and dessert. Have you had these? Super fudge-y and makes me wish they existed when I was 7 years old and my mom packed my lunch.
So in case you haven’t heard I did this little race this past weekend and it was kind of a blast. We can consider this the official recap of this fantastic race.
This was a big race and, since it was Memorial Day weekend and normally that means it’s warm in Chicago, it started way early. My friend Caitlin and I were up at 4:45. We had to be out the door at 5:30 to meet up with another friend and travel down all the way to Soldier Field. We didn’t drive, so I can’t say how parking was, but it looked like leaving wasn’t too terribly congested.
(FYI: There was no expo for this race. You picked up the race packets at Fleet Feet Stores the entire week leading up to it. Caitlin picked up for both of us, and said that it was super efficient and very well organized. She went on a Tuesday around 5 and hardly had to wait at all.)
Anywho, getting down was easy peasy, despite being a little chillier than we had hoped for! It was about 50 degrees when we left my apartment, which was great for my run but bad for waiting.
When we got there, the gear check was really well organized and quick, and Caitlin and I had a bunch of time to spare before the corrals closed. Another great point of the race is that it started on time. Since it was in waves, my corral wasn’t expected to start for abut 35 minutes after the official start, and we didn’t need to wait any longer than we had to.
The race itself was pretty wonderful. There were aid stations at miles 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. It was an out and back going south from Soldier Field. The first half was nothing too special; we ran on Lake Shore Drive, which was cool, but the views were mainly of buildings. Once you hit the turnaround, though, it all changed! The back half was on the Lake Michigan path and the views were phenomenal. The skyline looked amaze-balls and I wish I had time to take a picture, but I was determined not to stop.
The flow of runners after the finish line was good too. After you finish ogling at the amazingness that is your day, you walk through a ton of tables that lead you to water, gatorade, medals, and a bag with snacks. The bag had a banana, popchips, and a clif bar, and everything led conveniently back to gear check.
After picking up our stuff, Caitlin and I went to the after party to meet up with our speedy friend Mike. It was a smaller party but never crowded, and had a bunch of great booths set up. We got our free beer and tasted all the free samples they offered.
Crunchy Peanut Butter: a winner
The answer is always “party”
I need to find Stewart’s Coffee and stock up on a lifetime supply. The black coffee tasted like a mocha; delicious!
I feel it’s important to discuss something special that occurred this day, and that’s that Caitlin made a new Personal Distance Record! I’m so proud that she did and and she’s well on her way to kicking that half marathon’s butt!
This is what a PDR dance looks like.
And there you have it!
Overall: I had a fantastic time and would recommend this race to anyone!
Oh and Bear Down, Chicago Bears!