Fit Foodie Festival and 5K 2018 – Race Recap

Some of you might not know this, but I have been running for the past 6 years. Having my sons put a bit of a gap in my running, but I finally laced up my running shoes for a race last weekend.

Over the past 6 years, many of my personal goals have been centered around running. My most recent goals actually included my twins (sort of). Before the boys were born, I had the goal of completing a half marathon while pregnant, and this year, I had the goal of completing a race with my sons in their jogging stroller.

I am proud to say that I achieved that goal!

Last Saturday, hubby, the boys, our BOB Duallie Stroller and I headed down to Liberty Station in Point Loma for the Fit Foodie Festival and 5K.

Arrival and Pre-Race

We arrived at Liberty Station around 7:15 AM, and there was plenty of parking! We loaded up the stroller, and then headed down to the festival area. I still had to pick up my packet since I skipped packet pick up on Friday night, as I did not want to drive down during rush hour traffic with the boys in tow.

The lines were a little lengthy but moved quickly. After I got my bib and got situated, hubby headed back to the car to try to take a nap, and I wandered around the festival. Many of the booths were already set up and handing out samples. I was lucky because I could stash so much stuff in my stroller. We had food samples, drinks and snacks for the boys and hooded sweatshirts in there!

Another difference between this race and other races that I have run is that since it was a 5K, I didn’t really feel the need to go to the bathroom before the start. It would have been hard for me to do anyway, since I’m not sure how I would keep an eye on the boys while I was in the port-a-potties!

We took part in the pre-race warm up and then headed to the starting area. Participants with strollers were told to line up in the back, which I did. The start was a wave start, so we wound up being in the 8th wave.

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Getting ready to start!

Fit Foodie 5K

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Almost at the front of the start

Running with a stroller proves to be quite difficult when you are doing a road race. The beginning mile of the course had lots of narrow spots so it was basically impossible for me to run. This section was by far the worst in terms of bottlenecks. It was so narrow and it irritates me so much when walkers insist on starting in early waves and block the entire path. Anyway, I was super frustrated that I couldn’t run or pass people.

A fun element of the Fit Foodie 5K is that the race features snack bites at each mile, but since I was running with the stroller and did not want to stop a bunch of times on the course, I skipped the first and last bite and all of the water stations.

The first bite was a donut, the second was a brownie, which was yummy, and I did not see what the third bite was.

I did not get to take in much of the course as I was more concerned with no running over walkers and trying to make my time goal. There were some pretty spots along Point Loma and we passed this neat ship. Excuse my ignorance, but I’m not sure what ship it is.

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Navy Ship? Not sure!

One of the best things about the course in my book was that it was super flat. There was just one spot where we ran over a bridge and back over again that had an incline. My biggest con for this course was the narrow spots and difficulty in passing people.

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Finish Line Photo by RaceWire

My official chip time was 37:51

I started my running app early and stopped it late, so my time on the app was 38:21. I was more interested in my split times though. As you can see, we definitely suffered from the blockage of walkers and narrow course because each mile got faster as we went. I also met my time goal of 12:30 per mile! Woohoo!

Mile 1 – 13:06
Mile 2 – 12:20
Mile 3 – 12:17 *fastest mile*

As we approached the finish line, I saw hubby on the sidelines and he met us when we crossed. I loved it! My fellow runners get how romantic this gesture feels! I was handed my avocado medal and then another volunteer handed me two more for the twins. So glad that they got medals too! They were amazing troopers through the whole race.

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We did it!

Festival

After we finished the race, we headed to the festival. There were cooking demos and lots and lots of food and a beer garden. We visited some of the booths that I had not already visited before the race.

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Cypress Grove Cheese

By this time, many of the lines were super long and we wanted to take the boys to the park before brunch, so we only went to booths with no or short lines and we also did not see any of the demos or visit the beer garden.

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Salad sample

If I do this race again, I will allow for more time to spend at the festival.

Post-Race Brunch

We had brunch planned for 10AM with my brother’s family, so we had to bow out pretty quickly. We headed to the park and then to Swami’s Cafe in Point Loma.

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Swami’s Cafe in Point Loma

I ordered the chilaquiles, and they hit the spot! After brunch, it was time for naps all around!

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Chilaquiles at Swami’s Cafe

Swag and Medal

I had lots of food samples to try and share! In addition to the booths, finishers also got a tote bag full of samples and coupons as you cross the finish line! Yum!

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Lots of food samples

Overall, this was a great, fun race to do to meet my goal of running a stroller-friendly race with my twins! I might even consider doing it again next year if this race returns to San Diego!

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Avocado medal

 

Fuel For Fire Fruit + Protein Smoothies for the On-the-Go Mom

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

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When do I get to eat? Once you sign up for motherhood, you can kiss nice, leisurely meals goodbye, unless you have someone else watching the kids!

That is why I am always on the lookout for healthy, convenient meals and snacks that fit into our current lifestyle. I was recently introduced to Fuel For Fire Fruit + Protein Smoothies, which come in super convenient pouches. They are a great option for a quick snack while you are out-and-about with the kids or as a pre- or post-workout snack between meals.

