L and I went to the expo on Friday and we ran into Eric. We had our game faces on.
Sunday morning we got ready and scooted over to the meetup for MRC/anyone else who wanted to join us.
I took off and Eric darted ahead, I figured I wouldn't see him the rest of the race- and just tried to settle into a comfy hard pace, which is so hard given that it was cold, and I did not warm up at all beforehand. I knew my garmin would be useless for pace, so I set it to "manual lap" so at least I could have accurate mile splits as long as I remembered to lap the miles.
Goal forever and always is to negative split races, so my plan by mile 3.5 was to start pushing the pace. Of course mile 3.5 is where we were running into a brisk headwind. Oh well. I charged on. Somewhere on Michigan Ave I passed Eric and then we started fartleking back and forth. He ended up out sprinting me to the finish by 2 seconds. I really wish I had tried to pass him earlier since he was 15-20 feet ahead of me the entire race and it could have been fun to push each other more earlier. Next time. Challenge ON!
I ended up finishing in 35:29, which was 12 seconds off my PR. WUT?! I for some reason thought my PR was 34:xx and figured there was no was I could have touched that- guess I should double check my blog stats pre race next time. I felt way too comfortable during the race and could have easily shaved off more time- but I am really happy with how I felt and how I performed for this race.
I was once again concerned about the "Mikkeller Salute" on the back of my singlet, but at least 5 people came up to me during the race and said "awesome shirt" or "I ran fast to catch up to you to tell you your shirt is cool." It was fun spreading our club love out on the streets of Chicago during a race. I hope we have some new folks join us in May.
46 of 2718 AG
211 of 13,527 women
1150 of 23462 OA
Once I finished I grabbed some snacks and stared heading back to bag check when I ran into more MRC folks. We eventually got stopped by a camera man and may be appearing in an ad for the Shamrock next year. "We'll be back.... Next year!"
Our Mikkeller Running club teams came in 14th and 26th places and kicked major ass.
"Can we go drink in the park now?"
After lunch and some additional rehydration we landed at Goose for one final beer. Did I already mention that we have the best running club ever? I'm serious. I had no idea that this run club would turn into so much more than just a first Saturday gathering.
- Ate a powerbar oatmeal pouch thing 2.5 hours pre race + some osmo pre load.
- Ate a GU 15 min pre race
- Did not take any water/gatorade at the aid stations since it was a short race.
- Wore my nike hyperwarm + MRC singlet, felt hot by mile 3.
- Wore my Track n Field tights + nike lunar tempo shoes
- Owl head hat FTW
Next race: Carmel marathon next Saturday!