Sunday, April 3, 2016

2016 Shamrock Shuffle Race + Weekly Workouts

I started the road race season in Chicago today with many thousands of my running acquaintances - finishing the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k race. This year marks my fifth time running the Shamrock Shuffle. Even though the run takes place every year a few weeks past St. Patrick's Day, most people are still decked out in their best green running gear.

More than 23,000 runners finished the Shamrock Shuffle this year. I was in wave 2 for the race, which didn't start until 9am. Best idea. I was freezing waiting for the race to start {it was 32 degrees this morning}, but warmed up quickly once we got going. For the elite runners, Alexi Pappas won the female title for the second year in a row, and Stephen Sambu the men's title.

I took the race easy this year, as my mileage is still getting back to "normal" numbers after the winter season. I ran the race solo in 52:50 {coming in 13,550th place} and enjoyed my Spring music to keep the pace steady.

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After the race I stopped at Peet's Coffee & Tea on Michigan Avenue for an almond milk latte {my absolute favorite}, then met up with K at Baker Miller in Lincoln Square for brunch. I don't know what it is about Peet's Coffee, but I'm obsessed. Their espresso is so smooth and flavorful.

I have mentioned Baker Miller on this blog before - it's a bakery that only uses local whole grains, ground and milled by the proprietors. For the main dish, I had the vegan "meg" sandwich - cumin smoked carrots, harissa pecan sauce, collard greens, and avocado on sourdough bread. Even though K and I try to avoid sugar most of the time, we couldn't resist a brunch dessert by sharing Baker Miller's whole wheat cinnamon roll. SO good.

The rest of last week's workouts included:

Tuesday, 3/29: Ran 4 miles
Thursday, 3/31: Ran 3.75 miles
Friday: 1 hour yoga class
Saturday: active rest - walked over 20,000 steps!
Sunday: Shamrock Shuffle 8k - 5 miles

Now it's time to relax. For more on the Shamrock Shuffle, check out my 2015 race recap on the NBC Chicago Stride blog.

How was your weekend?


  1. Looks like a beautiful day. Your lunch also looks delicious!