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Gearing Up

by Meghann on April 29, 2011

High Five!

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We made is to Nashville in one piece this morning.

Kelly drove

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Ben navigated

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Ashley worked

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And I took a lot of annoying photos. :)

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I also had a pretzel.

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We arrived in Nashville around noon Nashville time (1:00pm Florida time) and were more than ready for lunch. None of us had been to Nashville before or had the faintest idea on where to eat. After a quick search on Yelp and a couple of desperate tweets, we ran into a local in the parking garage who happily pointed us down the street to Puckett’s Grocery Restaurant.   

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Sometimes talking to a local who knows the area is just the way to go. Puckett’s was a really cute restaurant with a menu full of good ole country cooking and a delicious barbeque aroma that circled the block. It was the perfect find for us.

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I wanted several things off of the menu, but decided to stick with my ‘ordering outside the box’ theme for the weekend and ordered something I wouldn’t normally choose. The Pimento Cheese Sandwich instantly caught my eye on that matter. I had never seen the option on a menu before and knew I had to give it a try.

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Admittedly I was a tad disappointed when it first arrived. It was cheese and bread. Nothing else. (minus the turnip greens that were really good)

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A quick request for tomato, lettuce, pickle, and a squirt of BBQ sauce instantly spiced the sandwich up and brought it from a little on the boring side to pretty tasty. :)

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It wasn’t anything I would order it again (next time I’d get Ben’s Shrimp Po Boy – that looked tasty!), but it was fun to try once.

After lunch we took a mini walking tour of downtown

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And made our way to the race expo!

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Nothing like heading to a race expo to make me wish I had signed up for the race too! I wanted to save a little money, so I’m sitting this race out, but the expo had me uber excited for when ever my next race will be.

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In typical Rock and Roll fashion everything was very organized. Kelly and Ben moved swiftly and smoothly through check in.

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They had their bibs in a matter of minutes without any problems

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And Ashley and I took our role as race spectators very seriously. :)

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The marathon has the perfect course for spectators. We have a plan to see them at least FIVE times tomorrow! Fingers crossed! :)

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Then we got our shop on. Expo style.

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Samples

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Pickles?

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Weirdest (but tastiest!) expo sample snack ever

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26.2 stickers

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Oh, and I may or may not have signed up for another marathon today.

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See you in Savannah in November 2011! (I got a free shirt for registering today too!)

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We eventually stumbled upon KARA GOUCHER answering questions at Stage B!

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My running idol in flesh and bone! She was just as gorgeous and sweet in person. :)

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We did a little exploring after the expo and headed to Centennial Park where Ben and Kelly will be starting the race tomorrow.

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Everything was already set up and ready to go!

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Thanks to your great suggestions we found the perfect place for a pre-race dinner – Bella Napoli Pizzeria.

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And we had a special guest!

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I’ve been a fan of Heather’s blog Heather Eats Almond Butter for far too long! When I knew we would be in her neck of the woods I was determined to at least enjoy one meal with her. She was so sweet and so friendly, it was a pleasure to finally meet her in person. Love, love Heather! :)

While we chatted up a storm, Kelly and I split a house salad. An amazingly delicious, fresh salad full of mozzarella, tomatoes, and plump kalmative olives. Yum!

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And the vegetarian pizza with eggplant, peppers, broccoli rabe, and fresh mozzarella.

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The pizza had a melt in your mouth soft, flaky, and buttery crust. I couldn’t of asked for a better meal!

Heather led us to her favorite nearby frozen yogurt place for dessert.

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Self serve Coffee, Red Velvet, and Cake Batter loaded with toppings.

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I have a toppings problem. Clearly. ;)

We’re all settled in and ready for our 4:30am wake up call!

Wish Kelly and Ben luck! They have some serious marathon booty to kick in the morning.

Good Night!

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