Maybe there is added pressure seeing my other bloggy runner friends starting to train for Boston, and wishing that I had run 5 minutes faster in Fox Valley so I could be joining them. Oh well, Boston 2014 or 2020 here I come.
This weekend we got to enjoy some 50 degree temps and went for a nice run.
Churro dog was super happy to run with us.
I couldn't believe how nice it was, especially considering as I write this Monday morning it's around 12 degrees with a feels like of 4. Awesome!
We saw the Polar Dash race going on too
Saturday night we went to the United center to see the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns. It was my first NBA game ever.
Jordan statue outside the arena, Scottie Pippen statue inside, and one of their championship trophies.
I'm no NBA fan, but I can appreciate the teamwork/hard work to attain 6 titles.
Our seats were fantastic, and I especially loved the inflatable "Benny the bull" flying around during the time outs.
We had a great time, even though the bulls lost.
Now comes the time to start gathering up my stuff for my trip to Brasil which is happening very soon. I hate packing because I always want to have options for what to wear- thus making me over pack. The past 2 years I've managed to get this under control (and fit it all in a carry on) but those trips at the most were only half the length of this one.
(Most important items to pack: my colorful summery dresses, my long formal gown for the wedding, and most important- Zzzz Quil for sleeping on the 10 hour flight)
Figuring out my running clothes- and what to wear for the race is also killing me. I've decided against my "USA" race outfit in favor of a more country neutral neon Lulu top which I've worn several times in races. (I'm mildly concerned about safety now after the repeated warnings from L- I always retort "But I lived in Mexico" and he gently reminds me that crime was invented in Brasil.) Fitting "in" and looking like a "Paulista"(native from São Paulo) in Brasil is not a problem until I open up my Gringa mouth because the population is a mix of white, black, European, middle eastern and Japanese people (the largest population outside of Japan!)
What does a Brasilian look like? Everybody.
I wish I could take this foot eating cutie with me... But he will be boarded and will probably not miss us at all.
I'm super excited to fly south and trade 14 degree Chicagoan winter for 80 degree São Paulo, Brasil summer. (Except I'm not excited about the flying part)
What do you bring on the plane for long flights?
-I'm bringing sleeping pills, my iPod, and a few magazines as a cary on. (The less stuff the better so i can just sleep) I plan on taking the Zzz Quil as soon as we are "wheels up" so hopefully I just wake up in Brasil.