Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Weekend Wanderings: Freihofer's Race 2013

I'm hoping to write about my Memorial Day trip to Austin later this week, but in the meantime, I wanted to stop by and write about this past weekend, which I spent in Albany running the Freihofer's Race for Women. This race was actually the very first race I ran, in 2011, and so I was really excited to get back up for it after missing last year's. 

Albany Skyline
I arrived in Albany on Friday night, and met Shelby and Aprill for dinner at Inferno.  After my carb-loading nightmare of 2011, I decided to ask for a to-go box as soon as I ordered my meal, so I could put half of it away without even thinking of it.  It was a good idea, because their portions are enormous!  I ordered the stuffed eggplant parm (stuffed with ricotta and ham), and it was really delicious, but I think I'd order the regular eggplant parm next time.  They brought garlic knots to the table instead of bread (yum!) and all the dishes came with pasta (I wasn't kidding about those huge portions), so it made for a good carb-loading meal, and we had enough leftovers for dinner the next day.  We ran a few errands and then headed back to Shelby's for the night.

Pre-Race Smiles!

We woke up early and got dressed for the race.  Unfortunately, with all the back pain and physical therapy, I didn't have much chance to train for it (honestly, the only thing I'd done was one two-mile run on Wednesday), so I was pretty nervous about being able to finish.  Luckily, that worry was all for naught - I finished, and managed to run probably 70% of the race.  I ran most of the first 1.5 miles, and after that took frequent walk breaks, in part because of my back, but mostly because of the heat.  I have a history of getting sick after races, and I knew that if I pushed myself too hard, that would happen again, so I backed off myself and took breaks whenever I felt like I wanted one.  Overall, my time was 38:38.  Definitely slower than usual, but I'm really proud of it, because I was worried I wouldn't be able to run at all.  I'm glad to be getting back into running slowly, and also glad to have a great PT to help me fix my form.

After the race (and some serious stretching on my part), we headed home to shower and eat lunch.  Shelby and Mike are thinking of buying a house at some point in the near future, so we headed to the town they're thinking of buying in, and stopped for lunch at The Water Wheel, which was really affordable and had good, simple food.  I had a veggie burger and fries, and Shelby ordered their famous mini-hot dogs, which were half-size chili-dogs.  We drove around the neighborhood a bit more before heading back to the apartment, where we relaxed while watching endless episodes of The Killing.  It is so good.  Slow at first, but then we couldn't stop watching.  We ate our leftovers from the night before, and then headed out for a nightcap at The Ship's Pub, a fun bar near her apartment.  We ordered Angry Orchard ciders and people watched for a while.  It was so nice to sit on their patio, chatting and catching up.

On Sunday morning, we woke up early and grabbed breakfast at this wonderful Italian bakery, Bella Napoli, where they had beautiful piles and piles of pastries.  We ordered egg sandwiches and then ate at the cafe, which was great.  After that, we printed out some of Shelby's wedding pictures to frame, and then hung up the frames she'd bought.  They turned out really beautifully, and the system was actually really simple to hang, so that was a lot of fun.  I took the bus back home that afternoon, and while I'd had a great weekend, I was really happy to be back and to see Roger.  We've been on opposite schedules recently, so it was nice to be able to spend a bit of time together.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great weekend! Good food, good friends, and feeling accomplished!