Yesterday morning, I did my best to get out the door at an early hour for my first long run of marathon training (woohoo!!). I covered 10 miles in 1:48 with an average of 10:49 per mile. It's certainly not one of my more impressive paces (not that I would consider any of my paces impressive!!) but I'm going to go with the "I was still recovering" excuse.
My goal really was to put the miles under my feet and not worry about pace. I think distance is going to be the priority now, not speed. As much of a relief that is to me, I foresee quickly becoming bored with my runs if I don't put some kind of speedwork in the schedule.
And plus, I've got to keep some speedwork under my belt so I can grab that sub 2 hour half after I finish Savannah! ;)
After David got off work, we headed into downtown Charlotte (referred to as "Uptown" actually) for the Queen City's annual Taste of Charlotte festival. The city closes the main street through
In order to purchase said plates, you pay in special coins. Groupon just happened to have a deal earlier in the week- 7 coins for $5! (as opposed to 7 for $10)
When we arrived, it was breezy and cool and smelled like rain. Sure enough, shortly after we arrived the heavens opened up and we got soaked. But still had fun!
In between the downpours, we hopped from tent to tent, trying lots of tastey food. David mostly hit up the barbeque stands, while I hit up the "ethnic" food tents.
First up was the Woodlands Indian Cuisine where I sampled Salmosa Chaat. It was like a cold, nacho-style dish with a spicy cilantro sauce. It was very flavorful, but a little spicy for my sensitive palate.
I then traveled to Mai Thai and tried some veggie pad thai and fried tofu. This dish didn't really cut it for me. I'm so picky, I know! I think the tofu, at some point in its life, might have tasted pretty good. But it was a little cold and chewy. The pad thai? Well, it doesn't hold a candle to our favorite sushi restaurant in Huntersville- Coral Sushi. Sorry, Mai Thai!
To wrap things up, I went to RiRa The Irish Pub where I sampled some fish and chips. It tasted pretty dang good as they were fresh from the cooker. Unfornately, the grease kind of upset my stomach since I don't eat too much fried food. Totally worth it though ;)
By the time we left, the sun had come back out again and things were drying up. Too bad we spent all our coins and couldn't try any of the local wine!
Having heard so much about the local art district, NoDa (short for North Davidson, the road that runs through it), we decided to finally go visit it. Two years in Charlotte and I had never been to NoDa!
My impression? Meh. Maybe we didn't see an accurate representation of the area, but it looked a little worn down and ... well, dumpy to me.
In order to continue the local food theme of the evening, we visited Tasty Yo, a locally owned froyo shop. Behold: blueberry acai froyo with coconut, granola, chocolate chips and yes... peanut butter syrup! Yuuuum!
My New Rules of Lifting for Women came in today, so I've got some reading to do tonight! And after yesterday's eating festival, I could use some good gym work ;)
What are you up to this weekend?