Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up- Racing Sausage 5k Race Recap

This weekend was busy but a lot of fun.
Friday after work I went with my neighbors to the Grayslake pool for a few hours. Thankfully the weather held out and we were able to enjoy our time at the pool. I even had my first Hawaiian Ice in years! Tigers blood of course! That night Justin and I did some shopping and got groceries. I received a spend $15 get $15 off coupon for Archivers and was able to get a Smash book and pen for $2.50.
Saturday I got up at 5 am to drive to Milwaukee for the Famous Racing Sausages 5k at Miller Park.
Yes you get to run with these guys
I met my co worker John there, his wife Traci, her mom, and another co worker Todd. Justin had to work and unfortunately could not come, maybe next year! The weather was really nice and not as hot as I expected it to be. The race is really popular and has sold out every year since 2008. This year there would be 4,000 people signed up to run. We got there about 45 minutes before the race and were able to relax and stretch before heading to the start line. I did not take any pictures during the race because I was focused but here are some before:
Love the color of the shirt, glad it's not white!

My bib
Waiting for the race to start outside the Haus

The racing sausages were on everything!

Miller Park looks weird in this photo with no cars in the parking lot

Hot Dog!
Traci, her mom, and I stuck close to the 10-15 minute mile starting area. Little did I know that tons of walkers also picked this area instead of the walker area. I spent the first 1/2 mile bobbing and weaving walkers to try and get out of the crowd, I think this certainly effected my time. Also, this is my first race with chip timing. We crossed the little speed bumps and I stopped and asked if we crossed the start line already. Ugh I should have kept going. The course was really interesting and hotter than expected! You ran for the first 2 miles around the parking lot of Miller Park (no trees in the blazing sun), there was water at mile 1 and about mile 2.5.
At mile 2, you entered the baseball stadium via the delivery doors. I got to run on the warning track from right field, around home plate, and back to left field. It was amazing being on the field and looking up at the seats. It was also cool because they were prepping the field for the ball game that night, I tried to soak in as much as I could running through that stadium. The Garmin went a bit wacky inside the ballpark since it could not get a signal. We headed out another delivery door we went and headed back towards the Sausage Haus where we started. As I was making the way towards the finish I saw Chorizo  and Hot Dog but could not catch them, turns out they started about 4 min before me and technically I beat them :).
My Garmin said I finished in 36:27 and I believe that over the number below because as soon as I crossed the chip bump I stopped to turn on the Garmin. So I count that as my official time. Now I know how these chip things work. I can't wait to sign up for the 10k in September and also for this race again next year. Miller Park and the Brewers put on a good race. Lots of volunteers and a well marked course. I did not get my beer or hot dog after the race but that's ok.
Race Site: 
I tried to head to Sprecher's after the race to get more soda and beer but they did not open until 11am, oh well next time! Afterwards we headed back to Traci's mom's where I got to meet her sister and we relaxed and went swimming. I got to see John and Traci's dogs that I heard so much about! It was a very nice time. I headed home about 2pm after Khalid (another co worker) got there because they were all going to the baseball game that night, boy was I tired from getting up and the run! When I got home I took a slight nap with Tobi and then Justin and I went to Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner. I got a hummus Mediterranean salad and we split onion rings.
Sunday we relaxed and watched tv until about 2pm, then we folded laundry and cleaned the house. After that we made dinner, burgers, green bean fries, fries, and veggies. It came out so good!
My burger was a California style burger with guacamole and scallions

Justin made a double burger with cheese and bacon
During and after dinner we watched the Yankees play the Red Sox. We are 2 hours in and it is only the 6th, Red Sox winning 7-5, let's go Yankees!
How was your weekend?


  1. Awesome job! I want to run with the hot dog! Also, my husband is HUGE Yankees fan! I took him to see a game in TX when they played the Rangers at Arlington Ballpark. We were watching the game last night too :)

    1. Thanks Amanda it was a lot of fun! I love the Yankees too, too bad they lost today and yesterday. I always wanted to go to Arlington Ballpark, it looks very cool!