Saturday, July 30, 2011

5k "Race" Recap & Blogger Meet-Up

Today was all about new friends, food, and fun. It started with the People’s Health Day 5k in Piedmont Park. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run, but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet Lee, Carol, and Laura.

It pained every fiber in my body NOT to race today. It's incredibly frustrating, but if I plan to race well in the fall, that’s just how it has to be right now.



I entered the “walkers” division just to keep myself in check. Note: walking, not racewalking

It was hot and sticky so Lee wasn’t feeling it today either. We kept each other company along the way.

The race ended in Piedmont Park, and the post-race fair was really something else (in a good way). Each runner was given 4 tickets to use at the booths. It was like a little farmers market with produce, eggs, sauces, jellies, baked goods, and other random things like sushi.



We split a California Roll while we were waiting for the awards ceremony to begin.



This was my haul. All local and organically grown. Pretty nice for race swag right?



Actress Mena Suvari is in town working on "American Reunion" and has been spotted at local races lately. She was actually the winner of the 20-35 ag (it was a small race, so they had funky categories). She was incognito in a baseball cap and big sunglasses, but raced under her real name.



She Tweeted about it later. No matter who you are, a medal is exciting.



Laura was the second overall female finisher in 24:21.



By then it was almost noon, and we were famished. We headed uptown to R. Thomas Grill for lunch with more local bloggers.

I ordered an egg white seafood omelet, smashed butternut squash, and a side of challah French toast. It was divine. The French toast was light and buttery, and the guacamole totally made the omelet. I’ll have to try that omelet combo again at home.



Tina passed around some Love Grown Foods granola samples. I may have torn into one of those bad boys on the drive home.



And of course I passed out some MARATHON bar samples.



They were such a fun and welcoming group. The conversation was flowing so quickly it was hard to keep up with. Hopefully this will be just the first of many more gatherings.

**All the crappy pictures in today's post brought to you courtesy of my iPhone and poor lighting**

25 comments:

  1. I tore into my granola on the way home too! And I can't believe I missed the memo about the smashed butternut squash. More than any of it, I can't believe I'm posing in such a way in that picture that I actually look like I have a big pregnancy belly. Never again will I sorority squat in tight clothes. Lesson learned.

    Great meeting you today, albeit briefly! I definitely think we should do a pot-luck meetup where we move around and get to chat with different people more!

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  2. Like I said in twitter, I broke into the Snickers bar on the way home. So nice to meet you today! Thanks for keeping me company on the run and making me actually run!

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  3. I wanted to run this! My husband had to go out of town, so no one to watch the babes.
    Looks like a great race!

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  4. You have to use Camera+ and tough 'Em up! Glad to see you active again. I bet you could have taken the entire race too! Next time... :)

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  5. Sadly these are camera+ doctored photos. It was a bad day to be without a real camera.

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  6. Be proud of yourself for keeping it in check--that's so hard! And what cool race schwag!

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  7. Gah! Please forgive me for not sending the photo to you before you got this post up. Fail. :(

    It was so great finally meeting you!!!! Thanks for the bar. I broke into mine already. Yummy.

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  8. Lisa @ Cow Spots and TalesJuly 31, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Fun meet up! And I think you're smart to have walked the 5K. During an organized race, I know it's far too easy to let an easy pace become faster than you meant!

    Fresh, tasty looking food too!

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  9. Thanks for the shot out! Could I use a couple of these pics on my blog? (WIth credit, of course :) )

    It was so much fun to meet you and thank you again for the bar. I'm already looking forward to the next get together!

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  10. Fun blogger meet-up! I love what you said--no matter who you are, a medal is pretty awesome!
    :)

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  11. Mena Suvari better be glad you weren't able to run. You totally could have taken that age group! I'm sure you've seen that it's been a story on the Atl news.

    When do you start PT?
    Melissa (WhiteOrchid)

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  12. Don;t worry about it Tina. I'm sure you had plenty to do when you got home. It's nice to have a break for a few hours, but there's always a ton to catch up on when you get back.

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  13. Oh no, what are you talking about girl. You look great in the picture.

    I'm loving the pot-luck idea.

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  14. Nice meeting you finally! Hopefully we can meet up for some more races this fall. It can only get better after this race.

    Glad you enjoyed the bar. I've eaten my way through coupole dozen already and I'm still loving them.

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  15. You know how nasty those stress fractures can be. Hoping I can avoid going down that road by being conservative now. I was always so "smrt" in the past :)

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  16. It was so great to meet you too! Thank you again for the Marathon bar! Delicious! I hope to see you again soon!

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  17. I love RThomas!! I'd love to know about ATL blogger meet ups! (;

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  18. Nice to meet you on Saturday, can't wait for the next one. Already dug in to that Marathon bar, thanks again!

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  19. That is so awesome to get produce as race swag! At my local races they usually give things that do not at all support running like pop and potato chips.

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  20. Next Wednesday.... I'm eager to get started but they were booked solid :(

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  21. Oh, too bad. It would have been nice to meet.

    I was almost in the same boat. Fortuntely we were able to make some other arrangements. It's very rare that I get an unplanned Saturday to myself, so I totaly understand the disappointment.

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  22. Just stopping by to say hi! I found your blog via Gourmet Runner! I love that you got that ginormous watermelon as race swag! I would totally prefer that over some of the crazy things I have gotten in the past!

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  23. Sounds like a fun meetup! It would be hard to not race for me, too. You made the right choice :)

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  24. you look so pretty with your hair down! I love the idea of the farmers market for swag, that is AWESOME!! Nice job not racing, I know how hard that is!

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