Another training course for work in one of my favorite cities, Chicago. It seems I get there 1-2 times per year for the last several years and I love it. It's work-work but I've managed to squeeze in some fun stuff on previous visits, which is rare, including a nice run along the lake during my last non-winter visit.
What kills me about these trips to Chicago is that I still have not crossed Illinois off my list of states to race in, even though I've been there quite a few times recently. Well, I think I may be getting lucky on this trip. Even though I'm not running a lot of miles right now, I can certainly make it through a 5k.
I will be in town just Tuesday night through Friday afternoon and can you believe there is a 5k just a few miles from my hotel on THURSDAY night? I think I'm done with training at 5:00 so I will have JUST enough time to sprint to the hotel, change clothes, catch a cab to the start, register, then RUN.
I had been saving Thursday (my only free night) for a trip to Frontera Grill but I'll have to defer that pleasure to a quick lunch at XOCO on Friday instead. Believe me, this is a tough call because Rick Bayless food is better than drugs. For reals.
Anyone out there in Chicago-land planning on or interested in running a Thursday, July 26, 7:00 p.m. 5k, the 10th annual RUN FOR GUS at Diversey Harbor?
"Run for Gus is a fun and inspiring event to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research and Family Services programs at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago."
I'll probably do day-of-race registration since you never know what kind of kinks work can throw into a plan but I'm going to make every effort to do this race and add IL to my list of states raced.
Fingers crossed no work fires are started.
Any takers out there?