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A Rock and Roll Weekend #MIMM

A freaking lot happened this weekend. Buckle up, guys, it is going to a big one.

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

This weekend was fantastic, start to finish. Let’s break it down into pieces, because otherwise, my head will not be able to handle it, to be perfectly honest.

Friday:

Yoga Sculpt at CorePower! I really, really liked it! Am I going to get all buff and whatnot from it? No, but it will be perfect during marathon training (that, plus this Challenge that I am doing with Sara!)–it combines the stretching of yoga with some weights, with cardio (think yoga-fied burpees), and MASSIVE amounts of sweat pouring off my face. Like, slipping on the mat sweat. At 6:00 AM. Talk about waking you up.

sweet potato tvp suzlyfe

Alex called me to say that he was going to be slightly later, and that he was craving Chipotle, so I told him to pick me up some guac but I was going to make my own trouble for the evening. I like trouble. It is tasty.

Saturday:

Bib pick up. I wanted to be there earlier so that I wouldn’t get caught in the nonsense of 40k people. Glad I went when I did, as I had to go back and forth a bit to get everything. Perused the expo, loaded up on samples, said hi to the Team Challenge people, seriously contemplated trying on some Brooks but decided I didn’t want to deal with it (I was in a weird mood–I didn’t even stop to talk to Dorothy Beal, who was there and I even tweeted about going to see her to connect because I won the entry through her and Mazda as the #gamechanger), and then, after being there about an hour, cabbed back up to our place so that Alex and I could go on an adventure!

I am certain I forgot to mention this, but for the first time since I started my job, Alex and I had the same day off! SCORE. So, after my excursions up to Lincoln park over the past few weeks, we decided to make that our destination, and we started walking up. In Gold Coast, we came across one of the many Farmers Markets around the city on Saturday mornings, so you know that I had to get us to walk through. And sample. We did make a purchase, but for Alex. I just ate people’s food. NOT. SORRY. Lunch was at a new place in Old Town that will have to become a regular–Benchmark. Definitely anticipate a review of this one ASAP.

benchmark bloody mary bar

And HOLY BLOODY MARY BAR BATMAN.

old town spice market

Then we kept on walking north, but not before checking out the place right next door to Benchmark, The Spice Market. CAITLIN THEY SOURCE FROM THE SAME PLACE AS PENZEY’S. In short, if you are a cook, this is your heaven. I had a legitimate conversation with one of the employees about black vs. green cardamom and the merits/differences of 4 types of cinnamon. Yesssshhhh.

As I was saying, we continued walking north, up through Lincoln Park (via Wells, the main drag of Old Town, where we had lunch) then cut over to the park, right at the opening of the zoo. I, as usual, had to use the facilities (I drink a lot of fluids), and we ended up having to go into the park to use said facilities, which then led to me wanting to see the giraffes, which led to Alex and I nearly coming to fisticuffs over a map, which led to us seeing the giraffe, a black bear getting Β a SERIOUS scratch (this was him after), and the polar bear who was actually doing laps.

zoo suzlyfe

After taking a wrong turn and basically getting trapped, we finally escaped and waltzed ourselves home. Probably about 6ish miles total. Oh and my heel hurt the whole time, making me super paranoid (thus all the whining about it on instagram). After all the food and exhaustion, I think we both had some version of pb & J with other odds and ends for dinner, and I tried out this:

watermelon chobani

My verdit? Meh. Neither here nor there. It tasted a bit more strawberry-ish, with a faint hint of Jolly Rancher watermelon. I wouldn’t throw down and rush out and get it, but it isn’t bad, so if you see, give it a whack. I would suggest their others (except I don’t eat the flavored ones, except for the vanilla, because of the sugar content, and the Simply 100 kind of blow. IMHO). But as always, to each their own!!!

Definitely didn’t say this, but Alex and I were WILD Friday night (post Chipotle Guac gorge fest) and I fell asleep on the couch just after 8 and we got in bedΒ for the night at 9. GLORY. Saturday night we fared a bit better, but I think we called it quits around 10, or wheneverΒ The Hunt for Red October ended (thank you Netflix).

Good Gravy, this getting long.

SUNDAY (Finally) Also my Personal Holiday–National Ice Cream Day πŸ˜€

I woke up bright and early (4:20, a bit before my alarm) and commenced my ritual of drinking/eating/stretching/getting dressed/hoping to go to the bathroom. Then I headed out the door about 5:45 because I had to get in some extra miles before the half!

What,Β you don’t do a 4 mile warm up forΒ your races? (well, there was that time I did 9 before…). I actually had someone (I think he worked for the race) yell that the start was “that way” as I was running the opposite. I shouted back “Yep.” And kept on. The race started on time, swiftly moved through the corrals (I was in 9), and I would say that my time spent not running was a max of 15 minutes.

