St. Michael’s Oktoberfest 5K

Last week on Thursday, my roommate, her fiancé, and I ran the St. Michael’s Oktoberfest 5K in Lincoln Park.  It was kind of a last minute decision, but it turned out to be so much fun.  The race started and finished near the entrance to the Lincoln Park Zoo and the course looped around the zoo, with most of the running taking place on zoo and park paths.  The weather was just perfect for an evening run and it was amazing to me how many runners there were given that the race took place on a Thursday night.

Upon entering the race, we received a t-shirt, Oktoberfest mug, and several small samples of sport-related items such as Power Bars, Sport Beans, sport creams, etc.  My favorite part of races is the goodie bag!  After race completion, there were so many treats for finishers including bananas, coconut water, bread, granola bars, apples, and much more!  I was so impressed with the amount of post-race refreshments the people at St. Michael’s provided.

In addition to the race-site refreshments, there was a post-race party at Ranalli’s in Lincoln Park.  Each runner got to enjoy some free appetizers, and even a free Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest beer! It was so fun just hang out and meet new people who are interested in the same things that I am.

This race was so well-organized and one that I will definitely consider doing next year!  Below is a picture of us…so happy!


It’s the Playoffs!

Throughout the summer, I have been playing in an adult kickball league (yes, they exist!) with a lot of my friends from college.  I went to the University of Dayton for my undergrad and when I moved to Chicago, I found out that UD has its own kickball league.  Naturally, my friends and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to show off our awesome skills on the field, so we formed a team and joined the fun!  Below is a picture of our fabulous team!

After several Wednesday night games (some wins, some losses), we have now entered the important part of the season…the playoffs.  Last Wednesday was our first playoff game and we won 12-2!   Our team captain is very competitive so I am always terrified to do something wrong.  I typically find a spot way in the outfield where the ball never goes so I don’t have to touch the ball.  🙂   I am more interested in making sure that my shoes don’t get too dusty than making sure I am good at kickball.  I will say that I am pretty good at the whole kicking thing though.  I got on base twice last game!

Probably the best part of kickball is all of our college friends getting together before the games to hang out and catch up.  We all enjoy having this time of the week to unwind and have some fun.  Sometimes college seems like just yesterday.  🙂

Playoff game #2 takes place next Wednesday night.  Hoping for another win!  Oh, and if your are really interested in adult kickball…check out WAKA – The World Adult Kickball Association.  Hooray!