So yesterday was real fun….
And the food that was served for breakfast and lunch was a heck of a lot better than last year…
Fitness Magazine catered this Meet And Tweet real nice this time around and even included coffee with the breakfast.
Pretty sure that only at a healthy living blogger event will you be unable to locate a dairy form of milk.
Did you know that I tend to judge all events by the food that is served? A real win yesterday, a real win.
We were treated to a tasty lunch spread after having the opportunity to listen to three terrific and informative guest speakers.
Holly Rillinger, Marci A. Goolsby and Carla Hall (in picture above, from The Chew).
I took some notes which I still need to review in order to discuss with you in further detail.
Food, however, I am always ready to review and I am not finished showing you the lunch yet.
I am a sucker for roasted vegetables especially when they are presented to me buffet-style.
I made myself several plates during the lunch break and helped myself to a few servings of the salads because both of those were really good too.
The salad on the left contained roasted pumpkin I think? With candied pecans. Oh so perfectly combined.
And the quinoa salad was a nice addition to my plates.
I even had one of the green smoothie things and will admit that I liked it.
I actually missed the sautéed apple crisp-type cups but did get the picture for you.
I didn’t mean to forget to actually eat one, trust me. There was just so much going on that I was walking around talking to sponsors while trying to eat and not forget my Hoka One One box of sneakers everywhere I went.
Just like last year, we had the opportunity to walk around and schmooze with the sponsors in order to check out their products (and take them home!).
I recently learned about Hoka (rated tops by Runner’s World right now) but don’t know enough yet to give you my opinion. They are pretty in pink and comfortable at first sight though.
The amount of swag that I came home with may be more than last year’s Meet And Tweet bag of goodies.
I still need to go through it all which takes quite some time so bear with me.
Just like after your 9th birthday party at the roller rink, you come home to quickly tear into your presents but become so overwhelmed that you cannot possibly play with it all at once.
Good stuff though, good stuff.
How I lugged it all with me to the train, I still don’t know.
That’s right, you heard correctly, I ended up taking the train instead of dealing with driving.
We are talking a whole other level of #NYTough yesterday afternoon.
Good idea taking the train? Not exactly.
Here is a brief summary:
Train ride to city was fine.
I ended up leaving the Meet & Tweet slightly earlier than planned (I missed the three-mile run at the end of the program) to get home for my son even though he was supposed to stay after for soccer and I had other people on stand-by should I run late.
Something was just telling me to leave the city.
My phone was on low battery as the train decides to come to a halt in Jamaica due to signal problems just as my son is calling to say soccer is canceled so he won’t be staying after and is coming home regular time (which meant in like five minutes).
As I sat on a train that wasn’t moving with my 4% battery life and phone ringing nonstop between my son and everyone else who can get him off the bus, I wondered how it was we functioned before cell phones.
I wondered how it could be that my parents ever allowed me to ride this railroad not knowing if I was stuck at Jamaica (which I never ever was until yesterday) and how they functioned with me frolicking around the city back in the day without a cell phone at all.
When my phone went black, I felt so cut off from the world and my son, not really knowing exactly who was getting him from the bus.
At least I had the snacks to eat on the train. I really liked this Boom Chicka Pop. I couldn’t take a picture of it on the train since MY PHONE WAS DEAD but I saved the bag to show it to you.
I also nibbled on a Luna Protein Bar but didn’t like it because I felt as though it was trying to be a chocolate candy bar and it wasn’t making a good attempt at that.
The good news is that I made it home and my son was fine and taken care of like no big deal.
The best news is that had I not listened to my intuition which said leave city early, all of the trains after mine were delayed or canceled.
Next time remind me to just drive. And oh, speaking of driving, I kind of have to drive this afternoon to Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half & Festival!
Who has had time to pack or think about running these races? Not me.
But I did throw together some of the food I am taking with me. Priorities, people. Priorities.
Oatmeal packets, bananas, apples, a jar of Crunch Time, Justin’s Peanut Butter packets, box of jelly beans, yogurt, Ezekiel Bread, cereal and gum.
Those plastic containers I think will contain already cooked oatmeal and some sweet potato wedges.
Before I leave early this afternoon and before I even throw together my clothes, I will probably do a three-mile shake-out run.
I had planned on running yesterday and resting today but since I skipped the run at the Meet & Tweet, I am going to loosen up the legs today so I am good to go for tomorrow morning’s 5k and 10k.
Have a terrific weekend!
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