Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Park City Eats [Part II]

One bonus about skiing all day is both Matt and I were starving every night.  A few times Matt asked if we could go out to dinner at 6 pm even after he had a snack at 5.  Not that I am complaining because I was usually hungry as well.  Almost every day we skied, we packed turkey sandwiches and carrots for lunch so we didn't feel guilty enjoying our large and expensive dinners.  I enjoy trying new places in new cities and armed with suggestions from my coworkers and Yelp, we found some excellent places.


This restaurant was right by our hotel and as we drove by on our way into town, our driver suggested we try it out for breakfast sometime.  Well we happened to be starving right then so we headed right over.  The breakfast menu happened to be too hard to resist.  The bacon that came with my meal was the best. It was thick-sliced, salty, crispy, and all things delicious.  We also enjoyed a locally roasted coffee.

The restaurant is covered with awards for their delicious brews, beer posters and even a tandem bike.  After seeing all the commendations on the beer, Matt and I made sure to pick up a sampler 12-pack when we were at the grocery store.  We loved everything but the Polygamy Porter, but clever name, right?

It's rare that we will I'll go to the same place twice in a new city, but this place was so good.  We went back on our last Saturday for lunch.  I ordered the Evolution Amber Ale and Matt had a cask beer of Full Suspension.  This is the first time either of us had ever tried a cask beer.  A cask beer is served slightly warmer than other tap beers and is less bubbly to enhance its flavor.  Very interesting.

Squatters also focuses on being "green" and giving back to the community.  Things I noticed while dining were straws made from recycled materials and water-wise toilets (well I didn't actually notice those while dining).  For the month of February, they were offering a brownie dessert for which all the proceeds will be donated to Utahns Against Hunger.  They had a little contest going to see which server could sell the most and since ours was barely holding onto the lead, we were compelled to help him out.  It was divine!

Good For What Ales You. 

No Name Saloon

I mentioned getting a simple burger meal and we wound up at this place on Main Street.  They actually served buffalo burgers which I have never tried before, but the pork carnitas tacos won my heart over instead.  Best decision because the pork was to die for.  They must have been cooking that pork very slowly for a week because it was so so tender and juicy.  I don't like to cook pork because mine always turns out dry and tough, but I could not get over how awesome this pork was.  Even Matt agreed. He ordered a buffalo burger which he liked, but I could tell he was jealous of my tacos.  They also have house-made "buffalo" chips which are potato chips.  There is just something about warm chips that makes them taste better.

See those buffalo chips?
Photo: No Name Saloon

The first time our server came to our table we asked if they had any drink specials and she informed us that they don't do drink specials in Utah.  I did find this article saying having drink specials is legal, but I didn't see specials at any bar.

Flying Sumo

This was a sushi place my coworker recommended.  We showed up at this place at 5:30 pm right after they opened because we were so hungry.  The sushi was great but the best part was the appetizer we ordered-Tokyo Nachos.

Gyoza chips topped with spicy tuna, flying fish eggs, green onions and wasabi mayo. Served with wasabi guacamole on the side.

Photo: Lisa Dang (click for more food porn, seriously)

So good. The guacamole wasn't even needed and I have a deep love for guacamole.  This is a signature dish for Flying Sumo and I can definitely see why.  

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

And of course, what is vacation without a little dessert.  It seems every time I visit a city with a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Store, I am compelled to enter and eat a caramel apple.  This trip was no exception  and I wasn't disappointed.  We devoured our apple so fast there is no photographic evidence.  

Matt had this S'more marshmallow and it was dynamite for such a simple concept. 

Sorry blurry picture

Marshmallow dipped in chocolate and rolled in graham cracker crumbs. This sounds so simple and I will be attempting to recreate this next time Matt visits.  I would settle for a real roasted marshmallow, but feel like it would be frowned upon to start a bonfire in the middle of my apartment complex.

We went to a few other places, but this post is getting long so I am just mentioning my favorites.  Now the salad I brought for lunch sounds really lame.

How do you choose places to eat when visiting a new place?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Park City Skiing [Part I]

Note: This is going to be a long one.  Sorry. 

Maybe the pretty pictures will make up for it.
Instead of breaking this trip up into days, I am just going to hit on the different things we did because you don't really want to hear about all of the 8 days.  I'll give you a glimpse of what they looked like anyway: wake up, eat bagels, go skiing, fall, eat lunch, ski more, fall some more, rest back in hotel, dinner, sleep.  Repeat.

