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Inspired Living

FIT Project (Chicago Edition)

Sarah Stanley

After a brief stop in New York City, it was on to the city No. 5 of my three week tour. And I was thrilled to be ending it with Chicago! What is the FIT Project? Glad you asked! I am attempting to run all 18 Rock n' Roll Half Marathons in 2011. But that's not the important part. I'm also trying to get 100 kids sponsored in Africa for World Vision. If you would like to make a life difference in a child, contact me for a child sponsorship packet or call World Vision directly!

Now, on to the race report :).

 

August 14, 2011

Race morning came quickly. For the third race morning in three weeks. And for the third time, I woke up at 2 a.m. I had to catch the CTA bus at 4:30 a.m., so I just stayed awake. Much to my chagrin! Waiting for the bus, random stuff kept falling out of the sky - effects of late-night partying I assumed. I took cover in the bus shelter - didn't want to start the day with a concussion! Upon boarding the bus, it was rather amusing to see people just going home as I was up and ready to run :).

I always love seeing cities in the quietness of the dark. Something surreal about it. I love it! And this morning, the sky was absolutely beautiful.

So 2011 has had a few themes: unplanned 2 a.m. wake up calls and rain. As you can see from the photo above, the clouds were just waiting to open up and give us a nice shower. I wanted a dry-free race :). I was still drying out from the Providence race six days ago!!

7 a.m., the start gun went off and we were on our way! I was really excited to be running here again. This was my fourth race in Chicago! Other than running on the concrete, I love running in this city :).

So besides the light rain toward the end of the race, it was a great race. My legs were definitely tired and I fought to keep my mind away from that! I knew that once I crossed the finish line I would have a two week break, so that was an AWESOME thought! Other highlights of the course was seeing Kate, Sean, Kevin and David along the way. It is always fun to see people you know!

I finished, made my way over to the tent where it promptly poured. I was really glad I was done :).

Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams both ran the race as well and I was happy to get a photo with them both!

All in all it was a great day - yes despite the rain! Afterwards I joined my other running buddies for brunch, then went back to take a much needed nap before scraping myself out of bed so I could go to church in the evening with Jessica. I love visiting good churches when traveling. It is the one thing that keeps me grounded. Soul City Church was awesome and I highly recommend it if you are in the town!

Next up: HOME & MY BED! Three weeks of traveling is a wrap!