A Beautiful Sunday in Chicago!
The Hot Chocolate 15k lived up to the hype! It was full of energy and excitement!
The drive up to Chi-town was Rainy!!
I arrived in Chicago and my friends had their apartment all ready to go for the Halloween party! It looked amazing!
There ended up being roughly 70 people there… it was insane!!! Some of the best costumes ever!
I stayed up hanging out with my best friends and meeting a thousand new ones… but eventually I had to call it a night and “try” and get some sleep!
My friend Christine graciously let me have her bedroom to myself… and with some earplugs and a pillow over my head, the loud loud music and raging became more of a soft, muffled, murmuring… I was so exhausted that it didn’t really matter! The moment my head hit the pillow, my alarm was going off!
About 4.5 hours of sleep… whew! Lets do this!
I immediately got the coffee going, had just ONE apple, and a Cliff Bar ((Coconut Chocolate Chip–Best.Flavor.Ever.))
My cab was arranged to get me at 5:45.. and at 5:40 I got a call saying it was out front! I really wished I had those extra 5 minutes!!!
The start line closed at 6:45am… and after running around, finding gear check, hitting up the porta-potties (a few times!)… I was ready to go!
It was GORGEOUS! Look at that blue sky?!
Temperature was perfect… I was cold at the start in shorts and long sleeve, but was glad I did not wear any more.
I had no expectations for the race. As I mentioned last post, I was SUPER tight and sore from my circuit workout on Thursday! I obviously didn’t want to hurt myself on this race, so I decided to play it by ear and see how I felt!
From the get-go, I felt pretty good 🙂 I started back in Corral E… and had to really weave around people the whole race. One of these days I will start in A or B and “race” with some of the intimidating fast people!!! ahh!
And boy did 9.3 miles feel short!!!!! Before I new it I was on my last 5k!
We ran through lots of tunnels and my GPS did not like that at all… so I kept a normal stop-watch and clicked at the 5k markers.
My 5k splits were:
- 5k: 20:42
- 10k: 19:52
- 15k: 19:22
Official Time: 59:59 ((I had 59:56… but does it matter? ;))
Avg Pace: 6:26
4th Women overall 🙂
I was pleased! I had negative splits, which always makes me happy!
I ended up taking my sweet time getting back to my friends place… and instead of another 17$ taxi, I took the metro for 3$ ((saving money feels oh so good! ))
I spilled some of my chocolate fondue sauce on the metro floor…. and it looked like smeared dog poop… I am so so sorry all you metro riders!!
Highlight of the weekend was definitely seeing my friends… they truly are the most wonderful, kind, selfless, crazy people in the world! I am so lucky to have them!
Here are some more pic’s!
I was positively EXHAUSTED with the looong drive back to school and I was in bed so early I was pretty sure the sun was still up. Ya, it happens.
Hope your weekend was great!! Yay for Monday?!? 🙂
Do you overdress for races if it is a cold morning?
Do you steady run or negative split?