Sunday, March 2, 2014

The 2014 NHL Stadium Series

Lets take a second to be real. Training for a race can take over your life. If this isn't a true statement to you, look in the mirror and admit it to yourself. It happens to everyone. We put long runs in the morning over going to dinner with friends. I often catch myself planning trips with races. 

When my husband bought us tickets to the NHL Stadium Series game in Chicago I was really excited. The first words out of my mouth were, "Does the hotel have a gym? That's week three of training." 

Not kidding. I really said that. He then pleaded with me to not run that weekend and just enjoy the little time we would be spending in Chicago. He was right, and I agreed. 

So this week was really different. I only ran two miles. Those two miles were not enjoyable and I did not have my head in it. I was really achy from the cold and trying to get everything ready for the weekend. 

Thursday started our hockey filled weekend. We had tickets to the Penguins game against Montreal. 

It was the first game after the Olympic break, and the team looked rusty. They ended up losing in a shootout. It was very cold outside, now I'm worries for the weekend. 

We got in the car early Friday morning, which is why I didn't get to post a Five Things Friday, and we started on our way. 

We checked into the hotel and instantly looked for the best pizza we could find. Luckily right across the street from the hotel was a Giordano's. They had both thin and deep dish. We decided to split a thin the first night. Delish! We also enjoyed some local brews with some friends. A nice first day. 

Saturday was game day! We decided to take in the sights of Chicago for a little. Some of which included eating cupcakes and FREEZING! 

Now, before we go any further, I am a HUGE hockey fan. We have a half season plan for the Penguins. I'm also a big Blackhawks fan. Jonathan Toews is my most favorite player. I found a way to support both teams at the game. 

After we layered up, we made the mile walk down to Soldier Field. I'm wearing three pairs of socks, three pants, five top layers not including my coat and a hat and scarf. It's freezing and snowing. We finally make it to the stadium and the wind and snow have really picked up. So much so I could only stand the weather to take a few pictures. 

The coolest thing of the entire game was getting to take part in a Chicago Blackhawks tradition and screaming at the top of your lungs during the national anthem. AMAZING! 

The game itself was pretty awful. The Penguins really didn't show up, but Toews scored twice and it was totally worth it. 

It was a nice little break, but there is a task at hand. The Pittsburgh Half Marathon is creeping up and it's time to really switch it in to gear! 

What is your favorite non running sporting event to attend?


  1. I watched the game and thought it would have been so fun to be there. The snow was really coming down for a while.

    I can appreciate the fact that you were concerned about your training. I do the same thing, but sometimes it's nice to step away, even if it's just for a week and be like a "normal" person. There's nothing wrong with that. :)

    Glad you had a good time.

    1. It was kinda nice to be "normal" for a week. It's going to be hard getting back in the swing of things!

  2. OMG, that game looked miserable to be at, I'm not personally a hockey fan though.

    You guys sound like me and my hubby, LMAO. Me wanting to run, him not wanting me too, so funny!

    I always take pictures of the state signs too, I have a collection going.