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Chicago Marathon Weekend

While I didn’t run the Chicago Marathon this weekend, I certainly made myself a part of it!

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

I mean, how can you not, when you live in the midst of the city, and nearly 50,000 runners and 100,000 spectators decide to come right on over? The energy in the city is infectious, andΒ almost made me wish I was running the whole thing Sunday. Almost. My legs continued to remind me thatΒ cough, you just ran a marathon, and you ran it hard, missy.Β While I mentally may have been ready to take on another, my legs are not. And, in fact, I wish I could have given them a bit more time off for recovery, but there were a couple of opportunities that I just couldn’t pass up.

First though? Well, Friday I hit the gym in a legitimate fashion and did chest for the first time in about a month, and even then, it wasn’t that hard. So yyyyeaahhh. Let’s just say that “Flex Friday” was more like “Frack, I’ve lost strength Friday” followed by Sore Saturday. Don’t touch my pectorals.

makes me feel like this.

makes me feel like this.

Luckily, Alex had the genius idea to do happy hour at Cantina Laredo. I had the brilliant idea to follow that gluttony with froyo. As I told Caitlin, I think that I am havingΒ sympathy runger. Like husbands have sympathy hunger for their pregnant wives. Only I’m having it for the marathoners. My other excuse is that I am carb loading for life. Either way. More food and drink than necessary, but sooooooo worth it.

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Saturday and Sunday was all about the Marathon.

I started Saturday off with a little shakeout run with a few sorta cool people.

suz and deena

Yeah, that would be Deena Kastor, Olympian, Marathon Winner, World Record Holder. Sweetheart.

deena and bart

And Bart, You know we are BFFs. But I shared him with his adoring public.

Then I got to have breakfast with someone who I was even more excited to meet: TINA!!!! (and Steve). We chatted over oats and hydration at Corner Bakery, before she had to get a move on to do elite athlete things. I am just so happy that she had and made time to hang out with me in the midst of a nonstop, appointment-heavy weekend, during which she was also needing to get her head in the game.

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And you have to say, she has good taste in outfits πŸ˜‰

Saturday night was spent with Sarah and Team Momentum!!

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When one of their own coaches/mentors came down with Bronchitis this week, Sarah reached out to me to see if I could possibly help her has a coach/motivator for their charity runners! Once we discussed how much running might be involved, I was absolutely on board to help. My history with marathons, participating with Team Challenge, coaching my mom for her half marathon PR, and as a personal trainer made me, in resume terms, “uniquely qualified” for this role. And after going to the team dinner Saturday, I couldn’t have been more excited and happy to help out. I know what it is like to take on such a huge challenge–from a fundraising, emotionally invested standpoint as well as a physical standpoint–and I know how to help motivate people to the finish line.

Plus, SARAH IS FREAKING AWESOME. And her athletes LOVE her. And when you are a marathon coach (and thus basically torture people), the fact that they still love and adore you speaks volumes.

Sunday=Marathon Day. And I had 130 Team Momentum athletes to help coach and a bajillion friends to cheer for!

And I worked out my triceps before. Let’s just say, once again, my 100 dips at the end were not as smooth as they used to be. But then again, my pecs were still tired, so that didn’t help. But then I got all kitted out in my MDA singlet (of which I have no pics of me wearing, but there may be some from me running) and headed south to our cheering station!

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And immediately missed the train, and had to wait 15 minutes. Then got on a packed train, which immediately stopped upon leaving the station. Reminded me of train karma in NYC. But dang, wasn’t it gorgeous outside! Great marathon weather, even though warmer than my marathon. And yes, I will keep on referencing it, thank you ;).

I got to the cheering station, met the awesome volunteers, and we got to cheering! Well, I was frantically scanning the runners as I hoped to see some friends, and one in particular–and I found her! MOOOOO!

whm me and mo

Somehow I found her in the mass of people, ran over and got a sweaty hug and checked in (PS spoiler–she had her best Chicago Marathon yet!) but then had to return to the station in case one of the MDA athletes came by. I would jump in and run with any of them that came by, and by and large they were doing well, but a few people were feeling the 20 miles, and needed some runner advice, or at least some distraction. And candy. I could oblige. After all, you know how I fuel.

jelly belly suzlyfe

Around noon, Sarah met up with us, and before long we both took off with MDA athletes! I walked for a little with a great guy, Eric, who had basically had to walk for several miles, and run when he could, because of IT Band issues. Luckily, as we all know I have quite a bit of experience with that, so I taught him the booty walk.

