We’re here!! It took some time, but we finally made it!
The car ride went surprisingly fast, despite getting bored while driving through the “country”:
Of course we didn’t hit any traffic until the last hour (you know, when I took over). And after driving around for literally an hour trying to find a parking spot we finally bit the bullet and just paid to park in a garage. The free parking on the street just wasn’t worth the aggravation. And after 6 hours in the car, we were just ready to crash!
But not without giving my sis the shirts we made first:
This is just a little preview – you’ll have to wait to see the front til tomorrow!!
Despite being in a new place, we all slept pretty well. Mandy conned me into making pancakes for breakfast, and then we set out for the expo! C LOVES riding the public transportation in this city:
The expo was being held at the Navy Pier. Great place, but CROWDED! Add all the race people to the tourists and you end up with crazy town. Seriously.
The shirts are a little obnoxious, but I like obnoxious.
Despite all the people, the expo was very well organized, and inspirational, too!
Since the course is an out and back along the water, it doesn’t really leave a lot of room for spectators to find you after mile 5 until the finish. It’s not the best designed course for spectators, but it should be a pretty run!
We left crazytown and went in search of lunch. It was almost 1:30, and we were STARVING!!
We knew we were having a spaghetti dinner tonight, so we were on the hunt for something a little lighter. Corner Bakery to the rescue!
This place was fantastic. It was like a bigger and better Panera. I ordered a veggie sandwich:
It was freakin awesome. I dominated that sandwich (and the pickle!). I left the chips for J and C – not really my thing.
The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping and sight seeing on Michigan Ave. We are now chillin at Mandy’s crib, waiting for our cousin, David, to arrive so we can start making dinner. We’re creating our own inspirational pasta dinner tonight!
Then, hopefully, we’ll take a walk to digest, and be early to bed! The race starts at 7:00, and we have to be downtown for the 5:30am shuttle. The shuttle guarantees us to the starting line by 6:15. I’m not taking any chances in this crazy traffic city! This is the earliest I’ve ever had to be up for a race so it should be interesting. Like always, I’m not the best morning runner, so we’ll see how it goes. I wish there were more races at night!!!!
Here goes nothing……………
Do you exercise better in the morning or evening?