Back in the Old North State
Rewinding back to this morning….
I met Crystal and Cara at 9:30 for a little yoga action. My first time trying Bikram and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it would be hot. I knew there were 26 poses that took 90 minutes to complete. And I had checked them out this morning so I knew what they would be like. But I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not.
90 minutes later….yeah…Bikram and I are not really made to be best friends. I didn’t dislike the class, but I felt like it was missing so much of the parts of hot yoga that I love!! No chatarangas. No flow. None of that “be one with your body” love. No “I’m shaking so hard I don’t know if I can go on” challenge. I didn’t think it was that hard at all! I thought the poses were interrupted and didn’t flow very well, and while I know the series has more to do with digestion and health than fitness (or so my research led me to believe), I just didn’t feel like I got a good workout like I do when I leave Tanner‘s classes. And I missed the rock music of Y2Yoga a lot!
So the class was good, but not great. Think I’m going to keep looking for a studio. Sadly it doesn’t seem that there is a hot vinyasa studio in Cville! TOTAL sadness!
Crystal and Cara were super nice! Thanks for bringing me in ladies
While I was in yoga, Matt ran 5.26 miles around town. My blister doesn’t hurt anymore, but it’s not that close to being healed! Hoping I can find some good bandaids to help me run again (not sure moleskin will work exactly because I might rip it open or something!)
We raced back to the hotel to shower and pack up before leaving for the KERF brunch. I was quite shaky and starving when we arrived at 12:45 for lunch at BEER RUN.
Only in Charlottesville (or perhaps Asheville) would you find a beer store that also sells local and organic brunch food!
Being a group of 7, we had to wait around for our table for about 20 minutes. I hadn’t planned on partaking in the brews, but when I saw you could get a 10 oz pour and that the rest of the table was ordering one, I decided to join in and got this awesome malty English ale.
Perhaps not the best thing to have on an empty stomach after hot yoga, but it definitely helped tide my hunger!
Loved the reusable napkins!
The brunch menu was eggtastic but lacking in the greens department. But they had some really tasty combos (and used all local eggs and more of that famous Polyface chicken!). They had a sweet potato and peanut butter soup that I really wanted to try but they were ALL OUT! Bummer.
But the pesto grits with poached eggs and a lemon hollandaise did not disappoint! The eggs were SO GOOD and the hollandaise light and fresh and the pesto grits a winning combo. I ate about 75% of them and shared the rest plus most of my taters with Matt.
After much confusion, I also did get a side salad which I gobbled down happily.
And some mediocre bread that I had a bite of passed down to the husband
Matt shared some bites of his corned beef sandwich
We had really, really bad service (waited nearly an hour for our food!?) but really, really great company!!!
After lunch we promptly hit the road [Jack] for our 5 hour drive back to Charlotte.
3 hours in, we just happened to pull off the road in Greensboro and found ourselves at a brew pub for dinner.
Not a few minutes in who shows up but my parents! Totally not unplanned. (Catch that?)
They drove in from Hillsborough to meet us for dinner while we passed through
What I am to desserts, Matt is to beer. We can’t stand to try every flavor!
So we solved that problem with a huuuuuuge beer sampler to share at the table.
I had a sip of each kind. I have the same “gotta try everything” complex
For dinner Mom and I shared the hummus + pita platter. This hummus was great!! Very chickpea-y and not too oily. I think I had half the mountain!
My main course was a simple veggies salad with lots and lots of hummus on top. It was good, but not fabulous due to the lackluster lettuce. But I loved the crunchy almonds and the dressing was good!
We ended the weekend with a little Creme de Menthe cheesecake.
I had just one bite!
(Ok, ok, I had two of those!)
It was great to see my parents – thanks for dinner mom and dad!
I’m blogging on the car ride home. Matt isn’t too happy with me because he’s driven the whole way back and I’ve gotten out of time behind the wheel because “I have to blog.” Well here I am doing it!
The bad news is he was not paying attention and we missed I-85 and ended up in Winston-Salem, adding an extra who-knows-how-long to our trip. Probably 45 minutes to an hour. UGH.
Can’t believe I’m starting a new job in the morning. It’s late. Going to save my workout for the afternoon. Just came home to a house with no heat (it was on hold for the weekend) and ready to climb into bed.