So yesterday was the Cinco de miler, and even thought it was only five miles I was kind of nervous the morning of- mostly because I had indulged in son Bud Light Staw-ber-itas the night before, and I ran 8 miles Friday afternoon- so when I woke up yesterday my knee was achy and my calves were tight and crampy.
The upside to this is that I was not running this race alone, my friends Katy and Nicole were coming as well, and I always enjoy going to these events with friends. Especially when there is a post-race party…. I’m an only child so I don’t mind doing things alone but being at a post race party alone is borderline depressing.
I got up, got a lightly buttered bagel and put all of gear on, and extra gear in my special bag. Following the tragedy at the Boston marathon the two races I have done have taken extra lengths to ensure safety. What they did at this race was give everyone clear bags for the gear check- no non-see-through bags allowed, and any left unattended were promised to be discarded.
Unfortunately my boo Katy is injured and even though she signed up for the race, she did not run due to some unexpected injuries, but she was awesome enough to brave the Chicago traffic to this race and drop us off.
The race itself was quite pleasant. It was a beautiful day, and in Chicago’s lovely Montrose Harbor, it was not a race I was planning to PR, as while I love doing RAM sponsored races they draw big crowds, and many people typically only ensure congestion on the course- NOT PRs.
For my 10 miler I did 10:53 average pace over 10 miles. Having this be a shorter race I just wanted to be faster than that, I was aiming to stay around 10:30 per mile, but not banking on it. The race seemed like it was flying by as I was running it, I was surprised by how fast I felt , and the time breakdowns I was getting via my watch the mile markers that all had digital clocks. I’m pretty sure my last two miles were surprisingly my fastest- I ran two miles in a little under 20 minutes so I was pleased with myself for gutting it out and finishing the race like a champ.
Following the race I picked up my medal/beer bottle opener, and let the feelings of possibly needing to vomit pass. Then I found my friends at the post race party, and we took some super classy photos, then indulged in the promised post race burritos and beer.
All in all it was very solid race day, kind of a good pacer race in preparation for my half marathon that is coming up in a few short weeks (eeeeek). For now I shall enjoy my day off, catching up on my favorite blogs (Run Eat Repeat),
and listening to some Clif Casts to continue to prepare for this half. I’ll probably give my legs a break today, and do today’s work out from Tone It Up to continue to build core strength, and of course to get ready for bikini season (what what).