Park City is an absolutely beautiful place.  Matt and I have taken two ski trips to Colorado and skied at three different resorts.  Although, Matt has been to Colorado at least two more times and skied at several more resorts without me (I know, how rude!).  When we were looking at options this time we decided to go with Park City for a few reasons.
  • Park City is only about 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport whereas most Colorado resorts are 2+ hours from Denver.  In the past, we've always driven to Colorado (since we were poor college kids) but this time we wanted to spend more time skiing and less time traveling.  This helped us avoid renting a car and instead used a shared ride service from the airport to our hotel; rental car fees were outrageous since neither of us are yet 25 years old. 
  • Park City has three (3!) resorts that are all easily accessible from the free city bus system.
  • Plus Salt Lake City has at least 5 more ski resorts that you can easily get to from Park City.
  • We wanted to try out some new ski places and Matt felt like he had been there, done that with Colorado.
I've been skiing on an old pair of Matt's skis for the past few years.  Since they used to be Matt's, they were much too long for me and they are racing skis which isn't the best type of ski for me.  I ended up buying a new pair of skis the weekend before this trip.  They are twin tips and they are the right height for me.  I was a little hesitant about the pink color, but I think they look pretty snazzy.  After skiing on them, I am even more in love with them.

Park City Mountain

Park City has a great promotion going with which you can ski the same day you fly in with a boarding pass and an out-of-state ID.  All you need to do is sign-up in advance.  Our flight left Chicago at 5 am on Saturday morning and arrived in Salt Lake not long after 10 am local time.  Since we had to wake up at about 2:30 am (and I slept for approximately 40 minutes because I was too anxious about oversleeping), I was in no form to ski for a whole day.  But by the time we got to the hotel, grabbed a quick lunch and put our skis on it was already after 1 pm and we only had a few hours of skiing left.  Getting my ski legs back before diving into a full day of skiing was great.  

We skied at Park City Mountain Resort a half day on Saturday and again on Monday.  Park City has a good variety of runs including lots of easy green runs and a lift that serviced almost entirely expert black and double black diamond runs and bowls (which I avoided like the plague) and plenty in between.  I liked the fact that they had a lot of double blue "advanced intermediate" runs that had some easier bumps or moguls for me to practice on that were not as challenging as the deep ones found on black runs.  

On Monday, we took a complimentary mountain tour with mountain host, Chip.  Chip took us up to several different peaks, pointed out historical sites, and shared great stories.  This really helped us get a better idea of the layout of the resort.  On Saturday when we skied, Matt and I felt like we were stuck going down the same few runs on repeat and couldn't figure out how to get to different mountain "zones" so this tour was a good help.  Unfortunately, we got stuck with a few slower skiers in our group (Matt and I like to ski fast) and Chip didn't get to take us everywhere he wanted.  He did, however, give us a few good suggestions on places we should ski for the rest of the day.  

On our tour, we went up the ski lift chair with a woman who was 80 years old and still skiing.  I was and still am thoroughly impressed both because she certainly did not look 80 and because she is 80 and still skiing.  I hope Matt and I can still take ski vacations when we are 80 years old.  Please knees hold out till then!

Starting off as a mining town, Park City mountain still has a lot of old mine towers and such on the mountain.   It was very neat to see and hear about.

And because I am not afraid of a little self-humiliation I will share another story with you.  In the afternoon, I started to feel pretty confident over-confident on blue runs and easy bumps and so we decided to head over to a black diamond run.  Stupidly I picked a run right next to a lift so everyone could share in my embarrassment.   Turns out the bumps were a lot more dished out and steeper than I noticed from the bottom.  Which ended up in a huge fall where I went flying forward face first and my skis stayed up on top of the mogul.  Unsmooth.  Getting a little too worked up on the fall and how difficult the hill was, I ended up falling again.  Then I was just mad.  Thankfully the bottom half of the run was much easier than the top and I made it down without any more incidents.  Um yeah, ego check.  

Park City also has night skiing on a select few lighted runs.  We had planned to go on Monday night, but we were so exhausted we couldn't convince ourselves to go back to the mountain once it was dark and we were all cozy in our hotel room.  

