Last week, Iâ€™d said I wanted to *enjoy* my time in Chicago. Enjoy the time off, enjoy a different city for a weekend.
And Iâ€™d say we did the weekend right. Hereâ€™s the highlights of our time in Chicago.
These days, unless I know people at the booths, I feel like Iâ€™m pretty fast at expos since I have any piece of running gear I want.
OK, except THIS. Had to have it. I regret nothing.
Saucony put us up in the Downtown Renaissance Chicago.Â Loved my room, MY BED, and the bacon & egg sandwich at the breakfast bar downstairs.
I didnâ€™t get a photo, but we went to Second City, and it was amazing.
Causal Saucony photo shoot/shakeout run
Some fun behind-the-scenes
After the run/photo shoot, we returned to the hotel for a team breakfast.Â
Sharon Barbano, VP of PR for Saucony, and general badass (she ran in the 1984 Olympic Trials.) She gave an amazingly inspirational speech, talking about how we were all meant to soar. I canâ€™t even convey it without it sounding cheesy, but I got serious chills.Â
Afterwards, Heather and I took a boat cruise with the Chicago Architectural Society.Â Iâ€™d done that *five* years ago with my mom afterÂ the marathon, but itâ€™s also an awesome day-before activityto keep you off your feet.
The massive four million square foot Merchandise Mart building.
Willis Tower, which I visited in 2010 when I was in Chicago for the marathon!
A gorgeous fountain
Hanging with some fun ladies in the hotel lobby
Courtesy of Alexâ€™s Snapchatâ€¦but by the time I got back to work on Tuesday, I was casually stretching without even realizing it. #caught
What was your favorite race-cation? Or what do you love about Chicago?