This was my first time running the Fit Foodie 10k event and I had such a great time!
I applied to be an ambassador for the race this summer, since I had recently moved down to the area I thought it would be a fun way to get to know the city. Leading up to the race I received a few packages from the sponsors, some awesome t-shirts, bags and pre-race snacks. I’m training for a half marathon right now and this race landed on a perfect weekend for a long run so I switched from the 5k to the 10k and convinced my boyfriend to run it with me. 😉
I knew the race was going to be in downtown San Diego, but didn’t know exactly where until the day before. I live about 45 minutes north of where the race was so we (my boyfriend, roommate and I) left at 530 AM with the hopes of getting there with enough time to pick up our race bibs before the race started at 7:05 AM. I woke up around 5, made some coffee, ate some toast with peanut butter and we went on our way. It only took us about 30 minutes to get there but the Google map route told us to go a way where the streets were close for the race. Whomp. We ended up having to reroute and had a little trouble finding parking. We ended up parking in a lot for $15 and walking/running over to the race start. We checked in, but then had to run back to the car to drop off our race shirts.
It was a bit hectic getting to the start in time. They combined the 5k and 10k starts, then did several different waves of runners. Since we got to the start a little late we ended up being in the third wave and having to weave around people until the 10k and 5k split off.
The race route was BEAUTIFUL. It went along the marina and through the downtown area, right past Petco Park and through an industrial part of town.
It looped back around through Seaport Village, where we met back with the 5k runners and had to weave on a narrow path through the last few miles. This part was kind of frustrating because there was so many people going at different speeds, running and walking, people not in the race as well, and it made it hard to keep the same pace we were running the first few miles.
The race was super fun but I definitely recommend not running it for time because of all the weaving through people. Run it for fun and you’ll have a blast!
After the race was over we were greeted with goodie bags and tons of free food. Cooking light put on a cooking demonstration, there was group stretching, yoga, giveaways, beer and wine (a little to early in the morning for me) and lots more!
The expo was crowded after the race but so much fun! We walked around to all of the booths, snagged some health snacks, won a free avocado stress ball, and checked the official times (I got 3rd in my age group!).
Grabbed myself a few of these 😉
Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew!
What my floor looked like post race.
Also I took this sweet girl for a walk the next day to stretch out my sore muscles.
Overall the race was a great experience. Such a beautiful course and great food, next time I think I would worry less about getting to the start on time and about running it fast. This race is more enjoyable if you take it slow and appreciate the surroundings. You better bet I’ll be back next year!