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3M Half Marathon 2016

If you run a race and don’t blog about it, did it really happen?

I’ve been swamped with homework and general life happenings the past couple weeks, so this post is coming at cha a couple weeks late. Long story short: I ran the 3M Half Marathon at the last minute because YOLO. While I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I will YOLO more this year. And YOLO I did.

The week of the race started off with little food poisoning on Wednesday from (most likely) a mahi sandwich the day before. By Thursday, I was feeling 70% better, which left me 30% dumb enough to book a flight to Austin on Friday morning for the 3M Half Marathon on Sunday. Online registration closed on Wednesday, so I had to wait for registration to open back up at the Expo and hope it didn’t sell out by the time I got there. So I basically ran the most expensive half ever by paying double because I registered late and by booking a flight two days in advance. But it was worth it, cuz this girl.

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That was Friday night. My plane landed and I literally Ubered to a bar to meet Melissa and her co-workers. I also had the best Uber driver because he asked me if I wanted to plug my music into his stereo to “get the party started.” How did he KNOW?

Anyway, it took my stomach a few days to recover from the food poisoning. Any time I ate, I didn’t feel so hot afterwards.  Luckily that cleared up on Saturday, right in time for this.

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My race day eve burger from The Silo on 7th. Which might change to a race day eve white rice and saltine cracker because…race morning, I woke up feeling OK but it didn’t take long for my stomach to decide otherwise. I made it to the start but the tummy trouble made it impossible for me to eat OR DRINK during the race. Thankfully it was cool out that morning or I probably would have died trying to make it to a banana at the finish.

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Overall, the race OK. There were no emergency runs to the bathroom so I’ll call that a win any day. My stomach definitely affected my speed. The faster I ran, the worse I felt which was such a bummer because I kept thinking about how MAGICAL my race was last time I ran 3M. Still, I’ve felt and done worse so I’m ok with it.

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I finished and that’s what counts. My medal glows in the dark, which also counts for something.

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I finished in 2:17:25. Six minutes slower than my race the week before.

Post race consisted of a delightful brunch at Jack Allen’s (minus the woman who licked her fingers and then touched the serving spoon *shudder*), many mimosas and Deep Eddy peach/sweet tea drinks, and then sadness because I had to fly home. Because let’s face it, I was in Austin for the company more than anything else.

I have one more half this season coming up on March 5, which Melissa will also be running. I swear I have seen her more in the past 8 months than I have seen some friends that live in town. Not that I’m complaining!

Plan for the next race: I have no idea. I’m upping speed training and hoping it’s not to late for it to affect my race time for a race that’s in 3 weeks.

 

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Gone Batty

I had a really good weekend. I mean, I’m super ready to go home, but my weekend was great and now I just need to get through one more week of work and then I fly back to the hubs Saturday morning. I kinda miss the guy.

The weekend started out Friday night when I had dinner with Megan at Bostons. I forgot to take pictures, but that is probably because I was too busy drinking booze and eating Megan’s dessert for her. If you don’t remember, this is her.

That was taken the last time I was in town. I’m so excited to have an official friend in Killeen!

Megan suggested Bostons because they have a drink that mixes sweet tea vodka and Blue Moon. I said yes right when I heard that. Bostons could have specialized in banana and mayonnaise sandwiches and I wouldn’t have cared. It’s a chain, because that’s all there is in Killeen, but I really liked it. It’s in the Cheddars tier of delicious restaurant chains for me.

Saturday afternoon, my co-workers and I drove into Austin and walked around the capitol a bit.

There was a Trayvon Martin rally going on with lots of guys with hoodies on walking around in 97 degree heat. I didn’t even think about the symbolism of that until my co-worker mentioned it.

Then we made our way down 6th Street where I’m pretty sure someone tried to show me their junk. I always thought junk showing was a nightly thing, but no, it happens during the day as well.

I am absolutely sure if I lived in Austin, I would be a full blown alcoholic because all the bars were open and pretty happening at 1:00pm.

We decided to have lunch at 1886 Café and Bakery, which is inside The Driskill, a hotel built in 1886 that is said to be haunted. I knew tacos were in my near future, so I went light with the Almond Goat Cheese salad.

There are few salads that I would describe as amazing. This is one of them. There were fresh strawberries under all that too. Super yum.

