I finally got my act together and hopped on the train to O’hare to meet up with Sarah. She arrived from SoCal looking all sorts of glam with one tiny bag (how do people do this?) and we hit the road in our sexy wheels.
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?|
We seemed to be on the buses FOREVER, which really made me nervous. I am going to have to run back all this way?
I also stumbled upon Skinnyrunner who had on every single item of clothing she brought in her tiny bag. SoCal can’t hang.
As the start time got closer, we walked as a group over the starting line. There were about 400 runners, so it was a nice small group and I easily found my housemates. I got my Garmin ready and the race started right on time…
To be continued…