2014 Goals, Fitness, Running, Yoga

Chicago Half Marathon

This Sunday I completed my third Chicago Half Marathon! This race has a special place in my heart because it was my very first half marathon in 2011. Since then I’ve completed six half-marathons, and I’m totally hooked.

After my first half marathon in 2011. It was a warm one! But I made a crucial mistake here, I sat down. Getting back up was tricky!
After my first half marathon in 2011. It was a warm one! But I made a crucial mistake here, I sat down. Getting back up was tricky!

I’ve learned that I prefer smaller races with fewer participants, but since this half is held on Chicago’s highways there’s space for runners to spread out (within reason). The weather was beautiful and started off nice and cool. But around mile 8.5 the sun was out in full force and I started walking through water stations so I could drink one cup and pour the other on my head (with plenty of care not to get my earbuds/ears wet – learned that one the hard way!). I was excited to see that they broke out the sprinklers near the end of the course too, ahhhh!

My goal for this race was just to complete it. I didn’t have any time expectations since I’ve been marathon training, which is slower than my half marathon training pace so I was pretty sure a PR was out of the question. I finished in 2:26:28 and was really happy with it 🙂 Mostly I’m just glad I didn’t melt in those final miles!

Hubs is the best support team at races, and he drove us into the city at 4 am so we could make our shuttle and get to the race with plenty of time to spare. He’s also a great photographer!

Packet Pick Up at Navy Pier - I love the expo! I bought a new visor and a shirt that says, "My Running Partner has Four Legs" - love it!
Packet Pick Up at Navy Pier – I love the expo! I bought a new running hat and a shirt that says, “My Running Partner has Four Legs” – love it!
Carbo loading at Eataly - So delicious!
Carbo loading at Eataly – So delicious!
And of course while we were downtown I had to breakout my #balancebasics. This day's pose was chair pose.
And of course while we were downtown I had to breakout my #balancebasics. This day’s pose was chair pose.
And who doesn't love a good spot to burst out some #publicdisplayofasana?!
And who doesn’t love a good view to burst out some #publicdisplayofasana?!
Pre-Race with the best Hubs around!
Pre-Race with the best Hubs around!
Here's a pic from later in the race. Boy was it warm, but I was trying to make the best of it and maintain good form - and smile of course!
Here’s a pic from later in the race. Boy was it warm, but I was trying to make the best of it and maintain good form – and smile of course!
Crossing the finish line felt so good. I like to throw my arms up in the air, but I always double check to make sure I don't accidentally elbow someone!
Crossing the finish line felt so good. I like to throw my arms up in the air, but I always double check to make sure I don’t accidentally elbow someone!
Celebrating at The Bean
Celebrating at The Bean

Hubs took photos and video at the finish line. Boy is he talented!

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