After lunch, we walked around until we were I was too hot and cranky. I scored one of the best slurpees of my life at 7-11, and then my co-workers dropped me off at Melissa and Brad’s house for a sleepover. We decided to keep it cheap since we tend to go out downtown and spend all the money, so our cheap night started out with this six dollar thing of beauty.

Torchy’s Tacos. You complete me.

I’ve been wanting to see the bats take off at the Congress Avenue bridge for awhile now. So, Melissa found this one hour tour on the Lone Star River Boat where you can see the bats from under the bridge. Best $10 bucks you can spend. Seriously. Besides being super cheap, the only thing you need to know is that the boat tour is BYOB.

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You can bet Melissa packed a case of beer and proceeded to hone her delicate, simultaneous beer and phone balancing skills.

Anyway, we got to see some beautiful views of the city from the water.

(Brad pointed out that the building right behind me is Silicone Laboratories. And there were two of them. Ahh yes. The boob jokes are starting, my friends.)

Closer to the time the bats take off, tons of people gather on, around, and under the bridge. I was so surprised by how many people came out.

Then it was time for the bats.

Just in case that doesn’t embed, here’s a link.

Close to a million bats take off every night during bat season (April – September, I think) in Austin. It’s the largest urban bat colony in North America. Really cool to see even when you’re getting pooped on.

After bat watching, we just chilled at the house while Melissa made me delicious drinks all night.

That’s Three Olives Loopy, with sparkling water and blended strawberries, lemon, and mint. Fancy stuff. I could get used to this personal bartender thing.

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Almost Home

Only one more day left in Killeen. I’m so ready to go home. Three weeks is a long time to be away and now I’m really appreciating my two week work trips. Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. Or in this case, be typed.

I’m pretty sure I’ve done a city-wide tour of fast food and chain restaurants since I’ve been here. It’s ridiculous. I don’t even want to talk about how I migrated from Whataburger to Sonic. Did you know Sonic has 25 flavors of milkshakes? I mean, that’s just a dare waiting to happen.

Some days drag on forever and others aren’t so bad. Minimal access to internet and my beloved phone for three weeks – not fun. Meeting a new friend – fun. Having the gold crown pop off my tooth on Wednesday – not so fun. Getting to see this little lady again – super fun.

I can’t come to Killeen without seeing her. <3

Speaking of days that are better than others, Monday night was one of those. Monday officially made the third week of this trip totally worth it. My co-worker, Ron, and I drove to Austin to see one of my favorite bands that no one’s heard of – IAMX. (By the way, Ron is one of the writers for this blog. Apparently it’s a big deal. So yeah, I know a superstar.) Anyway, the show was at a little venue on 6th street called The Parish.

IAMX is from England and they only have a handful of American tour dates – none of which were in Florida. I even posted about the bands I love that no one’s heard of back in 2011 and they were on the list. So I’ve been waiting for them to get their sweet asses to the states for a long time. When I found out I would be in Killeen when they were in Austin, I begged Ron to go with me, snapped up some tickets, and tried to forget the show was on a Monday night. (Who does that? Honestly.)

The show was amazing. They sound so good live. Though, I saw them back when they were called Sneaker Pimps, so I kinda new that. The whole show was really dark, so this is the best I could do for a picture.

I had such a fun time. I kept telling Ron how heavenly the lead singer’s voice is the whole concert and I think that only partially had to do with the drinks. Maybe. I’m sure he loved me professing my love for the lead singer all night. And being the DD. And taking me to Whataburger at 1:00am. Then there was the part where we still had to go to work the next morning. Actually, he might have gotten the short end of this stick.

So that’s what’s been happening in these parts. Now I’m looking forward to going home and getting back to Crossfit. I’ve kinda been slacking on that front because, well, Crossfit is hard and food is awesome. I’m going to miss wearing my eating pants.

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15 Reasons I Need a Muumuu

I ran the Fredericksburg Wildflower 10k on Saturday. I haven’t been running much since February and it was really humid, so I was super surprised that I PRed by a minute. Oh that’s right. I didn’t PR because I ran over a quarter mile in the wrong direction instead. But I’ll tell you about that later.

