1. On Saturday about 20 members of the Chicago Running Bloggers got together at Erin’s to go for a 3 mile run, enjoy a potluck lunch, and participate in a gift exchange. I had more then 3 miles on my training schedule for the day, so I woke up early and knocked out 6 on the treadmill before heading to the event.

2. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see that despite the rain, so many bloggers had showed up and were ready to run. We all dropped our stuff off and then got ready to head out.

(photo from Erin)

3. We took the run at a relaxed pace and I really enjoyed meeting other bloggers and chatting away in the rain. I also realized that I could really use a decent waterproof running jacket. I almost always opt for the treadmill when it’s raining but it’d be nice to have something to wear in the case that it rains during a race.

4. When we got back from the run, we changed into our holiday best and then helped the bloggers who didn’t run finish setting up all of the food. There were soo many goodies and lots of wine!

(photo from Kelsey)

5. We chatted lots, ate all of Kelsey’s special salad, had a Christmas costume contest, and then started the gift exchange.

(photo from Kelsey)

6. The gift exchange was like a white elephant except that the gifts were not gag gifts like they typically are in a white elephant exchange. Somehow one gag gift managed to make it into the exchange and Katie was the lucky recipient. She was a little bummed that nobody wanted to swap with her but I’m sure the pillow will look great with the decor in her Chicago apartment!

(photo from Kelsey)

7. I picked the last number for the exchange which meant that I could either pick the final gift or steal from someone else. I opted to steal and took the package of injinji socks and Mission Max Muscle Rehab roll-on gel. I was too nervous to try the socks on my long run on Sunday but I put them on Saturday night to see how they felt and was surprised by how comfy they are. I can’t wait to try running in them this week.

8. People started trickling out after the gift exchange but a few of us hung around for a little bit and chatted. Kelsey asked Kim to paint her nails and somehow I managed to convince Kim that she should paint my little stubs too. Bonding time!

(photo from Kelsey)

9. Overall, I had an awesome time at the holiday party. I got to put blog names to faces with many bloggers that I hadn’t met in person before and also got to catch up with the ones I already knew. There was also great food and lots of wonderful conversation! Thanks again for hosting, Erin!

(photo from Erin)

What fun holiday-themed parties have you participated in this year?