Aunt Sally, BoBo, YaYa, their cousins Sara & YaYa, and I took the train to the “windy city” today. As we stepped foot out to the streets of Chicago, I was hit in the face with the fumes from those smoking just outside the door. I immediately began coughing, the gagging to the point of near puking. It was so embarrassing. They can’t take me anywhere. I am sure that the kids were a bit humiliated.
It wasn’t all that windy. Instead it was sunny and lightly raining. The kids loved it. They stood out on the sidewalk with their faces to the sky and mouths open wide. Then we walked to take in a few sights (including Sears Tower, where the view was incredible.)
Eventually, after a long walk, varying directions, and a LONG bus ride, we made it to The Expo. This was the only objective that I had for the day. I felt a little guilty that we had to go so far off the beaten path to pick up my race goodies. But soon after we arrived at the expo I could tell that the kids were not at all put out.
BoBo made a b-line to the Powerbar booth, then the Whole Foods booth, and so on. The kids were in heaven with all of the freebies. I got my stuff and then the whole exhausted lot of us took a taxi back to the train station.
The weather in Chicago is heating up. I know that some of you are freaking out. I might do the same too. For now, however, I am trying to be positive about it. After all, we did train in the heat of summer. Today was actually pretty nice, so I am hopeful that my running friends (all 45,000 of them) and I will have a great race.