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Humana Rock N Roll Virginia Beach

Happy Friday! Happy looooooong weekend for some of us. Today I am headed to Virginia Beach to run during the Humana Rock N Roll Marathon VA Beach 1/2 Marathon weekend. Humana is flying me up, putting me up in a hotel and all I have to do is run the 5K on Sunday. I am super pumped! This is my first official race since my foot surgery.

In the meantime, it has been a fun week so I am joining the Friday Favorites party with Heather– let’s get going!

Tampa Bay Eats Hogans Beach Beauty and the Beets

Chad and I have been spending a lot of time in Tampa working on a big project. We’ve had a lot of fun exploring the restaurant scene and have found some places have better views than food.

Three Birds Tavern Sweet Potato Fries Beauty and the Beets

Three Birds Tavern Salted Caramel Cheesecake Beauty and the Beets

Though there are quite a few really great places too. One place we love is Three Birds Tavern in St. Petersburg. Sweet Potato Fries with Honey-Cinnamon-Bourbon butter. Salted Caramel Cheesecake. Heaven.

Seminole Hard Rock Casino Tampa Beauty and the Beets

Then there is the late night dining at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Mac and Cheese Bites Seminole Hard Rock Beauty and the Beets

There is one restaurant that is open 24 hours called The Rise Kitchen. We go there late and dine on Mac and Cheese bites and French Toast…….

Hootie and the Blowfish guitar Seminole Hard Rock Beauty and the Beets

……And dining among the guitars from my beloved Hootie and the Blowfish makes it more exciting for me. Just saying.

Wawa Cheesecake Smoothie

Of course our hour long drive home is never complete without a stop at Wawa for the amazing but fattening Caramel Cheesecake Smoothie. Good thing I am heading into my running season.

Tuna Guacamole RA Sushi Beauty and the Beets

Strawberry Lobster Roll RA Sushi Beauty and the Beets

Back in Orlando I was invited to try the new seasonal menu at RA Sushi. Loved everything they offered including the Tuna Guacamole appetizer and the Strawberry Lobster Roll. So delicious! I have a feeling we will be spending more time eating sushi for the next few months.

Shake Shack Orlando Eye Beauty and the Beets

Miso Caramel Shake Shack Orlando Eye Beauty and the Beets

After our dinner at RA Sushi, Chad and I enjoyed Miso Caramel shakes at Shake Shack under the colorful Orlando Eye. The Miso Caramel flavor is a seasonal flavor and it was good, but really salty. I would probably prefer just the plain caramel shake in the future.

Lastly, I had two posts this week that got a lot of exposure. First there was my post about Tips for Attending Your First Blogging Conference.

Beetsrun2015 RNR

Then there is my Top-5 list of Savannah restaurants that got published on the Rock N Roll Marathon website. And don’t forget- if you are planning to run any of the marathon events use the code BEETSRUN2015 for race discounts. And if you are planning to run Las Vegas use the code BEETSRUN2015LV for the rate of $145 for the full or the half marathon. This was the rate originally offered to Military personnel but they have generously offered the discount to members of the #RockNBlog team (that’s me!) so we can pass it along to you!

And that’s it for me here in Beetsland. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day weekend and I will be back next week with a full report of my Virginia Beach weekend. Chow bellas!

Sharon Walsh

Friday 4th of September 2015

Hope your first run goes well. Want to go to RA Sushi next time we're in town - looks yummy!

Helen Corbin

Friday 4th of September 2015

Can’t wait to read your blog about this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!