Monthly Archives: October 2015

Hello Chicago!

Four days before the Chicago Marathon and Jamesy and I have arrived!  It has been a dreadfully long day, but we’re here now and actually adjusting nicely to the 2-hour time difference!

This is going to be short and sweet, and mostly pictures tonight.  My day started stupid early, and the following is what we dealt with when we were heading to the airport this morning:

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Got traffic?

It took us an hour and a half to drive 60 miles.  Seattle traffic is the worst.

The flight was fine, albeit I felt like I was roughing it with no wi-fi and no movies and no plug-ins for chargers.  It was an older plane on Southwest… need I say more.  But we arrived safe and sound which is all that really matters!

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The Chicago skyline is mesmerizing, so fabulous.  We’re on the 30th floor in the downtown area, not too far from the “Magnificent Mile.”  So we’re in the heart of the city.  I can’t wait until I can actually run through this town too, so I can see it from ground level!

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View from the hotel room, right next to the Chicago River.

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Trump Tower!

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Once we dropped off our suitcases, James and I were in search of some place to have happy hour!  All the buildings were lit up at the top in pink.

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Wandering in downtown Chicago at sundown.

We found a great place to have happy hour and eat dinner, Howell’s and Hood, on Michigan Ave.

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We had a fabulous waitress, Courtney!  She’s a runner herself and we had a great time chatting with her!  She’s hoping to run her first half-marathon in the spring, but you know me, I had to try and convince her to do next year’s Chicago half for the bling!  The size of the prize would get her hooked for sure!!  🙂

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Courtney and me

The food here was to die for.  James had a burger and I had a grilled cheese sandwich…  this is unlike any grilled cheese sandwich I’d ever had before.  They added “braised pork belly” on the sandwich, but to me it was great big huge cuts of bacon… bacon on a grilled cheese! Magnifico! How have I never discovered this combination before??!!  (Okay, I’m on holiday… I don’t count calories when I’m on holiday!)

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Yes, this is a grilled cheese sandwich…

Thankfully, Courtney helped me talk James into some dessert as well… donuts with dipping sauce.  Oh my word…

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Overall, we have had one fabulous day!!  Chicago is amazing, and the food is even more so. Granted, we won’t be eating like this for the rest of the holiday, but it sure was nice to splurge just for today.  The rest of the weekend will be low fat, high carb, so James can kick some Chicago Marathon ass!!  Three more days…

 

 

 

 

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day…

…and I’m feeling good!

One week post race, and I have had a grand time recovering/resting!  I have slept in, eaten what I’ve wanted, read, relaxed, watched mindless You Tube videos with my son… drank too much wine… just a few “luxuries” I miss out on occasionally while I’m training for a race.

Alas… training resumes tomorrow.  Okay, well, not hard-core training, but pre-training training. And I’m happy about it.  Too weird, but it’s true.  The Maui Oceanfront Half-Marathon is approximately 15 weeks away, and there’s no time to waste.  I’ve enjoyed my 1-week down time, my vacation so to speak, but I’m also very happy to get back to routine.

There were a few things in Boise that I recognize I need to work extra hard on… such as my breathing… and I don’t want to lose momentum.  The sooner I address and correct these issues, the better.  One thing The Motivator and I are kind of religious about is analyzing our runs and races and talking about what needs improvement.  We have spreadsheets and notebooks full of data and formulas and plans for the future.  Seriously.

I won’t be starting this next training cycle from the beginning though… tomorrow’s run will be about 6 miles.  I ran just over 13 miles last Saturday… no reason to back track.  My long runs in this next cycle will look something like 10-11-12-13-14, lather, rinse, repeat.  Nope, there’s no going back, and remember, my goal is to improve my pace.  And how do we improve our pace? We run more miles… or so I’m told….

In the meantime, Jamesy and I are headed off to Chicago this coming Thursday, with his big race being The Chicago Marathon next Sunday.  He has worked so hard these past 6 months… he’s going to rock this race and get his sub-4-hour marathon like he wants (…and I know this). This is going to be the trip of a lifetime…

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We’ve also seen the bling people have been getting from Chicago’s Half-Marathon race from last weekend… it’s the size of a dinner plate!!  So guess where we’re going next year?!!  Oh hell yes! Here we come Chicago Half-Marathon 2016!!  Both of us!!  After all… it’s all about the bling!!! 😉

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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Ecola State Park, Oregon

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