Deer Valley Resort

I would consider Deer Valley to be the fancy-smancy resort in town.  They actually limit the amount of lift tickets sold for each day (a host told us this number is based on the number of seats they have for lunch so everyone can have a place to sit), but thankfully this was never a problem for us.  We skied at Deer Valley three days-Sunday, Thursday and Friday.  I absolutely loved skiing here.  Deer Valley has really great customer service and all the people that we came into contact with were very friendly.  Even though some of them gave me a hard time about my Packer's hat.  I had no idea so many Bears fans lived in Utah.

Spending our first Valentine's Day together in over 5 years.

We took a complimentary mountain tour here as well and it was perfect.  This time the group was split into two--faster skiers in one group, leisurely paced in another.  Mountain host Mike took us to almost every peak in the resort.  One thing I really liked about Deer Valley is that it is easy to get from one edge of the resort to the other in only a few runs and ski lifts.  The whole resort is easily accessible.  Mike pointed out some great areas that we might want to explore later and took us down great runs.  I can't recommend taking one of these free tours enough! 

Sunday afternoon we also had a great opportunity to attend a Christian service in Sunset Cabin.  Matt and I joked that we were "so much closer to God" at 7000 feet.  It was a great time to take and reflect and I especially enjoyed the message as we headed into the Lenten season.  The pastor also spoke about taking in the beauty of the mountains while we were visiting.  It reminded me to be very thankful for the opportunity to visit the mountains and that I am healthy and able to ski.  This service is definitely an opportunity to take advantage of if you are skiing at Deer Valley.

The pastor even took a picture and sent it to us.
A few of our favorite areas at Deer Valley:
  • Sunset Meadows - tree skiing with great powder, rated black diamond, but not too steep and moguls were moderate
  • Ontario Bowl - more tree skiing, challenging but fun
  • Empire Bowl - big wide open bowl with bumps
I am going to let you in on my top secret method for skiing long mogul runs: ski all the way to the side of a bowl and cut diagonally across the bumps so you don't need to turn at all. Then you will already be over halfway down the run and only have a few more bumps to do.  This saves your legs and saves me from a heart attack.  I skied Empire bowl like that every time and is probably one of the reason why I liked it so much.

The first time Matt and I skied over into Ontario Bowl it is possible that I freaked out a little bit.  It was deep moguls and had lots of trees and I did not want to ski down.  I honestly thought about turning back around and hiking out, but I figured the easiest way down was to ski.  I did end up falling once, but it wasn't too bad.  Skiing through the trees is a lot of fun.  

I absolutely loved skiing at Deer Valley and found out I really don't miss the snowboarders (Deer Valley is ski only).  The views are spectacular and the skiing is great.  I loved that there were places we could ski that made me feel like I was the only one on the mountain.

On Friday, we dined on the mountain at Empire Lodge.  Since it was Friday, we weren't eating meat and therefore couldn't eat our usual packed turkey sandwiches and carrots like all the other days.  My coworker had warned me that Deer Valley was super expensive, but it was still a bit of a shock. For two bowls of soup and one panini, no drinks it was $28.  I realize this isn't outrageous, but it probably cost about $20 to buy the groceries we needed for sandwiches and carrots for the other 4 days.

On our very last day of skiing, I managed to ski all day without falling! A fact that I didn't dare say out loud until I was safely out of my skis.  This is also the say day that Matt crossed in front of me after the chairlift somehow crossed his skis and tumbled.  The moment was pretty hilarious especially since I got to watch the whole thing happen.  


Several people suggested that we try to ski in Salt Lake City one day and I ended up finding a great deal for transportation and a ski lift pass through Canyon Hop. Alta is definitely less of a tourist spot and less of a beginner's mountain.  Alta had the best snow out of the three resorts that we visited, but also the worst marked trails.  The unmarked trails didn't bother me too much, but several times I ended up on runs that were more difficult than I had intended to ski on.  Matt and I split up more on this day and he was able to ski in some tougher bowls and chutes.  At this time, I also became convinced that I only fall on moguls when Matt is with me because I did a bunch without him and was absolutely fine.  

We also saw a porcupine at which a young Brit boy exclaimed, "Look father, look at the furry animal." Except I don't think he would be so furry if you tried to pet him.

Can you spot him on the right side of the pine?
The day at Alta went by the fastest of all the days we skied.  I was so sad when we had to get off the mountain and into the van.  