Now, I’m not saying that you will float, but it will help you to reengage your booty and thereby take the pressure off the ITB. He was a sweetheart, but I sent him on his way after he seemed to be in better straights.

After doing the same for a while with others, and everyone doing well, I found a couple named Emilio and Sarah who were not doing so well–Emilio looked like he could have run another marathon, but Sarah was hurting. So, I did what I do best: taught them the booty clench move, and distracted them. πŸ˜€ Thank you, Mom, for the ability to converse with interesting people under absolutely any circumstances.

I feel like this would be distracting, no?

I feel like this would be distracting, no?

I stayed with them for about 1.5-2 miles, until they looked like they needed to finish for themselves, and with each other. So I started running, and ran the rest of the course, checking in along the way as needed (and honestly probably seriously surprising people, who were expecting people having run 24+ miles at that point). Unfortunately, I didn’t know where people were meeting up afterwards, and I couldn’t figure it out with the mass of people, so I ran on home, showered, made some pancakes (I hadn’t eaten anything but a pumpkin munchkin (ERMIGERD so good), a starburst, and a few candy corn since leaving that morning), and then passed the f out on the couch. And felt soooo much better after a serious nap.

Skoop Spaghetti Squash Funfetti Pancakes

Skoop Spaghetti Squash Funfetti Pancakes

I want to finish out this post by saying Congratulations to everyone who raced, ran, or just got out there this weekend. Some of you had the best races of your lives, some rode the struggle bus, others ran great races but still know there is room for improvement. But you know what? We should all be so proud of our accomplishments. We are all part of a movement, and we are all a part of something greater.

How did you contribute to the great movement this weekend?Β 

What is the silliest race costume you’ve ever seen?Β I saw a pizza and a hot dog running the marathon. I don’t know how they survived. I also saw a guy in full polyester Japanese robe and a cap that had fake hair on it. That was weird.Β 

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70 Comments

  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    I loved the costume you saw and posted, so funny! The Chicago Marathon is such an amazing experience for runners and fans. I had a great time the year my mom ran it. So happy you got to have such an active role in all the weekend’s events!
    Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants recently posted…Weekend HappeningsMy Profile

    October 13, 2014 at 5:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was so happy as well. It was the perfect amount of it for me to get the fulfilled feeling without getting all itchy wanting to run, haha.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Jessie

    I never knew you were so active in the running community. Very cool! I’m rather jealous of your meet up with Tina. She’s such a sweetheart. Those pancakes w/ sprinkles look real good. Hope all your pecs are feeling a bit better this morning. Ha!

    October 13, 2014 at 6:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, well now the Tri’s are also in pain, lol. Pecs are slightly better. And I’ve been able to get a bit more involved this year, and it has been great. Such an amazing community, and Chicago is obviously a great place to get involved. And Tina really is such a sweetheart!

      October 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    You are so freaking awesome for going out there and helping others out….and that is why runners are the best people!! I can only imagine Chicago felt much like Boston does on the days leading up to the big day. There is truly something magic in the air surrounding an event like the marathon, whether you are running it or not. Hell, before I was even a runner, I loved that feeling but now, forget about it, its so overwhelming in the best possible way! Happy Monday lady, I hope you have the day off and are doing something awesome!!
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    October 13, 2014 at 6:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aww, thank you, but with my Team Challenge background, and my marathon mania, you know I couldn’t say no! I would love to be in Boston for Marathon Monday. When I was in NYC both years I was holed up in school, and so missed all of the excitement. I was studying instead. Le sigh.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I bet it must have been so cool to be involved in such a huge race! I would love to volunteer at a race sometime, but I’m afraid I would get upset and want to run the race instead and then throw water at the runners instead of handing it to them nicely.
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    October 13, 2014 at 6:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Is that before or after they pelted you with the water that you were so helpfully giving to them?

