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Often Running

2010 was an amazing year! Rob and I had many fun flights in our airplane, we saw Dave Matthews Band two times this year (my favorite band), Jason Mraz (also a fave) and the Dan Band, went to our first Cubs game, kicked it in Vegas, went sailing for the first time, and ran some memorable races along the way.

2010 running highlights include qualifying for Boston Marathon three times at Mercedes Marathon, IL Marathon and Chicago Marathon. Meeting Kara Goucher and Constantina Dita, plus getting to be a part of the Often Running Racing Team.

I’m so proud to represent the Often Running store, adidas, and this group of individuals. They have been so supportive and have helped Rob and I become better runners along the way. We have a lot of fun running and hanging out with them.

Thank you to Twin Cities Smile Photography for the team photo that will be displayed in the store.

I couldn’t be happier with 2010 and the running season!


The Best of What’s Around

Saturday was such a whirlwind that I’m just now getting around to writing about it. As soon as we finished with the USAF Half Marathon we were in the car and on the road from Dayton, OH to get to Chicago, IL by the evening to see Jason Mraz and Dave Matthews Band at Wrigley!

Unfortunately we hit traffic and were running late to get to the show. We figured we would be okay since we had bought VIP tickets. In the past with VIP tickets through the fan club (Warehouse) get really good seats. With general admission on the field we expected a sectioned off area up front to be reserved for the VIP. Also, the beer and food is all free as it is built into the price of the ticket. Turns out they did have a VIP section….in the back. Oh and the free beer and food, was at Cubby Bear across the street and was cut off at 8pm, so that was a bust as well. To even get up front we would have had to have been there when the gates opened at 4pm which we would have never made with the trip. So we spent WAY too much on tickets that got us no decent view, beer or food. We would have been better off with regular tickets.

Jason was amazing! I only wish we could have seen his whole set. We will definitely be looking to find a chance to see him again.

Since there was no way to predict that this VIP would be different from others in the past we went and got our own beers and made “The Best of What’s Around”. 😉 After Jason’s performance we took advantage of the opportunity to get pictures of Wrigley Field up close.

Being in Chicago is always the best!!

DMB was fabulous as usual! It doesn’t matter how many shows we see, they are always a entertaining.


Give Me a C!!

Finally the fog of funk has lifted! It went away yesterday while on my 105 minute run, which resulted in 12.84 Miles.

12.84 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 1:45:02, 8:11 Pace)

I can’t say yet that I’m used to time based running. I’m trying to give it a fair shake. If anything I feel the quality in my new training program is a bit light. However after this week of funk, my mood wasn’t in it anyways.

We finally got some rain here and it cooled the temps off big time. It was breezy and just under 60 degrees when I headed out. Absolutely gorgeous and I immediately noticed how nice it was to not be running in thick humid air. I love how running in the fall feels and now it seems it is right around the corner.

After a re-energizing run I quickly got ready for the second part of my birthday from Rob. Cubs game! Our first ever!! We found parking easily, but were just a bit late. Top of the 1st and Mets were already up by 3. No matter, it would be a great time regardless.

Once we were there I got my other wish, a Cubs hat with a pink “C”. I’ve been wanting one forever and refused to buy it outside of Wrigley. I wanted to get it while at a game. 🙂

I got to have a ballpark dog and was quite tipsy after two Bud Lights.

So being new to the Cubs game live in person, it cracked us up that the home runs by the Mets were thrown back from the crowd, too funny!

And in usual “Chicago people are awesome” form, the guy behind us secretly got the rows around us to sing me Happy Birthday at the last inning. 😀 How cool is that?!

Thanks to some amazing plays by Soriano and DeWitt the Cubs pulled out a W!

Then upon leaving Wrigley a guy commented on how many photos I was taking and I explain my nerdy behavior is because it’s my first game and my birthday present. He gives me a quick hug and says he is a professional singer and sings me Happy Birthday in Italian right there in front of everyone. Man Chicago is so cool! There is just something about that city that makes everyone be so cool with each other. Love it!!

Then we were off to Spacca Napoli, recommended from our friends Brooke and Craig. The food was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This is what pizza is people! It was seriously yummy and all other “pizza” will need to find a new name.

First, an Italian beer that is harder to find in the States.

The pizzas: Prosciutto de Rucola – Provola, Prosciutto di Parma, Arugula, Parmesan and House Special Pizza (forgot the name) – Ricotta, Gouda, Tomatoes, Mushroom, Truffle Oil

It was a perfect day!!!! I’m officially addicted to Cubs games and want to go back as much as possible! 🙂