On Wednesday I ran one of my favorite races in the Chicago area – Elmhurst 4 on the 4th. I’ve run this race since 2013 and have always had a great time. I like the price, the distance, and the location. It is very easy to get there and I always find parking..FREE parking.
I left later than usual and even thought I didn’t park in my usual spot, I still managed to park close to the start line. Then I got my bib and met the Oiselle girls for a picture.
Let’s go back to my bib. I gave the volunteer my name and she found it on the roster. I remember hearing the number 24 or something like that. Once I got my bib, I didn’t look at it and just went to meet up with the Oiselle girls. I have a Fitletic belt and use the toggles for my bib. Again, I did not look at it.
I talked to Heather and Kathleen for a few minutes and then we lined up. It was already sunny and HOT.
This race is not a big race but there are a few people cheering for you. There is just something about running in a small town for a race. I knew I wasn’t going to get a PR. I started off too fast and then paid for it at the end. Still, I don’t think it was too bad.
I did walk a few times because I also got too hot. I didn’t have a visor with me because that morning I checked the weather report and it was supposed to be overcast. Luckily there was some shade and that helped.
This course has a few hills. Not too many but the worst one is right before the finish line. I know this but I curse every single time. 🙂
At the finish line, I got a water bottle and an ice cold washcloth to cool me down. I was sweating a lot.
.I walked for a bit to cool down before going home.
In my car is when I had a feeling that something was wrong with my bib number. I remember hearing the number 24 but not 25. I just wanted to get home to shower and eat. I knew there was nothing I could do about it so I decided to handle it at home.
Yep, I got the wrong bib. Once the results were available on Athlinks, I couldn’t find my name but did find my results with the bib number I used to run the race.
I emailed the race director right away and explained the situation. After a few emails back and forth, the problem was resolved.
I also checked Kim’s name and she was given a new bib number to run. Glad that worked out too.
I highly recommend this race to everyone. It is always fun and the perfect way to start off the holiday.
Linking up with Marcia, Patti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.