Sunday was eventful, and it started early. The sister and I had signed up to run a 5K in the hopes of stuffing our faces with chocolate and champagne afterward. Champagne flowed freely, but when it came to the chocolate, there were the few measly pieces that came in the champagne glass and then chocolate only in the form of protein bar samples. Bah, you can’t call it a run for chocolate and champagne if it’s mostly champagne and hardly any chocolate!
Neither of us trains for the races that we sign up for. We sign up thinking that we might, and then race day comes, and the reality sinks in. Nope, no practice runs beforehand! We still noticed slight improvements from our previous races – I made it beyond the one-mile marker without walking, and I wasn’t just shuffling the entire 5K.
Even though I took a few walking breaks and slowed down towards the end of the race due to the sister’s dry heaving [probably from the fishy scent of the bay], I improved by approximately 45 seconds. Imagine what I could do if I actually trained!
Jumping at the starting line with Treavor and the sister at See Jane Run Alameda!
After the morning run, it was time for brunch with Katherine, Lauren and San at Hudson in Oakland. The spot was selected based on reviews and location. We were already in the East Bay for the run, so I wanted to make sure it was at least close to public transportation for those coming from other parts of the Bay Area. It’s a quick walk to Rockridge BART!
The general consensus was that the potatoes were fantastic. If it doesn’t come with your meal, order a side of spuds! I was, at first, skeptical of the bacon that didn’t seem to be crispy, but it’s house-cured and delicious. You can taste the difference. Most plates were cleaned off, and it was a relaxing spot to gather, grab a bite and chat. The folks at Hudson were kind enough to split our bills up, which is always helpful when everyone is paying for their own meal.
Good food, great company and a lovely day in the Bay Area – can’t really go wrong. Just look at our happy smiling faces!