Friday, July 17, 2015

Yay RnR Chi, Yay

I've never felt so ambivalent about a race before. Sure, come Sunday I'll be excited to slog through my favorite course for another 13.1 finish, but currently I'm almost regretting that I signed up for it. It's definitely not the forecast making me all "meh" about it- I knew when I signed up that the weather could be a forecast of "rainforest" it's just everything else.

I had been running great for a while- 30-40 mile weeks with solid speed sessions and long runs with goal half paced miles thrown in. But the past 2 weeks I've run a total of 8 miles. Life has gotten busy- a promotion at work coupled with taking on more responsibilities since a coworker left + life stuff in general has left me feeling tired after work. I would much rather take additional rest days than force myself to run when I'm exhausted. And contrary to all that fitspo garbage out there, I never regret the workout I don't do.

Scenes from RnR Chi 2012 (my fav photos ever!) and 2013 where I ran with Pete and Sara

This will by my 4th time running RnR and my plan for the race is take off conservative about 20 seconds slower than my goal pace and just chug along and enjoy it. I love running in the heat & can adjust accordingly. I also won't go balls out because L and I are going to a nice dinner post race that I want to feel good for. Oh and Saturday we are doing a beer run and going to a friends's birthday party- so if it wasn't entirely obvious before given the forecast, I won't be taking this race seriously. And perhaps that's the root of why I am so ambivalent about this race- is that I feel under prepared, as well as knowing it won't be the Pr I had been training for. And generally I don't just drop $$$ on races for "fun" anymore.

In the meantime while I haven't been running......

Life has been ridiculously good the past month. Our last Mikkeller run Club on July 4th had our biggest group ever! Join us on August 1 for our next run!

I've had some great runs- and enjoyed seeing parts of the path I hadn't seen since 2013.

I've had a blast with friends. I even drank Malört for the first time. It was gross and tasted like window cleaner.

Yoga at millennium park with Vicky and Emmers a few weeks ago was so fun! I can't wait to go back for more yoga and Zumba!

We celebrated my birthday week which has now bled into a 2nd week of celebrations and early celebrations for L.

And all of these experiences have been amazing and fun.

And I wouldn't trade any of this for running. Ever.

Yay RnR Chi, Yay.


  1. Good luck on Sunday! I loved running with you and Pete in 2013 - it's still one of my favorite races with friends. :) I usually like running in the heat too, but now that I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant I can't even stand being outside when it's this hot. It's crazy because I'm usually such a cold person, but this baby is an oven!

  2. Sounds like a good plan! Will see you out there and hopefully run some with you to catch up! I am not a speedy heat runner so... Fun run it is!

  3. Congrats on your promotion! I've been taking on more responsibility at work (but without a promotion, boo) and I'm still trying to adjust. Well .. maybe I'm not really trying. Maybe I'm just kind of over blogging, really. Nothing else in my life is suffering to be honest. Anyway. I'm glad you've been having such a rad time lately! I only regret the workouts I don't do due to laziness. If it's because I need the rest or to do something else, then whatevs.