A few days ago, my best friend Genevieve asked if I wanted to use her mom’s bib for the Chicago Women’s 5K this weekend. I haven’t spent much time with Gen lately, so I said yes, thinking it would be a good chance for us to spend time together. I planned to run with her at her pace. Which was a great plan, because it ended up being pretty warm this morning.

I got a ride down to the race from my new neighbor Anne (yay neighbors!), who was running her first half marathon, and Kim was pacing her. Her husband Bob drove us down and we got to Grant Park with plenty of time to park and meet up with other bloggers before the half marathoners had to get in their corrals.

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Xaarlin, Kim, Anne, me, Chris, Christina, Erica

The halfers left to line up and while I was waiting for Genevieve, I met up with Amy and Jennifer who were also doing the 5K.

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Amy & me, Me & Genevieve

The 5K started at 6:50am, 20 minutes after the half. The course went up Columbus to Wacker to the Lakefront Path down by the Museum Campus before going back under LSD and finishing on Columbus. Genevieve’s goal was to run the entire 5K, which would be the longest distance she’s ever ran without a walk break. (She has finished two half marathons for the record.) So pace wasn’t really a goal, just no walk breaks! It was a warm day, but she did great! I only had to slap her ass once to keep her moving, but she met her goal! We finished around 42 minutes, so it wasn’t a PR for her, but I told her to focus on one goal at a time. Plus it was warm out.

After finishing, we checked out the post-race area (free popsicles!), and made our way to the finish to watch Anne and Kim finish as well as Jen from our run club.

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Anne & Kim

Honestly I was getting warm just standing in the sun on the sidelines, so I was glad I wasn’t doing the half. I briefly debating doing this one as a make up for the half I missed, but didn’t want to risk hot weather. Today would not have been a good alternative for a PR attempt.

By then we were pretty hungry, so we headed to breakfast/lunch at Eleven Street Diner. I only mention this because I had my very first Bloody Mary. It was pretty great, but I do love my champagne so I’ll probably stick to mimosas. In case you care.

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