So, I have a not-so-secret secret. I love disco. So when I saw a Living Social deal for the Disco Dash 5K, I went for it.
The race was this evening, and while we had lovely weather during the day (including a particularly lovely lunch on the patio overlooking the Chicago River at South Branch – yup, totally trying to make you all jealous with that one), when I left the office (dressed oh so professionally) at 5:30 to head to the race, it was raining. When I got off the L at Roosevelt, it was pouring. I don’t mind running in the rain, but my gear check bag was not waterproof, and I had everything in it – my purse (which had my camera in it, why, because I didn’t think that one through), my work clothes, and I had my phone in my SPIbelt. Stuff that was not worth getting wet.
I debated turning around and heading home but figured I’d wait it out for a bit, and at the very least, still make the post-race concert. Luckily, the sky cleared up and by the time I got to Solider Field, the rain had stopped. The race start was delayed, which was good because I think I got to the race site about 15 minutes after it was supposed to start.
The race was a 5K/10K, and the 10K took off first, the 5K a few minutes later.
I was doing the 5K, because it’s late June, no need to be a hero.
I had no idea what to expect for my pace. I was going to race it, by effort, and see where I’m at. I realized I haven’t done a lick of speedwork in two months. Since tapering for the Palos Half at the end of April/early May (a race which I didn’t run due to a stomach bug), I didn’t crack 60 miles last month and probably won’t crack 75 this month (and 1/3 of that was Ragnar), and I don’t remember the last time I did any distance at a sub-9 pace. Plus tonight was a bit humid, although it cooled off a little bit thanks to the ran. I told myself if I finished in under 27 minutes, I’d be happy. But I knew there were a lot of people doing the race who don’t normally run (or do races) so I still lined up near the front. And still passed people.
The course was typical – start on the south side of Soldier Field, run under McCormick Place, head south on the Lakefront Path to about 1.5 miles, turn around and run the LFP up and finish where we started. It didn’t take long to catch up to the back of the 10K pack, so the course was a little awkward until the 5K runners turned around. For awhile on the way back, I was between groups and it was just me and one other woman, and I think we motivated each other. At least, I know she motivated me to keep up. I did outkick her during the last quarter mile.
I don’t know the official results, but my Garmin says I finished in 24:48, which is an 8:00 pace. Definitely not a PR, and not even a hot-evening-race PR, but tonight was not about PRing. It was about disco. And the Village People.
I found Erica post-race … between tonight, packet pick-up and the Chicago Women’s Half & 5K, this was the third time we saw each other this week.
And then it was time for The Village People:
I’m pretty sure 5 out of 6 of them were the originals. I think the cowboy looked a little young.
I waited and waited and then FINALLY … they played “In the Navy.” Worth it. There was confetti. I may have karaoked this song, with a group, the weekend before The Sailor left for boot camp. (In 2009.) Definitely one of my finer moments.
What’s that? Some American Sweathearts flag waving? LOL.
When I got home I made Robert take a picture of my whole outfit. Two races in one week, both in skirts. Although this isn’t a “real” running skirt, it was $7 at H&M. And I didn’t even buy it for the race, although this was the first time I wore it. It’s gold and shiny if you can’t tell.