First, I want to tell you about the shenanigans that occurred after the race and through Sunday. To say I’ve been eating badly would be putting it mildly. Just when I was so full that I couldn’t possibly eat another bite, I did. My stomach is currently in a full-on revolt with my body and I never want to see a piece of clothing with a button or zipper again.

1.  German Reuben, German potato salad, and red cabbage from Winslow’s Restaurant in Fredericksburg

I noticed yesterday that Winslow’s was completely slammed on Urban Spoon but I thought everything was really good. Maybe I just have taste buds with low standards.

2. Peach cobbler

More like peach pie. Or piebbler. (new dessert!) I was annoyed that it didn’t come with ice cream. Who serves piebbler without ice cream? Of course, I ordered some and it was almost the same price as the pie. I’ll spare you the ice cream picture, just know that I was full and didn’t need it.

3.  Ombre cake from The Pink Pig

This is vanilla cake with vanilla frosting and a fancy name. I ate it about an hour after the piebbler. With my fingers. In the car. The frosting wasn’t even good. I still ate it all. Bad frosting is better than no frosting.

4. Pink pig frosted cookie

I ate that cookie shortly after the cake. I still wasn’t hungry and I may have been slipping into a diabetic coma. It was a disappointing cookie. We were told that we had to check The Pink Pig out and I wasn’t really impressed. I still ate it all. No cookie left behind.

5.  Gummy pigs

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I wanted to die at this point. My teeth felt like little pieces of sugary chalk but I still had to try them.

6. Bacon cheeseburger from Reunion Grille in Austin

It doesn’t look like much but that was a great burger. I really did consider getting a salad for a good 10 minutes, so I think that counts for something.

7. Bloody Mary bar at Z’Tejas

A BLOODY MARY BAR. What won’t these kids think of next? The Bloody Marys were four bucks each and had Grey Goose vodka. Pretty much heaven.

8. Tableside guacamole with tortilla chips

This guacamole was amazing. I made yummy noises while I was eating it was so good. I ate about 75% of it and was so full afterwards that I didn’t even want the meal I ordered. But I’m sure you know where this is going…

9. Barbacoa beef breakfast enchiladas

I only ate the enchilada part because they messed up my egg order. I don’t do eggs over easy. Runny yolks gross me out. The part that I did eat was amazing.

10. Fresh baked apple muffin with butter

So good. I don’t even like butter that much but somehow it made it’s way all over that muffin. I really buttered my muffin. < — couldn’t help it

11-15. Booze

I drink almost anything. Alcohol is delicious.

I think I’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel hungry. I have been uncomfortably full for 48 hours now. Texas might be killing me.

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What Went Right

I mentioned all the wrong things I did before my race, but somehow it still went well. It just goes to show that you can do everything right or everything wrong and it just comes down to the luck of the draw on race day. But, I thought that I must have done some things right in there somewhere. So, I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what those were and this is what I came up with:

1. I ate a LOT of carbs.

I normally try to eat low carb and I never carb load before a race. I’m a chicken breast, salad, and veggies kinda girl. That’s also what I’ll eat before a race because it’s normal for me. There have been times when I’ve eaten outside the norm and ended up in three port-o-potties, so I try to avoid it. This time it was a free-for-all of burgers, fries, and cookies – way more than I normally eat. I think this worked because I ate my big meal of the day for lunch instead of dinner. < — lots of time to digest

2. I drank a ton of water.

Alright, I’m going to give away my trade secret. I never have hangovers when I drink alcohol because I always drink one (big) glass of water for every drink I have. It always works. I tried to do that Friday night but the fun took over and it didn’t work out so well, so I knew I needed to make up for it on Saturday. Once I woke up, I started chugging water. I refilled my 16.9 oz bottle eight times and that doesn’t include the big water I had with lunch, a 32 oz unsweetened tea, and a can of sparkling water. So, I made sure I was hydrating all day.

3. I wore my Camelbak.

I know Camelbaks aren’t for everyone and some people like to hold water bottles instead, but this is what works for me because I hate running with anything in my hand and there are never enough water stops during a race. I stopped wearing my Camelbak over a year ago because I thought it was responsible for my shoulder pain. Turns out that I had an inflammation and it wasn’t the Camelbak afterall. So I filled it up with half water and half Powerade Zero and sipped on it throughout the race. Then I used the water stops as an additional reminder to drink more.

