Dash Drink and Dine

Dash. Drink. Dine. That’s how my Sunday looked like.

Yesterday I ran my first 5K for 2011! I ran the Ras na hEireann (don’t ask me about the capital letters, I don’t understand Irish…) in Davis Square with Beth and Alaina, and also met up with some Boston Food Bloggers/Boston Brunchers afterwards.

As some of you may know, I am running a half marathon in a few weeks, so I was really excited to for this 5K because not only does it kick off spring, it’s also the first of (hopefully) many races I am running this year. Plus, it’s a big Somerville event: a fun and early celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The atmosphere was very lively, and I wish I wore green or some sort of lucky charm because a lot of the runners had really fun outfits. I even saw a couple of guys running in kilts! I think a lot of people run this race for fun, not necessarily as a serious competition, and that’s why I registered. Unfortunately I came down with a cold and actually had to run the 5K feeling sick, but I survived even with the coughing and sneezing. I was very glad that I was properly fueled for it too – watch out for my oatmeal series coming soon ;)

it was a pretty cloudy day but that didn't affect the feeling of excitement I could feel pulsing through the crowds

lots of Irish costumes all around (I stole this photo from the Ras Facebook page)

after the 5K, Beth, Alaina and I met up with our friend Karen (who held our bags for us while we ran - thanks Karen!)

This is where the drinking part comes in. We went straight to Sligo Pub, a dive bar right in Davis Square, and refueled with a couple of free beers — who needs electrolytes??

it was a very fun crowd at Sligo

Then we went to dine at the Gargoyles on the Square Disco Brunch for the Boston Brunchers meet-up with Renee, Lara, Megan, Amanda, and Ashley.

it felt more like a rave party though, with the dark lights and glow sticks. We did have a hot pink feather boa and silver beads on our table which felt very disco

Gargoyles was packed and it took them a looooonnngg time to give us menus. However, the menu options were awesome – they have pastrami benedict, huevos rancheros, oreo cookie crusted french toast (!), and the special for the day was red velvet pancakes. But since I wasn’t too hungry nor feeling that great, I opted for plain old scrambled eggs and bacon with a side of fruit.The group also ordered some cinnamon donuts. I didn’t try any (I’ve already confessed that I’m one of the few people who actually do not like donuts…) but everyone else loved them!

made to order cinnamon donuts with Baileys sauce and blueberries (photo from Beth)

happy runners and brunchers (photo from Megan)

It was nice hanging out with my friends and the blog crew, and also bumping into Tina of Carrots N Cake – hers was one of the very first Boston blogs I followed. It felt great to be running outside and I’m looking forward to more races. I have a good running schedule next week (btw, my half marathon training plan was customized for me by the lovely Lizzy of Food to Run For): I have a speed workout on Tuesday (my favorite run each week), 7 miles outside on Thursday, and another short race on Sunday as I am running the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Southie. I’m sure there’ll be some drinking after the dash again.

Do you like running? What’s your favorite post-workout drink?


30 Responses to “Dash Drink and Dine”

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    Michelle posted March 14, 2011 at 8:22 am

    I’m looking forward to my first 5K next month and then drinking a spicy Bloody Mary afterwards! :-)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Michelle, good luck with the first 5K! It is exhilarating and you might get bitten by the running bug too. And of course, getting a drink afterwards is always good motivation!

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    Molly posted March 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    What a fun morning! I’ve only been to Gargoyle’s once, and it was a terrific meal. Those doughnuts alone look worth the wait. Yum!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Thanks Molly! I’ve only had dinner at Gargoyles once too – I should get back there soon!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted March 14, 2011 at 9:07 am

    What a fun day. I was a little, um, tired from the night before to participate. Had I known about those fresh doughnuts, maybe I would have changed my mind!

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    Elizabeth posted March 14, 2011 at 9:27 am

    All the Davis Square races look so fun. I have an injured knee now but I am determined to fix it and start running again.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted March 14, 2011 at 9:52 am

    What a fun race day!

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    MelissaNibbles posted March 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Sorry you weren’t feeling your best. It looks like you enjoyed yourself though!
    I’m not a fan of donuts either, but I would eat the hell out of Oreo crusted anything.

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted March 14, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I love a good, cold beer post-run! I need to sign up for some fun races this spring.

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    Megan posted March 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Wonderful recap, Bianca! I missed out on the free beer!! I was too slow because I walked the race, but I had so much fun!! Sorry to hear you were sick, but wonderful to finally meet you in person and dine with you at brunch! Hope to see you at other events soon :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 15, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Megan K – thank you, so great meeting you finally!! Hopefully next time we meet I won’t be coughing/sneezing/spreading germs anymore ;) Take care!

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    Beth @ Sailing Foodie posted March 14, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Great recap! Need to write mine too! Thanks for such an amazing Sunday and joining me on this running challenge! Looking forward to our 1/2 Marathon in May!!

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    Megan posted March 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I couldn’t do the run and I definitely couldn’t drink after it. Awesome job! Especially while sick. I think back to college when we used to go for kegs ‘n’ eggs and don’t know how I ever did it. I would have loved that brunch though!

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    chrysta posted March 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    congrats on the run! Your a trooper running it even though you were sick! I jsut started getting into running..to be honest im more of a biker and I lift alot. But I like running and am trying it out a few times a week, so we will see. Hope you had a great weekend!

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    Heather posted March 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    St. Patty’s day festivities are always a blast! Looks like a very fun day.

    I like to run, and nothing is better after a run than cold glass of water. I can’t stomach beer right afterwards.

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    Amanda L. (Tales from a Kitchen Misfit) posted March 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    So much fun!

  14. #
    Kristina posted March 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Looks like such a fun day!

  15. #
    jon @ sweet giraffe posted March 14, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    fun! i’ve run a st. patty’s 5k in the past and it was pretty fun seeing everyone it costume!

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    Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) posted March 15, 2011 at 6:48 am

    What a fun 5k! :)
    One of our local races is sponsored by Sam Adams, I love that race! :)
    Those doughnuts look INSANE! :)

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    Joanne posted March 15, 2011 at 7:01 am

    How super fun! I didn’t really discover my love of racing until just as I was leaving boston but I remember thinking that there were tons of great 5Ks there! Which half marathon are you doing??

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

      Joanne – I’m running the Race to Remember in May :)

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    Lori Lynn posted March 15, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I’m a newbie runner, and have only been running for a few months, but I have grown to absolutely love it. I’ve never been the athletic type at all, but I’ve taken to a bit of competitiveness in myself to advance in my running. I’m actually going to be running in my very 1st 5K in two weeks!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Lori Lynn, glad to hear that! Good luck with your first 5K!!

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    Justin @JustinCanCook posted March 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Looks like a great Sunday. I’m in the middle/end of marathon training right now, so I’ve been running so much lately. I’m so hungry all of the time, that my favorite post-run food is anything within reach.

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

      Justin – I can totally relate about being hungry all the time hehehe

  20. #
    Maria @ Scandifoodie posted March 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hahahha I love your photos and posts, they always make me smile! :-)

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    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles posted March 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    What a fun time! Love the picture of the leprechaun man!

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    Simply Life posted March 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Looks like a great run! Which half are you doing? I just signed up for the one in Boston on May 27!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) posted March 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Sorry you’ve been sick but it sounds like you still did pretty well. Maybe sweating those toxins out was a good thing :)
    Good luck on your half! Lizzy is awesome… she’s helping me with my running too (right after my back issue clears up I can get back to it. I miss her speed runs!!).


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