This past Saturday I ran my first 5K- the Color Vibe. I’ve never really enjoyed running. I signed up for Color Vibe 5K because of peer pressure – all my friends were doing it! Once I signed up though, it became serious. I trained for the 5K like runners train for a marathon, working my way up to those 3.1 miles slowly over periods of weeks. When I woke up Saturday morning to a windy combination of rain, hail, and snow, I thought, “Really, Universe? How is this supposed to motivate me”? But strangely it did. I was determined to conquer this race. My friend Alissa, an experience half-marathon runner, set the pace and I followed even though I was huffing and puffing on the brink of collapse during our last half-mile sprint. But, I did it! I ran the race in under 30 minutes which was my goal and I felt awesome. Really awesome.
After we all crossed the finish line, gave high-fives, and took photos, we decided to celebrate with some bloody marys. We went to Victoire because it was the only bar in the neighborhood that was open at 11 am! Victoire specializes in Belgian beer and food. I had a great experience at Victoire, despite being a place where a celiac could potentially have NO gluten-free options, I had plenty. Not only do they carry Green’s Endeavor Dubbel Ale, a Belgian gluten-free beer, but three interesting cider options, and a Raspberry Kombucha Beer, which is made from hops, kombucha, and raspberries – therefore gluten-free. I had the latter on this occasion and while it was too sweet for me, I was just happy to have an interesting drink option at a beer bar. For food, I really wanted fries. Obviously, there was a slim chance of this being a possibility because of cross-contamination. However, I this to my server and she asked the chef who confirmed that the oil was new and I was able to enjoy their signature Belgian frites with different dipping sauces. Victoire was the perfect end to my first 5K experience: cosy atmosphere, delicious frites, and ample drink options.