Time: 1:47.20 a new course record by one minute, 12 seconds.
78/2245 AG Top 3.5%
337/11956 Women Top 2.8%
1235/18755 OA Top 6.8%
Avg/ Max HR 177/191 My AVG HR compared to the 2011 race was 10 beats less a minute and 5 less for max. I also ran almost a minute and 10 seconds faster than that race.
Three words to describe this race: Fantastic, Friends, FUN
Went to the expo Saturday and did expo things. Like take goofy photos.
Met BFF Tribu at the expo. I am totally out of it in the photo.
Woke up early to eat a cinnamon crumpet and a few sips of coffee to get the day started. Took out the sleepy CB dog and then walked over to the start- luckily it only takes 20 minutes. Did I ever mention why I love living downtown and running these downtown races?!?
Found some Chicago Running Bloggers by gear check and had to take a photo.
Some Chicago Running Bloggers. I'll add their linkz in later.
All the runners!
Pete, Sara and I stuck together for most of the race- with Pete taking off the last few miles to stretch his legs. The time flew by quickly as we chatted and had fun running through Chicago. I felt good and relaxed through most of the race.
The splits were negative, dont worry, just trust me. I already did the math. The 13th mile also included the ".1" for an avg pace of 7:34 because I forgot to lap mile 13. I manually lapped each mile because the tunnel, the buildings and the GPS dont mix, and sometimes I forgot until the next block. Whoops.
Saw a runner down around mile 12. I hope he is ok.
Cold Sponges around mile 11? were like kisses and cuddles from baby abominable snowmans.
The dance party in Mccormick Place tunnel was a nice touch
Saw Declan at the finish taking photos.
Nutritions n Housekeeping
- Ate a crumpet at 4am/sipped some coffee
- Took a gatorade prime 10 minutes before the start with a salt pill
- Took a new Passion Fruit GU Roctane around mile 6. I know, I know, dont take anything new on race day. well this flavor was delicious and not overly sweet. and my tummy didnt explode.
- Wore my Nike sports bra/ Nike Pro shorts, Swiftwick socks, Brooks pure cadence shoes which I got some blisters from. WTF?!?!?.
- No Ipod. Chatting with friends is way better.
As I mature as a runner and grow in life, I realize more and more that its not always the PRs and goals surpassed that I will remember**, but instead "that race I ran with friends and had a fantastic time."
**Of course i'll remember the PRs, and of course they are nice. BUT every race does not need to be a PR effort. Period. There is more to life than that.