      October 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    So jealous you got to meet Tina! We need to meet πŸ™‚

    Chicago is one of my all time favorite marathons.
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    October 13, 2014 at 6:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Maybe one day I will do the full Chicago. But at least I got to run a 10k of it!

      October 13, 2014 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ Kickashmom

    I was going to run w my son a Halloween 5k before my doctor said no but we were going to dress up as me: a rainbow with my pregnant belly a pot of gold and my 6 year old… a leprechaun.
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    October 13, 2014 at 6:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      O. M. G. That is beyond magical. hahahahahahahahaha I can’t wait to see pictures!

      October 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    I NEVER GET TO SEE YOU AT THESE STUPID THINGS! >:O

    Also, I didn’t get to see Mo. :\

    But I am so happy that you had such an amazing weekend! The weather was perfect, the celebrations were on par. The beer and noms were tasty. πŸ™‚
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    October 13, 2014 at 6:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And you got under 4!!! Did the Big Mac happen?

      October 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Love the cheering outfits! You met Tiina!! Yay and so jealous you met her in person. She rocks huh?
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    October 13, 2014 at 7:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She does indeed! I wish that she had been happier with her race, but I guess that is the price of knowing how much incredible talent you have!

      October 13, 2014 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Kirtley Freckleton@ The Gist of Fit

    I loved that you got involved! Sounds super busy, and therefore super fun!

    I saw 2 guys running in a huge inflatable sumo wrestling suite. It was sooooo funny. It was a hot day too, not sure how they survived either. Their little legs poked out like hot dogs as they trotted along hahaha.
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    October 13, 2014 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I honestly can’t even imagine seeing, much less doing that. Like, the sheer mechanics of it are mind boggling.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    You had quite a weekend! You got to participate in a marathon without having to actually run the whole thing!

    and, yes, you do know how to talk people about anything, anywhere, and “yes,……..you are welcome!”

    I didn’t run anything this weekend, but I did have, or made, the opportunity to talk to some interesting folks who needed my help, although they hadn’t known that before I offered it.
    Basically, I walked into one of my favorite little boutiques (which is an oxymoron out here in the country) and helped a woman put together and buy an outfit. She was having a turning-55-birthday-panic moment” (really more of a senior moment-but I didn’t tell her that) and I was an unattached third party who happened to walk in. I told her the jacket was perfect on her and we went from there. I’ve done this 3 or 4 times in that shop—– maybe I should ask for an employee discount.
    The outfit, I helped her put together, was one that I had actually bought the week before, but in a different size. We had the same coloring, and general build so I knew it would look good on her. She was concerned that it might make her look fat, which I found that really sad. This lovely woman was SO concerned about her weight.
    I’d bought the outfit in a medium-petite, she needed and bought the extra small…..

    October 13, 2014 at 9:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And luckily, you both looked extraordinary πŸ˜€

      October 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    I am ever so grateful for EVERYTHING you did to help me and the team out yesterday. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I truly believe you were the MVP of yesterday. AND I am so bummed that in the chaos of everything we didn’t talk about where everyone was going afterwards. I had a hunch you would be a wonderful addition to the team and let me tell you, you didn’t disappoint! Hopefully you can rest NOW.
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    October 13, 2014 at 9:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Totally worth not resting. Would do it again in a second. Plus, I got to break in my shoes πŸ˜€ And it let me get just enough marathon in so that I didn’t feel slightly wishful that I was in it. But seriously, you were the MVP, don’t even play, but I will take the 5 second glow until I re-remember that πŸ˜€

      October 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Looks like you had a great weekend. I visited Dallas this weekend and went to a Cantino Lorado and had table side guac. It was delcious! We don’t have those in are area. I have met Bart Yasso before and he signed his book for me. I was hoping to meet Deena at Philadelphia RNR but missed her. I have seen Elvis Presley costumes. That has to be way hot runt in.
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    October 13, 2014 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, god, and especially with going to Vegas you are going to see alllll the Elvis costumes. This is my 3rd time meeting Bart, and he is just such a trip. Out of his gourd, but so sweet.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    That is awesome you helped out runners, especially at a point in the race where most people are getting mind ffff’d (excuse my language but you know it is true). I have no doubt you were able to generate great convo’s with absolute strangers. You have a knack for that πŸ™‚

