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!
|Age Group Place||4 F 30-34|
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!