I was running my one and only long run before Boston and it happened to coincide with the Chi Town Half Marathon and 10k. The races were held on the Lakefront Trail where I was also running.
I arrived near Diversey Harbor at 8:45am about 30 minutes after the race started. I immediately saw a runner in an owl hat go by and knew it must be Xaarlin. So, I sped up and ran passed her to get a couple of shots of her running.
I also got a video of her finish:
Xaarlin's 38:55 finish!
I knew that Xaarlin had been training extra hard this winter, but her time of 38:55 was phenomenal. However, it was not to be. Somewhere on the course she got misdirected and ended up running a short race. There were other runners in the same spot and they discussed what had happened.
|10k runners discussing the short course|
I left the finish area to continue on with my long run and headed over to the Lakefront Trail. I saw a lonely misdirected runner who was all by himself on the east side of Lake Shore Drive. He was watching the race runners on the west side of Lake Shore Drive. I spoke with him briefly, and he seemed confused as to what had happened. Luckily another runner who had also gotten lost showed him how to rejoin the race!
|Another misdirected 10k runner watching the race on the other side of Lake Shore Drive|
I also got one of the 1:30 pace group. Chicago Runner Girl Britt was in the group. I cheered her on:
The 1:30 pace group
I ended up running the northern portion of the half course and then headed home. I got my 16 miler in with a few breaks for picture taking.
|Me with sailboats in background|
Total Miles: 16
Average Pace: 9:11 (includes breaks)