4. I did light workouts the week of the race.

Alright, this should be a no-brainer. But when I looked back at my Daily Mile for last week’s race, I had done six workouts. While I normally work out that often, that week included two hard Crossfit workouts and speedwork on Friday. So, no wonder I was ass-tired on Sunday during that race.

Before 3M, I worked out Monday (Crossfit), Tuesday (2 easy miles), and Thursday (5 easy miles). I even cancelled my Wednesday Crossfit workout just to make sure I wasn’t going to be sore in any way. The rest of the week was spent on the couch, including most of the day before the race.

5. The weather was perfect.

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My runs are always better in cold, overcast weather. I breathe better, sweat doesn’t drip into my eyes, and it puts me in a good mood. I would rather freeze my ass off in a race than be hot any day.

So there you have it. Some things actually did work in my favor and I’ll definitely try to repeat them next time around.

 

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Race Review: Austin 3M Half Marathon

So about that half marathon I ran on Sunday.

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If you read yesterday’s post, you know I did some kick ass preparation for this race. That preparation included no PRP (<— anyone remember that one?) the day before or the day of the race, so I was pretty sure I was doomed.

I woke up at 5:00am, had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, stuffed another PB&J in my sports bra for the race (now dubbed “boob food” by Brad), and decided to bring my Camelbak out from its year and a half long hibernation (half water/half Powerade Zero).

Melissa, Brad, and I left for the race around 6:00pm, parked about a block from the race, and sat in the car with the heat on until the last minute. We made our way to the corral about 15 minutes before the start.

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I tried to get Melissa and Brad to snuggle with me for warmth but they insisted on dropping me off at my pace marker so they could get to their own. Rude. So, I stood and froze for about 10 minutes before the race started with no one to snuggle (it was about 40°F).

Oh, I also decided to bring my Garmin. I know I said I was going to leave it home but Melissa kinda talked me into bringing it. I figured if anything, I could use it to keep from starting out too fast.

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I decided to start the race conservatively and see how it went from there because I was not in the mood for another crap race like last week. (I don’t normally post my mile times, but I want to look back on this for the next potential PR race.)

  • Mile 1: 10:02
  • Mile 2: 9:39
  • Mile 3: 9:37
  • Mile 4: 9:20

I kicked on some music at mile 2 and was feeling pretty good (i.e. no stomach issues and I didn’t feel like poking my eyes out with a fork). I mean, the course wasn’t much to look at but the weather was perfect for running and sometimes that’s all you need.

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The course had some rolling hills but was mostly net downhill.

  • Mile 5: 9:14
  • Mile 6: 9:24
  • Mile 7: 9:06

At mile 7, I got a little misty because I was still feeling so good. I’ve never felt that good during a race before. Then I reminded myself how lame it is to cry at mile 7 and pulled it together like a champ. Around this time is where races usually start going downhill for me and where music starts getting annoying and I have to turn it off. So I was really appreciating it.

  • Mile 8: 9:12
  • Mile 9: 9:24
  • Mile 10: 9:09

Mile 10 went by and I still wasn’t tired. At all. So I tried to push the speed a little more because I really thought I had a chance at a sub-2 at this point.

I was a little worried about mile 8.9 – 10.4. According to the elevation chart, it was all uphill but I didn’t even notice it. It was mile 12 that was a real bitch.

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Once I saw mile 12 in person, I was not amused.

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(By the way, both those course pictures were taken while running with the new camera I got for Christmas. I think those are the first non-blurry race pics I’ve ever taken.)

I knew I had to speed up if I was going to sub-2 and I really tried to sprint that thing, but damn, it was steep. Somewhere during mile 12, I knew the sub-2 wasn’t happening so I changed my goal to a PR (anything below 2:02:41).

  • Mile 11: 8:56
  • Mile 12: 9:05
  • Mile 13: 8:54

I really tried. But it didn’t happen. Finish time: 2:03:20…40 seconds short. Man, so close.

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After the race, I collected my medal and a woman came up to me and thanked me for pacing her. (!)

Who? Me? A pacer? BAD ASS. <—- coolest moment of the race

I circled back past the finish and waited for Melissa and Brad to come in. I was freezing at this point so I was never so happy to see them run down the finish chute.

