Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Runday: Fit Foodie 5k



Pull up a seat kids, this is going to be a long one!  With lots of pictures.  I don't know if that makes it better or worse.


As part of my Ambassadorship I was given entry to every event of the Fit Foodie Weekend.  Let's start with Friday Night, The Fit Foodie Weekend Party for a Purpose.  L&O agreed to come with me and be my drinking buddy date.

 I'm not kidding about  the drinking though.  Barefoot Wines and Stella Artois were both sponsors of the race weekend.  They kept our glasses full all evening.

 As I've mentioned before, the race was thrown by Cooking Light and Health Magazine.  So on every table there were copies of the magazine for us to look at, and take home.



 There was live music to listen to.


 And because it was the Fit Foodie Weekend, there was food!  Honey from Nature Nate's,


And delicious food from Seasons 52.




We also got the chance to meet with some running legends, "Boston Bill" Rogers, who has won the Boston Marathon 4 times and competed in the Olympics, and Meb Keflezighi, 4 time Olympian who took home the silver in 2004.

We had a great time drinking, eating, hob-nobbing with the great, and catching up with each other.  And luckily both of us were happy to call it an early night.


Because Saturday morning was the Fit Foodie 5k!  Before the race started I met up with a bunch of other San Diego Bloggers, including Jen13.1 who won her entry through my giveway!


Eventually we all made it over to the start line.


Where we had time before the race start for a quick group selfie before the waves started.



And then we were off!  As I have often stated, one of the best parts of the race for me is the beautiful course along the water.


I love the trees that grow along the Embarcadro, which seem very Seussian to me.


After about half a mile, the course split between the 5k and this years new 10k course.



I headed left and enjoyed the beautiful day.





The course is out and back, so if you missed a nice view on the way out, you got a second chance to catch it in the second half.  And eventually you end up right where you started.




Cooking Light had food stations set up, along with magazines, information, and other vendors.


Lots and lots of vendors.  Each with samples to try and/or take with you.


Meb and Bill Rogers were also present to take pictures with the runners.  Both ran the race with the rest of us plebians.  Only faster.


I met up with my friends and ventured into the beer garden.  Once again Barefoot Wines and Stella were present, along with Truly Spiked and Sparkling beverages.


And after our drinks, we all parted and went our separate ways.  When I got back to the hotel, I emptied my bags, evidencing the other major benefit of this race.

In fact, knowing how much stuff I usually take home, I had the hotel send up a complimentary mini fridge when we first checked in.  Which I filled with drinks and yogurt.


The last event of the weekend was the Sweat Session on Sunday morning.



I wrangled Jurisslave into attending with me.  Because no one should have to suffer alone.



And suffer is a good description!  The first half of the sweat session was led by SealFit
They broke us into groups and we rotated between 5 stations.  Kokoro yoga, which combined yoga and martial arts, a bodyweight workout, which consisted of lunges, squats, pushups, and burpees,


Sandbags.


Core exercises, and jump rope.


The second half of the sweat session, yoga,  was unexpectedly moved inside the breakfast tent when it began to rain.  Because yoga in the rain can be slippery!



And after we worked on our fitness, we turned back to the foodie part of the Fit Foodie.  They had set up a great buffet for all of us to feast on.







There was more stuff to take home here, like lots of cactus water from Steaz

Overall the weekend was everything I have come to know and love about the Fit Foodie Race series.  The beautiful course, the amazing gifts, and a combination of physical activity and great food that is unlike any event I know of.  I can't wait to see what they have in store for next year!

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  2. Now this sounds like SUCH a fun race!!

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