Welp…I’d like to regale you with a crazy chicken-costume-guy-story, but that didn’t happen.  It could’ve, but it didn’t.

Not yesterday.

Yesterday was for long-distance racing, great fellowship, yummy food, a loooong car ride home, and a 9pm bedtime.

Yesterday was fun.

But let’s got back to Saturday first. 

(warning: this post will be mostly pictures and not a ton of words.  Remember that 9pm bedtime?  Yeah, sleep is more important to me than rambling right now.  Weird, I know.)


All packed up.  This + Clara’s bag, fan, blanket, pack N’ play + Travis’ bag + Henry’s bag (Henry stayed with Travis’ parents, which is why he isn’t in any of these pictures.)


Pulling out of Franklin, around 2:00pm on Saturday. 


Stuck in the car for 2+ hours with these two fools.


Cooler than a polar bear’s toenails.


The Varsity.


After WAY TOO many viewings of the first 20 minutes of Little Mermaid (Clara likes to pull the plug out of the DVD player), I was ready to get OUT.  We checked into our hotel and made our way to the Publix Race Expo to pick up my race bib.


There were probably 30(?) vendors there, selling everything from pepper spray, to GU, to compression socks, to headbands.




The highlight (aside from spotting Tina and Lee)?


The CHOMobile!!! 


Prior to the expo, Lindsay Kos emailed Tina and I to tell us that Chobani would be at the expo and that we should drop by.  Little did I know that I’d come home with an entire canvas bag FULL of FREE Chobani!!


(I can’t say it enough – I LOVE this company!  Their product, their blogger outreach, the way they conduct themselves.  And NO – I don’t get paid to say that.  It’s just the truth.)

After exploring the expo and spending WAY too much money on a Nike top for the race, we headed to dinner with Travis’ sister and some friends. 


Roasted Eggplant, Portobello Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Pesto Sauce on a homemade crust!


When we got back to the hotel room, I was ready for bed and it was only 8pm.  I also started getting that nervous feeling in my stomach.  So I did what I do best – organized.


Everything laid out for the race:

  • Nike Dri-Fit top and running capris.
  • Thorlo Running Socks (a race tradition..must have a brand new pair for every race!).
  • iTOUCH/headphones.
  • Garmin 405
  • Spibelt, with Sport Beans tucked inside.


I did NOT sleep well.  Chalk it up to pre-race nerves or being in a new place, but I got maybe 2 hours of sleep.  Bleck.  Around 6am, I got a quick shower, put all my gear on, ate a banana with sunflower butter and chia seeds, then headed down to meet Tina and Lee


Meeting up with them was actually a huge feat!  The streets were absolutely SWARMING with people!  18,000 runners overall!


We got in our corral and waited for the start. 


Tina and I started out at a pretty decent pace – due to the skyscrapers, both of our Garmin’s were wonky, so we decided to go by feel.  We hung together until Mile 4, then I broke off (Tina was still not completely recovered from being sick earlier in the week.)  The course was hilly, but manageable.  My legs and lungs felt strong until Mile 11, when we started the UPHILL finish!  I kept telling myself that I only had 2 miles left, but they felt ROUGH.

Finish Time:




Not a PR, but I’m happy with it.




We met up with Heather, her husband, Kirk, and Lee after the race.  Check out Heather’s tutu!  I need one!



Centennial Park was hopping!  A live band, tons of sweaty people and one cranky Clara.  We chatted for a while, then went back to my hotel room to shower (thank you, Omni, for a late checkout!)

I was tired.  I was clean.  I was starving.

Enter Stone Soup Kitchen and healthy living bloggers (who all had no problem taking pictures of their food.)


Laura, from Sprint2TheTable, joined us all for a blogger brunch, which turned into a lunch.  We chatted, sipped coffee and enjoyed talking about BLEND!


It honestly felt like I already KNEW KNEW these people (not just read their blogs).  I like when that happens.  And it rarely does.

The table was loud until….FOOD!



His: Biscuits and Gravy, Chicken Sausage, Cheese Grits.


Hers:  Garden Scramble – 2 eggs + Mushroom + Red Peppers + Avocado + Sprouts, with a side of black beans and a whole wheat biscuit.  SOOOO good – I would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone living in/visiting Atlanta!

