Spectating the Women’s Running Half Marathon St. Pete 2013

December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

The Sunday before Thanksgiving the boys and I got up at 5:30 in the morning for race day, dedicated Women’s Half Marathon spectators that we are. I ran the Women’s Half in 2011, and last year the boys and I spectated. Since it was my first half marathon I am very sentimental about it and knew that I wanted to spectate again this year. When I saw that my friends at Best Damn Race were putting together a cheer squad at a prime location I decided that we would join them.

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Their cheer squad spot was right in front of the Comfort Station at the base of The Pier.

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What a luxury to be stationed right next to a real bathroom at a race!

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The Best Damn Race had assembled quite the cheering squad.

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The morph suits were from FitLife Foods and the shirtless guys were from the University of Tampa swim team. I had a blast being in this group with so many friends.

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At our location we got to see the runners go by at mile one and again at about mile 7.5. We were ready for them at mile one.

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(my friends Beth from Discombobulated Runner with the wiener (misspelled) sign, and Brad from IronGoof below)

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We saw the leader zoom by…

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followed by the seemingly endless field of runners and walkers.

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After the entire field had passed we set up to see them coming again in the opposite direction. I had dozens of friends running…

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It was like a big party for me.

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The boys are spectating pros. They’ve probably spectated/participated in a couple dozen races at this point.

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The Women’s Half Marathon is always fantastic.

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The swimmers were a huge hit, especially after they dropped trou for the second pass of the runners.

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It was pretty chilly out there that Sunday. These young men were troopers.

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The expression on the ladies’ faces as they passed were priceless.

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We had an awesome morning. Definitely worth getting up at 5:30 a.m. Congrats to all the finishers!

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Afterwards we met up with a bunch of my blogging buddies at The Avenue for brunch.

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I got a burger without the bun and paid $2.50 extra for a side salad instead of fries.

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It was tasty, but The Avenue will KILL you with extra charges for any changes. Beware.

Cya.

Life beyond Yelp: FOOD

November 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Whew. I still have two Yelp events that were part of Yelp Tampa Bay’s PASSPORT to downtown St. Pete to recap, but man…seven events in a row means lots of photos and less time in between to write about them. I know, my life is tough.

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Plus, regular life is happening in between all of these fabulous events. So today I’m going to catch up a little on all of the things that happened in between Yelp events in the last week. This one is all about food.

Not pictured are the two fun size PayDay bars that I greedily ate one day in a random moment of complete weakness. Leftover Halloween candy. They were delicious and totally gave me a buzz and made me think about food for the rest of the day. That food obsession is what I hate more than anything. I got clean again the next day, but it is hard to fight that dragon.

Food that I thought was photo-worthy (mostly #NSNG no sugar, no grains):

I made a recipe out of Well Fed 2 by Melissa Joulwan one night and I think it was our favorite from that cookbook so far: Chicken Nanking.

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It’s sweet potatoes and green beans and chicken in the most delicious sauce. The kids really loved it. I used frozen green beans and it turned out great.

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I made pancakes from Paleo Cupboard Sunday before last:

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Local raw honey from Parkesdale Farm Market:

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They were only ok. I think I needed some better (finer) almond meal. I used Bob’s Red Mill almond meal/flour and it is pretty mealy. I made mine without any honey, but did put a bit of honey in the boys’ pancakes. They liked them.

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When making almond flour pancakes I like to keep them silver dollar sized so they are easier to flip and hold together. Also, they are more dense and filling than traditional pancakes, so the portion should be less.

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Cal spotted these Sassy Cucina (local) dips and sauces at Rollin’ Oats one day:

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The ingredients looked good to me (although why “low fat”?), so we bought a few varieties. The whipped feta spread is delicious but very garlicky.

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Chad grilled some beautiful tuna steaks one night. We marinated them in Tessamae’s Chesapeake marinade first.

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One night I made a chicken pesto with spaghetti squash, kale, and Sassy Cucina basil pesto.

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Very tasty!

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I had leftover spaghetti squash with sautéed onions and kale, goat cheese, and bacon for breakfast the next morning.

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Another photo-worthy breakfast involved zucchini and radishes.

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Somehow between my three last veggie co-op boxes I have ended up with a bazillion radishes. So I need to try to just put them in everything. This somewhat strange-looking combination was actually very tasty:

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After Yelp’s Secret Cash Mob on Saturday, Ali and I went to lunch at Parkshore Grill.

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I got the Sesame Crusted Tuna Steak salad with oil and vinegar dressing.

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Unsweetened iced tea:

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I really like Parkshore Grill for simple, quality, well-prepared food. Great NSNG lunch.

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This past Sunday I tried a new almond flour pancake recipe with some Honeyville almond flour that I ordered from Amazon. It’s supposed to be a higher quality brand and produce smoother, lighter baked goods. I don’t really bake or eat “paleo” baked goods that often, but I like to make pancakes on Sunday for the boys (and myself). So I’m working my way through every recipe I can find on the interwebs for low-carb pancakes that I can create NSNG for me.

This week I used the recipe from Yummy Inspirations for Grain Free Fluffy Almond Pancakes.

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They turned out very pretty.

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Pork bacon from U.S. Wellness Meats:

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I gave the boys maple syrup on the side.

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The boys and I really liked them but Chad said he thinks the best ones so far were the pumpkin ones I mentioned in this post. I liked these, but since there are a million recipes for grain-free pancakes on the web I plan to just keep trying them all.

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Lunch yesterday was inside out wraps:

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They were slightly messy but delicious.

Breakfast this morning:

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I fried one slice of bacon and set it aside then used the bacon grease to make a hash out of 1/2 of a sweet potato (diced), onions, bell pepper, and kale. Then I crumbled the bacon over that and added two fried eggs. So delicious. I love breakfast. It’s the best.

Okay, up to date with the photo-worthy food.

Cya.