We got into Chicago early on Friday morning. This was partly because the flight was cheaper, but also because I wanted to get to the expo on Friday morning before the crowds arrived. We did this last year and it made all the difference. Arriving on Friday also allows me to adjust without feeling so tired.
After dropping our bags we headed to Little Goat Diner for breakfast. I ordered a biscuit and gravy, fruit bowl and cappuccino. Per usual the food was perfect!
After breakfast it was off to the expo. It was started to get a busy, but we still had so much fun.
Naturally I bought so many things including a black Nike sweatshirt (not pictured). The neon yellow shirt was the race shirt, but all the other merchandise was awesome!
The Mr. and I also had custom Nike shirts made at the expo. This was the coolest thing. You got this shirt free if you purchased a certain amount of race merchandise from Nike at the expo. I got one made that says “run wild” and the Mr. got this one.
The Chicago Marathon is part of the Abbott Marathon Majors and they had this giant A at the expo for everyone to sign. Here’s me.
The lines to check out were so long, but oh well. I also met up with Lacey from Fairytales and Fitness. She’s a doll and it was lovely to meet her in real life. We had so much fun chatting. It’s great when you meet people in person that you already feel like you know so well because of blogging, instagram, etc.
The rest of the evening was fairly uneventful. We had delicious dinner at Sweetwater Tavern and then frozen custard at Shake Shack because ice cream 🙂
Since Saturday was the day before the race we spent it doing leisurely things. The Mr. and I went out for a 20 minute shake out run, then had brunch at HUB 51.
These skinny lemon pancakes are EVERYTHING ya’ll! They are like thin crepes with caramelized sugar on top. We shared the bacon and crispy hash browns too.
Something we really like doing before a race is seeing a movie. We rarely make the time to see movies in theatres, but seeing one pre race is the best. It forces you to stay off your feet and you can still do something fun.
We saw Girl on the Train and it was incredible. It was slow to start, but I really enjoyed it. After the movie, we had a little bit of time to chill at the hotel before picture time with Team ADPi.
My sorority’s philanthropy is Ronald McDonald House Charities, so we always put together a team for RMHC for the Chicago Marathon. I ran for them last year and I will probably run for them in 2017 too. Interested in running for a charity? Read here.
We had a team picture at “the Bean” then walked down to Park Grill for dinner. RMHC provides dinner the night before for their runners. This year it was early at 4pm. I don’t fuel with pasta anymore, but still ate some.
I also ran into Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC at the RMHC dinner, but we didn’t get a picture. Fail. I was still pretty hungry when we left the dinner so I ended up picking up a turkey, bacon and avocado sandwich from Corner Bakery on our way back to the hotel.
The sandwich was yummy. I ate it and got my gear together for the following morning. The Mr. and I watched the Tennessee vs. Texas A&M game then when to bed. It was a clincher!
Stay tuned for my full recap of the race, coming your way tomorrow 🙂
How do you spend the days leading up to a race?
Have any prerace traditions?