I am happy to announce that I survived a 1/2 marathon with very minimal train (6 miles was my longest training run-on a treadmill) and while breaking the rule-”nothing new on race day” and I have very little soreness today.
I was very nervous for this race for severals reasons: the weather in the Midwest has been less than stellar for outside running, so most of my running was done on a treadmill. I had only trained up to 6 miles when the normal amount is 10. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with my mom since she did properly train. Needless to say, I am grateful that muscle memory kicked in and I was able to complete the race with my mom. Today we both said that we will do longer runs on the weekends so that we don’t lose any base training for upcoming races.
We drove down to Chicago on Friday afternoon with two of my mom’s friends who were also doing the race with us. We stayed at the Congress Hotel, which was Team Ortho’s host hotel. It was an ideal location because packet pickup was right at the hotel and there was a shuttle for us on race day to take us to the starting line since it was about a 20 minute drive away. After we picked up our packets, we walked down to Garmin to say hi to my friend Kristine and then it was off to Eataly for some carb loading. I decided on pizza-it was pretty amazing. After dinner, we ventured downstairs to check out the desserts.
We walked to closest Starbucks and hopped on the shuttle at 7:30. The race started in Jackson park, near the Museum of Science and Industry. I was excited to run a new part of the lakefront path. When we lived in Chicago, I usually ran more north of museum campus so it was nice to see the skyline coming from the south.
We got to the race pretty early, so hung out, stretched and beat the long port a potty lines :-)
At 9 am we were on our way! I told my mom from the beginning that I would be staying her pace the entire time. We started off at comfortable pace. I kept one ear bud out so that I could talk with my mom and communicate with other runners if I needed to. It was a great idea since there was ice on the path and runners ahead of you would yell out “Ice” so that you were aware of what was ahead. The path was also very narrow, so it was nice to be able to hear if other runners behind you were trying to pass.
The course was an out and back and I was little surprised to see the turn around point at around mile 5. It wasn’t until about mile 7 that my mom wanted to stop and walk for about a minute. It was then that I started to feel my quads cramp up. We ran the rest of the course and maybe stopped for walking breaks about 3 more times. Even though it can be difficult to run at someone else’s pace, I’m really glad that I stayed with my mom. It was nice to be able to have someone to talk to and keep your mind distracted. While I was motivating her, I really actually just trying to keep myself motivated. The race was route was really well laid out, until the end. There was one point where we ran past the finish line, saw mile marker 13 and still had to keep running. I was not a fan and it totally messed me up mentally. That last mile was a tough one. My Garmin was right on track with the mile markers until about mile 10, then it became slightly off, but still close enough. At the end of our race, my Garmin told me I ran 12.95 miles in 2:18 minutes.
I’m so proud of my mom and the timing we got for her first 1/2! She’s addicted :-) This was my first time running with compression socks from PRO Compression and my calves feel awesome today! Normally, my calves are what bother me the most after a long run because I tend to run more on my toes. I’m not sure if it was the compression socks or the fact that it was a nice and easy pace, but my legs feel great today and I will definitely be wearing these for all longer runs.
The Get Lucky Chicago 1/2 marathon was a great way to start off the 2014 racing season. My goal is keep logging longer runs on the weekend and to earn a new 1/2 marathon PR at my next run which is the Rock n Sole on June 14th!