 

Rock n’Roll Chicago Half Marathon Race review (in brief): Perfectly run, expertly executed, plentiful aid, well-marked, GREAT medal, GREAT food/etc for finishers, crap course, little to no entertainment.

rnr chi suzlyfe

Honestly, several times throughout the course I had the thought to myself, well, I’m glad I didn’t pay to run this, because the course was so boring, kinda weird, and the only entertainment we had for the first 6 miles was a few jugglers and a few people on stilts. And I didn’t bring headphones because I assumed otherwise.

I did see a 10 week old black lab puppy around 5.5, which totally made my day. (I know my dog ages, thank you). And the part running under McCormick place was cool–it’s dark, they put up lights–but there is no music. And to be honest, about 10 miles of this was a total mental race. I was running alone, my legs were fatiguing, and I needed my music. But my foot felt fab!

Afterwards, I grabbed allthefoods, ate a Larabar sample, banana, chugged a water, and sat for a bit before deciding that a #ProteinFrappuccino was necessary, as was a bag for my spoils.

rnrchi suzlyfe protein frapp medal

Glory.

I totally lost track of time, and honestly, was exhausted–I ran this a lot harder than I anticipated, and I did great–I would say I averaged 8:15-30 over the whole thing (my GPS went in/out due to the buildings and tunnels, etc) and I made one bathroom stop hoping for some success (minimal, tmi–deal with it). I ended up starting to walk back and then OMGIMUSTGOTOTHEBATHROOMNOW so long story short, I missed my window to make it to yoga with Sara and her mom, I didn’t get to see Mo and her friend, and I Suz-failed. Luckily, I think I might be able to make one of those up this weekend, and the other in the near future.

Showering may have been the best thing ever. And then I realized that my apartment was filthy so I vacuumed, swiffered, clorox-wiped, and did the laundry (and ate in between loads). And got some Bravo TV in. I almost didn’t go to Kayla’s C1 class, but I knew that I needed to, so I went, and well, you know how it is–she made everything better again. I’m writing this a bit early in the afternoon, but the remainder of my plans involve not moving, editing pictures and trying to get some post ideas ironed out, talking to 2 of my best friends, eating more, and petting my kitty kat.

The hand curl = happy cat.

The hand curl = happy cat.

I’m going to shut up now.

Obviously, this was quite the weekend. It was awesome, and the only things I would change is being less of a spoilsport next time (Ie with Mo and Sara). Other than that, I Rock n’Rolled it.

Ever had a race where you thought either “Thank god I didn’t pay for this!” or “I wish I hadn’t paid for this”?Β The Chicago Half (in September last year) was pretty much a let down as well. Oh, and Zooma last year was just kind of weird, though the course was fine.

What is your fave animal to see at a zoo?Β (I’m a sucker for giraffes, polar bears, penguins, and aquatic mammals–otters, seals, sea lions etc). Again, I do not do monkeys.

Do you talk to everyone at expos, or do you clam up and just wander, unless something in particular catches your eye? I definitely clam up. I think it is the leftovers of my social anxiety.

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88 Comments

  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    How marvelous! (See what I did there?)

    I’m sorry the event was kind of stinky! I haven’t ever been the biggest fan of the franchise; Harry adores them and has run them in other states. I would’ve just stopped and played with the puppy. <3 The 5K medal looked SO LEGIT!

    Giraffes and elephants! OMG. My faves! πŸ™‚

    I pretty much keep my eyes forward and my wallet clutched closely to me at Expos. I WILL spend money if I make eye contact with vendors, so I speeeeeeeeeed through those bad boys.
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    July 21, 2014 at 5:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      haha totes saw and respected it. I really was bummed–mostly for the people that had paid. I felt a little spoiled and whiney, but if you are shelling out that kind of money, get it together!. And I almost did stop for the puppy… next time

      July 22, 2014 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I was supposed to run that race : ( We could have been friends! Well, for about .25 of a mile before you sprinted off ahead of my slow butt. I’m kinda glad to hear that the course wasn’t so great though (sorry). In a selfish way, that makes me feel better about missing the race.

    I’m glad you had a great race despite the sub-par course!
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    July 21, 2014 at 5:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, no harm no foul there! Definitely not one I would recommend travelling for. And thank you!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:26 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    SO much to comment on….firstly….I love that you saw a black lab around mile 10 hahaha, Suzy, you make me laugh…..by that point I am usually so focused but at the same time dead to the world that an apocalypse could be happening around me and I would have no idea. I can’t believe you were gonna go exercise more after….you are one brave lady, but I think a shower was a better option anyway! As for that yogurt….not usually a fan of watermelon foods, so I wasnt gonna try it, but interesting to learn about.