Random Thoughts

I'm always amazed at the number of connections you can make with people that you just met randomly.  On the second ski lift we went up once we were in Park City our very first day, we met a young guy who grew up in Cedar Rapids (right next to where Matt lives now) and used to ski at Sundown.  Matt used to work at Sundown as a lift operator and that is where we both learned to ski.  The guy also told us that his friends referred to it as "rundown" because ski hills in Iowa and most of the Midwest are pretty sad compared to the mountains.  Cue it's a small world after all.

My skiing definitely got better as the days progressed and I am much more confident now.  But I will tell you skiing takes it out of you.  I was exhausted by the time Saturday rolled around because we had skied the last 6 of 7 days.  Both of it were feeling it in our legs and we even foam rolled with beer bottles one night.  When I was flying down the mountain, it felt like my quads were on fire! And I didn't realize till Monday when I tried to run again that my glutes were very sore as well.  

Foam rolling on beer bottle.  #classy

I feel like I am still recovering from this trip. And I am glad to be home, but I already miss Utah. And I'll end with my ski vacation mantra.

The worst day skiing in Utah is better than the best day of skiing in Iowa. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Illinois Marathon Training Weeks 13 & 14

I made it back from Utah safely and without any broken bones from skiing! I'm still recovering and it sure was difficult to go to work yesterday.  Talk to me on Friday and I will probably be begging for a nap under my desk.

Week 13.

  • Sunday - 40 min walk
  • Monday - 2 miles, 1.25 hr yoga
  • Tuesday - 8 miles 
  • Wednesday - 6 with 4 @ 9:13
  • Thursday - Off
  • Friday - 13 miles
  • Saturday - 3 hrs skiing
  • Weekly Total - 29 miles
My long run was moved to Friday this week since Matt and I got on a jet plane at 5 am on Saturday morning. We had a snowstorm Thursday night which meant I stuck with the treadmill after work.  Not my favorite place to be but better than running outside in the dark and snow.   Four miles short of the 17 miles that was supposed to make up my long run this weekend, but I needed to get home before Matt showed up and I ran out of time.  I'm just glad I got any long run in this week.  

Week 14.

Not much to report for week 14.  We skied 6 of the 8 days we were in Utah and I counted that as my workout for the day.  On Wednesday morning, I ran 1 mile and then did 40 minutes on the elliptical.  That workout was so much harder than it should have been.  I think it was a combination of the altitude plus my sore legs from skiing.  It felt like I was running up a huge hill the entire mile.  Saturday we flew back from Utah and didn't get in till past midnight so I took that as a rest day. My body definitely needed it and I was still exhausted and sore on Sunday.

I am going to push all my workouts back by a week and repeat week 14's workout in week 15.  My plan is to cut out a 20 miler week later in the training cycle.  I haven't done a long run longer than 13 miles in a few weeks so I want to do a 17 or 18 miler before jumping up to the 20 mile long runs. 

I'm trying to write my vacation recaps so I can share my trip with you this week!

Friday, February 8, 2013

February Goals

The whole month of January has already flown by and February is already 25% gone.  As far as I am concerned, the days can keep flying by so spring will be here soon.  Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow so our early spring should be here soon, right? I won't hold my breath or I might suffocate.  Especially since Phil predicted our "early" spring last Saturday and yesterday we got about 5 inches of snow.

I completely missed recapping my December goals or setting new January goals in January.  Blaming it on the post-Christmas sugar/carb-induced fog seems like a good idea at this point.  Only one resolution managed to make it through my rigorous weeding out process (mostly consisting off me decided that it is too hard to complete) this year, and that resolution is - giving up pop.  Except for that long island ice tea I had on January 1 at 1:00 am that included a splash of Coke, I am doing excellent.  And I think that splash of Coke hardly counts because I hadn't even made the resolution yet. Matt doubts I will be able to nix pop for an entire year and predicts I will give into a Diet Mountain Dew right after my first big race of the year.  Although that is probably my top favorite post-race drink, I am trying to abstain.  Cutting out something completely for me is so much easier than trying to do something in moderation.  Gretchen Rubin wrote a great post on this in her Happiness Project Blog.

Let's recap December goals.

Goal 1. Keep a gratitude journal.  Done!

Even if it took me over two months to come up with 26 things to be thankful for, I am still considering this goal complete.  It was a fun exercise, but I just don't remember to write something down that I am grateful for every day.

