I flew to Chicago early the day before the 5k race, which I will post about next. For the start of my carb loading, I made sure to stop at Boudin’s the airport for a bagel. The gentleman in front of me had one of those food court vouchers airlines give you when they mess up your flight. He had to use it all in one go, so he paid for my breakfast too. So kind of him and it started the trip off on a good note!
On the airplane they gave us breakfast, but I passed because I wanted to keep my calories mostly carbs. I had some of the fruit and an herbal tea while I read magazines and continued reading “How Bad Do You Want It.” I snacked on a Peanut Butter Clif Bar later in the flight though.
Once we landed and John and my parents and I all met up – we all flew in on different flights – we dropped our stuff at the hotel and headed to the expo. Before we headed to the expo, I had another Peanut Butter Clif bar since it was close to dinner time, but I still needed a little something. Flying through time zones is weird haha.
As usual, the energy in the expo was palpable. The Nike booth in particular was throbbing with loud music and people trying on the Vaporfly 4% (you can read my review here) and Zoom Fly (you can read my review here). After I bought a sweatshirt and quarter zip at the booth, I felt like I needed a nap.
The best part of the Nike booth was running into Bethany (@babfitrunlife). I felt someone grab my arm and say, “Are you Jennifer Kyle?!” And it was her!! We got a good laugh out of how hard it can be to recognize people in ‘real life’ – believe it or not, I am taller than the 1.5 inch squares on the gram.
Checking in and getting my bib number. My mom was asking the volunteer where she could get her bib number haha!!
Then I had to take the usual bib pick up shot. Outtakes occurred….
John does not like expos hahaha. He did like the soft pretzels and beer they had at this expo (I did not mind having a bite of his soft pretzel). But otherwise, the walking around between 100s of other people and waiting in lines is not his thing lol.
That evening, we went to Bavette’s for dinner. John had gone there with his sister a few years ago and remembered it was delicious. I got a small steak (eating more red meat has really helped me feel better this past year), and kept the sides to a small serving of brussel sprouts and about 1/4 of that potato. All the food was so delicious that it was hard not to overeat! But I didn’t want my stomach to feel messed up before race day.
We got a chocolate sundae for dessert and WOW! I kept it to a few bites, and had some of the candy because duh. It was AMAZING. Definitely check this place out if you are ever in Chicago. Next time I might need to save it for after the marathon haha! They had an unreal crab crake for an appetizer that was served with a huge loaf of warm bread. Be still, my carb-loading heart.
I think I may have to buy an ice cream dish like that for my own ice cream at home.
After dinner we went back to the hotel and I slept HARD!! Everyone always says 2 nights before the race is when you need to get a good night of sleep, because the night before you will be too nervous to sleep well anyway. I definitely did that!
5k recap and marathon recap coming next!