It’s not really fair to call this a race review because honestly, I’ve openly admitted
a billion times that I think the Shamrock Shuffle is the BEST.RACE.EVER.
I mean where else can you chase down “little green men” and be considered sane? Yeah, that’s what I thought. BEST.RACE.EVER. And what’s better than 2 green guys? Three, like we saw in 2013. And what’s better than 3 green guys? Well, the addition of a green gal, of course. As a result, 2014 may be the BEST Shamrock Shuffle EVER cuz we now have 3 green guys and a green gal. Thank you, mystery lady, it was super nice to see your addition to the group! You can follow “The Green Guys” on Facebook HERE.
In addition to chasing green people, there were a few more things to the 2014 Shamrock Shuffle weekend. We started with the expo, which is super family friendly
and busy over at Navy Pier. My friend Nicki and I always take the kiddos on Saturday. We spend the day “frolicking” at the expo, then hiking Michigan Avenue and the Lakefront path with our little monsters angels. In addition to more candy than even MY children could eat, the expo also offered lots of fun in the form of a magic act, multiple dress-up photo ops, free food samples, free logo items, lots of “wheels” to be spun and people to meet. The kids look forward to the expo each and every year and there is always a lot to capture their attention and lighten momma’s wallet. We even took a friend of Aby’s this year to help with Mr. Michael enjoy the festivities.
Sunday morning brought us SUNSHINE and coolish temps that quickly warmed up into the upper 30s, low 40s, by race time. I met with some friends pre-race. My Frankfort New Lenox Run Club (FNRC) members, Rebecca W – one of my fellow Emergen-C Ambassadors, my girl Nicki who goes to all the shorter distance races with me, and Kerry C who I’ve know for so many years and so thankful for our friendship!
Then we were at the start corral’s and off and running before we knew it. 2014 brought us a three wave corral start, which I heard had a few hiccups, PLUS a new run course!
The new course was great and kept us closer to the Loop and Grant Park areas. I liked the course a lot. Fewer bridge crossings which are super hard on bad feet! Wider streets. More centralized location for spectators who want to see their runner more than once. Great update for 2014!
As for my race, not the best but not the worst! I finished in under 40 minutes and given my current schedule, lack of March miles, and the “few” extra LBS I’ve gained, yeah, I’ll take that as a win. And as always, the Shamrock is a great kickoff to the Chicago running season and let’s us all know what’s up in regards to our fitness. Good, bad or ugly.
There is always a huge post race party. So if you didn’t like your race OR if you need to celebrate, maybe head over to the beer garden to
drink a few beers listen to the band. Here is a pic below of Maggie, Nicole, Judy & and I “listening to the band”.
Short of any “problems”, I’ll be ShamROCKing next year. Maybe I’ll see you there?
Don’t forget to enter my raffle for RMHC – Ronald McDonald House Charities HERE.
**ShamROCK Chicago ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **