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.
I'd love to do CARA again this year (it's really one of my favorites) but that March 19 date doesn't work for me. I'm scheduled to work that day plus I'll just have run Sarasota the week before. Grrrr. Did you see they're also holding a 5k that day? That makes me a little unhappy too. I kind of liked having this one just for us distance runners. Selfish. I know.ReplyDelete
Bummer that March 19 doesn't work in your schedule! Although, on the positive side, it's nice that you know your work schedule so far in advance. That makes planning a lot easier! Yay for Sarasota the week before! Now that you mention it, I do remember hearing CARA was adding a 5K that day, too. I guess it's part of the push to cater to as wide of an audience as possible and to leverage existing race permits/effort???Delete
Wow it looks like you have some great race that you might do. I love the Chi Town Medals. I never heard chicago referred to Chi town until I went to U of IowaReplyDelete
Thanks Nicole! Someone was saying yesterday that most Chicagoans don't even refer to the city as Chi-Town, LOL. But I think it is very appropriate since the city is such a collection of neighborhoods. I've heard U of Iowa is a super-fun school!!!Delete
I'll be at Disneyland for a spring race! I haven't raced at DL yet and am really looking forward to it.ReplyDelete
Woo hoo! Which DL race are you doing? Tinker Bell? I am super excited for you - you are going to have so much fun!!!!!!!!Delete
I wonder why it is much earlier this year. I think this race is always in April? I did not see it on your list but no Shamrock Shuffle?ReplyDelete
Erin mentioned there were some massive politics behind race date permits (not surprising in Chicago, right?). Apparently it's kind of a free for all. I am running Shamrock! It's the only spring race I am officially registered for right now. I will definitely be adding to it, just a question of which ones!Delete
Yeah, another event beat them out for the April date they wanted. Sucks, right?Delete
I am curious about this event that beat them out for that race date!!! Will be keeping my eyes open...!Delete
Pittsburgh!!!! My hometown as well. This will be my 5th year running the half and I'm an official blogger for them so if you decide to sign up use code ADAMS2016 for $10 off. I love Chicago and just ran a half in Wisconsin this past fall - it was beautiful there! Thanks for linking up with us!ReplyDelete
That is so awesome, Mar!!! It is quite a testament to how awesome the Pittsburgh Marathon/Half is for you to be running it five times. Thanks for sharing your discount code!!! If it works out, would love to meet up during race weekend. Likewise - the next time you are in Chicago, please do not hesitate to get in touch. =D Thanks for co-hosting the link-up!!!Delete
Oh, that's a bummer about the Cinco de Miler! I'll hopefully be asked to work at Wisconsin again so I'll already be committed that weekend, too.ReplyDelete
Yes, total bummer about the Cinco de Miler conflicting with Wisconsin! It feels like there are a couple of weekends where ALL the races take place, right? I have to believe you'll be asked to work Wisconsin again - you are the perfect volunteer!Delete
I also love ten milers. I think they are my fav distance outside of the marathon (which I think deserves its own category!) :)ReplyDelete
Aren't 10-milers the best? Long enough that you don't have to run at puke speed, but not so long that the miles become mind-numbing. I completely agree with you on the marathon distance deserving its own category - it's such a different challenge!!!Delete
What a fun NYE!!!!ReplyDelete
Do you think this will be the year you find the right balance of races for you?! :) Did I see you signed up for Pittsburgh? It will be fun to race something new!
I will probably do the Wisconsin Half! I have to keep the streak going. That's all I have on my spring radar :)
The Chitown Half is where I got my half PR! I haven't run it since, but it definitely holds a special place in my heart because of that :) This will be the first time since 2013 that I haven't run the Lakefront 10. The date is just way too early. I'm doing F3 in a couple of weeks and have no desire to jump right back into training after that. I want to take most of February off running, not spend it all training for a double digit race!ReplyDelete
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