My Fit Foodie 15K recap- Tampa Style

The Fit Foodie race series was coming to Florida and I knew I wanted to be a part!  Tampa is only an hour commute for me so I was definitely in!  I read a couple of blog reviews from the Virginia race and knew I wanted to be a part of it.  Fit Foodie?  Oh yah, that is me!  I exercise so I can eat and um, yes, drink!

The Fit Foodie  event is promoted as an entire weekend event.  They offered both a 5k and 15K, sweat sessions, kick off party and weekend packages.  With this run just a week before Cape Cod, my BRF and I chose to run the 15K.

They offered a pre race packet pick up at a Fit2Run store in Tampa but that just was not convenient for us.  The 15K start time was 6:45a.m. so we decided on a 4:45a.m. departure time from Winter Haven.  The drive over at that time in the morning is super easy but we were not given clear directions on where to park.  I police office pointed us to a parking garage and for $5.00 we left the car and headed to packet pick up.

It was 6a.m. and still dark.  They were still setting up much of the park.  Check in was easy once we found it but it required me to stand in 2 lines, one for the bib and one for the shirt.  Although Belinda and I signed up early Belinda was told there were no more small shirts left and she was handed a medium.  First note, This is one of the ugliest race shirts I have received in a long time!  I mean just ugly.  UGH.  We walked back to the parking garage to drop off shirts and grab our stuff.  I talked Belinda into sneaking/walking into the Marriott hotel and using a nice bathroom before we headed to the start.

The start line was lively!    I gave the crowd the quick eyeball .  There wasn’t as many runners as I thought there would be.  I would guess there might have been more 5K runners.  They might have been the smart ones!  The sun wasn’t up and it was already 77 degrees and let’s not bother talking about the humidity, I am over it.

The Fit Foodie course followed the same path that the Gasparilla run does except there was one huge difference.  Other than the cops on the roads and the few folks at the water stations there were no race supporters.  No cheerleaders. no fans, no DJ’s playing music, nothing!  It was a long hot 9.3 miles!  I was obsessed with the pacing function on my Garmin and I tried to keep steady the first 6 miles.  9:26/10:01/10:09/10:12/10:39/10:29

Running miles 7, 8, and 9,  I was just hot and truthfully I am tired of being hot.  I have worked really hard this summer running thru this swampy heat but I was done!  I stopped a couple of times to walk a bit and catch my breath.  The fast kids were in front of me and the slow kids behind me.  Belinda was about 8 minutes ahead of me.  I hit that last bridge and I was toast.  I got up and over and I could finally see the end!  YAH!  11:10/11:19/11:43

Volunteers had bottles of waters for us at the end but then you had to cut across the arena back to the park to get to the vitality village.  This by far was the best part of the event.  We were given our medal and we stopped to pick up our goodie bag.  Belinda and I made a beeline for the first tent!  The folks from cooking light did a great job with the food presentations and there was a fun photo both to capture our picture (free).

We also snagged a picture with 4 time Boston and New York marathon champ “Boston” Bill Rodgers and Boston Marathon American record holder Ryan Hall.

We made our way thru all the vendors and I felt like I had sampled by way thru Tampa.  It was really good!  We sat down just in time for a celebrity chef demonstration and it was really entertaining!  Chef Rene Marquis shared his recipe for a “15K salad” and it was delish!  We also received a hard copy recipe card to take with us.

Finally, we found the results table but there was no results for us.  The girl had the table was unclear about when the results would be posted and the winners announced.  As I mentioned before, the temperature in Tampa Bay just kept climbing and it was HOT!  Belinda and I decided to pack it up and head home.

Last night the results were posted!  My official finish 1:38:35!  I will take it!  I averaged a 10:35 mile AVG HR 173  7/19 in my age group (50-59)
In summary if you like a race that has:  a lot of course action, crowd support, running interaction and course pictures than this race is NOT for you.  If you like a race with a huge after party with a lot of good eats, demos, free pictures and celebrities then this is the Fit Foodie event for you!

What is more important to you, the race course atmosphere or the after party?  Are you a fit foodie?  tutus_mb-01

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  1. Debbie says:

    Looks like a fun race! You did great and the medals are cute. I would love to do this, and not only for the foodie part. 🙂 I was born in Tampa, though it was, ahem, a long time ago. And I haven’t been back since I was about 3 years old. But still…
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  2. STepmOm says:

    WE want to see the Ugliest shirt ever. Send me a pm. HA.
    You go girl, you got a great weekend and week ahead CAPE Cod.

  3. jaelynnakin says:

    Now I need to see that shirt!!

  4. jaelynnakin says:

    Congrats on your time!!! You are speedy!!! Great job!

  5. Sorry the race wasn’t better. 9.3 miles is a LOT of miles when it’s that hot & humid & you did really well. You’re gonna be smokin’ when it cools down.

