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When In Rome?

by Meghann on April 10, 2009

As soon as the hypothetical whistle blew today at work I was out of there. I was so anxious to get on the road and meet up with my running buddies.

Before the whistle blew I had a great snack to hold me over.


I missed my yogurt this morning so I had a container of Vanilla Oikos and 1/2 cup of Kashi GO Lean Crunch as my afternoon snack.

The drive to the hotel was an interesting one. We’re staying in Brooksville, Fl which is essentially the middle of nowhere, so I watched the landscape go from beautiful suberbia to cows and trailers. Welcome to no-mans land is what the signs should have said. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was the last one to arrive at the hotel and was very excited to be greeted by Abbie (again the blogger not my puppy). If you haven’t read her blog, I would highly suggest you check it out. Its called Foods That Fit and she has competed in some pretty adventurous races, it was actually her idea that we all get together for this one.

Abbie was also very sweet playing the Easter Bunny (sorry, Derek I promise you haven’t been replaced!) She brought us easter baskets full of fun running goodies.


The tubber ware was filled to the brim with bars, advil, midrun fuel, music and oatmeal. Thank you Abbie!

She also brought us some homemade Raw Doughnut Holes I was eyeing on her blog yesterday.


Very good, like a Larabar only 10 times better!

After playing a round of catch up we all headed to the race site to pick up our shirts.


It was a beautiful drive in to the site under canopy roads deep in the forrest. Seeing the site made it that much more exciting!

Then it was time for dinner, the only problem is we are literally in the middle of nowhere and the options are limited. We first attempted to go to a cute little Italian restaurant Caitlin found online, but they were closed for Easter Weekend.

After driving a little farther west we discovered quite a few hole in the wall BBQ places and decided When in Rome? and stopped at one.


We were definitely outcast here, spending 10 minutes at the ordering counter ohhing and awwwing at the menu. Even though I grew up hanging out at the local BBQ joint back home on a weekly basis, I could even tell you the last time I stepped in one.

I finally decided on a Pulled Pork Sandwich with Corn Nuggets, Collard Greens, & UnSweet Tea.


This is one of those meals where it seems really great as your eating it, but regret it almost immediately when you’re done. It didn’t give me that full satisfactory feeling, instead it gave me that greasy lump in my stomach. It probably wasn’t the best pre-race choice.

After dinner none of us were satisfied so we threw options in the air of beer or Ice Cream, we all agreed on Ice Cream in the end.


1 Pint had 4 perfect servings.


I also just had a bite of a Super Charge Me Cookie Jenna gave Abbie…. SOOO GOOOD!!!

Now its time to call it quits and tuck myself in bed for my early wake up call in the morning. 15 miles here I come!!!

1 Laura April 10, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Good luck with the race! That’s such a beautiful location!

2 VeggieGirl April 10, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Great goodies from Abbie!!

Mmm, collard greens.

Best of luck in the race!!

3 Nicole April 10, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!!!!!

4 Amanda @ Fake Ginger April 10, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Have fun tomorrow!

5 Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks April 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Good Luck Meghann!!!!

6 Hangry Pants April 10, 2009 at 9:57 pm

That is my favorite ice cream.

Never been to a barbeque place like that. If I come to Florida, you’ll have to take me there and Wal-Mart. ๐Ÿ˜€

Good luck tomorrow to all the girls!

7 Sharon April 10, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Oh wow, I totally want to try that Ben and Jerry’s! I see it all the time!
And oh wow, good luck tomorrow!

8 Alison April 10, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I sure wish I was in the south. Can’t get such good BBQ up in Minnesota.

9 Matt April 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Good luck tomorrow! Tear up some trail!

10 Leanne April 10, 2009 at 10:18 pm

I totally know that stomach feeling you’re talking about! Good luck with the race, I know you gals will all do great!

11 Derek April 10, 2009 at 10:49 pm

It’s you and that finish line, you’ll do great!

12 Justy2003 April 10, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Good luck with the 15 miler tomorrow! Looking forward to the race report!

13 Emmy April 11, 2009 at 12:27 am

Wish you the best..

Let us know how it goes!!


14 Sarah April 11, 2009 at 12:39 am

Rock it, Sister!

15 runsarah April 11, 2009 at 1:17 am

Good luck tomorrow!

16 wholefoodswholeme April 11, 2009 at 4:17 am

what fun!! those donut holes look heavenly, and glad you topped off your meal in the right way with that froyo! enjoy yourselves tomorrow!

17 Mica April 11, 2009 at 5:55 am

That bbq place is so cute, though I’m sorry if it gave you a greasy post-meal feeling.

Best of luck tomorrow! 15 miler, yahooo!

18 Amanda April 11, 2009 at 6:13 am

Ah! You are staying in the city where my old horse lives!! Everytime I ask Florida people if they know where it is, they say no.. but now I “know” someone who knows! haha. Now, could you steal a horse for me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

19 Diana April 11, 2009 at 7:45 am

Hope the race goes well. Trails are so much fun and so much work! Can’t wait to read all about it.

20 Aimee April 11, 2009 at 7:55 am

Have fun racing!

21 Shelby April 11, 2009 at 7:57 am


22 Meg April 11, 2009 at 9:12 am

Good luck today!!!!!

That pic of all of you is so cute!!

23 Bec April 11, 2009 at 10:00 am

Hope the race goes well today!

24 biz319 April 11, 2009 at 10:27 am

Love pulled pork sammies, but I think I agree on your pre-race meal being greasy!

Hope the race goes great today though!!! I am cheering you on rom the sidelines!!

25 ksgoodeats April 11, 2009 at 10:47 am

Hope it went well today!!

26 Melissa S. April 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

I hope the race went well!

27 Marissa April 11, 2009 at 11:33 am

That place looks super cute!

28 Gena April 11, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Congrats, Meghann!!

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