    I actually haven’t paid for any races since I graduated…..but there have been a few I have regretted….for the record…that is not because I bandit haha, I am just usually provided entry, or covered….which I am VERY grateful for!
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    July 21, 2014 at 6:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG I wanted the puppy so so so bad. It was the best thing that had happened yet on the course, so it was a very big deal. And like I said, so grateful for the opportunity, I just felt bad that other people had paid so much for it!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:27 am
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    I think the black lab would have made me happy too!!! πŸ™‚ i love little animals! Hey, at least you did it finished it! πŸ™‚
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    July 21, 2014 at 6:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And it was a good training moment, you know? That I could push through it all, and still run hard. Next time, though, the puppy is MINE

      July 22, 2014 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy

    For a long boring course, you did exceptionally well! Especially when your on that time of the month.
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    July 21, 2014 at 7:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! It was a great experience for my training–I had to dig in and do it.

      July 22, 2014 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Heidi @ Idlehide Blog

    I wish we had a cool zoo around us, we only have wildlife parks, but my fave would probably be the panthers!
    You had an awesome weekend by the looks of it! I like how you knew the age of the puppy:)
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    July 21, 2014 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OOOOOO panthers!!! LOVE them. What about snow leopards? We didn’t go in the big cat house this time (we went last time). The Lincoln Park zoo is fantastic, and free–such a major bonus. We are so, so lucky to have it. And it truly was an incredible weekend. I grew up with labs, and I basically studied animals when I was growing up (I loved dogs and horses), so one thing that I will always be able to do is guess the breed/type of dog/horse and how old it is!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I usually speed through the expos…I get excited to go and then I get there and I just want to get out as fast as possible.
    I remember when I ran the DC half I did 5 miles before because I had 18 on my training plan. I thought it was a great way to do a long run because it became a 5 milers and a 13 miler instead of 18 miles.
    Sounds like a pretty great weekend to me! And I was just as cool as you on Friday…in bed by 9pm.
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    July 21, 2014 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And this is why we get along so well. We have alllllll the same strategies.

      July 22, 2014 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

    Weird that the course was so sucky! I always imagine that they would plan the best race possible (and had a great experience at RNR Nashville.) You still killed the time!
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    July 21, 2014 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! I was really happy with everything, all things considered. Alex was all, maybe they couldn’t get a better course! But if they were able to basically shut down downtown Chicago (which is what they did), I don’t see why they had to make it so…not representative of downtown Chicago!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    Well, you made me glad I skipped RnR Chicago this year! I heard from other people who ran it that the course was boring. Weird! Cool medal tho.

    And I’m excited to find out that Spice Market sources from the same as Penzeys. Because I do love Penzeys, but they aren’t exactly conveniently located…
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    July 21, 2014 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, you didn’t miss out on much! Unless you have a crazy huge desire to run down a miniscule part of State Street, through the not great industrial parts of the Loop, and down through the South Loop…. I say not worth it. Truth to Penzey’s not being convenient! It made me so, so, so happy to find Penzeys spices here. I would definitely recommend the shop–they know their stuff.

      July 22, 2014 at 9:36 am
  • Reply jill conyers

    Sorry the race was such a disappointment. I studies gorillas in graduate school so they’re a must-see at the zoo. I could still sit and watch them for hours. I chat away at the expos! I never really thought about it but that’s really out of the norm for me.
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    July 21, 2014 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree with you there–I do love gorillas (monkeys are different, in my mind). We had a gorilla named Willie B at the Atlanta zoo who was the mascot of the zoo while I was growing up–he was like a local celebrity! I think that I get a bit overwhelmed at expos, and that is my issue.

      July 22, 2014 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Michael Anderson

    So much great stuff – and naturally I key on you and Alex sharing a day off and having a grand (mis) adventure … the best kind!

    I’ve not run one of those big races, and while the PA Grand Canyon Marathon was expensive (can’t remember exactly, but over $100) … I talk about it so much now I guess I can’t complain πŸ™‚

    Glad nothing was up with your foot!
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    July 21, 2014 at 8:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let’s keep it that way please! DON’T YOU JINX ME! And I’m glad that you are the first to comment about our mis/adventure, lol. We are ridiculous. For a marathon, I could justify the $100, even though it is expensive, there is just so much that goes into it. But 150 for a HALF? And then not to have the things that you are marketing it off of? EXCUSE ME?

