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Weekend: Baking, Long Run, Movies & More + Weekly Workouts

I went into this weekend with no plans other than teaching my normal Saturday and Sunday yoga classes and a long run with a friend. I was totally okay with that since I’ve been out so much lately but then I ended up having fun plans come together at the last minute on both Friday and Saturday night. Since this is the summer of yes…without a second thought I said, “I’m in.”


I found myself done with work at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night. I typically train a client or do the Friday 5:30 p.m. CrossFit class with my coach until 6:30 but my client cancelled. I didn’t think “Death By Squat Cleans” was really the smartest workout for me the day before a long run so I headed home where I decided to open a beer and relax and unwind by baking Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars.


While the bars were baking I took Sullie for a walk and chatted with my grandmother. A friend texted and invited me to dinner and a movie.


We saw the movie Calvary at a local independent movie theater. It was a dark (very dark) comedy about a priest who is threatened to be killed during confessional by a man who was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest and wants vindication by killing a “good” priest. The movie is formatted to show the next seven days and introduces you to a variety of characters and your left wondering who made the threat. I thought the cinematography was beautiful and Brendan Gleeson’s acting flawless. It was heavy though.


I was up bright and early on Saturday morning to teach doubles at Om Yoga. My message to my classes this weekend was about creating space. Clearing out space in your heart, your home, etc. to make room for growth and new, brighter, better things. We talked about how this space is sometimes really uncomfortable to sit in and it’s our nature to want to make things comfortable but finding peace in it will result in transformation. They practiced sitting in uncomfortable spaces on their mats with long holds in poses like standing splits, goddess, plank and hindi squat and I finished each class with a five minute hold in frog. For more on frog pose, its benefits and a video tutorial, check out this post.


I made a quick stop by the farmers market after classes where I picked up fresh flowers for the house ($10 for this arrangement!), tomatoes, baby bok choy, eggplant, cucumbers, chicken breast and more.


And then it was time to lace up my running shoes and meet my running partner for a long run. So I’ve been tip toeing my way back into running over the last five months or so and on Saturday I ran my longest and best run to date…9.25 miles at a 9:00 pace!!! Due to my teaching schedule, we couldn’t run until early afternoon. I was super worried about the distance and the heat and was unsure of how the run would go. It was around 83 degrees for our run with 65% humidity. I wore my hydration belt for the first time in years and sipped water slowly throughout the run. I am happy to report that my legs felt 100% amazing, the pace was conversational and easy the whole time and I never once felt like I needed to stop or wished it was over. YAY! And my post-run recovery was painless and my legs feel great today!


I ended up meeting some girlfriends out at Vivace for dinner. We sat outside and had an awesome view of the Charlotte skyline. It was a beautiful evening. We all started with this spinach salad that featured baby spinach, escarole, fired gnocchi, shaved parmesan, fennel and a truffle vinaigrette. I think this might be one of the best salads I have ever had! I had risotto for my entree.


I don’t ever want summer to end. I love evenings spent dining outside.


My evening ended with a late night stop at Menchie’s for some frozen yogurt. It was necessary after the long run! 🙂

And a quick look at last week’s workouts…


3 mile treadmill sprint/hill intervals


CrossFit + Yoga at the Ritz

CrossFit WOD was this 21-15-9 workout from the Games. It took me right at 10 minutes. Everything was super easy except for the freaking snatches. I have not been working that movement enough lately.


6 mile run


CrossFit WOD + Strength

I did this crazy WOD that was a 12 minute AMRAP of handstand walks and burpees. I got 11 rounds done and my shoulder were so sore the next day! I do handstands all the time but the walks really challenged me!

And then a strength circuit of barbell front and back squats, weighted sit ups, bicep curls and bent over rows.


Hot yoga


9 mile run



And that’s all I have for you for now!

What was the best thing you ate this weekend? I can’t decide if it was those chocolate chip toffee bars, the spinach salad or the froyo! 😉

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  • She Rocks Fitness August 17, 2014, 6:06 pm

    A homemade meal that my friend’s Mom made for us upon our arrival in Baton Rouge…Homemade potato salad, Italian bread, and a delicious souther shrimp recipe. The shrimp recipe was lots of fresh herbs and butter of course…perfect for dipping! 😉

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:43 am

      that sounds amazing…and your trip looked like so much fun. let me say that cajun shrimp + butter + bread is heaven on earth!

