This weekend was jammed pack with fun and excitement, so I will start from the beginning.
Friday morning I began to freak out and get all nervous about the weekend. I have never done a destination race and I was almost sure I was going to forget something important. My husband came home and told me he would personally drive up anything I forgot if I promised to stop acting so crazy. Fair enough...
I had the address of the house the Chicago Running Bloggers were staying, but I had trouble finding the exact house. Luckily, there was a bunch of cars with '13.1' and '26.2' stickers...dead giveaway for runners. I got in the house and introduced myself and finally put faces with blogs (totally normal social interaction, right?).
We sat around the table and chatted while more ladies arrived. When we had our whole group, we headed to The Abbey Resort for packet pick up and Ladies Night Out.
The evening featured a bike demonstration, a chat about cross-training, wine and cheese, free socks, and a raffle. I even won a bike bell (minor detail that I don't own a bike)! After, we headed home and got started on dinner. After a solid pasta session complete with vegan garlic bread and chocolate cookies, we settled into bed. I was really nervous and spilled all my concerns about the race with my bunkmates Kelsey, Erin, and Kim.
I slept pretty well and woke up a bit before 5AM. I turned on the coffee and hit the shower to wake myself up (race ritual). I put on all my gear and made a last minute decision to not wear the iconic "green socks" to identify myself as part of the cool crew since they were a little thinner than I was used to.
I took two mugs of coffee to the face and ate a bite of a Clif Mojo bar, and a half of bagel with butter. I am NOT great with fueling, but all the other girls were shoving their faces with bagels, so I joined in on the carby fun.
We packed up and went to The Abbey Resort to catch the buses to the start line.
|How cute is Amy?|
Finally, we arrived at the park and I stood in line to do some business.
I also stumbled upon Skinnyrunner who had on every single item of clothing she brought in her tiny bag. SoCal can't hang.