*First, I want to have a disclaimer- I am very happy to have finished the race. I ran the whole thing and it was a pretty course. And I got to hang out with some super cool blogging peeps. I am not angry. Just a wee bit frustrated.
You are now allowed to continue reading…
I made it downtown to the Grant Park area by about 7:30. Perfect timing to meet up with Pham.
It was chilly. Very chilly. Which made it a real struggle for me to figure out what my layering of clothes would consist of. This was the coldest race I’ve done- I’m a newbie when it comes to cold weather gear. When I was walking towards the race, everything felt ok. I had a big jacket to get rid of at gear check, but thought I had done well with the dressing. If I had only known…
On the walk there, I saw a ton of workers out putting up Christmas decor outside of the buildings:This is the big renowned tree that sits in front of Daley Plaza for the holiday season. Still looks like it could use a lot of work if you ask me. But I trust it will look fabulous very soon.
Anyhoo, I got to gear check (a madhouse), met up with Pham, and we made out way to Corral B with a couple minutes to spare.
By the way, at this point I could smell all the chocolate. It was like heaven.
So the race starts… Pham and I had a really good pace going. Almost too good. Once we hit the first mile marker and I saw that we were hitting an 8-minute pace, I got a little nervous. I felt fine, but still- it messes with you when you know what your regular pace is. We kept going at that speed for a couple more.
The sun started to beat down on us, and that’s when I realized I was getting heated. I really did not expect this to happen. Or at least this early. Yes folks, I overdressed. A big “F” for Amy when it comes to my layering skills.
I told Pham to keep going, I was going to have to stop and strip a little. I had no idea how crazy this process would become. Take off the ipod, undo the bib number, take off jacket, tie jacket around waste, fumble with bib number again, put back on ipod.
Clearly I have to work on this. Because this is where I lost an incredible amount of time. Such an amateur move. :p
Although it’s for the best it happened- otherwise I would have been struggling sooner than later.
The rest of the race was decent. I got a little tired around miles 7 and 8- averaging about 9-minute miles. This also didn’t make me happy, but whatever, at that point time wasn’t important and I was just going to chill out and enjoy the rest of the race. I picked it up at the end, but it didn’t matter. I still finished over my goal time.
(The official results weren’t posted when I wrote this, so I’ll have to get back to you on that one.)
After the race, I found Pham back and met up with Kristen (I’m happy to say both kicked this race’s butt!).This was the first time I’ve met up with Kristen- and it was WAY overdue. We’ve both been reading each other’s blogs since they were bitty baby blogs…
Going with the theme of the Hot Chocolate race, there was also a hot chocolate and a fondue tent. Now I love me some chocolate just as much as the next gal, but it’s not often my refueling food of choice, but when in Rome…Funny thing was that these plastic trays were set out for us already and included a banana and apple slices. Being as how I’m so high maintenance with my “no fruit policy“, I asked if I could have one with a few more other things and no fruit. The girl looked at me weird, but gave me some extra pretzels and pound cake. Score…We approved.
All in all, it was an interesting race. A little disorganized (I blame how out of control HUGE it was), but a good time. It wasn’t my greatest race (I also blame my lack of following the training plan), but it was still my first 15k- so it’s still technically a PR, right?
I’m currently in St. Louis with a busy day ahead, so I’ll catch you kids tomorrow in the AM!