Indoor 5K. I think running laps, but the website said a one loop course. I kind of think that was a lie. No, we did not run in circles, but we did have something like 20+ 180 degree turns. The picture below doesn’t really do it justice.
The race didn’t start until 9:00am which meant no early wake-up. Of course my body hates me and I woke up at 6:00. I took my sweet time getting ready and then we drove into Chicago. Early Sunday morning is probably one of the easiest times to get into the city. Parking and getting to the race were both easy. Mo and I walked in and looked around and started staring at each other:
- What did we get ourselves into?
- I guess this is something different?
- I blame you. (me to Mo)
- OMG, are we really doing this?
- Hmm, where is the start?
- What about the finish?
These comments/questions were mostly from both of us. We decided to sit on the floor and just wait. We finally checked out bags after taking off all our layers. I think my most frequent comment at races this year has been, “I don’t want to take my pants off”.
We wandered over to the start which appeared to be a mess, but really wasn’t. They had one area for people running 6:00 and 7:00 minute miles and then one that was 8:00 – 12:00 minute miles. We immediately put ourselves in the first area. I planned on running 7:45s or faster so we went to the back of the fast group. Turns out that was wave 1. It was great to just get to go. They started the waves 2 minutes apart so it wasn’t too crowded on the crazy course.
Mile 1: 7:23 (oops)
Mile 2: 7:38 (much better)
Mile 3: 7:44 (I blame mile 1)
Finish: 23:48 (7:40 pace)
Sub 24! Sub 24! That’s all I really wanted. I know I said I wanted a PR, but this was not a PR course and I ended up being 5 one hundredths of a second off my PR. And this gets me into Corral B for the Shamrock Shuffle. I am very happy with this and think it was a great test of where I am at right now.
Next up: Rock ‘N’ Roll New Orleans 3/4/12