      July 22, 2014 at 9:39 am
  • Reply Sarah

    First of all I LOVE that power sculpt class. It is a great one. I haven’t done it since winter but it is a killer! Also, I had no idea you were running R&R. I had a dozen athletes running it and I meant to make it down but I had a stomach bug and ended up sleeping 11 hours on Saturday night! I ran into one of my athletes yesterday and she said there was hardly any entertainment. She wore headphones and left one out to enjoy the music and said exactly what you did. Piratebobcat recently wrote that he wasn’t doing R&R anymore because they have really gone downhill lately. But how about the dog! My husband jokes that if I could have a marathon with a different dog at each mile I would sail by. He says a cute dog pulls me along for at least a mile πŸ™‚
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    July 21, 2014 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Why have we not met up yet? We are awful. I hope that you are feeling better!!! And yeah, I’m not one to do big big races generally (I didn’t know how big some of the others were before I did them), but I think that this is it for me with that series, unless I get more free things πŸ˜€
      And that would be the BEST RACE EVER. A different puppy at every half mile. ermigerd yes

      July 22, 2014 at 9:41 am
  • Reply Sarah

    I’m bummed you didn’t like the race! My first half was rock n providence and I loved it. There was entertainment every mile and the course was pretty. Chicago seems very hit or miss with races. Overall though I’d say you had a very successful weekend! I was in bed at 9 last night after being out until almost midnight twice last week. Ineed to stop being so social because it’s exhausting.
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    July 21, 2014 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes, you definitely need to stop having fun. It is no good for you at all. I would agree. Chicago is indeed VERY hit or miss. Which kind of sucks, because it could be so, so good.

      July 22, 2014 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Suslyfe's mommy, Clare

    Hmmmmmm…..I really tried on this question and then decided that my favorite animals at the zoo are the people!

    July 21, 2014 at 9:21 am
    • Reply Michael Anderson

      Not sure I agree – those human animals can be poorly behaved, dangerous and unpredictable … and they just let them wander loose everywhere! πŸ™‚
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      July 21, 2014 at 9:32 am
      • Reply Suslyfe's mommy, Clare

        HeHe, I know!
        but it is SO fun to watch the “human” animals when they don’t know you are watching them!

        July 21, 2014 at 10:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      preach

      July 22, 2014 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Hilary

    Ahh the zoo is one of my favorite places on earth (maybe I should move to Africa or something haha). We recently just got a new exhibit where you can feed the giraffes and ride a camel! Umm I haven’t gotten to go yet but I am hoping to go this weekend! I can’t wait to ride a camel haha.
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    July 21, 2014 at 9:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’ve ridden an elephant! A camel would be cool, though, unless it spat at you. You should come to Chicago–the zoo is free, and great!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Why didn’t you have to pay for the race? Was the entry gifted to you? Sorry, this is my first time reading your blog and I don’t want to spend forever trying to find a post where you mention that. D:

    Anyway, I think you should be proud of running as well as you did, especially given the lameness of the course! I have never done an RnR event, but I know their “thing” is on-course entertainment, so I’m pretty surprised and I’m sure I would have been disappointed as well.
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    July 21, 2014 at 9:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Welcome to the Suzlyfe! Glad to have you here! And no problem–I won the entry randomly when I saw a blurb on twitter that Dorothy Beal was giving away an entry–and I won! I am really happy with how the day went overall, I just felt sad that so many people had paid SO MUCH money, and were getting a well run, but subpar product.

      July 22, 2014 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Mama Salt

    I cannot deal with monkeys at all. Occasionally I will be walking around the zoo and the monkeys will start going apeshit (pun totally intended) and you can hear it for a mile and it freaks me out every time. We actually tried to go to the DC zoo yesterday and they weren’t letting anyone else in the parking lot so that was lame. We went and got Pho and fro yo instead and the day was somewhat saved. (Since it was ice cream day, I had fro yo twice.)

    That is a cool medal! Too bad the entertainment on the course sucked! It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. <3

    July 21, 2014 at 10:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was indeed a great weekend. I’m glad you with me on the monkey thing. I have a deep seated fear of them from watching the movie Outbreak, plus I do NOT think they are cute at all.
      Pho+froyo=winning

      July 22, 2014 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Tantra

    Nice race! I hate when you go into a race with certain expectations… Esp a race that is themed like that…rock and roll…annoying.

    My fav thing at zoos are white tigers and polar bears…totally not related but they are the fort thing I want to see

    I’m all business at expos….I literally walk in get my bib and walk out…I get anxiety at expos… I don’t know why… I guess bc I’m all business with racing and I start sizing myself up to the other runners… Damn competitor in me:(

    July 21, 2014 at 10:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      THANK YOU–I get anxiety too–like if I talk to them, I have to be all impressive. Also, I hate solicitation. So it is my nightmare. LOVE white tigers. And polar bears too (obvs) I used to have a poster in my room that had a mama and cub and said “Northern Comfort” aaaaaahhhhhhhdorable

      July 22, 2014 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Hanna

    Congrats on your race!

