1. Whoever said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” clearly was not a runner.
Last Sunday, I made my way to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for CARA’s Marathon Training Super Clinic. I didn’t stick around for any of the seminars this year because I couldn’t make it work with my schedule, but I needed to pick up my packet since training begins on Monday (yikes). I had time to kill downtown and needed to get lunch, but I didn’t want to spend money. I thought about waiting until the sponsors came out with lunch around 12:45, but as I dug through my packet to see what kind of goodies they had for me this year, I found a coupon for a free bowl of pasta (or salad, or sandwich) at Noodles & Company. I had that coupon in my possession for all of about 45 minutes.
Woohoo! Free lunch!
AND THEN, since I was already close to Mariano’s, I walked over to cash in another coupon I had, this time from my Shamrock Shuffle packet for a free 6 oz. gelato.
Free lunch AND free dessert, all courtesy of running. The next time someone asks me why I run, I think I’ll just direct them to this 😛
2. Speaking of deals, I got back to Chicago pretty early in the day on Friday and since I had taken the day off work, decided it was high time to put some of my Christmas gift cards to use. I had $40 to Macy’s, and though I anticipated only spending $40 at Macy’s would be a challenge, I didn’t know quite how hard it would be until I started looking at tank tops that were all $60+. No thanks. But then, off in the distance: 75% off. I beelined it to the clearance rack and dug through the motley collection of clothes in search of things I could actually afford. I tried on a few shirts, found a couple I liked, and, after doing the math on my phone, found that together they should cost me $39.93, including tax. That’s pretty darn close to $40, so I took this as a sign that I was meant to buy both shirts and made my way to the register.
WELL. As the woman at the register rung up my items, she said, “Wow! What a deal on this shirt!” The shirt in question was a Lucky short sleeve shirt, originally about $70 (LOLWHUT. Who pays $70 for a SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT?!) marked down to about $25. Apparently, the shirt was mismarked, however, as it actually rang up at $14. The other shirt I bought was mismarked as well, plus Macy’s gift cards count as Macy’s cards, so I got an additional 15% discount. When all was said and done, I paid a whopping $24.63 for both shirts, for a total savings of…
Right?!?! I was so proud of myself. Also, can we discuss the fact that TWO short sleeve shirts at full price would have cost $106.54? SERIOUSLY?? This is why I shop at H&M and Forever21. You can practically buy the entire store for that price.
3. Way back in January, I won a free month of unlimited yoga at CorePower from CARA. I waited to cash it in until after I finished all my spring races so I could actually go to yoga without feeling like I should have been running instead. My month expires today, and not gonna lie: I’m pretty bummed about it. I’ve loved going to yoga over this past month. I usually went twice a week, though occasionally I made it as often as four times per week. I’m not a huge fan of hot hot yoga, but CorePower’s intro level C1 classes aren’t very heated, nor are their CoreRestore classes, which I adored. Though my triceps have been more sore for this past month than probably at any other point in my life (so. many. chaturangas.), it’s been fun to progress in my yoga practice, and I think making a commitment to go to yoga as much as possible did wonders for my overall stress level. I’m definitely going to miss it during marathon training!
Scored any good deals lately?
Do you enjoy yoga?