Every Day I’m Shufflin’

Oh, yes – we shuffled.

I don't know what's going on with my race bib...I have issues. Clearly.

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.

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10 Responses to Every Day I’m Shufflin’

  1. Julia says:

    Congrats on the run girly!! This race is definitely on my to do list but I dont know how I feel about running with like a million people. Love the shirts you made..so cute! :)

    And red?? Really??

  2. rachel says:

    How fun! I was out of town this weekend otherwise I definitely would have been shufflin’ too. I’ve heard it is a great race :)

  3. Great job on the run! You two should be proud. :) And I’m totally loving that race T; that’s a keeper!

  4. Seriously, red? What is THAT about? Don’t they realize that this is Chicago and we take our Shamrock references very seriously? Well, at least you killed it racing. And you and your sister are adorable. :)

  5. Nichole says:

    AMAZING!!! The universe ADORES you! I am so impressed. What an great job. And good pics! I look like crap.

    And the red shirt, I mean come on. Who’s idea was that? I bet that was a huge discussion. At least you showed your pride.

    • Molly says:

      Super disappointed in the choice of red for the shirt! I’m guessing it’s because the race is sponsored by Bank of America and there color is red. Either that or they got a hell of a discount on red Nike dri-fit tees…Either way – boo! They better have green next year!

  6. kilax says:

    Congrats on your awesome speedy race! I love the shirts! And of course, that you have a family member to run with! Jealous!!!

    Everyone seems annoyed by the shirts! I hope they have green ones for you guys next year!

    I have no read The Hunger Games but am interested in seeing the movie. It sounds like a story I would like.

    • Molly says:

      It was so great to have my sister run with me! :) And I have to agree – she did an awesome job on our shirt!

      As for the Hunger Games you simply *MUST* read it! It’s a really quick read and I”m sure you will love it!

  7. OMG! I totally saw your shirts on the race course. They were so cute! Congrats on a great race :)

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