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i have a thing for pie.  i may actually like pie more than (gasp!) cupcakes!  anyway, every friday jbar (near rush and ohio streets) offers pie from 3-5pm in its little pop-up stand.  my coworker and i - and whatever other people we bring along - have  made it a weekly outing to get away from our desks for a few minutes.
i cannot say enough good stuff about this whole thing.  the first week i got apple-cheddar pie topped with salted caramel ice cream.
the second week i got sweet potato pie with candied pecans, topped with (get ready for this, people!) pineapple cheesecake ice cream.
it’s always $5.
needless to say, the last two fridays have been excellent starts to the weekends.

i have a thing for pie.  i may actually like pie more than (gasp!) cupcakes!  anyway, every friday jbar (near rush and ohio streets) offers pie from 3-5pm in its little pop-up stand.  my coworker and i - and whatever other people we bring along - have  made it a weekly outing to get away from our desks for a few minutes.

i cannot say enough good stuff about this whole thing.  the first week i got apple-cheddar pie topped with salted caramel ice cream.

the second week i got sweet potato pie with candied pecans, topped with (get ready for this, people!) pineapple cheesecake ice cream.

it’s always $5.

needless to say, the last two fridays have been excellent starts to the weekends.

these beauties are part of my shopping spree weeks ago - remember, the three pairs for $600, two-day, online, shopping spree?  anyway, it took me 45 minutes of constantly refreshing my computer screen to get these babies.  they were originally over $600 and were marked down to $99 (sergio rossi is the brand) and basically, within 4 minutes of announcing these shoes as the “deal of the day”, hautelook was out of all colors in all sizes!  hence the 45 minutes of refreshing / hoping someone would decide not to get a pair and take it out of their dang online “cart.”  that’s how i ended up with this sweet-ass magenta pair i never knew i wanted!  but they’re gorgeous and now i know what it feels like to wear a $600 pair of shoes!  phew.
anyway, because i got such a good deal on these shoes (in september) i felt much better about my recent purchases today at nordstrom rack. sure, i was supposed to be on a very strict budget until november (because of said shoe-shopping spree) but honestly, who doesn’t need a pair of green wedge boots (franco sarto), a striped / flowy shirt and a down (michael kors) vest?!  all for $200.  
bravo, self, on finding such amazing deals and justifying them to yourself, bravo!

these beauties are part of my shopping spree weeks ago - remember, the three pairs for $600, two-day, online, shopping spree?  anyway, it took me 45 minutes of constantly refreshing my computer screen to get these babies.  they were originally over $600 and were marked down to $99 (sergio rossi is the brand) and basically, within 4 minutes of announcing these shoes as the “deal of the day”, hautelook was out of all colors in all sizes!  hence the 45 minutes of refreshing / hoping someone would decide not to get a pair and take it out of their dang online “cart.”  that’s how i ended up with this sweet-ass magenta pair i never knew i wanted!  but they’re gorgeous and now i know what it feels like to wear a $600 pair of shoes!  phew.

anyway, because i got such a good deal on these shoes (in september) i felt much better about my recent purchases today at nordstrom rack. sure, i was supposed to be on a very strict budget until november (because of said shoe-shopping spree) but honestly, who doesn’t need a pair of green wedge boots (franco sarto), a striped / flowy shirt and a down (michael kors) vest?!  all for $200.  

bravo, self, on finding such amazing deals and justifying them to yourself, bravo!

let’s be serious, can anything be better than cupcakes for breakfast, on a sunday, in washington dc, with a most-fabulous friend?

nope.  loved this day!  (i had the strawberry.  i don’t even need to say how delicious it was!)

i’m still sore from the marathon.  sore and eating junk food!  like ice cream for an appetizer, cheese and crackers for a snack, dr. pepper all day… life is good!  plus, i’m working from home this week so there’s nothing stopping me from my well-deserved snacking.  also, it should be mentioned that i couldn’t get off of the couch if i wanted to.  i’m in a lot of pain.

this reaffirms by belief that it is just as hard to run a 4:30 marathon as it is to run a 3:45 marathon.  being on your feet for 45 minutes longer is not ideal no matter what pace you’re jogging along.

other things i learned from the marathon: i’m not very inspirational.  i mean, i try, but i just don’t have the patience.  for example, i learned the following phrases do not work as motivation during a marathon.  (all said to tim, of course, who was wincing in pain *see above* the entire time because of a tight IT band).

"it hurts more to run this slow… let’s pick it up a bit!"

"let’s just finish this damn thing"

"whhoohoooo!  almost 1/4 of the way done…."

"it’d be better if you just didn’t think about the pain or running"

"can you please stop running 10 feet behind me?  get up here!  i’m tired of turning around!"

"well, the elite runners just crossed the finish line!" (we weren’t even halfway)

"oh look at that funny shirt/sign/etc!"

"maybe it’d help if you picked your feet up"

"focus!"

"we can walk through water stops, we’re not stopping until then!"

"you are tougher/stronger/more prepared/etc than this!" (turns out, not so much…)

"you know, last year at this time i was finished" (mile 22)

"tim, you are not the ONLY person running this marathon.  geesh." (this is probably about the time my back started cramping from running so darn long and i was out of patience!)

