On Sunday I ran my first race of the year–The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle. It is one of my favorite races. I love the course and the camaraderie. The course begins and ends the same way as the Chicago Marathon.
I was in bed before 10pm on Saturday and woke up Sunday morning a few minutes before my alarm was supposed to go off at 6am. I got up, made coffee, and changed. I was out the door at 6:30 and drove to the train station and then made my way downtown.
I saw a friend of mine and we chatted for a few minutes while also walking over to The Congress Hotel for the CARA Shuttle VIP Experience. It was cold and windy so I was happy with having a warm area to hang around before the race. I did not stay too long because I was meeting a few of The Chicago Running Bloggers at 7:30 for a photo. Then I chatted with a few of them before heading over to gear check. I had left mine at the hotel but still tagged along.
Around 8:10 I made my way over to Corral C. For a moment I warmed up because the sun was out but then it decided to be cruel and hide again. Oh well, I knew I would start running soon and would warm up. I had compression socks, shorts (don’t ask me why I wore shorts, because I don’t even know), sparkly skirt, short sleeve shirt, two long sleeve shirts, and a mylar blanket. The plan was to toss the blanket as soon as the race started and one of the long sleeve shirts once I was warm enough. I did the former but not the latter.
Finally it was time to run. I always start off too fast but somehow did not do so this time. In fact mile 1 was my slowest one (11:48). Now I know why I was feeling really good. 🙂 It wasn’t as crowded as it has been in previous years. I was fearing for the wind but cannot remember when I first felt it. I just remember it being BRUTAL! I stopped for a few seconds to catch my breath and then moved along. My plan was to not stop at all but instead to slow down. For the most part I was able to do that but there was a slight incline with more wind around mile 3.5. I walked again and felt much better.
I stopped one more time after mile 4 but knew that I had to keep on running because I was so close to the finish line. I managed to run slowly up Mount Roosevelt, then made a left, and saw the finish line. I ran as fast as I could and was finally done.
Overall it was a GREAT race. It was windy but I am glad it did not rain. I got my medal and went back to The Congress Hotel to warm up and get my bag. There I saw Tiffany and her fiance, Harry. It was great catching up with her.
Next race: Live Grit Lakefront 10 Miler, April 18.
Great pictures! Way to push through that cold and that wind. It was brutal out there!!!
See you at the Lakefront 10, if not sooner!!!!!
I think everyone “suffered” with the cold weather and wind.
That’s awesome! Too bad it was windy, but it would have been a lot worse with rain! It’s great to see how you powered through this one.
I agree. I’d rather have wind than rain and wind.