I have never been so motivated for a run as I was last night. Ryan and I set out for our "Philosopher's Stone" meetup run with only one thought on our minds ... the faster we finish, the faster we'll be eating at Kickstand.
We were pretty speedy during the first 3 miles of the run ... finishing each mile in under 7:30 min/mile pace. By the time we were starting the 4th mile we were so tired. The last stretch of the run is also very hilly which made it 1,000 times harder to finish. I tried my hardest to sprint during the last .10 mile and finished our Thursday night run of 4.48 miles in 34:10 minutes (overall pace of 7:37 min/miles).
After chatting it up with some of the other runners Ryan and I headed back to the car to change out of our sweaty running shirts and into some clean t-shirts. We eagerly headed over to Kickstand for our reward meal.
I selected an icy cold Michelob Ultra as my beverage, along with tons of ice water. I love the Fat Tire pint glasses and was very tempted to take mine home (luckily I had enough restraint to leave it at the restaurant).
After looking at all of the awesome burger choices in the menu I finally chose the "Kickstand Burger."
Our signature burger mixed with sundried tomatoes, onions, basil, and garlic. Topped with fig spread, caramelized onions, and baked Brie.
As my side I picked the mix of regular and sweet potato tater tots. Can't go wrong with tots. Plus they are served with a side of maple syrup-esque dipping sauce.
Oh.My.God. The combination of flavors is absolutely delicious ... the creaminess of the melted Brie, along with the savory burger, with the sweetness of the fig spread and caramelized onions. Incredible. That burger never stood a chance ... it was eaten in all of its glory in less than 5 minutes. Our super friendly server came back to check on us and POOF, like magic, it was all gone. Our ability to eat meals so quickly is slightly embarrassing but well justified when the food is this tasty.
2 empty baskets ... nothing left but garnishes and a couple of tots. Ryan and I left super stuffed and so satisfied. I'm a big believer in rewarding yourself for a job well done, and this my friends was quite the reward. I'll gladly run over 15 miles every week if it means I get to eat one delicious cheeseburger weekly. That's a no brainer if you ask me.
I can't wait to go back to Kickstand for another burger ... our experience there was filled with a super friendly staff, overly delicious food, and a laid back atmosphere. There aren't too many places that are cool with letting their customers come in wearing Nike tempo shorts and a pair of Brooks (yes I'm very brand loyal with my running attire). Until the next cheeseburger ...