I was about half way up the AON building stairs when one of the volunteers said to me, "It's nice to see someone smiling while they're doing this". I thought about it a moment, and realized I was smiling because I was enjoying it. Crazy? Possibly. But the 16th annual AON building Step Up For Kids capped off a really fun athletic weekend for me.
It was an early start to the morning, getting my four kids up and ready to go downtown so they could wait for me to climb up some stairs. But it this climb benefits children who are treated at Lurie Children's hospital. And ABC-7 has been a proud sponsor of it for more than a decade. I wouldn't miss it.
Once we got there, the kids got to the top and marvelled at the view from the Mid-America club. And one of my friends got them to work making signs to greet me with at the end. It was one of the best feelings I've had after crossing the finish line seeing my little munchkins waiting holding those signs.
The winner, Spoule Love, is from New York. He explained that Chicago has apparently become the center of the competitive stair climb world. We have four or five good climb events here, while New York really just has the Empire State building climb. So we are the second city no longer! If you'd like to see the results, here is a link: https://results.active.com/events/aon-step-up-for-kids-benefiting-lurie-children-s
The weekend started with a really good run as well. The F^3 Lake Half Marathon has grown into a really nice event in it's fourth year. They moved the start to Montrose Harbor this year, and have a nice course that uses a good portion of the Lakefront path. They also sold out the race with about 1,800 runners.
The concept when they started this race was to have a really crazy run with friends in the middle of the coldest month of they year. Well, we haven't exactly had a harsh winter so far in Chicago, but Saturday was cold, and there was some snow and ice covering the path. Just enough to remind us that we were glad to be wearing that extra layer.
I enjoyed the chance to run the entire race with my friend Greg Sanchez. We ran pretty easy for the first half, picked it up a bit in the last four or five miles and ended up getting a pretty good workout in. My main job of the morning however, was to drive my friend
Tera Moody to the race. The elite marathoner was in town relaxing after running a successful Houston marathon a couple weeks ago, and she jumped into the race to get a workout while she was here. She and I are pictured with race director Kimberly Stedman.
She needed a ride to the race, and I was happy to get a chance to catch up with her on the ride over. We also got to meet up with race director Kimberly Stedman before the start. And fortunately, I delivered Tera to the start on time and home again after the race without incident! I didn't want to see the headline, 'News reporter mishap forces Moody to miss race'!
Finally Saturday night, my friends in the Elmhurst Running Club came out to celebrate what was a great year or running in 2012. It's nice to see runners in regular clothes at regular times of the day occasionally. We all gathered in the basement of one of the members to give out awards for last year, and look ahead to 2013.
And after a weekend like this one, I believe 2013 is off to a great start.
See you on the roads.......