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Marvelous Mag Mile with Mo: Chicago Women’s Half Marathon #MIMM

Late post for this Labor Day but I was busy with my cool life yesterday (harhar).

But seriously, I was.

Like, these things were involved:

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Before the race

Before the race

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Btw, the first race that included the actual Magnificent Mile! The rest of the course was actually just my usual route of the Lake Front Trail, lol.

Stolen from Mo's IG Account.

Stolen from Mo’s IG Account.

The race was so-so. It was cool to run on the Mag Mile, not just South Michigan, and to do so in a race (for the first time ever). There were aid stations every 2 miles, but no portapotties until about mile 5ish (if I remember correctly). It was pretty easy to get boxed in (because you are running the LFT, and it is only so big–so even though the course is indeed “flat and fast” unless you are at the very front, you are just going to have to be boxed in. But you know what? I was cool wid’it because Mo and I had a time, even though neither of us was feeling super spritely.

As she said, “Highlight of mile 3? Speaking in dog voice.” hahahahha long story. Also, this was the first race that I have ever run from start to finish with someone! SO GLAD IT WAS WITH MO ๐Ÿ˜€


Wish I had seen the thingy for the shakeout run with her the day before!

Wish I had seen the thingy for the shakeout run with her the day before!

Oh, and LAUREN FLESHMAN gave us high fives and complemented our major haul-ass into the finish. YUP. @fleshmanflyer? NOPE @SUZMOFLYER

After hanging out for a little, we mozied back up to my apartment, annoyed the cat and showered, and then went on the search for brunch. Yolk was cray cray, and so we went to D4, where service was a little harried and the omelet I got was about as oily as possible, but round 1 of runger and some bangin potatoes and rye bread won out. Then we went and laid upside down on chaises on my sundeck for like 2 hours and chatted before it was time to part for Mo to get home and me to vacuum (I scrubbed the grout the day before, natch) and to make Alex’s lunches.

And then runger hit again and I ate so much that I had to go back to the store. I went the day before. Runger always wins. I also did my typical eat a-whole-pizza thing. New tarte this time though: the Tarte Aux Champignon (mushroom tarte) from TJ’s. I think the Tarte d’Alsace is my preferred tarte, but this was still banging.

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As if that was all I ate. But I kinda blacked-out after that haha.

I will update you on my Social Date with Sara soon! And I’m making the Eggplant Lasagna Trifle today for recipe post soon!

Do you run races with people or on your own? How many have you run start to finish with someone/many people? How many crowns were involved?

Tell me something new and exciting!

Happy Labor Day, my Americans fools! Happy Monday and First Day of September to ALLLLLLLLL!

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  • Reply Lauren

    Adorable tiaras! Congrats on the race. I totally want to buy that TJ’s flatbread now, haha.

    September 1, 2014 at 10:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! They were surprisingly comfortable, too. Oh, and get that flat bread. Both are amazing.

      September 2, 2014 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Amanda Nyx

    I passed you gals! I didn’t realize it was you at the time but I definitely remember the tiaras! Glad you had fun, despite the heat – though you were far enough ahead of me that maybe you weren’t running in the worst of it…

    September 1, 2014 at 10:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I we missed the worst of it, but we were definitely commenting on how it would be pretty tough on those finishing later, especially after such a mild summer. Maybe we should wear something like that every time so that people will recognize us!

      September 2, 2014 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    So glad that you and Mo had fun and finished strong. It. was. hot. So fun to see you guys. The fun run the day before was awesome. Lauren was so down to earth and fun. Right up your alley!
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    September 1, 2014 at 11:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Dang! Wish I had made it. I hope it isn’t the last time for an opportunity like that! I think that I need to see you and Mo before every race. I am so spoiled now!

      September 2, 2014 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Pete B

    Nice tiaras! Love the pic of running on the Mag Mile, but would not have liked the course change they made to put the rest of the course on the LF Trail. Oh well, sounds like a fun morning was had by all!
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    September 1, 2014 at 11:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, and they were super late posting the course–Mo surmised that they just didn’t get enough numbers to warrant the more choice routes. Still, it was enjoyable, and nice to run my regular route with support, rather than all by my little lonesome self!

      September 2, 2014 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Awesome! I did a women’s half in chicago a few years ago, not sure if it is the same one, but it was in June. I ran it with two of my college teammates, that was really fun. Glad you got to enjoy this one! That was a very rare occasion I ran with someone, usually I end up on my own, although a lot of the time people end up pacing off me as I am good at being consistent!
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    September 1, 2014 at 11:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha they are probably drafting off of you as well! I would make a good pacer as well, as I am also typically pretty dead on consistent (unless I have to go to the bathroom, in which case I would not be a good pacer). Lately I’m a little less consistent, but I think that has more to do with my lack of speed training than my abilities.

      September 2, 2014 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    You and I walked the 2014 Georgia Publix Half Marathon in March, together—I’d count it as a start to finish” race…….of course, that did include the whips and rubber hoses you had to use on me to get me to go faster!!!

    September 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha that is true. Well you broke my start to finish racing virginity with regards to walking races, and Mo with regards to running!

      September 2, 2014 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    Looks like a fun time was has! I would have loved to have met Lauren she looks like fun! (at least through social media) Nothing new going on here but we did have an exciting weekend! Colin and I have run a few races together start to fnish and I ran one half with my cousin last year from start until about mile 12. I went ahead because I saw my friend ahead and couldn’t let her beat me. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    September 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, that is completely understandable. I wouldn’t have forgiven you if you had let them win, my favorite competitive friend.

