Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Chicago Marathon Part 3 - After the Race

After the race, we headed back to Steph's to clean up and rest.

I was feeling pretty good (granted, my feet hurt... but I'll take it), so I decided to just power through and not take a nap.  I was concerned if I let myself nap for an hour, I'd wake up feeling worse or cranky.

We hung around the house for a bit before meeting up with some others and going for dinner.

By the time we got home from dinner, I knew I didn't have much left in me.  It was nice to just enjoy a quiet evening at home with some of my favorite girls.  I don't get to see them often enough!

Then we got the bright idea to take some family portraits, ha!

This one was a fun idea!

On Monday, Steph and her husband were back off to work.  I had breakfast with Amanda and Nick before they headed out to make the drive back to Toronto.

I was feeling even worse than before... maybe because I was sick and had run a marathon the day before, ha.  I took the train to the Loop and made my way to Niketown.

It was a mad house in there!  They were out of the shirt I wanted, but I ordered it online and then set out to do some shopping on Michigan Avenue.

It was neat seeing at the Apple store how people had been leaving notes to honor Steve Jobs.

I didn't buy anything, but it was fun wandering in and out of all the big stores.  I also enjoy seeing all the other people walking (or limping) around and showing off their medals and race shirt.

It was a GORGEOUS day to be walking around in the city.

I met up with Steph for lunch before heading back to get my stuff and make my way to the airport.  I had stopped at Walgreen's and got a few things to take for my cough and congestion.  I was definitely feeling awful, so I was glad to be heading home.

I was exhausted by the time I finally crashed Monday night, but it had been an excellent weekend.  I really needed it right now!  I'm so thankful to have had so much fun and to spend time with some of my closest friends.  It was also really fun having my Nashville running friends at the race, too.  We're already talking about finding a race to run together somewhere else soon.

Here's the race shirt and medal... I was less than impressed with the shirt design.

Here are the shirts and the pint glass that I purchased.  I LOVE the second shirt.  So much fun!


Alisa said...

Congrats on yet another marathon finish. Also, you take the CUTEST photos ever. I really need to get my friends on board with the cute pose pictures.

Tasha said...

I love the Run Like El shirt! Hee hee! Congrats on the run!!!