Of course I said "Absolutely!" and promptly booked a flight.
I've run half marathons on the fly, so I figured training for an 8k in two months would be cake. Of course, I forgot how much I'd struggled to train all last year and then it snowed, and snowed, and snowed some more and there were several bouts of -20 or colder temperatures. As I type, it's snowing and 21 degrees. I've only managed a few outdoor runs so far this year, but I'm hoping that I can pull out an 8k drawing from skating, some mini indoor workouts and sheer force of will.
It might be a sad sight to see, me trudging through the 8K, but I'm mostly excited to meet Alicia and Eileen in real life and spend the weekend chattering away about running, blogging and life.
To celebrate our race weekend, Alicia is here talking about her training experience and running in Chicago and I'm posting over on her blog, Jaybird.
Running in Chicago this winter has been a bumbling, trying effort. Jenn and I, along with Eileen, are gearing up for the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in less than a week (!!!), and I've been worried about training enough to be able to finish the race! We seem to be stuck in a neverending cycle of snow and melted puddles, and that's on top of the usual city running concerns like traffic, potholes and pedestrian safety.
When I'm running in the city, I see a lot of ick: black and grey slush, litter, people honking, dead pigeons (seriously) and deep puddles that I manage to step in every time. My neighborhood is made up of tiny streets and four-way intersections, meaning that each run happens in fits and starts and timing my pace seems impossible.
Though I’ve grown to love running alone, I can’t wait for Sunday when Jenn, Eileen and I will all get to run together! Having running buddies from afar has kept me motivated during frigid 5 a.m. jogs and longer runs, and it’ll be quite an experience to lose ourselves in running with a throng of thousands of people. I’m both excited and incredibly nervous for my first race--do you all have any tips for enjoying the race experience or running around big groups of people?
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