Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Our First Runcation

Runcation, that sounds so much better to me than just a vacation, don't you agree?



Mike and I love to travel, unfortunately we don't get to very often because of my work schedule and our animals (we have four in case you were wondering).  Plus, in order to get anywhere "cool" from Rochester you have to drive pretty far!  We don't fly often because then we would have to rent a car and that is just a pain.

When we saw that the Rock 'n' Roll marathon series was offering a discount, we jumped at the opportunity to go somewhere.  We wavered between Providence and Chicago, only briefly, before deciding on the Windy City.  I've already been to Providence and Mike has driven through it so we've basically already been there.  

Our last big trip somewhere was to the Thousand Islands for our anniversary last year and it was amazing!  We didn't run there, we actually had just finished our first 10K and took the week off from running, but we could have if we wanted to.

 Tibbits Point Lighthouse, sorry all of our trips include lighthouses!

I think that our tradition is going to be going on an anniversary trip every year instead of doing the traditional gifts.  Our trip to Chicago is about a week and a half before our anniversary so it still counts!

We extended our trip a little bit so that we could take our time getting to Chicago and back home.

While running in the race is going to be amazing, there are so many other reasons why I am looking forward to this trip.  The sights, new places and new food (and food we don't have in Rochester) are just some of the many reasons why I can't wait!

We are planning on stopping at numerous lighthouses along the way, including making a trip into Wisconsin.  The farthest west Mike has been is Ohio (I've been to California with a brief stop at the St. Louis airport) so we both are going visit four new states: Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.  We also get to see two new Great Lakes: Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

 A rough idea of our trip, not including the Wisconsin part

I'm definitely a planner while Mike is more of a "go with the flow" kind of person.  We do have some "must see" items on our list like The Bean in Millennium Park, but we are also open to suggestions.

I know that a few of you that read my blog are from the Chicago area so do you have any "must see" items for us?  Any favorite restaurants?  Any places we should avoid? 

If you are running in the Rock 'n' Roll Chicago half marathon let me know and hopefully we can set up a blogger meet up!  Or if you are in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan or Ontario, Canada let me know and maybe we can meet up for dinner/lunch!

Have you ever gone on a runcation before?  What was your favorite part?

21 comments:

  1. How fun! I've wanted to do a vacation based on a race destination, though it has happened yet. I love the idea of a road trip and making lots of stops along the way. That's no longer a great option for us with an antsy 2 year old. :)

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    1. Having a 2 year old would definitely change things, but as she gets older it would be a really fun way for her to see the country!

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  2. That's so fun! I can't wait until I can start taking runcations. I just love thinking about all the amazing places I can visit!

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    1. Definitely! We have a few more coming up this year and I'm excited!

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  3. Eek, is this next weekend?? My parents and I will be in Chicago next Friday the 20th and then in Muskegon, MI the 21st and 22nd!

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    1. We definitely need to make plans to meet up! We were going to try to get to Muskegon after the race on the 22nd since there is a lighthouse there. And we'll be getting into Chicago on the 20th!

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  4. Taking a run-cation and RnR Chicago are on my bucket list!

    I went to school in the North Suburbs of Chicago, and miss the city a lot! If you're looking for fun things to do, make sure you walk through Millennium Park and see the Bean, go to Buckingham Fountain, and Navy Pier. If you're looking for a great meal, Gino's East has some of the best deep dish pizza! Giordano's isn't bad either.

    How far into WI are you planning on going? I'm a WI girl, and have a few suggestions, depending on where you're going and how long you're planning on staying...

    I hope you have a great run-cation! Can't wait to read your recap!

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    1. Awesome! Thank you for the tips!

      We are going to try to get up to Racine, that's probably the furthest north that we can go since we have to pick up our race packets on the day we're planning on going into Wisconsin. So it will be a short trip but if you have any suggestions for us we would love them!

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  5. That sounds like so much fun! I've always enjoyed my trips to Chicago!

    I'm in Columbus, Ohio if you get that far South. :)

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    1. Probably not this time, but definitely sometime in the future since it is relatively close to Rochester! I want to run in that relay that you did!

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  6. Girl, I am happy to help! Let me know where you're staying and what food you like and I will send you a list!

    I think it's a must to see Navy Pier, Millennium Park, The SkyDeck at Willis Tower, and perhaps go for a shake-out run along the lakefront path???

    Let me know what you need! :)

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    1. I will definitely email you! I want to try to meet you too :)

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  7. I heard running along the lake is great! I would say you could probably skip up going up to the top of Sears Towers, unless you're into that sort of thing.

    Have fun on your runcation!

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    1. We might have to do that even though we were supposed to have off days Friday and Saturday, we may make an exception though :)

      Thanks Rena!

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  8. Fun! I have never been to Chicago but hear its nice:) Have a great time and good luck in the race:)

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  9. Never been on runvaction, but it sounds like fun!

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  10. Chicago is the BEST! You must run along the lakefront path - it's beautiful and PACKED with runners. And the hidden pizza gem = Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder. Just get there early because they don't take reservations (and they only take cash!). SO AMAZINGLY DELICOUS!!! :)

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  11. Love the idea of a runcation! If only I could get Karl to run haha. But I may take a trip with my sister for the Princess Half!

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  12. I'm so jealous!! Can I hop in the car too?!

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  13. Hope you guys have a great runcation! It sounds like you will get to see several new places along the way.

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  14. Chicago is a lot of fun! I haven't been in years, but look forward to my next trip there.

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