Such a weekend! We left for Chicago on Saturday morning and I couldn't have been more excited to take my girl into the city for the first time. Last time she was there, she was protected from the wind and cold and sights and sounds—I was about eight months pregnant. So this time around, she got to experience everything for real. Including the shopping. And she was a total trooper. (Pretty sure she likes the city, just like her mom.) But it wasn't all about the awesomeness that is Chicago. I was there to run, and run I did.
I heard some pretty great, also some not-so-great things about the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K in Chicago. Everything from disorganization at packet pick-up to crowds of people to awful and awesome routes, but the fact that it was all built around chocolate and the consumption of it had me sold from the get-go, so I was super excited for race day. Especially since I felt really ready for it after all the training.
I ran in the new Saucony Triumph 10 running shoes.
The three of us together where part of the 40,000-plus that ran it. That's a lot of people, but I never once felt like the route was crowded. And the race itself started in a timely fashion.
Question: What's the best post-race/race-day swag you've ever been given?