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San Diego: Day 1

by Meghann on May 30, 2009

I’m in San Diego!!!!!


I have to tell you I have been spoiled lately with all of the direct flight I have been enjoying. The lay over in Denver was too quick and the almost 3 hour flight on top of the almost 4 hour flight was a bit too much for me. I definitely was very antsy and ready to get off on the flight!

It was lunchtime back home when we boarded our 10:00am Denver time flight. My stomach had actually managed to feel quite satisfied after my large breakfast, but was more then ready for a snack upon take off. To hold off the pains for the duration of the flight, I pulled out an Odawalla Super Protein Bar.


It was very green, but green food never scares me. πŸ˜‰


It was actually avery dense, chewy bar. I enjoyed it and would happily purchase it again!

My plane buddy shared a piece of her Dover Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar at some point during the forever long flight as well.


Peanut Butter + Chocolate = Perfect Way to Cure 2nd Flight Blues.

Once we landed and were settled in San Diego, I felt like I a little kid ready to burst. I had to get out and explore. First things first though, I had to have lunch!!

We literally headed out the hotel and were seated at the second restaurant on the street!


Mary Janes is a cute diner-esque restaurant that had a really fun menu with some great choices.

After some perusing I chose the Veggie Tacos.


The veggie tacos were a little unconventional as they were filled with the veggie chili! They were very good, but very messy to eat. I think it would have been better to be served in burrito format.


I ate all of the tacos, 1/2 the chips, 1/2 a pickle and a few fries. I was very, very hungry when we sat down and felt like a bottomless pit. Finally, I just told myself I had ate plenty and to let my stomach tell my head it was full. It worked! and after some conversation I knew I was perfectly satisfied.

And who was my lunch time buddy?


I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but Derek flew from Tampa this morning the same time I left from Orlando. He made the long trip to watch me run my first marathon! How great of a guy is he? It felt so good to see him when I got to my hotel!! πŸ™‚

Derek is seriously starting to understand all my eating habits. He understood that when I’m hungry I am ready to eat then. He understands sometimes it takes me longer to order from menus then most. And he understands I love frozen yogurt!!!

We walked by a Pinkberry on the way to lunch and at lunch I was debating on getting Pinkberry then or waiting to see if we would go to a Fro-Yo place later. His response was awesome, he stated “Why can’t we get Pinkberry now and later?” I agreed, why not? πŸ˜‰

After lunch we walked next door and each for some PinkBerry love.


I had a small Original with Blackberries and Almond Slivers. Absolute Heaven!


This place is literally across the street from my hotel. I smell trouble. πŸ˜‰

With all the fun things to see and do in San Diego, the zoo was definitely high on the list. I had been planning for weeks now on visiting the zoo as soon as we arrived. A mere two hours after landing we were ready for some Zoo fun.


The San Diego Zoo is HUGE! We only were able to see about 75% of it, but what we saw was great.


The zoo was very crowded with fellow marathon runners, families, school field trips and so on and so on. We had so much fun just playing tourist and taking in all the fun cheesy aspects the zoo had to offer. πŸ™‚DSCN0863.JPG


I think the best part was the baby gorilla.


My Sister has a thing for gorillas and I knew she she would have loved these gorillas. The little one was very active and would come up and bang on the glass. At the end Mama Gorilla scooped up the baby and walked away.


There were too many cute animals to see and photograph.



But, you know we were the cutest ones of all!


You would definitely need a whole say here to see all of the zoo, but we made the most of it and had a blast. Definitely worth all the effort. πŸ™‚

Hallie from Healthy Twists just happens to work right next door to the San Diego Zoo and was very sweet to volunteer to drive Derek and I to the nearest Trader Joes so I could restock my stash.


Hallie and I have been e-mailing back and forth four a couple of weeks now on my trip. She is a wealth of knowledge on the area and will be volunteering at the marathon on Sunday.

This was Derek’s first Trader Joe’s experience and as much as I tried to explain the store to him, I am not sure he fully understood until we arrived. He spent just has much time oggling over the products as us and stated that he wish he could sample everything in the store. πŸ™‚

Back in the car I had to sample my Dark Chocolate Covered Edamame right away.


