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Speedy Treadmill Workout + Shamrock Shuffle Updates.

I woke up this morning to an inch or two of lake effect snow on the ground, temperatures in the 20s and reports of icy roads on WBEZ. Needless to say, the run I had planned on meeting a friend for did not happen. Thankfully I have a few treadmill workouts in my pocket for days like this. Even though it’s almost April, icy sidewalks are still a threat sometimes. This is spring in the Midwest!

The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k is on Sunday so I hope Mother Nature shapes up over the next 48 hours. As an NBC Chicago Stride blog contributor, I had the exciting opportunity to interview an elite runner recently with the Nike Oregon Track Club, Alexi Pappas. She is a 2016 Olympic hopeful and is running the Shamrock Shuffle on Sunday. Alexi holds the #1 bib in the race. Check out my Q&A with Alexi on NBC Chicago Stride!

A few more quick Shamrock Shuffle updates:

  • Sign up for NBC Chicago’s team (it’s free!) NBC Chicago has several employees running the race. Two runners, Zoraida Sambolin and Kye Martin, are participating in the “Run for TODAY” competition. If they win, they will travel to New York to run another race and anchor from the Today Show plaza. Winners are determined by how many people they can get to join their team in a local race. If any of you are registered for the Shuffle, or know other people who are running, consider signing up! All you have to do is fill out this online form, nothing else is required. I’m on the team!
  • Take a running selfie to be featured on NBC Chicago. Are you planning to take a running selfie at the race on Sunday? If so, send it to NBC Chicago for their photo gallery. Check out the details here. Use the hashtag #ShamrockSelfie or email photos to
  • Log your race miles with Nike+. Nike is running a race promotion on Sunday with the chance to win an entry to the marathon! All runners who log the Shamrock Shuffle race using the Nike+ app, make their final mile the fastest, and share on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #shamrockshuffleFF have the chance to receive an automatic entry to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

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