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A run with my daughters

March 18, 2013 - Mike Donahey
Irish fairies and leprechauns wearing running shoes were out in force for Chicago’s Get Lucky 7K and half-marathon runs along its scenic lakefront Saturday.

My two daughters and I were part of the nearly 1,800 runners that ran in the festive 7K (4.34 miles).

We were well prepared for temperatures in the high 20s mixed with cold winds and sleet that greeted us as we tried to warm up in the staging area near the Soldier Field parking lot. In the spirit of the event, I was wearing green sweat pants, a green hooded sweatshirt over a mock turtleneck topped off with a sparkling green and gold headband over my trusty wool stocking hat. Otherwise, I was Mr. Black with a black wristband, gloves and ever-reliable New Balance Cross-Trainers. My daughters, 28 and 20, were both sporting green too.

Other participants had a variety of face paintings, fluorescent green beards, green hair, frilly tutus, shamrock-themed socks, top hats, and the like which added to the fun.

The race started promptly at 9:37 a.m., and we started out with a strong, steady pace which served us well to the end over the flat course. My daughters had trained more than me, and it showed especially the last mile, when my quadriceps muscles cramped up.

Regardless, I worked my way through that (pain is weakness leaving the body) and we held hands crossing the finish line as my wife and event volunteers cheered us on. Large, heavy-duty medals were awarded to finishers. Additionally, bagels, bananas, chocolate and water were available to snack on in the end.

Having a chance to run with my daughters is something I will not forget, and I'm hoping we can do it next year.

Credit the Get Lucky 7 Foundation with staging a well-organized and family-friendly athletic event. And yes, it was part of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s day festivities (held on Saturday since the 17th fell on Sunday) with the annual parade and turning the Chicago River green.



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