The expo is always the Friday and Saturday before the race. This year I was asked to volunteer at the Zooma booth and I was able to coordinate with Amanda @ Get to Goal to volunteer with me.
Kim Pearlman, met up at the expo as well to exchange our team bibs. Patsy enjoyed hanging out with a fellow Wee Bird.
When it came time for the race morning, it was a little chilly to start but temps warmed up later on. In true new mom fashion, Patsy was a little under dressed for the temps. Thankfully, my SILs came downtown to watch Patsy while I ran and they improvised by bundling her up nicely.
I haven't been able to run as much as I would have liked in recent weeks/months, so I decided to just have fun with the race. My BRF Maggie was in a similar predicament and we decided to run together. Since Maggie is now a city dweller, we don't get to run together as often, but with how much fun we had at the shuffle, I'm hoping that changes in the future.
|Photo in the starting corrals|
|But first.... Let me take a selfie.|
My biggest criticism with the race this year was that there was no music. There is usually boom boxes jamming Black Eyed Peas or a very trendy jam. They had 1 person yelling/talking over some beats at one of the water stops, but that was about it. Um, that isn't music. I know the Lululemon people are usually out there but I didn't even hear them... Maybe because we were in corral B, things were really pumped up later? Either way, it was kind of disappointing. Thankfully Maggie and I made the most of it. I just turned on my itunes music OUT LOUD and we danced our way along the course.
We finished the race in 47:10 (9:26 pace) which actually was a semi-progressive run. We started off slower and picked it up with each mile. I was kind of expecting a 50:00 (10:00 pace) so this was a welcome change. I didn't run with my Garmin so I wasn't too concerned about pace. Thanks for the fun run Maggie! Let's do it again soon!
After the race, I shuffled over to the Congress hotel to meet up with fellow Oiselle ambassadors that were also in town for the race. I always love meeting other ambassadors!
|L to R: Kim, me, Kim, Hyedi, Kristine|
Next up: BRUNCH. Obviously this was what I was looking forward to the most. :) I took my SILs out as a thank you for watching the baby while I raced. We ended up at 11 City Diner and the food was phenomenal. Also, the place was very family friendly so that was a definite plus. I highly recommend going there after a race sometime as it was walking distance from the finish line.
|My smiling happy girl!|
|EAT ALL THE FOODS|
All in all, another fantastic Shamrock Shuffle race is in the books and I'm very excited for the upcoming year in racing!