Coffee Date, the Big Sur Expo and Some Pre Race Eats


Well hello.

We got home early today and it was back to the grind as usual.

You know, the spin thing

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and getting a few too many things from Trader Joe’s when I only went there to get us some produce for the week.

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Had to teach a couple classes tonight too and drove as fast as possible home to get my snuggles and kisses with these two.

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We’ve got big plans for this recovery week, so if things are a bit quiet you know where I’ll be.




I’m not quite ready to write a full recap about yesterday’s race just yet. It’s going to be all emotional and stuff and I’m just not ready to go there yet. Hope you don’t mind.


I do feel like sharing some of the other fun we had on our little racecation though. Lucky you.


Let’s see.

Yeah, the man was with me for the entire trip. He was even a honorary VIP at the reception.

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He he.


The hotel where we stayed in Carmel was Coachman’s Inn. It was cute. Small and hospitable. Our room had a little fireplace and they even delivered a continental breakfast to our door.

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Nothing too fancy, but it did have some fresh croissants.

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They also had fresh cookies out every night. I didn’t try any until last night after the race, but they were delicious.


Saturday morning I met up with Jaqueline for a little coffee date.

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We happen to be sitting by Courtney, who was in town with her cute family to run the marathon.

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She got a PR by the way.

It’s always so much fun meeting people in real life.

I could’ve chatted with Jaqueline all day, but she had to work and I had left a certain someone back at the hotel who was just dying to go to the race expo. He just loves those.

Speaking of love, I fell in love with this sign.

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We thought we’d save a few bucks and take the bus to Monterey. Someone had told us it was really easy and that there were frequent buses that went from Carmel to Monterey. Not sure if we just messed up or if they were lying, but after eating hard boiled eggs on the street and waiting over an hour we gave up and jumped in a cab.

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We were very excited to see the expo.

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The race expo was at the Portola Hotel in Monterey, the same place it was last year and the same as the half marathon in November.

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The expo is a bit on the smaller side, but it is very well organized and always has lots of fun photo opportunities.

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Ha ha.

Bib pick up was a breeze and everyone was so helpful and nice.

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Andrew was pretty much begging to go hang out around the main expo hall so we did that next.

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I bought a few Nuun and GU necessities.

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After I bought the new Nuun Energy I had to ask what was different about it.

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The guy told me it has the same amount of caffeine as the caffeinated Nuun tablets, but added B vitamins for energy. Sounded good to me.

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I made a quick run through while trying to push Andrew along with just a few other stops.

No surprise that I ran into my man Bart Yasso yet again. I mean, he is just everywhere.

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I checked out some cute Asics race gear.

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I also found a new event that I really want to do. It’s the Lake Tahoe triple marathon.

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That’s right. Three days. One marathon a day. Sounds like a blast, doesn’t it?

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I mean, if that doesn’t sound fun, then the Lake Tahoe Super Triple sure does.

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I’m trying to get the family on board for a little weekend trip for this one. We’ll see.


And no expo is complete without some Ghirardelli chocolate

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and some All Whites egg whites.

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They were mixing egg whites with strawberry lemonade as a little protein drink. I’m going to have to try that.

I keep hoping I win the year’s supply that they are always giving away. No such luck yet.

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Some day, but for now I’ll just be happy with my little bag.


My Runner’s World buddies were giving away Grape Nuts

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and SVE Timing was giving some great advice on how to properly wear your race number.

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I don’t know why I think that’s funny.


As a Boston 2 Big Sur Challenger, I got Dean Karnazes’ new book.

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Obviously I had to get him to sign it for me.

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Yep. We’re pretty much besties.

I told him thank you for inspiring all of us and he said, “I’m just doing what I love, just like you.”

Gotta love that outlook.


After I finally pulled Andrew away from the expo, we headed out to Fisherman’s Wharf for some food.

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The Old Fisherman’s Grotto caught our eye.

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They had the best sign outside.

