2016 Fit Foodie Weekend Recap

Disclaimer: As a Fit Foodie Ambassador, I received complimentary entry into the weekend’s events.  As always, all opinions are my own.

fit foodie recap

This past weekend I participated in my second Fit Foodie weekend, which was held at the Mosaic District in Fairfax, Virginia.  This neighborhood features specialty shops and restaurants, and was once again the host for the Fit Foodie race weekend.  My weekend kicked off Friday evening at the “Party with a Purpose,” which was held on the patio at True Food Kitchen.  After almost three weeks straight of rain almost every day, Friday afternoon and evening was actually quite pleasant (sunny and the temperature was in the high 60s), but as the evening went on we could feel the weather change and knew that rain was once again on its way.

Back to the Friday night party though.  Friday evening I met up with fellow ambassadors Deborah, Mar, and Colleen, and we were treated to delicious appetizers at True Food Kitchen, including tofu lettuce wraps, mini quinoa burgers, and hummus with pita bread and vegetables, as well as samples from race weekend sponsors Lorissa’s Kitchen and the American Lamb Board.  We also got the opportunity to mingle with Boston Marathon winners Bill Rodgers and Caroline Rotich.  It was a fun evening filled with good company and good eats.  You couldn’t ask for much more!

At the party with Mar, Deborah, Boston Marathon legend Bill Rodgers, and Colleen

At the party with Mar, Deborah, Boston Marathon legend Bill Rodgers, and Colleen

Some of the delicious food that we were treated to at True Food Kitchen

Some of the delicious food that we were treated to at True Food Kitchen

Saturday morning I woke up to pouring rain and the temperature in the mid-50s.  Since last Wednesday, I had felt like I was getting sick (I woke up Wednesday with a sore throat and started to feel congested on Friday).  I knew running in the rain wasn’t going to be my smartest decision, but as an ambassador I didn’t want to back out of the race.  I made a last minute decision about what to wear for the race (long sleeves with capris and a hat to keep the rain out of my face), got ready, and was out the door by 6:45.  The race started at 7:30, and thankfully Deborah had picked up my race bib and shirt the day before and brought it to me at the party, so I didn’t have to worry about picking up my bib that morning.  I easily found parking in one of the Mosaic District parking garages, and then made my way to the Target lobby to stay dry and warm for as long as I could before the race started.  Inside, I met up with Deborah and Mar, as well as a coworker who also ran the race.  It was only a few minutes before the start of the race when we all headed outside to the start line.

Before the race with Mar and Deborah

Before the race with Mar and Deborah

Since I wasn’t running this race focused on speed or finish time, I didn’t set any goals for myself prior to the start of the race.  Because of how crowded the course was for the first half mile or so, and how slow my pace was initially, I’m glad that I went into this race wanting to focus on having fun.  The course itself is two loops, the first loop, approximately two miles, goes through the shopping area and residential area of the Mosaic District, and then the second loop, or last mile, repeats the shopping area part of the course.

Even though it was pouring for the entire race, I successfully avoided running through any major puddles for the first two miles.  Then just after passing the mile two marker, I was unsuccessful in avoiding a puddle, and my feet were soaked.  After that I continued to hit puddle after puddle, and not only were my shoes soaked but they also became heavier with each puddle that I hit.  Somehow, I still managed to cross the finish line in 30:38 (9:53 pace).

After the race, I received a bottle of water, a hand towel, and a bag filled with delicious goodies.  I immediately made my way back towards the Target lobby in an effort to step inside for a moment and regroup since I was soaking wet.  I ran into Mar, and we decided to take a quick walk through the finisher’s area, where lots of race weekend sponsors and local restaurants had tables set up with a variety of foods to sample.  While walking around, we ran into Jenny.

The finish line festival

The finish line festival

Two of the many delicious dishes we were treated to post race

Two of the many delicious dishes we were treated to post race

With Mar and Jenny

With Mar and Jenny

Even though the weather was miserable, which is beyond anybody’s control, I still had a great time again this year at the Fit Foodie 5k.  While the course is far from stellar (it isn’t scenic, has a lot of turns, and several narrow parts), its the after party that makes this race experience worth it for me.  Even though I was soaked from head to toe, and freezing, by the time I made it back to my car, I’m beyond thankful for the opportunity to have been an ambassador again for this race series.  I hope to be able to participate again in the future!

QOTD: What is your favorite post race treat?

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36 Responses to 2016 Fit Foodie Weekend Recap

  1. This sounds like so much fun, in spite of the terrible weather. I hope you are feeling better!

  2. Definitely loved this race experience, agree about the course. But good time had by all even in this ridiculous weather! Great seeing you as always 🙂

  3. Karen :0) says:

    Sorry for the bad weather but it sounds like you made the best of the situation! All of the food looks and sounds delicious!

  4. Chaitali says:

    I agree that the after party is what makes this race! I enjoyed that part last year. And it’s nice that there was somewhere to stay indoors and dry before the race at least so you didn’t start out soaked.

  5. Lesley says:

    Bad weather’s awful, but you’re right, all the runners are experiencing it. I reminded myself of that when it was raining walking to the corrals for Tink. We were all getting wet, but that didn’t mean the race couldn’t be fun.

  6. This looks like fun! Cool you got to meet up with blogging friends also. The food all looks amazing.

  7. I don’t mind the rain so much and it can be nice if it’s light, as long as there is no puddle-soaking of feet! I feel you on how much worse that makes it.

  8. I was sad to have to miss it this year. The food afterwards is always amazing. (And honestly, it was sooo hot last year that I think I would have preferred this year’s weather.) Great job on nearly sub 30 with that many people and those conditions.

  9. Ana says:

    Aside from the rain, this sounds like a great event! thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  10. It was great to hang out with you all and I had a fun time despite the rain.

  11. Sounds like a fun weekend! Sometimes I go to events with less than stellar courses because of the after party or extras involved with the weekend. Particularly when I get the chance to hang out with my mud run team.

  12. Sarah Mears says:

    Ah, yes, the rain. I’m over here on the eastern shore and we’ve had it bad too! It’s finally sunny and gorgeous here (its taking everything I have not to blow of work and crossfit to head to the beach this afternoon). Is it nice over near DC now? My parents are in Ashburn and instead of bearing the crowds here over Memorial Day we’re heading there and my toddler asks if their pool will be open EVERY DAY.

    On another note, totally looking into Fit Foodie! It sounds right up my alley… 🙂

  13. carmyy says:

    My fav would probably be fries! Definitely feel like I’ve earned it!

  14. Pam says:

    The event on Friday looked like tons of fun with a fantastic selection of food to fuel for the race. Sorry your weather wasn’t better, but sometimes race day does not turn out as planned. Fit Foodie really puts on a nice event.

  15. tonee78 says:

    Looks like An amazing race, except for the rain, I hate running with wet feet. I am applying to be a Fit Foodie Ambssador in Tampa

  16. Ugh to the rain. Obviously, not my favorite in the least. However, the event and race looked really cool and I love that you got to hang with so many great bloggers! That makes it extra fun!

  17. sounds like a fun race! I have only run one race in the rain (wine and dine 2014) and it was definitely interesting to say the least! i prefer not to run in the rain mainly because of the puddles!

  18. Love this event! I love the combo of running and food! Looks like you made the best of the crummy weather!

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