and a 6 minute PR over the 2011 Soldier Field 10., my last race of 10 miles.
57 of 1614 AG (3.5%)
256 of 7167 Women (3.5%)
1204 of 12505 Overall (9.6%)
181 Avg HR, 192 Max HR
Three words to describe this race: relaxed, controlled, joy.
My goal for this race was simple. HAVE FUN. Another goal was to average less than 8 minutes a mile*. I havent been doing any structured training while building up my mileage, (i'm just running all the miles) so pinpointing an exact time goal was a crap shoot.
*I also wanted to beat the time my Daad predicted for me of 1:17:52 Needless to say I was doing complex math in my head at each mile to make sure I would!
Before the race started, there was a moment of silence for the Boston Marathon tragedy, there was also a ceremony to give an american flag flown over Soldier field to the family of a military member who lost his life in the war in Afghanistan This soldier had run the Chicago marathon last year and was supposed to come back home in July. His family members ran the race today in his honor. I was in tears.
Other than that snafu
The course was changed from previous years so that the 5 miles south on Lake Shore Drive had no vehicular traffic whizzing by. That was an awesome change!
Right after finishing on the 50 yard line of Soldier Field!
Oh mile 2... the first freaking time i've had to stop during a race in over 2.5 years.
The rest of the race felt controlled and relaxed. I could have kept this pace for many more miles and that excites me going into marathon training.
It was nice seeing Erica cheering at mile 9! Seeing a familiar face gave me a nice boost to kick it in to the finish :)
Inside of Soldier Field
I love that this race is a tribute to service men and women. It is because of them that we have the freedom to participate in events like this. And there is no other fitting place in Chicago to have this race than Soldier field and on Memorial Day Weekend.
Service men and women handing out the medals
I love this race:
Starts in downtown Chicago outside of Soldier Field
Scenic course along the lake with beautiful views of the skyline on the return trip.
Extremely well organized. Start corrals each held a couple of minutes to ensure no congestion
Plenty of aid stations and a Cliff gel zone
Tribute to service men and women
A unique race distance of 10 miles
Finishing on the 50 yard line of Soldier Field
The AWESOME medal
Soul Asylum as post race entertainment
Sweet post race refresh bag with pop chips, Cliff bar..
Getting to spend time with friends and the Chicago Running community!
The 10th Anniversary medal
Fleet Feet put on another stellar event and I cant wait for the 11th edition!
A day where you can have fun and enjoy every step is always a great day in my book.
I am so excited to begin marathon training in a few weeks :)
Next up: Chicago Women's Half on 6/23