Sponsoring companies got to send a team to bowl with a member of the Chicago Bears, or to participate as a spectator. I was fortunate enough to win one of the firm's spectator tickets.
The Pro Bowler event took place last night. I got frazzled enroute to the event after getting stuck in horrible traffic for over an hour. Then I had trouble finding parking. Then I got confused trying to find my way out of the parking structure, which was quite large and is also shared by several different venues. After walking back and forth a few times trying to find the right exit, I ended up riding in the parking garage elevator with a very beefy man. He was very polite - he held the elevator for me, gestured for me to exit the elevator first, opened doors for me, etc.
It wasn't until much later, when they were making player introductions, that I learned that the man was NFL offensive lineman Marques Sullivan. Oops.
|A picture I surreptitiously took of Marques Sullivan a few hours later|
For the rest of the evening, Marques was besieged by autograph seekers and photo requests. Whoops on my part for not realizing who he was while in the elevator. Clearly this event would have been better attended by someone who knows a lot more about NFL football than me!
Here are a few more pictures from the event:
|Alex Brown, defensive end.|
|Anthony Adams, defensive tackle|
|Charles "Peanut" Tillman, cornerback, and our host for the evening|
|Gabe Carimi, offensive tackle|
|Silent auction memorabilia|
NOTE: I relied heavily upon fellow spectators and Wikipedia for the above photo captions (excluding the silent auction photo of course).
I am much more into NHL hockey than I am into football, but it was cool seeing the players in person. They all seemed and looked like very normal, down-to-earth people. Alex Brown, in particular, seemed so friendly - he was always smiling and laughing. With the exception of some of the beefier guys, I could have walked by them on the street and not had the slightest inclination that they were pro football players! They all seemed to be good bowlers, too. =D
Switching gears now to a much less interesting topic...
I am a mixture of excited and nervous about tomorrow's half marathon.
- Tomorrow we're forecasted to have a high temperature of up to 90 degrees. For the last few days, we've been getting communications from the race director stating that "We recommend you use caution when running - this is not the best day to try to set a PR." Woo hoo!
- My left hamstring and piriformis continue to be tight, despite foam-rolling and stretching like a madwoman. I've also been experiencing minor left hip pain all week. Sigh.
- I went for a 3-mile "sanity-check" run yesterday afternoon. Forget 90-degree temps, the 80-degree temperature already dismayed me. Plus, my hip pain flared up afterwards to the point where last night I started to seriously consider whether or not it was safe for me to run the race.
- At the recommendation of my PT, I used a heating pad last night. Thankfully my hip feels a lot better this morning, so I'll be heating throughout the day. I even brought the heating pad to use at the office. I'm sure I look bizarre. But I've done stranger things in the past in the name of running.
After watching me wrestle with the heating pad last night, Adam reminded me this morning that I don't HAVE to run this race.
My response? "Yes, but they are serving Lou Malnati's pizza at the finish line!"
Hey, whatever it takes.
|Will run for deep dish pizza!|