Chicagoland Spring 1/2 Marathon Race Re-Cap

I needed an extra day to get all of my thoughts from Sundays race together!  I actually have a lot of thoughts!

Sunday was a perfect day and while I did not PR it was a great way to kick off the running season!

I popped out of bed Sunday morning and got ready to packed a little breakfast to go!


Yes, that is sweet potatoes, almond butter, cinnamon and hemp seeds in a mason jar!  The perfect 30 Clean to go breakfast!

Kissed the hubs goodbye and drove to Schaumburg!  Parking was so easy.  We were right next to a major mall.  Odd… I know!

Ate breakfast in my car, took my coconut water and got in line to pee!  There was a lot of waiting around.  I always feel like I end up with extra time pre-race.  I like to make sure I have PLENTY of time!

The temps were cool and a bit cloudy so I ended up adding an extra layer.

I lined up towards the front and next to this guy…


Talk about hardcore!  I saw him at one point flying. I am certain he finished sub 7 minute mile average. I was chatting with the people who were standing around me.  Everyone was so friendly.  It wasn’t cramped or crowded like a typical Chicago race.

Both the marathon and 1/2 marathon started together. Each of the races had a field of about 1000.  Loved the size!

7:05 and we were off!

Mile 1- Good pacing around 7:25.  I kept thinking to myself that I didn’t check my shoe.  Was it going to come undone?  I hope not!  Then I realized we were running in a commercial area over the highway.  This sure wasn’t like  any other Chicago race

Mile 2-3- Here comes the sun!  I hope I don’t bake with this extra layer on.  Thankfully we entered the forest preserve and there was some good cloud cover.

Miles 4-6 Felt good.  Pacing was just over 7:30.  More clouds and I was feeling strong.

Mile 7- I started to feel a bit weak around 7 1/2 mile.  I immediately ate two dates and seriously within minutes I felt better!

Mile 8-9. Walked through the water stop and needed to slow down.  Pacing 7:40-7:50.  Hit my second or third hill as I had lost count at this point and needed to walk it.

Mile 10-11.  I definitely needed to stop once or twice. Ugh, here comes another hill!  Damn, there goes the 1:40 pacing group!  I ate my last date with the hope that it would power me through the end!

Mile 12- I sure wish my family was here and not at the end.  I’d love to seem them now and I would love some coconut water!

Mile 12.5- Aren’t we done!?!?  This course must be longer then 13.1 miles!!

Mile 13!  And there’s my kid!  Jumping up and down in the street!  Yes!  Time to haul my butt to the finish!




Overall Place 99
Age Group Place 4 F 30-34
Gun Time 01:42:51.7
Chip Time 01:42:44.8
Pace 7:51

Overall, I’m totally pleased and thrilled with my results from the 1/2 and look forward to Northshore 1/2 Marathon on June 1!

Post race party was hardly a party.  We were out of there within 15 minutes!  Except we did snap this picture courtesy of Good Greens!



The medal was fun and I also got a great long sleeve hooded technical shirt which I love!  I mean we all need more race and running gear right?  There is never enough!

20140519-183346.jpgAny races coming up for you?  Do you prefer large races or like smaller ones?


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21 Responses to Chicagoland Spring 1/2 Marathon Race Re-Cap

  1. Marcia says:

    Well done Laura! Agree: those races in Busse Woods are SO much more low key than ones in the city. May have to think about this one for next year!
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  2. I never would have thought of sweet potatoes for breakfast before a race-good idea! Nice pace on the race-congrats
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  3. jill conyers says:

    Ok. I’m going to stop reading your race recaps. Too much pace envy!! I might not be kidding 😉

    I love love big races. Disclaimer: Unless I’m trying to PR. Too often my favorite big races are just too congested to be confident in a PR. So I run them for the energy and atmosphere!
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  4. Excellent job! We would be great racing partners–that just about right where I am. I have had mixed results with organization at Chicago races–some are beautifully run, others are clusters. I was really disappointed with how last years Chicago Half was run (harhar) but the Allstate 13.1, a far smaller race (still about 4000) earlier in the summer was perfectly done. The dichotomy completely confused me!
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  5. Congrats on a great half and starting off the summer with a good race!
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  6. Congratulations!!! You are amazing!
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  7. Kim says:

    Great job!! Sounds like you ran a really smart first race of the season!! Definitely going to have to try out your date method of fueling!!!
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  8. Congrats! Big races are fun, but I like smaller ones for PR efforts. Less traffic to deal with! Love the Chicago recaps so I can pick one for my Illinois race, only 43 more states to go.
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  9. brittney says:

    what an awesome start to your racing season! i definitely prefer smaller races; i really hate getting stuck in the congestion of larger races.
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  10. LOVE that medal, it’s really unique! I’ll be running Zooma Annapolis next Saturday..was supposed to do the 1/2 but dropped to the 10K because my mileage hasn’t been that great since my calf injury…and I also want to play it safe because Ragnar Chicago is the week after! Congrats on an awesome race!!

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