Tales From the Back of the Pack

Tales From the Back of the Pack

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Run, Eat, Shop, Repeat!

Oct 2, 2010 2:44

Yesterday was cross training day--step class! I used to think Step class was like the 90's version of Jazzercize (not that I ever actually did any jazzercising) but I've come to learn that step class is NO JOKE. It's an awesome way to work up a sweat and feel spent without hurting in all the wrong places like in a spinning class. Spinning classes are for....men. IMO.

Sometime during the workday, I realized I had to work Saturday (today). Boo to work on the weekends! and a bigger BOO because I won't be able to run Saturday morning. So after work on Friday I headed back to the gym for a second time to run 4 quick miles on the treadmill before heading out to Venice Beach for FIRST FRIDAYS.

The first Friday of every month the gourmet food trucks around LA convene in Venice Beach along Abbott Kinney Blvd and I get to participate in two of my favorite pastimes: eating AND shopping.

First on the agenda was to hit the Grilled Cheese Truck hard and early because this line will get hours long if you dilly dally. Plus you run the risk of the trucks running out of food before you get to the window. Here is a picture of the scene when we first arrived (we were 10th in line). About an hour later the line was no longer a line but a HOT MESS of people and mass confusion

     Signature grilled cheese with cheesy mac, BBQ pulled pork and carmelized onions.

The grilled double cream brie with pears and honeyed walnuts. BLISS!

And the Puff also spotted herself a truck, Cool Haus, waited patiently in line and scored herself an ice cream sandwich. Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies. She is a classic kind of ice cream sandwich girl.

The shopping was also lots of fun, walking up and down the sidewalk going in and out of the cute eclectic shops. Venice is a unique place with a great, laid-back vibe. Not something everyone enjoys, but I absolutely do.

I actually crossed someone off my Christmas list last night. SCORE!

Someone I love may or may not be receiving a pair of cowboy wellies for Christmas

Another First Friday gone until next month. I'll try to convince myself that all the window shopping I did while eating copious amounts of food truck food negated the calories we consumed. One can always hope.

And if the walking isn't enough, this Sunday is General Conferences which means no Church which means I'll have time to get a long run done this weekend after all. I'll be able to run in the morning and then come home to watch the meetings on TV in my sweaty running clothes. A WIN/WIN!! unless you're sitting next to me.

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