I had three pieces and made sure to share with the car.


Yum! It really was just like a chocolate covered almond or other nut. These will be great for a quick chocolate fix. Who needs M&Ms when you have dark chocolate edamame?

I was uber excited for the dinner that was planned tonight. A few girls from the San Diego area had all agreed to meet up for some pre-race carb loading in the Little Italy area of San Diego.


Little Italy is the cutest neighborhood, filled with a collection of great restaurants and a decent crowd for a Friday night.

The wonderful Bobbi was sweet and made us a reservation at Trattoria Fantastica. I wish I had got more pictures of the restaurant, but honestly I was having such a great time with these ladies I totally forgot.


From left to right: Katie, Ashley, Bobbi, Hallie, Me & Sarah

Please forgive my disheveled look. All these ladies are positively gorgeous and unfortunately I did not have time to shower before the dinner. (Sorry if I smelled too bad!)

Bobbi, Ashley, Sarah and I are all running that marathon on Sunday, while Hallie and Katie are volunteering at the race. We all had LOTS & LOTS to talk about! I think the conversation all night centered around running. These girls were great and so easy to get along with.

It was really strange, with considering the time difference and how long ago my last meal had been, I was honestly not starving when I arrived. We got there around 7:30, did not end up ordering anything until after 8:00, and once the food arrived I was ok with only eating half of my meal. It was a really good meal though!

I was hesitant with ordering anything to drink with my meal, but once I saw other diving in to the wine menu I knew I wanted something to celebrate with too.


I had a small glass of the House Chianti and gingerly sipped on it through the meal.

When the bread basket arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see Pita Squares inside.


When I was in San Antonio the other week the Italian restaurant we went to there had also served pita bread before the meal. That was my first experience with the warm garlic flat bread and I just found it amusing that if my next Italian experience I would be greeted with the same bread. It was good thought and I thoroughly enjoyed my one slice.

For my main entree, I was very indecisive on what to order. I’m not a big pasta fan, so Ashley and I questioned the waiter on what he recommended. After much debated I decided on the Imbotti.


It was essentially Eggplant wrapped around pasta and ricotta cheese, covered in tomato sauce with a side of veggies.


It was the perfect meal for me. It had some pasta for carb loadings, but was not too heavy at all. I was very happy with my order. I ate all the veggie and half of the eggplants. I was actually a little sad I didn’t have a little fridge in my hotel room so I could take the rest home with me.

Right next to the restaurant was the cutest little bakery that we had been discussing all meal to go explore.


It was filled with wonderful Italian pastries, cakes and so on. I wanted to try everything, but the portions were so large I knew I would not be able to eat anything.


Derek and I split a Strawberry filled Cream Cake, that I brought back to my room to enjoy.

I had really been a long, fun filled day in San Diego. I can not believe it is already 3:00am Florida time! Yikes!! Oddly I am not too tired, I think I am still too excited to sleep or worry about being tired. I hope this stays up through the race.

Tomorrow I have the expo (!!) and another fun blogging meet up.

Only 1 more day until I run 26.2 miles!! AHHHH!!!

1 Allison May 30, 2009 at 8:47 am

aww, i can’t believe derek came with you!!! he is a keeper for sure πŸ™‚ (as if the verdict was still out!) ;D

2 roseyrebecca May 30, 2009 at 8:50 am

I’ve tried the superfood odwalla bar. It’s really good! I’m jealous that you’re in California. It’s probably my favorite state! Have fun! Good luck on your race!!

3 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) May 30, 2009 at 8:53 am

What an awesome day, San Diego looks amazing! And I had been wondering if Derek was going to go out there with you. Keep having fun, I’ll totally be “traveling” vicariously through you!

4 sarah (ghost world) May 30, 2009 at 8:58 am

AHHH so exciting! can’t wait to read your race report. i am jealous of your pinkberry experience — i’ve been wanting to try that stuff for so long but am never in quite the right place!

