Yesterday I ran my 99th race, the Strike Out ALS 5K. Let me just tell you that it was a muggy evening for a race. I ran with members of Team Ruth in support of my friend, LH, whose sister has ALS.
I met up with them at 5:30 pm and then went to gear check to meet members of the Chicago Running Bloggers.
Again, it was muggy outside. Before I left my house I took a water bottle with me in the hopes that I would run with it. I knew there was only one water station along the way and knew that was not enough for me. Well, I finished the water BEFORE the start of the race. There was water by the start line so I grabbed another bottle.
The race began a little after 6:30. I had trouble with my Garmin locating a signal so I got out of the line and waited a few minutes.
The course was mainly through the U.S. Cellular Field parking lot. Boring. I did not like it one bit. I really tried to stay positive but I was hot, thirsty, and already had a headache. I finished my water bottle a little after the first mile. The view was not interesting at all. I cursed the sun in the hopes that it would go away. No luck. I focused instead on the reasons I was running this race. So many people/families are affected by ALS and as much as I was unhappy about the weather and the course, I was still grateful that I was healthy and had two running legs.
The last half mile or so was inside the stadium. I remember hearing last year that it was hot and long. Well, it was long but not hot since the AC was on. I kept on running and took one walking break before we were finally outside the field. We still had about another quarter mile before the finish line. It was cool there because it was like running to make a home run. I was so happy to see the finish line!!