Saturday, January 29, 2011

Run Famous

by Meghann on January 29, 2011

Whose ready to rock this run? 😉

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Whoa! What a day!

Up before the sun. A four hour car ride stuffed in an SUV with 7 other people. Walking all over Miami. An exciting race to look forward to in the morning….

I’m pooped!

Our morning began bright and early at my parents’ house. We had a full house, so my Dad took advantage of the extra mouths to feed (he loves cooking for a crowd!) and made waffles and bacon to fuel us for the day.

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I topped mine with fresh strawberries, syrup, and strawberry yogurt.

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The drive to Miami went quickly. We stopped for smoothies ( I split a Mango & Pineapple with Kelly), but my camera was buried in luggage.

[Picture a Nature’s Table Cup here]

With every seat taken in the SUV, it was an interesting drive down, but it was much more economical than taking two cars. Saving the $$ on gas and tolls was more than worth the cramped quarters for a few hours.

We made it to Miami around lunch time and headed to Lincoln Road for lunch with my brother and his girlfriend.

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They suggested we eat at Books & Books because of their great lunch menu and ample vegetarian options. It was a great suggestions – I believe we were all impressed. 🙂

The table started with a complimentary order of Black Bean Hummus with Matzo Crackers.

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Loved the black bean hummus. It was basically mashed black beans, which is perfectly fine by me.

We also had an order of sweet potato fries.

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And I ordered the vegan platter which came with a little bit of everything.

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I love mixed platter plates like these. I’m an indecisive order, so this allows me to try everything without having to settle on one thing.

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The expo was within walking distance of our lunch spot andto say it was a little crowded would be an understatement – this place was packed!

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There’s something about an expo that just brings out the runner in me. All the other runners, all the running memorabilia, and the excitement of knowing a race is happening the next day – it’s just empowering!

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It looks like a great course. Basically we will be starting near the arena then making a circle around south beach and back. It should be a beautiful run filled with lots of beachy scenery.

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Of course, we couldn’t be that close to the beach and not pop in for a visit.

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Gorgeous. I only wish we had swim suits so we could have joined all the sun bathers in the sand. Now I understand why northerners vacation in Miami during the winter months. Heck, I want visit Miami in the winter months – those 300 miles make a difference temperature wise! 😉

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One final stop on Lincoln Rd for my Dad’s favorite.

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mmmm… salt stix 🙂

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It’s a Miami must to have one every time we visit. 😉

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Thanks to Yelp we were able to locate an Italian Restaurant near my brother’s apartment for a pre-race carb load session.

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The table started with bruschetta. Yum!

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I ordered what I thought was a simple chicken breast stuffed with cheese and spinach, but it ended up being a greasy mess of butter and cheese.

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It tasted ok, but was far to rich to enjoy as a pre-race meal. I had a little less than half of the chicken and potatoes and also had half of a piece of pizza from my brother’s dinner. Next time I’m going to stick with what I know – pizza. You can never go wrong with pizza.

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Ok, that’s a lie – but you get my point. 😉

We have an EARLY wake up call in the morning (the race starts at 6:00 and it’s going to be a bit of a challenge to get there). Something tells me I’m not going to have any problems falling asleep tonight though.

Wish us luck!

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