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The Weekend Run + Refuel: South End 3 Miler & Luna's Living Kitchen

It's time for the Weekend Run + Refuel. Each week we provide you with a new local running route along with a suggestion on where to grab brunch or lunch after.

Today we're taking you to the historic South End neighborhood for a 3 mile run. South End was established in the 1850s and the neighborhood has experienced a rebirth in the last 10+ years with a boom in development, popularity and growth. The neighborhood now offers many dining options, fitness offerings, eclectic shopping, nightlife and urban living.

This three miler begins and ends at Atherton Mill where you can wrap up your run with a stroll through the Atherton Market and brunch at Luna's Living Kitchen.

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There is ample parking at Atherton Mill. Here are the turn by turn directions.

- Left on South Blvd. towards Uptown

- Left on West Carson

- Left on Bland

- Right on Tryon

- Left to merge onto Camden (the road splits here, take Camden and do not stay on South Tryon)

- Left on East Blvd

- Right on Lyndhurst

- Right on Magnolia

- Right on South and follow back to Atherton

Once you arrive back at Atherton you can head straight to brunch or check out the Atherton Market.

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The Atherton Market features goods from local farmers and artisans. You can pick up everything from organic fruits and vegetables to handmade soaps to freshly baked bread. And coffee lovers should be sure to visit Not Just Coffee for a cup of their locally roasted pour over coffee.

If all that running and shopping has worked up an appetite, head over to Luna's Living Kitchen.

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Luna's serves organic, plant-based food, smoothies and cold-pressed juices. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday.

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One of my favorite breakfast items is the yogurt parfait. It features homemade cashew‐coconut yogurt layered with fresh fruit and raw buckwheat granola. If you are trying out the juices, I highly recommend the Gateway to Green. It's a refreshing and nutrition-packed combo of kale, apple, lemon, orange and ginger.

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The presentation of the food at Luna's is beautiful and you can be sure that the food tastes as good as it looks. I love this arugula salad topped with pumpkin seeds, pecans, avocado, cashew cheese, pears and spiralized veggies. I added one of their house made veggie burgers to my salad for extra staying power and protein.

Give this run and and Luna's a try and let us know what you think.

Have a great weekend and happy running!

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