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CHICAGO IS FOR RUNNERS - KAHEE YU

When I missed my time goal by 68 minutes at the 2015 Chicago Marathon, I threw myself a pity party to go along with the distressing embarrassment. I kicked, screamed, cried and stayed in bed for 2 days as if my world had just ended. Quite dramatic, I know, but I could not stop thinking about what had gone wrong. The 18 weeks of 5:30am long runs on the lakefront, the tempo runs in the humidity, and all that time put in getting those miles up were all wasted. Discouraged and frustrated, I left my running shoes to collect dust; then my mom asked to go on a run with her and dad. She had recently encouraged my dad to give running a try, just as she did with me 3 years ago. On that brisk November morning, running with my parents rooted me back to why I ran.

We immigrated to Albany Park in the 80s and both my parents worked very long hours on minimal sleep to provide a clean home and home-cooked dinners every day for my grandparents, aunts, my brother, and me. When I asked my mom what she did on her free time back then, she basically laughed in my face explaining there was no such thing for her. The immigrant hustle was real and it was not until in their mid 50s that they were able to purchase their first pair of real running shoes and make their health a priority.

And to think I deserved certain results because I had invested 18 weeks for a race was simply delusional. It was through my parents I learned running was a privilege and for a period after the Chicago Marathon I had lost focus. I am extremely lucky to have the time, health, and shoes to do something I enjoy because there are so many others that do not have the opportunities. With the support of my family, friends, and 3RUN2 I re-laced up my shoes with the constant reminder of my beginnings. I cannot control the results of each run or race, but I will take every opportunity to put one foot in front of the other because it is a privilege to run.
— Kahee Yu

CHICAGO IS FOR RUNNERS - MICHAEL CARMODY

 
I’ve always been a very active person growing up. I was a three-sport athlete in high school and ended up having the opportunity to play college soccer. After college, I ran three marathons (Chicago) with various family members and friends. These were all great experiences. Still, I didn’t really understand the purpose of running or enjoy it all that much.

Over the course of the following six years, I started to become less and less active. I was the poster child for what it meant to be unhealthy. I smoked two packs a day, ate fast food and worked 80-100 hours a week. I was tired and for the most part had given up on life. Consequentially, I turned my back on everyone around me.

In 2012, I attempted to run my way out of the funk I was in by racing the Hot Chocolate 15k. After some major changes and some serious soul searching, things started to turn around. I began to eat right and take care of myself. By April I started running full-time again. At this point I had realized that running was the answer to all of my troubles.

In May I was introduced to 3run2 and everything came together. The past two and a half years have changed my life. I’m truly proud to say that I am a runner.

Everyday I am thankful that I have been given the ability to run. It has helped me connect with people and develop relationships that I never thought possible. This past year I signed up for Hot Chocolate yet once again and was able to run it with the man who inspires me to wake up and do what I do every day- My brother John.

John was born with down syndrome. He doesn’t know it yet, but he is also a runner. As we walked up to the start line of the race that changed my life just two years earlier, I had this feeling that shot down from my head throughout my body. I am not entirely sure what it was but it felt like something out of a movie. This is the feeling that I get every time I am able to lace up my shoes and go for a run.
— Michael Carmody
 

CHICAGO IS FOR RUNNERS - CARMEN MYERS

 
The first time I remember loving to run, I was with my dad, the fall I turned 16, and the leaves were all colors they don’t really get in Chicago. It was the year before he was diagnosed with cancer for the first time and one of the moments with him that I remember most clearly.

After my dad died, running became tied to my depression and my eating disorder and became more about weight and control than about running itself. Though there were some rough years, I eventually took a break from it, found an awesome therapist, and finally learned to love myself, no matter my size.

Now when I run, I try to find as much joy in it as possible. I like to focus on my strength, on my connection with my dad, and on the amazing community that I am lucky enough to be a part of. I am often smiling when I run because I’m so grateful that I am finally at a place where I can feel complete happiness - and I’m so thankful for the amazing people who have helped me get here.
— Carmen Myers
 

Make It 2 Go'

 

If we can't kick it with you, we can't run with you. Literally, and figuratively speaking. 

I've lost count of how many times we've expressed the above sentiment in one way or another over the last two years. It's a crucial part of our ethos that guides us in all decision making, no matter how big or small. Although this methodology doesn't always get one the popular vote, it has allowed us to steer clear of many distractions and focus on collaborating with other like minded people. 

We first spoke with David Jaewon Oh at the end of last summer. His plan was to photograph as much of marathon weekend (Chicago '14) as possible and wanted us to be a part of this undertaking. Without much hesitation nor information, we agreed. Let's just say we had a good feeling about the whole thing. 

Not only did we vibe on a friendship level, he was a pleasure to work with and ended up producing some of our favorite photos of Three Run Two to date. To say they capture the essence of our crew would be a gross understatement. David's photos allow us to relive said weekend each and every time we take a look at them. 

Last weekend, David paid us another visit to further build on his project. This time around, I was able to tag along to document the documentarian and his subjects. We'll keep you posted on David's project, "Make it 2 Go'" , but for now see below for some of my shots from last weekend.

Mica

 

Cruising Weather

 

When Chicago receives a random 70 degree day thrown in at the end of a long, overstayed Winter, the city takes full advantage: Al fresco exercise, dining and stoop-sitting - Can I get an amen? It's been a while since I last visited The Art Institute of Chicago (aka the world's best museuma statement backed by both Time and myself), so I met with Marty downtown to take in some inspiration. 

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Elena Manferdini, Italian-born architect:

Shadow play at high noon- I dig it. 

What's your favorite museum in Chicago?