How to Run, Rock & Fuel in Brooklyn.

If I had to think of running, rocking or fueling, the first place that comes to mind probably wouldn’t be Brooklyn.  Actually, I take that last part back, when I think of Brooklyn, I think of pizza which is pretty much the first choice of fuel for most runners.  

Aside from that though, running and Brooklyn aren’t two things that most people think go hand in hand.  Maybe I’m wrong, but as someone who doesn’t live directly IN the city, most outsiders associate the NYC area with Manhattan and probably think of running through Central Park but if you limit yourself to just the iconic areas of the Big Apple, you’re missing out.  

This weekend I was able to experience Brooklyn in all of it’s amazingness.  I got to explore the scenic Prospect Park, run through the streets of the most populous borough of NYC, rock alongside my fellow runners and of course, fuel with delicious allergy friendly eats at quaint little cafés.

If you were following along my travels on Instagram you may have noticed that I was able to do this in the most epic way possible- I was given my own personal film maker (and tour guide) compliments of the Rock’n’Roll race series and their partner, Eagle Creek.  

While the footage that was taken is still being edited, I figured I’d give you a little sneak peek by sharing with you my favorite ways to run, rock and fuel your way through Brooklyn. 

How to Run, Rock & Fuel in Brooklyn

Actually, if I am going to go in chronological order, let’s start with fueling first because we all know that without food the running and the rocking won’t be nearly as fun, right? 

Where to FUEL in Brooklyn…

As any foodie would, I scoped out Brooklyn and the area around my hotel for allergy friendly eats and was happy to stumble upon a place called Sun In Bloom.  Not only is their entire menu vegan but they also offer gluten free options with choices that range from everything to smoothies to breakfast, nori wraps, “burgers” and anything you can think of in between.  

Sun In Bloom Gluten Free Pancakes

Nori Wrap Sun In Bloom Brooklyn Ny

After mulling over the menu I settled on gluten free pancakes and a nori wrap because I was already prematurely rungry and one can never have too much food 😉 

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Sun In Bloom

And obviously I also had to photograph it because, #bloglife. 

Speaking of blog life and photographing food, I joined fellow foodie and blogger, Nicole from Fitful Focus for a pre-race dinner on Friday night at Bareburger.   We indulged in sweet potato fries and lettuce wrapped burgers to help power us through our 13.1 the next morn. For more about our eats, head over to Nicole’s blog for the scoop (figuratively and literally…we also ate vegan ice cream). 

Bareburger with Nicole

I was also able to find this pretty cool little crepe place on my way back from the race the next day on Flatbush Ave called Brooklyn Crepe and Juice that offered both gluten free sweet and savory crepes.  It was super small and according to the patrons, a hidden gem but totally worth checking out if you’re passing through.  It’s LEGIT.

How to ROCK Brooklyn…

I bet you’re thinking that I’m going to tell you all the epic bands you can go listen to while you’re there but you would be wrong.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to hear any local BK flavor BUT I did get to explore a lot of the sights and let me tell you, it’s something that should also be on your itinerary the next time you’re there. 

I started at the Grand Army Plaza….


…then made my way over to the Brooklyn Public Library where the race was set to start the next morning….

Brooklyn Public Library

….and then off to the iconic Brooklyn Bridge because when you’re a runner in Brooklyn, you must RUN THE BRIDGE.

Rock N Blog Brooklyn Bridge

And really just take the time to look at NYC from a different point of view…

Brooklyn Bridge

How to RUN Brooklyn…

If you wanna really run Brooklyn and get a taste of the sights, sounds and the very scenic Prospect Park then running Rock’n’Roll Brooklyn is a must.  

Being the second year it was held here, the were able to iron out a few of the logistical issues from the previous year and really delivered an awesome experience for all the RnR runners. 

While I know they can’t control the clouds, can I just say that the sunrise was something of an awe inspiring sight. 

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Rock n Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon

It absolutely set the tone for the rest of the race.  I took off about 10 minutes after the fireball sunrise faded away.  The course itself goes down Eastern Parkway and Ocean Parkway then ends in Prospect Park, which was my favorite part of the entire course.  

I don’t have many pictures to share currently as I was busy working with the most amazing sports filmmaker ever, Steve Godwin, though I anticipate his video will do a far better job sharing the sights of the course with you than I can. 


Rock n Roll Brooklyn Steve Godwin

Seriously though, shoutout to Steve (everybody needs a Steve), Rock’n’Roll and Eagle Creek who made this experience even more epic than it already would have been.  

Obviously there is more to share and lots more to tell which I will be sure to do once Steve works his film-making magic.  

Let’s just say, I took it slow, soaked in the experience and enjoyed every minute of every mile and earned this amazing medal in the process. 

Rock'n'Roll Brooklyn Half Marathon

For now, until I have more to share, keep runnin’, keep rockin’ and do consider adding RnR Brooklyn to your racing bucket list! 

Brooklyn Bridge - Steve Godwin

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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