Hello from Chicago!
I’m so excited that I can finally announce the reason why I’m here in Chicago. I’m here, not only to run the Shamrock Shuffle tomorrow but also to kick off my participation in the Verizon Health and Fitness Voices blogger program! I’m way too excited to meet the other bloggers participating and to find out what device we’re all going to be getting! But more about all of that fun stuff tomorrow 🙂
I got up super early this morning to drive home from my in-laws this morning to finish packing, shower and then head to the airport. I got to MSP nice and early so I could enjoy a delicious salad from my favorite place to eat at the airport.
Then, after the worst flight of my life on one of the smallest plans I’ve ever been on, (yeahhhh — that didn’t help my anxiety any) I landed in Midway and took the train into the City.
I arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel (where Verizon is putting us up for the weekend) and it’s a pretty cool hotel! The music freak in me does really love the rock n’ roll-themed decor. But I didn’t let myself settle into my room because I had to head down to Navy Pier to pick up my race packet at the Health and Fitness Expo!
I think I’ve said this a million times, but I love race expos! I have a tendency to go a little spending crazy at expos, but I was pretty good and only bought one thing:
(yeahh, decided I was too comfortable to get out of bed to take a photo of what I bought. I bought a hat if you were curious.)
I also stopped by the Ragnar table and got to meet Leslie in person finally!
When I left the expo, it had started raining so I decided it was a good time to duck into Zara and TopShop and do a little shopping. Sadly, I didn’t find purchase anything but I might need a round two of shopping tomorrow.
Then, Pamela, my good friend from high school, met up with me and we decided to get some dinner. As we figured, the Purple Pig was over a two hour wait for a table so we headed over to give Frontera a try. Same story there, so we went next door to Rick Bayless’s other place — XOCO.
I’m SO glad we decided to go this route for dinner. My sandwich was delicious (I got the cubana: smoked Gunthorp pork loin and bacon, black beans, avocado, artisan Jack, chipotle mustard, Morita chiles, homemade cilantro crema. Maybe a questionable pre-race meal choice) — and the homeade chips were out of this world! We took our food to go and I hailed a cab. (After walking ALL over the MSP airport and the City all day (and in Chuck Taylors, no less) my feet and legs needed a break.)
So now I’m about to go to bed (super early) because basically today kicked my butt and I am racing in the morning!
(Seriously, if this post made no sense it’s because I’m half awake right now.) But I’m SO ready for day two!