RUN RABBIT RUN
This past weekend, the man ran 50 miles of trail in Steamboat Springs, Colorado—his third and most difficult 50-mile trail race this year. He is crazy! But also very strong.
The race took us on a little weekend getaway in one of the best ski resort towns in Colorado!
HANDS-DOWN BEST BURRITO
Upon arriving in Steamboat Springs, we checked into the swanky Timberline Lodge at Trappeur’s Crossing Resort & Spa, and then headed downtown to grab some grub (duh). We were thinking about trying a Mexican restaurant called Salt & Lime, when Nick noticed a small corner-shack with a food-trucky vibe adjacent to it. His foodie instincts kicked in and knew it was probably better and cheaper. He was spot on. and then some.
The lady here probably MAKES BANK. She’s from the Caribbean, it seemed like (I should’ve asked specifically), and she means business. She cranks out burritos, tacos, and other Mexican deliciousness with her headphones in and a giant smile on her face. Even if she’s got too many orders to make it “fast food,” regulars don’t care. People know it’s worth the wait.
After feeling overwhelmed with the menu, I asked her what her favorite item is. Without a hiccup, she answered: The Spicy Curry Fish Burrito. Yes, ma’am, if I must!
We waited patiently and excitedly until our food was finally ready!
These babies were MASSIVE and weighed about 500 pounds, more or less.
I can’t stress enough HOW DELICIOUS this burrito was. Spicy curry, tender & tasty fish, rice, beans, cheese, and sour cream. It was creamy-tasty-amazingness.
After filling our bellies to the brim, we walked around downtown Steamboat Springs and window-shopped.
THE RACE EXPO & DINNER
Since it’s such a small race (~200 runners or less), the night-before event was more of a brief meeting than it was an expo. The man checked in, got his bib, and then we sat for a while and listened to the race director tell some good ole stories before heading out to dinner at The Rusted Porch. I didn’t snap any photos of our food, but we ordered lots of french fries and Caesar salad! I got a burger and the man got chicken fingers. The heart wants it wants, friends.
After stuffing myself as if I was running the 50 miles along with Nick, we went home and fell asleep early.
THE BIG RACE!
We were up around 4:30 the next morning, preparing a pre-race breakfast and getting everything together. After walking to the race start, I bid adieu to the man as he set off on the Run Rabbit Run 50 Mile Endurance Race!
I met up with Nick’s supportive friends and set up shop to crew him at miles 22 and 27, and then I introduced his good friend Jon to Tacos Del Barco (two days in a row, yes). We needed proper fuel, as we all were going to run the last 4 miles of Nick’s race with him!
I was nervous to run the steep descent down the mountain, but it ended up being a lot of fun! I just miiiiiiiiight have been bitten by the trail-running bug. We’ll see!
One of our friends was sneaky capturing these photos.
This guy KILLED IT. He ran 50 miles (and an ungodly amount of elevation gain) in under 12 hours. Can you imagine running mountain trails for 12 hours?! He looked so strong at this point, and I was thrilled to be able to run the finish with him.
After crossing the finish line, we endlessly gorged on food and baked goods, like ya do.
Congrats, Nick! You are a beast!
I had such a great time celebrating the man’s accomplishment, while also getting some great quality time with him and his friends (who are top-notch, by the way). Fun!
BLUE MOON BAKERY
On our drive home the next day, Nick’s hunger (and my sympathetic hunger pangs) were in full force, so we made a pit stop at Blue Moon Bakery in Silverthorne for some goodies!
Nestled into a strip mall, this hidden gem of a bakery and sandwich shop is delightful.
We split a grilled chicken Caesar wrap (warm and comforting), as well as an Oreo Java cupcake.
And that concludes the big race weekend!
HAVE YOU BEEN TO STEAMBOAT SPRINGS?