Chicago’s running season unofficially kicks off Sunday with the Shamrock Shuffle. About 36,000 runners are expected to participate.
I will not be one of them (stupid stress fracture).
This year I’m doing something different: Instead of stubbornly running through the pain, I will be volunteering with my friends at Fleet Feet Chicago.
The weather is supposed to be cold and slushy (see the forecast from my co-worker and Shamrock Shuffle runner Amy Freeze.) And I can’t imagine anyone actually wanting water at Mile 1 where dozens of my new friends and I will be handing out cups. However, hand out cups I will!
As the date draws closers, I’m having visions of me being Kramer and some poor sap taking a cup of coffee from me, thinking it’s water instead.
So if you see a volunteer wearing a Shamrock Shuffle bib with the numbers scratched out and “Follow @fmyinjury on Twitter” scrawled in thick black marker, maybe you take a cup from the person standing to her left or right.
Kidding aside — stop by the first mile water stop and say hi. I will do my very best not to hurt you.