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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Shamrock Shuffle
34F / 1C
Precipitation
Total Time = 55m 37s
Overall Rank = 10524/13294
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, looked out the window at the snow...said are we really going to do this..said yes yes we are! Ate a PB&J on wheat bread and a banana. Left our house at 5 till 9 and walked through the slush and the wind to the start area. My DH was supposed to be in Corral C but elected to run with me since there was a chance of me getting a PR but not really a chance of him getting one.
Event warmup:

Stretched at home, stood in the cold bouncing for 30 minutes (Not sure if you can call that a warm up)
Run
  • 55m 37s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 11m 11s  min/mile
Comments:

Started off running and was a little scared because I could not feel my hands or my feet. The feet warmed up quickly and painlessly, but the hands were another story. They started to hurt so badly that I was practically in tears from mile 0.5-1.5. My DH asked it I wanted to stop, but I was like how is stopping going to make my hands feel any better. Eventually they started to feel better and I actually got to enjoy the last 3.5 miles of the race. First mile was around 11/mile, second mile was 11:23/mile. Not really sure what they were after that. It was really fun getting to run through the streets of Chicago (especially since I doubt I will ever do the marathon). Getting up Mount Roosevelt at the end was tough, but satisfying as I got to pass a lot of people who were walking. This was almost a 5 minute PR for me so I am pretty happy.
What would you do differently?:

Not live in Chicago where it snows at the end of March! No I think that I could have been even faster had it not been for the weather and the road conditions. As far as what I could personally do better, well thats easy...train more. A year ago I couldn't run a mile so it is just going to take time to get faster!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked home as quickly as possible!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weather, fitness

Event comments:

Given the weather I thought the organizers did a good job. THANK YOU!! to all of the volunteers out on the course!!




Last updated: 2009-01-04 12:00 AM
Running
00:55:37 | 04.97 miles | 11m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/13294
Performance: Good
Course: Loop around downtown Chicago that covers parts of the marathon course. Wet, snowy and slushy. Some parts were better cleaned than others
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-03-30 9:29 AM

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Master
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2009-03-30 9:52 AM
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GREAT job in nasty conditions. Yay PR!
2009-03-30 10:40 AM
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Nice PR!!!! 

Especially in a slush fest like yesterday.

2009-03-30 12:08 PM
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Royal(PITA)
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great job in tough circumstances!
2009-03-30 12:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Shuffle - 8K
Those were "moderate" conditions, according to the race officials. I asked the guy at the volunteer tent if "extreme" conditions required zombies running in the streets trying to eat the runners.

2009-03-30 3:11 PM
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Master
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IL is like a box of chocolates......

 

 

 



2009-03-30 6:58 PM
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Great job getting out there despite the weather. And congrats on the PR!!
2009-03-30 8:49 PM
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Master
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Nice job! Wow, in tough conditions, too...
2009-03-31 10:54 AM
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GREAT JOB and CONGRATS to the PR!
2009-03-31 2:47 PM
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Alright, PR!!!!!!!  That almost (almost) makes things worth it....right?

Hey, we'll be missing all the slush in a couple of weeks when it's 80 out.  You get a Gold Star just for making it to the Start Line!

Gold Star

2009-03-31 6:37 PM
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Excellent PR in the mush


2009-03-31 8:36 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Awesome race Kathy!

great job

2009-04-05 5:54 PM
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Iron Donkey
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You have a watch and/or HR watch and monitor?

Yep, once you get the pace going, you're body will handle the warming up.

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