When in Wrigley


Hi guys!

Phew. After two days of indulgence, I’m ready to have a day free from any wine, beer, or cheese.



Or, in this case, something that resembles cheese 😉

But most importantly, CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!




Let me start at the beginning. Our friends, Kevin and Carmody came to meet us at an early rising time of 7:45 to take off for the game. We had bleacher seats, and bleacher seats mean if you get there first, you get front row!



I actually like bleacher seats the best. They always have a fun atmosphere…






and I think it’s a great view of the park:







However, vegetarian fare at Wrigley is not the best.



Gotta have a ball park beer!



Ah well, when in Wrigley, right?

So around the third or fourth inning, the Cubs pulled ahead and stayed ahead to win the game!! Woohoo! I’ve never been to a Cubs game where they’ve lost 😀

We weren’t ready to pack up and call it a day after the game. We wanted to celebrate!




So we headed a couple blocks down to a bar called Sluggers to join the crowds.







Oops, I think I caught an intimate conversation. Or a drunken argument. I’ll let you interpret.

And then, headed across the street to Bar Louie to get some substance in our bellies before the trip home. They only had one option that was vegetarian, but it was a fabulous option:




Cucumber, warm pita, hummus, tebouleh, and tzatziki sauce. Not bad!

See? Two days of wine, indulgence, too much, and FUN.

So this morning I got back on track starting off with a 9 mile run. I have to admit, I did NOT want to go on this run. It was raining and not even 50 degrees out yet, and would be my first run with long sleeves this training season.

Then I thought: Race day could very well be like this, or worse. This is what your training is about, Paige.

And so I ran. The first couple of miles were rough. It was cold, I accidentally had my Garmin in “stop time” gear for 3/4 a mile, and it was sprinkling. But before I knew it, the sun was out, and I was at the half way point.

After about 6.5 miles, I took out my fuel I had packed.




Heather had mentioned in the fueling for fitness presentation at the Healthy Living Summit that she uses honey packets for some energy during long runs. What a great idea! Why hadn’t I thought of this before? I’m not sure about super long runs, but for distances 10 miles or less, honey works great! Gave me just enough energy to power through the last few miles.

Another thing I was worried about during this run was my feet. On Friday, in a moment of ill decision-making, I chose cuteness over comfort, which in return gave the backs of my heels two little love marks for their gratitude. I dug deep inside my “running" drawer” to find some Dr. Scholl’s moleskin. I’d bought this last year, but hadn’t had to use it yet. I wasn’t too sure about how well it’d work, but 9 miles later…



The bandages were still secure and my heels felt fine!


Total distance: 9 miles

Total time: 1:21:24

Average pace: 9:04

These are based on estimates and calculations since I lost about .75 miles when my Garmin was in “time stopped” mode.


Well today’s plans involve a little grocery shopping, a little blog and website maintenance, a little cleaning, and a lot of R&R.

Happy Sunday, all!!

Who’s your baseball team? I was born a Cubs fan. We Cubs fans are a rare breed, I know, but no matter what their season average is, I’ll be root, root, rooting for the Cubbies 😀


16 Responses

  1. I heart cheesy pretzels. I didn’t really get into baseball until I moved to Dallas. Go Rangers!!

  2. Glad you had fun at the game! *And it looks to me as if that couple is about to go somewhere private* Haha 😀 And No game is complete without beer and stadium food! I really admire you for going on your run too! I probably would’ve been like ‘oh, I’ll just go tomorrow’ But not you! Have fun relaxing Paige!

  3. Glad you enjoyed the game and the Cubs won! I love hearing Go Cubs Go at the end after a win. It’s amazing that they always can play so well against the Cards. Sluggers is a favorite bar of mine. Drunk and trying to hit softballs= hilarious!

  4. Sounds like you had a great day. I love the cubs too and I am quite sad that I havent had a chance to see them in a year or so. I am also excited to our Normal Blogger Run on Friday. 🙂

  5. I didn’t really care about baseball at all until I moved to Chicago for grad school, and then I became a Cubs fan. There really is nothing like seeing a game at Wrigley! Your pictures make me miss Chicago and the Wrigleyville area tons!!

  6. I’m not a big baseball fan. College football is really the only sport I get into. I like going to baseball games okay but never keep up with them past that. And I haven’t been to a game in so long.

    Looks like you had a blast though!

  7. Aw man! We were so close to each other!!!

    And those guys playing the buckets are awesome. For my first trip to Wrigley, my friend Scott tipped them enough to let me sit in and play with them! It was sooo fun. But I was also soooo bad!

  8. Yay for a Cubs win!!! Go Cubs!!!
    Nice job on your run!

  9. Fun weekend! I am a Sox fan. I come from a die hard New England sports family. I’d be outlawed if I rooted for any other team 🙂

  10. I’m a Brewer fan! Don’t worry, I’ll still read your blog, even if we are mortal enemies 😛

  11. So glad you had a good time! Great recap!

    And way to go on getting out there this morning. It’s those kinds of runs that you can be so proud of. I also ran my first long run in long sleeves this morning – I was totally unprepared for the cold weather. Must get gloves asap!

  12. I don’t really follow baseball, but I’d love to go to a game someday.

    Great job on the run!

  13. Okay, I’m trying to catch up on blogs without commenting for the sake of saving time. But I HAD to click over and show support for my Toronto Blue Jays!!!! Sure, they’re second last in their division (just above my #2 team, the Orioles, I guess I’ve got a thing for losers). My Papa was a huge Jays fan and I grew up watching games with him. It was a big deal when I came to Toronto and got to see my first Jays game in their home stadium!

    Also, how did the honey taste straight up? Not sure I could do that without cutting it with something. I love the idea of natural fuelling on runs though. Now that I’m working at the running store, I’m realizing SO many people rely on packages gus and candies when something like dried fruit and syrup would work just as well. Some people say they even eat them for snacks at the office!!

    • Susan, Well i might have to say the same tjing about me and the teams i choose to follow too then;) haha The honey actually tasted really good at that point in my run. I just tore a hole in the corner of the baggie with my teeth and sucked it out. Hm, writing that does not make it sound too attractive LOL but it worked!

  14. HEY! my friend was at that game! ha. too bad i wasnt. sad. looks like a blast! that hummus plate looks exquisite!

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