Chicago Women’s 1/2 Marathon Recap: No PR, LOTS of Heat and Chicago fun!

I had no intentions yesterday of going out with PR dreams.  They vanished days ago when the weather report indicated that Sunday’s temps would be in the upper 80’s with humidity at 85%!  I was not trained for this kind of weather! Yet, there is still that tiny piece of me that thinks MAYBE I can do it!

I got up at 4:30am got ready, had my overnight oats and piled in a car with 5 other wonderful women!  We headed towards Grant Park and I had plenty of time to get a bathroom run before the start of the race!

We all parted ways and I got up towards the front of the line.  Starting position is KEY for me!


You can see I had a pretty favorable starting place!  I lined up with all the 7:30’s even though I knew it wasn’t going to happen.  There was also pretty decent cloud cover at the start.  For a minute I thought maybe the heat wouldn’t be so bad if the clouds were there.      That wasn’t my luck.

My first couple of miles were at a good speed.  I was running them in about 7 minutes.  Water stop #1 and I inhaled the water up my nose.  Ouch!!  Ever do that during a run?  Not a pleasant feeling!  Moving on and miles  3 and 4 were good but the sun showed its face and there was no shade on this course.  Around mile 5 I felt the need to slow.  I started walking through every water stop and walked up the mini hills.  I’ve never walked in a race before but I had to so something.  The heat was bad!

I continued to get through the race and miles 6, 7, 8 and 9 were OK.  Around mile 10 I got another wind of energy. By now though I knew that PR hopes were gone.  Head trash started to take over at mile 10 and I started beating myself up for being that slow.

It was around mile 11 that I saw the 1:45 pace runner and figured that would be my best option for a finish.  I hung back with 1:45 mini group, which pretty much consisted of the pace setter and coasted to the finish.

I got to see Sara and the Hubs in the final stretch and I crossed the finish line at 1:45:02.  An 8:02 pace.


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I should be thrilled with my finish but the 8:02 pace bummed me out for a little while. I guess rain, wind and hills are more favorable race conditions for me.  I still finished faster than the Springfield 1/2, but 6 minutes slower than the North Shore 1/2.  So for me yesterday was my second fastest 1/2 marathon.  I need to be pleased with my result and move on!

In the finish shoot I had chance to meet fellow blogger Erica Finds!  Erica found me! So fun meeting other bloggers and Erica is one speedy girl!  Hoping I get to see you again at future races Erica!

It was just after 8:15 when I crossed the finish line and the family and I hit up the post race party.


One truck was giving away ice cream and popsicles… Sara was thrilled!  I mean what 4 year old doesn’t love a popsicle before 9am and just look at the size of that thing!

Most of the goodies were smoothies, juices and other beverages.  Slightly disappointing in terms of post race goodies!

The fun didn’t stop there for us.  We crossed the street and headed to Millennium Park for the remainder of the morning where we enjoyed being tourists in our city!

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A little action in the water fountain and pictures by the infamous Beam.  We had a great time!

photo 3Fun family pic with crazy bears!

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Yesterday was the 3rd 1/2 marathon of the season for me and I love that my family comes out to root me on.  It’s not easy all the time but seeing their faces at the finish line makes it so much better!  These two or my biggest fans!

Yesterday was a great day and I am thrilled that I did this race!  Running with thousands of other women is such an amazing experience.  Have you ever done an all women’s race? Have a great Monday everyone!




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26 Responses to Chicago Women’s 1/2 Marathon Recap: No PR, LOTS of Heat and Chicago fun!

  1. Jessie says:

    Congratulations on finishing a race w/ such high temperatures! It may not of been a PR but just think you have many other races to nail it 🙂
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  2. What a fun day. The bears are wacky-cutest picture!
    Were you in the front row of the race? Such a sweet pic of your 2 loves!
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  3. Congrats on a successful finish! And although you didn’t PR, you ran a great race! Way to go!
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  4. I was so glad to recognize you (and happy that I said something instead of just telling you later!) It was a tough day out there. It is always hard not to go back and second guess your strategy/walking, etc. Yesterday was the right day for it! This should be called the Chicago Women’s Half Sweatfest after the last 2 years! The only thing that helped me was starting a bit slower and trying to push miles 3 – 9 more. I passed a lot of people.

    Looks like you guys had a fun day! I lazed about for most of it.

    Look forward to seeing you again at Esprit de She!
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  5. Nicole says:

    Congrats on a strong finish! Running in heat and humidity is very tough physically and mentally.
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  6. Congrats on your race and don’t worry about your time. You’ll get another PR in no time with the right race & conditions. Love the family pics post-race. Looks like a great day together! I love when my girls are waiting at the finish line for me. Makes the race so much sweeter!
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  7. Declan says:

    Great job on getting the 2nd fastest time! I’m sure if you took away some heat, it would be a PR. I’ve inhaled drink up my nose on a run and choked on it before and had to spit it right out. Thankfully this is just on my normal runs lol

    The run outside of the shade Sunday was brutal. My pace dropped a good 30 seconds when I’d be in the Sun for more than a block.

    I bet the water fountain thingies felt great!

    and no, I haven’t run in an all women race….yet?
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  8. Heather says:

    Great job – the humidity was awful, definitely not PR material; you finished strong and THAT is awesome!
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  9. Jenn says:

    Chicago is such a great city. I haven’t done an all-women’s race, but that must have been great!

    I’m sorry you were disappointed with your finish. I hope you can take a few steps back and enjoy it!
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  10. You should definitely be proud of yourself!! Great job!
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  11. Congrats on beating the elements. Yesterday was brutal, and I give you so much credit for still posting a solid time despite heat! I may need to hit up that water fountain after my next long run. Brilliant idea!
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  12. Kim says:

    Way to push through the heat and humidity and finish!! I’m sure that had the temps cooperated you would have PRed!!!
    Looks like y’all had a fun family time after – so exciting to explore in your own city!
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  13. Congrats! With conditions like that, just finishing in one piece is a win. And water up the nose – do it ALL the time. It burns so bad! 😉
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  14. Woo Hoo!
    Way to go surviving that awful heat and finishing with an impressive time! I cna’t even run that fast in cold weather : ) Maybe one day… I love that you guys enjoyed the rest of the day in the city too!

    I have done 2 women only triathlons. I LOVED them!
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