Love DC Chefs Experience

When running a 5K, I’m running hard and food isn’t the first thing on my mind when I finish. If you remember, I hung around the finish line of The Fit Foodie 5K taking pictures and cheering in my friends, which gave me a chance to cool down and work up an appetite.


A big part of The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend was the Love DC Chefs Experience held immediately after the race. Tents were set up side-by-side filled with gourmet food like no other race I’ve ever experienced. Portions were small so we could try a little bit of everything.

We started at the tent closest to the race finish and worked our way down the street. The first tent just happened to be Naked and that worked out great for this thirsty runner!


The next tent was the tent of Chef Ris Lacoste Ris serving little watermelon skewers.


It’s a good thing I grabbed a quick picture before he placed the tray on the table because once he set it down, the skewers disappeared at the blink of an eye. They looked so refreshing, but since I don’t like watermelon I passed.  I know, it’s un-American not to like watermelon…


I sneaked a quick picture of the prep of these delicious looking salads, but the lines were so long Erin and I continued along our way to the next booth.


As I moved down the row of tents, I made my way to the side of most to take pictures; but as I look back at the pictures, I realize that I ate very little food. Chef RJ Cooper’s gazpacho looked great, but I passed as I continued along my way.


Chef Katsuya Fukusshima Daikaya was also serving a different type of gazpacho with a topping. If you remember, he served those amazing pimento cheese sandwiches at the VIP cocktail party on Friday night.


The yogurt in these parfaits was the creamiest, most delicious I’ve ever eaten, and I really wanted to get my yogurt and immediately go to the back of the line to get more! I could have done that all day!


Don’t ask why I thought it would be a great idea to take of picture of our shoes and yogurt! Since this is the only good picture I have of the yogurt parfait, I’m using it!


Bastille Restaurant & Bar served chilled zucchini Greek yogurt soup. Again long lines equaled I didn’t try it…


As we moved past the food tents we came upon this monstrosity. Can you imagine driving down the interstate and getting passed by a giant potato?


Of course our day wouldn’t have been complete without a picture in front of The Famous Idaho Potato!


We made a right turn and realized that the finisher’ village was in front of us. We’d kind of forgotten all about that with all of the food and fun we’d already had!


Our first stop was at the post-race food tent.  Yep, more food!  The name of the event is Fit Foodie after all!  The front of the tent had free stuff like Cooking Light magazines, hand wipes, etc.


The back of the tent had post-race food.  The first item was a little tiny Chipotle beef burrito on a corn tortilla.  I didn’t eat anything else after that because I really wasn’t hungry.


Unfortunately, Erin and I had to leave so we didn’t got into the beer garden for these shenanigans with the other ambassadors.  Yes, that’s Lauren balancing on two hands while balancing wine on her knee, side, and head.  Amazing!


L to R: Amy, Sue, Lauren, and Courtney source


As I mentioned earlier, I wasn’t able to go back on Sunday for the Power Systems  Obstacle Course Boot Camp and Celebrity Chef Brunch.  My friends that attended it said that it was great!

Overall it was a fabulous weekend and I look forward to participating again next year.  I met some amazing ladies and I hope that we have an opportunity to meet again soon!


  • Questions:
  • What’s your favorite post-race food?
  • Who’s racing this weekend?
Happy Running! ~ Deb


  1. June 27, 2014    

    Sigh for the lost yogurt parfait….
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 2, 2014    

      I know…….

  2. Kim Kim
    June 27, 2014    

    I so wish I could be part of your running group – y’all have so much fun!!!
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 2, 2014    

      We do, and we would welcome you with open arms!

  3. June 27, 2014    

    1. I had a slight setback in the running plan, but I’m not giving up! So, by the end of the summer, this dude will be chasing those food tables. Post race, Pre race. Heck, why don’t they put a table in the middle of the too?

    2. I like that you wrote all about the food. Talk about inspiration. Keep all your quotes from Muhammad Ali and Abraham Lincoln. I’ll think about these tables.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 2, 2014    

      Run an ultra, Eli, and you’ll get a food table every few miles!

  4. Amy Amy
    June 29, 2014    

    Wow! What a hug and fantastic post-race party! How fun!
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 2, 2014    

      It was so fun!

  5. June 30, 2014    

    That has to be the best post race expo I’ve ever seen and the food looked amazing. Post race for me is a nice cold beer.
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 2, 2014    

      I’m not a beer drinker, but a margarita a few hours after my race is always welcome!

  6. July 2, 2014    

    Oh yum, I love Naked! The mighty mango is my favorite flavor. I didn’t know you don’t like watermelon! I don’t either, and neither does my dad :) That’s cool that they had so much post-race food. I usually go for a plain bagel, a banana, or some orange slices at the end of a race. Or pretzels. But that chili we had at the Hokie Half was pretty good :)
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 2, 2014    

      Looks like watermelon won’t be the official fruit of the “Cruisers Rockin’ The Relay” Ragnar team!

  7. July 3, 2014    

    What’s up with the “got balls?” t-shirt at the yogurt table? I’m sure there’s a story behind that! I see you are racing tomorrow – have a great one, Debbie!
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    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      July 3, 2014    

      I thought the same thing about the “got balls” t-shirt when I edited my pictures. I didn’t notice it while in my yogurt parfait comma!

      Thank you for the good wishes for tomorrow’s race! Happy Independence Day!

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Race PR’s (Personal Records)

5K - 22:57 (7:23 pace)
8K - 39:25 (7:55 pace)
10K - 47:05 (7:40 pace)
Ten Mile - 1:16:22 (7:38 pace)
Half Marathon - 1:54:34 (8:45 pace)
20K - 1:45:30 (8:30 pace)
Twenty Mile - 2:46:14 (8:18 pace)
Marathon - 3:29:04 (7:59 pace)
Ultramarathon - 10:50:30 (13:00 pace)

2015 Race Schedule

February 14 - For The Love Of It 10K
April 4 - Algonkian Regional Park PR Trail Run
April 26 - George Washington Parkway Ten Miler
May 9 - Burke Lake Park PR Trail Run
May 17 - River Bend Park PR Trail Run
May 30 - ZOOMA Annapolis Half Marathon
June 6 - Lake Fairfax PR Trail Run
June 19 & 20 - Ragnar Trail Appalachians, WV
July 4 - Firecracker 5K
July 29 - OBX Lighthouse 5K
August 16 - Leesburg 20K
September 13 - Parks Half Marathon
September 19 - Dulles Runway 10K
October 2 & 3 - Ragnar DC
November 26 - Thanksgiving Day 5K
December 6 - Run With Santa 5K

Planning ahead to 2016:
April 29 & 30 - Ragnar Trail Richmond
May 22 - Chicago Spring Half Marathon

Favorite Races

1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon (5:32:38) - favorite trail marathon


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