Feels good to be back racing again! Today was the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago and the day could not have been better. The sun was shining and the temperatures were warm compared to recent days.
Let’s back up to yesterday though…packet pick-up. Packet pick-up was Friday and Saturday at Navy Pier. Although it was very organized and the expo was great, it was so painful to get down and park at navy pier. That’s the thing about doing races in the city, it is not always worth getting a hotel, so then I have to drive into the city twice in one weekend. Gas, time, parking…yadda yadda, but it’s so worth it.
Now on to the fun stuff…Sunday morning, race day! Woke up at 5AM and toasted an Ezekiel english muffin, slathered freshly ground peanut butter on top and paired it with half a grapefruit. Perfect pre-race breakfast.
I headed out at 6AM to be on time for a pre-race meet up with my triathlon club, Crush Multisport. However, the highway was closed and I had to take a detour to Lake Shore Drive. Besides the detour the drive in was great, no traffic whatsoever. Found my parking, which I prepaid for using ParkWhiz, gathered my things, laced up the shoes, and I was on my way to Grant Park.
I made the meet-up just in time for the picture!
About to CRUSH it!
Here are some pictures of my walk to the race…
I walked over to my corral, stretched a bit, and got ready for the 8:30AM start!
I love this city, the views are unreal and I am proud to call it home. Running in big races like the Shamrock Shuffle and running through the streets of Chicago really takes your mind off of the fact that you are running. The energy is high and everyone is having a good time. I couldn’t help, but smile the whole way.
I ran a good race, averaging 8:30 min/mile. The first mile was slow, 9:04…partly because of the crowd and I also didn’t want to go out too fast since I never raced at this distance before I wasn’t sure what my pace should be. I picked it up the second mile, 8:05…feeling good, some downhills. Third mile, 8:30. Grabbed a little bit of Gatorade after the 5K marker. Oh, got a PR for my 5K here! Mile four, 8:22. Last .96, 8:11. Here are the official results…
Finish line chute!
I felt like I could have gone faster, but I am very happy with my time and performance. Less than a year ago I was far off from being able to do an 8K at that time, hard work pays off.
I relaxed and soaked up the sun at the post-race party for a little bit before heading to Fado to join back up with Crush for an Irish brunch!
Gorgeous, gorgeous day…could not get enough.
Brunch at Fado was delicious and hit the spot. Ironically I got an English Breakfast at an Irish pub, but it was so good. It was nice getting to know some of the team and talk about the upcoming events with Crush Multisport. We ended it with a group picture.
Congrats to everyone who raced the 2014 Shamrock Shuffle and to everyone else who raced this weekend, congrats as well. Spring and race season has officially kicked off for Chicago!