Brad got a 30 minute PR!

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So, this wasn’t a scenic race and I didn’t PR, but it was still the best half I’ve ever run. I ran it 15 minutes faster than my race last week, five minutes faster than my race last month, and it’s my second fastest half marathon.  My PR race was in March 2011, so I have been waiting a long time to come close to that again.

While I would have loved to sub-2 or PR and I keep thinking, “if I wasn’t so conservative at the beginning, I would have had it,” I’m not disappointed in my time because this is the only race where I felt amazing during every mile. I never got tired, I never walked or stopped at a water station, and I never fueled because I felt like I had so much energy the whole time. Awesome.

This was also a point-to-point race, which I’ve never done before, and they are now my absolute favorite.

After the race, we stopped at Kerby Lane Cafe for brunch. I had a chocolate coffee to fat warm up.

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We waited 45 minutes for a table, but it was worth it. This hot mess is an English muffin with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato, avocado, and a vat of queso on top. Delicious.

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The three of us also shared three different flavors of pancakes (gingerbread, pumpkin, and peanut butter banana with Nutella) since I had to try them all. And really, it’s all about me.

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The pumpkin won the taste-off. Oh, and when I say we “shared” those pancakes, I mean I ate most of them because Melissa and Brad were too full.

Psh. Like too full is a thing.

I had an amazing trip. Thank you Melissa and Brad for being awesome hosts and to Melissa for letting me wear all her clothes, eat all her food, and use all her bathroom products because JetBlue decided my luggage was better off in Orlando.

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Worst Laid Plans?

Remember when I said that there were two exceptions to my non-drinking rule for the month of January? Yeah. So, one of those nights was Friday.

I seriously love Austin. It’s a town I would consider moving to. Plus, Texans are just so proud of where they live. That’s so cool. You never hear people say, “you know what’s awesome? Florida!”

Anyway, Friday afternoon I flew out to visit cutie pie Melissa. She picked me up from the airport and we went back to her place to chill for a little bit and collect her man, Brad, so we could grab some dinner. We went to The Park where I forgot to take pictures, but the food was amazing so you’ll just have to take my word for it. If you go there, get the green chili mac and the fried pickles. I don’t even like fried pickles all that well, but they were so good that I ate them all off Melissa and Brad’s plates. I knew Brad for about an hour at that point, so I’m sure he appreciated me putting my grubby fingers all over his food without asking.

After dinner, we headed to Lustre Pearl for drinks. Lustre Pearl sells moonshine, so of course we had to get a Lustre Lemonade (strawberry-infused moonshine) to go with our shots of Fireball.

Moonshine tastes like vodka. Or maybe the lemonade disguised the flavor? I don’t know. Just know, it was delicious.

After Lustre Pearl, we ended up going to four or five other places that night. It was fun. I’m not even going to talk about how many drinks I had, but whatever number is in your head right now, it’s probably more. It was one of those nights where you look back on the pictures the next morning and think you may have had too much fun.

So yeah, all that happened.

Saturday morning, we hit up the expo for our race packets. This is about the weirdest (and most useful) swag bag I’ve ever seen.

The swag was basically all stuff you would normally buy and had nothing to do with running. The race is sponsored by 3M, a company who manufactures all those products, so it’s nice to get something I will actually use instead of a mini-bottle of eye drops and a granola bar I’ll never eat.

After the expo, we headed over to Hopdoddy for lunch.

I continued my terrible eating from the night before with one of the top three best burgers I’ve had in my life. Plus, a ton of fries. No fry was left behind.

Then I washed that down with a red velvet whoopie pie.

Saturday night, Melissa made dinner for a small running blogger get together. I made a short-lived effort to be healthy by eating a black bean burger (minus the bun) and a small salad, but then I topped it with a ton of sweet potato fries and (literally) 13 Christmas cookies. I mean, I know 13 cookies is wrong. I do. But it’s like they were daring me.

Let’s not focus on that and instead focus on these awesome bloggers I got to meet. 🙂

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From the left, that’s Melissa, Moi, Courtney, and Chelsea. And I totally stole that picture from Chelsea. Also, Courtney’s husband Lucas was there too. He managed to evade the camera but it should be noted that he ran the half in 1:15! Crazy.

