Given that I’m running the Shamrock Shuffle tomorrow (in green striped knee socks, a green sparkle skirt and a white shirt that says “I run with fast women” on the front and “magmilerunner.com” on the back – say hi if you see me!), today should have been a “day off” from running. A day I could have actually slept in! Except … I helped organize a running bloggers meet-up for this morning. And Kelly was picking me up for it around 7:30am. Another Saturday morning of thinking “why do I do this to myself?” as my alarm goes off.
Answer: because I love running, and I love meeting other runners!
Olive “greeted” Kelly through the front window when she picked me up this morning (she said that’s how she knew she had the right house … which probably means my crazy cat lady status is official), and we were off to Chicago. Specially, $2 Chicago parking. As Kelly was turning down random streets in the south Loop, I had to ask “where are you taking me?” But what I was really thinking was “I told my husband/parents that I was meeting up with some people I meet on the internet in the Big City and you’re taking me to some out-of-the-way ‘parking lot’ … ” Just kidding. Sort of.
We did make it to the mythical $2 parking lot that was actually $2, the only drawback is it was 1.5 miles from Millenium Park. Lesson = $2 parking is good if you are in running shoes/clothes, but I wouldn’t recommend it for date night.
Anyway … we made it to The Bean by 9am to meet up with our newest blue-clad running blogger besties. And there were pictures, duh.
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Bobbi – Zero to 26.2, Kelly – Running Kellometers, Rachael – A Runner’s Crave, me.
After that, Kelly and I walked the 2.5 miles back to her car and headed back to my house to drop me off. And she got to meet my parents. I think that means we’re going steady now. As running partners.