Hi! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I had a nice time at home in Philly for Mother’s Day! My roommate and I took the train home together on Friday and had plans to meet bright and early Sunday morning for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! Let’s backtrack to my pre-race dinner on Saturday night! My parents took me to a restaurant called Grandma’s Grotto, a gluten-free bakery and Italian restaurant. My mom eats gluten-free so she is a regular at this restaurant. My dad brought us a bottle of wine since it is BYOB there! I appreciate BYOB so much more now that I am used to paying $15.00 for one cocktail in NYC!!
We started off with some gluten-free bread!
For my main course, I went with the Chicken Napoli: chicken sauteed with broccoli rabe, sundried tomatoes, and roasted peppers in a garlic wine sauce.
The chicken was delicious! There was a ton of gluten-free pasta with garlic butter sauce under the chicken! Perfect pre-race mea!
The best part about the restaurant…the gluten-free baked goods!
Amazing!! We got a bunch of gluten-free cookies, a canoli, and a cupcake. I could not tell at all that everything was gluten-free! I wanted to take the baker home with me…
I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning ready to run! I was a little nervous but also excited since Jackie and I have been jogging a lot outside for the last couple of months!! I drove us to Philadelphia (so much fun after not driving for a year) and we found our spot with the rest of the runners.
My mom and I got a little creative the night before!
The shirt was huge so we decided to make it pretty! I got a lot of attention on race day!
Once the race began, Jackie and I jogged together at a nice pace for the first two miles. I loved running through Philly and felt much more at home than I did while running through Wall Street last year. The weather was perfect and I felt great for the first 20 minutes! We decided to not stop for any water because we were both scared of getting cramps. Once I saw the 2 mile marker, I was so happy but also so out of breathe!! My legs started to feel very sore and I just wanted to stop! After about 2.5 miles, Jackie had to stop and walk and I was not sure what to do. I felt bad but I wanted to keep running!! I went ahead of her and waited for her at the finish line. I could not breathe and was cursing but felt good enough to make it another half of a mile. I sprinted from mile 3 to the end and then collapsed onto the grass!
I made it!!! Official time: 30:59. I am very happy with this and know that I did my very best. Honestly, I have absolutely no desire to ever run more than a 5k! The race was really fun but long runs are just not my thing.
Try to find me!
One of the things I miss most about living in Philly is Wawa!! I was thrilled to see a giant Wawa tent at the end of the race! They were giving away soft pretzels, string cheese, donuts, grapes, apples, yogurt, bananas, and iced tea! I seriously forgot how good Philly soft pretzels are. If you’ve never had one, you are totally missing out!
Jackie and I walked around and enjoyed our free food and then headed back to my house to soothe our muscles in the hot tub!
Later that night, we headed back to New York with the kitty!
Besides dinner and the race, I also took my mom’s Zumba class! She is a great instructor and really got me sweating! Like mother, like daughter. I am going to be teaching intenSati again starting next week! Stay tuned for more details!
What did you do for Mother’s Day?