Goal 2. Make Christmas cards.  Done!

My Christmas cards were pretty awesome if I do say so myself.  I've had this great idea for cards for about two years now.  The joke is that I don't have any children or pets to send pictures of so I just sent pictures of myself.  The responses I got were great as well.  Cue brainstorming for a 2013 Christmas card now!

Goal 3. Finish at least one craft project.  Done!

 I finished up my scrapbook from 1999.  Okay, maybe not that long ago, but it feels like it has been dragging on forever.  In high school and college, I loved scrapbooking, but now it just feels like a waste of time.  Maybe it will be nice to look back at those pictures someday in the future, but for now I am hanging up my scrapbooking hat.

There is still a started crocheting project sitting on my couch.  No progress has been made on that for at least a month.  Meh.

Goal 4. Clean off dining room table. Done! 

Then undone, then redone.  This cycle will probably continue forever.  The table is the first surface I come across once I walk in the door and all my stuff gets dumped there.  The thought was once it was clean, I would have an easier time keeping it clean.  This rings somewhat true, but it too easily gets piled with stuff again.


Goal 1. Spend out on vacation.

I finished The Happiness Project in December and this goal is another pull from that book.  Spend out to become rich.  This doesn't necessarily apply to money, but to using your best/new things.  Don't hoard all the good stuff till it's too late.  By spending out, you can also create more.  I am going to apply this principle while I am on vacation starting tomorrow (Park City, Utah)!! I have been saving for this vacation for quite a while now and have put plenty of money away for it.

When Matt and I took trips in college, we stayed at the cheapest hotels and packed many of our meals.  Now we have jobs and don't need to take the cheapest option.  My goal is to not worry about the cost of everything while I'm on vacation.  I'm not going to blow hundreds of dollars on dinner, but I don't need to order the cheapest option on the menu.  I am going to enjoy my time there because I don't know when I will be back.

Goal 2. Use the foam roller after every run.

Foam roller has been feeling neglected lately.  And my calves have been letting me know.  And bonus! When I use it more frequently, the urge to cry or scream out in pain greatly decreases.  Stretching and foam rolling are becoming even more important as my weekly and long run mileage increase every week.  If I want to make it to this marathon healthy, then this is an absolute must.

Goal 3. Get back in the pool.

A swimming pool.  That thing I haven't stepped foot in since probably October (possibly earlier).  Another half-Ironman is in the works for this summer and I definitely want to improve my swimming. The best time to work on form is in the off-season before I start a training plan.  Time to start putting in some laps.

Goal 4. Ski one whole day in Park City without falling over.

Seriously might be the most challenging goal this month.  I consider myself an intermediate skier.  Certainly not great, but I do manage to ski some black diamond (supposedly Expert-level) runs.  Mostly because Matt insists I will be able to do it, and once you are at the top of a run the best way to get down is to ski it.  Falling seems to be a necessity for me once a day though and sometimes it happens at the most basic times.  Like when I am standing at the bottom of a run and randomly fall over (it's happened more than once).  I want to ski one day without falling down.  One day.

When we were on a trip a few years ago, I made it through about 95% of the day and then fell over when trying to stop or something.

Four goals for February!

Have you read The Happiness Project?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Illinois Marathon Training Weeks 11 &12

With the end of week 12, I am officially half way done with my marathon training. Yikes! I am still incredibly freaked out by the prospect of running 26.2 miles.

Week 11

  • Monday - 1.25 hr yoga
  • Tuesday - 8 mile treadmill 
  • Wednesday - 45 min. spin class
  • Thursday - 5 miles with 3 x 1 mile @ 8:41
  • Friday - Rest
  • Saturday - F^3 Half Marathon + 1 mile
  • Sunday - Rest + stretching
  • Total - 27 miles
Strong week (just typed "weak", what an oxymoron) for me on the training front.  I really enjoyed running the half marathon on Sunday.  And getting an unexpected PR was great.  I am still chasing that sub-2:00 time and I know now that I can make it happen!  Unfortunately I did a very crappy job with recovery after the race.  The cold weather prevented me from hanging around after the race and stretching and instead I climbed back into my car.  I spent the rest of the day hanging out with two of my girlfriends and not stretching.  Sunday brought some leg soreness, but I again neglected to stretch a lot and laid on the couch most of the day.  Hence Monday, I was still sore and tired.  I know I need to do more stretching, foam rolling, and icing! 

