This year we didn’t end up running a St Patrick’s day race. Instead, we opted for the Sam Costa Quarter Marathon. It was only the 11th year for the quarter marathon, but the 47th year for the half marathon distance. According to the race website, Sam Costa was a detective in Chicago that used to travel to central Indiana to run with friends each year. The race was renamed in his honor in the 70s and there is a cartoon-y looking detective on the shirts each year.
The race was held in Carmel, starting and ending at Northview Church. The church had ample parking and a large lobby for packet pickup. The race was well organized with plenty of restrooms and water stops. The course was had some rolling hills, but overall it was a nice run. I packed us some Noomas for hydration after the race. It was my first time having the chocolate mint flavor. It tasted just like a dessert 🙂
Drew ran it in 40:29 (6:11 pace), and I ran it in 53:14 (8:08 pace). He took 1st in his age group, and I took 2nd in mine.
After the race we went spice shopping at Penzey’s and went out to brunch. We decided to try 3 Sisters Cafe. It was a great choice! I think it might be my new favorite brunch spot in town. Drew had a biscuit with egg, chicken sausage, and gouda. I had the lemon corncakes with blueberry sauce, lemon curd, and whipped cream. Everyone around us was ordering dessert, so we decided to try it too. We went with the chocolate bacon pie. It was good, but not something I would get again. It was a chocolate cheesecake like pie with bacon crumbles on top. The main dishes we got were delicious, and I know we will go back again.
We also started working on new shutters. When the lady at the paint store opened the can of paint to show me the color, she nicely told me she thought I was crazy when I originally handed her the paint chip for exterior paint. Once she opened the can, she said she changed her mind and thought it was a pretty spring color, ha-ha. Here is a preview: