I know Chicago is called “The Windy City” for obvious reasons. We also have some silly and crazy weather…hot for four days and then cold and rainy for two days. Yesterday’s race was the worst race day ever. Originally I signed up for the half marathon and changed it to the 10K. I am so very glad I did. I took the train downtown and waited for about 5 minutes for a coffee shop to open to use the bathroom and of course to get some coffee. It was the BEST coffee I have ever had. I then made it to the race site, used the bathroom again, added another layer, of clothes, dropped off my gear and went to look for the start line. This is the third year I run this race and of course I did not read the instructions indicating the new start line. I followed the other runners and found it.
The beginning was really nice. I had plenty of room to run, the sun was shining, and there was no wind. At some point around mile two I could feel the wind pushing me. Yay! I am running faster!!! However, I knew that I was going to pay for it on the way back. Oh. My. Goodness. On the way back it was windy, cold, and raining. I could not believe it. I would run but had to stop a few times because it was just so bad. I was running behind these girls that were running about a 10 minute pace but I just could not keep up. I was running along the lakefront and could see the waves crashing. I would have enjoyed the view on another day but at that moment I just wanted to get to the finish line.
My goal to finish the race was 1:06. However, I finished in about 1:07. I guess it was not a bad finish time considering the wind and rain. I was so cold that my face and hands were so red. At the end there was a breakfast for all finishers but I did not stick around. I am SO GLAD I changed my registration to the 10K.
So my running friends, how do YOU run against the wind?