‘Twas a cold and rainy morning in San Francisco. Perfect morning for a 16 mile run, right? 😉
My Palm Beach Training Plan called for 16-18 miles today and – you know me – traveling isn’t an excuse not to run, it’s a reason to run. When I knew I would be running that far this weekend I recruited my favorite local running blogger, Aron, who I knew would be just crazy enough to join me.
At 6:00am we took off from my hotel lobby for a cold and rainy run.
I’m not a rain runner by any means, but it wasn’t that bad. Honestly if Aron hadn’t been waiting for me in the lobby I would have totally bailed. But, she was there and getting to run with my cross-continental friend was good excuse as any to get my butt out the door.
We spent the whole time chatting anyways, so the rain didn’t even phase me. Aron is one of my running idols (hello Boston Qualifier!!) the miles literally flew by.
The original plan was to run over the Golden Gate Bridge, but once we reached the gate we were told it was closed due to a half marathon running that morning. Booooo….
We were both sad to miss out on the experience together. So close yet so far.
We had actually been running the half marathon route the whole time and ran into the runners on our way back.
Go runners go!
It took us about 2 hours and 24 minutes finish the 16 miles. I was soaked to the bone when we returned and I’m pretty sure my soaking wet tennis shoes are stinking up my suit case right now, but it was worth it. Now I know in case it rains on race morning, that I can totally handle it. Don’t have to worry about a thing. 😉
Before the run I ate a Clif Bar in the bathroom while trying not to wake my roommates. Afterwards I immediately dug into one of my Frog Hollow Pears before jumping into a nice warm shower.
After my shower and two (or three) cups of piping hot tea, it was time to head to the Farewell Brunch sponsored by Nature’s Pride.
The food was an assortment of classic breakfast favorites with a Nature’s Pride twist.
I had just run 16 miles and was looking to EAT. I filled my plate to the brim with a little bit of everything… and then ate the rest of Melissa’s french toast… and another plate full of fruit. 😉
I loved how they had fresh figs on the fruit table and cinnamon stuffed french toast – both were favorites of mine. 🙂
I loved having the chance to say good bye to my friends one last time before we all went our separate ways. I’ve made so many wonderful friends all over the country through Foodbuzz and blogging and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to see them in person as often as I do. There was a lot of love this weekend. 🙂
We went back to the hotel room and started packing. I never felt full at breakfast and about an hour and a half after eating I turned to Monica and told her I didn’t feel right. I felt shaky, moody, and light headed – all clear signs I did not eat enough after my run.
Monica was a trooper and walked with me to the restaurant below for a big bowl of Hot Oats.
I instantly felt a zillion times better once the oatmeal was in my belly. Full belly = Happy Meghann. 🙂
Monica and I took our time packing and relaxing in the hotel room before we were officially kicked out at 1:00. Without much desire to do anything else, we headed to Chinatown for a little exploration.
What better way to complete the dull experience of Chinatown than with a little dim sum?
I’ve never really done the full Dim Sum experience before and was kind of confused when the carts of food kept stopping at our table. It was honestly a little overwelming trying to pick and choose what to eat and the cart ladies were a little pushy on making sure our table was filled at all times with food.
The food was plentiful, but pretty expensive and not very good. I think I’ve pretty much given up on Chinese food, I’m just not a fan, and though it was fun to have the full sim sum experience, I’m not sure I’ll be participating again.
BUT, the company more than made up for the food.
Sabrina and her husband are probably one of the most outgoing, personable couples I’ve ever met. I had the pleasure of really getting to know them last January in Orlando and it was great to have the chance to sit down and hang out with them again. They are wise beyond their years and always have the best advice to give. Love you two! 🙂
Do you want to know what the absolute highlight of my weekend was? Meeting this perfect little angel.
Oh, and hanging out with her Mom too.
When I stayed with Beth back in April, she had just announced she was expecting. It’s weird to think that in that 6 month time span from when I last saw her, she grew and produced this beautiful baby girl. Lucy Rose was everything a baby should be: gorgeous, calm, and light as a feather. I instantly wanted 10 of her right then and there. 🙂
Sabrina came up with the grand plan of surprising the new Mom with some special treats from Tartine.
Everything looked delicious, but we managed to narrow our selection to a few favorites.
The four of us dug in while discussing breast feeding and strollers. It was amazing.
I could have held that baby forever, but eventually I had to give her back. Sadly my chest just doesn’t do it for her the way her Mom’s does.
The Grand Finale of the weekend occurred at Cafe Grattitude where I met a handful of bloggers for one final meal together before taking the red eye home.
I ordered the Tamale, but honestly wasn’t that hungry at the time and only ate half. Such a waste of delicious amazing food if you ask me.
I. Am. So. Tired.
Let’s hope this is a good thing and I’ll be able to sleep on the plane. Hopefully when I wake up I’ll be back on the east coast.
Have a good night!