Giana September 2, 2016, 7:47 am

    Jen! OMG, that dress is gorgeous!! Would you mind sharing where it is from please?! I’m a polka dot lover 🙂
    Thank you!

    • 10
      Jen DeCurtins September 12, 2016, 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s 3 years old so I don’t think that it’s available any longer but it’s this brand: http://www.dolcevita.com/.

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