Kelly the Culinarian: Scenes from the Weekend: The Peoria Road Trip Recap

Monday, May 20, 2013

Scenes from the Weekend: The Peoria Road Trip Recap

Taking a page from Irina's book, I put together my photos from the weekend to help me recap all the fun we had running the Run River City Marathon Relay in Peoria on Sunday. Here's a look a what went down outside of my race recap.
On Friday, I took the day off of work and went for a one-mile swim followed by a 40-mile bike ride. Napoleon was exhausted just thinking about it. I rewarded myself with an iced coffee. 
When we rolled into town Friday afternoon, we visited Bradley to see what had changed. The top right is a display in the new alumni center. It's a serving set the college's founder, Lydia Moss Bradley, once owned. The statue at the bottom is her, and it's the Founder's Circle. We used to go pose with her after evenings of celebrating. The lower left is BU's new and amazingly equipped gym. It has state-of-the-art machines, a great pool, a climbing wall and various sport courts. 
Friday night, we visited our old haunt for dinner: One World. Best coffee and hummus in the world, hands down. I went with a sangria, then we split a Secret Garden pizza, a plate of hummus and spinach dip. The pizza wasn't as good as I remember, but the hummus was even better than I remembered. If you're ever in Peoria, this is the spot you have to do to. We followed it up with another college-day favorite, Kellehers. Great beer.
Saturday morning, I got up really early and walked around Peoria so I wouldn't wake up Amber and Rachael. I saw the sun rise over the Illinois River, checked out some statues and headed back to the Four Points by Sheraton. My quick review of this place: We paid $70 a night and it was worth it. The beds were comfy, but the toilet didn't really flush and the interior could use an update. We also went to BU for a group photo, as well as a quick 2-mile campus run. 
 Race prep! I bought a pair of Saucony Kinvara 3s at the expo for $55. This is a stellar price and they're a 10 wide, exactly what I wanted to try. Amber and Rachael studying the course map and my traditional pre-race pho. We went to Thanh Linh is a place we never went to in college, but who knows why. The food was quite good and the pho did the job.
Rachael and Jackie getting ready race-day morning; post-race Taco Bell lunch sauce that was very profound, and an iced coffee with puppy run.  Closing the loop on the coffee and Napoleon pics of the weekend.

1 comment:

Losing Lindy said...

Looks great. That is an awesome price on Sauconys