    I saw that Japanese robe guy too. I think he had a sword too. I have no clue how you could run in that. I also saw a guy in dress shorts and a button down with old school shoes on. The button down was ripped and the shorts had dirt on them. He looked very disheveled and out of sorts. I am not sure if he knew what he was doing.
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    October 13, 2014 at 9:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ok, so that guy might have been just straight up homeless.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    That looks like such a fun experience!! That is the perfect way to participate in a big even without actually running the whole thing. I’m sure those athletes appreciated your advice and the distraction when they were hurting! I haven’t seen very many crazy outfits but I’ll never forget the elf I ran behind during a half marathon several years ago. The constant jingling of the bells on their outfit drove me nuts!
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    October 13, 2014 at 9:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG BELLS. That is is horrific. Sleighbells are charming, because they aren’t all in your face. I would destroy that elf. And then I would go straight to the naughty list.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Achy and Inspired | Running On Healthy

    […] finally got the chance to meet SuzLyfe!Β  I have to tell you, this girl is beyond awesome and after chatting for weeks about meeting up, […]

    October 13, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Katie @ running4cupcakes

    I’m looking forward to spectating the marathon in my town this weekend. Trying to think of an amazing sign to hold and what candy to hand out – I’m thinking gummy bears!

    October 13, 2014 at 10:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Gummy bears are generally a good option, but I feel like sometimes they get stuck in your teeth. I will say that I grabbed some candy corn while running, and that was fantastic. Left a good taste in my mouth.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Montana

    I love your pictures! Cracked me up. I would have loved to be at the race this weekend, it looks like there was a lot of good runner vibe energy going on. As for costumes…I saw a wedding dress at a mud run once. Not sure how well that would work out…I’m willing to do costumes for a lot of things, but not mud runs.
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    October 13, 2014 at 10:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHAT. I really hope that it wasn’t her wedding dress. Because that would lead me to believe that her marriage had not gone well.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Rae

    Sounds like you had such a fun weekend! I haven’t really seen a lot of weird stuff because I haven’t done a lot of races, but I did a local 5k this spring where a girl was dressed as Wonder Woman. It was pretty awesome.
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    October 13, 2014 at 10:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that marathons bring even more crazy out in people. If the training wasn’t enough. Apparently the taper crazies are a very very real thing.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    I love how you participated and helped people! Now can you fly to D.C. and coach me through?? Pleeeease!!!?? πŸ˜€
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    October 13, 2014 at 11:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You provide the ticket, I will be there.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    If I was going to run a marathon anywhere (not sure that will ever happen), it would probably be Chicago. It’s one of my favourite cities in the world.
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    October 13, 2014 at 12:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What’s stopping you! Maybe one day. I always said that the one place I would run a marathon would be NYC. Guess the one place I haven’t raced.

      October 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Okay so I’m not going to jinx it or get you all excited but I THINK I’m moving back to the city December 1st πŸ˜€ This post made me so excited to get to know you better because all I kept thinking about yesterday when all the runners sped by me was “Why do I think I can’t do that?! I CAN DO THAT!” and I KNOW that having you on my side for support and runner-love I will be able to run it next year. I always say next year but this time I mean it. So…..yeah. You might have one more person to run alongside and maybe throw skittles at (both for fuel and for telling me to run faster haha). Sound good??? πŸ˜€
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    October 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will gladly run you in πŸ˜€ and OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOGMOGMOG We will run all the things and places πŸ˜€

      October 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Wow! Looks like such an amazing weekend especially with all the cool people you got to meet! So jealous you met Tina- she is obviously awesome!!! Your pancakes look pretty phenomenal too as in I want some and you should come ova and make them for me πŸ˜€
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    October 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If you make me the thai peanut stuff, it is done and done πŸ˜€

      October 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply bamoats@gmail.com

    What a fun weekend! I had lots of people in my feeds that were there…it *almost* made me want to be there too!
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    October 13, 2014 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well maybe next time you can just come to visit, if nothing else!