      September 2, 2014 at 9:59 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    Crowns involved? Zero. So sad about that ๐Ÿ™ I love love Chicago!
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    September 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well then we need to fix that. Come to Chicago, we’ll run a race in crowns, and then all will be solved!

      September 2, 2014 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    I had SOOOOOOO much fun with you yesterday. You forgot to mention how eating a frozen banana looks like you are eating a dick lololol.
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    September 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahha OMG I literally might have just peed myself a little. At the office.

      September 2, 2014 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Nice job on the race! I’m not a tiara or tutu kind of runner…but it’s fun to see when people wear them! My last race, Zooma, I didn’t intend to run with people but I was dying out there and my friends weren’t going to let me quit! And a stranger (albeit a very nice one) ran me in the last mile!
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    September 1, 2014 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m not either, and neither is Mo, and so for some reason, it just seemed necessary. That is awesome that a stranger paced you in! Love the running community!

      September 2, 2014 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    Love the tiaras looks like tons of fun! I love running races with friends-keeps me on track
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    September 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was actually thinking about you and your love of friend/group races! and in costume! I think that is so cool, and so meaningful. You help each other through, push each other on, and pull each other back when need be. Love it.

      September 2, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Katie @glutes and ladders

    Happy Labor Day! You look too darn cute, even AFTER running. I can’t wait for your new recipe ๐Ÿ˜€

    My weekend was so short and Sunday was spent slightly hungover, whoooops. This is why I can’t do fun things!

    September 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahahaha I loved your pictures. I can’t do fun things…because I’m not fun lol. I’m really pumped about my 2 next recipes. Like, really pumped.

      September 2, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Woooo what a fun race! I love races that go through the streets of Chicago. It makes the city seem a lot more accessible and homey because no way in hell would that ever happen in New York, even though Chicago is still a huge city. You had beautiful weather for a race! I think the next race I’ll be doing in the city is the Run 10 Feed 10 10K in October – let me know if you think you’ll be doing it too! I’m also looking for a half marathon to train for in November so who knows maybe we’ll be race buddies soon – although you’ll definitely leave me in the dust!
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    September 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so true. They have a few races taht do things like this in NYC but the marathon is the only one that really does. What day isthe run 10? I have my marathon the first weekend, but I could totally do a 10 later in the month! We must be race buddies soon! And don’t worry, I will be HAPPY to skip through the entire race, if it makes you happy ๐Ÿ˜€

      September 2, 2014 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Cassie

    I totally wish I had known about that race… so jealous. I want to high five Lauren Fleshman!
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    September 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know right? And trust, the abs are just as impressive in person.

      September 2, 2014 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I’ve never run a whole race with someone else. Sometimes Rob and I will run part of a race together but I think we would kill each other trying to do the whole thing at the same pace:) I think I just like to get in my own zone and get through the race on my own…however if I was doing a race just for fun that would be a different story!
    Um a high five from Lauren Fleshman?! That’s pretty sweet. Glad you had a fun time!
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    September 2, 2014 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know how I am a solitary runner as well, so this was a big change for me. I think that if we had been racing, it would’ve been different, but we were treating this as a training run. And it was actually really nice to run with someone, to have them dictate certain aspects of it, and I dictate certain other aspects. And we chatted, but we TALKED later. And there were times when we didn’t talk. I think that the big part is that we were super compatible running-wise.
      And LF gives nice high fives ๐Ÿ˜€

      September 2, 2014 at 10:14 am
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  • Reply Rae

    I’ve only run a couple of races start-to-finish with another person. Both 5ks, and both races that I was running “for fun” anyway. It was surprisingly nice to have a buddy, since I’m usually a solo runner.

    I think I need a tiara for the Color Run next weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    September 2, 2014 at 8:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      $1. Target. Go.

      September 2, 2014 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    SO happy you were able to run the Mag Mile Half….Looks like you had a GREAT time. Hopefully sooner or later we all will be able to run a race together. But I am with you – I have never run an entire race with someone. Well I guess I did a 15K with someone, ok so I lied. But anyways there will be a time soon we can run together!
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    September 2, 2014 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, we have plans for it to happen within the year, so there is that!

      September 2, 2014 at 10:30 am
  • Reply brittney

    i love the tiaras! i’m looking for a half to do next year after my birthday, and being able to run on the magnificent mile may just be reason enough to choose this one!
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    September 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was pretty legit to be able to do that, I won’t lie. I wish that we had gotten to circle Water Tower Place!

      September 2, 2014 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Awesome! I would love to do another race in Chicago. I’ve never worn a tiara the entire race but did get one at the end of Diva. How fun to meet up with those ladies!!
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    September 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Make sure that the tiara you run in is made of foam. That was key.

      September 3, 2014 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    Your crowns are the best!!! And so cool that Laura Fleshman gave you high fives! I can’t say I have ever ran in a crown but my mom did last weekend! I love running start to finish of a race with the same person. It keeps me motivated and you can share the awesome feeling of crossing the finish line together!
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    September 5, 2014 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And they were 1 dolla! It was really fun to run the whole thing with her–you can’t just lay down and roll over if someone else is there!

      September 5, 2014 at 11:24 am
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