This has been a VERY long, but fun weekend for Josh and I. Things started on Thursday when his friend, Shea, arrived to stay with us until after the marathon.
Friday was Chicago Marathon expo time. I was SO excited to go. LOTS of free stuff. I ate and drank more free food than I have ever done in a while. The best part was that I was not running a marathon on Sunday. I brought a ton of free stuff home too, which will come in handy during my training. Josh and I ran into Jason and Leah just as we were leaving to head back to our shuttle.
After the long shuttle ride (seemed like it took FOREVER!) to Cermak/Chinatown and then the even longer Red Line ride home, we arrived back and enjoyed the wonderful cuisine de Shea, who made pasta with garlic and goat cheese. YUMMMMY!
Then it was off to bed for everyone.
Saturday started off to a great start. I headed off to the gym for a 3 mile run and 65 minutes of weight training and core work (which has REALLY paid off!).
After the workout, I had a very frustrating moment trying on clothes on at a local clothes boutique. I was a desperate mission to look for a dress for a dinner party that night. The dresses I tried did not fit me or was very, very difficult to get off. After leaving in total frustration, Josh and I headed to Target instead (and NOT a bit embarrassed to admit!) to search for a inexpensive outfit since we are still losing weight. Frustration turned into total HAPPINESS. With Josh as my sole witness, I was able to fit into a pair of dress pants in a size 8.
Size 8, people!
This is first time in over 4 years that I have been in SINGLE DIGITS for pants and it feels SO DAMN GOOD. I left Target with a nice dress and those awesome pants for another event.
After we got home via taxi, we quickly got ready for a dinner party in Josh's brother and his wife's honor. They both got married last December in Thailand and now meeting everyone who could not make it for the wedding at his mom's house. This was the first time meeting Josh's only sibling EVER and was SO excited to do so.
Besides meeting his brother and new wife, I met a lot of his mom's friend who I have not met yet and was privileged to do so. We had a very nice time and had some of the best Thai food in my life. The visit was too short - mostly due to the need to head home so Josh can get some sleep for the marathon. I hope to see them both very soon.
Sunday - MARATHON DAY!
Josh headed off to the starting line without me at 6 am. I slept in until 7:3o am, which gave me a little more time to eat some breakfast and hydrate before taking the train to Cermak/Chinatown and take my spot on mile 21.5. I found a very shady and cool spot (for a short time) to watch the elite runners come in with their police escorts TWICE.
Josh kept me posted on his pace and where he was in the race. At one point in the race at mile 12.5, he freaked me out totally by telling me that he had the urge to puke off and on. I coached him via text messages on my cell phone. Josh's friend, Nada, came to join to support Josh during the marathon.
When they cancelled the race officially when he was at mile 20 (and on his THIRD e-cap too), I insisted that he take it easy. I was SO happy to see him at my post at mile 21.5. I gave him my only salt packet and the rest of my water to get him through until the next water stop (if there were any). When the race officials were insisting that the runners get off the course, we ended up having a mild argument about whether he should keep on going until the finish. (I wanted him to drop out and thought he was being STUPID. He wanted to keep going.)
After Josh saw us, Nada and I took the train back to the Roosevelt stop and walked to the Finish gate. We stopped at Walgreen for more fluids (I was complete drenched from the humidity just STANDING UP!) Then we got in contact with Shea who met us just between the Shield Tents and the Finish Corral near the Chip Removal spot to wait for Josh.
I then got a text message saying that Josh finally finished. Then I ran up to the Finish Corral and started shouting Josh's name to get his attention. After a quick kiss, we all walked to the end of the corral to wait for Josh to get his Gatorade and bagels (and a cup of Michelob Ultra - something I frowned upon). Then I helped Josh and Shea to the Harrison CTA stop where we took the train home.
Then it was clean up time for everyone before we headed to Fogo de Chao for the men's all they can eat meat to celebrate their marathon finish. The food was excellent, but I LOVED the flambes banana side dish. Yummy! But at the end, I became full way too fast.
After dinner, it was off the RBF post-marathon party. We were all meet by Barb, Mike, Jess and her husband, Jason and Leah, and the rest of blogger guests. Barb put together another great party. I had a great time socializing with everyone. Unfortunately my stay at the party was cut short due to two tired guys who desperately needed to get home and get some sleep.
Today was an additional needed day off to rest and hit the gym for more running and another hour doing weights and core training. It's back to work for me tommorow. Me sad! :(