Schaumburg Turkey Trot {Race Recap}

Our Turkey Trots seem to escalate a bit every year, and it started when I first started dating Mike.  The first year I ever did a turkey trot was in 2007, and I did a neighborhood 5K in Glenview, at the same event Mike had run since high school.  When we did our Thanksgiving at my parents house (2008?), it was a 10K because that was the closest we could find.

Well, last year we were in marathon training mode, and it became a half marathon turkey trot.  And of course we couldn’t back down this year!


So Saturday I ran the Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon for the second time. Last year I PR’ed, and this year kicked my butt.IMG_0049

Overall, it’s a well-run race and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. A bunch of friends also showed up, so it was a win!

My recap:

  1. In getting back into training post-IMLOU, I’d run 10.5 miles as my longest distance.
  2. I felt great on this race (i.e. exceeding my goal of keeping at a 10:20 pace)… until mile 10.5 when my right leg decided not play well any more.
  3. I saw Amanda (!) and we ran together for a while.
  4. Caffeinated gel before the start (15 minutes), at mile 3.75, and mile 10 — should have kept this at 8.25 as I’d originally planned.
  5. We did not see any elk this year
  6. When I was suffering, Amanda offered me pickle juice! It was weird but good.
  7. What I thought was a cramp was an overall tight hamstring (and ITB).
  8. I tried to suffer through and keep moving
  9. There was a girl in an Ironman sweatshirt.  I didn’t want her to get too far ahead of me.  I think I beat her.
  10. I didn’t like the run finishing on grass, but they made up for it with hot apple cider at the end.


  • Miles 1-4:  9:27, 9:52, 10:03, 10:36
  • Miles 5-9: 10:14, 10:24, 10:07, 10:28, 10:28
  • Miles 10-13.1:  11:19, 11:08, 12:13, 10:47, 1:01

Lesson learned:  It really pays to train!  My half-assing of training, and getting tired of doing the longer runs did not pay off.  My endurance from Ironman training does not last 3 months.

FINAL TIME:  2:19:42
NEXT RACE:  New Year’s Day 5K, 1.1.2015

Chicago’s Perfect 10 Mile {Race Recap}

Saturday I had my next jump up in distance and speed since my Ironman Louisville race.  This was also the first race that was actually two months after the ironman, which is the length of time experts say it usually takes to recover from an Ironman.

The Chicago Perfect 10 race offers a 10K and also a 10 mile option, and leaves from Chicago’s Navy Pier to run along the lakefront.

Chicago's Perfect 10

This was an OK race for me.  I am trying to get my speed back, so I knew it would be somewhat hard, but a part of me was also hoping the speed would come back magically once my two months was up.  Well, that’s not quite true!  So hard work it is…

Saturday morning was a chilly morning, with the winds increasing as the morning went on.

Pro: having the race start and finish at Navy Pier meant we got to stay warm inside before and after the race.  Plus use indoor bathrooms that had NO lines.IMG_4288

I realized I didn’t really know anything about the race course except that it started at Navy Pier and headed south on the lakefront. Not the race’s fault that I didn’t plan ahead.  But it would have been nice having an idea of where our mile markers were… Especially as we headed west and over into Grant Park!  We ran by the Hot Chocolate race setup (similar race distance, but on Sunday). That was a nice little surprise, especially when I found out later that everyone didn’t know that was supposed to happen!  (But we were on course… ran a total of 10 miles).

After that, it was out and back on the lakefront path.  I wore a new top (Icebreaker stripes) with a vest, and suffered from one of the most well-known rules in racing:  Nothing new on race day.  Turns out that top is WARM! And that I probably didn’t need the vest, or should have worn a lighter long sleeve instead.

Oh well, live and learn.  Wool is warm.  And my streak of bathroom breaks at my races tried to continue… but I couldn’t undo the tie on my capri’s quickly enough, so I risked running the final two miles.  No accidents = success!

All in all, a good race. I’d do it again.  It’s small, nice that all pre & post-race festivities are indoors, and there was free beer if you wanted it.  If you had a post-race death face like me, you didn’t.  I ended up rallying and deciding I really wanted a warm starbucks, so I trekked the 5 miles (j/k) through Navy Pier to get to the Starbucks.


FINAL TIME:  1:44:27
NEXT RACE:  Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon, 11.29.2014

Hero 10K Race Recap

Today I ran as a superhero at the Hero 10K and Half Marathon (I did the 10K).  I won the entry from Valerie at The Style Files and was excited to see what my speed and endurance would be like now that I’m two months out from Ironman Louisville. So we bundled up this morning and headed the hour out of Chicago to go to the Indiana Dunes State Park.IMG_4132

I loved the lakefront beach setting for the start and finish to the race.  Reminds me of an actual beach (don’t get me wrong, I like that Chicago has beaches, but there’s something to be said for not having the city so close by!). It was chilly, but I warmed up well while running and ended up taking off my arm warmers for the last two miles!  I wasn’t sure how fast I’d be able to go, as I’m still getting back to a regular running habit post-IM and re-gaining the speed I lost from training for distance for so long (taking time off from running afterward probably didn’t help much either…).


It was a beautiful run, and I’m happy to report that I ran this race pretty well!  I ran by feel for almost the first mile, and saw myself clock a 10:30 for that mile.  I then used that to try and chip slowly away to get faster with each mile.  And I did pretty well with that!

  • Mile 1 – 10:55
  • Mile 2 – 12:15 (inc. an emergency bathroom break)
  • Mile 3 – 10:03
  • Mile 4 – 10:04
  • Mile 5 – 9:59
  • Mile 6 – 9:32

The race was a bit short – I clocked 5.99 miles total, but I’m ok with that.  I’m happy to see that I executed this race well, and that I’m getting faster!


Post race, I treated myself to two cookies, a bottle of water & a run in the photo booth!

FINAL TIME: 1:02:19

AVERAGE PACE: 10:24 (for 5.99 miles, Garmin)

NEXT RACE: Perfect 10 (10-miler), November 8