Make sure you don’t miss anything from my recap of day 1. Since it was the day before the race I really tried to stay off my feet and rest as much as possible. The Mr. and I headed out for a quick shakeout run first thing in the morning. The weather was brisk and perfect for me seeing as I was a pile of nerves.
We ran towards Navy Pier and even passed the start line. On our shakeout run it all started to seem real. I also had to throw up some diamonds (my sorority symbol) in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Breakfast was at HUB 51. I think I was so hungry this day that I didn’t take any food pictures. I had the skinny lemon pancakes with a side of maple apple chicken sausage. It was incredible! The pancakes were crepe thin and served with vanilla bean butter and half a lemon. The chicken sausage was sweet but peppery and was perfect with my pancakes.
After breakfast we decided to walk back to the hotel. We timed our walk just right too because my runtourage (my parents and sister) arrived at the hotel from the airport just after we got back. River pictures in Chicago will never get old.
We caught up and hugged then headed to Giordano’s for Chicago deep dish pizza. Even though we just had breakfast we knew the wait would be crazy long and my family was starving. We ordered pizzas and chit chatted. I picked almost all the cheese off my pieces. I didn’t want to take a chance of something upsetting my stomach the day before the race. The pizza was delicious! The crust was a different texture then I am used to in a pizza, but so good.
By the time we finished eating it was almost time for me to meet up with my Alpha Delta Pi sisters for a group picture. We took a group picture and then walked to the Team RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) pasta dinner. Running for Team RMHC was an amazing experience and the pasta dinner was so much fun. It was great getting to know everyone better and being surrounded by 800 other runners and their families was very moving. The dinner was held at Central Station. The building was a beautiful venue and the spread RMHC had prepared for us was truly tailored to runners. I had bowtie pasta with red sauce and vegetables, avocado, bread and a cookie.
After dinner I was spent. I felt like we had been running around all day long and I just wanted to get back to the hotel to lay out my gear for the race. I wish I would have been able to take more time off my feet or even get a nap in but it just didn’t happen. I did a stellar job of hydrating up though. I carried a water bottle around and even added some Nuun too.
I set out my typical pre long run breakfast of an oatmeal cup and some almond butter then got together my gear. I opted for a pair of Nike capris for support instead of a pair of Under Armor shorts. I ironed on the ADPi letters to my Team RMHC shirt too. I decided to pack 7 gels in my spibelt. I know it sounds like a lot, but I’m a slower runner so I need them. I also planned to take a gel 15 minutes before the start since I was in the second half of the corrals.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the recap! I don’t want to spoil everything, but Chicago rocked my world in a very unexpected way.