… and my favorite which i said ever 1/2 mile or so… “isn’t this so fun?!  i just LOVE this!!”  

don’t worry, tim, there’s always next time  :o)  (note: tim has sworn off running entirely and says he is going to focus on sitting on the couch, watching tv, and growing a sizable belly)

Oct 9
i ran (and finished) the chicago marathon today.  i’ve run it in 2009, 2010, and now 2011 - woot!  i already can’t wait until the next one!  although, it will definitely be in a different city and maybe much smaller.
i had a blast at today’s race, but there were a few minor headaches/setbacks.  it should be noted that my goal of today’s race was to stick with tim, because it was his first marathon ever!  and we trained together to run a decent pace, so i thought it could be a pr day… however…  
his IT band was tight before the race even started, and continued hurting for 26.2 miles.  this was a major bummer and caused us to stop and walk/stretch multiple times.  i won’t mention the bitching that occurred, but it was slightly less than motivating!
also, i got placed in a starting corral but tim did not, so, we were literally among the LAST people to start the damn race.  yes, we should have gotten to the race earlier so we didn’t have to either jump a fence to get in the open corral or wait until everyone had passed to merge in… but anyway, this poor starting position meant LOTS of time running horizontally and no feasible way to run faster than 11 minute per mile pace until around mile 8.  to someone who likes running marathons sub 9 minute pace the entire time, this was almost unbearable a tiny bit frustrating.
i won’t even mention the weather (it was hot) because people have been obsessing about that for days.  we took a few additional water breaks, no big deal.
there were definitely some highlights, too!  i absolutely love family and friends coming out to cheer, along with the creative shirts and signs they bring!  also, it’s great seeing so many people out to accomplish their goals through this race.  i loved running with tim to help him complete his first marathon.  i loved the post race lunch we had with our families and friends… and i love the post race soreness that always comes (evidently, no matter how slow i go!) i also love the tears that i tend to get around the 24 mile mark.  when that announcer says “in 2 miles you will get a medal for COMPLETING THE CHICAGO MARATHON!!” i always get a bit teary eyed… i’m a sap, what can i say?
overall, today was a great day, and will always be one of my favorite days of the year, but i already can’t wait to do my next marathon and just KILL my PR (from last year!)

i ran (and finished) the chicago marathon today.  i’ve run it in 2009, 2010, and now 2011 - woot!  i already can’t wait until the next one!  although, it will definitely be in a different city and maybe much smaller.

i had a blast at today’s race, but there were a few minor headaches/setbacks.  it should be noted that my goal of today’s race was to stick with tim, because it was his first marathon ever!  and we trained together to run a decent pace, so i thought it could be a pr day… however…  

his IT band was tight before the race even started, and continued hurting for 26.2 miles.  this was a major bummer and caused us to stop and walk/stretch multiple times.  i won’t mention the bitching that occurred, but it was slightly less than motivating!

also, i got placed in a starting corral but tim did not, so, we were literally among the LAST people to start the damn race.  yes, we should have gotten to the race earlier so we didn’t have to either jump a fence to get in the open corral or wait until everyone had passed to merge in… but anyway, this poor starting position meant LOTS of time running horizontally and no feasible way to run faster than 11 minute per mile pace until around mile 8.  to someone who likes running marathons sub 9 minute pace the entire time, this was almost unbearable a tiny bit frustrating.

i won’t even mention the weather (it was hot) because people have been obsessing about that for days.  we took a few additional water breaks, no big deal.

there were definitely some highlights, too!  i absolutely love family and friends coming out to cheer, along with the creative shirts and signs they bring!  also, it’s great seeing so many people out to accomplish their goals through this race.  i loved running with tim to help him complete his first marathon.  i loved the post race lunch we had with our families and friends… and i love the post race soreness that always comes (evidently, no matter how slow i go!) i also love the tears that i tend to get around the 24 mile mark.  when that announcer says “in 2 miles you will get a medal for COMPLETING THE CHICAGO MARATHON!!” i always get a bit teary eyed… i’m a sap, what can i say?

overall, today was a great day, and will always be one of my favorite days of the year, but i already can’t wait to do my next marathon and just KILL my PR (from last year!)

Oct 7
best friends know me so well.  when i was in dc visiting laura (and lisa!) laura took us to this used-bookstore near the eastern market.  i love bookstores but especially used bookstores with books filling every nook and cranny.  what an awesome place!

best friends know me so well.  when i was in dc visiting laura (and lisa!) laura took us to this used-bookstore near the eastern market.  i love bookstores but especially used bookstores with books filling every nook and cranny.  what an awesome place!

i am spoiled.
nothing makes my day like receiving flowers for no special reason!

i am spoiled.

nothing makes my day like receiving flowers for no special reason!

Oct 4
tim took me to a blackhawks game last week.  it was a preseason game against detroit and was super fun.  plus, the hawks came from behind to win, which means that we’ve gone to three hawks games together now and our record increases to 3-0.  (we’re good luck, obviously).

tim took me to a blackhawks game last week.  it was a preseason game against detroit and was super fun.  plus, the hawks came from behind to win, which means that we’ve gone to three hawks games together now and our record increases to 3-0.  (we’re good luck, obviously).

Oct 3
i love having friends to run with.  i was in washington dc this last weekend and had the pleasure of running my last long run before the marathon (but only 8 miles!) with miss lisa.  (forgive the picture, it was early and we were tired and had just finished our run!)
good conversations make the miles fly by. plus, we ran along a nice bike/jogging path in bethesda that was lined with trees… great scenery, even though i’m spoiled by the chicago lakefront every day at home.
marathon ready?  i hope think so!  

i love having friends to run with.  i was in washington dc this last weekend and had the pleasure of running my last long run before the marathon (but only 8 miles!) with miss lisa.  (forgive the picture, it was early and we were tired and had just finished our run!)

good conversations make the miles fly by. plus, we ran along a nice bike/jogging path in bethesda that was lined with trees… great scenery, even though i’m spoiled by the chicago lakefront every day at home.

marathon ready?  i hope think so!