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!
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?
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.
The waffles turned out great.
Saturday night I got together with some bloggers for a pre-race dinner.
It’s so much fun making friends through blogging and also meeting complete strangers that you have so much in common with.
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.
I ran into some friends, Liz and Elise, at the start too!
Despite a sold out race (20,000 runners) I thought the start went really well and never got jammed up.
There was A LOT of weaving in and out of people for the first 4 or so miles.
The race went through the city, then up Kelly Drive to the Falls Bridge, down West River Drive and ended at the Art Museum.
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.
Eventually I urged Krista to go on and I walked for a bit.
The last 3 miles were such a struggle and I just kept on chugging.
I had no energy left and tried my hardest to sprint at the end, although I bet I barely broke 8:30minute/miles.
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.
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.
Food was gorged.
There were PB&J French Toast Sticks.
And Sliced Reuben Sandwiches (all of this was vegan by the way).
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.