    July 21, 2014 at 11:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Caitlin

    Sooooo glad that we got to talk last night. I needed that badly so that needs to continue to happen somewhat regularly (joe said we slacked for only talking for an hour and half. He got FaceTime smacked for that). I love that you guys walked all over the place on Saturday….definitely my favorite way to spend a weekend day πŸ™‚ my favorite zoo animals match yours of course, and I think the only race I wasn’t impressed with was the quick chick one i did last fall. It was a 10k and $45, which is a lot for one around here. Swag was meh, you had to buy a shirt if you wanted one (and they were $35+), and you only got a medal if you placed overall or in AG, which is fine, but they advertised it as everyone got one. It was the first year of it, though, so I know they had some kinks to work out. Not sure if I’ll be doing it again this year though.

    July 21, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too me too. So glad that we talked. And I saw that we talked for 1:50. AHAHAHA that is as long as it took me to run the course. Which would me that we are perfect for each other, except that there wouldn’t be much talking if we were racing together. Also, if we were racing, you would smoke me, and we would have to cut our convo short (if I was going for a PR, I would need a 1:40, thanks).
      Of course our zoo animals match. We are again, the same person, and also we have discussed our menagerie. I remember you telling me about the quick chick one when we were walking around that park. Reminded me of Zooma. I hope they do better this year!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    yes you are getting buff from yoga sculpt-we both are!!
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    July 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, you are certainly getting buff from those battle ropes!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Judith

    I’ve run a couple RnR races and liked them, but it also thought the entertainment left much to be desired. Considering they call it Rock n Roll, expectation is that they will get some exciting acts. It still didn’t keep me from registering for the New Orleans RnR half.

    Great time, especially with a bathroom break. I’d love to run race in Chicago one day, but maybe not that one given your review.
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    July 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I was honestly happy with everything overall, and as I said to a few others, I just felt sad that they felt short on their product! It was impeccably run, however. Please let me know if you come to Chicago to race! I would definitely recommend the Michelob Ultra half the first weekend of June–great course, a bit smaller, PR ready, and a great vibe. Plus, you could race for Team Challenge (shameless plug πŸ˜‰ ). But seriously, I would recommend that one.

      July 22, 2014 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Brianna @ I run He tris

    Way to rock it!! Sounds like y’all had a great weekend. That’s awesome you finally had a day off to spend with your man and visit my favorite animal! I love giraffes so so much. I don’t know what my obsession with them is but Brice has several giraffe stuffed animals. I was very disappointed in the entertainment at the Rock n Roll half I ran last November (yet I signed up to run it again….) I had my music with me but it kept malfunctioning but fortunately I was running it with my cousin so he kept me entertained.
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    July 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hey, a race is a race! And if it is convenient, well run, and decent, you just put in those headphones or chat it up, and you are good to go.
      I used to have an obsession with seals–I had several seal stuffed animals. I like giraffes because they are so regal and elegant, at least to me

      July 22, 2014 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I’m glad you had a great weekend and your foot held up for the race (even if it wasn’t the best race entertainment!!) You have literally changed my life with the Starbucks Protein Frappe, I cannot wait until I go on Thursday so I can try it out for myself, I have no doubt I will love it!

    As far as expos, I tend to keep to my introverted self and not speak to many people, unless there is a booth with a product I want to know more about.

    Have a great week lady!
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    July 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahha you cracked me up SO HARD with your comment. I discovered that trick after Ladys Half Nashville 2 years ago. I definitely get into introverted mode at expos. Which is funny, because you would think that I would be in the zone!
      YOU have a great week. I am holding you to it!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Rae

    Woo, what a jam-packed weekend! The only zoo I’ve ever been to is the one in DC, and I loved seeing the red pandas. They’re like kitty-raccoons! I’ve also seen some really cute otters do sweet little flips, trying to get us to feed them. So adorable! I’ve never really done a race with a big expo, so I’m not sure what I’d do other than snag all the free samples I could get my hands on.
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    July 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      DAMN it I forgot about pandas!!! ALLL the pandas. I love otters. They have favorite rocks! Which I think is hilarious. And that they buckle themselves in for naps.
      I want to take you to a big expo. I have great fun if I go with people. Plus I find alllll the samples

      July 22, 2014 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I don’t think Starbucks over here does protein drinks. I really wish that they did!
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    July 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do they have smoothies? If they do, just ask them to put a scoop of protein powder in–they keep them for the smoothies! Try it and let me know!

      July 22, 2014 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Sorry I’m assaulting your blog right now haha but I was terrible about reading the past few days. I’ve never heard of a protein frap! That’s awesome! And Benchmark has my favorite fish tacos in the city (and their tots are amazing too). I went there awhile back for trivia night and it was a blast! Keep an eye out for those!
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    July 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Such a fun weekend! Who knew Starbucks does protein drinks??? Hmmmm, I’m intrigued.

