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Yoga, The Cowfish and a Long Run

It’s Sunday evening but I’m not having the typical, “How can the weekend be over so soon?” feelings. I’m looking forward to the short work week and a four-day weekend including Thanksgiving! I hope that you all have Friday off of work too!

Lots of happenings since I posted yesterday. I spent Saturday afternoon at the yoga studio for my 8-week ashtanga challenge workshop. I love ashtanga more and more every time I practice it. I still promise an overview post on ashtanga soon – I just need to get some pictures and video first!

I arrived home from yoga around 5:30 and Brandon and I planned to run to the mall and try the new Mellow Mushroom for dinner (so happy we have one in Charlotte now!). At 6:30 I received an email from two PBR readers inviting us to dinner. They had reservations for a special dinner event for the soft opening of a new restaurant and their friends cancelled on them at the last minute.

Enter The Cowfish. It is part sushi bar part burgers and beer. I don’t make these things up. The soft opening special was two appetizers for the table, one entree per person and two desserts for the table for a flat fee of $10 per person. Pretty nice! We delved into the menu…

…which we immediately likened to the Cheesecake Factory. Waaay too much to choose from. This is not a good thing for me, I am an indecisive person. We made the selection easier by assigning each couple to choose and appetizer and narrowed our dinner selection down to sushi instead of burgers.

Our first appetizer was Caribbean Summer Rolls – boiled shrimp, lettuce, mint, mango, cucumber and chives wrapped with thin rice paper and served with spicy peanut sauce.

And our second appetizer was sesame crusted tuna served over seaweed salad. I loved that the appetizers were definitely portioned to share.

Brandon and I split all of this sushi for dinner.

Overall, we all really enjoyed the sushi at The Cowfish but my only complaint is that the rice did not hold together and made for some messy sushi eating!

One thing that we all loved was the presentation of the food.

After we stuffed ourselves with sushi, we couldn’t say no to the dessert. There were only two dessert options so we got one of each.

Apple pie wontons with caramel dipping sauce.

And Shock O’Chocolate. Very rich!

Thank you Win and Marian for inviting us to dinner!

I was up again at 7:30 this morning. I really think I have lost my ability to sleep in. After eating a breakfast of leftover steel cut oats, I basically spent the rest of my day sweating.

It all started with my first post-marathon long run! First 3.6 with the furry one.

And last 5.6 solo for a total of 9.2!

It wasn’t the best long run ever but it was not bad either. I just had to work a little harder than usual to maintain my normal pace.

I felt really good after my run and Brandon was gone for the afternoon at the Panthers game so I decided to go to a hot yoga class. I quickly showered and made a snack before heading to class.

Plain Greek yogurt with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, granola, diced apples and about a teaspoon of almond butter.

Class was packed and I pretty much sweated my life away on the mat. It was fabulous, as always. After yoga I picked up a G2 the size of my head (seriously, it’s 64 ounces) and got to hydrating. I figured that 9.2 miles + 90 minute hot class called for electrolyte replacement. Don’t worry, I’ve probably only had about 20 ounces of sports drink. I think I’ll save the rest for later. ;).

Off to the grocery. Brandon has requested taco night!

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  • 1
    Jen November 21, 2010, 6:58 pm

    I’m strugging to keep my old long run paces too 🙁 It’s so disheartening. I went to 90 minute hot yoga this morning, too. I guess I went a little earlier than you!

  • 2
    Becky November 21, 2010, 7:21 pm

    I’ve been slowly increasing my long runs again. I thought it would be so easy to pick up the long distances after the marathon, but every long run has been a little tougher than expected. This weekend – a full month after the race – I finally ran a really great 8 miles. I also returned to hot yoga, which I’ve been missing. Love the weekend workouts!

  • 3
    Matt November 21, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Great run! I just started reading your blog, so I missed your last marathon. Which one was it? NYC?

  • 5
    Jen November 22, 2010, 6:31 am

    Cowfish looks like fun! I’m not a sushi person, but i love the presentation on the plates!


  • 6
    Jackie (ananda prana) November 22, 2010, 9:46 am

    Glad I’m not the only person who gets overwhelmed by the menu at The Cheesecake Factory! Nice job on your run 🙂

  • 7
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 22, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Oh my goodness, that cake is HUGE! I’m impressed!
    Well done on the long run! 🙂

  • 8
    ashley November 22, 2010, 2:57 pm

    That sushi looks ahmazing – and so colorful! What a fun weekend!

  • 9
    Claudie November 22, 2010, 3:45 pm

    That’s one busy schedule you’ve got! 🙂 Glad to see you doing so great!

  • 10
    Michelle (The Runner's Plate) November 23, 2010, 12:25 am

    SO jealous you can still wear a tank top out running–pretty sure it was 10 degrees here last week on a couple of my runs!

    I hate making decisions in general because I’m indecisive as well. I also think I have lost my ability to sleep in! It’s sad.

    • 11
      Jen November 23, 2010, 9:23 am

      Michelle – I love the weather in the South. You never know if you might be wearing shorts on Thanksgiving or Christmas! 😉
      I can’t imagine running all winter in temperatures that cold. Luckily, we don’t have too much really cold weather. It comes in short snaps.

  • 12
    lindsay November 23, 2010, 1:11 pm

    oh I bet it feels good to be “back in the saddle” again (referring to your long run). 7 miles is too short but 13 too long for right now. 9 is a good number!!
    Cheers to no more sleeping in, haha!

  • 13
    Marian November 23, 2010, 2:27 pm

    Jen, I had so much fun with y’all at cowfish – hopefully we can get together for yoga after the holiday! have a good one!

  • 14
    Lindsay November 23, 2010, 9:18 pm

    We went to the Cowfish soft opening, too! Wasn’t it amazing? We pretty much loved it. 🙂


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