Last weekend’s Fit Foodie 5K wasn’t just a 5K but a whole weekend of yummy and healthy activities. I was lucky enough to be offered one of the ambassador spots this year and was provided free access to all the weekend’s events. This race series is sponsored by Cooking Light and Health Magazines so you can imagine all of the tasty sponsors involved.
Our weekend kicked off with a “Party with a Purpose” Friday night at True Food in Fairfax, VA. True Food is one of my favorite restaurants so I was really looking forward to the event. It was especially fun because I got to hang out with some of my favorite fitness bloggers (Mar, Colleen and Kathryn). Even though we live relatively close to each other, I don’t get to see them too often. We all got to meet “Marathon Bill” Rogers who was one of the VIP guests. Kind of cool! He was very sweet posing for pics and signing autographs.
Saturday morning was the Fit Foodie 5K and I knew rain was predicted but honestly didn’t expect the deluge that was coming down that morning. Fortunately we could wait indoors until the race was about to start. I wore my MRTT visor so the rain stayed off of my face but wow did my running shoes fill up with water pretty quickly. It was impossible to avoid the deep puddles so we just had to embrace them.
A few of my MRTT friends were running as well which always makes for more fun. I felt pretty good on the run despite the weather and after doing the double loop, I found myself approaching the finish line. There were some seriously fast runners out there and I think they encouraged me to run a little faster as well. I was really happy with my effort and my time.
There were tons of tents set up post race and lots of swag to go around. Everything from juices, to salads, to different meats were offered to the finishers. I headed over to the Chelsea Collective tent (also a sponsor) for my tank top. Love their stuff! Had the weather not been so miserable I would have hung around a little longer to see the cooking demos and tasted some more yummy foods. The Fit Foodie 5K probably had the most swag I’ve seen after a race!
All in all a fun race to do despite the soggy finish. Thanks to Cooking Light & Health Magazine for the race entry. I’d love the chance to participate again next year and see if I can better my time.
On a related note, I am always surprised by how much people eat right after races. I tend to not be hungry until a while afterwards.
Tell me, do you have an appetite right after a running race?