Tag Archives: Races

Instant Motivation

I believe that music is instant motivation.  It can pick you up when you’re dragging during a workout.  It can cheer you up when you’ve had a bad day.  So I’m here to provide you with some “Instant Motivation” through music and quotes (I love quotes).

I’d love for you to comment and leave your favorite quote  🙂

Cycling Playlist 11/11/10

cycling 11-11

Quotes:

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”

-Michelangelo

“Age wrinkles the body, but quitting wrinkles the soul”

-Douglas MacArthur

“There is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

-Winnie the Pooh 😉

 

Instant motivation for a runner:

Signing up for a race….more news to come about this!

Hint:

 

 

So what’s your favorite quote or favorite motivational workout song???

Advertisements

The Windy City – A Halloween Race (13.1)

What do I consider a good time for Halloween???

A) A Big Bowl of Candy?

 

B) Carving Pumpkins?

DSC01063

or C) Running a Half Marathon

If you guessed C, you would be correct.  Carbo-loading, restricting my intake of candy and alcohol, and running 13.1 miles seemed like more fun than bobbing for apples, drinking loads of pumpkin beer, and dressing like a bar maid…if you think I’m weird, you’re probably right 🙂

So on Saturday, Chris and I headed into the city (my first time to Chicago!).  We stayed at the Blackstone Renaissance, which was absolutely wonderful.  I highly recommend staying there if you’re headed to Chicago.

When we got there, we definitely needed to stretch our legs.  So we took a long walk along Lake Michigan.  I loved the views.  Sadly, even though I’m from Pittsburgh, I had never seen a Great Lake (except from a plane).

DSC01127

DSC01128

Sears Tower aka Willis Tower…

DSC01130

Down by the water.  I soon realized why it was called the “Windy City”.  My hair looked pretty bad the whole time. 

DSC01140

We headed to Navy Pier.  But before we got there, we saw a giant noodle….yes a NOODLE!

DSC01135

There was a warning…

DSC01137

“Please don’t climb on the Big Noodle.”

DSC01142 DSC01144

The Pier was chock full of some pretty fun things, if you’re 5 or have the heart of a 5 year old…as I do.  I loved the fun house mirrors that made me look taller.  Maybe I’ll install one in my bedroom 🙂

DSC01143

Loved the view while we rested our feet.

Later on, before we SHOPPED, we headed to Millenium Park, home of a giant mirror like bean.  Interesting, and everyone was touching it.

DSC01148

DSC01149 

“Hello good lookin” ;)  Yep we did split a Venti Iced Soy Caramel Macchiato…gotta keep the energy up!

DSC01150

The view from underneath the bean

DSC01152 DSC01153

Soooo cool.  I love how these pictures turned out.

We had to walk about 12 blocks to get to Niketown, but I saw some of the most beautiful buildings…my favorite: The Chicago Tribune Building.

DSC01156

DSC01158

DSC01159

Then I found a spot that I’ve been wanting to come to since I was 8!

The American Girl Place 🙂

DSC01161

Then we did some shopping: we tried on Vibram 5 Fingers (I’m still not sure), found a Lucy Store (great workout gear, annoying salesperson), and tried the new Columbia Omni-heat jackets and gear….I was warm and snug as a bug in a rug!

Before our feast of Italian food and bread at Rosebud, we saw a Giant Spider hanging out on the side of building.  Only on Halloween.

DSC01164

We were so exhausted, I think we inhaled our food, watch the PSU vs. Michigan game (which PSU won!), and fell fast asleep.  We dreamt of running shoes, perfect weather, and lots of water and porta potties along the race course hehe

——————————————————————————————–

RACE MORNING!

DSC01165

All dressed and ready to go…sleepy faces included.

Many people wore costumes, I just wore bats in my hair.  Disclaimer: wearing bats in your hair will not make you any faster.

DSC01166

I was excited!!

2010-10-31_08-46-00_27

Good morning Chicago!  Let’s Race 🙂

2010-10-31_08-46-07_749

Although this picture doesn’t show it, there was a huge backup at the porta potties, so pre race relief was not in sight!

2010-10-31_08-46-38_916

Starting to get ready and antsy in the pantsy.

We started the race around 8 am and ran along the beautiful lakeshore trail.  I loved the race course.  My run was definitely one of my worst and I had the worst knee pain.  I’m rehabbing it now with lots of ice and Aleve.  But, if you’re looking for a fun Half Marathon, try the Chicago Monster!  Great hotel accommodations, great communication by the race staff (even with the overnight race course change) and wonderful volunteers. 

2010-10-31_11-27-03_749

A stiff but happy finisher 🙂

2010-10-31_11-27-40_569

Both of us were pretty sore and tired, but before we left Chicago for the day, we had to go to the Sears Tower!

DSC01186

It’s known as the Willis Tower now because Willis Group Holdings, Ltd. leased more than 140,000 square feet of space on three floors in 2009.  So it was renamed “Willis Tower” in July of 2009. 

DSC01168

We took a tour of the history of Chicago and the Sears Tower, along with a short video depicting the construction and history of the Sears Tower.  Then we climbed the 110 Stories on an elevator that went 26 feet per second.  My ears popped a few times on the way up!

DSC01171

The top!

DSC01172

DSC01174

It was so beautiful.  Good thing I didn’t have a heart attack in the elevator (a weird thing I’m afraid of).

DSC01178

There are 4 different sky decks which are made of all glass that allows you to feel like you’re floating above the city.  SO COOL!

DSC01177

We actually saw 2 couples get engaged at the top!

Afterward we got coffee at Dunkin, I LOVE DUNKIN, and I had a Fall Munchkin :)  A munchkin for a munchkin.  Chris had the full Fall Donut, I ate the donut hole, a match made in donut heaven 🙂

Considering we did run 13.1 miles that morning, we were still hungry, at least I was.  So we stopped at a hotel restaurant called Cafe 676.

DSC01188

No one else was in the restaurant while we were, so we had the best seats.

DSC01189

Even a view of Niketown!

But the best view came after we ordered:

DSC01190

French toast with orange cream and granola.   Perfection!

 

I loved Chicago 🙂 and I can’t wait to go back!

 

Hope everyone else had a wonderful Halloween weekend and had their fill of candy and treats