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Weekend: Double Race Long Run + Good Food + Friends

Hello. How was your weekend? How’s the week starting off for you guys? I was up around 6:30 a.m. to enjoy a quiet start to the day with some coffee and catch up before teaching yoga at 8:15. I was thrilled to walk into a buzzing classroom with over 50 yogis this morning. Everyone seemed to be in such a good mood and the energy was infectious. I think we all got our Monday started on the right note!

Before I take off on a new week, let’s recap the weekend. It was a really good one full of good food, friends and an awesome race/long run.

End of Summer Bash at City Lights

Jen DeCurtins

On Friday evening we ventured out to City Lights for an End of Summer Bash hosted by Diet Coke.

Diet Coke in Charlotte

While I don’t drink much Diet Coke these days (once in a blue moon and usually at the beach), I did appreciate the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful rooftop sunset while catching up with some old friends and meeting some new.

City Lights Charlotte

It was our first time at City Lights and it offers an incredible view of the Charlotte skyline.

Namastay Kitchen Turkey Burger

I was home and on the couch with this burger to the face by 9 p.m. I had a race/long run planned for the next day so I wanted to get a good dinner and and get to bed early. We picked up dinner from Namastay Kitchen. I had our new turkey burger which features pecan wood bacon, caramelized onions, grain mustard remoulade and arugula. It was ah-mazing.

Hit the Brixx Race/Long Run

Greenapple Sports & Wellness

I was up super early on Saturday for the Hit the Brixx 10K and 5K. I was running both races as an ambassador for the Charlotte Marathon. I was excited for the opportunity to make a race my long run. I made sure to arrive to the race early so that I’d have time for packet pick up and KT taping. I stopped by the Greenapple Sports & Wellness tent before the race to get my left calf/achilles taped up and ohmygosh…I can’t even tell you how much it helped. I literally felt like someone was holding my calf and giving it support throughout the race.

My left calf/achilles has a tendency to get sore when running long ever since I got achilles tendonitis on the left when training for my first marathon back in 2009. This is why I usually train in compression sleeves but I think KT tape will be my new go-to.

Charlotte Marathon Ambassador

I lined up for the 10K around 7:40 and we took off at 7:45. My plan going into the races was to take the pace slow and treat it like a long run. I was shooting for somewhere between 9 and 9:30 miles but it was one of those really good running days so I just went with it. I was surprised to look down at my watch and see that I was running an 8:15 pace that felt pretty effortless…and I ended up sustaining it for the whole 10K. Here are my splits.

Mile 1: 8:18
Mile 2: 8:21
Mile 3: 8:15
Mile 4: 8:08
Mile 5: 8:01
Mile 6: 8:24

Hit the Brixx 10K

I crossed the finish line with a smile and feeling really good. Finish time for the 10K was 52:03.


I had about 16 minutes between races so I had a cup of Gatorade, a banana and a water and ran to the bathroom before it was time to line up for the 5K race.

Hit the Brixx 5K

Race #2 felt great as well and 3.1 miles flew by. I finished the 5K in 25:49.

Mile 7: 8:14
Mile 8: 8:17
Mile 9: 8:07
Last .49: 7:54

My mileage total for the two races was 9.5 miles, a little over…per usual for races. It was an awesome morning of racing and I can’t wait for the three remaining races on my fall race calendar!

I hurried off to the farmers market after the race before I had to be at the studio to teach at 11:15.

Saturday Afternoon


I made us big salads when we got home from the studio and then we got to work cleaning the house.

Funfetti Cupcake

We had a very important 2 year old birthday to attend later that afternoon. Funfetti cupcake = YES!

2 year old birthday

The birthday girl was too cute (and working on three different flavored cupcakes all at the same time). I loved making this “Then & Now” to send her mama when last year’s birthday picture popped up in my TimeHop this morning.


After the party, Tanner took Zoey on a run and I took Sullie on a joyride to get coffee.

Dinner at Namastay Kitchen

Namastay Kitchen Salmon

We went to dinner at Namastay Kitchen because we just hired a new chef and he’s done a major overhaul of our menu. One of the things he added was a few dinner items available after 5. I tried the BBQ rubbed salmon with brown rice and quinoa, goat cheese and tomato coulis. I asked for our new crispy brussels sprouts with apple cider gastrique on the side. It was DELICIOUS!

