First let me say ‘Thank You!’ to everyone that has reached out to me in the last few weeks. You don’t know how much your comments, texts, and messages have meant…I truly feel loved.
NOW, let’s get on with that trip to the Windy City!!
We flew in on Thursday and did a few touristy things before all the runners came to town.
We snapped a welcome picture, visited Willis Tower, and had dinner at Pizzeria Uno!! Not bad for out first day in Chicago.
We let the boys sleep while we headed to the Expo Friday morning and can I just say…it was crazy!! We picked up our packets and walked the floor, but the best part was meeting up with fellow runners that we only knew from social media.
We met up with Karin (runner girl_1210) and shuttled to the expo where we were greeted with hugs from Roxanne (canyonrico) and her husband Tony (not pictured) we made our way to the KT Tape exhibit and while waiting for Roxanne to get taped we ran into Carly (scnoogle). Let me just say…there were A LOT of people!!
Adding to the mix, Mandie and Lacy we met in Baton Rouge 2 yrs ago at the Louisiana Marathon…small world!! You may recognize the Afanador’s, Eddie (runningrican65), Myrna (fitnessjunkie66) and Eddie Jason (eddie1452), from our Nashville adventures the past 2 yrs and FINALLY…Jen (asthma_tatted_runner__jen)!! But we’re not done yet!!
We were able to meet our Nephew Auggie (justrunchicago)!!
Once we were satisfied that we had seen all there was to see at the expo we went to grab the boys and some lunch.
I wish I could show you the Italian Beef sandwich, but it just kind of disappeared!! And the Chicago Dog that the boys had…gone just as fast!! I must say that those Chicago must eats were something to write about!!
We met up with with a few runners for dinner at Weber Grill and some how I have not proof of that happening on my phone. I’m pretty sure it was due to the conversations.
The walk to the hotel was filled with all the lights and sounds of the city, I don’t think I have ever been somewhere that people constantly honk their horns, but then again I’m not from a big city.
And then it was Saturday…
I get to walk the International Chicago 5k!! We were up and ready to meet Karin, I must say she was a trooper to hang with up (Ricky G) this weekend, I don’t think she knew what she was in for??!! Here come all the 5k pictures!!
Upper Left to Lower Right: Of course it’s dark walking to the start, but you can see we are twinning with our socks!! We had to get a shot of the theatre, who wouldn’t. Pretty sure we were on the lakefront, but I was too busy enjoying my walk!! And bamagirlruns picked me out of 6k people to ask how I was and give me a hug, she had good eyes!! And yes, it’s ALL ABOUT ME coming into the finish, hands in the air!! And a thumbs up finish for these two hanging with me for that 46ish minute walk. Let me tell you, walking is no joke, my hips and shins were yelling at me after this. I guess running is easier…
Now for the party!! There was a We Run Social meet up after the 5k and can you say the who’s who on IG. I don’t think I met anyone new because I was overwhelmed with the people I already knew. And we were part of the Procompression sock circle.
That afternoon we took the Architecture Boat Tour of the city and learned a lot about the city, not that I remember too much, but that guy talked for 70 minutes!!
We had dinner at Petterino’s with several friends and met a few new friends from another table. I had the 100 Layer Lasagna even though I didn’t need all the carbs!!
And on to RACE DAY…
We chased Karin and Rick around Chicago!! Thanks to Karin’s husband Donny, he mapped out four places for us to be able to meet up with them on course. The boys were excited to ride the train and I think watching 44k runners tackle 26.2 miles was just as exciting.
We took the Red Line to mile 4, walked a block to mile 11, took the Blue Line to mile 17, walked almost a mile to mile 20 and took the train back to the the finish area.
Now let’s see all the Fat Head Photos…he carried that Fat Head the entire 26.2 miles!!
If that’s not love I don’t know what is!!!
Sunday night we ate around the corner from our hotel at Pizzano’s, yes…Pizza again!!
And then we played tourist on Monday…
We slept in a little on Monday, just a little. we ran into Beth (sunflowerrun16) and Fritz at Starbucks, ate breakfast with the Afanador’s and woke the boys for Navy Pier, the Planetarium and Buckingham Fountain.
But don’t you fear, I will leave you with our last meal in Chicago…Shake Shack!!
And the best Banana Pudding…Magnolia Bakery.
I would apologize for all the food pictures, but being that I am on a liquid diet for our return trip home on Tuesday…nah, you needed to see all the food!!
I am scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, 11 October and will follow up with all of you after my post-op on Wednesday, 18 October.
Let me know…
If you have to take time off from exercise, what is it that you do??
Cat wrote a blog about podcasts and I’m going to give that a shot with all my down time.