Friday Fun X

Is it just me or did this week feel SUPER long? Maybe it’s my anticipation of a little race that is approaching or the fact that I am on my 2nd rest day in just 3 short days? But goodness I am happy Friday finally arrived! Here are the things making me smile right now:

  1. 10 day Forecast. It isn’t that I am so excited about the forecast itself (I am confident it will change 139 times in the next week) as it is about the fact that starting tomorrow, April 21st will be in the 10 day forecast. At least being able to check the weather will give me something else to put my efforts toward in my constant obsession over the race.
  2. Finding Strong Movie. Manny, Jenny, Chanthana and I went to a viewing of Saucony’s Finding Strong Film Premiere Wednesday evening. Seeing the short stories on running around the world and how people are using running as a way to give confidence and purpose to others is inspiring. It was short, but the evening continued on as we met up with Liz, Jacqueline and Vicky for dinner after. It was a fun evening and, as always, filled with lots of laughter.
  3. Softball. The Illinois State Softball team (my alma mater!) plays at Loyola Chicago tomorrow. I haven’t seen them play in a number of years so I am excited that their schedule is bringing them to Chicago. I am excited to get out and support my former coaches and a few girls I coached when they were in Junior High.
  4. Cubs Games. One of the things that we were most looking forward to when we moved to Chicago was going baseball games. Brad grew up a huge Cubs fan (hence our dog named Ernie Banks) and I fell in love with Wrigley field on my first visit in 1999. Unfortunately we only went to a few games last summer because we spent most evenings and weekends trying finish the work around our house. This year we bought ticket packages for 25 games. We already know we won’t make them all (including next Friday when we are in Boston) but we are hoping to make most of them. Our first game was last Saturday and it was a great day!

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    #notaselfie (I swear!)

  5. Taper. I have never been very good at taper. I just have never quite nailed it like I know I should. But have never been more ready to start to taper than I was this cycle. I didn’t run high mileage (topped out in low 50’s) but the intensity was definitely there and my body was ready for the rest. I am hoping that the fatigue + gentle backing down is the right combo and my legs are springy and ready to go on April 21st.
  6. New Kicks. Last summer I bought my first ever pair of racing flats, the Saucony A5. I absolutely love wearing them for speedwork and tempos. They are light and feel fast and fit my feet like a glove. I have been able to prolong the life by warming up and cooling down in a heavier shoe, but they have enough miles on them now that it was about time to move on. The A5 has now become the A6 and is available in awesome colors. These babies arrived this week and although I won’t be wearing them until after Boston (per Coach’s orders), I can’t wait to give them a spin once I am recovered. {And when ordering from Running Warehouse, how can I pass on a new color in my favorite New Balance tank?!}shoes

That’s what I have for you this week, my friends! I hope you all have a fantastic spring-like weekend!

About Corey

I am a 30-something swim, bike, run addict married to my best friend and in love with my two schnoodle doggies.
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10 Responses to Friday Fun X

  1. Jason says:

    That’s great! I would love to buy a ticket package… one of these years…

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your Boston forecast!

  2. A baseball game sounds like so much fun! I might have to look into those racing flats. I’ve been wearing Nike flats for the last couple of years for short races, but I don’t totally love them. Are you going to wear flats for Boston?

    • Corey says:

      The farthest I have run with flats is about 6-7 miles. I don’t think I could wear them for a whole marathon. For Boston I will wear the Saucony Fastwich. It is a super lightweight trainer that fits identical to the flats but has just a little more support for that long of a distance.

  3. I lived in Chicago for 2 years and love, love, LVOE Cubs games – they are the best! I also love your new shoes 🙂 Enjoy your taper!

  4. HA this was the first week i thought just flew by 🙂 then again I am not racing that little bitty thing next week.

  5. elizabeth says:

    ooh, I would love that movie! I can’t wait to go to a cubs game!!! I may have donated my shirt to goodwill…gotta look (it had bad ex memories attached to it). loving the shoes!!

  6. mmmm, baseball…even better that it’s wrigley field baseball!! love watching games there (batch’s fam is from chicago so he grew up a cubs fan). that movie sounds right up my alley..will have to check it out. and i’ve been digging my ‘flats’ too–although mine aren’t really flat (downside of needing a little support). they just make me feel fast which hopefully translates on thursday evening to a shiny new PR. 😉 1 week from today……..

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