Yesterday I ran a seriously fun 5K. My fashionable friend Loop Looks and her running club organized The Race That’s Good For Life so Linds, Katie and I ventured out to Oak Park for a fun morning of running.
The weather was fantastic – 60′s and cloudy- perfect for running. The packet pick-up was a breeze, there were tons of porta-potties (although I was unfortunate enough to get a freshly pre-race poop one that smelled like butt) and it started exactly on time.
The course itself was super fun! I’m not used to running through neighborhoods so it was a really different view for me. Oak Park, IL is really pretty and SUPER flat so I can imagine a lot of PR’s happening on the course. We ran through the neighborhood and a lot of people came out to cheer us on! There were a ton of volunteers and people out cheering (and dogs!) which was awesome. Of course running with my loves made this race so much more fun but I imagine I would have enjoyed it just as much had I of run it alone. Ok maybe not, but I still would have loved it…
It was a different kind of course, extremely organized and just plain fun. For $30.00, it really can’t be beat. When we finished, the first thing we talked about was how we couldn’t wait until next year to run it! There was a TON of food at the end including, Jimmy John’s, Smartfood Popcorn, Carribou Coffee and a few other local vendors. The end is also where we took quite possibly the worst picture ever that I’m sure my friends will be happy that I’m posting on the Internet:
How horrible do we all look in that picture? Cracks me up.
After some on-the-floor-stretching, chatting with our cutie preggers friend Kelly and her baby bump and eating some food, we hopped on the EL and made our way back to Chicago.
I love 5K’s and I think you should too! You can make them as hard as you want, run with your friends and just have a blast for 3.1 miles. This race definitely goes in my top three races (it’s hard to beat my obsession with Muddy Monk races…) and I’m already looking forward to running it next year.
Thanks Loop Looks for helping to put on a fantastic event and for a super fun Sunday morning!