Yesterday I ran the Zooma 10K with the Chicago Running Bloggers! It was a blast and a pretty well run race. It fit in perfectly with my goals to work on getting faster at running as I’ve been recovering (mentally & physically) from the Racine Half Ironman. I have a half-marathon next weekend in Madison, so I used this as a tune-up and a gauge to help figure out what I might be able to do there!
Expo & Dinner:
Friday afternoon I met up with Katie & Kelly at the expo and had fun chatting up with the Muscle Milk team! I had gotten there a little late and caught the end of the “Another Mother Runner” talk by Dimity McDowell, so I just headed into the small, posh expo. The Langham Hotel is a pretty sweet hotel, and the Expo space was no exception. We stuck around for the Honest Tea Mocktail Party. It was fun and cute, although slightly inefficient (there was a line through the middle of the room to get your mocktail drink, dividing those who were enjoying). But the drinks were good!
After that, Katie & I headed to my place for a sleepover, and headed out to dinner at Oiistar. I’ve been loving this place this summer; if you go there, please invite me along! We had fun catching up a bit (since it’s been two weeks since I last saw her) with cocktails, asian bruschetta appetizer & ramen!
We would have gotten another cocktail, but we had an early AM wakeup!
Katie & I were up early on Saturday morning to get ready and head out. Coffee + 2 gluten-free toasts w/ coconut butter for breakfast (gluten-free only because we didn’t have regular bread at home, and I still have some stashed in the freezer).
We then headed up to Montrose Beach and paid for parking just in time for the blogger meet-up.
After that I high tailed it to the port-a-potty line and made sure I was ready to go before heading out for the race. I did some dynamic stretching while in line.
Mile 1: I started the race a few minutes late since I’d been in the port-a-potty line and then also realized I should double-check the time I needed to beat to get the PR medal. I was passing a lot of people and felt pretty good. 8:50
Mile 2: We were cruising right along the lakefront north of Foster. I’ve never run this close to the lake this far north, so it was new territory for me. I concentrated on keeping closer to 9 min/mile, which was helped out by the fact that the path narrowed during this mile. 8:56
Mile 3: A lot of this mile was on the gravel path, and I remembered how much slower that it. I still felt pretty good and breeze past the water stop at the beginning of this mile. 9:04
Mile 4: I’m starting to be tired. Not sure if I should have gotten an earlier water, or warmed up, or (most likely) I’m not conditioned for this speed currently. I’m also starting to feel my breakfast in my stomach. Maybe two slices was too much. I took a short walk break, but struggled getting back to speed. 9:42
Mile 5: I tried convincing myself to “go into the hurt locker” but that didn’t really help. I pushed, but I couldn’t keep up my speed. I needed to take another break. 9:42
Mile 6: Almost done! I thought I’d be able to run this entire mile fast and I knew I was pretty close to my PR time. If I can keep up a 9 minute mile, I’d be able to make it! I pushed and pushed, and envisioned myself like Dave Scott in Iron War, but I couldn’t keep pushing through the hurt. 9:29
Final 0.2 (0.4 on Garmin): Final push!!! I look forward to seeing if my finishing photos/video are any better than ones from a year or two ago. 2:51 (8:17 pace)
I was awarded my finisher’s necklace, which is lovely, and chilled out for a bit to watch Anne & Katie finish.
With other blogging chicks, I enjoyed some of the post-race party benefits! Anne, Katie & I got the post race massage (very short line, definite perk of doing the shorter distance!), free Muscle Milk, and then our snacks & bubbly!
We also got to meet Sara Hall through the great team at Muscle Milk who brought her to the race! Katie & I talked with her for a bit and she seems super sweet and interested in what the running community in Chicago is like.
We also got to watch the Zooma Half Marathon Challengers finish their races and they were amazing! They all finished with a smile on their faces and no major issues!
Final Time / Avg Pace: 58:45 / 9:25 min/mi
Pro’s: Sweet finisher’s necklace, post-race party, and overall motivating atmosphere!
Con’s: Confusing to run on lakefront path in the height of marathon training season. Not many course signs
Next Race: Madison Mini-Marathon – 8/17/2013