I had the pleasure of spending the entire weekend with some fun Chicago running bloggers! A few of the bloggers were ambassadors for the ZOOMA 5K and half- marathon and decided it would be fun to rent a house for an all girls weekend. It was fun. Really fun. But before I get into the ridiculousness, let’s talk about the actual race.
Since I have a busted ankle, running the 5K was my only option. I’m not used to 5K’s (I think I’ve run two in my life) so I honestly had no idea how to pace for 3.1 miles. I decided last minute not to wear my Garmin and to let my body just decide what was UP for the day.
If you know me at all, you know that I do not like running outside in anything other then perfect weather. Too hot= treadmill, too cold= treadmill. Needless to say, I was not too excited to be running when I walked outside and was immediately freezing. Crap.
The race went off without a hitch. There were only 200 people running the 5K so it was super easy to weave in and out of people while we all found our pace. The second I found my rhythm however, the hill started, and never ended. I’m not even exaggerating people, this was the course:
I KNOW. Most people were walking .25 miles into the race because the hill was so steep! I refused to walk and did that “run” that was even slower then walking. When we got to the turnaround point, I got a little weary knowing the rest was all downhill. Considering how clumsy and ungraceful I am, running down a steep hill scared me.
I somehow managed to not fall flat on my face and crossed the finish line 7th overall and 2nd in my age-group! Though my time wasn’t great (27:13) I was pretty siked to have just broken an hour on that course. Maggie got second overall-WOOT!
Overall, I liked the race. It was pretty organized and absolutely beautiful. I do think however, the 5K course should be changed for next year considering the course was literally up a hill, down a hill. It kind of bummed me out knowing that for a race so short, most of the runners had to walk 1/2 of it. Although we did get some bling that kinda made up for it…
We’ll chat about the real fun tomorrow….That’s all the nonsense I have for now!