Chicago’s Perfect 10 race recap

Yesterday we got back on the racing wagon and ran the inaugural Chicago’s Perfect 10.   There was a 10K option as well, but we went for the 10 miler.   Sounded like a good idea back in August or whenever it was that we registered.  

Chicago's Perfect 10 Mile & 10K at Navy Pier

I was more than a little nervous for the race as running has not been a priority in the past month.   Not only did post marathon laziness kick in, but moving and finishing up school didn’t leave much spare time.  I ran a few miles on the treadmill, BMB did 6 outside this past week, and that was about it.   We figured we’d run it for fun, walk when we had to, and just finish. 

We were up before the sun, something we hadn’t done in awhile. 

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We definitely over dressed for the race, and by the time we walked out to Navy Pier I was sweating.   Chicago weather forecast once again foiled my planning. 

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The race itself started at 7 AM at the end of Navy Pier.   

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Earlier in the week they had to change the start time from 8 AM to 7 AM due to city restrictions.   I’d rather get it out of the way as early as possible, but their Facebook wall blew up with the most dramatic responses ever.   My two personal favorites were something along the lines of “we all know when we run best … i signed up for this race based on the 8 a.m. start time. refund” and “should be called Chicago’s really crappy 10”.   Fabulous material for dramatic readings, I must say.  

We lined up, the national anthem was played, and we were off.

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After we ran down Navy Pier and hopped on the trail the course was basically our marathon training route.

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South along the lake to the museums and so on. 

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The bottle neck was pretty extreme until we reached the 10K turnaround.

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Not going to lie – I was tempted to make the turn.   My legs were so tight those first 3 miles, but eventually did loosen up.  

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We hit the turnaround at 49:50 , exactly on pace.  

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The last 5 miles flew by, and I actually felt pretty good.   My IT band gave me a bit of trouble, but nothing I couldn’t handle.   Before we knew it we were passing Soldier Field, the museums, and heading back to Navy Pier.

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I was delighted to not only finish the race strong, but to receive a high five from Forrest Gump as we crossed the finish line.  

Excellent.  We collected our medals and then ran into Keren, a friend we met through marathon training, who rocked the race as well.  

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We also had an unexpected 10 miler PR with our 1:40 finish, beating our Soldier Field time by 4 minutes.   Even better, we had fun and enjoyed the beautiful, though warmer than expected, fall weather. 

We are also finally unpacked, and after hosting our first guests over last night the place has been sufficiently broken in.   Pics to come, and also hopefully a return to regularly scheduled blogging.  

Hope everyone had a great weekend,

Kate

ready to run

After months and months of training, preparation, and talking about how much time until we have until October 9th… it’s here.  

It started to feel real when our guests began to arrive last night from PA and New York.   I got the first nervous butterfly in my belly when I was handed my bib at the expo and was wished good luck. 

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We headed to the marathon expo with Jenny, Steve, and his family, and later met up with the NY contingent of Team Hoagie: Siobhan and Kaitlin.   It was a flurry of vendors, runners, and more.

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Next on our marathon event tour was the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation charity event.

We knew that this was a get together planned by the foundation to meet the other members of the team running Chicago.   We didn’t know how  inspirational those two hours would turn out to be. 

I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room as person after person shared their story.   I will leave it to BMB to give this event the accolade it deserves, but I can truly say that I am proud to be running every step of those 26.2 miles for the MMRF and everyone’s lives they’ve affected past, present, and future.   

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It was also great to get Team Hoagie all in one place for the first time.   

Afterwards we headed to Go Roma for a pre-race carbo-load with Team Hoagie and their family and friends.

It was a fun and relaxing way to fuel up before the big day.

Well, the bibs have been pinned, names have been ironed on, and all that’s left to do is get some sleep.  

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Good luck to all running tomorrow!

Kate

What you can and cannot recycle in Chicago

Recycling is the process of reusing old, worn-out, and discarded materials to produce new, unique, and very different items that can be useful in various ways. That way from waste disposal material, they become something useful and new. However, there are a lot of things you can recycle and others you cannot recycle due to their unique features and peculiarities.

Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States of America. It is located in the state of Illinois and the most populous city in the mid-western states, with an average of 2.7 million residents. Here is a list of materials and items that you can and cannot recycle in Chicago.

The lists of what you can recycle in Chicago are

  1. Aerosol cans - must be empty

  2. Aluminum - cans, clean tin foil, pie tins.

  3. Books (paperback)

  4. Brown paper bags

  5. Cardboard

  6. Envelopes (including plastic windows)

  7. Food containers

  8. Glass bottles and jars

  9. Junk mail

  10. Magazines and catalogs

  11. Newspapers

  12. Notebooks

  13. Office paper

  14. Paper towel rolls

  15. Plastics # 1 – 5, 7

  16. Plastic bottle caps

  17. Paper shopping bags

  18. Empty spray paint

  19. Steel cans

  20. Toilet paper rolls

  21. Wrapping paper