Now that the Chicago Marathon is over, I have a moment to write about a couple of cool things:
1. Making the Oiselle Team. When I got the email on Saturday at Fleet Feet Chicago (Thank you smart phone) that I had made the Oiselle Team – I freaked out and I was in shock (like I had just been accepted to Harvard Undergrad with a 800 on my SATs and 2.8 GPA, but solid extracurricular activities). I called my mom, who didn’t really understand what was going on (maybe because I was screaming words that didn’t make sense) so I hung up the phone on her (I bet she will understand once she tries on the pair of Lesley running tights I planned on buying her for Christmas. BOOM. In your face Mom. Just kidding, I love you!)
I literally didn’t know what to do when I received the Oiselle email. I wanted to tell everyone at Fleet Feet Chicago (I held back), but I did buy a pair of Oiselle Distance shorts that they had on hold for me. Major Props to Fleet Feet for being able to hold a pair of shorts via twitter. Very 2012 of them.
I feel honored to be picked by such a wonderful brand, and to join a great group of women athletes. I’m not a Professional Runner (see: 4:03 marathoner), although sometimes I like to pretend I am (see: WWLFD?) but I love to run. One of the many things I love about Oiselle, besides being fashion foward, is that they see all runners as equal. No matter what your pace, age, or distance – you are still a runner.
This is going to be an amazing, fun, and fast year of: Going Fast & Taking Chances.
2. What’s Next? New York City Marathon, kids. Yes, I am running NYC marathon in a couple of weeks (22 days to be exact). NYC was supposed to be my victory lap run after going Sub-4 in Chicago, but since that didn’t happen (soooo close, but no cigar), I haven’t decided yet if I am going to give it the old ham and cheese sandwich (Is this even a saying? I might have just made this up.) What I mean to say is that I’m not sure if I am going to try to run a Sub-4 in NYC. I think New York City is a much tougher course than Chicago, and to be honest, I really want to enjoy NYC. I want to high-five everyone, maybe do a twirl down 1st Avenue?, eat a bunch of twizzlers, stop at Bed, Bath & Beyond…I don’t know if I’ll have enough time!
But another part of me says: Jocelyn, Go for the Sub-4. Maybe it will be a game day decision. Let’s just see what happens in the next couple of weeks. Because…
3. Dude, I’m so sick after the Chicago Marathon. I spent Wednesday and Thursday huddled up in my bed with a very low fever (100.4) debating wether or not to go to the Hospital (I can get a little dramatic when I’m sick). I really hate taking sick days from work because (1) they come out of my vacation days (2) Read #1 again. But since I could barely get out of bed on Wednesday, I ended up going to CVS to load up on all the medicine they had, plus a Snickers Bar (which is basically medicine). I made it to work alive today (Friday), but I forgot how much a marathon takes out of your immune system.
4. Thank you so much for all the comments on my Chicago Marathon Recap Post! I appreciate ALL of them, and it looks like a lot of you have marathons coming up in the near future. Can’t wait to read all about them on your recaps. If anyone knows how to make DIY Break-Away pants, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance!