This year has brought a lot of awesome first for us, including our first 5K run together! A few weeks ago, we headed to Chicago’s gorgeous lakefront to complete the Energizer 5k Night Race and had a blast in our efforts to help raise funds for solar lighting for people with unsafe lighting conditions. We prepped a few weeks before by building up our stamina in Humboldt Park. Later we picked up our race packets the week of and found our snazzy Energizer race shirts. Our race bag also included our Energizer headlamps and some race prep samples like Dove clinical deodorant and Schick razors (hey gotta look and smell good for those other competitors, right?).
The race had validated parking set up at the Radisson Blu hotel….which was the terrible thing!! The lot was small, maze-like and confusing, thus we were late for the race :). So late that the starting line was being dismantled as we started. Some helpful bunny ear bedecked spectators pointed us in the right direction, we set our timer and began our jaunt down the shore. The packs of headlamp runners gave us the energy to push through swarms of fruit flies and humidity to the finish line.
Our time was 11.30 minutes a mile!!! A personal best. Afterwards, we kicked back some Gatorade and water and then enjoyed the post race party. We jammed to live music, snacked on free KIND bars (wooohoo!!) and grabbed gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches from Cheesie’s Pub & Grub food truck, all with a huge blow up Energizer bunny swaying in the evening breeze. We would definitely love to participate in the Night Run next year.
There are still runs going on internationally until the end of the year in places like South Korea, Belgium and Germany. Anyone wanna hop on a plane?!