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.
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.
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
AVERAGE PACE: 10:22
NEXT RACE: Schaumburg Turkey Trot Half Marathon, 11.29.2014