Hello! How was your weekend? Ours was spent in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.We headed out east on Friday around noon. Lunch on the go: cold quiche, eaten like a slice of pizza. We didn’t have time to stop for food during the drive, so my freezer stash of quiche ended up saving the day. I’m a lunchtime superhero.Anthony and I had a pretty uneventful drive — just some 90’s pop sing-alongs and a couple episodes of Reply All. The last hour of the drive got pretty crazy, though: a steady shower storm hit us and was followed by a double rainbow!! On exclamation point for each bow.We arrived in Ridgecrest (small town just outside of Asheville) right at 7 pm to grab our bibs. This is me pointing down at the Downhill @ Dawn elevation chart. Get it? We met Lizzie at the expo and then swung by a grocery store to get some pre-race essentials. Bagels and beer.We had an early night since the race was the next morning — but did make it out for one quick drink at Pisgah Brewery in Black Mountain. This was a really funky spot!We wrapped up Friday with some home-cooked pasta and an early bedtime. Thanks to AirBnB, we had a cozy cottage and full kitchen to make ourselves at home in. Plus, our place was only a few minutes away from the start line — which was crucial given that the Downhill at Dawn race started dark and early the next morning.
The race was really fun — full recap coming tomorrow
Flash forward through 13.1 miles, a long nap, and an enormous cheeseburger. We spent the rest of the weekend
drinking exploring Asheville and Black Mountain. Just as fun as the last time we were in town.
A stop at Wicked Weed was necessary. Love this spot!We sipped on our favorite cucumber beer. So refreshing.And we tried this beer “mint julep,” which was herby and sweet. Don’t worry, I drank plenty of water, too!We broke up our brewery hopping with stops at Asheville’s cute little shops. I picked up a gift for a special friend and longtime blog reader whose birthday is this week Sticking with the liquid diet theme: I also sampled lots of gourmet olive oils and vinegars. This blood orange blend was darn tasty.Slow and sore — but still smiling!Though I have to say that this sign made me frown.
After a day of intense running, walking, and drinking, we turned out the lights pretty early on Saturday.
Sleeping in until 8 am on Sunday felt glorious! We had a slow start to the morning — Anthony whipped up a fabulous breakfast at home, too.Fun fact: our Air BnB had a real live chicken coop in the backyard! Fresh eggs on the menu. Everyone’s legs were super tight on Sunday, so we decided that a slow, easy walk might help loosen them up. Black Mountain has a ton of trails nearby — our host recommended we check out Old Toll Road, an abandoned dirt road that’s now more of a hiking/off-roading trail. We did a nice out-and-back walk, covering about three miles total. Good to shake out the legs!
Final stop in Black Mountain: Dark City Deli. I was craving some vegetables — this piled-high veggie creation did the trick. Plus a ridiculous amount of potato chips. Those count as a vegetable too, right?After lunch, Lizzie and I headed back to Nashville while Anthony drove to another part of North Carolina for a work trip. Can’t wait to have him back home shortly! And yes, we always try to wear matching outfits.
Awesome race, awesome weekend. More on running and cheeseburgers coming tomorrow.
- Did you race this weekend?
- Ever been to Asheville?
- Fanciest oil or vinegar you own? (I have a bottle of black truffle oil that’s basically my most prized possession)