Rooms ‘n Runs

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 13, 2010

Good morning!

My alarm went off after too little sleep. I opened my peepers and I had NO idea where I was for a split second! Always strange waking up in a hotel room.

In all the excitement last night, I forgot to show you pictures of the room. It’s very historic feeling. Very high ceilings and lots of thick baseboards and crown molding.


I think Kath described it best when she said it was like a college dorm room…just much bigger and nicer. (My dorm room was not very nice and very tiny!).


My desk blogging station!


Very comfy bed. Once I was able to sleep (my mind swirled for about an hour), I slept like a baby! Eric was out like a light as usual. ;)


Our views:



Such a beautiful city!


I got up regrettably after too little sleep! I set the alarm until the last possible minute and quickly got ready for the group run. I inhaled a Run Glo Bar and filled my Camelbak!

Nice stash, eh?


Pre-run snack was Run Glo Bar:


Post-run snack was a juicy apple!


It was around 7:15 when we left and already very hot!

Running friends!


I’m not sure why I brought my music because I didn’t need it today. I guess just out of habit! We were all like zombies this morning from lack of sleep.

This quickly woke us up…



We ran about 1.75 miles with the group and then they turned back for a tour they are going on. Freya and I continued on and completed about 7 miles in 1 hour.


Freya came all the way from England! She is such a sweet English Rose. ;)


It was super hot, but we enjoyed each other’s company and the scenery! How could you not?




Glad I saw this because I was loosing steam around mile 6!!!


When I got back Eric was still having a wonderful sleep! I was a bit jealous, but very happy I ran those 7 miles.

We are meeting a group to go out and photograph the city and have brunch/lunch. Should be fun! I need to put LOTS an of sunscreen on as I think it is supposed to be over 100 degrees today.

Have a great Friday!

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Stasi August 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Welcome to Chicago Angela! I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now and it’s been SO inspirational! I love your sunny outlook on life and drive to go out there and make everyday a matter. I’ve never posted anything before, but since you’re visiting my city I wanted to welcome you. Enjoy yourself and try to stay cool out there :)


Elli @ 16 and Losing It August 13, 2010 at 1:55 pm

What a beautiful hotel room! Chicago is such a beautiful city! 7 miles in an hour is great! Sounds like a good way to start off the day. I love running in the morning, it wakes me up and helps me feel fresh (after my shower of course!)


Penny August 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I. Am. Jealous.
I wanted to attend HLS last year, but alas, I was 9 months pregnant. This year, alas, I have a baby. Funny how that works huh?
Maybe next year……..


Anna August 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

You ran 7 miles in this crazy heat and humidity?!?! (I live in Chicago) That’s dedication!!


Allison August 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

You will have a GREAT TIME..Chicago is a WONDERFUL CITY. It’s gonna be hot so be careful. We are neighbors now, I live in St.Louis.. Enjoy, enjoy..


Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

It’s so gorgeous!! I bet running through that city was a peice of cake with so much to look at.

Have fun with the rest of your day!!


Ashley August 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Just lovely. However, I am missing from the photos!! xo


Tori August 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

A Big WOOP WOOP to the joining of my two favourite bloggers!I’m so happy Freya is there representing th UK!looks like an amazing run.hope you’re all having a great time-so excited to hear about he rest of your adventures!


Darcy @ shesingsatthetable August 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Nice going on the long run in the humidity! I’m not all that far away from Chicago (in Iowa) and it is definitely air you can WEAR!


Kristina August 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

AHHH…as a chicago native you have made me miss home! The last hotel I stayed at in the city was the Congress. So old town feel! Enjoy that beautiful city and don’t forget to walk to the BEAN!!


The Wife of a Dairyman August 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I have a real difficult time getting up in the morning for my 5:30 boot camp class but once I’m at the gym….it’s all good and I’m so glad I made it:) no better feeling than a good workout to start the morning:)


sassy molassy August 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Ooh, I love your tank top angela! Great color.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Hahaha, like a college dorm – I wish! My dorm room was like jail cell! :P

Way to go on your run!


chelsey August 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Good job on the 7 miles! Especially in that hot and sticky weather!


alanna August 13, 2010 at 10:49 pm

I hope you ladies are having tons of fun in Chicago – it is one of this NYC girl’s favorite cities. I wanted to recommend a great restaurant, since you seem to be in need. Gioco’s on Wabash Ave – I had the most amazing brunch of my life and a delicious lunch salad as well. It’s probably a hike from your hotel, but totally worth it.

Have fun! Alanna


Wei-Wei August 14, 2010 at 2:42 am

Wow, great run! Does Freya have a British accent? ;) I can’t believe she came from England! Gotta go check out her blog again. :D



Amie August 14, 2010 at 8:26 am


I can’t believe you’ve never been to Trader Joe’s! I live in Chicago and I love that store!!!



Marcie August 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

That’s my husband’s cousin in that group picture! She’s the last on the right. Jessica writes Fit Chick in The City in New York! I’ll have to tell her that I saw her on your blog!


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