Age group and overall rank are only out of women because they don't have the overall number of runners listed in the results.
Temp was 20ish, with a windchill in the single digits to start and warmed up a few degrees later.
My legs have felt sore, fatigued and heavy all week from starting the weight routine. The warm-up helped some with that but I could definitely feel the sluggishness in my quads when we first started. I was able to keep a decent pace for the first mile though and I put any thought out of my mind that maybe I took off too fast and focused instead on keeping a steady, strong, and quick cadence and stride. I knew that it would be tough, but if I kept that strong I knew I could keep a fairly consistent pace. I wasn't to puke level upon finish, but I couldn't have gone any faster.
I also never once looked at my watch or my HR during the run. Instead I ran this race the way *I* prefer to run. Without worry about anything but what my body tells me it can do. When I leave all the rest of that stuff back at the starting line and don't take it with me for the race it's always better. When I race that way I'm way more relaxed/less stressed, I have way more fun, I pace better, and I'm faster and psychologically more competitive. I certainly wasn't in peak fitness for this race, but I still felt pretty good.
The stretches going into the wind were torturous though.
What would you do differently?:
Not much. I couldn't really help having run a marathon two weeks ago or starting a weight routine this week. Overall I think it went well.
Walked back and forth in the finish area until my HR went down and my body felt less of the post-race holy crap feel. Then went inside, got a little water, and headed upstairs to meet Eileen and the others for the post race "snacky" finish. Lots and lots of donuts, bagels, pizza, candy, pretzels, bread, chocolates, etc, etc.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Already talked about that.
No water upstairs where the snacks were. That was bad. Everything else was good though. Well run race, on time, plenty of volunteers, and lots and lots of snacks afterwards. :)
Last updated: 2007-02-26 12:00 AM
Chicago Special Events Management
20F / -7C
Overall Rank = 33/399
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 6/65
Ate oatmeal with soy milk and berries, caught the bus over to the race site and met Griz and his brother and hung out with them until about 9:30
Ran 10' at a warmup pace and then did three strides. Finished warm-up just before 9:45. Went inside for a few minutes and then lined up at the start.