Here I am homies: In front of the Buckingham Fountain. Look at me -- so positive and jubilant in the days before the marathon. Ah, who knew I'd be huddled up near there after the race waiting for my husband while I cried? Below: My husband and I in the Signature Room atop the John Hancock Tower. We enjoyed our beers there and the view. My husband came out in shadow in the picture, but he's really not evil in real life.
Here's my best T-Rex pose in front of Sue at the Field Museum. We spent half the day here: It was great. We also got to visit the Art Institute and see all the same pieces that Ferris Buehler did, so that was awesome.
Below: Me (you recognise that face, don't ya?) with the other RBFers at Barb's 27th Mile gathering on Sunday night. Sorry homies, I don't have time now to hyperlink your asses, but from the left: Denise (MN Firefly), Barb (Running Jayhawk), Dawn (don't know if she has a blog), Mike (Out of Shape Guy, aka "Mr. Jayhawk"), Margo (Running My Mass Off) and Tiffany. There were lots of other runners and bloggers there and it was a beer-tastic good time.
The trip, as I mentioned before, was great. We ate a lot of good food, got to visit some neighborhood stuff in Wicker Park and Bucktown, walked the Magnificent Mile, visited Navy Pier and rode the Ferris Wheel (a little frightening -- neither my husband nor I remembered that Ferris Wheels freak us out; however, it did offer a wonderful view of the city skyline), and saw Soldier Field and the outsides of the aquarium and planetarium. We rode the shit outta the CTA (I *heart* it -- so convenient and reliable, if a bit slow due to some construction out on the Blue Line), and in general, we really enjoyed the city.
Now, if they could just figure out the water situation on a marathon course...