I positive splitted the shit out of this race! LoL
3 words to describe it: flying, freezing, frozen
I usually take loads of photos at races. This time I took 1 and it wasn't even near the race.
When I got a few blocks from my apartment, I felt the wind. It was cold and ferocious, not unlike anything I haven't encountered before, but as I was making my way to soldier field, I knew it was going to be one of "those" kind of days. I love you Chicago, but really!?!
Got to meet the speedy Pete B. before the race. I took this photo from his post ;)
Pete was kind enough to stick with me for 10 miles because he is coming back from an ankle injury otherwise I would have been eating his dust!
The first half flew by due to the tailwind and chatting with Pete. Sorry if my speech was slurred, my face was frozen. Is this how Botox feels? I felt really good running a bit faster than planned (and thought I could "bank" some time in the first half) I was wrong!?
If the race just kept going south on the path, I knew I would have kept the 7:50ish pace through to the end. But instead the race turned us back north into 20+mph headwinds and sleet-rain type stuff which stung my eyes and felt like sand or shards of glass.
I really don't know if the wind/sleet defeated me mentally or if I could have pushed more. It was much more difficult running into the wind regardless.
I got a 10k PR!! *ok not really because that kind of stuff doesnt count. Ever.. :)
My pace for the first 10k was 7:53, my pace for the rest of the race slowed to 8:48 in the wind. Ugh. If it weren't for Pete, I would have slowed even more from 7-10. It was really nice to run with someone new & super speedy. Very motivating for sure.
My L came to the finish to cheer me on. He took a video of me for the last 10 yards and I gave him a big thumbs down. Haha *I really couldn't smile. I was freaking frozen to the core and shaking.
Final race thoughts
Bag check was a cluster. If Pete and I had waited 5 more minutes to check our bags, we probably would have missed the start (we checked them about 30 minutes prior)
I brought my own water, but it seemed the aid stations were spread out further than I would have liked had I not brought water.
The volunteers were smiling and energetic despite being in awful conditions for a few hours.
•woke up 4 hours before the race to eat a cinnamon crumpet. Fueling win! (Thank you Kim!)
•took a Gatorade prime + salt stix pre race
•gu at mile 5.5
•wore Nike hyper warm long sleeve, UA tiger print tights, Nike bears windbreaker, Nike headband & gloves, owl head hat, swiftwick socks & my brooks pure cadence 2's.
•no music which I enjoyed.
I have no idea. Might consider the Chitown half or 10k next weekend only if conditions are *perfect* otherwise I'll just keep training, for what I don't know. Still debating between a spring full or focusing on shorter distances to get speedier.
I loving being injury free right now, and am enjoying every step. I don't want that to change.
Happy St Patricks day!