Oh, yes – we shuffled.
The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K was on Sunday and my sister and our friend Katie laced up and took on the 4.97 miles like champs.
And we had a gorgeous day to shuffle. Thanks, universe. I really needed a break.
The shirts Emily designed turned out super cute and I’m sure Lucy would have approved.
As I mentioned earlier, this is the first race I’ve run with my sister. And it’s her first race – period. Let me just tell you, contrary to what she’d like you to believe, this girl is a runner. And she totally could have left me behind and finished a lot faster, but we stayed together the whole race. We kept a rock solid 8:30 pace for the majority of the race but did take two small walk breaks at the aid stations. I still haven’t mastered running and drinking out of a cup. Judge if you must.
Anyway, I’m writing this Sunday afternoon and I don’t think the results haven’t been posted yet, but according to my Garmin we killed that bad boy in 48:21. Not bad for a girl who just started running and a has-been runner whose mileage and speed are shameful these days. Not bad at all.
As for the race organization and execution, hats off to the Bank of America race team for making both packet pick-up and race day check-in a breeze. I think they’ve got it all down to a science. The starting corrals and race kick-off also both went very smoothly and the corrals seemed to be less crowded than they were when I last ran the Shuffle in 2008 – which is a huge bonus.
My only real complaint has to do with the the race t-shirt.
Um, it’s red. Sure, there’s a shamrock on it, but it’s also red. I know, I know, I know. Super ridiculously/needlessly picky. But I had my heart set on a green shirt. Not the end of the world by any means and I would definitely run this race again next year – as long as we have another March heatwave like we did this year.
We followed the run up with breakfast at Elephant & Castle.
I also had a bloody mary, but I sucked that thing down pretty quickly so no picture. But it was delicious. Not exactly hydrating, but delicious.
Post-breakfast Emily and Katie headed back to the train station and I headed home. It was an awesome weekend and I’m always happy to have my sister back in Chicago. Our weekend also included The Hunger Games movie. Which, if you’ve been to this blog once or twice before, you know how obsessed I am with the books. I wasn’t sure if they’d be able to effectively transfer the book to the big screen, but they did an absolutely amazing job…
But more on all of that later. Right now I think I’m going to take a nap with these two:
I need to be well-rested and prepared for tonight’s Mad Men season five premier. Priorities.