Last weekend, I had the honor of running the Fit Foodie 5k in sunny San Diego. I was an ambassador for this year’s event and was so thankful to be able to participate in all of the fun and have a few friends join me.
The Pre-Race Details: The Fit Foodie team absolutely nailed it. Packet pickup was the night before at Soda & Swine, a local favorite, complete with kombucha and snack samples while we waited in line. On the morning of, there were plenty of bathrooms and short lines — a necessity — as well as great pre-race music to wake us up. I also really appreciated the later start time at 8 a.m.
The Course: A beautiful 3.1 mile loop (no out and back — woohoo!) along Liberty Station by the harbor. The course was a good mix of concrete sidewalk and dirt paths. It was mostly flat with one teeeeny little hill to get up and over a pedestrian bridge, but it was quick! I really enjoyed racing somewhere other than the road; it felt nice and private. This is a fast and flat course for a PR – we ran 8:13/mile.
Course Support: was stellar! There was a water station at mile 2 and just before mile 3. I believe the station before mile 3 had some food/goodies to snack on, but I didn’t want to stop so close to the finish!
Nice job kim!!! When can we sign you up for your first half-marathon?
The Medal: Perhaps my favorite yet! Seriously, does it get any cuter? Thanks for the photo, Ali!
Post-Race Party: Amazing! There were group workouts, dance parties, cooking classes, group stretching/yoga, music, fun…and so much food! We got to try fancy gourmet plates that were being prepped on site, in addition to grabbing a lot of swag and snacks to take home.
And we enjoyed a cold glass of Stella — chalice and all – in the beer garden.
The Swag: oh, the SWAG! The sponsors went above and beyond and treated us to so much!
I even got to bring home a treat for chase!
We had a fantastic time at the Fit Foodie Festival and 5k! I was so impressed with all of the little details + planning that made this race stand out among the rest. Thank you for having us — we’re already looking forward to next year!
For more info on the Fit Foodie Festival + 5k series, and to see if one is coming to your hometown, visit http://www.fitfoodierun.com/.