Anyway, what I’m saying here is, I did everything wrong for this race. Everything. But somehow it ended up being the best half I’ve ever run. I’m still a little surprised.

I’ll tell ya about it tomorrow. 🙂

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3M Race Plan

I’ve been keeping my fall 2012 race schedule pretty low-key after last year’s nine race burn-out. Currently, I’m registered for exactly two races: the Tower of Terror 10-miler at the end of this month and the Space Coast half at the end of November.

I don’t necessarily have a plan to register for more races, I’m just kind of playing things by ear. A couple weeks ago, this girl suggested I run the 3M Half Marathon with her.

After completely over-thinking it, I decided to register today. That means I’ll be heading back to Austin in January and running my first race in Texas. (I can cross another race state off my list!)

Anyone else running 3M?

I’m pretty happy about this decision mainly because the course is going to be an instant personal record.  I’ve already decided I’m going to pad myself in bubble wrap and roll down down to the finish.

I know what you’re thinking. There’s some uphill in that race too. Well, I also have a plan for that. Once the incline starts, I’m going to hop on my filly.

Thank goodness I don’t have to leave her at home this time. She hates that.

So that’s the plan.

I expect that I’ll have a good chance of placing in my age category.

 

 

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Have All the Fun

Now that I got eating all the things out of the way, let’s talk about the fun part.

The Austin thing worked out a lot better than I thought it would. I was expecting to drive there on my own, site see on my own, and meet up with Melissa in the evening. A couple of my co-workers, Mike and Kelly, decided they wanted to join me, so I was able to drive down with them and share a hotel room which made everything way cheap.

We found that almost every hotel was around $200, a little pricey when we only wanted the room for sleep. So Melissa suggested we bid for a hotel on Priceline. We did and won the bid at The Intercontinental, a 4-star hotel downtown, for $100. SO cheap.

In case you’re wondering, the girls got the bed. *Cue eyebrow wags* Mike got the uncomfortable couch.

You can bet I will be using Priceline bidding ALL the time now. How have I not used that before? The hotel was really nice, but for 4-stars, we all expected more. I’ve definitely stayed in nicer 2 and 3 star hotels. But it did the job and it was in a perfect location.

Once we checked in, we did a little site seeing. I forgot my camera in the hotel in Killeen, so I had to use my cell phone camera the whole trip. I was so annoyed. So, just imagine all the pictures in this post do not look like total shit.

We started by walking a couple blocks down to the capitol.

And that’s about where the site seeing stopped. It was hellishly hot, so we decided to go to lunch so we could get up in some A/C. We walked to Ten Oak where we met up with our other co-worker, Lee, who drove into Austin the night before.

After lunch and some drinks, I left my co-workers there to get their drink on while I walked back to the hotel to get ready for my big night on the town. I made the executive decision to wear boots. I know it’s 104 degrees out, but it’s Texas and when you’re in Texas, you wear boots.

Or so I thought. Because I swear I was the only one in Austin with boots on that night. It was a little disappointing. I really could have gone for some more cowboy action on the streets.

I met up with this little cutie for our quasi-blind date at Roaring Fork.

Melissa and I only knew each other through our blogs, but even so, I was fairly certain she wasn’t a creepy serial killer. Well, mostly sure.

We had some good food and good drinks and then walked to a place called Cedar Street Courtyard, which Melissa picked by going on my personal fun criteria of loving “bars and live music.”

This place was awesome. I mean, she seriously couldn’t have picked a better place. We got there pretty early and it was really empty. So, we grabbed our spots on the bar stools, ordered some drinks, and took advantage of the bar tender’s photography skills.

That’s when Melissa introduced me to Three Olives Loopy vodka. Have you had that stuff? It tastes exactly like Fruit Loops and is magical. MAGICAL! I want to eat it with actual Fruit Loops. But I had to settle for mixing it with club soda.

After an hour, we made our way to a table outside. Kelly texted me wondering where we were, and shortly after Kelly, Mike, and Lee met up with us since they happened to be at a pub next door. Let me just say, Melissa was a trooper. I didn’t expect my co-workers to meet us out; I was planning to meet up with them later on. So our hot date turned into a quadruple date and she didn’t even seem to mind. 🙂

It was about that time that the band went on. Oh. The band.

And the pants!

