After a half marathon there are only two things that I want. Number one: Coca-Cola. Number two: potato chips. This is one of the benefits of running with Team In Training – I can almost certainly find both of these items in their tent at the finish line. I hobble over and navigate the food line quickly, scanning the spread to ensure that the trusty yellow Lay’s bag and cans of Coke are present. In my mind, this sweet and salty combo can’t be topped.
After the Herothon Half Marathon, I decided to switch things up a bit. Because, after all, we were in Texas. And when in Texas and one has just run a half marathon, one should take it upon oneself to eat as much queso as possible. Queso and a Coca Cola, I knew I was onto something here.
Guided by several recommendations and its nearby proximity to our hotel, we headed to Casa Rio. I think this restaurant may be about as tourist-y as you can get on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, but I really didn’t care. I was in it for the queso. And, if I’m going to go to a really tourist-y spot, I prefer it to be waterfront on a beautiful 75 degree afternoon in January. The stars were aligning. Well, at least until I ordered a Coke and was told by the waiter that they only served Pepsi. To say I was deflated would be an understatement. While I am willing to substitute Lay’s potato chips for tortilla chips and queso, I am most certainly not willing to substitute Pepsi for Coca Cola. A girl’s got to draw the line somewhere. Water was probably the best choice anyways, and so that’s what I had. While I felt like my post-race indulgence had been a bit undermined by soft drink availability, the queso was delicious and we sat and chatted and very much enjoyed the afternoon anyways.