Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon Recap

15 Aug

Thank you all for your puppy love πŸ™‚ And for anyone who asked Charlie is a 7 week old golden doodle pup.

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After spending all day Friday driving to get this lil man

I was so exhausted on Saturday. I was feeling quite a bit of race anxiety as well. I went to the expo to grab my number and bag but didn’t have very much time to spend there. It was HUGE and full of free samples and a ton of vendors.

Sean and I had plans to go to the Lil Wayne concert on Saturday night. I knew this was not the ideal way to spend the night before a race but we already had the tickets before realizing what the date was. The concert was super fun but we didn’t get back to the city until 11:45.

Luckily my friend Steven, his mom, and our friend Andy were all staying in a hotel room close to the start of the race. I got dropped off there around midnight and slept until 5.

The race start was at 6:30 so we had plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast and get over to the race. Unfortunately I had a super nervous stomach going on and was not able to eat that much. All I could get down was half a banana. I brought some chomps with me to the race start but I accidentally left them in the bathroom so I never got a chance to eat them.

Starting the race I felt pretty good for the first few miles. It was SO crowded, over 15,000 people were running it.

My garmin got messed up almost immediately so I have NO mile splits which really sucks. The building’s downtown Chicago do not go well with Garmins. According to my watch I was at 45:xx at the 5 mile mark so I was still on a pretty good pace at that point.

I think around mile 6 is when I really started to feel light-headed. I honestly thought I was going to throw up at one point. I was doing my run walk/method but every time I stopped to walk I just felt so dizzy and light-headed. I am sure this had to do with lack of sleep and lack of food.

Miles 6-9 were pretty miserable but I got a boost of energy after passing 9 and running into Steven and his mom again. Once I passed mile 10 I knew I was going to finish but not anywhere near my time goal.

I tried my best to do 3-4 min running intervals and 1 min walk intervals for the last 3 miles but the last mile I walked a ton of it. I had to keep stopping towards the end when we were surrounded by the crowd so that was pretty discouraging.

Once I finished I was just so happy to be done. I really realized during this race that running half marathons are not fun for me. I get too worked up about trying to finish in a certain time goal and then discouraged when I don’t. I was NOT having any fun during this race and just felt pretty miserable during it.

Overall I am glad I finished but that’s about it. I don’t think I will be running any more half’s anytime soon. Running races is just stressful for me. I run to stay in shape and because I enjoy doing it, so why should I run in races if I don’t enjoy them as well?

I am not saying I am never going to run a race again, but I think I will stick with the 5ks and 10ks, not as much time to play mind tricks in those shorter distances. I am just not sure what my running future will bring at this point.. instead of worrying about it today I am just going to enjoy my day off work and snuggle with this love

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7 Responses to “Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon Recap”

  1. Lindsay@LivingLindsay August 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Congrats on finishing your race! I think it’s completely okay that you aren’t interested in running any long races in the future. I have toyed with the idea of trying a half, but I’m not sure I really want to. It’s a lot of pressure and while I loved the rush I felt after finishing a 5K, I think I would rather run 10 more 5K’s than train for a half. πŸ™‚

    Your pup is SOOOO cute!! Have fun snuggling

  2. Lily Fluffbottom August 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Congratulations on your finish! From what I hear, longer distances are quite the mind game. If you know you don’t like it, then you don’t have to do it. Its okay.

    My cousin has a golden doodle. They get HUGE. And stay adorable. So cute!

  3. Kelly August 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

    Congrats on the race, lady! Even if it wasn’t the greatest experience, it’s still quite an accomplishment.

    And with that precious little furry guy, you’ve probably already cheered right up. He is just adorable. Love.

  4. jeri August 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    Congrats on another half marathon finish! Don’t ever be discouraged by a performance that didn’t meet your expectations, b/c you still are accomplishing something that a lot of people wouldn’t dream of. But if you don’t love racin’ em, don’t! I’d diiiiiiiiiiiiie without races to train for. I have zero drive to run/train/workout without a goal coming up. Maybe I’ll just come out there next time you one. πŸ˜‰

    And I think a bigger breakfast and some fuel–GUs/chomps/whatev would’ve helped you IMMENSELY. It’s impossible to feel like you can GO if you’re low on food. πŸ™‚ I made that mistake for about the first 3 halfs I did.

  5. Sarah S @RunningOnWords August 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Way to finish! I’m worried I’m going to realize I hate half marathons after this next race. I think sleep is the key for me. I only got 4 hours before the last one and wanted to die. I think deciding to just stick to long runs sounds like a great plan for you if you hate racing that much!

    Love the puppy!

  6. Clare @ Fitting It All In August 15, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Congrats on pushing through with a really great time, even if it wasn’t your goal! And so awesome that you’ve realize you love running, but not racing. It isn’t for everyone and you shouldn’t force yourself!

  7. katshealthcorner August 16, 2011 at 12:17 am #

    What an amazing run! I’m so glad that you had such a strong finish. YOU GO GIRL!
    Charlie is so cute! πŸ˜€

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