|Looking for the blogger meetup before the race at 5:45am|
I chatted with a guy who said he was postponing hip surgery to run in the RnR today. Don't know if running a half marathon on a bum hip is such a good idea, but to each his own. Anyway, I went over to the corral and waited for the gun. I was seeded in Corral 1, but ended up in Corral 2. I thought it would be no big deal, but then I heard that it would be a was a "wave start" meaning that only the elites and Corral 1 would start together. It would be a tragedy if I don't start with the Elites, so I jumped the rope to get into Corral 1 in the nick of time and luckily was not arrested for "corral jumping!"
Anyway, as I said, it the temps were not too too bad at the start. Yes, I would prefer 45 degrees, but this is July in Chicago and will take whatever temps we had for the first 6 miles.
Here are my stats:
Yes, I know it is a good example of running positive splits, but the heat did it's damage to me over the course, and there were a couple of extended water station walks between mile 10 and 13.1. Surprisingly, I did not get passed by too many people on my walks. I guess everyone was hurting. After the race, along with my medal, I got Jamba Juice and a popsicle. I dipped my popsicle in my Jamba Juice and got the sugar rush of my life! Anyway, basking in my sugar buzz, I got my gear and walked over to the finish line and took some videos of finishers, which I will try and post later.
After the race, I finally met Gingerfoxxx and Matt (Waffles, however, was not in attendence - probably chilling at home). I also got to meet a few of the Chicago Running Bloggers. Matt took a totally cool picture of us in front of the skyline and porta potties:
|Nice Porta Potty background for this pic!|