• Race Ready?

    October 20, 2012

    Hi, guys! Just a quick blog post because I need to get to sleep soon since I have an early start tomorrow morning. (My alarm is set for 5:31 AM.) Oooooh, man, I hope I’m ready for this race!


    Before leaving for the airport, I ate breakfast at home, which was a Sweet Breakfast Scramble with a big scoop of peanut butter. Best breakfast ever.

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    On the drive to the airport, Mal and I stopped by Marylou’s for a couple of iced coffees. I went with a decaf Hawaiian Chocolate Nut with milk. Holy yum X 10! I didn’t want to waste a single sip of it, so I ended up chugging it before going through security at the airport.

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    My flight landed in DC around lunchtime, so Katie picked me up from the airport and then we headed to brunch at Pacifico Cantina.

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    As soon as I walked into the restaurant, the special of the day caught my eye.

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    I wouldn’t typically think to pair shrimp and mushrooms together in an omelet, but it was a surprisingly delicious flavor combination.

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    After lunch, Katie and I walked over to the race expo at the Armory.

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    It was later in the afternoon by the time we got there, so the crowds weren’t bad and we picked up our bibs and shirts (long sleeve – woo!) in no time at all.

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    Then, we wandered around for a little while and did some shopping.

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    But I only bought a vanilla bean GU for tomorrow.

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    After our time at the expo, Katie and I walked back to her condo and relaxed for awhile before heading out again to rent a DVD and buy groceries to make dinner. (We rented The Lucky One, which was pretty terrible, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching Zac Efron in it. He’s just a tad attractive.)

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    Katie and I cooked a fabulous dinner tonight: baked chicken with sautéed Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes with fresh Rosemary.

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    My plate:

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    And I went back for a second serving of potatoes—yay, carb-loading!

    Now I’m heading straight to bed. Ten miles in the morning! AHHHH! Wish me luck!

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    { 55 comments… read them below or add one }

    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Best of luck! Can’t wait to hear how it goes :)


    Hillary October 20, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    You’ll do great! Enjoy yourself :)


    Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin October 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Agree with you about The Lucky One. Not a very good movie but I have seen it 3 times…I wonder why, has nothing to do with Zac ;) Good luck in the race!!


    luv what you do October 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I think that I NEED that tshirt. So cute! How fun that you get to spend your pre race day planning, eating, and hanging with a friend! Sleep well and enjoy every mile tomorrow!


    mary @ minutes per mile October 20, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    good luck!


    Sarah October 20, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Good luck! I am sure you will do great!


    Sana October 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Best of luck tomm!


    Alexandra @ Alexandra in Moscow October 21, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Good luck at your race! I’m sure you will do great!


    Annette@FitnessPerks October 21, 2012 at 12:21 am

    YAY! Good luck!!


    Khushboo October 21, 2012 at 1:18 am

    GooD luck with the race!!


    Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles October 21, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Oh, I agree…Zac Efron. Oh my. I would watch the worst movie in the world (over and over) if I got to see him in it! hehe :)


    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes October 21, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Love the pain/wine t-shirt, Tina! It seems like a fair tradeoff to me. ;) Vanilla Bean GU’s are my favorite; I love their mild flavor–almost flavorless–which is perfect to slam during a run. Have a great race today!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 21, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Have a great race today – you got it! :)


    Kristin October 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Try Founding Farmers for brunch/breakfast in DC! They do breakfast and brunch during the week too – the crowds can be big on the weekend without a reservation. Have fun racing!


    Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness October 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Good luck with the race tomorrow Tina! I know you’ll do awesome!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 21, 2012 at 8:04 am

    hahahah I saw that movie in theaters and immediately thought – um zac effron grew up!! Muuuch cuter now. Have fun at the race!


    Sarah October 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

    ‘Pain now… Wine Later’ I NEED THAT SHIRT!!! hahaha So awesome! Did you get it???