5 hopiek May 30, 2009 at 9:02 am

HHHH YOU’RE A ROCK STAR!! Good luck πŸ™‚ so glad derek is there with you!!!!
can’t wait for more updates!!!

6 Caitlin May 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

that baby gorilla is so cute!

I want to try pinkberry!!

7 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 30, 2009 at 9:05 am

What a great time! I loved San Diego, and it sounds like youre having a blast! Great that Derek came to support you… what a sweetie! Jealous you got to meet all those girls too!

8 Sara May 30, 2009 at 9:07 am

Your trip looks so fun! I love the San Diego Zoo. We went in March and the baby Gorilla is just the cutest thing! Good luck with the race.

9 Sarah May 30, 2009 at 9:09 am

How freakin’ fun! I love Derek and the baby gorilla…but not necessarily in that order. πŸ˜‰

10 Sandy May 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

Love all the picture’s!! and the sweetest is you and Derek together..Wonderful that he came to support you!

What an awesome first day in San Diego!

You’re impressive Meghann!!

11 jentrinque May 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

I’m so happy to see Derek is out there with you! You hadn’t mentioned him much lately, so it’s always nice to see things are going well πŸ™‚

Have a great day!

12 Bridget May 30, 2009 at 9:18 am

Good luck! So glad that you have a great support system for your first marathon!!

13 ksgoodeats May 30, 2009 at 9:21 am

Glad you made it safe AND get to spend time with Derek!! Have a blast!!

14 Emily May 30, 2009 at 9:28 am

good luck with the race! πŸ™‚

15 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

Wow that is so sweet of Derek!! My goodness you have a keeper there πŸ™‚

Love the bloggie meet up!

16 Jess May 30, 2009 at 9:31 am

Those chocolate covered edamame look amazing. I need to find a Trader Joe’s ASAP this summer!
That is so sweet that Derek came to cheer you on. What a sweetie you have found!

17 Adi ( May 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

EEE I’m pumped for you!! πŸ™‚

18 Island Girl Eats May 30, 2009 at 9:38 am

What did you buy at Trader Joe’s? Please take pictures and share with us!!!

19 caitlin May 30, 2009 at 9:43 am


20 Ryane May 30, 2009 at 9:43 am

Good luck tomorrow – sooo exciting!!

Oh and Happy Easter!

21 Andrea May 30, 2009 at 9:51 am

I ate at that same restaurant and ordered the same thing when I was in S.D. last September! Great blogger minds think alike!
Good luck on the marathon – we’ll be thinking about you and cheering you on from cyberworld!

22 biz319 May 30, 2009 at 9:53 am

Yeah for Derek! That is so sweet.

What a great first day in San Diego!!

23 inmytummy May 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

So exciting! I can’t wait to hear about your race. We have something called Yoforia here that I think is like Pinkberry. I love it! Unfortunately, my boyfriend does not.

24 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) May 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

Aww, Derek is amazing! You are very lucky πŸ™‚

I love the pic of the baby gorilla! Have a great time in SD, can’t wait to hear about the race.

25 Hallie May 30, 2009 at 10:17 am

I just have to say…you are one dedicated food blogger snapping that edamame pic…I didn’t think you did! But then I read your post and thought…well hey, there’s my leg…

Had a great time last night. Hopefully I’ll see you at the finish line…I mean, I know you’ll be there πŸ™‚ I just hope I get to see you

26 Sarah May 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

So great to finally meet you! I’ll be emailing you the spectator/trolley info later. Have fun at the expo and see you manana!

27 Meghan May 30, 2009 at 11:11 am

San Diego looks so fun!! You and Derek always do such fun things together! GOOD LUCK in the marathon, you’re obviously going to rock it!

28 Amy C. May 30, 2009 at 11:14 am

How fun! I was actually wondering if Derek was going to be going out there too. I’m so glad he did!!! Good luck in the marathon! You’re going to rock!!!!!

29 Matt May 30, 2009 at 11:15 am

That looks like a delicious day! Good luck Sunday!

30 Pearl May 30, 2009 at 11:24 am

ahh how fun! which bakery did you end up going to?

