It’s hard for me to believe that in a few shorts day I will be heading to Chicago for the first time and running my second marathon on Sunday. OMG ya’ll! I thought it would be fun to share what the Mr. and I will be doing on the days leading up to the marathon. I learned my lesson after the Colfax Marathon, so I’m doing my best to not add too many things to our list so we aren’t running all over the city. I want to go into the race with the freshest legs ever. I am also the biggest planner so I can’t deal with traveling without at least having dinner reservations made. I can’t handle that stress on top of mentally preparing for a big race.
The Mr. lived in Chicago for a year before we got together so there are some places we are going to visit, but I’m really trying to take it easy on myself. We’ve been so busy lately and I want to feel rested on race day.
We fly out of Atlanta in the afternoon so we will be arriving in Chicago around 4pm. It will be a quick flight so I’m thankful for that. We want to visit Mario Batali’s Eataly after we check into our hotel and get settled. I will let you know after the race where we are staying. In another life I was an Italian and all I ate was pasta, cheese and wine so I think it’s fitting that we check out this place. Have you been? I’m sure it’s super touristy and cheesy, but sometimes that’s okay.
I made breakfast reservations at Little Goat Diner so the plan is to head to the expo after breakfast. I watch way too much food tv. Anytime we travel somewhere I am always like so and so celebrity chef has a restaurant there. I am pretty excited about the expo because I love expo merchandise. It’s a bit of a problem. As much as I want to check out all the vendors, I am going to try and limit it so I’m not wearing myself down. I am running for Team Ronald McDonald House Charities so I will be picking up my entry to the charity tent for race day.
Dinner will be at Rosebud Prime. The menu looks great. Have you been there? Is it good? Since we are eating pasta the night before the race I thought a steakhouse would be a nice change. It will be fun to sit down for a nice dinner.
I will need to crank out a shakeout run in the morning and then it’s off to HUB 51 for breakfast. The pancakes on their menu seem very appropriate for the day before the race. I want to visit the Magnificent Mile and maybe see a movie. I know it will be important for me to rest my legs and not do too much.
Team RMHC is hosting a pasta dinner for us before the race so the Mr. and I will get to meet other runners. The organization is truly incredible so I’m excited to be inspired by the whole experience of being around other runners. I know being surrounded by so many strong people will be the boost I need to prep my mentally for the race.
Wake up for Race Day!
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ANY TIPS FOR CHICAGO?