Hi everyone! I just wanted to give a little update on how things are going lately.
Each year, one of our favorite pizza restaurants, Mellow Mushroom Avondale, hosts a Throwback Brunch for their anniversary. The brunch features 1974 prices and door prizes, disco music, and a chance to win free pizza for a year.
Last Saturday, Clay and I went to Mellow to be one of the first 100 people to have a chance at free pizza for a year. We weren’t the lucky recipients, but we did win a free specialty pizza and a free appetizer on our next visit (everyone got something as a door prize).
Plus we enjoyed two large pizzas for 1974 prices- cheapest lunch ever.
The pizzas at Mellow are huge, so we had lots of leftovers. I think I finally finished my veggie pizza on Wednesday. Good thing day old (or a few days old) pizza is still tasty- House poor problems!
Bridge Run Festivities
Those of you who know me personally know that I did not participate in the Cooper River Bridge Run, one of the largest races in the US and held here in Charleston. I set a goal to finish a 10K in under 45 minutes to qualify for the competitive corral, the 3rd corral behind the elites and the sub-40s.
Three weeks ago, I ran a 46:59 10K at the Summerville YMCA Shamrock Shuffle. By the time I actually got the result, all 45-60 corrals were sold out (45-60 minutes is first-come, first-serve, with no time verification required). The Bridge Run bibs left were for run/walkers or walkers, and I really didn’t want to fight the shuttles, crowds, and bomb-sniffing dogs to start in the last corral.
Several local runners told me the race would accept a 5K time of 22:30 or below and double it. I didn’t see this in writing anywhere. My 5K PR is 22:21, but you can’t just double your 5K time and get your anticipated 10K time- running doesn’t work that way.
If my 5K was better (maybe in the 21s) and I hadn’t just raced a 10K to know what I’m capable of in that distance, perhaps I would’ve asked the race directors to make an exception. But, honesty and hard work are the best policies, and someone whose very recent 10K PR is 2 minutes off shouldn’t register for that corral.
Hopefully by next Spring, I’ll be at the level to have the coveted spot at the front and bib.
Since I saved 100% on the Cooper River Bridge Run by not entering, I went to the expo and dropped some cash on a new pair of Mizuno Wave Elixirs. I got the blue ones for Christmas, and since Mizuno is discontinuing my shoe, I couldn’t pass up another pair for $60. I plan to work these into the rotation next week.
While the expo had a lot of vendors, I bought the shoes from the TrySports Mt. Pleasant tent. I love supporting local businesses that support local runners, including myself, and TrySports definitely does this. Most of the vendors were typical expo vendors, and the free samples were few and far between and I wasn’t really impressed.
I heard famed marathoner Bill Rodgers was there, and I completely missed him! I did take a picture with Mr. Peanut, though…
The best part of the Bridge Run weekend for me was having lunch with Maria from Lil Mys Ninja, who lives, runs, and blogs in Columbia, SC.
Meeting other bloggers is always fun, especially ones you’ve been reading for awhile. I’m not sure how we never managed to meet before considering Columbia isn’t that far away.
Knowing Maria fosters dogs for adoption and loves animals, I suggested one of my favorite West Ashley restaurants, Parson Jack’s Café. Parson Jack’s serves a wide variety of food- from pizzas to fajitas and quesadillas to burgers and fries, so it’s a good place for everyone’s tastebuds.
The restaurant is decorated in paintings of dogs, and you can even bring your dog there to sit on the outdoor patio and they’ll give your dog a treat. You can also put a dollar bill on the ceiling, which Parson Jack’s collects and donates to animal charities.
Maria and I stayed at Parson Jack’s for over two hours just chatting about blogging and life and catching up. We had a great time. Maria’s sister lives here in Charleston, so hopefully she’ll come visit for other races and maybe I can run a race there and hang out with her again.
As for Saturday morning, I watched the Bridge Run coverage on TV, then headed to BodyPump class to lift things up and put them down. I ran 12 miles on Friday, so the running break was much needed and appreciated.
I hope everyone’s doing well and enjoying a great weekend, whether you ran or raced or just enjoyed the Spring temperatures.