This past Saturday I participated in the Women’s Running Series Nashville race. This post recaps that race and is part of my partnership with Women’s Running Series through FitFluential.
Whew. What a whirlwind weekend! And a great one. I got baptized yesterday morning (more on that in a future post…and if you want you can watch it online at 8 pm EST Wednesday night) after a less than 24 hour jaunt to Nashville for the Women’s Running Series Nashville Half Marathon and 5K Race. Although the trip was short, Peter and I still enjoyed ourselves and the race was an A+ experience well worth it.
Peter and I left Friday at around noon to make the four hour drive up to Nashville, TN. It was easy navigation and we quickly found ourselves in the music city of Nashville.
After getting checked in to our hotel, we headed out to take a walk through downtown on our way to the race expo for race bib pick-up. Even though we didn’t stay at the official race hotel, we had no hassles getting around Nashville. It was a clean, walk-friendly city without much traffic to navigate.
At the expo, I picked up my race bib and checked in on what to do in order to run the 5K instead of the half marathon. It was an easy process and within minutes I had all the material and information I needed. I love expos that are efficient!
From there, we walked through the various booths. Obviously, for a women oriented race, there were many vendors geared toward women as well – running skirts, running charms, and other women’s races were the most common vendors. The Fellow Flowers set-up caught my eye the most with their cute tops that had various qualities like courage, strength, worthy, among others emblazoned on the chest and a description of each on the back.
I considered buying the blue content or green courage one, but then decided to save the money.
Although, now I kind of wish I had picked it up because that isn’t that shirt so perfect? Oh well. I still think I made out pretty well since the race shirt is a pretty cute one and everyone also received a copy of Women’s Running magazine.
So overall they had a great expo with quite a few things to see, but still easy to navigate as well.
After the expo we walked to find some dinner. We settled on Tavern Midtown based on the Yelp reviews, the menu, and the location to our hotel. I ordered a Turkey BLT sandwich with avocado aioli and gruyere cheese on pretzel bread. How delicious does that sound?
It was really delicious, but even more so alongside the house made sweet potato chips with a blue cheese fondue dip. Wow, good! It was a really heavy dinner with all that cheese. Good thing you don’t have to worry too much about meal choices before a 5K race, right? Ha! I don’t think that would have made for optimal fuel before a half marathon. While I kind of missed the thought of doing a half marathon distance the following morning, it was pretty nice to not have to plan out so many things in advance.
I’m going to go ahead and stop this post here and save the actual race recap for Wednesday morning. Otherwise, I have a feeling this post will get way too long way too quickly. Catch you soon!
Your Turn: Ever been to Nashville? Ours was such a fast trip we didn’t get to do much of anything…so I would love to know what those of you who have been there loved about it in case we visit again!