|Me and Sam - postrace|
|Me and Iliana - postrace|
The Shamrock Shuffle has a pretty big expo in the days leading up to the race and I was there for both days to help out Team Ortho with the Women Rock packet pickup. One of the additional perks for that was the male models goofing off with us. We had a great time and it got me super jazzed about the kickoff of racing season. (Even though race season is pretty much year round for me)
|matching shoes, we didn't plan it|
Jenny (my TRI training buddy) wanted to run the race as well so she picked me up and we headed to Grant Park together. We got there extra early so decided to walk around a bit and take pictures. As soon as we entered our corral the excitement was overwhelming. If you're not a long distance runner, but want that big race feel, THIS is the race for you. You can't help but get caught up in the electricity flowing through the air. The weather was great and we were off to a fantastic start. Somewhere around mile 3 I think we encountered the fine gentleman of the Chicago Fire Department. Yes, we ran just a little bit faster that mile and had a bit more pep to our step. The miles flew by one by one until we were coming down the home stretch. I don't think I've enjoyed any other race quite the way that I did this one. I was happy and loving every second of it. We raised our arms in triumph as we crossed the finish line just over an hour after we started.
As I sit here and type this I realize that the only running distance I have left to conquer is the full marathon which I'll be taking on in October. Sure there are ultramarathons and what not but my last true test of myself will be this race because after that I'll truly be unstoppable.