Amita Health & Fitness Rollerblading Marathon Race Recap + Weekend happenings

Yes I did participate in a rollerblading marathon. Yes it was 26.2 miles of rollerblading in sweltering hot weather. But it was SO fun. Like not as fun as running a marathon bc #runnershigh but still fun. Honestly I wish I had someone with me while rollerblading because we couldn’t listen to music either and I got kinda bored.

I will give you a full run down on the event in case you ever want to participate in a rollerblading marathon yourself. This event was hosted by All Community Events which puts on a variety of races all across the country. They host quite a few events in the Chicagoland area from 5ks, glow runs, half marathons, marathons, and rollerblading races. I am planning on doing a few of their half marathons this fall so definitely check out their website for future races!

Lets start at the beginning:


The race was on Saturday morning so I drove home on Friday night after class. Going home for the weekend was for two reasons: first that I was house sitting/ dog sitting my dog and second was that I was participating in the race! Friday afternoon I was seeing a patient for a cleaning (moving up in the world!) and finished at about 4:30. I headed back to my apartment to clean up and have a quick dinner before getting on the road at 6. I wanted to wait until traffic died down a bit because if you’ve ever driven in traffic near Chicago you know that it is not fun!

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I had some roasted potatoes and carrots for dinner seasoned with curry, garlic, and black pepper. I dipped the carrots & potatoes in the Thai Coconut Curry hummus from Hope hummus! This meal was essentially my pre face fuel because the race was the next morning and I didn’t eat too much before the race.

I got home, played with my dog for a bit, then headed to walmart to pick up a helmet (they were required for the race). I hit the hay early and got up at 5:20 the next day for the race. I was out the door by 6 am and drove myself to the race. I had a little bit of an issue with finding the parking and getting there because there was construction right after exiting the highway. I think that the arrows on the roads/ orange cones could have been a little more clear on where to park. I ended up parking in the wrong lot because I was afraid of being late but it was all good in the end! I put on my skates and skated over to the start line.

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The race was on the smaller side so it was easy to get through the registration line the morning of. I got my race bib, slid on my chip timer and waited about 15 minutes for the start of the race. I was kind of nervous for the start of the race since there would be a lot of us close together trying to get rolling (pun intended). People actually started out a little on the slower side which was nice so everyone could get out of the starting gates without knocking someone else over.

The race was a big loop that was to be completed 6 times. The same loop 6 times over got pretty repetitive very fast. The first lap of the race I was just trying to figure out the course without going too fast. I wanted to check out the rough parts of the road/rocks/steep downhills, etc. There was one downhill where you had to round two corners pretty quickly after each other so I was thankful to not have passed out.

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Overall the race was fun but I got bored about 2 laps in. The race did not allow headphones and I was doing it alone so it got pretty boring. I love listening to music while I run because it puts me in a good mood and I love a little jam sesh.

Would I do it again? Probably. But I would first practice rollerblading more than 12ish miles at a time and would make someone else sign up and do it with me. This race would have been a blast with another person.

I definitely underestimated the difficulty of this race. I told myself that it was nothing compared to running a marathon (semi true), but it was still hard work! I was tired and starving by the end. I also would have eaten more than 2 mangoes before the race. I definitely would have felt better with more fuel in the tank!

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I tried to get a photo post race to document how sweaty I was (hello it was 90 degrees by the time I finished) but this picture does not do it justice. My head looked like I dunked it in a bucket of water. I guess thats what happens when you wear a helmet when its hot as balls out.

So what did I do the rest of the weekend??

I went to veggie fest, went shopping, walked my dog, and went to free Corepower yoga!

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I snagged some goodies from Veggiefest! I loved walking around checking out all of the vegan/vegetarian booths. They had everything from vegan food companies, to natural/cruelty free makeup, to yoga studios, to meditation/spirituality classes. There were also some great speakers talking about plant based nutrition, awesome food demos, and of course lots of great free stuff!

I literally sweat through my shirt while I was there, but it was totally worth it. The vitamin shoppe even gave out free water bottles so that made the heat a little more bearable.

After veggiefest I went to tjmaxx and got a new non-stick yoga mat! They had the manduka brand there which from what I have read online is pretty legit! I scored it for half of the price that it is sold for online! #bargainbetty

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Of course i had to try it out at Corepower Outdoor Yoga the next morning. I actually had not planned on going to this yoga class, but then I woke up in the morning and remembered that Corepower hosts a free yoga class on Sunday mornings at MB Financial park near Ohare airport. I would not normally travel that far for a yoga class (45 min drive), but it was right on the way back to school!

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It was awesome to do some outdoor yoga in the sunshine. There was a nice breeze too so it wasn’t horribly hot (I like it hot!). The class was nothing super intense, but still had some really good escalations and stretches. I typically like the crazy intense yoga classes where I question my sanity.

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Aquafina had some sparkling water for us to try after the race. Hands down the best sparkling water I have ever had. SO. GOOD.

After the class I drove back to school, showered, went into the lab to drill some plastic teeth (#dentistlife), had dinner, studied, and went for a walk along the lake.

What did you do this weekend? Would you ever participate in a roller blading marathon?? Do you like to workout with music? What should i add to my running playlist?

4 comments on “Amita Health & Fitness Rollerblading Marathon Race Recap + Weekend happenings”

  1. What a cool idea for a race! I LOVE rollerblading and I bet I’d love doing that. Bummer on the no music, though- that’s the biggest motivator for me! Hopefully you can convince someone to do it with you if you do it again!

    1. It was pretty cool! Definitely would have been a blast to do it with a friend/sibling. I always listen to music when I workout so it was so hard for me to not have it!

  2. I haven’t rollerbladed in AGES, this sounds like so much fun. And what a unique way to race!

    1. Its so different from traditional running races- was fun to try something new!

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