Namastay Kitchen Cast Iron Beef Tenderloin

Tanner had the Cast Iron Beef Tenderloin with blistered tomato and cauliflower gratin, mushroom veloute and crispy kale.

Sunday Stuff


I was up at 8 a.m. on Sunday but grabbed my laptop and climbed back into bed and worked until 10:30 a.m. before getting up and making brunch. I kept it simple with fruit, sourdough toast, scrambled eggs and bacon.

Glass of Champagne

I took a yoga class, taught a yoga class and then showered and headed over to our friend Lina’s house for dinner and a toast. They are moving to Brussels, Belgium for an incredible job opportunity. I am so happy for them but so sad that she’s leaving!


Her son loves the yoga mat so there was a lot of yoga silliness along with our conversation.


I can’t believe how fast my friend’s babies are growing up. This little man is also just turned two.

Baked Chicken

Dinner was so good. We had baked chicken in a lemon/white wine sauce with veggies, salad and rice.


We ended the night playing the most entertaining game, Bean-Boozled by JellyBelly. The jelly beans all look the same but you might be getting Tutti Frutti or Stinky Socks, Coconut or Rotten Egg, Chocolate Pudding or Canned Dog Food, etc. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in a long time. Highly recommend picking it up for your next get together.

I hope you all have the best week! Remember, you choose your attitude every day when your feet hit the floor and you can dread what’s in front of you or embrace it and make the best of it. <3

Tell me about your weekend! Did you go out to dinner? Did you get together with friends? Did you race? 

Favorite party game? 

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  • JennyV September 19, 2016, 1:57 pm

    My weekend revolved around physical activity and dogs! My husband was out of town for work and instead of making grand plans I did what I felt like – which included lots of workouts (lifting, running, yoga) and walking my dogs! The weather was perfect 🙂 I did dos something productive by the end of the weekend – cleaning out the garage!

    • Jen DeCurtins September 20, 2016, 8:06 pm

      girl, you know physical activity and dogs are two of my favorite things. i’m impressed by your garage clean out. we have a storage unit that we’ve seriously been procrastinating on.

  • Danielle September 19, 2016, 1:59 pm

    All the toppings on that burger sound amazing! It’s a lot of fun to turn a race into your long run, so many distractions along the way.

    I love playing the game Taboo at parties!

    • Jen DeCurtins September 20, 2016, 8:05 pm

      yes, i think part of why i could keep my pace up was everything happening around me and having the energy from the other runners!

  • Kate September 19, 2016, 2:13 pm

    What a lovely thought to end your post on. I’m in the UK so a few hours ahead and haven’t had the best Monday. I will put this behind me, change my attitude and make the best for the rest of the week. Let’s embrace life!

    • Jen DeCurtins September 20, 2016, 8:05 pm

      thank you kate and i sincerely hope your week has turned around. xx

  • Meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) September 19, 2016, 3:31 pm

    kt tape is the best! I was always fascinated by how it immediately made things feel better when I would need it.

    • Jen DeCurtins September 20, 2016, 8:04 pm

      i know, it’s seriously magical. who would think that tape could do that!

  • Nicole W September 20, 2016, 8:00 am

    Awesome weekend and food!! I am wearing compression socks now to help with my Achilles pain- would you recommend using the tape while running along with the compression socks??

    • Jen DeCurtins September 20, 2016, 8:04 pm

      I have never tried both at the same time so I don’t have personal experience to share but the internet says yes! 🙂

  • Lisa September 20, 2016, 2:43 pm

    Great job on the races! I would love to be a race Ambassador just for that tank top. Very nice looking shirt!!
    I had to giggle about the Bean Boozled. My kids got a pack and we all “sampled” them along with Grandma & Grandpa. Pretty hilarious watching everyone’s reactions. Who knew they could make candy so darn disgusting tasting!?

    • Jen DeCurtins September 20, 2016, 8:03 pm

      Thank you so much!

      I bet kids + grandparents was priceless with Bean-Boozled! And yes, how they make those things taste so bad is something I don’t think I want to know!

  • Nathaly September 20, 2016, 3:57 pm

    I think I want to try every single plate I saw on this post lol. I spent the weekend with my family, eating Venezuelan food on Saturday and then Pasta a la Carbonara on Sunday.

    • Jen DeCurtins September 20, 2016, 8:02 pm

      Venezuelan food sounds amazing! What types of things did you have?

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