I did my long run today with 20,000 of my closest friends (race report)
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
On Sunday, August 2, I ran the Chicago Rock n'Roll half marathon. It was a beautiful day for a run. I started in corral 5, out of like 20 (due to a time that I made up because I have never raced a half before).
The trip to Chicago was a much needed break from the plumbing hell that has taken place in my house. We left 4 hours late due to the fact that there were 4 inches of water in our basement on Friday morning, and the plumbers couldn't get it out. When they finally did get it out, we had to get all the wet stuff out and put it in garbage bags. After the mess was sort of cleaned up, we decided there was no use staying home because no more clean up could take place until the wet floor dried. So we put fans and dehumidifiers down there, packed up and left for Chicago.
We stayed at the Fairmont, which was very nice, although the beds were European style, and therefore a little small for my 6'4" husband and my 5'8" self. Went to Navy Pier on Friday night and rode the Ferris wheel and walked around.
Saturday, we went for a walk down Michigan, and saw some sights; took a water taxi (my son thought it was a dolphin cruise, though) and went to the Expo. Met a nice guy from a shoe booth who gave me 4 free pairs of socks. Sampled some beer (kinda tasted like water, but it was low cal MGD 64). I thought it was a small, but very good expo - things were spread out and you could move around from vendor to vendor easily.
Then, we went back to the hotel because I needed some rest for my aching feet and legs (duh!) Sunday morning, got up, ate a power bar and drank some coffee and went down to the start with the fam. It was a great start. The wave start made it so much easier to get going on the run - it wasn't so crowded, and since I was a little too slow for my fast corral, I started at the back and had lots of room.
My first 4 miles, well really first 6 miles were at 10:02 pace. That was way too fast for me (some day I will get the hang of this pace thing). The next three were a couple seconds slower, and my pace went to 10:15. But I was still feeling strong and not hurting too bad. The final four miles were kinda rough but mainly because they were on a bike trail along the lake, and I kept getting bumped by people passing me. I did do those a lot slower.
The pros to this long run: only one of my miles was slower than 12:00; my 10K split was 1:01; there were no hills; it was fun; the pics are already up on the race website; Kara Goucher won the whole enchilada; my time was 2:27.
2:27 probably doesn't sound fast to many people, but my overall pace was 10:57. I am happy with that because I kept it under 11 minutes/mile. My best marathon pace is 10:21, so I am getting closer to where I was. The only con that I have about this race is that it was 13.49 miles according to my garmin. But, maybe that was because during mile 6, we were in a tunnel and I did lose satellite for a while.
All in all, another great run! I want to do another half to see if I can pace it out better...