It's been a while since I've posted! That's because I've been insanely busy...but a very good busy that involved my first days off of work in the past two years that weren't for baseball :)
Last Tuesday I was out in Boston for my class again and got to meet up with a very good friend of mine from college who was visiting from Cambridge UK. I hadn't seen Helen since I visited her out there a few years ago with Stacie so it was great to catch up over some great food at Brown Sugar. (As you'll see, good food is a theme to the week).
I came back to Chicago on Wednesday and the MIT reunions continued as I met Carol at the airport. She was staying with me until yesterday and came in to run Shamrock Shuffle with me and enjoy spring break in Chicago! We had a blast and ate at all of the wonderful veggie restaurants of Chicago (Blind Faith, Chicago Diner, Karyn's Cooked) and made it to a Thai place up on Montrose that a coworker recommended called Roong Petch. They have this dish called double-0 tofu that's quite excellent. We also enjoyed a "Mock Duck" Massaman Curry that was tasty :) Although we had quite a hard time getting the waitress to understand our question when we asked if the "mock duck" was vegan. She was like, Duck, it's meat, not vegetarian! And we were like, but it's "mock" which means fake. Finally she went and asked someone and was like, oh yes, it's not duck :)
While not eating awesome food, we made it to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute, a showing of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and the expo for the Shuffle. All in all a super fun weekend!
The Shuffle itself was wonderful! Not only was the weather amazingly perfect for March in Chicago (mid 60s at race time, almost 80 by the end of the post-race party) but my favorite local band, Mike and Joe, were playing after the race for all of the runners! I couldn't imagine a more perfect day in Chicago! For those wondering, I finished in 47:04, a little over 3 minutes better than my time from last year! Not bad seeing as I haven't trained much at all this year. After all of that, I took carol back to the airport and totally crashed. Such a busy and fun week totally left me exhausted :)