  • Kiki August 17, 2014, 6:43 pm

    A date night with my husband on Saturday and I had pan seared scallops over English pea and asparagus risotto! Sooooo good and it was a beautiful night up here in cape cod as well. Going to make those toffee/ chocolate chip squares soon if I can get myself off the ice cream train!!

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:43 am

      that sounds INCREDIBLE! scallops + risotto is one of my favorite dinner combinations ever!

      • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:43 am

        oh and you should make the bars and top them with ice cream! swoon!

  • Linda August 17, 2014, 6:47 pm

    On the South Shore of Boston and grilled some incredible local swordfish marinated in EVOO, lemon, dill, salt & pepper. Served with local greens, sweet wild tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers & sweet onion tossed in lemon juice, white balsamic, basil, salt & pepper.

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:44 am

      that sound like the perfect summer meal. YUM!

  • Linda August 17, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Also had some amazing food in Boston, along with some Max Brenner chocolate! Milk chocolate with peanut butter……oh my!!

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:45 am

      i have never visited boston or tried that chocolate. i’m missing out!

  • Sarah August 17, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Chicken enchiladas – made your recipe!

  • Brooke@SWEETNSWEATY August 17, 2014, 8:54 pm

    The best thing I ate all weekend was fajitas at my favorite restaurant Table Mesa after a 12 mile run Saturday morning! Those toffee bars look so good!!!

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:45 am

      i love fajitas. it’s been way too long since i’ve had them. i need to get on that!

  • Halle August 17, 2014, 9:02 pm

    The best thing I ate this weekend was cannoli from Mike’s Pastry in Boston – a MUST if you ever visit!

    • erin August 18, 2014, 8:38 am

      Jealous! I grew up outside Boston and love that place! Haven’t been in years.

      • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:46 am

        i have never visited boston but y’all are making me want to change that with all this delicious boston food talk!

  • Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire August 17, 2014, 9:35 pm

    What a fun weekend! Double YAY for your run – that’s amazing! I’m so glad you’re able to enjoy running pain free!

    The best thing I ate this weekend was crab cakes! It’s so good to be back in Maryland and have real, legit crab cakes that aren’t full of filler and weird fake crab. 🙂

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:46 am

      thanks claire!

      i can’t even imagine how amazing maryland crab cakes must taste. sounds great!

  • Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves August 17, 2014, 10:48 pm

    Sounds like a really fantastic weekend! So awesome to hear that the long run went so well. You’re rockin’ the handstand walks too!
    The best thing I ate this weekend was probably apple pie a la mode. Best dessert.

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:46 am

      thanks alison!

      you can NEVER go wrong with apple pie + ice cream!

  • kristin @ W [H] A T C H August 17, 2014, 11:02 pm

    i think i could really benefit from frog pose right now.

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:47 am

      it’s a hurts so good kind of pose!

  • Tara | Treble in the Kitchen August 18, 2014, 8:18 am

    Looks like an amazing weekend! 🙂

  • Parita @ myinnershakti August 18, 2014, 9:17 am

    My parents are visiting this week, so the best thing I ate this weekend was actually a really simple lunch made by my mom. It was actually very similar to the meals we ate growing up, but during that time, we didn’t appreciate her delicious food as much (so dumb!). Now I’ll take whatever I can get!

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:47 am

      food always tastes better when your parents make it!

  • Amy August 18, 2014, 9:23 am

    Those handstand walks are crazy! Can most people do that? I can’t even imagine doing that.

    • Jen August 18, 2014, 11:48 am

      a very small percentage of athletes at our gym do them. we probably had less than 10 do them in the WOD last week. we offer modifications for handstand walks including wall walks and push press so there is something for everyone!

  • Christianna August 18, 2014, 11:21 pm

    Care to share your 3 mile treadmill sprint/hill interval break down? I am training for a Ragnar trail race, and have been looking for something along these lines. Also, you always have such cute running get-up! Any favorite hats/visors you would recommend? Thanks for sharing such a positive and inspirational blog 🙂

  • erin August 19, 2014, 7:16 am

    Congrats on your run!! do you have any goals to train for another marathon or half?
    I agree, nothing beats a summer evening outside – all your worries just seem to drop away when you’re in great conversation outside on a patio drinking a glass of wine.

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