Earlier today, T. and I headed downtown so I could pick up my race packet at Navy Pier. It was everything that you would expect from Navy Pier on a weekend but I was more or less easily able to navigate to the expo and then through the fair. I showed them my registration on my smart phone--so convenient!--and then made my way across the vast room to get my shirt, which is lightweight and very nice, perfect for summer running!
Tonight I had a good stretching session and I got all of my running clothes ready for the morning. I took a few minutes to pin my bib onto my sweatshirt (a wise choice for a run of this nature, I felt) and double checked my pocketbook for our parking pass and the post-party drink tickets, something we are already looking forward to! He and I are planning on a relatively early bedtime tonight, and hope to be downtown, with our dear friend J., shortly after sunrise.
I am very excited. Also a little nervous because this will be the furthest distance I've ever run, but I am feeling ready for the challenge! I got in a good stretching session this evening and will stretch again in the morning; the warm up walks around Solidarity Drive and to the race start will help to stretch out my limbs even further. More than anything, I am excited for another opportunity to run on the streets of the most beautiful city in the world, on what should be a positively beautiful morning. I of course have my own personal goals, but just accomplishing such a run will be a fantastic feeling.
Here's to the Shamrock Shuffle! See you at the finish line!