When I found out that I had to travel to Jacksonville for 3 days for work I wasn’t super happy about it. I’d be by myself and stuck in a classroom for 2 straight days. Bo-ring! Then I realized that my work trip was backing right up to the Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k. Woo hoo!
I have three friends that are ambassadors for the race so I decided to go ahead and sign up for the 5k so I could spend the weekend with them. I mean i’d already be halfway there. So after I was done with my work commitments on Friday I hopped in the car and drove 2 more hours up to Savannah. I was so looking forward to a weekend in one my favorite cities with my running buddies. Friends, a race, yoga in the park, AND yummy food – score!
My drive up on Friday was a mess – so much traffic! Unfortunately pretty much everyone that was headed up from Florida was having issues getting up to Savannah. Once I finally got to Savannah my day definitely improved. I got to have dinner with my friend Jenn & her mom, then checked into the Hilton Desoto, and ended the night hanging out with my roomies for the weekend.
Saturday morning we were up bright and early for the race. Unfortunately it rained all night and it was forecasted to rain through the entire race so we had prepared for the worst. The half and 5k started at the same time which was great since all my friends were running the half. At least we were able to head out together and start the race together. We were staying at a hotel close to the race start so we were able to sleep in a little bit (at least for a race day) and then walk to the start. We were very excited when we walked out the front door and it wasn’t raining. Woo hoo!
The 5k race course was very nice and a great way to start the weekend. A couple friends decided to run the 5k instead of the half marathon, so I was excited to not have to run alone. Unfortunately the overnight rain left things wet, humid, and a bit buggy so hanging out after the race wasn’t overly comfortable. But that didn’t stop us from enjoying some mimosas before we took off for the hotel.
The rest of day involved brunch (with bottomless mimosas) at The Ordinary Pub, ice cream at Leopold’s, and dinner at The Crystal Beer Parlor. I swear we did more than eat in Savannah.
The last event of the weekend was Yoga in the Park in Ellis Square. Sunday morning it was sunny and cool, perfect weather to do some yoga outside with my friends before heading home. The teacher from Savannah Power Yoga lead us through an amazing practice that left me feeling centered and relaxed for the drive home to Orlando.
I loved getting to run and spend time in Savannah with my friends. I can’t wait to do it again in the fall!