Week 12
  • Monday - Rest 
  • Tuesday - 6 miles
  • Wednesday - 1 hour spin class (tough class!)
  • Thursday - 1 hour Zumba
  • Friday - 5.5 miles w/ 3@ 9:13
  • Saturday - shoveling + walking
  • Sunday - 45 minute walk
  • Total: 11.5 miles
Week 12 was a recovery week which ended in me recovering more than I had planned.  I skipped my weekend "long" run of 6 miles due to some calf soreness/tightness.  Sans foam roller because I was visiting my parent's, I tried to stretch and rub out the muscle myself.  I also forced Matt to rub my calf but that didn't last long because it hurt so bad! It is feeling better today, but is still a little tender.  I am foam rolling and stretching like a crazy person now.  I think* this soreness is from running on the treadmill so much recently.  My stride is altered on the treadmill as compared to when I run outside.  I need to just suck it up and start getting up in the mornings before work and running outside again. Or run outside in the dark after work.  

Only 12 more weeks of training before the big day!

*really I have no idea.  This is only a guess.

Friday, February 1, 2013

F^3 Half Marathon Recap

On Saturday, I ran a half marathon.  Yes, it was a total last minute decision.  Katie was selling her race bib because she is just starting her running comeback after an injury; I hemmed and hawed most of the week about buying it from her.  On Friday after work, I sent her a message asking if the bib was still available. Since it was still up for grabs, I was running a half marathon the next day! One odd advantage of training for a marathon--the ability to do a half marathon spontaneously!

The F^3 Half Marathon was along Chicago's lakefront starting at Montrose Harbor.  I'm not a huge fan of doing races in the city because it usually means a very early wake-up, a hectic drive into the city, and a $20+ parking fee.  With a race that started at 10 am and had plenty of free street parking, all my reasons for disliking city races were averted.  I was able to sleep in till about 7:30 am and eat my two pieces of peanut butter toast in my apartment instead of stuffing them in my face while I simultaneously drive my car and attempt to program the race address into my GPS.  I realize how stupid doing all of that at the same time is, but it's happened before.

I got to the race plenty early and ran about a mile to warm-up before standing in the long port-o-potty line. That is probably my one and only complaint about this race--a 10-15 minute wait for the bathroom.  I still managed to make it to the start line just before the national anthem and then the official start.  The cold is sometimes a downside to winter races, but Saturday wasn't too cold and I was warm in my new pair of fleece-lined Adidas running tights, an Under Armour Coldgear mock turtleneck, and a running jacket thing.  Gloves and a headband are a must for winter running as well!

My plan for this race was to use it as a training run and so I started off at a nice and easy pace.  I didn't even wear a watch so I have no idea what kind of pace I was running.  Since I got to the start line so late I started pretty far back in the pack and spent the majority of the first 3 miles weaving through people.

Around mile 4, I saw some familiar faces-Lindsay, Kelsey, Sierra, Katie, and Emily.  Thanks for coming out and cheering ladies!  And I also need to thank Molly-Katie's fur nephew for cheering us on as well.  I give major props to these women because I think standing around in 20 degree weather sounds much worse than running in 20 degree weather.

At the turnaround at mile 8, I picked up my pace a bit. I was still feeling good and still clueless as far as my pace and how long I'd been running.  The aid stations were awesome and a bonus with the cold weather-the drinks were always cold!

Erin caught up with me around mile 9-ish and we ran together for a bit.  I lost her at an aid station when I stopped to get a drink and she continued.  I worked hard to catch up with her but she was running very strong.  Chasing her for the last 1-2 miles definitely helped me stay strong at the end. Thanks Erin! (Check out her thoughts on the race here!)

It was quite a surprise to learn I finished my third half marathon in 2:00:10-a new PR! Definitely unexpected since this was supposed to be "just" a training run! Proof that my speed training is working?

Bonus: Free race pictures! Thanks photographers!

F^3 Half Marathon
January 26, 2013, 10 am
Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL
Time: 2:00:10 
Pace: 9:10

I didn't hang around long after the race or go to the after party, but I did manage to meet some other running bloggers - Maggie and Kelly.

Picture from Erin
Overall this was a great race and I will consider doing it next year!
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