Hope you loved your long weekend as much as I did. Ours got off to a good start in Nashville, made a 5k stop in Brentwood, and then ended at the lake in Winchester!
Let’s begin at The Patterson House, where we celebrated the end of the week with cocktails galore.The Patterson House has a really neat speakeasy-like vibe — everything is really dark and quiet and the bartenders wear old school outfits. They’ve got toooonnnnnns of cocktails!We had friends in town visiting from New York, and it was the perfect spot to meet up! Anthony and I shared some brandy concoction to start…
And then I had a mezcal/cinnamon/sparkling thing that was also delish.Then we headed over to The Row for a southern feast.Since we had guests in town, we had to introduce them to fried food galore. Pickles anyone?I decided that fried catfish and mac ‘n’ cheese would be a great pre-race decision.Anthony kept it classic with a bigger-than-your-head burger.Both were pretty good!
A few hours of sleep and a couple cups of coffee later, I was at the starting line of the Beyond the Battlefield 5k. I showed up about 10 minutes before the race started and almost didn’t get my bib in time! But luckily it all worked out. Small races are the best.Here we go!!!5ks are sooo tough because it’s basically a sprint the entire way. I tried not to think at all and not look at my watch at all while I was running — and just focus on going faster, faster, faster!!
By the start of mile 2, there was just one woman ahead of me. I tried to focus on passing her, but she was a good 40 seconds ahead of me by the end of the mile! So then I just tried to keep her in sight and run my hardest.
(Not the most scenic route — but at least it was flat!)At the last 0.1 mile, I saw Anthony cheering for me, and also saw the woman I was chasing continue on for the 10k. I was supposed to turn right to reach the 5k finish, and almost missed it! And Anthony camptured this lovely blonde moment on camera.
I came in at 21:17 — not quite a PR, but still good enough for first place!Good race overall — and a great start to the weekend! Hope you had a good one, too!
- Did you race this weekend?
- What’s the toughest race distance for you?
- Favorite fried food?