So I survived. For someone who didn’t train for a half I actually did pretty good all things considered.
I paced really well, and ultimately PR’d by 10 minutes.
I have the same number of toenails now that I did going in (unfortunately not 10) haha
I did not have any “complications”.
My knee held up pretty well, but did get really sore and achy, and I did have to stop to get it re-taped.
As I said in my Runniversary Post I have ran the Monster Dash before. I like this race. It is somewhat on the small side likely due to the close time proximity it is to the Chicago Marathon (typically the week following). It is well organized, there are plenty of hydration stops, they offer pacers, and it’s a course I am REALLY familiar with since I train on the train, and run races on the Lakefront Trail like ALL.OF.THE.TIME.
It was also great because a few people from my running group (The Venados) ran this race too, so by the time I was finishing I had my own little cheer squad- which was super cool, and just that last push I needed to crush that pesky .1 of the 13.1.
My day got off to a smooth start, I was smart enough to lay out everything I needed the night before (like a good girl). I got up hopped on the foam roller real quick while my oatmeal was in the microwave. I know I have talked about it before, but I love Special K’s new oatmeal. It is just enough to get me through a half or a long run.
The start of the race was in Grant Park- which is close to where I live so I walked up to the start.
I checked my gear and got lined up behind the 2:15 pacers- since I couldn’t find the 2:20 pacers.
Considering I hadn’t trained I was not expecting to maintain a 2:15 pace. I kept up through mile 4, persisted through mile 6- at this point I was just waiting to feel like
shit … well not good. But I felt great. I kept up with the pacers through the turn around, and through mile 9…. just waiting to hit that wall- but it never came. Unfortunately what did come – or rather come undone was the tape to my knee…. which then caused my knee to really ache and hurt.
So I fell behind the pacers at the aid tent between mile 9-10, they taped me up and I was on my way in jiffy!
My official finish was 2:20- still a 10 minute PR. And did I mention I didn’t lose anymore toenails?!
The race felt like it went by really fast – until mile 11- that was the point that I realized I was tired, and ready for food. I got pepped back up around mile 12 1/2 when I realized I could run a 2:20. I ran this race a year ago- and ran 2:40, this year I ran 2:20. Maybe next year I can hit 2 hours?! Worth a shot right?!
Overall I think Team Ortho put on a great event. I was happy with the organization from packet pickup, to the race itself. I would definitely run this race again, but would prefer that in the future they adopt a more organized way to start runners, as opposed to having people line up by the time they THINK they can run versus participants entering a time and setting up corrals. (I do realize there will be a participant “fudge factor” regardless- but there are few things more obnoxious than someone walking on a narrow path within the first mile when runners are trying to amp up and get moving).
**Please note that all opinions are my own involving this race- Team Ortho put it on- I’m just sharing my experience!