Not the Only One

I was so happy to learn that I was not the only one who was excited to register for the Chicago Marathon today, wasted 2 hours of my life trying to register for said race, and proceeded to stress out to no end at work for most of the day.  After numerous failed attempts, I did end up getting in (on my cell phone so who knows how accurate it is).  I was thrilled that my perseverance paid off, but shocked to find out that I was registered not once, but twice!  Yikes!  I just checked on the Chicago Marathon site, and it seems that I wasn’t the only person double charged.  I have never heard of such a registration debacle, and I was grateful to be registered (twice) before they postponed registration!


Does anyone else have Chicago Marathon registration stories?


I spared you the majority of the details about how I ran out of a meeting early, lost internet at work, stalked the St. Jude representative, and almost had a coworker register for me, but I’m sure you get the gist!




Yea, it was pretty dramatic, so let’s rewind a few hours to breakfast…


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I tried something NEW!




This Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl is courtesy of Oh She Glows!  It is very similar to Overnight Oats without the oats!




Angela has some great suggestions on toppings, but I added ground flax seed and granola.




I was a big fan of the contrasting textures, and this breakfast was filling.  It was a great pre-run meal (this is saying a lot because I am picky about what I eat pre-run) and kept me energized throughout my 40 minute tempo run at the track.  I must admit that I thought about running outdoors today, for like a split second.  And then I saw the tornadoes of snow swirling around my neighborhood and went to the track instead.




Oatmeal and breakfast bowls are my favorite way to start the day, and I even had this Sweet Potato Dough Boy Smoothie the morning before the Chicago Marathon

I am positive that I am not the only one who will love this breakfast!  I might just have it again tomorrow : )



Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

From Oh She Glows!



2 tbsp chia seeds

3/4 cups almond milk

1 small bananas, chopped small

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

two pinches of cinnamon



Mash bananas in a medium-sized bowl. Stir in chia seeds.

Whisk in the almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon until combined.

Place in fridge overnight to thicken.

In the morning, serve with toppings such as oats, berries, nuts, grains, or nut butters


Note: The original recipe is written for two, but here is the half recipe for one!

32 thoughts on “Not the Only One

  1. Glad you got in! It looks like a lot of people were pretty angry about the fiasco. I’m excited to see your training start in a few months!

    • Me too! I really liked training the last time around!
      I have heard that people are pretty bad and I still don’t know if I am double registered because nobody has gotten back to me. Hopefully the race will run much more smoothly : )

  2. Chia seeds intrigue me! Living in the armpit of the Midwest limits what I can find in the grocery store, and I never think to order stuff online. I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled and maybe I’ll give this a shot, because it looks interesting!

    I thought of you last night after reading several Tweets about failed and/or multiple registration attempts. Glad you got in!

  3. Congrats on getting signed up for Chicago. I am hearing more and more about chia seeds. I am going to have to try them!

  4. I just came from another blog that said they had to shut down the Chicago Marathon website to get things in order because so many people were signing up!! Thank goodness you got your spot!

  5. The registration debacle is really interesting. I know so many people want to run Chicago but it’s usually not one of those marathons that sells out in an hour or anything ridiculous like the Marine Corps. I wonder what happened during registration. So glad you got in though!

    I saw that recipe on OSG and I can’t wait to try it!

    • I am happy I got in too before Chicago gets so big that it’s a lottery! I heard that because people can’t register for NY this year they are running Chicago. I just hope that the race runs more smoothly than the registration…ha ha! This is an awesome breakfast and I’ve been adding different toppings every day!

  6. Sorry that you had to go through all of that stress, but at least you got registered! It sucks that had so many problems. I don’t know how they weren’t prepared for this–they were hyping the idea that the marathon would sell out really quickly. I’m interested to see what they’re going to do to fill the rest of the spots.

    • Me too! I haven’t even heard when it opens again. I know there will be more space since everyone seems to be registered twice. I found out that emails were going around about a quick sell out but I didn’t get one. I am excited to get running!

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