31 Melissa S. May 30, 2009 at 11:36 am

what a great time you’re having so far!!! and you got to go to TJ’s!!!! so JEALOUS!!!! i totally wish i were there with you! have a great saturday and best of luck sunday!!! YOU’RE GOING TO DO AWESOME!!!

32 Lauren May 30, 2009 at 11:56 am

Awesome!! Looks like you’re having a blast. Can’t wait to read about your marathon run! GO YOU!! πŸ™‚

33 MaryBe May 30, 2009 at 12:03 pm

This was a great post but the best part is Derek being there to cheer you on!

34 Jennifer @ His N' Her Health May 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm

How sweet of Derek to come with you! Looks like a great first day!

35 Marissa May 30, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I haven’t been to the SD Zoo since I was little. How fun!

36 Run Sarah May 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm

SO sweet of Derek!!!! Blogger meetup looked like so much fun, too.

37 Kim May 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Good luck!!! You’re making me miss San Diego… please try some fish tacos while you’re out there, they’re a local specialty! =)

38 Megan May 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I am soo excited for you!! Good luck!! can’t wait to read the recap! and ps Derek is amazing!! I def just yelled at my bf because I told him he wouldn’t ever do that for me!! haha.. Good luck!! you will do awesome!

39 spicygranola May 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Wow that is amazing that he flew out there, but you’re worth it! Looks like you are having a great time. That baby gorilla was the cutest. I thought that the marathon was today…oops.

40 Sarah May 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm

awesome day 1, meghann! so sweet that derek flew out to watch you — that’s the best gift πŸ™‚

hope the expo is good today!

41 Mica May 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Looks like a great time in SD! That’s sweet that your man came to visit you!

Best of luck tomorrow!

42 Bec May 30, 2009 at 2:49 pm

sounds like so much fun and how sweet of Derek to fly out to support you! Cant wait to read all about the expo!

43 Stacey May 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Aww that baby gorilla is so cute! All of those pics made me giggle πŸ™‚

The first time I took Jas to trader joes he got all glassy-eyed and overwhelmed lol

Can’t wait till your race! So glad to see you are having a great time!

44 Lisa May 30, 2009 at 3:34 pm

You will rock your marathon tomorrow! HAVE FUN!!! I look forward to reading all about it! I ran the RNR in San Diego last year with TNT. It was awesome! Not only are you finishing a marathon, but you are helping to find a cure!

45 Christina May 30, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Looks like you’re having a great San Diego trip already – Good luck tomorrow!

I’m so jealous of your TJ’s shopping trip. Hope you loaded up on some fun things πŸ™‚

46 Brandi May 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm

that’s so sweet that he came to support you! glad you’re having a good time and I can’t wait to hear about tomorrow!

47 Kelsey May 30, 2009 at 4:38 pm

awww I’m so happy you’re having a good time so far! I went to san diego with my friend a while back and it’s such a blast. The zoo is way fun, though I have to say that I’m a little bummed I didn’t get to a pinkberry. lol!
good luck! you’re going to do great!

48 strivingforbalance May 30, 2009 at 4:42 pm

awe Derek is so nice to come with you!! Looks like you are having so much fun! Good luck tomorrowwwww!

49 Ashley May 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm

I’m so glad that you have a wondeful guy like Derek in your life. It has been a blessing for me that Bo has started running and now understands early mornings, alchohol free nights, weekend runs, and more!! GOOD LUCK!

50 Danica May 30, 2009 at 7:18 pm

What a fun day! Good luck, good luck – you will do great.

51 Andrea (Off Her Cork) May 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Good luck Meghann!! You’ll rock it! And glad to see your man (I understand the rules but I’m still calling him your man πŸ˜‰ ) was able to make it over to support you!

52 Nicole May 30, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Good luck tomorrow!!! I can’t wait to read all about it!! KICK ASS!!

53 Hangry Pants May 30, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Good luck tomorrow and have fun!

54 Ashley May 30, 2009 at 10:14 pm

San Diego looks amazing!

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