Today I ran for pie. What an awesome race!!! The race began at 8:30 am and luckily a friend called me a little after 7 or else I probably would have missed it.
I arrived at the race site a little after 8 and was happy to see that we had access to a high school which meant a warm area to wait and real bathrooms. I dropped off my bag, went to the bathroom, and then waited in the gym for a little bit. A few minutes later I made my way outside. I LOVE, LOVE hearing the National Anthem!!! I do not get tired of it.
We ran through the streets of La Grange. Great course! No inclines which made me happy. I did stop a few times because I was running too fast. 🙁 I need to learn to pace myself. As soon as I saw the finish line I ran as fast as I could. I passed several people which made me smile. I accidentally pressed the “start/stop” button on my Garmin before mile 2 so I don’t know my official finish time.
I was one of the first 500 runners to register so I got a free pie. Since I did not win a medal I was happy with it. Yummy! Next year I will just have to run FASTER!
Look what was outside? Poor turkeys.
Of course I had to get pictures with them.
This year was the first time this race was held and I thought it went very well. However, the only thing I question is how the finish time will be determined because they was no chip on the bib. As I crossed the finish line I gave a volunteer a perforated piece of the bib with my number in it. I was told that the volunteers were supposed to keep them in order for finish time purposes. Huh???? Another volunteer told me that a scanner would scan my number at the finish line to determine finish time. Well, regardless I hope I find out soon. 😀
Happy Thanksgiving!!! Enjoy this special day.
I had heard great things about the Better Than Naked Shorts by North Face. I gave in, bought a pair, and wore then for a 3 miles run yesterday. Oh my goodness! I did not like them. I mean, they are comfortable, fit just about right, they dry fast, and don’t stink. However, they ride up. I have a problem with my big inner thighs and I was constantly pulling them down. Not sure if I want to give them another try or send them back? Any suggestions on shorts that don’t ride up?
I have decided to be a part of the Ragnar Relay Series. Yep 200 miles from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL. Have you done one? How did it go? Advice?
I am working on a list of 40 things to do before I turn 40 (November 20, 2012). Below is what is on my list so far. I will post list once it is finalized.
- Blackhawsks game
- Whale watching
- Taste 40 different beers/tequilas
- Bikram yoga
- Ballroom/pole dancing
- Relay race
- Camp out in front of store to buy “something” (Black Friday)
- Pick favorite actor/actress and watch all of their movies (movie marathon)
- Slumber party
- Drive-in movie
- Pottery class
- Visit a country/continent that I have not been to
- Go to the Grand Canyon
- Hike at Yosemite Mountains
- Do ultramarathon (50K)
- See U2 in concert
- Hot air balloon ride
- Take a CPR class
- Learn sign language
- Participate in the Chicago Polar Plunge
- Go on a helicopter ride
- Travel first class
- Visit the Four Corners Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado
- Learn to play poker
- Learn to play pool
- Watch every movie that has won an Academy Award Winners for Best Picture
- High Tea” at the Plaza Hotel in New York
- Get palms read/See a psychic/Get a tarot card reading
- Run a marathon in another state
- Participate in the Women’s Half Marathon
- Run 1,000 miles
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!
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.
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!
What truly shocked me is that according to my Garmin the race was EXACTLY 10 miles. That had never happened before in a race.
Yes, I did have an issue with location and parking fee but overall I give this race a perfect 10!!
This month I ran 52.7 miles. Yeah, SLOW month. Below are the races I completed this month:
- ING Hartford Marathon, October 15
- Carrera de los Muertos/Day of the Dead 5K, October 29
Total miles ran this year is 569.63. I was really hoping to run a total of at least 1,000 miles this year but a semi-injury in February (ran 29 miles that month) and my 3 week vacation in the summer to Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru (49.5 in June and 17 in July) slowed me down. I did A LOT of walking during those 3 weeks that I was so exhausted when I came back and the last thing I wanted to do was run.
Upcoming races this month include:
- Hot Chocolate, 15K, November 5
- Chicago’s Perfect 10 at Navy Pier, November 12
- Run 3.14 Pie 5K, November 24
I am really excited about the races this month. I ran the Hot Chocolate last year and was very disappointed with the course. This year there is a new course so yes I am happy. The Perfect 10 race is new this year and is a 10K or a 10 mile race. Since I am training for another marathon I chose the 10 mile race. The 3.14 race is new for me. The name caught my attention. Plus, the first couple hundred that registered gets to take a pie home. How cool is that?
I cannot believe the year is almost over. Where did it go? What did I accomplish? Well, for starters I traveled to 4 countries from June-August. I traveled to one of the Wonders of the World..Machu Picchu. To date I’ve ran almost 570 miles compared to 601.9 at the end of December last year. I started this blog which I kept putting off and finally got around to it.
I am definitely looking forward to 2012!!
I registered today. I was holding off because I did not want to shell out $95 yet to register. Well, today I got an awesome email from my friends at Fleet Feet letting me know about a discount code. I immediately went to the site and after a few email backs and forth getting the correct code, I registered for $40. AWESOME!!! I am so excited! I already have my hotel room so now I need airline tickets. I have two free tickets from Southwest so it looks like I am set.
The only thing that worries me is training during the winter. I do not like running outside. I don’t mind too much the cold weather because I tend to run with a decent amount of layers. What I hate is the snow and ice. Oh well, I guess I have to suck it up or run indoors on the treadmill.
By the way, the date is March 4, 2011.