I am so annoyed right now. I got up early this morning and made my way over to Cabbagetown, about a 10 minute drive, for the Romp & Stomp 5K. It started out fine enough although I forgot my Garmin. I ran into a guy that I knew and made small talk until the race started. I might have gone out too quickly. When I passed the first mile marker, the volunteer there said the time was 8:50. I slowed down a little bit and kept running. Mile 1 had come up really quickly, but after a while, I was like, “Where is the Mile 2 marker?” I kept running and before you knew it, was at the finish line. I’d never passed the second mile marker and the finish line clock said 23:02. The first thing that I thought when I saw the finish line was that there was no way that this was 3.1 miles. There were a lot of grumbles from everyone that this was not a 5K. I heard later that it was something like 2.6 miles. Apparently, we’d all missed some street and cut off a half mile. I am pissed. I paid money to run a 5K, not less. I wanted to PR in this, and think that I was totally on schedule to. I just wrote an email to the race director expressing my disappointment. I feel like this was a total waste of my morning. Oh well. I got a t-shirt. And free chili for the festival later this afternoon.
On a happier note, I had a really good time at the blogger dinner last night! We planned to meet at Seasons 52 at 7:45. Of course, I underestimated the amount of time it took me to get there and was a little late. When I got there, I found Laura getting a glass of wine at the bar. I joined her and we were soon joined by Liz and Angie. Since four out of six of us were there, they let us sit down. After a while, we were like, “Where are Kelly and Emily? We ordered some Rosemary flatbread while we waited. It was camera shy apparently. Or really, I was. Which is kind of silly since I was with a bunch of bloggers that take pictures of their food! After a while, a manager came over to our table and asked which one was Lee. I said it was me and he said that Kelly was on the phone for me. Apparently, she and Emily had both gone to the other Seasons 52. Oops! Since we’d all never met, no one had anyone’s cell number. It took a while, but they made it back to the restaurant where we were!
I had the Mediterranean Shrimp Salad. So did Laura. I think I liked it better than she did!
We had a lot of fun talking and were there for over three hours. I looked at my phone at some point and was shocked that it was after 11. I thought we all got along really well and could be friends in “real life.” It was sort of strange to know so much about these people’s lives when we’ve never even met before. The power of technology.
L-R: Emily, Liz, Laura, Me, Angie, Kelly
I’m really glad that we met up and such cool girls live in Atlanta!