Today I ran in the Chicago’s Perfect 10 Race.  One had the option of running 10 miles or 6.2 miles (10K).  Since I am training for the New Orleans Marathon in March I chose 10 miles.  Packet pick up was at Navy Pier but I don’t like going there because it is a hassle to get there.  Luckily I could pick up my packet on race day but that meant I had to be there earlier.  That is OK.  Friday night I went to bed at 9pm and work up at 5 on Saturday morning.

I arrived at Navy Pier around 6am and was shocked to find out that parking was $18.  I inquired about a discount and was told that the price is already discounted…regular is $24.  Yikes!!  I made my way to the expo to pick up my packet.  I was happy to be in a warm place and with real bathrooms.  It was a cold morning so I was happy to be indoors.  I looked outside and saw the sunrise.  Gorgeous!

A Perfect 10

The race started at 7am and off I went.  It was such a beautiful morning for a race.  Yes, a little cold but not too bad.  My goal was to run each mile a “perfect” 10.  Well, that is less than 11:00 minute.  Yeah, that did not happen.  I was close though.

A Perfect 10

Mile1-10:36
Mile 2-10:31
Mile 3-10:52
Mile 4-11:07
Mile 5-10:33
Mile 6-11:11
Mile 7-10:22
Mile 8-11:11
Mile 9-10:38
Mile 10-11:22

It felt good to be running.  I ran 10 miles last Sunday and it was tough for me.  That was not the case with today’s race.  I had energy and felt good towards the end.  Well, sort of, since it did take me a little bit longer to finish that last mile.  Overall, I was pleased with the race.  I even saw Forrest Gump at the end!

A Perfect 10

What truly shocked me is that according to my Garmin the race was EXACTLY 10 miles.  That had never happened before in a race.

A Perfect 10

Yes, I did have an issue with location and parking fee but overall I give this race a perfect 10!!

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