After saying our blogger-friend goodbyes, Travis and I found the nearest Trader Joes.  I *only* spent $60 (a HUGE accomplishment) and got a little treat for the road.


After picking up Henry and chatting with the in-laws, we’re now finally home, unpacked, showered and ready for bed.  Yep, you read that right – 3 showers in one day. 

A great weekend, all the way around.  I very much enjoyed the atmosphere and the people! 

Marking one more race off my list was just an added bonus!


A special thank you to Travis and his parents, for watching my children while I did this crazy racing thing.  I couldn’t do it without you!

**Reminder to get your Tuesday Trainer submissions to me by tonight!!  We’re resting, so you have no excuse not to participate!**


  1. Marla-Deen says:

    I just re-discovered your blog and loved your Georgia Marathon recap! I did it, too, and have to say that I MAYBE slept 2hours the night before. . . And the 12th mile just about did me in! Congrats on your time!

  2. Laura says:

    What a fun race report to read–sounds like a full, satisfying weekend. Congrats on such a strong race! And I love that you got to squeeze a blogger meet up in there, too. :) Your daughter is SO sweet. Love the pic of her with the medal around her neck!

  3. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama says:

    Wow! $60 at TJ’s? That’s a PR all in itself! Congratulations! :)

    Seriously, great job racing! I love your ‘thank you’ at the end to your hubby. My hubby is put in the situation every time I run a race. It’s always great to have a fantastic support crew!

  4. Nicole says:

    You’re such a rockstar. Do you have an itch to do a full?? They sound fun, but man, they suck worse than halves ;) Congrats!!!

  5. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says:

    Great race! I wish I’d spotted you , but I think you were probably running past during my coffee break, Speedy. :)

    It was SO great to meet you. I hope we see you again soon – we’ll keep you posted on the next ATL blogger meet up and we have BLEND!!! :)

  6. STUFT Mama says:

    Congrats on your race! :) Looks like it was so much fun to meet up with everyone! :) YOU just ROCK- that is all. I hope we can run together someday. :)And your family is the CUTEST!!!!!

  7. Christie says:

    Now I really wish we had been there (other than for the fun expo, good company, and race) as maybe you guys could’ve helped me talk Ryan into letting me go to BLEND!!! It just ins’t in our budget right now (mainly the flights out there- OUCH!). We’re not too far from one another so maybe we’ll get another opportunity to meet.

    Great job on the race!

  8. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning says:

    Wow- your race time is amazing! Especially if that’s not a PR!!
    Ha- I gotta say, I love seeing that Lee already commented on this, but I was HOPING that maybe you guys talked her into going to Blend! I’ve certainly mentioned it to her a few times! :)

  9. Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl says:

    Congrats on the race, and your little one is so precious sporting your medal. I love that! Have you ever tried the trader joe’s chocolate covered toffee bites in that same type of packaging? They are in a red bag and the world stops spinning for a few moments in time while you eat them.

    PR’s a just numbers, you still did awesome! ;)

  10. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    It was SOOO awesome meeting you this weekend – I felt the exact same way, it was great to feel so comfortable immediately! :) And we get to do it again in just over a month, for an entire weekend this time! So excited!!!

    And I can’t believe I forgot to do my TT video yesterday, I may have been glued to my computer all afternoon and could have used the break. Planning on filming when I get home from work tonight!

  11. AmyC says:

    I hope I get to visit the CHOmobile sometime very soon…super cool! That is a great finish and topped off with lunch with friends is the perfect reward in my book!

  12. Jess says:

    Awesome job!!! Even if not a PR for you, that is still an incredibly killer time!! I’d give anything for something so speedy, ha! I love all the pics too — especially the CHO mobile!! So jealous!! Also jealous that you got to hang with Tina and Lee, those ladies are awesome!

  13. Lee says:

    You did great! The last two miles of the race were pretty killer. I wonder if they did the race backwards it’d be mostly downhill because it felt like it was mostly uphill.

    Nice to meet you and I’m glad you got to go to Trader Joe’s. I did mention Blend to my husband and told him that everyone at the brunch table was going except me… so we’ll see!

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