      October 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    That guac looks so good! The only contribution I made to anything this weekend was when I took Harper to Kid’s Fest. Small children and bouncy houses do not mix.
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    October 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You might have needed the guac more than me!
      And yes, they only end in tears.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:08 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Sounds like a really fun and involved weekend even though you weren’t actually participating in the marathon! I really want to run the Chicago marathon someday- it seems like an amazing event!
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    October 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will be there to cheer you on! I don’t know if I will run it, at least not while I live here. Perhaps after I leave.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    You got to hang out with so many cool people this weekend!! And thank you for the booty walk advice. Once I can walk again I will be doing it!

    October 13, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      ITS ALL IN THE BUTTOCKS

      October 14, 2014 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    Did you see the guy dressed as a strip of bacon? My friend got a picture of him during the race, but I saw him afterwards while I was drinking beer on the sidewalk with my friend Kirk.

    I don’t know how you found me. I was looking for you, but it was hard when you didn’t know what side of the street people were on! I was so confused, like, “How have I run 20 miles, and why do I not feel like shit?”

    I’m jealous you met Deena Kastor. But I did high-five Bart during the race, so that was cool.
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    October 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bart gives boss hive 5s I got one during MCM. Now that you mention it, I do think that I saw a strip of bacon. At TCM my fave spectators were the the bacon and eggs. They were WORKIN it.

      October 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Anna @ Piper's Run

    Sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! What an experience!
    As you know, I ran my half marathon yesterday and I can’t stop eating like I’m going to run another one. I even wanted to go for a run today…but I didn’t. I really should have put some thought into the week after my half πŸ™‚
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    October 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahhaahah. You rest up and you rest well my dear! So proud of you!

      October 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Beth @ Running with the Sunrise

    Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! I am all about the sympathy carb loading. πŸ™‚ So jealous that you got to meet Deena Kastor and, more importantly, TINA! So very jealous. And bonus karma points to you for filling in as a motivator/coach–that was very sweet of you!
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    October 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, it all comes out in the wash–hopefully one day someone will do the same for me! Maybe DEENA

      October 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Heather @fitncookies

    They are SO LUCKY that they had you there to get past the wall and give them the motivation to finish! Wish I had you along for all my long runs when I want to quit, ha!
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are too sweet. And you know I would be there in a second if I could πŸ˜€

      October 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Tina Muir

    It was SO wonderful to hang out with you, of course I made time for you, and I really enjoyed it! Just wish we could have had more time….next time πŸ™‚ You are the best supporter, thank you for everything!
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    October 14, 2014 at 7:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OK, NOW you’re just blowing smoke up my you-know-what πŸ˜‰ I was chuffed and happy to do it. And next time, we are getting you and Steve up here PURELY for pleasure. No pressure. The only running will be along the Lake Front Trail or North Branch Trail where it is gorgeous and peaceful.
      And then we go and eat all the foods.
      Rest up my dear!

      October 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    I was a complete failure at life this weekend. I eked out 12 miles on Saturday then spent most of Sunday moping/binge drinking. So I contributed by drinking lots of carbs via beer.
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    October 14, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um…I call that winning. I did the exact same thing, and over the course of 2 days!

      October 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Lee

    “THE” Deena Kastor … Oh man that must have been so awesome to meet her! πŸ™‚
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    October 14, 2014 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know right. Twas a great weekend of people!

      October 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Wow, sounds like an amazing weekend. How fun for you to get out there and help out the team! I think I would have fun doing that. And as soon as I saw that pic I knew it was Deena! How cool to meet her! So jealous!! I will do Chicago one day!
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    October 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t believe you are doing Paris next year!! Now THAT will be incredible!

      October 16, 2014 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Nicole@thegirlwhoraneverywhere

    I have always wanted to do Chicago–it’s on my bucket list!!! I I’ve how you ended up helping so many people on their way to the finish, this is also something I’ve always wanted to do!
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    October 16, 2014 at 5:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was really cool. It was the perfect way to get my marathon-itch dealt with, too. And a great preview of what to expect should I ever do it.

      October 16, 2014 at 10:02 am
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