The Happiest Day on the Planet

 

Yesterday I had a one of a kind experience.

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I ran The Color Run!

The Color Run is known as the “Happiest 5k on the Planet” and that it was.

Even though I laid everything out the night before I got up ay 7 a.m. to give myself some time to wake up, eat and get ready. My fuel was a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and banana.

I drove downtown and met up with my friend Karen to walk to Vinoy Park, where the race was starting.

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She had the brilliant idea of taping our shoes so they didn’t get dirty!

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As we approached the park we saw the color stations being set up.

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When we got to the park we got behind the start line. Lots of people! And so many had such great costumes, from tutus to unicorn horns…we vowed to think of something fun for next year!

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I did have some fun sunglasses to wear. Plus a bandana to cover my mouth and white knee highs for extra color coverage!

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I wanted to get some race action shots, but was too afraid of my phone getting color on it. I’m sure it would have been fine (the color is essentially colored cornstarch and 100% natural) but even still it stayed safe in my Spibelt in a ziploc bag. 🙂

We went through four colors: pink, blue, orange and yellow. It was a great course that took us up to the Pier and down Beach Drive. This was truly a fun run. The race wasn’t timed so there was no pressure to make a certain time. There were walkers as well as runners. I ran because I was counting this as my exercise for the day and I hadn’t run in a while. I started off running with Karen, but eventually had to slow down. With not having run for a while and  being sick most of the week I wasn’t feeling my best. Karen timed herself and ended around 31:00 so I imagine I ended around 35:00.

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The race was sold out. There were 10,000 people! As we watched people finish they just kept coming and coming!

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As promised, this was the most fun race I’ve ever ran. If it’s coming to your city and there’s still spots left I definitely recommend signing up!

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Later that night my friends Karen and Lora co-hosted a Champagne and Cookies holiday party.

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I arrived early to help set up.

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This is actually just some of the food. Lots of other goodies were added! I made the two plates of skewers you see there. Plus this spicy cranberry cream cheese dip that hardly got touched cause I think people didn’t know what it was…but it was really good!

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Mmm Lora did an awesome job making cookies! They were all so good.

Karen has an awesome condo downtown and the building has a spacious party room for residents to use. With beautiful views of St. Pete it was an excellent party spot.

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An overall great night of champagne, cookies, food and friends!

Have you done The Color Run?

Yelp, La V and The Jeff Norton Awards

Looks like I’m playing a bit of catch up here…

If you all are familiar with the review site, Yelp, then you may know that they have Elite members. To become Elite all you pretty much have to do is send an email to your area’s community manager telling them why you’d like to be an Elite member. They look over your profile to see if your active, have good reviews, etc. and if they like what they see you’re in. Then you get invited to some pretty cool parties such as last Tuesday’s So Long Summer party at The Avenue in downtown St. Pete. I was glad to see an event on our side of the Bay and one at a place I already knew I liked.

We had the whole place reserved just for us Yelpers and the tables were adorned with fun Yelp merch. Everything from bookmarks to chapstick to sunglasses.

Everyone went with the summer theme and were donned in their best summer attire. And boy did you need it…doors were open and it didn’t seem like the ac was on cause it was a bit warm.

First things first…hunch punch! I love this stuff. Perfect mix of sweet with that hint of fizz from soda. It’s so refreshing.

We hadn’t eaten dinner yet so had our eyes on the food. We were told it would be passed around, but after a few minutes of not seeing any I decided to investigate. We went around back and saw that there was a mini buffet set up. We grabbed a few of the last wings, which were reaaalllyyy good. We waited and waited for more food to come out, but it was taking a while. We eventually left because we were hungry and needed dinner! There also wasn’t too much to do. We said hi to a few familiar faces and there was a fun photo booth and cornhole outside (in the heat!), but it would have been fun to have some cool games or contests going on. Overall though I was glad we went. Looking forward to another one!

Wednesday we had our friends Kyle and Jesse over for dinner. They brought their adorable dog Barkely over too so Maddie had a playmate for the evening.

Short rib sandwiches. ’nuff said.

Jon has made these before and they are oh so good. And oh so not healthy for you. Braised short ribs, fontina cheese, marinated onions all on fresh white bread from Fresh Market. Asparagus on the side for something a bit lighter 🙂

On Saturday we went to a friends end of summer party in Tampa, but before we headed up we grabbed dinner at the new La V in downtown St. Pete. It’s owned by the same woman who owns Thuy Cafe, our favorite place to get banh mi and boba tea. Once I heard she was opening a restaurant I’ve been so excited for this place to open. Usually we like to wait awhile before trying a new place so they have time to work the kinks out. But we were in need of a dinner place and Vietnamese always sounds good 🙂

The decor is really nice inside. It’s tastefully decorated with clean lines and has a slightly modern feel. Simple and classy. The service was shakey, which we kind of expected since they hadn’t even been open a week. But everyone was nice and apologized for things being kind of slow. It did take a while for our food to come out, but it was worth the wait.

We started with the spring rolls. The peanut sauce was topped with a bit sirachi, which gave the sauce a nice little kick. Perfect pairing with the spring rolls.

I had the La V Bun Bowl with beef, grilled shrimp and egg rolls. (There’s vermicelli under there.) It was wonderful. Fresh and flavorful. And just the right amount too. The meat was excellent…I just wish I had gotten more than two shrimp :/

Jon had the La V Rice Dish, which was pretty much mine, but with rice. He was a fan so you know it’s good!

On Monday we had the pleasure of attending The Jeff Norton Awards, which are an awards ceremony that recognizes the best actor, actress, director, etc. for local Tampa Bay theatre companies.

I was surprised at the little amount of people who showed up, but it was a very well done event. The host was hilarious, there were great snippets of performances and we got to see some friends and dress up. I’m writing a blog for Articulate on it and will post it when it’s up 🙂

Fitness Update

After a 3 week hiatus I’m determined this week to get back on track with my race training. I’ve decided not to do the 10k I had planned in September so I’m really not that much behind in my training. I think every once and awhile our bodies just need a break and we need to give it to them. Then we can come back stronger!

Maddie Update

We have the most perfect dog in the world. It’s true. She’s so sweet and loves everybody. She’s smart and overall just a good dog. Love.

Are you on Yelp? Are you an Elite member? Any good restaurant finds this week? Do you have an awards ceremony for local theaters?