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Using Fuel for Fire on a walk with the kids and pup

About Fuel For Fire

Fuel For Fire was founded in 2012 by professional chef, six-time Ironman Triathlete and fellow parent of twins Rob Gilfeather. He wanted to create a convenient snack made from real food that provided natural energy to fuel and recover from his workouts. His mission is to change the way people eat on-the-go by making smart, impactful changes to their daily nutrition that support lifelong, healthy habits.

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Facts about Fuel For Fire

  • Made with 100% real fruit puree and whey protein isolate that is 99.8% lactose free
  • No gluten, soy, nuts, GMOs, fat or added sugar
  • Each pack delivers nine essential amino acids in less than 125 calories and contains more protein than one whole egg
  • Conveniently packaged into single-serving pouches that come with a built-in straw
  • Pouches do not need refrigeration, but taste great when chilled

Fuel for Fire is available in five flavors:

Coffee
Each coffee pouch has 122 calories, 11 grams of protein and 65 mg of caffeine! Ingredients include banana and coffee extract. I found the coffee flavor to be a little bitter and don’t usually need the added caffeine due to the time of day I would be needing a snack, so this was not my favorite.

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Strawberry Banana
The strawberry banana pouch has 105 calories and 12 grams of protein. I loved this flavor.

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Banana Cocoa
The Banana Cocoa pouch has 115 calories and 10 grams of protein. Another great flavor in my book.

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Sweet Potato Apple
The Sweet Potato Apple pouch has the least number of calories at 93 calories and 10 grams of protein. Unlike the other pouches, this one included cinnamon as an added spice. I personally thought that the cinnamon flavor was overwhelming and for some reason, I thought the consistency was a little weird compared to the other flavors. This was my least favorite flavor.

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Tropical *my pick*
The Tropical pouch has 116 calories and 10 grams of protein and included three fruits –  pineapple, banana and mango. This was by far my favorite flavor. It was light, refreshing and delicious!

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While I was not a fan of each and every flavor, Fuel For Fire made a great impression on me. I used them as pre-, during, or post-workout snacks to get me through to the next mealtime, and I found them to be perfect for this purpose. I also preferred them chilled, but run temperature worked better when we were on-the-go.

Where to purchase

Fuel For Fire Fruit + Protein Smoothie pouches typically retail for $2.99 each. They are currently available for purchase at fuelforfire.com, Amazon.com and select retail stores. To find Fuel For Fire in your area, visit fuelforfire.com/apps/store-locator.

I also wanted to share a special discount with you. You can get 40% off plus free shipping on any purchase on fuelforfire.com with the discount code SAVE40. Offer expires July 31, 2018.

San Diego Stroller-friendly Summer Runs / Races 2018

Since becoming a mom to twin boys last year, I finally made the leap and signed up for my first race – the Hot Chocolate 15K, which will be held next March. On top of crossing the finish line at that race, my racing goal for this year is to complete a stroller-friendly 5K with my boys.

As I am researching which race to sign up for by the end of this year, I have not found any place that lists stroller-friendly runs in a centralized, easy to find way, so I decided to gather this information myself and share it with you each season. I’ll try to also add any perks that go along with registration.

Without further ado:

June 2018

June 9: San Diego Legends 5K, Point Loma

  • Stroller and dog friendly
  • 5K or Kids 1-miler
  • Performance Event T-shirt
  • Finisher Medals for all participants
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Autograph booth featuring San Diego Sports Legends
  • Kids Fun Zone with bounce houses
  • Live DJ

June 16: San Diego County Fair 5K, Del Mar Fairgrounds

  • Stroller friendly
  • Event t-shirt
  • Free admission to the San Diego County Fair on race day
  • A $6 “Plus 1” voucher/ticket to the San Diego County Fair
  • 1 additional ticket to the San Diego County Fair to be used at a later date

June 23: Tony Gwynn 5.5K , Lake Poway

  • Stroller and dog friendly
  • Scenic 5.5K route with chip timing or Kid’s fun run
  • T-shirt and finisher’s medal
  • Post-race party with live music, beer garden, food trucks and vendors

July 2018

July 4: Crown City Classic 5K, Coronado

  • Stroller-friendly
  • Kids Fun Run
  • T-shirt and finisher’s medal
  • Also a 12K race but no strollers permitted

July 14: Pride 5K, Central San Diego

  • Stroller-friendly
  • Race shirts

July 21: Cabrillo Sunset 5K Run/Walk, Cabrillo National Monument

  • Stroller-friendly
  • Scenic sunset course
  • Race shirt

 

August 2018

August 19: America’s Finest 5K, North San Diego Bay

  • Short-sleeve, tech shirt
  • Complimentary beer in the post-race Ballast Point beer garden
  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher food bag
  • Finish line festival with live band, refreshments and celebration

August 27: Cristian’s Big Heart 5K Run/Walk, Bonita

  • Stroller-friendly