Last weekend I had the exciting opportunity of attending the weekend long events at the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend as an Ambassador. And to make things even more fun, my BFF (and BRF) Sarah from Sarah ‘n Spice was also chosen to be an Ambassador, so we got to make it a super fun girls weekend!
We headed out of Vegas on Friday morning and got into San Diego just in time for the Light Up The Night VIP Cocktail Party. This was held at Florent Restaurant and Lounge in the Gaslamp District in San Diego. At this party, we got to rub shoulders with celebrity trainers, instructors, and chefs and also got to sample some really yummy food and cocktails.
After that it was back to our room to lay out our racing outfits for the morning and hit the hay early.
On Saturday morning, we were up bright and early with a beautiful view on the San Diego harbor.
We got dressed and headed over to the Hilton Bayfront for the 5K race.
The course was awesome. Right along the water and flat. Perfect conditions for a PR!
We walked around the Finisher’s Village a bit and then headed over to the stage for a hilariously fun warm up with The Run MC. This guy is awesome. I immediately recognized him from the Temecula Half Marathon (he also did the warm up and post race ceremonies for that race). He is funny and energetic and has got some great dance moves!
After that was a quick stretch with Kristin McGee and then it was time to head over to the start line.
This was Sarah’s first race ever, so I was really hoping she would do great. This was my last race of the year, so I was also hoping to perform well, although I really didn’t have high hopes for a PR. While I’ve been staying on track with running, I haven’t done speed work in a few months, so I wasn’t sure if a PR was going to happen for me. But as usual, I just decided to give it my best and have fun. There were about 1,400 runners, so we were in the second start wave. The first wave was off and about 5 minutes later it was our turn.
The course area was pretty small, looping around different areas and then heading back to the start line. There were a lot of people, so it was a lot of maneuvering around and there was one really bad choke spot where it was single file and I got stuck behind a couple of people, but other than that, the course was really nice. I’m not a huge fan of 5Ks because I push myself so hard that my whole body hurts for pretty much the entire race. I really enjoy the long distances better where I can get in the zone and pace myself. But, at least with a 5K it’s over pretty quickly. I forgot to start my Garmin, so I had no idea where I was at pace wise. I just kept pushing and pushing until I got to the final stretch and then I pushed even more to the finish line. I felt like I was going to die when I got done. I grabbed some water and got out my video camera so I could capture Sarah coming across the finish line to complete her race. When she came, I was so excited for her. She did it!!! She has been working really hard for this and I was so excited to see her accomplish her goals. After a congratulatory hug, and some waters, we went over to the results board to see how we did. She ran faster than she ever had and finished in the top 30% of all runners. I couldn’t be more proud of her. And I scored a PR! Previous to this, my fastest 5K was 22:31 (7.15/mile) and that was back in May. I hadn’t been able to beat that ever since. So I was in complete disbelief when I saw my time for this race. 21:34 (6.57/mile). Holy moly! I broke under 7:00/mile!!! Woo hoo! I got 4th in my age group, 8th overall female and 26 overall. Not to shabby at all if I say so myself!
Once we were recovered a bit from the race, we headed over to the Finisher’s Village. There were tons and tons of booths set up with juices, bars, coffees, massages, running attire and a beer garden.
We also did some post race workouts with Patrick Goudeau and some more yoga with Kristin McGee. There were also several cooking demonstrations with Chef Robin Bashinsky and samples of the food he was cooking, as well as prizes given out all day by The Run MC. All in all, is was a great was to spend the rest of the morning and we had a really good time.
After some R & R in the room, we headed back over to the Gaslamp District for some dinner and drinks. We had dinner at Berkley Pizza, a total dive, but with great food and an even better beer selection.
Then we hit up Barleymash for our favorite Framboise.
And one last stop at The Tipsy Crow for a drink before catching a ride on a pedicab for a little tour around the area with our hysterical driver Yadi from Lebanon (he was seriously the best!).
On Sunday, we got up and headed back over to the Hilton for a 60 minute celebrity yoga session with Kristin McGee.
She is so awesome. She is super sweet and nice and a really great instructor. She led us through a pretty tough workout (especially being post race), but it hurt so good! We got to chat with her for a few minutes and she gave Sarah and I a couple of her DVDs to try at home. I’m really excited to try them out because I haven’t done yoga in a while and it really shows!
After yoga, we had a yummy brunch consisting of egg white frittatas, chicken sausage, greek yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, fruit and delicious Stella Cidre. It was held on an upstairs patio at the hotel overlooking the bay. It was a beautiful view and a beautiful ending to our fun weekend.
On top of all the fun we had, we also raised over $1,100 for City of Hope. Our initial goal was $500 and we more than doubled that. Thank you so much to everyone who donated. It really means so much to us and to our dear friend Tom.
All in all, it was really a fun filled weekend that I would definitely do again. I really want to thank all of the wonderful people at the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend for giving me the opportunity to attend as an Ambassador. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone looking to have some fun fitness and food wrapped up into one weekend!