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Ha ha. We remember walking past this place in November with the boys, so we had to give it a go while we were by ourselves.

Andrew made sure the Bloody Mary lived up to the price.

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I spotted Okinawa purple potatoes on the menu and asked if there was any way to get just a plain baked purple potato.

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There wasn’t.

Andrew went for the crab cakes

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and I went for this salad roasted scallop and shrimp salad.

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We made a pit stop at the candy store for some post race goodies.

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Oh heck yes, you better believe I bought one of those apples and ate it Sunday night after the race. I had only been wanting one since the last time in November.


Later Saturday night we were on the hunt for some pizza for my pre race dinner. We ended up at Little Napoli. I was high maintenance as usual and wanted a no cheese pizza creation that wasn’t on the menu. Well, they were awesome and acted like it was normal and made this magnificent one for me.

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I was in heaven.

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I was also in the clean plate club. Yes, yes I was.



And now, I’m about to be in the going to bed at a decent hour club.

My focus this week is rest, hanging with the boys as much as I can and to not stress. Take things one at a time and whatever doesn’t get done can get done tomorrow.

Sound good?

I wish it was that easy.


Have a good one.

Hope your week is off to a great start.

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  1. 1
    Mark V says:

    I really enjoyed that Expo – it was just the right size for my running support team (wife and daughter, non-racers) and I walked out of there with a new pair of Newton’s, 4 pairs of Balega socks and signed up for Lake Tahoe Marathon (just one) in September and Napa Valley next March! This was my first trip to the Big Sur Marathon, so it was a spiritual experience.

  2. 2

    I remember when you found those giant chocolate apples last time! I was all excited about and now I am excited once again! lol. I am telling you, next time you find yourself in Disney World, you just must get one there. They are the best!

  3. 3

    I ran the Big Sur Marathon a couple of years ago. Monterey is a fun area to be in! I had pizza for my pre-race dinner this week just before I ran a 25K race, too. So nice that they made you a special one!

  4. 4

    I have decided I have to do Big Sur one of these days! Looks amazing!

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    Chrissy says:

    I am laughing over that bib information sign! Of course, I always get a little smile when I see people wearing their bibs on their back.

    And as a NC girl, I can’t help but notice the guy in the NC State sweatshirt on the sign!! I am glad to see he is wearing his bib the right way :)

    Can’t wait for the recap!

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    Carla says:

    you my FAB FRIEND be a machine….

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    I feel like I’ve said it a million times, but you are SO amazing. The Boston to Big Sur amazing results are one … and then coming back, taking care of your family, teaching spin, etc … you balance so much! Sorry they couldn’t give you your sweet potato, but it seems like everything worked out just fine! And i’ve heard Tahoe is gorgeous!

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    Melissa says:

    That bib sign IS hilarious for so many reasons. Welcome home and enjoy them snuggles!
    CONGRATULATIONS as well, can’t wait to read the real recap and shed some happy tears for you :)

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    Kathy says:

    Why do people put the bib on their leg? I have never seen a pro/elite do this so why do some think its acceptable? ha! Looks like a fabulous time with the man!

  10. 10

    How do you even find the time to do this post!!! :) Amazing lady! Love the kiss pic!!!!!

  11. 11

    That chocolate apple looks amazing!

  12. 12

    Great pictures! Combining a race with some family/husband time away is just the best for me, seems like you had an awesome weekend as well.

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    Jacqueline says:

    Oh my gosh that pizza!! I need to check out that place + Katy’s per your recommendation.
    Congrats on a killer race and awesome weekend. I’m so happy you + your main man got some alone time while visiting what I call paradise.
    It was so nice to chat with you over coffee, next time you come I’m calling in sick to work. ;)

  14. 14

    Congrats again on the awesome race! I think I did hear you cheering at the finish line….so great to meet people that you think you “know” over the internet. :) I hope your next races go great and hopefully we’ll run into each other again. Maybe Big Sur again next year!


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