One of the most basic rules of racing is not eating anything new or out of the norm the day before your run.
Well…rules are meant to be broken and over the past 3 years the day before the Hot Chocolate Run has transformed from a healthy day, laying low and walking around the expo to a full blown foodie fest!
Last year my mom, sister and I spent the day before the race sipping craft beer, eating a delicious lunch and obviously devouring all the chocolate at the expo. In the spirit of “running for chocolate” we decided to keep this tradition alive this past weekend and our food did not disappoint.
I’m just going to start out being very honest here…indoor cycling was never at the top of my list of workouts I wanted to try.
I always just associated cycling with those people you see at the gym chilling on the bikes reading a book sipping on a Starbucks frappuccino…you know the people I’m talking about HA!
So when my work scheduled a team building event at Rush Cycle I was very intrigued to find out if cycling would actually be a good workout or not. Plus what better opportunity to try something new than with a bunch of my coworkers who also had never cycled before?
I have to start this race recap out by giving a HUGE shout out and thank you to the Fit Foodie Race Series for putting on a wonderful race and for choosing me to be an ambassador. I was truly blown away by their generosity and will be doing this race every single year!
Not to spoil this whole post but I didn’t meet my goal of running a sub 50 minute 10k. In fact I had to really slow down my training due to some minor health concerns that I’ll talk more about on the blog next week.
I’m healthy and fine but my doctor highly recommended cutting back on my mileage and not running at high intensity for a bit. I know this sounds like most peoples dream…okay doc I’ll not exercise…but for me I’m STRUGGLING!
Exercise, especially running, is my outlet for stress and without it I’m low key going crazy!
Happy Hump Day!
I have some very very exciting news for you all!
I’ve been given the opportunity to raffle off 2 FREE tickets for the Fit Foodie Run 5k in San Diego on Saturday October 22nd. This is a crazy good deal considering right now registration for the 5k is $55. More info below!
Before I talk more about what you get at the Fit Foodie Run I just want to remind people that you don’t have to run a 5k. If you’d prefer to just walk it and enjoy the complementary food and drinks after the race you are more than welcome to do so!
The whole point is just to get active, have fun and eat delicious food!
I want to start this race recap by giving a HUGE shout out to everyone who helped make America’s Finest City possible. This was the most organized race I’ve ever ran and really appreciate all the handwork and effort that must have gone into planning.
Everything from the expo to having a water station every mile was flawless!
I’ve talked about running the Triple Crown a lot on my blog lately but realize I haven’t really explained what the heck it is.
So here we go..
The San Diego Triple Crown is a trio of half marathons: The Carlsbad Half Marathon, La Jolla Half Marathon and then America’s Finest City Half Marathon that all must be completed within the same year.
Back in January I ran my fastest half marathon EVER at Carlsbad then in April surprisingly crushed the La Jolla course so I’m officially Triple Crown eligible along with my mom and Bryce.
You don’t really get anything for completing the Triple Crown besides bragging rights and a special medal but hey I figured 2016 was going to be my big year of running so I might as well go big! Plus there’s nothing like having three specific races in the winter, spring and summer you have to train for to keep you moving.
Last Friday I introduced the San Diego Spotlight section on my blog where we talked all about Liberty Station. This week I wanted to stay on the Liberty Station theme and highlight a delicious restaurant that recently opened in the area, Fireside by The Patio. Yep, the same people who do The Patio on Lamont and The Patio on Goldfinch.
Fireside features grilled and wood-fired menu options inspired by the flavors of Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Japan and Thailand.
There are some vegetarian options on the menu but honestly, if you don’t eat meat this probably isn’t the restaurant for you. The menu is primarily made up of delicious yakitori, pork ribs, steak, bratwursts, burgers, flatbreads…etc.
Grab your favorite meat eating friends and let’s get into this review.
I’m so excited to introduce a new series I’ll be doing on the blog called the San Diego Spotlight. It’s going to be all things San Diego: restaurant reviews, must see attractions, hiking recommendations, upcoming events…etc! Even if you don’t live in San Diego…tuck some of these ideas away if you ever come visit.
To kick things off, the spotlight is on Liberty Station!
Fun fact…Liberty Station use to be a naval training center! But in recent years this historic part of Point Loma has been transformed into a hot spot for delicious food, craft beer, arts, music, events, history and breathtaking views of downtown San Diego.
There are about 10 million things to do down at Liberty Station and they don’t have to be done all at once but here’s my recommendation for how to spend a day at Liberty Station.
One of my favorite things about running is getting to discover new locations within your city that you would not have otherwise found.
Over this past year I have ran all over San Diego and have found some great places to run and some not so great places to run.
I’m a huge believer in having a variety of places to run so you don’t get bored running the same route over and over and over again.
You have to keep your workouts fun, new and exciting so you don’t get burnt out and quit before reaching your goal.
Here are my 5 favorite places to run in San Diego…who knows maybe all you need to reignite that running passion is a new place to run?
Saturday afternoon Bryce and I decided to take advantage of our San Diego Zoo passes and let’s just say we really worked up an appetite.
After hours of walking around the Zoo we were STARVING! I wanted to eat something healthy with vegetarian options and he was craving meat.
I bet many of you deal with a similar dilemma when picking a place to eat out. You want to eat something healthy, your significant other wants a big greasy burger, your friend is vegan and your other friend is gluten free…
Well San Diegan’s I discovered the perfect restaurant that even the pickiest eater will love: Ritual Kitchen & Beer Garden in North Park!