Fit Foodie Race
I recently went to San Diego the weekend before Thanksgiving weekend on behalf of Health and Cooking Light magazine to teach yoga at the inaugural Fit Foodie Race. The Fit Foodie Race was a 5K that ran in conjunction with the San Diego Food and Wine Festival which was celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year. I was asked to lead a pre and post run stretch on Saturday the morning of the race, as well host the yoga brunch on Sunday morning and lead an hour long yoga class.
I flew out Thursday with Timothy Grayson (who’s the best traveler by the way) and met my mom in San Diego at the airport. We arrived to an incredible suite at the Hilton hotel on the harbor. We had a blast on Thursday playing with Timothy in the hotel. My mom watched the little guy when I went to Solano Beach to meet my good friend Eli who lives there. She took me to a killer class called Core40 which is often called “Pilates on Steroids”. Core40 uses megaformers and it’s an awesome core workout that also hits every body part. We took a class that evening that was 25 minutes of spin then 25 minutes on the megaformer. My inner thighs were dying for days. After class, Eli and I had a delicious healthy dinner at Ki’s overlooking the beach.
Friday morning I did an interview with Fox 5 News San Diego outlining the events for the weekend. Then, my mom and I were able to take a long walk along the harbor and play with Timothy the rest of the day.
Friday evening I went to the pre race dinner and I wore the jacket Bethenny Frankel gave me as a hand me down. It was fun to see her on the cover of Health magazine when I arrived at the dinner. During the meal we raffled off some of my newest DVD, Yoga Slim as well as other great prizes.
Saturday morning was the day of the race and I woke up super early to get down on the lawn. At 7am I lead hundreds of people in some dynamic yoga stretches (warriors, chair poses, triangle, downward dog, planks, chaturangas, updogs, tree and dancing shiva) to get them ready for the run. I was so impressed to see everyone take part in the yoga and I loved how many family’s had come out to be active and enjoy the beautiful morning. After the race, everyone cooled off with more passive yoga stretches (pigeon, crescent lunges, forward bends, twists and side stretches).
The runners had an awesome time in the finisher’s village sampling food, watching cooking demos, doing more fitness and yoga and some were even drinking beer and eating cupcakes at 830am! Later that morning from 11-3 was the food and wine tasting and wow I couldn’t believe how many booths there were set up with incredible local food and all sorts of amazing wines. I passed on the vino; but it was great people watching, and I did sample some delicious nibbles including street tacos, grilled shrimp and fresh ceviche.
The next morning was one of my favorite parts of the weekend, I taught a yoga class to a great size room of people from the area. Some had taken part in the race and others were just there to celebrate and do some yoga. I was able to talk about the weekend afterwards at brunch and share my philosophy on how important it is to enjoy life and to eat well, move often and cherish time with loved ones. Even as a new mom I am able to fit in exercise and cook healthy meals in Timothy’s baby cooker. I have started pureeing baby carrots and organic apples in it; and I can’t wait to feed Timothy fresh food then save the rest for my husband and I. Cooking Light has an awesome sweet potato soup recipe and I can whip up the sweet potatoes for Timothy then use the rest in the soup for Tim and I.
I’m honored to have taken part in such an amazing weekend and can’t thank Health and Cooking Light enough for making me part of the event. It can be overwhelming and stressful for some this time of year with the holidays, but I try to remind everyone that the best present you can give anyone (including your self) is to be present and truly available for all those you love. I wanted to offer my Yoga Slim DVD this time of year as well to help people stay slim, strong and stress free throughout the holiday and in to the new year.