nothing short of thankful
I just stole a ton of Brooke’s Instagram photos from last weekend so I could jot down a few thoughts about our trip and the marathon, bulleted list style.
- We flew in Thursday night with plans to tourist it up on Friday while Lauren was at work - best decision ever! We walked nearly 10 miles as we hopped around town checking stuff out, so it was good I had Saturday to rest my feet.
- We (obviously) visited the Bean first and took the obligatory tourist pics, then went and had hot dogs at Portillos, then raced to Navy Pier to catch our architecture boat tour (thanks to all who suggested because that was the COOLEST) before heading to the Expo for me to pick up my bib.
- Saturday we chilled before I had to head to the Team In Training inspiration dinner late in the afternoon. Let me tell you - I almost cried the entire time at the dinner. There are just so many people (more than 400 TNTers ran Chicago) with so many stories and you just know every single person in the room has been touched by cancer. My mentor was actually selected to share his story about how a clinical trial saved his father’s life last year and how he raised more than $50k for TNT, which is incredible.
- Sunday I was up and at em early bird style around 4:45 AM to get ready to head out and meet the TNT team to walk to the start line together where I then froze for about 2 hours before my wave started. I was okay nerves-wise and was mostly excited to get started.
- Brooke and Lauren were awesome and I got to see them at mile 4.5 (where the photo with my long sleeve shirt on was taken - I was clearly feeling gooooood!), mile 10.5 and then at mile 21.5 (SUCH a lifesaver to see their smiling faces in Chinatown!)
- I’d been told the night before just how hard miles 13 - 20 would feel and it was NO JOKE. I am a slower runner in general, which I’m fine with as I always say I’m built for distance not speed. I crawled to an impressively slow pace, even for me, from about mile 14 - 19 or so as my left knee decided it was tired of functioning. I knew if I could make it to 20, though, that I would make it. I’d been warned that mentally I would feel like it was too hard but my body could handle it and as soon as I hit mile 19 or 20, I realized I could power through and my knee magically regained more of a normal range of motion.
- SO many Team In Training coaches jumped in to run with me in the last 4 miles or so, which was amazing. I almost ALWAYS run by myself, so it was a surprisingly great distraction to have someone just chatting my ear off about recovery and the course and just whatever while I pushed my way to mile 26. I also kept telling them that if I could cut off my feet then I’d probably have a new 10K PR from the last 6 miles of the course as my legs and muscles all felt great at that point but my feet were on fire. Also, one coach ran up from behind me and (I’m guessing because of the back of my TNT jersey) said, “You’re doing great - your dad would be so proud!” So, ya know, just a run by dropping of an emotional bomb (I mean, the later miles of the marathon were already super emotional but that was a new level) but I thought about that all the way to the finish line.
- I turned right at mile 26, ran most of the course’s only hill over the river (whoever added that hill at mile 26 of a marathon, you suck) and then turned left and saw the finish line. I definitely teared up as I ran across and was so happy to get that medal and then immediately find somewhere to sit until I went to find Brooke and Lauren.
- More deep dish pizza was consumed (via delivery so I didn’t have to move too much that night) which was the BEST decision ever. My knees hated me most of Sunday night and Monday morning, but by Monday night when our plane touched down in Atlanta I felt a lot better. I even went for a 2 mile (slowwww) run last night and felt totally fine!
- Overall, the trip was fantastic, I loved Chicago and definitely need to visit again ASAP, the race (and crowds!) was AMAZING, and now I have crossed running a marathon off my bucket list! (Everyone keeps asking if I’d run another - my answer immediately after the race was N to the O, but now I’m thinking eventually I’ll probably want to take another crack at it eventually.)
Guys I DID IT! My feet hurt more than I thought possible and I teared up about 54 times (from touching moments but also pain) but I made it through. Big ups to so many people for helping me make it here but definitely to @brklyn and @ledson35 for cheering me on all over Chicago and for @jblakemundy providing support via text! I’m a marathoner!
Ready to hit the streets of Chicago! See ya in 26.2!
Today was Chicago perfection.
This slow side eyeing fish looked straight into my soul because it is literally my spirit animal this week.
- I will not be mad if this forecast for the weekend in Chicago holds up - earlier when I looked they were calling for a rainy race day on Sunday.
- I just gcahtted Brooke with extensive questions around what 47, 48, 53, 54, 57 and 60 degrees all felt like in relation to how much clothing I needed to pack. I know I’ve experienced cold weather before but I just can’t for the life of me remember what it is like after another sweltering Atlanta summer. We’re looking to just bring carry-ons so looks like I need to hunt down that Pinterest thing from that flight attendant who tells you how to pack for a 4 week vacation in like a gallon sized Ziploc or whatever. I may also need to wear many layers on the plane. Shrug.
- Is an architectural river boat tour a thing we must do? (I’ve heard it is.) Do we go during the day or at night? Tell me how to tourist?
