Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Looking Forward To:

In addition to all the fun fallness I'm looking forward to, I'm also excited about ...

This Sunday: Fort 2 Base 10 Nautical Mile (11.5mi) Race. The first race The Sailor and I will run together since the Soldier Field 10 on May 28. Plus it's always fun going up to Great Lakes! And taking a trip to the NEX to buy some new Navy pride apparel. Maybe I'll start Christmas shopping ...

Later this month: A certain someone is taking me out to a very special restaurant with a very awesome chef to celebrate my birthday. (Yes it was last month but this restaurant is kind of a big deal and it's a challenge to get reservations at all.) (And yes I'm aware Rick Bayless probably won't cook my actual meal ... but you never know!!) I'm super excited!! I love watching his cooking shows.

I expect all of New England to look just like this while I'm there.
End of the month: Going to Boston for a whole week with my BFF Scott to visit our BFF Vera! And while I'm there, Vera and I are running our very first race together - the Applefest Half Marathon!

Next month: my first obstacle-course race. A spooky, Halloween-themed one at that. Honestly, as much as I love Halloween, I'm a little nervous. I get scared at haunted houses. Even ones for children. But I love to challenge myself.

At some point: Giving Pumpkin Spice Lattes a second chance. I tried one last year with soy milk and no whip cream, but I've been told it's better with full fat regular milk. (Thank you modern science for lactaid pills.)

Also, it's time for pumpkin patches and corn mazes! Forgot to mention that in my last fall-lovin post. And we have no shortage of those in the south suburbs of Chicago.

It addition to F2B and the Applefest half, I'm trying to figure out which shorter distance races I'm going to do this fall. Right now I'm trying to find a good Thanksgiving morning race. I'm pretty sure The Sailor thinks I've gone race crazy. Probably.

Do you like to do a Thanksgiving morning race? Any luck getting non-runners to join you? 


  1. I know it's far, but usually there is a group from Experience Triathlon that does the Sycamore Pumpkin Run (10k) on the last weekend of October. I am putting it on my calendar for this year (again), but haven't nailed down anything else. I am considering the half marathon at Busse Woods (Schaumburg) on Thanksgiving weekend, but it's expensive for a race that requires no traffic control and isn't in the city of Chicago. And historically it sells out--last year they added an identical Sunday race because Saturday filled up so fast, so there must be something to it!

  2. I've noticed that there are far fewer races (and probably far fewer runners) in the south suburbs than the west suburbs. So I'm going to try to support as many local races south of 88 / east of 55 that I can! There used to be a big race in Park Forest on Labor Day - the Scenic 10 - they changed it to the Scenic 5 a few years ago to try to salvage it. Sadly that didn't work and this year it was cancelled. Of course when I'm finally willing and able to run 10 miles, the 10 mile race in my town in gone. Robert and I did run the accompanying 5K a couples times though. (So did my parents - although they mostly walked it.)