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Pre-Race Preparations–Chicago Marathon

So clearly my blogger status could be called into question when I post barely once a week in comparison to spectators who blogged daily going up to the Chicago Marathon!  Whatev’s.

Friday – The Expo:

I didn’t actually plan out my pre-race activities the way I’ve done in the past for marathons.  I did get a good amount of sleep, rested my legs (only ran on Thursday & Friday), and tried to remember to drink lots of water.  I took Friday off from work, and went to the Expo. I met my friend Anna there and we had some fun:

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Well, I thought I had some ‘friend photos’ from the expo, but seems like it was just photos of me! 

Saturday Lunch:

One thing to redeem blogger status – I attended a blogger lunch meetup!  We had a fun lunch at Flattop Grill. It was a lot of fun to meet some new faces – but mostly hanging out with people I’m reading about and talking to online!

 

Emily, Me, Maggie, Kayla, Luis, Charlyn, Erin, Amanda

Saturday Evening:

My friend Dave stayed over at our place on Saturday night to save a drive in from the ‘burbs.  It was good to catch up with him on Saturday evening, feast on pasta, and then head to bed somewhat early. 

Stay tuned for race day! 

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Shamrock Shuffle Race Report–And Announcement!

Sunday April 10 was a big day.  I had just finished my 20 mile long run and then ran the Shamrock Shuffle the next day.

As you might have heard, I finished my 20-miler with some knee pain.  I wasn’t sure how much running was going to take place for the Shamrock Shuffle. The morning began early, getting ready.  There was definitely some having to figure out the outfit at the last minute since it was so warm out – high’s ended up being 80+ degrees that day!  I wore my green Puma shorts in honor of the Shamrock Shuffle (even though it was April).  I was a little rushed, and ended up leaving the house without my Garmin, although I did have my fuel belt since I was still recovering from my long run the day before. 

My friend Heather, a Chicago Princess, came over and we went with M to the race from there.  We had fun going around the Grant Park area, playing around & taking pictures near Buckingham Fountain.  Heather & I were going to start together, although we knew we’d split up since I was still recovering.

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Heather and I dropped off her bag at gear check (I had just stuffed mine into M’s to put at his gear check… my own personal gear check valet Smile ), and then headed over to our starting corral “E”.  We had fun chilling out and taking pictures. 

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We ran into Julia, a friend of mine from CES Spring Training.  She was completing a half marathon over a 24 hour period!

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All three of us started together when our corral finally began – 24 minutes after the starting gun went off! The Shamrock Shuffle is a huge race: 40,000 participants. I did improve upon last year’s starting time of 35 minutes.  Although my knee had hurt a little in the morning getting ready, it seemed to have gone away from walking and moving around. 

When I started, Heather sped off.  I, however, was hobbling along. My knee began hurting a lot more than when we’d been standing around, and I considered bowing out after 1 block. I decided to continue running, and I could always walk back if I needed to.  As I kept running, it dulled a bit. I took some walk breaks.  I took some photos.  And then I ran! I kept running, until I finished! I actually felt pretty good at the end, and impressed with myself by passing other runners.  I was on mile 24 for the weekend at that point!

I finished and I was incredibly happy! I hadn’t done my fastest 8K ever, but an improvement over last year’s Shamrock Shuffle.  I finished in 53:14, or a 10:43 min/mile pace.  I took a banana, 2 bottles of water, and a bag of potato chips at the finish, and made my way back to Buckingham Fountain to meet up with friends. 

I got to Buckingham Fountain and saw Jenna, Adam, Mike and some other people I didn’t know.  Mike suggested that we take a photo, so I took off my fuel belt & we went to pose.

Well I thought we were going to pose. Instead, Mike turns toward me and kisses me.  I was thinking “Let me put my arm around you for the photo!” (and then maybe eat that banana) Mike started talking and then he got down on one knee and proposed! 

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