Recently, I had the good fortune to be involved with a really fun event – the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend in Fairfax, Virginia. I was excited to be a race Ambassador for this event in its first year, and as you’ll see from my recap, it’s more than just a race – it’s a food and fitness experience.
I loved the concept – a whole weekend of events combining food, fitness, and fun. When registering, you could pick one event, a combination of events, or register with the “Make It A Weekend!” option, so naturally I picked ALL. Did you expect anything less? I’ll recap it event-by-event since it’s packed with all sorts of fun, all weekend long.
Packet Pickup in the Mosaic District
On Friday I headed to the New Balance store in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA, the site of packet pickup. There’s no “packet” – I grabbed my bib and t-shirt – and it was totally easy and smooth sailing.
If you haven’t been to the Mosaic District, you should – I loved discovering this gem of an area that weekend. It’s a really cool with shops, restaurants, and events like yoga in the park, farmer’s markets, and live music. The place was hopping on Friday night when I headed to get my bib and go to the VIP cocktail party.
Light Up The Night VIP Cocktail Party
I met up with my fellow race ambassadors at the reception, and we immediately headed for the food and beverages. Gotta try out all the good stuff! And good stuff it was – it was an amazing sampling of delicacies by top DC-are restaurants.
There was a lot of cheese. Amazing cheese - Sartori Cheese.
Sue from This Mama Runs for Cupcakes – maybe she should change it to This Mama Runs for Cheese?
I loved this cheese so much, and we received a gift bag filled with cheese, which is a huge hit in my house. It is seriously awesome cheese. (Can you tell I love cheese?)
It was nice to get a chance to relax and enjoy each other’s company dressed nicely, rather than all sweaty at a race.
The food was delish. This beef salad in a jar was the best thing I have eaten in a long time - who knew?? I’m going to have to try to make something like this at home.
So in summary: I ate a lot of cheese and had a few drinks with the ladies. A good time was had by all.
This is neither here nor there, but imagine how hip & cool I felt when I discovered that my glasses matched Lauren’s glasses!
There was a raffle – you put your tickets in the jar for items you were intested in. I didn’t win anything but it made it pretty fun to have a chance to win prizes like this one.
Fit Foodie 5K Race
Unfortunately, I woke up at the time I was supposed to be leaving, so I quickly got ready and raced out the door. The drive over to Virginia was quick and easy and I found parking easy in a garage near the start. Bonus!
The pre-race warmup was underway, which looked like tons of fun.
Since I was running late, I was intent on finding my friends for a pre-race photo so I skirted around it and headed to the find the gang.
We had some excited chitter chatter and photos, and soon the crowd was being instructed to head to the starting line.
A few thoughts on the 5K Race start:
- It was a mass of people all crowded towards the starting line, and it didn’t seem as though runners had seeded themselves front to back according to pace.
- We thought to ourselves “this isn’t going to be pretty, keep your distance and don’t get trampled”!
- Thankfully, the organizers realized this and instructed a waved start. I was really impressed with how they handled this on the fly – they had a person standing at the start line, and the announcer said that everyone behind her should wait.
- Although not everyone could see her, and it was a little hard to hear the announcements, it worked because she was not shy about putting her arms out and instructing the runners.
A few thoughts on the 5K Race course:
- The route briefly went through a parking garage and my watch lost GPS signal. Therefore, it was never on track with the course mileage while running, and the total mileage was short.
- It was an easy run through the garage, so it wasn’t a big deal to run through it, it was just not handy for tracking myself via my own Garmin. Thanfully it was a chip timed race.
- I liked the fact that the course had a mix of hills and flat, to keep it interesting for the 3.1 miles.
- The only negative was when the course crossed over itself – this happened a couple of times. It worked out okay, but it would have been a little easier if someone were really instructing people in a forward manner about who should yield to whom in that circumstance. No big train wrecks though.
And how’d I do? Awesome! I was thrilled with my 5K time and felt amazing for the whole race! Official time was 25:18, with an average pace of 8:09/mile.
Oh and I loved that they had computers there to check your results since my Garmin was off – what a thrill that gave me! I have never been on a leader board that I can recall – 5th in my age group!
After the race was basically a food tasting. This was really cool – vendors were set up with amazing, gourmet food to sample! I loved this idea and it really made the race feel unique compared to other races.
I didn’t get a chance to taste many things because I heard there was more food over at the finisher’s village. More food? And the possibility of more cheese? Yes, please!
Love DC Chefs Experience/Finisher’s Village
Wow, tons of fun stuff packed into the Finisher’s Village. There were coupons and samples of various products, Cooking Light & Health magazines handed out, food to sample, fitness experiences, cooking demos – you name it. Apparently there was alcohol too, but I had to rush off to get my son some medicine at the store so I couldn’t stay and party. I sampled some food, chatted with friends, and headed home.
Celebrity Sunrise Yoga
The fun didn’t stop on Saturday, on Sunday you could sign up for Sunrise Yoga or Boot Camp. For a yoga review, check Run Salt Run’s recap.
Power Systems Obstacle Course Bootcamp
I chose the Bootcamp, along with Erika/MCM Mama, and we had a great workout! It was taught by Patrick Goudeau, a celebrity trainer who kicked our butts, and was set up on the roof of a parking garage. There were stations set up when we arrived, so we knew what we were in for. This picture doesn’t really give the scope of all the equipment set up all over the roof.
He started the workout with warmups – relay race style, and we had two teams pitted against each other – with the punishment for the losing team being pushups. That got us moving!
Then it was time for the Bootcamp circuit that was set up. We did the circuit and felt encouraged and motivated at the same time! Patrick came around and had people dig deeper and work harder:
I had a blast and it felt great to do different workouts than I was used to. The first time through I couldn’t do this, but on the second – look at me go!
Thanks to Patrick for a great workout!
Celebrity Chef Brunch
After the boot camp, we headed to brunch. The food was lovely and varied, all healthy and fresh. It was a long table set up outside and it was nice to chat a bit with ladies from the boot camp since we were busy sweating during the workout.
Overall, a really great experience at the Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend, and I’m looking forward to next year! They also have races in Austin and San Diego if you’re in one of those cities.
A special shout out to all the fabulous sponsors of the Fit Foodie Race Weekend – they treated us well, and I think I’m in love with Cooking Light & Health Magazines, Sartori Cheese, and New Balance!
If you haven’t checked out these great companies please do – amazing magazines and cookbooks, incredible cheese, and shoes that made my feet happy! And hey, my shoes match my daughter’s now since she already had New Balance kids running shoes!
And did I mention CHEESE?