    That’s kinda lame about the RnR! Especially no music the first 6 miles??? I thought the whole point was music at each mile marker. It’s not the Jugglers N Stilts Half Marathon.

    I’ve lucked out with a lot of my races. My boyfriend ran a pretty lame Delaware Half Marathon. The crowd was pretty terrible and the course seemed like snoozeville. There’s a 5k I run that’s through the Naval Yard, which isn’t too exciting of a course, but I love the cause and they have ADOPTABLE DOGS at the start and finish line so that makes it so much better!
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    July 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Ok, I have to solve the mystery of sbux protein tomorrow. I must enlighten all of you. And soooooooo lame about rnr. I love that you called it the jugglers n stilts half. bahahahaha. QUOTE OF THE DAY.
      Did running the Delaware half entail running from one side of the state to the other? lol
      I would totally go home with all of the dogs. especially with race brain.

      July 22, 2014 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    I’m sorry your race was disappointing! I always thought the Rock N Roll races were supposed to be entertaining, and have music at every mile what the heck?!?

    I tried the Protein Frapp from Starbucks earlier last week, but I wasn’t feeling very good that day so I couldn’t enjoy or finish it πŸ™ I’m going to try again this week!
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    July 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Boo for feeling icky–feel better! Give it another go–you don’t notice anything but awesome delicious frappy goodness πŸ˜€

      July 22, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    I am so bummed that I didn’t get to see you! But I agree COMPLETELY about the course. Too many loop-de-loops in the actual loop. It was my 6th time doing this race (my friend’s 3rd), and we both agreed that it was nonsense. Also, whoever had the bright idea to run part of it on the LFT on a Sunday needs to be fired. I ended up staying with my friend the whole time and finishing in 2:58. We were so tired afterwards that we just got our bonus medals and walked to the train.

    My favorite animal at the zoo is the lion. I also do not do monkeys, unless they are outside.

    I walked around a little bit at the expo, but after doing 10 Rock n Roll races in 2013, I’m pretty much over them. Although I love looking at the Brooks shoes in all of their pretty colors and lusting after them.
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    July 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      THANK YOU. I was a bit flabbergasted. And I agree, after you’ve seen one race expo (that is worth anything), you get to a point of just going for the samples. Thank you as well for not liking monkeys, we will get along well.
      Preach to just being exhausted after. We will get our rain check! But I was so worthless. I was beyond speech. I would much rather have great fun than sloth hug you and move on!

      July 22, 2014 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Ursula

    Oh man I’ve totally had those races and even one where I thought “oh I wish I HADN’T paid for this”. But that sucks it was boring. Here’s a thought, we should plan a run in Vegas because they have one at night with music playing…ie definitely not boring! And we could celebrate afterwards with vino and all that other stuff you do in Vegas πŸ™‚ I’m glad your weekend worked out anyways, kittens, extra awesome runs and cleaning sounds like such a win
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    July 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The RnR Vegas half/full is actually Team Challenge (for Crohn’s)’s flagship race! You “run the strip at night”–it is a cool experience, but I don’t know how well I would handle the late late running. Fueling before etc would be difficult! And could you imagine what the casinos smell like after with all the runners and drunkies lol. And being and getting clean was magical. Simple simple pleasures.

      July 22, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    Wow, that was quite a weekend! And I’m totally shocked by the lack of entertainment at RNR. Have you ever done one of their races before? The DC one was pretty amazing with the entertainment. I pretty much clam up at expos unless there is someone there that I really want to see/meet like Bart Yasso that I stalked down in Virginia Beach. I can’t believe you didn’t meet Dorothy Beal!??! Bummer! And yey for #proteinfrappucinos πŸ™‚
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    July 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, it was a bit of a bummer, and as my first RNR I was like waaah? I am totally a clammer too. I get all shy, thus why I diudn’t muscle my way to meet DB. Totally should have though. And Bart is HILARIOUS. I ran with him in DC and then saw him again on my bday and he is so out of control.
      #proteinfrapfolife

      July 22, 2014 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Jill

    I’ve never run an RNR race and I’ve heard mixed reviews about them. I would like to do one as a destination race someday though in a city far far away. Hmm I would like to know what you have against monkey’s Susie?!?! You do realize they are just about as smart as most humans these days?! On another note I wish I knew what cardamom was. Maybe one day I’ll find out :). Happy Monday to you!
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    July 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Have you seen the movie Outbreak? Well I did. at 8. And then I thought that all monkeys carried the Ebola virus. And I have a very mature and overactive imaginination and live near the CDC in Atlanta. YEAH. No monkeys. Cardamom is one of the main spices in Chai blends–it gives it that hug you warmth as well as tickle your nose spiciness. Where would you run if you could destination race? The Paris would be amazing, as long as you are not running straight up/down hills. Ditto with Rome and Athens. I’ve heard Berlin is cool.