    Spectator support is nice, but so is a good after party. 🙂
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  6. Congratulations on your finish. Sounds like a fun event. You don’t even have to feel guilty eating all that yummy food after your race.
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  7. Congrats on the race! Those are cute medals!
    Sounds like they really put on a great event, fun and an outstanding after party!
    In answer to your question, I like race atmosphere more, I rarely if ever stick around for after party’s or after race things, most the time I leave immediately after I finish a race. I know, I’m weird, LOL
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  8. I loved the fit foodie race here too. Ours was only a 5k though so maybe they will extend it next year. They had great food afterwards and we also had Bill Rogers. He must make the rounds 🙂
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  9. Cassi says:

    I think the race atmosphere is more important. If the race atmosphere sucks the after party won’t be enjoyable.
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  10. I think I like the race atmosphere more than the after party (I’m usually too whooped to want much food or drink after running anyways). Bummer about the lack of crowd support. There’s a nice race in DSM that’s 10 miles…well organized with numerous water stands and officers at every intersection…but very little support from on-lookers…and a lot of the course goes through residential areas as well as downtown. Where are these people???? 😉
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  11. Jenn says:

    Ok, now I”m dying to see this ugly shirt!

    To be honest, I prefer more action on the course. When I’m done running, I want my beer and a snack, I’ll spend a few minutes hanging with friends and snapping pics, and then I want to go home and shower. I probably won’t hang out for music or an afterparty, unless i”m waiting for other runners.

    This one sounds a little disappointing 🙁
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  12. Coco says:

    Sounds like you had so much fun! I think as long as a race has one or the other, I’m good. At ATM, I love the support on the course but never hang out after. At other races, the course is pretty empty but the after-party has a good vibe.
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  13. jill conyers says:

    I’m more of a race atmosphere kind of runner. I rarely stick around for the after party. But, I would probably make an exception at this event. Congrats on the finish!
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  14. So glad to hear that you had a great time. I’ve really enjoyed my Fit Foodie experiences the past two years and I’ll continue to run this race for as long as they’ll run the event here in Virginia.
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  15. Oh wow this does sound like a fun race and only an hour from you is so doable! Great you got to run off with your gal pal and do it together! That is a great time MB! So awesome you are just spitting out these times! I know if feels great! Hate the t-shirt wasn’t any good but the after party and medal sounded pretty sweet!
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    • MB says:

      It is funny the more races you run the pickier you can get 🙂 great after party for sure- I would have been happier if the results would have been posted in a quicker fashion!

  16. Sounds like fun! I like that 15k distance and you did a great job. I have this thing about ugly race shirts, and I won’t run a race again if that’s what they give us. Races are expensive, and they should give the runners decent shirts. That goes for unisex shirts too.
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    • MB says:

      So to clarify even more this was an ugly unisex shirt! I would have paid a little more upfront for the better shirt! I like the 10K/15K distance too 🙂

  17. I really want to do a fit foodie race. Crossing fingers that they will do one near by me!

  18. Sorry about the humidity I am so ready for fall.
    This race looks like a good time other than that.
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  19. This looks awesome! For me, the race course atmosphere is more important. I never go to after parties bc I’m tired and ready to go home lol. that’s why I love NYC Marathon – the spectators are what really get you through!
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  20. 15Ks are one of my favorite distances! Congrats on a great race!! That heat will zap you every time!
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  21. I took a 15K race last yeaar and it’s fantastic! You did a great job, Glad to hear your race is wonderful! Btw, I love the medal a lot. It looks like a fresh lemon slide :)))))
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  22. Jack says:

    Sounds like you had a ton of fun there. 15ks are my fav. Congrats! You did really great. The medals are so cute.
    For me, the eventful atmosphere at the race is more important. It encourages the runners a lot during the race. After the race, I am totally sweaty and stinky. Just wanna head home right away.
    Honestly, I really wanna know how ugly that shirt is. Haha
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    • MB says:

      I am telling you, it is ugly! lol! I like a fun race too, 9 miles is a lot of ground to cover and any action or support is appreciated! Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Such a nice race ever! it will be added in my list of race events next time. You look great in the last pic with medal by the way:)

  24. Michael says:

    Those medals are fantastic!! I usually try to eat a bagel right after a race. For some reason that seems to fend-off post-race GI issues. Sounds like you had a great time there.
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  25. Hot weather is not the problem of only one. But you’ve done really well. If I can choose, I prefer this kind of race, there’s no crowed, no supporter but it’s Ok to me. Thanks for sharing.
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  26. Betty says:

    Glad you had a fun race. Though the weather was hot, you did so great! And those medals are really cute. All of this is full of motivation. Thank you for sharing!
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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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