The Chicago Women’s Half-Marathon and 5K was last weekend. I ran the Chicago half-marathon last year; it was their first year (previously a 5K and 10K, but 10Ks are becoming increasingly rare these days), and well-organized. The best part was a sleeveless race shirt. Sadly, this year’s race shirt was a drab gray short-sleeve shirt.
I signed up for the 5K in February, because I knew I was pregnant and last year it was a very hot half-marathon. I figured I would just run an easy 5K, but then I found out it was twins and running more than 2 minutes makes my heartrate spike. So I decided to walk the 5K. My goal was to finish the race before the winner of the half-marathon, which had a 20 minute head start. I had a pre-race Builder bar (my usual pre-marathon breakfast) and carried a bottle of ice water. I went to the back of the start corrals and settled into my 15 to 16 minute per mile pace. The first mile was fairly shady and then we turned onto the lakefront path where there was a breeze. It was very different being in the back of the pack. Several people were doing their first 5K and were so happy to be out there. It was a bit discouraging when I got to the 1.5 mile water stop and realized I would have been done by then if I were running. When I got to the 3 mile marker, I decided to run in. Not as fast as I could go, but not a jog either. It was so fun! I miss running. I crossed the finish line in 48:52, 867th place (out of only 991). I made it easy for the twins to get a PR in their next 5K.
Here’s my professional maternity photo shoot at the finish line.