Aaaah a long weekend! I cannot think of anything better right now, but thats probably because I had such a great weekend and it was hard to get back to work and school today.
Friday night we made our way down to Chicago for the Soldier Field 10 Mile Race. Aaaah Chicago! Mic and I love it there so much. Every time we go, we decide that we NEED to move there. Now that the end of law school is in sight, we may actually do it. I should be done within a year and a half. Yay! and scary! at the same time.
Once we were on our way to Chi, I realized that my sports bra was in the dryer. Sweet. I don't know about you, but this girl/these boobs do not run without a very good sports bra. So we had to make a little stop at the running store in Holland. Typical. I do stuff like this ALL the time. It's like my brain is full of law school and work and friends and family and puppy and house that there is no room to remember little details like the fact that I put my running bra in the wash while I was packing. I always get a little distraught when I do stupid things like this. Luckily, Mic just thinks it is funny. He was such a good sport about making a detour and it helped me not feel like such an idiot.
Anyway, after our stop in Holland, and a few more bathroom stops (we got 20 oz Biggby coffees on our way out of town, not a good idea for a roadtrip), we finally arrived in CHICAGO! We always park in Lakeview by K.Mo then take the el downtown, because she is nice enough to get us overnight parking permits for her neighborhood. (Thanks KMo!) We met her for dinner Friday night at this cute little sandwich place called Panes. They make all their own bread and it was delish! When we checked into our hotel, the lady asked if we had a floor preference, and Mic said that we'd like the highest room possible. 26th Floor! Yay!
LOVE! We stayed at a hotel that I've never stayed at before. We ALWAYS stay at a Marriott property because we have all kinds of rewards from Mic's work travel. We were at the Springhill Suites in River North at Dearborn and Hubbard. We LOVE that neighborhood and this hotel was great.
Lets get to the race!
The race started at 7:30am! They recommended that we get there by 6:15. We took the el, so that required meeting KMo at the el station at 5:45! Gross! I don't even get up that early for work.
My training has been severely lacking. The only long run I did was 8 miles and it was more like a 4 mile run and a 4 mile walk. I also took the entire week off before the race. I'm calling it my taper period.
Ok, so this was the Soldier Field 10 Mile race. It is a warmup to the Charlevoix Half Marathon that we're doing next month. Anyway, 10 MILES! I was the fat, slow kid in middle school that hated the Presidential Fitness tests because I was always the slowest and here I am running 10 miles. How did I get myself into this?
I am happy the report that miles 1-5 were a-MA-zing. I loved running along the lakeshore! People were honking at us and waving and yelling encouragement. I loved every minute of it. Around mile 6, everything started to hurt. Knees, quads, feet, etc. I also got a terrible side stich at mile 8 that almost left me doubled over, so I walked for a minute or two until it went away. I actually remember thinking to myself, "Could I have appendicitis in the middle of a race?" Clearly, race day delirium had set in or something.
The good news is I finished! And I finished in under 2 hours (my goal time)! I ran most of the way and I'm officially in double digits for the half marathon training!
Running along Lake Michigan with views of the Chicago skyline and finishing on the field on the 50 yard line was awesome! It was so fun to run into the stadium and see myself running on the jumbotron. I definitely want to do this race again next year!
I also love the Mic runs with me...well he runs waaaay ahead of me, but still. He finished in 90:29! A 9 minute mile pace for 10 miles! That is insane to me! I'm so proud of him!
Happy Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend. I have a new fav recipe coming later this week!