Monday, November 23, 2015

Margaritas, Cupcakes, and Cake Pops - Oh My!

Last weekend was really busy but full of fun stuff.  Saturday was absolutely beautiful and would normally have been kicked off with a morning run with Fleet Feet's Breakfast Club.  This past Saturday, however, involved a trip out to Arlington Heights for LUNGevity's Breathe Deep Busse Woods 10k.  This was Carolyn's qualifying race for next year's runDisney Princess Half Marathon and I came out for support.

This 10k was a small community race (maybe 60 runners for the 10k and 150 for the 5k?) but it had a big heart.  Lots of families came out on this sunny day; it was chilly at the start but just perfect for running.  I ended up running with Carolyn the whole way and she totally rocked out a PR of 1:18:49 for an overall pace of 12:43- woo!

I never take good running pics

The next day brought an equally beautiful day but with even warmer temperatures.  There wasn't much time for a long run but between everything that was scheduled that day, John and I were able to get out for a walk on the lake.  Later that afternoon was a pacer meeting for the Winter Warriors program at Chicago Endurance Sports.  This 14-week training program is designed to introduce you to running or to help motivate you throughout the winter.  I've been searching for a way to step up my game in the running community and am super happy to be a mentor for the 10k program.  This program was a game changer for me and is what got me through the Chicago Marathon with big smiles the whole way.  I've really been looking forward to the start of this program since the marathon ended and can't wait for it to begin!

official margarita pacing team of Chicago Endurance Sports

Monday night was the traditional Fleet Feet co-ed run but this week brought a special Pint Night plus a birthday celebration hosted by Brooks Running.  Unlike RAM Racing and the Hot Chocolate crew a few weeks back, Brooks really brought it on for the fun run.   There were cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and even a birthday cake!  And there were nice souvenir glasses and totes for everyone.  And last but not least, beer.

I went out for a four mile run and felt really great.  I felt even better after a cake pop (and red velvet cupcake....and a second cake pop).

This weekend brings on the start of Winter Warriors and a weather forecast of SNOW!  There's no better way to start winter training, right?  At least we'll have warm hoodies for post-run.  And perhaps more of those fancy margaritas ;)

Interested in Winter Warriors?  It's not too late to sign up!  Visit Chicago Endurance Sports and sign up to start training with the crew!

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