      July 22, 2014 at 10:10 am
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  • Reply Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    So funny you say you clam up at expos because although I’ve never thought about it, I do the same thing! I get intimidated and kind of anxious and feel like everyone is a better and more experienced runner. Or I just get annoyed with everyone. It’s weird. I’ve had a few races that I wished I hadn’t payed for but at that point thinking about the $$ would just get me ragey. I try to make races “worth” the money somehow even if they suck but it doesn’t always work out. And maybe gross but I can 100% relate to bathroom issues. Not fun.

    July 22, 2014 at 6:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So many people have said the same thing about expos! So interesting–I’m the same way–I get intimidated plus I hate solicitation. Give me your free things and let me be! And I don’t race much because they are so $$ so when they don’t live up to what they should I get pissy, and the fact that this one was sooooo expensive, and soooooo boring made me sad for those that paid.
      Ermigerd, you and I both know it girl (bathroom. nuff said)

      July 22, 2014 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    Your weekend sounded great, and holy bloody mary bar! I am going to have to make a stop here, I love Old Town. Glad your foot cooperated for the race – way to rock! Your post made me feel a little better that I didn’t end up walking it. If you said it was boring to walk it I can’t imagine walking it would be too entertaining.

    I love expos (a good one though) but definitely clam up and don’t really talk with anyone. When I go with my parents they talk to everyone so they get all the info for me.

    My mom and I missed you at yoga but there will be many more namastes in our near future. Core Power too! I looked at their class schedule and it looks great. I am thinking maybe mid August doing the one week free!
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    July 22, 2014 at 9:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Omg you would have been bored out of your mind. And I was sorry to miss you and your mom, but I was just dunzo. And that is also why parents are amazing–insta-introductions!
      Yay! we’ll get you into CPY yet. I’m not concerned. Plus we have our challenge coming up!

      July 22, 2014 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    That medal is pretty badass!

    I wont leave the zoo until we visit the koala enclosure. I dont know why i’m so obsessed. We always go early in the day so they’re always sleeping. It’s like “duh, they’re nocturnal. pick a new animal.”
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    July 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You seriously have the best comments. I am dying over here…. and stick with the koala, they are awesome. like honeybadgers, they are sleepy little (&*^

      July 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Girl on the Move

    I’ve also run a RnR and have to agree…the race was incredibly well organized but the course wasn’t great and the entertainment left a lot to be desired…but it sounds like overall you had a great weekend!
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    July 22, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It definitely was a fantastic weekend, and I had a great time for the most part! Next time, they should just have people standing on the sides with puppies, don’t you think?

      July 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Debbie Bridges

    I’m shocked at your review of the race. Considering this is the Rock n Roll series I would have expected you to tell me there was too much music and stuff happening, not the opposite. I am in awe though of your finish time, that is awesome.

    So glad you and Alex got to have a day off together and actually enjoy it. It’s all about family first, everything else will fall into place.

    I can’t remember when I last went to a Zoo. Maine has wild animal refuge and there is animal kingdom but it’s not really a zoo. It does have a white Bengal tiger though that is absolutely beautiful. I love the lions, and would love to see panda bears someday. I don’t mind monkeys but I will not go near the snake pit. I hate snakes!

    I find race Expos to be either hit or miss. I have gone to two expos for races that I wasn’t running but volunteering at and they both sucked (pardon the French). Seriously less than 10 vendors and none were giving away samples or really seemed liked they wanted to be there. The one vendor I was happy to see was Kensha hoping to get a deal on some calf sleeves but NOPE no deals to be found.

    The only other expo was for a race I actually ran last year and that was wonderful. Lots of deals, lots of samples and people who truly wanted to be there.

    I have yet to run a large race like the RNR or the Zooma because I really don’t like crowds like that. Talk about a panic attack…oh boy. I do have the RNR Las Vegas on my bucket list because 1) of the foundation it benefits 2) can’t get much flatter than Vegas 3) it’s a night run although I’m sure with the lights from the strip it probably doesn’t seem like it. However I will be prepared and have my iPod for entertainment.