They’re called Metal Shop and they played all hair band covers. It was basically heaven. And we may or may not have danced on stage to Pour Some Sugar on Me.

(No approval from Kelly on that one, sorry.)

Not only did all of us love the place and the band, but my co-workers kept talking about how much they loved hanging out with Melissa. We all had so much fun.

After Melissa left around midnight, the rest of us went to Barbarella but didn’t stay long because we were wiped out. Kelly, Mike, and Lee did a good job evading most of my pictures. I managed to get this one of me and Lee at the end of the night.

Neither one of us remember taking it. So there’s that. Our eyes are open and that’s all we can ask for.

I had so much fun in Austin and loved meeting Melissa. I want her to live in Orlando so I can take her everywhere with me. It felt like we had already been friends for a long time and we were just meeting up for a night out. It’s amazing how blogging can do that and has helped me make some of the most awesome friends.

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Eat All the Things

Austin was amazing. I loved it! I liked it even better than Seattle and I really, really, love Seattle. Austin is such a fun city and I had a great time, but before I talk about the fun, I have to tell you about the food. Sweet lord, the food. I feel the need to go back right away just for the food trucks alone. I would grow to epic proportions if I lived there because there is no way I wouldn’t want to eat out for every meal.

On Saturday, it all started at a place called Ten Oak.

Yes, it is a bar but they had amazing food. For lunch, I had the bleu cheese and bacon stuffed burger with truffle fries. It was probably in my top 5 favorite burgers of all time. Delicious. And I love a burger with spinach instead of lettuce. So much better.

Being the carb conscious girl I am, I only ate half of the bun and instead had a no-carb shot of whiskey. The things I do to continue on my path of healthy living.

That night, I went to Roaring Fork with Melissa.

Roaring Fork is attached to the Intercontinental hotel where I stayed. I had the kettle of green chili pork with hot buttered flour tortillas because Melissa insisted it was amazing. I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy inhaling it but she was right, it was delicious. Also, it was only $7 on their happy hour menu. Big score.

That night, my co-workers and I stopped at a food truck for cheese steak. They said it was amazing but I didn’t have one. Apparently I kept yelling, “but I don’t want cheese steak, I want something shaped like Texas!”

I don’t remember that part.

For brunch on Sunday, we went to a tapas restaurant called Malaga.

I had the steak and eggs and opted for the side of fruit instead of the potatoes. It was by far the best thing I ate in Austin.

While I was eating, I thought, this must be how real food tastes. Every bite was ridiculously good. I’m so used to eating salads and egg whites and ordering things on the side or without sauces for the sake of maintaining my weight. It was so nice to order something I really wanted and it was totally worth it.

The fruit, on the other hand, was a bad idea. The potatoes were omg-I-die-delicious. So I ate all of my co-worker’s potatoes. Because carbs off other people’s plates don’t count. #logic

After brunch, I made everyone seek out the Holy Grail of desserts: the cake shake. (Thanks for the recommendation, Michelle!)

A cake shake is a milkshake with a big ass piece of cake blended into it. I got the red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream and a Wedding and Rabbit cake ball. Because a giant shake isn’t enough sugar. You need cake balls too.

I thought the shake would have been thicker having a piece of cake in there but it was really thin. Note to Holy Cacao…make them thicker! I was also a little bummed because the shakes everyone else ordered were way more delicious than mine.  I wish I had gotten a different flavor. I mean, I still drank it all. It is a cake shake, after all. There are people in the world without cake shakes so I took one for the team.

In an effort to continue my shame spiral, I made one more stop before we headed out of town.

Just buying this cupcake felt wrong after everything I consumed before 1:00pm. But my love for cupcakes is strong. Very strong. I got the Sweetberry flavor, which is basically all strawberry. Not even close to a favorite flavor, but I wanted to try something different.

It was meh. I wish I had ordered a different flavor but I’m not sure it would have mattered. The frosting tasted really cream cheesy – more like it should be on a bagel than a cupcake. I like my frosting sweet. So I threw part of it away. At least I know Orlando has my back in the cupcake department.

So there you have it. Two days of indulgence in which I have been paying dearly since with a non-stop tummy ache. A painful reminder of why I eat those crappy egg whites.

It was still worth it. 🙂

 

 

 

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