Chicago Bound

127/365 Days of Marriage
Nate and I are heading to Chicago today! The above photo was taken on our last trip to Chicago in May 2011 and man, do we look different or what? We look like babies! And my hair! But anyway – yes, we’re headed back and I couldn’t be more excited! In 2011 we went just for fun, but this trip has a bit more of a purpose. Nate is running in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. He has been training like crazy and I’m looking forward to being on the sidelines to cheer him on! His Mom is actually coming up tomorrow so we will have some girl time and I wont have to navigate Chicago all by my lonesome while Nate is running. I still get lost in downtown Lexington, you know … where I live. So uh.. that wouldn’t have gone well. ;]

Nate is going to be focused on eating all of the carbs and resting, but we’re going to work in some time for sight seeing and walking around a bit too. We’re staying downtown so we’ll be close to most every thing we have an interest in seeing (THE BEAN). Once his Mom gets in she and I will be able to walk around a bit more and shop a little bit while he hangs out at the hotel. But honestly, as much as I’m looking forward to the sights and the fun of being back in Chicago – I’m also looking forward to rolling around in a plushy hotel bed, eating lots of delicious food, and forgetting about all of the house chores for a few days. Ohhhh yeah. I don’t care where I am as long as I’m in a hotel bed forgetting about cleaning.

It’s supposed to be a little on the chilly side while we’re there so I’ve got all of the warm layers with me! I’m hoping to hit up a few sales at some of my favorite stores on Michigan Avenue because honestly, my fall/winter wardrobe is pretty bare. My poor little wardrobe has been lacking for a long time! I’ve been the queen of remixing for the last few years, but it’s starting to feel a little stale. I’m ready for some changes – slowly and on a budget, of course!

Let me know if there are any shops, attractions, restaurants, etc. that you absolutely recommend that we visit!

The Derby Festival Marathon 2013

The Derby Festival Marathon last weekend was a nice mini getaway! I’m sure it was nicer for me, seeing how I didn’t run 26.2 miles! Nate finished with a time of 4:19 – a little bit outside of his goal time. He was slightly disappointed. It’s always hard for me to fathom being disappointed because I’m still really proud of myself when I run 2 miles.. on the treadmill.. slowly.. in a controlled environment. I still don’t think he gets how truly awesome he is compared to most people! I understand though because when people praise my blog in any small way I’m all, “No – I don’t think you understand how many page views a good blog gets..” We are competitive .. in different ways.. and my obsession is not benefiting my health or doing a whole lot for anyone. Fail. ;]

Run The Bluegrass 2013

Nate ran a half marathon yesterday – that’s 13.1 miles for those of you who don’t know. I’m sure that you already knew, but I just know that if I wasn’t married to a marathoner I would have had to use my Google searching powers to figure that out. So if I saved you 5 seconds.. you’re welcome. Not to brag on my husband or anything but (yes – to brag on my husband) he finished ahead of his projected time at one hour and 51 minutes! The race was out at Keeneland and it was beyond beautiful weather for it. My Mother-in-law and I grabbed some breakfast and coffee at Panera Bread and then made our way over to the race to hang out near the finish line and wait. Waiting for him always makes me so nervous! I always want to get the perfect photo and I’m always worried I will get distracted and miss him running by! Thankfully I saw he and his friend Daniel with quite a bit of time to snap a few photos and cheer them on! So, so beyond proud of Nate. I hope he can always tell that I’m his biggest fan!

The Flying Pig Marathon 2012

Nate ran his first marathon on May 6th in Cincinnati. He had been training for it since the beginning of the year, and it was a little bit surreal that all of that work building up to one single day came and went in the blink of an eye! Though it probably lasted a little longer for him while he was running in the 85 degree heat! When he first told me that he was going to run The Flying Pig Marathon I wasn’t sure how serious he really was. But over the course of the months leading up to it I realized that he really meant business.

We rode up to Cincinnati on Saturday morning the day before the race with my In-laws and our nephew, Ethan. Both of his sisters and their families headed up a little later in the day. We got Nate registered for the race and browsed through all of the booths that were set up downtown. It was a little bit like a giant indoor fair for runners!

The race was brutally hot in the mid 80’s. Basically the only type of weather that Nate hoped to not have to deal with. There was no cloud cover and the route had very little shade to offer, if any. His parents drove him up that morning for the start, which was around 6:40AM. They came back to the hotel and we all went down around 10AM to grab our place on the sidelines to watch him finish. He didn’t quite make the time that he had originally hoped for, but he finished! I am insanely proud of him. When I think about what would happen to me if I tried to run 26.2 miles I just, can’t even go there. I would not make it guys. And he made it in the heat, sun beating down, with a horrible migraine.

The Flying Pig Marathon

After the race we (his posse^) all went to find and meet up with him. Traveling through huge crowds of people with that many kids in our group proved to be interesting. Especially with 3 flights of stairs and 2 strollers! We had so many signs made for him that we didn’t even have enough people to hold them up! He definitely had quite the fan base cheering him on!

Other than the heat, it was a beautiful day overall. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but Nate’s Dad is a runner. He ran this marathon three years ago and another one in Louisville the next year. He hasn’t been able to run for any substantial amount of time since being diagnosed with cancer last year. Nate ran this race for him, and the minutes after they saw each other were the sweetest. I’m so glad I was able to capture that moment.

Nate – I couldn’t be more proud of you and the dedication you’ve shown to yourself, to your Dad, and your family. Running may not seem like that big of a deal to some people, but I can see how this has changed you. I love that you’ve found something to strive toward and that you only want to keep getting better at it. It’s an inspiration to me, and to everyone who knows you! I love you so much.