Another race in the books! Over the weekend my gal pal,
Kelsey, and I ran the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k for the 3rd
time. I’ve been able to do several races during my time in Chicago – and this
one is by far my favorite! 8 kilometers translates roughly to 4.97 miles,
making it a quick, accessible run for people of all ability levels!
What I love most about the Shamrock Shuffle is the course –
with several major streets shut down, over 23,000 runners took over the city.
There is nothing cooler than running in the middle of the Michigan Avenue and
seeing the Chicago skyline. Even better, regardless of 23,000 people, I had no
issue keeping my own pace and having my own space! There were quite a few
“hills” on the course, which are never easy, but the adrenaline pumping through
my veins made it all seem like a piece of cake.
It wasn’t my best time ever, but I kept my goal of finishing
in less than an hour. I finished the 4.97 miles in 59 minutes and 40 seconds –
putting me roughly at 12:00 minutes per mile. Out of 23,435 runners, I placed
18,215th… but who’s counting!
Following the race, we treated ourselves to a well-deserved
breakfast at Sam & George’s, a restaurant near our apartments. There is
nothing better than a big skillet and coffee to replace those burned calories!
I was so grateful for a day full of my favorite things: running, eating and
spending time with my friends.
One of the things I will definitely miss the most about
Chicago, assuming I’m not living here post-graduation, is running by the lake
and through the city. In the last four years I’ve run several races: The Hot Chocolate 15k, Grant Park Turkey Trot 5k, Crosstown Classic 10k, Shamrock Shuffle 8k, the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon and a few other small races that I
just can’t remember! I’ll also be doing the Walk MS 5k for the 3rd
time in a few weeks – I just can’t get enough of all Chicago has to offer for
helping me stay active.
I will miss our tradition of running the Shamrock Shuffle,
but I’ll always keep with me the memories that Kelsey and I shared in all of
our running adventures over the past few years.