I hope everyone enjoyed ringing in 2016! Adam and I celebrated with some friends at Nellcôte, a neighborhood restaurant about 2 blocks from our home. (Yes, the convenient location was a HUGE plus!) The event was Moulin Rouge-themed, complete with burlesque performances. It was so much fun!
Here are a few pictures:
|From L to R: me, Adam, Marlen, Steve, and Mari|
Not pictured: Wade and Urosh
|The festive decor.|
Women decked out in high heels + balloons on the floor = lots of popping noises all night long!
|Cheers, cheers, and cheers!|
I know this looks like massive consumption, but I honestly only had about one glass of champagne the whole night.
|Fun cabaret-themed touches|
From a running standpoint, I am regaining my spirit after dialing back for most of December. At this moment, I still only have one "definite" race on my calendar (the Shamrock Shuffle). But I have finally started considering a few other spring races. Better late than never, right?
First, I'm looking at two new-to-me races:
Chi Town Half Marathon
I've never run this race, but it's been on my radar screen for several years. As a general rule, I like city races, and the April 9 race date is very workable. The organizers also host the Prairie State Half Marathon in October that I've run three times with good experiences.
I will admit my considerations are being swayed by the race medal. It looks really cool!
This is another race that I've long had on my radar screen because it's Adam's hometown. I've heard countless testimonies on how phenomenal the event is. It has come highly, highly recommended from everyone who has ever run it. Signing up would also force me to put in some much-needed hill training!
Cinco de Miler
I had a great time running this race last year. The race shirt and medal are among my all-time favorites, and the post-race party was a blast!
|Last year's post-race loot|
Wisconsin Half Marathon
I loved this race when I ran it in 2013. The course is so beautiful and the atmosphere is so friendly and down-to-earth. It would also give me a fantastic opportunity to see my good friend Katie, who lives right in town!
|Katie and me at the post-race party in 2013!|
CARA Live Grit Lakefront 10-Miler
The 10-mile distance is my favorite - and there are only a handful of 10-mile races out there! I consider this race one of the classic Chicago races. Registration is affordable and this is a true runner's race. I've run it three times and always had good experiences. The drawback is the March 19 race date, which is a month earlier than usual.
Linking up with Mar, Cynthia, and Courtney for the Friday Five.