The first official weekend of fall marked the first time we’ve run together in a long time. And we did it. The Run 10 FEED 10 – 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) – along Chicago’s lakefront – on a crisp, beautiful, sunny day.
We loved every minute of the run and our time together as twins, friends and runners. It couldn’t have been better. The Run 10 FEED 10 Chicago race was billed as a “fun run,” meaning we didn’t have to wear numbers pinned to our shirts or worry about our time when we crossed the finish line. And fun it was.
Without having our time flashed at us at each mile, we were able to set our own comfortable pace and enjoy the day, the scenery and the exhilaration. We were twins running together in synch – and deep in conversation the whole way.
It was great to be together – on the run – mixing it up with our fellow runners (including Chicagoan, blogger and marathon trainee, Erica Agran) along the lakefront. We felt alive, we felt energized and we felt even better for helping to provide meals to those in need.
Pre-Race Prep and Post-Race Fun
The race was the perfect excuse to spend almost 24 hours together. Our twin time started with a pre-race fuel-up on Saturday night to make sure we would be ready to spring out of bed when our alarms sounded Sunday morning. So what was our secret to success? Why sushi of course!
But, since we were scheduled to check in at Fleet Feet at 8 am the next day our night was pretty tame. Rest, not rallying was in the cards for us. The highlight was having Kim sleep over at Aimee’s place. It was almost like old times – except we didn’t have to share a room!
On Sunday, we were greeted by 50 degree weather and other tired but excited faces at Fleet Feet for the pre-race check in. The highlight for us? Being able to put on matching 6.2 (miles) tattoos.
After the race, we got to grab our very own limited-edition Project FEED bags chock full of goodies. We were proud of our swag bag – and glad we were able to wear it after finishing the run – and celebrating the fun.
Our 24-hour twin time was topped with some shopping, chatting and a family dinner in the suburbs. It was the perfect way to indulge, reminisce and plan our next run.
Twins On the Run
So where should our running shoes take us next? What Chicago runs are on your agenda this fall? Any “must do’s” for the casual runner? While we’re proud we went all the way with our 10K, we both agree that it’s as far as our feet will likely take us on one day. At least for now.
Here’s to more “fun” runs and times on the lakefront running path this fall. And here’s hoping the weather holds out for us all!
Cheers x 2!
Double Take Twins