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Monday, July 22nd, 2013
I ran the Run For ALS 5K last Tuesday night. In case you haven’t heard it enough from other people who live in Chicago, it’s brutally hot here. Like humid and 100 degrees kind of hot.
As you all know, I only run outside in perfect weather. Rarely do I pick outside over the dreadmill if it’s anything other than 70 and breezy outside. Needless to say Lindsay had to listen to me whine all day about how much I was dreading the race and how I was going to die.
In my defense, when Linds and I were on the EL on our way over I was getting excited and when I saw Loop Looks and Emily I got more excited. Still I was not thrilled to be running a 5k around a parking lot with no trees at 6:30PM when it’s 100 degrees out but being with my friends made it a little better.
The race started on time and without a hitch. It was a small race which I love so I was concentrating on the things I liked about the race and trying to avoid looking ahead at the asphalt that I was about to run on that was being beat on by the sun.
Loop Looks and Linds were feeling good so they took off and Emily and I chatted for about the first mile. Well what we thought was the first mile anyway….the mile 1 marker was actually at the .5 mile which as you can imagine made getting to mile 2 feel like forever.
About 1.5 miles in, the chatting between Emily and I completely stopped (which says a lot since we are both chatters) and we just focused on getting to the finish line. Except it never came. The race just kept going on…
Until finally we were in the stadium. Surely we were almost done! But alas, every corner just led to another corner, not the finish line. When we did eventually finish, we didn’t even have the energy to sprint through the finish like we normally do. We finished, high fived and contemplated our decision to run a race in Chicago in the evening in July.
100 degrees with brutal sun is not perfect running weather people.
The race itself was really organized and everyone was super friendly. If it were say not in the middle of summer, I would run it again but count me out for next year. I’d rather be inside with some AC and a margarita.
A big thanks to Emily for keeping me alive during the race!
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Any fans of running/exercising in the heat? Or do you become pitiful like me?
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
The weather in Chicago has been beautiful lately. It’s hard to believe it’s July and I still need long sleeves! Which means that it is perfect running weather.
I know I’ve mentioned before I’ve been running Garmin-less for my runs but it has seriously helped me connect to my runs better. No longer am I constantly looking at my pace every three seconds, but instead enjoying the actual run and scenes around me. Before I go for a run, I get a fairly good idea of what 3-4 miles is and go somewhere along the route. Not worrying about distance, time or pace is such a great feeling…of course sometimes I still want to know what my pace is and for those runs, I throw the ole Garmin on.
Anyhoot, on to pictures! First up, my favorite legs in Chicago:
A pretty fountain:
Yoga in the park:
I went for a run this morning actually (which was not fun considering I never run at 6:30 AM) and found these cool chia heads all over Michigan Ave (defiantly not called chia heads, they were promoting urban gardens or something but whatever, they look like chia heads to me):
And of course my busted attempt at a bean selfie:
I’m so artsy.
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Seen anything cool (or weird!) on your runs lately??
Monday, May 13th, 2013
A few days ago, I awoke with this email in my inbox:
With an invitation like that, how could a girl refuse? And since none of my friends were around to run it with me, I forced Max into running it. After explaining this to Art, I got another beautiful email from him:
Needless to say, I knew I was going to have a blast at this race. And don’t worry, Max was super unhappy that he would have to pick-up his packet under the name PartyDog. I love my life.
On Saturday morning, we drove out to the start and only got lost about 40 times. Entirely my fault of course-but partially Max’s for even attempting to put me in charge of navigating us to get there. If you know me, that’s about the worst idea someone can have. We started the race a few minutes late but the beauty of Muddy Monk races are that it doesn’t matter when you start, just get your butt on the trail and run. So we did just that.
When we lived back home, Max and I ran a few races together but since moving out to Chicago it has yet to happen. I almost forgot why I don’t enjoy running races with PartyDog as much as my friends, but it all came back to me the second we got on the trail.
That is all I saw the entire race- Max’s back. You see, Max thinks that running with someone means running IN FRONT of someone- the entire time. Most of the race I spent looking for race photographers and yelling at Max to actually run with me for 2 seconds. To which his reply would be I AM. And my reply to that being NO YOU’RE NOT. Lovebirds we truly are.
After being pissed at Max for about a mile, I spotted the race photographers. Game on. Until I saw that the photographers were none other then my friendies Sarah and Meghan! I can’t even being to describe how excited I was to see them on the course AND the that they were the ones taking pictures! After a lot of high-pitched screaming from the three of us, I went back to yelling at Max. Don’t worry though, they caught my excitement of seeing them on camera:
The course was interesting. It was very traily if that makes sense (it doesn’t) ? It was way different than any other Muddy Monk race I’ve ever run. We went out and back, under trees, through some kind of secret garden and through so much mud. The part I loved best was that the out and back was out and back to Meghan and Sarah! Naturally more screaming happened and more pictures. I love how unimpressed Max is by my antics in all these pictures. I mean the second I spotted my friends, I got super excited:
And continued to scream and wave my 60 feet arms in the air:
Max clearly did not listen when I told him at the start of the race that our main concern was taking great race pictures.
I mean the guy doesn’t even remotely act like he’s with me. Which is fine, who needs him anyway?
The last .5 mile or so, we were straight up wandering through the woods. It was SO much fun and we were walking so I even had a chance to stop and snap a picture even though Max was STILL trying to run as far away from me as he possibly could. I spy with my little eye PartyDog in the woods…
After taking this picture I face planted. Not only did I face plant, but I somehow managed to slide about a foot in the mud. Being the wonderful boyfriend he is, PartyDog didn’t even notice because he was so far ahead of me. Naturally I stayed on the ground for a minute and laughed hysterically until I realized people were standing behind me waiting to pass so I got up and resumed to yelling at Max to wait up for me.
We finally finished, very muddy.
And somehow still together.
Man, I love Muddy Monk races. Thanks to Art and the volunteers for a SUPER FUN morning! OH! I almost forgot to mention I got my first ever race medal!!
Seems fitting my first race medal would be from a Muddy Monk race.
Oh and one more thing:
That’s all the nonsense I have for now!
Monday, April 29th, 2013
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!