Good morning, happy Sunday, and happy Super Bowl Sunday! Any big Super Bowl Sunday plans? Football or commercials?
I think we’re mostly watching commercials, hanging out, and enjoying Morgana’s new SodaStream machine, but I am pulling for the Baltimore Ravens this year. I like the colors and the guy from the movie The Blind Side (Michael Oher) plays for them, and I love that movie. In fact, I watched it last night lying on my couch and eating soup. Perfect Saturday night!
Yesterday, I drove out to Summerville to run the Ashley Ridge High School Fox Trot 5K race. My friends Belinda and Greg from Carolina Running Company were timing it, and since it’s only a 15 minute drive, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run a 5K for a good cause and see them. I always supported their races in Florence, and they’re super inspirational, strong people.
The Fox Trot 5K was a small race and the proceeds went to the sports program of your choice at ARHS (of course I checked that I wanted mine to go to the cross country runners ). The small-town races like this remind me of Florence races because you could arrive only 20 minutes early, get your run in for the day, and you knew your money went to a good cause.
Plus, all the organizers are super thankful you’re doing their race, so braving the 30 degree start was worth it!
Something pretty funny happened to me at the race. I looked for a bathroom near the start, and not all of the school entrances were open. I found a door from the outside that was open and went inside- it was a locker room (okay, this works). I turned the corner and figured out it was a men’s locker room, so I walked into the school hallway and across the hall to the women’s, which was locked.
Getting close to start time and not wanting to roam the school, I walked back outside to the other entrance of the men’s room and went into the stall. Well… coming out of the stall, there was a man in there at the urinal. Oops! I kinda freaked out, insisted I wasn’t looking, and ran out of the bathroom to the start .
The race course was 3 loops around the Ashley Ridge High campus, which was pretty neat because you passed the finish twice so you could see your splits at (almost) the mile marks. Plus, you always knew where you were going, no signs to follow, and no getting lost. I met up with my friend Virginia at the start, and since she’s a little faster than me, I set a goal to see her for as much of the race as I could (unfortunately with a loop course, this didn’t exactly work out, but we both did really well).
The Chick-Fil-A cow greeted us at the start and we were off… my first mile split was just under a 7 min/mile- I always go out pretty fast, but I guess that’s not a horrible thing. Sure wish I could keep that pace up though! My mile two split was more around an 8 minute mile, but I picked it up a bit on the third mile to finish in 22:54.
Not too bad considering I ran a half marathon and a 15K in the past two weeks. It was pretty awesome having Greg and Belinda yell out my name at each split (big plus to knowing the race timing company). All the organizers at the finish were cheering for people on each lap- it was really fun .
Oh, and did I mention really delicious refreshments at the end? I had a cheesecake Kolache pastry from Kingston’s Pizza and Café and it was delicious- really light but a perfect post-race breakfast with a cup of coffee. They gave out coupons and menus and I can’t wait to try their pizza- really neat to meet owners of local businesses when you go to a race and are still relatively new in town.
I won first in my age group (20-29) and Virginia won first in hers as well. For a small race, there were some pretty fast runners! We got pretty cool medals with the race name engraved on the back.
I talked to B&G for a little while before leaving, then headed home for more coffee and a shower since we had big plans (another plus of small races: race started at 8, I was home by 9:45). Clay’s friend Jeffery met up with us and we headed downtown for the Charleston Food Truck Festival. We met up with Liz, Doug, Mitesh, and Damien for a bit and braved the long lines and slightly chilly wind .
Twelve trucks lined Marion Square, but Jeffery, Clay, and I decided to go for Vietnamese Bahn-Mi sandwiches from the AutoBahn Food Truck. I had the curry fried tofu sandwich, and it was delicious- my first time having a Bahn-Mi sandwich, but definitely not my last time. I liked the crunchy slaw on it and the pepper mayo, and I devoured the entire sandwich. Good stuff.
We walked around downtown Charleston a bit then headed home. The guys went to a gaming event last night and I stayed in, laid on the couch, and watched TV- yep, that’s how I like to spend Saturday night.
I’m up and stirring around this morning, but I plan to go for a run a little later, then Clay and I are going over to our friend Morgana’s this afternoon for a Super Bowl party. Maybe I’ll bake some more cookies for the party too and print out some decorations. Have a great day!