Four Things Friday: Winning! Mostly.

Look at that, I’m making up new blog post themes.

First, thanks to everyone who donated to the ACS through my recent raffles. The winners are:

Second, I GET TO SEE RADIOHEAD ON SUNDAY! And, what’s even better, BFF Ultra Vera is coming home for it!!!! This will be our fourth time seeing Radiohead together. (And always at an outdoor venue.)

Seeing Radiohead together for the third time at Lollapalooza 2008

Third, Kelly and I got to meet Chicago Bear Shea McClellin last night at a meet & greet to promote a shoe donation drive. He’s a nice kid, and his girlfriend is adorable – and a ginger! So he has good taste in women. She was so cute I kind of wish she was in our picture. Anyway, talking to him, I realized I know pretty much nothing about football (not really shocking). I tried to get The Sailor to come with, since he loves football, but he’s a Green Bay Packers fan (I KNOW! Why did I even start dating him????) and couldn’t be convinced.

Shea McClellin
What sport do you play again? Football? Is that like soccer? Can they bring the Honey Bears back?

Fourth, tomorrow is 13.1 Chicago. Temps aren’t terrible but aren’t awesome, and I have a feeling the course might have very little shade. We got so spoiled last weekend at Sunburst. My goal for this race is to have fun all the way to the finish line, so probably no PR (which wasn’t my goal but you know … you know). My plan is to just run by heart rate, targeting what I did last weekend and I’ll be happy with whatever my pace is, as long as I make it to the finish lineΒ on my own two feet. At least the race probably won’t be black flagged like it was last year.


What bands/singers do you try to see as much as possible? I will almost always make an effort to buy tickets for Radiohead or Ani Difranco when they are in town. I used to also feel that way about Tori Amos, but … don’t anymore.Β 

Have you ever met a professional athlete? I’m pretty sure this was my first time.Β 

What are the worst race conditions you’ve experienced? So far I haven’t run any really hot races, but I did run a 5K in 12 degree temps and a half marathon in an almost continuous downpour. And had one race cancelled. Other than the cancellation, the races weren’t so bad.Β 

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17 Comments on “Four Things Friday: Winning! Mostly.”

  1. I went to college with a guy who became a professional athlete. But, I never met him. So, that doesn’t count πŸ™‚ But it’s the closest I’ve come.

    I think the worst weather I’ve ever encountered in a race was the 2010 Chicago Marathon. If that had been a 5K I would have sucked it up and not cared that it was 80 degrees. Or if I hadn’t been so focused on hitting a goal time. It was a good learning experience, though!

  2. I love radiohead! That show will be soooo much fun! As a lover of football, i am super jealous, but glad to hear of his pro-ginger stance.

    I think my worst weather for a race goes unspoken. πŸ˜‰

  3. 1. YAY! I’m so excited.
    2. Yay for friends and music.
    3. Yay for the Bears! I’m super-jealous!
    4. Yay for tomorrow’s race, but less-yay for the temps.

  4. Oh, and to answer your questions…

    1. A friend and I make a date to go to any Matchbox Twenty show that is within an hour from where either of us live (Chicago, Milwaukee, or formerly Houston).

    2. I met a bunch of the Bears a few years ago when I went to the Football 101 event. I got a tour of their locker room and met a few of the players. Also, Neal Anderson of the 86-90s Bears held me when I was little. I think I have a picture somewhere.

    3. I have been relatively lucky so far with my race conditions so far. Although, now that I’m apparently running a lot of races with people who have the curse-of-the-race-day-weather, I’m a little nervous. πŸ™‚

  5. Shea is so cute! Happy you went! I was worried I would feel that way – like I know nothing about football (I don’t even understand how the game works). My BiL offered to teach me about football if I decided to go, but I didn’t want to keep rescheduling that appt blah blah blah.

    You are going to have a blast on Sunday! I love your musical shirt in that pic! πŸ™‚

    1. Sorry for a zillion comments – thanks for the hoodie! I am going to wear it tomorrow after the race in case I am cold.

      buah ha ha

    2. I really wanted to ask him if he met Lovie Smith yet, and what he’s like, but when I was like “wait … what if Lovie is no longer the coach?” Because a month or so ago I was talking, er, listening to my co-workers talking about the Cubs and I realized I had no idea who their coach is right now, because I forgot they fired whoever last year … and I’m a Cubs fan! (Although they suck so I haven’t been paying attention.)

  6. How awesome that you get to see Radiohead this Sunday! That will be a fantastic concert!!! And how awesome that we both got to meet members of the Chicago Bears last night! (Although, I didn’t get to really interact with any of them up close and personal or take pictures with them the way you got to with Shea!!!)

    See you tomorrow at 13.1 Chicago!

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