Chicago

Epic Weekend

Sam and I went up to Chicago last weekend and had a great trip. There’s so much to tell…

 

We woke up before dawn on the longest day of the year

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As soon as we got into the city, I met up with Jess and we went for our long run together. The first thing we saw when we got onto the lake path was this lady running with a dog balloon:

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We thought she was crazy until we saw this sign and realized that there was a race for PAWS going on.

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This ended up being a good thing because we got really thirsty around mile three and managed to convince the volunteers to let us have some gatorade even though we weren’t part of the race. Thanks PAWS!  After 8.5 miles, we went back to Jess’ place to shower and relax with this very snuggly lady:

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That afternoon, we went to a rooftop party celebrating our friend’s graduation from his MBA program at Northwestern. We ended up walking like half a mile so I’m going to add that to my daily total and say I did 9.

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This guy was the highlight of the party. I think you can see that we are in love.

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We watched a storm roll in from the rooftop, then ran inside when it started pouring. This was a bit of déjà vu for me since the same thing happened at our rooftop wedding exactly a year ago.

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The next day I met up with my friend Jess at one of my favorite brunch places, Southport Grocery. I don’t know how I’ve been there so many times without ever trying the grown-up pop-tart:

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Then I went to my favorite cheese shop Pastoral for some goodies

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Which Sam and I enjoyed later on a little anniversary date in Millennium Park

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If you’ve never tried Stiegl Grapefruit Radler before, I highly recommend it. It has a low alcohol content and is just a bit fruity- perfect for summer.

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The next morning, Sam joined me for a short run along the lake path and through Millennium Park

 

 

 

 

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This is where the start line for the Chicago Marathon is. See you in 3 months!

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We saved the best for last: before we got on the road, we had lunch at Irazu and ordered 3 of their mind-blowing oatmeal shakes! More on that later 🙂

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I miss you Chicago!

 

 

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The week in review

Luckily I am not as lazy about running as I have been about posting to this blog!

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Do not fear blog readers, what I lack in quantity, I will make up for in quality, because as you can see, I have learned how to insert gifs. Things just got much more exciting here in blogland.

 

In running news: I managed 4 runs last week! Here are some stats:

Total Distance: 13.63

Longest Distance: 5.8 miles

Average Pace Per Mile: 9:26

Shortest/Most Hungover Run: 1.18 miles

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I am pretty proud of myself for managing four runs, even if one was kind of cheating. My hope is to keep consistent with 4-5 runs per week.

 

The reason I was hungover on Friday was because I went to Chicago to see my friend Jessie’s awesome band’s live show!  They are called all boy/all girl and they just finished a tour of the Midwest. I’m not the greatest at describing music, but I guess they are kind of an Indie Pop group- they feature a great combo of musicians, including a bass, ukulele, and strings on top of the usual guitar and drums. I have been listening to and loving their album since it was released, but  seeing them live was a whole different experience- they are so fun and alive on stage.

Wine bottles were half-priced at the venue, and I may or may not have split two bottles of wine with one other person. I get hangovers like crazy, despite my incessant attempts to find a hangover miracle cure. This weekend, I tried milk thistle, which according to this article will leave me with “No headache, no nausea, no desire to curl up into a ball and never move”.  Unfortunately it was not to be- although I maybe did not feel as 100% worthless as usual, I still experienced headaches, waves of nausea, extreme whineness and inability to control my emotions.

Last week I also hit a milestone- I ran my 100th mile since the beginning of 2014!

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In January, I set myself a goal to run 600 miles by the Marathon (October 12th). I also made a deal with my husband that, for a little extra motivation, I am allowed to buy a new piece of workout clothing or gear every 50 miles I run.

I have taken this deal to heart, as evidenced by my bill at lululemon on Friday. I purchased a sweet pair of running tights on sale for $49 (which is a crazy steal for that store) as well as two more of their fly away tamer headbands, which I love because they, ya know, tame my fly-aways, which otherwise always whip into my eyes as I’m running.

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Overall a successful trip, and a successful week in marathon training!

 

 

Winning

Yesterday, as I was driving through the mountains on my way home from Virginia (more on that later), I got some exciting news: I won the lottery! Not the one where they give you all of the money though. This is the Bank of America Chicago Marathon lottery. Apparently, so many people are jumping onto the marathon bandwagon (myself included) that they have to distribute the 45,000 entries at random. Now that I think of it, this is the exact opposite of your traditional lottery. Congratulations, you’ve won the right to run 26+ miles, and you have to pay us $185 for the pleasure of doing so! Negative jackpot.

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I don’t think I’m properly conveying my excitement though. I mean, first of all, winning things is awesome. That kind of competitive thinking is what I love about running races in the first place. Secondly, if I hadn’t gotten the lottery entry, I would have had to run on a charity team, and while there are some very deserving causes participating, I am a fundraiser by profession and I don’t know that I need that added responsibility right now.

Not to mention that I have really been looking forward to conquering the marathon this year. Last May I ran my first half marathon. As I was running those last three miles, all I was thinking was “I will never run a marathon. I will never run a marathon”. It was my mantra. 13 miles was painful enough, and I could not imagine putting myself through it twice in a row. But somehow, after a couple of months, that pain was been trumped by the lure of conquering the big one: the 26.2 mile marathon. The truth is, I know I can do it. I enjoy challenging myself, and this is a big, once in a lifetime, bucket list kind of challenge.

So on Sunday, October 12, 2014, approximately 6 months from today, I will be in Chicago running the race of my life with two of my best friends. Here
goes nothing.