    July 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When you are ready, you should do RnR Vegas with Team Challenge. It is their flagship race, and I am of the opinion that if you are going to do a big race, do it as part of a smaller crowd. That is why I even contemplated MCM–because I did it with Runners World. I honestly had no clue how big the Chicago Half and the Publix GA Half/Full races were until the time of the expos! I walked in and was like WHAT? Yeah, they were a biiiiit bigger than I anticipated! But I’m right with you–I like a midsized to smaller race–a good, solid expo, good support, corrals, lots of portapotties πŸ˜‰ but not hoards of people. And if you are at an expo, there should be deals, just saying.
      AND NO TO SNAKES. Indiana Jones knew where it was at. A wild animal refuge would really be amazing. I went to the San Diego Zoo when I was in high school and we were visiting my cousins, and I remember first being amazed by the size of it and second by the natural manner of the animals. When we were at the zoo this time, the polar bear was doing laps–my first thought was that he had developed this to entertain himself. And it made me sad, even though he was obviously well cared for. My other random question is how do they deal with the weather in Maine for the animals when it gets really cold?
      I hope your running is still going really well! I stalk you on IG πŸ™‚

      July 23, 2014 at 1:27 pm
      • Reply Debbie Bridges

        I have looked into the team challenge for the RNR Vegas, does sound like an awesome way to attend this race.
        Yes Expos should have deals, samples and freebies….
        The Maine wildlife refuge only cares for animals naturally found in Maine so you see Deer, Moose, Bear, coyotes, foxes and birds there.
        York Animal Kingdom has a “sister” facility in either North or South Carolina. The animals are all taken there and most of them are not on exhibit but rather on a vacation themselves. Every once in a while a school trip might be arranged to see small clusters of them.

        Running is going as well as can be expected in the heat and humidity, I’m so bummed out that I missed all of April and most of May recovering when that is the perfect running weather. Fall is awesome as well but my job has me working 12-14 hour days for most of October, November and December. So after the 1/2 on October 6th, running becomes a squeeze in a mile or two when you can, and with the days getting shorter that’s not so easy. I don’t know about you but I won’t run at night in dark. Since I run alone and my daughter will be back at college and god knows if my husband will be here or not, Maine has no street lights, lots of back roads and very few have sidewalks. I really believe that even if I did have a wing man/woman my body just wouldn’t like it. I prefer to get the run done first thing before my gut has a chance to wake up and realize today is going to be a “crappy” pun intended kind of day.

        You are never stalking me on IG love that you enjoy my pics, if you’re on FB feel free to send out a request.

        Maybe one day you and I will run Vegas on Team Challenge together.

        July 23, 2014 at 2:57 pm
        • Reply suzlyfe

          I’ve no doubt that you are bummed to have missed out on the training season of April and May, I was able to enjoy a little bit of it at least! But you should be so, so unbelievably proud of yourself with what you are accomplishing, and a 1/2 to come! I hope you had the best first half of July with your family together–I think about that when I see your stuff on IG (I will definitely send you a shout on FB).I am definitely a get out there now person, but I have to wake up, eat, and try to use the facilities before I go–but I think that you treat your runs like I treat my long drives–get going, and you are an hour in (of a 9 hour drive) before you know it! I would totally run Vegas with you! Let me know if you ever really consider it πŸ˜€ I’m so glad to hear from you–I think about you often, I really do

          July 24, 2014 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Cassie

    I saw the watermelon chobani yesterday and thought about it then though… “nah, Susie said it tasted like a jolly rancher” and went about my way. Thanks for saving me from disappointment and the $2! xoxo
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    July 22, 2014 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahahaha well you are welcome, unless someone lets you try it and you think it is the best thing ever! I was just underwhelmed. I do think they took on a seriously difficult task, though–watermelon is such a particular, and subtle flavor!

      July 23, 2014 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Jenni @ Fitzala

    Well that sounds like a busy and super fun weekend! That sucks that the run wasn’t great. I know that the Rock n Roll in Seattle is amazing, I can’t believe they didn’t have good bands to entertain you! The puppy would have made my day too. Geoff and I are looking for a lab to adopt right now and I’ve cried every time we’ve gone to the shelter. Good thing he banned me from volunteering there or we’d have a dog zoo.

    I can’t believe you walked so much before the half on Saturday! Zoo requires serious walking. So happy that you and Alex have a day off together! I don’t know how couples do it that work jobs with weird hours – how do you get ANY quality time together? I guess you make it happen, just like any other life thing that you have to do and don’t like.
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    July 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, we just make it work. But I must say that it is so much better now that I work during the day and not at night, like when I was a server. That was part of the reason that going back to serving just wasn’t an option (plus I am just so much happier). And I went and walked dogs at the spca in Cville with the riding team one time and almost went home with a dog named Sir Hancock, who kind of gave a little howl every time you did. MAGICAL. But yeah, it’s a good thing that our apartment doesn’t allow dogs or we would have like 70

      July 24, 2014 at 10:19 am
  • Reply AMBER

    girl you ran a half?! that’s kick butt! I’m like you, I can be a spoil sport sometimes and then I want to kick myself in the teeth for doing so later on, but the most important thing is to focus on the positive and move forward πŸ™‚
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    July 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Truth. Yeah, it was a great race in the sense of being really well run, I just felt like it was a poor representation of the city–and from what I can tell, everyone else bemoaned the lack of entertainment as well!

      July 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm
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