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Tampa Adventure

by Meghann on February 27, 2009

I discovered something very important today. An earlier departure time equals faster drive time to Tampa.

The other week when I drove to Tampa I left work around 4:00 and ended up in Tampa close to 8:00! Now keep in mind that includes driving back to my apartment, picking Abbie up and dropping her off at Caitlin’s. This afternoon, however, I left work at 2:30 and arrive in Tampa just shy of 5:30! That’s a one hour difference with still driving to Caitlin’s and loading her car up.

Lesson learned: ditch rush hour traffic by leaving work extra early from now on. πŸ™‚

Unlike my previous Tampa trip, Abbie was invited along for the ride.


She was a perfect angel the entire car ride resting her little legs in the back seat.

Up in the front seats of the car, Catilin and I split a bag of Salt & Pepper Pop Chips.


I really enjoyed these chips, but it was a little like eating air. They did nothing for any hunger I had. But the nutritional stats were pretty good and this entire bag had 3 servings at 120 calories per serving.

When we arrived in Tampa, Caitlin and I were famish and ready for some pre-race carb loading. Derek immediately drove us to the cutest little restaurant called Ciccio & Tony’s.


The restaurant was a California Cuisine base and had a very contemporary, dark atmosphere. They al so have an amazing extensive menu that made for a tough decision when it came time to order. In all I really enjoyed my experience and would be happy to eat there again.

Caitlin and I decided in the car that carb loading included beer drinking so I had started the meal off with a Sapporo.


(Caitlin decided to pose in the back ground)

Carb loading also included a wonderful slice of Foccaio Bread.


For the main meal I ordered the Santa Cruz California Bowl.


The bowl had brown rice, chopped chicken, bean sprouts, scallions, crispy lettuce, portobello mushrooms and broccoli with a spicy dipping sauce on the side.

I told the waiter I wanted something spicy so he suggested this spicy sauce. It was very good and left my mouth on fire! I ate about 75% of the bowl which ended up being more of a lettuce then rice base as I was expecting.

It was a wonderful meal, but I had to save room for the dessert I knew I had waiting back at the apartment.


I am so glad I checked my mailbox on my way out of town because I found this wonderful surprise waiting for me. Amanda was gracious enough to send Cailtin and I some Heath Bar inspired blondies to reward us for the races this weekend,

I had 1/2 of one as soon as we got back to the apartment.


Chocolate, Toffee, Almonds... Oh My!!! THese are GOOD!!!!!


So now its time for bed to rest for my race tomorrow. I am beyond excited to run. I swear I’m like a little kid on Christmas Morning. Luckily I already got to open my presents.


I think this has to be the cutest race packet I’ve ever recieved!

I have my number all prepared plus a couple of other goodies.


Now I just need to sleep. See you tomorrow for a Day 1 recap! πŸ™‚

1 Meg February 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

That California bowl looks delicious! Good luck to you guys tomorrow.

2 Natalie February 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Love Caitlin’s pose!

Good luck tomorrow!!!

3 VeggieGirl February 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Love Abbie!!

Great meal with Caitlin; and hooray for BLONDIES!!! πŸ˜€

4 Nicole February 27, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Good luck you two!!!!

5 Matt February 27, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Good luck tomorrow!

6 Melissa S. February 27, 2009 at 9:42 pm

you’re going to do so great! i can’t wait to hear about tomorrow’s races when i call you!!! yay!!!

7 marafaye February 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Good luck tomorrow! You’ll do great!

8 amanda February 27, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

9 Sharon February 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!!!!!

10 jenngirl February 27, 2009 at 9:54 pm

That bowl and the blondie look amazing!

Good luck tomorrow!!!

11 Becca A February 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Good luck!

12 Erin February 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Good luck!!!!!

13 Allison February 27, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Seriously – Abbie may be the cutest dog ever! And I think Lando’s pretty darn cute – so that should tell you something! πŸ™‚

14 Emily February 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Abbie is so cute!
Best wishes for tomorrow!

15 Shelby February 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm


16 Victoria February 27, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Beer and foccacia sound like great carb energy sources! Have fun tomorrow!

17 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 28, 2009 at 12:10 am

(Don’t) break a leg!! πŸ™‚

18 Mica February 28, 2009 at 1:05 am

Good luck! I can’t wait for the race reports!

19 Hallie February 28, 2009 at 1:15 am

Oh how fun! Now I want to sign up for a race…and I’m not even a runner! Have a great time πŸ™‚

20 Sarah February 28, 2009 at 1:17 am

Run your socks off sistah!

21 Leah February 28, 2009 at 3:57 am

Good luck in the morning! You’ll rock it!!!

22 Robin February 28, 2009 at 6:51 am

Good luck this weekend and have fun.

23 Red Head, Yellow Dog February 28, 2009 at 7:16 am

good luck!! have an amazing weekend!

24 laughinglindsay February 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

Good luck babe!! You guys seriously RULE. I CAN’T WAIT to hear how everything goes and how much ass you guys kick.

Good Luck!

25 biz319 February 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

Good luck today!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

26 kristi February 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

You’ll do great Meghann! Can’t wait to hear the recap!

27 Bec February 28, 2009 at 11:06 am

Hope the races are going well!

28 inmytummy February 28, 2009 at 11:26 am

Good luck! You will do great.

29 Amanda February 28, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I’m so glad you got your package before heading to Tampa!! My blondies definitely helped your pre-race carbo-loading. πŸ™‚

30 Brandi February 28, 2009 at 3:36 pm

abbie is so cute πŸ˜‰

can’t wait to see recaps!

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