Monday, September 12, 2011

Chicago Half-Marathon

The Chicago-Half Marathon was yesterday, and it ended up being a beautiful morning to run.  A little bit warm, but otherwise, lovely.  Due to my nagging hip and knee pains the last couple of weeks, I had scaled back my goal for an under 2 hour finish and was hoping to finish in a little over 2 hours, but once I crossed the start line, I felt pretty good and decided to hold a comfortable pace and see where I ended up.   Due to horrific traffic yesterday and an urgent prerace bathroom break, I actually ended up hopping into the start corrals after the race had started so I was unable to hook up with the 2 hour pace group which was my original plan. Also, my Garmin was dead, so other than a rough estimation from the clocks at the mile markers I wasn’t sure of my pace.    
Because I hopped in near the end of the corrals, I spent most of the first 5 miles weaving around and passing slower runners which expended a lot of energy and probably led to some too fast miles.  By mile 9, I was definitely slowing down, but I also realized that I might able to finish under 2 hours after all.   I kept it steady until the end and still had some juice left to pass people on the last mile and sprint to the finish. 
Final verdict: 1:58:47 Woo hoo!
A new PR by 16 minutes and a much needed motivational boost.   This week is the Ready to Run 20 Miler and then it is taper time until the marathon.

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