Since I’m less than a month from my first full marathon, I decided to use today’s race as a training run.
Training runs aren’t as fun as racing. Shocking.
So, lesson learned. My goal for 2013 is to space out races so I can actually train for and race each one. No more registering for races to use them as supported training runs.
Anyway. Back to today.
My morning started at 4am. I headed downtown and carpooled to the race site with Emily, Erin and Kim. We found free street parking. (Where? I’m not sure. Nearby. I wasn’t really paying attention. 60th Street, on the other side of the train tracks, I think.)
We got there in time for a blogger meet-up:
The race itself was good. The start corrals went quickly, there were lots of aid stations, the course was nice – mostly an out-and-back on Lake Shore Drive. The views were nice – we were right by the lake, and you could catch a few glimpses of downtown, but it was easy to zone out. Also, it’s a big race – 18,000 registered. It’s a little tricky to get there – they kept telling us parking is limited, but public transportation isn’t really convenient (early on a Sunday morning), so they offered shuttles and extra Metra trains from downtown. I’m glad I was able to carpool, even if I had to drive downtown to do it.
Like I said, my plan was to just use this as my long run for the week. I kept my heart rate low for the first 10 miles, and then pushed it a little bit for the final three. I didn’t want to finish tired, and I didn’t want my heart rate to go above what I might target at the beginning of a half marathon.
The weather today was great. It finally cooled off, I don’t think it even hit 60 degrees by the time the race started, and we got a nice breeze off the lake. The final miles were a little sunny (not much shade on Lake Shore Drive), but not too bad.
Post-race, Erin hosted a delicious brunch.
Because I ran both 13.1 Chicago in June and the Chicago Half Marathon today, I completed the “Windy City Challenge” and got an extra medal.