Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Rock 'n Savannah, Pt. 2
The Expo for the Savannah Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon was fantastic. Extremely well organized, it didn't take long to pick up the bib, t-shirt, swag bag, and have a picture taken to capture my "I haven't been to bed in 48 hours" look, courtesy of my red-eye flight.
I had never heard of Newton running shoes before, but it was difficult to miss their bright colors! One of the guys at the booth told us about them; they attempt to mimic running barefoot as closely as possible. From their website:
Forget shoes for a moment. Shoes were not around when we ran for the first time. When you were a kid running on the beach or out in the streets, you didn’t need an instruction manual or a wedge of technology under your heel to help you run better. You just started running. It was instinct. It was joy. Enter Newton Running.
Unlike the funky glove-looking shoes I had seen, these looked normal. I tried them on and did a few laps while receiving some great running tips from the Newton team. I have to say these are the best running shoes I have ever owned (and I've owned a few pairs in my time).
The other product I tried was PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter. It may sound goofy, and most likely I would have passed by this booth, but the dietician at work told me about this stuff and surprise surprise...it actually tasted good. Compared to 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, you've got 190 vs. 45 calories (130 vs. 13 from fat), and 3 grams vs. 0 grams of saturated fat. I finally took the plunge and ordered two jars from Amazon when I got home. I could see this stuff being great in recipes, too. All you do is add water. Okay, enough of the product stuff.
Back outside again, I took some shots across the way to get a panoramic view of River Street. Be sure to click on this one; it's larger than normal so that you can see more detail.
After a short nap, it was time for an early dinner and carb-load at my favorite Italian restaurant in Savannah, Leoci's. The area it's in is not great, so my advice would be to get there quick and don't loiter outside for too long!
I started off with a delicious beet salad:
Dinner was tasty; for once I strayed from the gnocchi that I typically order here. The pasta, pancetta (fancy bacon!), and broccoli were delicious. They really hit the spot.
After that, it was a brisk walk (remember, no loitering!) back to the Mansion for some shut-eye before the big race.
As I rode the funeral-parlour-ish elevator up to the room, I was hoping that it wasn't an omen about how I would do in the race!
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