San Francisco: Day 2 – FitFluential Dinner

Check out my guest post on the MA Team In Training Blog today!

Check out Day 1 if you haven’t read it yet!

Saturday started with a wonderful breakfast with Caty and some of my family that was in San Francisco. We met up with one of my uncles and his girlfriend and one of my cousins. We hadn’t seen my uncle in 4.5 years and we hadn’t seen my cousin in over 20. It was crazy, but also so nice that we could fall into conversations with ease.

I being the bad blogger that I sometimes am, enjoyed the moment instead of taking lots of pictures, although I wish I had taken some family shots. I gratefully got my normal breakfast of oatmeal and coffee! My cousin had to get to work so Caty and I took that opportunity to head back to Union Square and check out the displays at Macy’s

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It was pandemonium. While they had a fraction of the stuff that NikeTown had, people were going crazy. Literally just as racks were filled with items they were just as quickly emptied. I ended up grabbing a sweatshirt and a pair of capris, that I wanted at NikeTown, but didn’t want to spend the money. Good thing I had a Macy’s gift card in my wallet and I got a sweet 20% off.

Our last stop was Tout Sweet Patisserie

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If you are a fan of Top Chef: Just Desserts, the Yigit Pura will ring a bell, this is his place so I had to check it out. I got a gift for my mother-in-law and a few macaroons for myself and an energy bar that I ate post-race, I could have ate it before but I didn’t know if it would mess with my tummy.

From there we ran to the Team In Training inspiration luncheon. We were greeted with the coaches and mentors screaming and yelling, it was amazing!

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The lunch was your usual pasta, bread and salad. We had an amazing speech from John Bingham and a cancer survivor shared her story as she would be running her first marathon the next day. It was incredibly inspirational and moving, I know I was crying.

After lunch Caty and I went to Ghirardelli and just people watched until it was time to head to our Fitfluential blogger meet up. I’ll be honest, I was more nervous about this than the race itself.
I had met bloggers before, but this was a very intimate setting with a large group of bloggers I look up to.

We ended up at Ristorante Umbria a bit early, but we just people watched and chit chatted about race day, until people started arriving.

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Back Row (L-R): Alexandra, Tiffany, Meg, Linz, Gia, Kristen
Front Row (L-R): Rachel, Janene, Melissa, Me, Pavement Runner

Of course my dear sister came as well!
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she loves blogger hangouts, right Caitlin?

I was pretty hungry, since I ate lunch so early, so Caty and I shared a caprese salad and then I had my standard pasta with tomato sauce, my pasta of choice was gnocchi.

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And while it was delicious, the company was even better. I finally got to chat with Pavement Runner and Gia and of course see Linz again. It was hard to chat with everyone with such a large group, but it was nice to be in a space with so many like-minded people. I hope every race starts with a blogger dinner from now on!

Tomorrow – I reveal how everything went down on race day!

One thought on “San Francisco: Day 2 – FitFluential Dinner

  1. OMG I just almost squealed over my SHOUTOUT hahaha thank youuu! <3 love that. Yay Caty! Will I see her during Homeless Month?
    So jealous of all the FFA ladies you got to chill with. Wait and guy! Pavement Runner rocks. I've always wanted to meet Kristen and Alexandra! Linz is a doll right? I know you prob met her at HLS already!
    That potato gnocchi looks to die for. Good for you forgoing blogger pics in favor of fam time!

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