Photos From The Weekend

To say this was a big weekend might be an understatement. There was a lot going on, and it was busy!

After getting out class on Friday, I met up with Leslie. She has a post about our entire afternoon, which you should definitely check out. We met for lunch at Belgian Cafe and then cruised our bikes into center city. Our destination was the expo for the ING Rock N Roll Half Marathon! The expo was dead on Friday afternoon, and we got to check out a bunch of stuff and get some free swag.

All in all I really liked everything that came in the swag bag. I think they had some good samples!

Half Marathon Expo

And of course I didn’t walk away from the expo empty handed. I broke down and bought a pair of Vibrams. I’ve been curious about them for a while, and after trying them on I had to have them. Feel free to call me a dork.

I went to bed pretty early on Friday night, hoping to get rid of a nagging cold. Saturday morning all I wanted was waffles. Eric and I decided to get a little bit more creative and actually made the Chocolate Stout waffles from Vegan Brunch. Beer for breakfast?

Chocolate Stout Waffles

I subbed in some of this peanut flour from Trader Joe’s. It’s really high in protein, and worked quite well with the chocolate.

Chocolate Stout Waffles

The waffles turned out great.

Chocolate Stout Waffles

Saturday night I got together with some bloggers for a pre-race dinner.

Blogger Dinner

Leslie from AndHerLittleDogToo
Sabrina from RhodeyGirlTests
Kelly from The Running Phoodie
Gina from FitBlogr
Stephanie from The Bright Side
Chrissey from Philly Girl Runs
Ashley from Healthy Ashley

Blogger Dinner

It’s so much fun making friends through blogging and also meeting complete strangers that you have so much in common with.

Blogger Dinner

After dinner I headed home to try to get some decent rest before the half marathon.
As I have mentioned numerous times, I’ve been sick all week with a head cold. I never was able to kick it, and woke up still sick Sunday morning. There were a few times I considered backing out of the half marathon, but then I decided I would push my body for those two hours and deal with the consequences later.
I was running the race with Krista, from Kristastes, and this was our first time meeting! We decided to run together over comments back and forth on our blogs.
We showed up wearing the same shirt, aka the most comfortable shirt ever from Target.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

I ran into some friends, Liz and Elise, at the start too!

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

Despite a sold out race (20,000 runners) I thought the start went really well and never got jammed up.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

There was A LOT of weaving in and out of people for the first 4 or so miles.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

The race went through the city, then up Kelly Drive to the Falls Bridge, down West River Drive and ended at the Art Museum.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

Things were going ok for me until around mile 8. Exhaustion was started to catch up, and I was feeling really woozy. I hate to make excuses, but I am going to 100% blame this on my cold. I ran a fake half marathon two weeks ago and felt great. I trained so hard for this, and my legs were physically fine, it was the rest of my body that was rebelling. A few times I thought I was going to puke, other times I thought I was going to pass out.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

Eventually I urged Krista to go on and I walked for a bit.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

The last 3 miles were such a struggle and I just kept on chugging.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

I had no energy left and tried my hardest to sprint at the end, although I bet I barely broke 8:30minute/miles.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

I don’t think I have ever been so happy for something to be over with. I finished in 2 hours and 3 minutes, which is what my last half was. I actually recommend that you DON’T run a half marathon when you are sick.

ING Rock n Roll Half Marathon

After the run we headed over to Local 44, to try out the new brunch they had to offer. This was actually my first time in West Philly, ha. I can’t believe I have lived here this long and never crossed the river.

Brunch at Local 44

Food was gorged.

There were PB&J French Toast Sticks.

Brunch at Local 44

Shitake Scrapple.

Brunch at Local 44


Brunch at Local 44

And Sliced Reuben Sandwiches (all of this was vegan by the way).

Brunch at Local 44

And that wraps up this super long weekend post. Eric and I spent the rest of Sunday on the couch, alternating between sleeping, eating and watching tv.


26 responses to “Photos From The Weekend

  1. Congrats Lauren! Those are amazing race pictures and it’s such a great course.

  2. The weekend looks like a blast. I almost broke down and bought some Vibrams, too! But they were (luckily) out of my size. Drats.

  3. So glad we ran together, Lauren!! The pictures are AWESOME!

  4. Congratulations, Lauren! What an accomplishment to finish!

  5. Way to push through the rest of the race! Local 44 is at the intersection where Michelle and I lived during college (they didn’t open until the year after I graduated though). I had a stout and some fries there once and wish it had been there all along..

  6. oh god 8 minute miles? I am no where near that yet.

    also it is like 8 weeks away.

    Get pumped!

  7. The next, next time you come to atx you should run on this trail. It’s 18 miles and apparently it’s really cool. The running group I’m joining went there on Saturday. Sounded awesome but since i’m nowhere within that skill level I passed.

  8. nice work Lauren!! I love your shirt from Target!! When did you get it??

  9. Congrats Lauren!! That’s an awesome time, especially for feeling sick! I think this just means you have to sign up for another half soon 🙂 The pics are awesome, as usual, btw! Can’t wait to move to Philly so we can get in some runs together

  10. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I’ve been debating getting vibrams for well over a year…but still haven’t taken the plunge. You’ll have to tell us how you like them!

    I know what it’s like to run an excruciating half, so congrats on your (way faster than I could ever run!) finish. :]

  11. Great job on the race, Lauren! Two hours and 3 minutes is bad-ass 😉 Oh and PLEASE be careful breaking in those Vibrams- I actually think that’s how my injuries started! I ran a mere one (slow) mile in them and the damage was done. Haven’t worn them since. I think the concept is great, and I want to try mine again once healed, but I have heard a lot of people doing serious damage to their feet b/c our feet are so weak from being used to running in supportive shoes. Get used to them as slowly as possible!

  12. Congrats, Lauren!!!! All of your training paid off and you rocked it!

  13. Congrats on your race. I remember when I was that fast. =(

    I have been eyeing Vibrams for a while myself. Can’t wait to hear how you like them after a month or so.

    thanks for stopping by my blog today,

  14. I have been really curious about that peanut flour! How much of it did you sub?

  15. Holy cow, Lauren, you’re such a bad ass! A coworker flew up there to see her daughter run the same race. Looks like a lot of fun.

    Of note, when I come to visit you (which I will someday), I want to get a Paddy’s Pub Flip-Flip-Flip-adelphia! t-shirt.

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