â†µAdd former Boston Marathon champion Gayle Barron to this group. â†µBarron, who this weekend will run the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta â†µshe has won four times, will wear yellow and black in the race. You â†µmay be familiar with those colors as the corporate hues of Waffle â†µHouse. Or, if you are like many people, you don't ever remember eating â†µat Waffle House, because you have only been there when drunk and â†µfeeling the body's primitive inebriated yen for fried potatoes and â†µbacon. Either way, Barron is there because the accomplished runner â†µwill be racing her 31st Peachtree smothered and covered in yellow and â†µblack to highlight her sponsor, Waffle House, the restaurant where she â†µeats up to three times a week as part of her training table. â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥"I'm trying to say that, 'Look, if you are on a diet and â†µâ‡¥you want to eat healthy, there are healthy things you can eat at â†µâ‡¥Waffle House,' " Barron said, "because nobody thinks there is." â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µâ‡¥In particular, Barron plugs her favorite meal - grilled chicken, â†µâ‡¥steamed hash browns and scrambled eggs. Barron says she first tried it â†µâ‡¥10 years ago, when her running group went to a Waffle House one â†µâ‡¥morning for a post-run breakfast. â†µ
â†µI doubt the wisdom that eating at Waffle House for nutritional â†µpurposes will make you any faster or better. What I don't doubt, given â†µwhat's happened to me after eating Waffle House? That if you eat a â†µfull order of hashbrowns complete with chunked ham, peppers, and â†µtomatoes, you will be running somewhere very quickly indeed. In that â†µsense, it's a performance-enhancing drug, and they should test for it â†µby checking your running shorts for greasy fingerprints. â†µâ†µ
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