Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thriller in Schiller and the rest of Sunday

After book club on  Saturday I headed home to finish up my costume for the race in the morning.  The Thriller in Schiller was a 5k trail race in Schiller Woods.

Can you guess what my costume is?

A replacement referee!  Why yes, I am still a bit bitter about that poor call at the end of the Packers-Seahawks game.

I ran with a few of my new blogger friends - Lindsay, Kelsey, Emily, and Katie.  

Three coneheads and a runaway bride.  

Also, I held Katie's bouquet while she tied her shoe (or something like that I can't exactly remember) and she said I was her maid of honor.  Obviously I am now the best maid of honor ever! 

When I signed up for this race, I had no idea how much of a trail race it would be.  I ran the run portion of my first triathlon on a trail and so I expected a defined path through some trees.  But this was more of a random path through trees with leaves and branches on the running path.  We had to climb over several fallen trees crossing the path and go under lots of low hanging branches. 

We even had to cross a creek!

We ran as a group for the whole race but it was pretty slow near the obstacles.  We finished with the speed demon time of 37:10.  Record breaking! 

Even though it was different than I expected it was still a great race! There was a small number of runners which I always enjoy in a race and we got a great glass to add to my race glass collection.

I'm thinking about doing the Schiller Chiller in December now!  It will probably be freezing cold by then and the snow could add another exciting element to that race!

After the race, I headed back towards the northwest suburbs to meet Amy for a bike ride.  I've been reading Amy's blog for several months and we finally had the chance to meet up.  It was a little chilly for a bike ride, but once we were moving I wasn't too cold.  By the end my fingers and toes were a little numb, but I was glad I was able to squeeze in another ride before it's too cold for me to ride.  And it was great to finally meet Amy in person!  

Yay for new friends!

After the bike ride, I stopped by the library to pick up the next book for book club The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz.  I even managed to cast my early ballot for the upcoming election.  Now I can tell everyone on Facebook to not post anymore negative political statuses because I already voted.  If only I could figure out a way to get them to actually listen to me. 

This method didn't seem to work for me.

Darn.  This was my first time voting as an Illinois resident so that was exciting.  I will be very happy when the election is over, mostly so we can get back to normal commercials on tv.  I will encourage everyone to vote in the upcoming election! But that is as political as I will get here on the blog.  

Peace out.

Edited to add: Thanks to Lindsay, Kelsey and the Muddy Monk facebook page for the pictures 
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