I am Malala
I am Malala
I ran my first half marathon Sunday and loved it! I had a blast, and was already thinking about where I should run my next one on the car ride home.
We drove up the day before and ate at Park Grill, conveniently located under the bean.
Then we headed to the Renaissance Blackwater hotel, which was beautiful, accommodating, and reasonably priced (though I did book in January, and we only had one bed). After a quick nap, we headed to the Navy Pier.
The original plan had been to eat at Bubba Shrimp Co, but rather than wait for two hours we went to Kapi’s next door. It was Italian, and totally delicious. I ate my weight in goat cheese.
The next morning I got up at about 4:30, consumed my banana, peanut butter, and coffee coconut water, then walked a block from the hotel to the start. It was my first race, so I wanted to be early, and I was not the first one there by any stretch of the imagination. However, next year I’m sleeping in a bit more.
Once there, the corals were easy to find, as were the pacers. We crossed the start line a bit after seven. I stuck with the 2:30 pace group until about the 15K mark, then pulled ahead a bit. I ended with a time of 2:28:47.
I thoroughly enjoyed the race, but I heard complaints that there weren’t enough bands. I dunno, I can honestly say it was the best race I’ve ever run.
After the finish and lots of water, we went back to the hotel after it was pointed out that I may need a shower. Thanks guys.
Then we ate brunch at Yolk, where I had some of the best bacon of my life. There was virtually every breakfast food you could think of there, and the coffee was delicious (which is the deal breaker, really). I 100 percent recommend.
Then we went home. I am a little disappointed that we could not have stayed a bit longer in Chicago and seen some sights, but work schedules and money called us back. It’s nice to sleep in your own bed after a long day anyway
It was a fantastic experience, and I cannot wait to run again. Any suggestions on the next city/race?
I know I’m a terrible blogger who doesn’t post enough. I have plenty of excuses too. Last week I was watching my nephew by day, studying by night. This week I’m in overdrive getting caught up from last week and preparing to not be in town this weekend because
(wait for it)
my half marathon is Sunday.
If you are a praying or vibe-sending type, it would be much appreciated if kind thoughts were sent my way. Me. A stranger. On the internet.
Have a great weekend!
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