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Early Morning Friends

by Meghann on June 9, 2011

Hip – Hip – Hooray!




Clearly jumping photos are not our strong suit. ;)


That’s better! :)

My GORGEOUS red headed, Mexican friend Monica and her manly man husband, Ben, took the red eye from Los Angeles to Tampa last night for a mini vacay with their family who live in the area.

Knowing they were coming to the area, I immediately volunteered to pick them up from the airport at 7:00 this morning, so I could take them out for breakfast and spend as much time as I could with my dear friends who live on the other side of the country (and who I surprisingly see more than some of my friends who live in Orlando. Check out our previous visits here, here, here, here, and here ;) )

My HIM training plan had me taking a 60 minute spin class this morning followed by a 20 minute run. Knowing I had to be at the airport at 7:00am I took the EARLY spinning class at *gulp* 5:15am!! It was a little painful setting my alarm for 4:45am for this morning, but once I was up it wasn’t that bad.

The class itself wasn’t my favorite spinning class I’ve taken at the Y. My previous instructors at my Y have all been dedicated tri-athletes and offered great classes that were aimed towards people those of us in training (that approach to spinning was one of the main reasons why I joined the gym!). However, this instructor was a little easier and not so descriptive in her narrative. Instead of saying ‘we have a huge climb to tackle or we’re going to hit rolling hills’ it was more of the ‘time to turn the gauge and let’s get out of the saddle.’ Not having the descriptive narrative really took all the fun out of it.

Plus, she got off of the bike during some songs and walked around. I don’t know why, but one of my major pet peeves in spinning classes is when instructors dismount during the class. Talk about a loss of motivation on my end!

I didn’t leave the spin class in my usual sweat drench, nor did I feel a worked. A good sign I will not be taking this instructor again.

After class I did a quick 20 minute run on the treadmill while watching trashy tv. Love it.

Getting to the airport wasn’t bad at all. Monica and Ben’s flight was right on time and we had no issues with traffic. Leaving the airport I may have got us a little loss, but eventually we ended up at Datz Deli where I promised them an amazing post-flight breakfast.


Datz is a great breakfast, lunch or dinner spot. Everything they have is made to order and mouth watering delicious. I’m always tempted by their amazing selection of pastries and treats, but usually stick with what’s on the menu.


I ordered the Popeye’s Rise and Shiner ( two eggs, nueske’s applewood smoked bacon or turkey bacon, smoked gouda, baby spinach, on whole wheat toast).


Wow. The bread was thick and crisp on the outside, but still slightly doughy in the middle and the egg, bacon, and cheese combo was just the right mix of protein and fats that my body was craving.


My favorite part had to be the bacon though. It was thick deli bacon that really puts all other bacon to shame.


If I could I would have another one of those sandwiches right now. Delicious. :)

After breakfast I was sad to say good bye to my friends. :(


Have fun in Marco Island guys! Wish I was going too!

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