Pre and Post Race Atlanta Fun

 

Well hello friends! I hope you had a fabulous 4th of July!

I just got to spend the holiday weekend in Atlanta with Mizuno and holy cow was it ever fabulous.

The Peachtree Road Race was the main event (The biggest 10K in the US), but there was also so much other excitement going on.

Let’s see. Before I left the weather in San Diego was hot and muggy so I got a little taste of what things were going to be like. Ha.

The boys and I have been keeping very busy during our summer and making sure to get outside at least a couple times a day. Before I left we had a boot camp park date with some friends. It’s really a win win. The boys get to play with their friends and my girlfriends and I get a little workout.

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And yes, mountain climbers are always a great idea. Ha ha.

We made our first of many summer stops at Jamba Juice. I went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where it originated so I always feel cool walking into one. The boys were all about wanting to try the new Colada Fruit Refreshers.

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They went for the tropical one.

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I got super excited when I saw they had ginger shots on the menu.

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She asked me if I wanted a little cayenne in there. Um, yes. I think she saw how excited I was so she asked me if I wanted some extra. Oh heck yes.

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It was glorious.

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For everyone.

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I tried to drink up my greens on the way to the airport with a little Suja juice on the go.

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I get so paranoid about germs and health and traveling so I’m always super conscious about getting as many greens as possible. I’ve been popping Vega chlorella pills like crazy lately too. I’m digging that stuff.

I slept pretty much the whole way out there which was so rare. Love it though although the guy next to me may not have since I’m fairly certain I was sleeping with my mouth wide open.

Upon arrival I was greeted with the most amazing patriotic Mizuno package of goodies.

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It was getting late and I was starving so I took a little walk to a nearby pizza joint called Buckhead Pizza that I saw online had gluten free pizza.

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I walked back to the hotel with all my goodies and ate pizza in bed.

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Let’s see. I did a lot of eating in the hotel room actually.

This was the first trip in awhile that I ate every single thing I packed. I’m so glad I had all my favorite Vega Sport goodies for the road. Yep, they’re all gone.

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This was also my first time mixing Vega protein powder with water only since that’s all I had in the hotel room and it was pretty tasty. It’s better as protein ice cream obviously, but if you need a protein drink on the go it’s an easy one.

Other protein bars I consumed were a sugar cookie flavored Up bar I got from Vitacost with a little NuttZo on it

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and a double chocolate chip Quest Bar. That was eaten while watching Bruce Jenner’s before interview.

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I planned on running around a bit to explore the city on Friday, but the weather had other plans.

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I left some serious sweat buckets in the hotel gym though. It was rough. I lost count of how many times I stepped off the treadmill.

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I managed to pick up the weights that were there though and get in a few lunges, squats, rows, push ups and some core work. If I only have a little time and limited equipment those are my go-to moves.

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We hit up the race expo as a group.

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It was so cool to see the whole set up Mizuno had there.

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The Mizuno crew- Sarah, Abby, myself and Katie.

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We made sure to take advantage of the good photo opportunities.

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Wait, I wasn’t ready.

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I’ve never seen all the Mizuno apparel on display in such a big way. I usually just order everything online from their website.

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I spotted a couple fun things on the shoe wall.

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The Wave Inspire 11 shoes now come in black

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and the new Wave Sayonara 3s that are coming out this month were there.

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They’ve made a few changes so I’m curious how they’ll compare to the 2s.

We made our way through the expo relatively quickly, but made sure to grab a whole can of sparkling water. When they’re handing out whole cans, you take one.

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Our pre race dinner was at Buckhead Diner.

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That’s our amazing Mizuno guru Emily there with us. I don’t know how she does it all and she sure showed us the best time in Atlanta.

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The upscale diner is famous for their special potato chips with melted bleu cheese. Check these babies out.

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I mean if that’s not good pre race food I don’t know what is. Ha ha.

 

A recap post just on the race is on the works so I’ll skip to what we got to do after we dried up a bit.

We tried to stay dry and did a little kid free shopping. I almost forgot what that felt like. I even got to show off my cool rain bonnet on the walk to the mall.

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It did the job friends.

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Later that night we went to a Braves game.

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Coca-cola products are everywhere in Atlanta. I had a few while I was there. Who can pass up a Hug?

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Who can pass up an ice cream truck?

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Ha ha.

The morning before I left the weather was beautiful so I took advantage and went on a little adventure outside. I didn’t really know where I was going. I was hoping to find this park, but somehow I missed it. My run turned around to head back to the hotel right about when I nice gentlemen told me that I was running in a weird place, but that it was a nice day out. I took it as a sign.

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Seriously though, I love exploring new places on foot. It’s just the best way to get out there and see what’s around.  TO think if I would have just slept in and stayed in my hotel room I wouldn’t have seen this little squirrel running across the telephone line and gotten excited to try to take a picture for the boys.

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Sometimes it’s the little things.

I thought the squirrel was going to be the highlight of the day, but I was mistaken. I bumped into this guy at the airport.

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We’ve met before at Target so we go way back.

Ha ha.

Holy cow my first trip to Atlanta was a blast. I’ve never been to the south before and loved every second.

Now I can’t wait to squeeze those sweet boys of mine.

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Oh, there’s still a couple days left to enter to win the huge Vega Sport GIVEAWAY!

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Comments

  1. 1
    Sarena says:

    Darn it, we never got to meet up! I’m so glad you had a great time when you were here!

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    Sam says:

    What an awesome experience! I totally agree that running around a new city is the ONLY way to explore the landscape! Looks like you had an awesome trip. Happy Fourth!

  3. 3
    Sasha says:

    Looks like you had a great trip! Fun that you got to have a long weekend with your Mizuno girls!

  4. 4

    It was so fabulous to finally get to meet you in person.

  5. 5

    You are so much fun!!! I love all the pics!!!!! You & Charles – who would have know you go way back! 🙂

  6. 6

    So jealous you got to spend the 4th in my hometown!!! Buckhead Diner is awesome – I used to eat there all the time in high school. Next time you have to try Antico Pizza. Best pizza I’ve ever had, even counting pizza in Italy!

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    Laura says:

    How fun! Thanks for sharing your weekend with us!

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    Kim C says:

    Awww you were in my part of town!! Wish I had known. Looks like you had a great time 🙂 You’re the cutest.

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    Trevor E says:

    All of a sudden you look so mini beside him! I’m popping my chlorella for the day too! Can’t believe that’s the first time you had Vega with water!! I’m such a simple man… This is my favorite way. Actually, I’m probably just lazy 🙂

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