People talk about how hard long distance relationships are but nobody talks about the struggle of long distance friendships. I would give my left leg right now to just be able to sit in our pjs and watch movies or to just be able to give a big fucking hug.
1. My mom, sister and myself all bought this cardigan at Target a few weeks back because it is amazing. So cute, so soft, great for pattern mixing, and under $25.
2. Lunch break today involved a quick stop by my favorite place, the Aquarium, where I took a jelly selfie to send to my mom and sister while they were driving.
3. Sister made it to Minnesota today and I am SO excited and proud of her!
4. This article about a new savings/investing app was my favorite read today - as someone who is constantly working on saving money and learning about investing, this could be worth looking into. (I have been feeling better about money lately, though, as I upped my 401k contribution, opted into the company stock option and am planning on socking away 75% of my upcoming quarterly bonus in savings)
5 - Blake and I are spending tonight in together. Good thing, because I am beat and just want yummy food, Orange Is the New Black (watching with Blake to catch him up after Sister got me watching a few weeks ago finally) and no need for a bra. This plus the fact that it will be COLD tomorrow morning (and chilly during the day - hello, boot weather!) makes me happy.
I don’t know how it happened but I totally blanked on setting goals last month. Not having any in place helped me realize how good they are for motivating me to stay focused in each aspect of every day life, so October is for getting back on track!
- FINISH the Chicago Marathon (my only race-related goal)
- Write + mail all remaining thank you notes
- Drink 3 Camelbak bottles of water per day
- Get boots out of storage + clean them
- Register for Thanksgiving Day 5K (I originally thought I wanted to do the half marathon, but I’m thinking I’ll want to take it pretty easy after the marathon for a few weeks)
- Read 5 books (I’ve been doing REALLY good at my reading goal the past 2 months and want to keep it up)
- Cut eating out or fast food back to 8-10 meals this month (I grab JJ a lot for lunch at work - want to pack my lunch at least one day per week that I go into the office which will take a little menu planning)
- Lunch/Coffee/Something with one of my old coworkers
- Delete the Kardashian app (ugh, I know) and use the Peak brain training app 5 days per week - I’m trying this to work on my memory because it is TERRIBLE
- Save my fiddle leaf fig! SO many of its poor little leaves have fallen out but I am dedicated to watering it correctly and I moved it to a better sized pot earlier this week.
- Get a haircut + get my eyebrows waxed
- Order bridesmaid dress
- Go through jeans and donate any necessary + go through shorts and donate or store all but two pairs. Clean heels and shoes for fall and store most summer sandals.
- Plan a trip to visit Sister in Saint Paul
- Try my hand at roasting a chicken - anyone have a fave recipe?
Summer was sweet but I’m so excited for fall. (I’d say that excitement is 50% because it is time to wear all my new boots and 50% so I don’t sweat to death on the running trail.)
That’s the look of a bulldog who is trying to silently kill you via stinky poots. Well, sometimes they aren’t so silent.
1) What songs are at the top of your running playlist right now?
2) What song do you listen to when you need some running motivation - current or oldies style?
3) If all else fails, what book have you read lately that you think would be entertaining on audiobook that I can use my Audible credit for and try to listen to when music gets boring?
Just trying to prep my audio needs for the marathon next week given that roughly 5-6 hours will be spent with headphones jammed in my ears. Thanks!
1. Target has been the main source of my fall wardrobe this year. They have a sweet sale going on through tomorrow - buy one, get one 50% Merona clothing and all shoes in store, and buy one, get one 50% off any clothes online. My mom and I went with Kel to get her set up with an awesome new job wardrobe and I grabbed a few office + casual options myself (like these pants in army green, this herringbone print cardigan, a nice snuggly sweater, over-the-knee boots, these booties with a tiny bit of a heel, this ponte dress but in polka dots, this blouse in cream, this black ponte skirt, and of course another striped dress.) Even though that has me more than completely set for work and play, I still am in love with these patterned pants, this sweater dress to go with those booties, this fit and flare dress in navy, this pretty berry cocoon cardigan, this amazing striped cardigan, this popover blouse in the flower print to go with that berry cardigan, and this black and white pencil skirt. Target is basically my everything.
2. I can’t get enough of my two newest beauty products - the Anastasia Brow Wiz and Maybelline’s new matte lipsticks. I’m now obsessed with filling in my eyebrows, which is not something I ever thought would happen.
3. I’ve loved getting so much Sister time this week. We’re getting ready now to go eat pizza with Brooke and Jordan and Blake and can I please just have like 2 more weeks to hang with her before she moves? (The answer is no, she must go home tomorrow morning sadly.)
4. I’m also super excited to see one of my oldest friends tomorrow for her son’s 1st birthday party. I haven’t seen her (or him) in a few months so it’ll be crazy to see him actually walking around!
5. While Blake was away I was able to get some good house things done, which included buying a new parson’s desk (from Target for $12!) and putting it together and installing new lamps above the bed. I feel like the bedroom is finally about 90% finished (after only 2.5 years here in this house.)
Pizza time! Happy Friday!