I think it’s time for another random life update from the weekend.
Sunday morning, I slept in a bit. You know you’re a runner when sleeping until 7:30 is to you what sleeping until noon is to your average non-runner friends. At 9, I met up with Virginia, Rocky, Rachael, Mikey, and Michael for an 8 mile run around downtown Charleston. We ran to the Battery where the cannons are, around South of Broad, and a lap around Hampton Park. Rocky and Virginia have a new organization, OnShore Racing, and today was the first group run.
Virginia is training for the Charleston Half Marathon and coming back from pregnancy and injury, so we’re starting slowly and increasing one mile each Sunday. Rachael is doing the Last Chance 50K ultra next weekend. Baby Stella joined us in the stroller and loved it; she slept most of the time and Virginia smoked the pace. Our mile splits were all under 10 minute miles except one, which isn’t bad considering the stop-and-go running of downtown Charleston.
After our run, we rocked our sweats for a brunch at Moe’s Crosstown Tavern. For 15 years, Moe’s Crosstown Tavern has had “a good time on the bad side of town”. It is located near Hampton Park and The Citadel (military college). Wagener Terrace is not really the bad side of town, but I guess it was a bit worse 15 years ago before the neighborhood was revitalized. Moe’s food is cheap and hearty, but it’s also delicious and unique; a breakfast sandwich on a donut is definitely a crazy twist.
I had the omelet, cheese grits, and biscuit (which I brought home and ate with some other leftovers for dinner). Rachael got an omelet too. I tasted Virginia’s pumpkin pancakes and the obviously spiked syrup; everything was pretty tasty.
If you’re in the Charleston area and haven’t tried Moe’s Crosstown, you are missing out- skip the tourist traps downtown and just go to Moe’s. Better yet, come run with us on a Sunday morning, and you’ll have good company at Moe’s!
Another fun thing I did this weekend was attend Christmas at Northwood, a variety show with Christmas music, songs, dancers and comedy. It’s held each year at Northwood Baptist Church, and performers audition and come from all over the Charleston area. Some of our friends, John and Elijah, were in the show as actors. John’s daughter, Chandler, worked backstage with costume/scene changes, and his wife kept the nursery- so their whole family was involved with the show.
Christmas at Northwood featured performers from dance schools and the arts middle school, along with church members and friends, and the performances were amazing. John said they rehearsed for four months for the show, and you could tell. The program listed the cast’s accolades, in which included multiple stage performances, and most of the high school students who performed are hoping to go to college for dance or singing (and should have no trouble doing that based on what I saw).
Virginia and I sat together and enjoyed the show, then had some refreshments and hung out with the Meadows’ for a bit. Christmas at Northwood is a great show; Sunday was the last performance, but they perform each year, and it’s worth seeing.
Besides brunch, running, and the Christmas show, I baked a ton of cookies to share with friends, worked on Christmas cards, and finally got our decorations up.
I feel accomplished, but it has been a busy weekend, and I hope everyone had some holiday fun. Speaking of holidays, my friend shared this awesome graphic on Facebook and I had to steal it from Reddit.
No matter what you celebrate or say, have a great week and holiday season!