Monday, March 26, 2012
Yesterday was the Shamrock Shuffle 8K! This is Chicago's big kickoff to the running season. 40,000 runner ran this race and I was one of them. And it was a BLAST!!! I tell you I can't remember having so much FUN!
My time was 53:34 and I finished 530/1046 in my age group and 11505/19642 out of all females. I was very happy with these results.
The best part of the day was the run itself. I ran through beautiful City of Chicago on a perfect Spring morning. The sun was shining, there were big poofy clouds in a bright blue sky, it was lovely! I made a playlist of every song I could find with Run or Street in the title! Oh and of course the Rocky theme song was on it too! I had a big stupid smile on my face the whole race. I mean - If I'm not smiling I'm not having fun and if I'm not having fun what the heck was I doing it for? At one point I remember just Praying as I ran and thanking God for being able to do it. I promised myself then and there as I ran that I would be healthy for the rest of my life! Not going to follow my mom's history! There were so many people cheering us on. Right about the 4 mile mark there was a guy with a sign that said "You are Beautiful" and he gave me a high five! I was so happy! I really felt beautiful even though my hair was a mess and I was soaked with sweat. I can't remember feeling more alive and that felt pretty beautiful!
It was a glorious day!