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**
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