Happy Labor Day to All!
Thank you to all that crossed their fingers that the weather would be ok with this weekend! Somehow, your good juju worked, and it was gorgeous. Sunday got hot, to be sure, but not half bad, and Saturday CES had to deal with some pretty hilarious little thunderstorms (I’ll explain in a minute). But most important, I got to spend amazing time with amazing people.
I loved that the expo was held as part of the Mag Mile Shopping Festival. It made the whole atmosphere so festive and fun. Of course, I registered first and then stopped by Luna Bar to say hey to Linor (who I’ve met at various events) and pick up some samples (dur). Then I couldn’t keep walking when I saw that Fleet Feet had some killer deals–> 50% off Oiselle and Lole! I’ve always wanted to try a pair of the Roga shorts, and for 50% off, I decided the investment was worth it! I’ll be sure to report back. I’m thinking about doing a post on my favorite running shorts–would you all be interested?
Also, I thought the MagMileHalf race shirt this year were pretty great–Saucony! And I had to get a RunChi shirt, especially when I saw it was pink and soft as all get out. Then I stopped by the Chicago Endurance Sports tent to check in with my friends, many of whom paced for the race. I ended up needing to be Coach Suz for a bit, but you know I love that. And I love Khit. Girl has beaten multiple cancers and is a huge part of the Fleet Feet family and a Coach with Imerman Angels. Love. Her.
A necessary stop by Dylan’s Candy Bar on the way home. I’ve been jonesing to go back for a while, but kept being all, Not without Alex! Screw him. I brought chocolate covered oreo’s though. So I’m not totally evil 😀
I came back later for yoga with Bare Feet Power Yoga, Lole, Fleet Feet, and Class Pass (sign up and get 2 free weeks! Be sure to mention me!). And you know I got front row! I’ll round up more on the experience later, but I was very impressed with class, which reminded me just how much I need to get back to yoga. I wore my Brick Betty Vixen Capris and got so many compliments!
Not much compares to a Vinyasa flow in the midst of the city with the skyline framed by cloudless blue sky and friends all around.
Saturday I knew would be a “cutback” so I last minute decided to run down to the store instead of taking the train. when I got there, it turned out that we needed a pacer for our fasted group! I volunteered, and then was like….oh wait. I haven’t run those paces in a real capacity in a while, and I had the half the next day! F*** it. Play like a champion.
And Mark and I did! We beastmoded that run. We negative split the whole way with an overall average of just over 8 minutes per mile, and the last two at 7:40. My legs felt all tingly after 😀 It was awesome. To think that 7:40 was my average Phoenix Marathon pace!
We hit some hilarious weather about 2.5 miles from the finish–I looked up and saw rain in the distance and then a GIANT lightening bolt followed by huge thunder. Mark and I looked at each other and he said, “Run… Faster??” I thought OH HELL NO. But we had nowhere to go for shelter, so we continued to where there would be shelter if we needed it. We got some rain for about a mile, but not bad. Then we got some puddles (but the rain had gone through). Apparently the groups in the middle of the pace groups got nothing, and the groups at the back got more lightening and even hail!
Lunchtime took me up to Lakeview for a very, very overdue brunch with Erica, one of my best running friends (did you see the post about my BRFs on Smitha’s blog Friday?) and we tried out new gluten free cafe and bakery Wheat’s End. I got the house beet cured lox with herbed cream cheese, pickled carrots and onion, and gluten free everything bagel and Erica got an omelet (but the they were out of bacon, and on INTERNATIONAL BACON DAY), and then got a maple bacon scone and pumpkin donut to go. She said that the scone was majorly two thumbs up!
The rest of the day was chill, but my runger was up and down and all around–my body was like, haven’t you been running 20 miles most Saturdays? Stick with that plan! So I just watched a bunch of SVU and ate.
Alex got home a little early (and by that, I mean 8 PM) and we ate a bit more (he had dinner, I just continued to fuel).Sleep didn’t go so well. Major jaw clenching and anxiety dreams and woke up with a huge headache multiple times.
Sunday was the big race! I met Erin and Neal at Randolph and Michigan, and then we headed over to the start and took tons of pictures on the way. BTW, being a coach made me feel so freaking popular, lol. SO MANY HIGH FIVES AND SHOUT OUTS.
I will do a full review of the Mag Mile Half tomorrow, but I thought they did a great job, in short. Erin had a bit of a rough time, so I went back and forth between chatting with my friend and being Coach Suz. My legs felt great and weren’t tired, which was awesome considering my workout the day before.
We ran the first 3 and then stopped for the bathroom and then I changed her to run/walk intervals. I think her shin held up fine, but she just wasn’t in shape for the race and didn’t have a fueling strategy, so she bonked pretty hard. But it was awesome to spend several hours with one of my Best Running Friends and to be ridiculous during it. Lady Race = Lady Outfit. And so many compliments on the crowns 😀
On the way home, I stopped by Whole Foods and picked up some Siggi’s (on sale right now!) to start the refueling and then got a few of my cornbread zucchini protein muffins and a few other things to finish it up. Lunch was a tour de force of plant based awesomeness:
TVP, Spaghetti squash, salad, and finishing off my protein muffins (1 shown, there were 2 more that got finished after). They lasted a grand total of 3.5 days, if you noticed. And then some 479 Toasted Coconut Cararmel Popcorn. HAPPY SUZ.
More SVU followed 😀 But so did my heachache. It came back with a vengeance and kept me company for the majority of the afternoon. Adding to my headache? The fact that, once again, Alex had to stay late.Luckily he’ll have today off. I miss my husband.
Today may be a holiday, but I have a feeling that Alex and I aren’t going to be doing anything too crazy. He’ll likely sleep in, I NEED to do yoga and some other functional exercises, and we’ve both got quite a bit of work that we need to do. But at least he doesn’t have to go in.
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