    Good luck today!!! You will totally rock it!!! :D


    Tina October 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    No, but I wish I did! It’s so perfect! :)


    Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) October 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Good luck!! You’ll be great. :D

    And I *LOVE* that t-shirt! I may have to google this and buy one. ;)


    Kristen @ Change of Pace October 21, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I can’t wait to hear how everything went! Love your dinner… We are loving this brussels sprout recipe now in our house:


    Even my 4 year old eats them. :)


    Christina October 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Good Luck Tina! you are going to do great! :). I like the peanut butter gu. My favorite.


    Laura October 21, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Good Luck on the 10-miler!! Looking forward to flying out from the West Coast in the near future to experience it. I hear it’s a fun race – can’t wait to see pictures!!


    michelle kim October 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

    WOO HOO! You will do awesome! I did a 10-mile race and somehow ran a faster pace than any other race (5K, 10K, half). There’s something about a 10-miler that made it go by so easily :)


    Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Woo hoo!!! Can’t wait to hear how your race went! Looove the looks of that dinner!


    Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction October 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Good luck!!!! I’m sure you will do great. You’ve done marathons before, 10 miles is like a walk in the park ;-)


    Joanna October 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Good luck with your race!

    Love everything about this post–I love the excitement of pre-race prep and festivities. And that “pain now…wine later” shirt is great. So me! And your dinner looks balanced and delicious!


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 21, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Hawaiian Chocolate Nut?! I need a MaryLou’s by me!

    Good luck! Lets face it, we all know you are going to do amazing.

    By the way, I love her kitchen with the granite against the brick!


    Amy October 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    yay good luck! you’re gonna do awesome!


    Grace @ Grace Dishes October 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Good luck on your run!!! I love brussels sprouts! YUM :)


    Mary October 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Tina, Ellen DeGeneres is walking around on M Street now!


    Tina October 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm



    Mary October 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    @Tina: My daughter just sent me a picture!


    Tina October 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    That’s awesome! I’m keeping a look out for her!


    Mary October 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    @Tina: She took the picture outside Brooks Brothers around 3!

    Megan @ Megan's Munchies October 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Love the t-shirt!

    Hope the run was tons of fun! I am sure you rocked it!


    Mailoha October 21, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Tina can you share the recipe for these? & share the pans/kitchenware you use?


    Brooke @ Pretty In Protein October 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    The Lucky One might be one of the worst movies I have ever seen, I was so bummed!


    Tina October 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Ditto! It was so bad (besides looking at Zac Efron)!


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Hope all went well!! :)


    Candice@allthingsyogi.com October 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    10 miles= great distance.

    Enjoy the run!


    Heather @ Dragonflygirlruns October 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I hope your race went well! I was up at 3am this morning for my marathon so I feel the pain of early rising!


    Marissa @ city farm girl October 21, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Hope the run went well!My next running goal is to do a 10 miler. Can’t wait to hear about it! Know any good 10 milers in Mass?


    Tina October 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    The Black Cat 10-miler is in March. I did it a couple of years ago, and it was a lot of fun.


    Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets October 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    So because you have a food blog do your friends often feel nervous cooking for you? If not, it sure looks like they pulled together a darn good meal!


    Tina October 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Nah, they don’t care at all! :)


    Allie October 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    G’luck @ your race! Also, this is really weird but my parents have the exact same plates as your friend katie o.O


    Em October 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I love Pacifico! Good luck with the race!


    MizFit October 22, 2012 at 5:28 am

    LOOVE the FB pics.


    heidi kokborg October 22, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Best of luck! And I have to try that breakfast tomorrow!! It looks so yummy:)


    Liz October 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Hope you had a great race! I made your breakfast scramble this morning because I had some leftover pumpkin. It was really good! Sort of like a protein pancake but easier!


    Tina October 22, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Yay! So glad you liked it! :)


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I hope you had a great time in DC!! I’m a little behind on blog reading, so I can’t wait to hear how everything went!


    Kelly@BalancedDaily October 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Do those energy packets of goo actually work? I’ve never tried one but I assume they have to be pretty packed with enough energy to get you through a race. Hope you had a great time and felt good throughout the 10 miles! (p.s. Zac Efron=adorable)


    Tina October 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

    Yes! They do! Fast, easy energy! :)


    Shannon October 23, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I’m in love with Katie’s stove!


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