There are a lot of things that I would LOVE to do with the local running community but the events that I attend are few and far between due to our family/work schedule. Last night, however, was the Running For Kicks St Patrick’s Day Fun Run and hubby managed Mr. Michael, plus the chauffeuring so that I could go enjoy the festivities. And of course, I was late, so missed the group photo and the beginning of the run. All photos stolen from courtesy of Gail.
On a normal, or even slightly chaotic day I would have had plenty of time to get to the event. However, I neglected to anticipate that a gentleman in the parking garage would jam up the pay machine, or that the new valet would not be able to “find” my car. So I spent an extra 20 minutes in the parking garage but still had plenty of time. Then I hit the expressway for the short trip from Chicago to Palos and traffic was at a standstill. Rain. Accidents. It took an hour to travel from 22nd street to 95th street. Not normal. Not enough time. Now, I’m late. I really dislike being late but really, this wasn’t the end of the world. I was just thankful that I wasn’t rushing to get Aby or Michael and that they were covered.
I had plenty of time while sitting in traffic to think about if I should actually go to the event late or just keep on crawling toward home. I decided to go. I know a lot of runners that run at RFK on Monday nights and I hadn’t seen them in a while. I had old shoes in the car to donate to the store for their charity. Hubby had rearranged his schedule so that I could go. And most importantly, I had dusted off my green Team Sparkle skirt & Pro Compression St Patrick’s Day socks, just for the occasion. So I went with the “better late than never” attitude. My solo pic before heading out to find the group:
I was glad that I went. Even though I was late and the group had already started, I headed over to the route they normally run and just started running. I found a few people, socialized a bit, made a few random loops and managed to get in 4.5 miles of hills. Win!
It’s not every day you can run around in a sparkle skirt, so given the chance, TAKE IT! And just maybe, you’ll spot a few other crazies sparkly friends too!
I love these fun events and am thankful to RFK for doing things like this so we can dress up and be crazy without actually putting out $$ on a race. Good times!
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** Happy SPARKLY Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **