Half Marathon #96
Race Name: Rock 'n' Roll Chicago Half
Location: Chicago, IL
For those of you that think cramming 50+ races in a calendar year while having a professional job that requires most of my time is easy....it isn't...don't let the pictures fool you... I sacrifice a lot for the few moments that make my trips worth it!
Due to work being crazy I changed my flight late last week to a later departure on Saturday...then a delayed flight got me into the Chicago Midway Airport after 1:30am...baggage claim delays...taxi ride...my hotel which I checked into online gave my room away due to overbooking and a system glitch...I'm redirected to a different hotel which is no longer close to the start line...after everything was said and done I didn't get to bed until after 3:00am....my alarm was set for 4:30am! I closed my eyes but never really went into a deep sleep. I think I got 30-45 minutes worth of sleep? "Everything is Awesome! Everything is cool when you're part of a team!" <-- I wake up to the Lego Movie Soundtrack....I'm not kidding, that is the alarm on my phone...it works.
4:30am I'm up, I shower, I'm dressed, I Uber my way to the start line! Good morning Chicago! Good morning runners! Good morning 80 degree hot and humid weather??? What! How is it 80 degrees at 6:00am!?!?!
Bib on! Let's get this run done because I'm already melting in this heat! I ran this race back in 2013 and it was hot and humid that day as well...but it was worse this time.
Flat! Flat! Flat! Chicago offers a flat course that is great for PR's...when it isn't hot and humid :-) Aside from the bad weather, it is a blast running through this amazing city! The pictures speak for themselves!
These are my favorite pics from the race:
Post race snacks/meal:
Standard big race treats - I saw bagels, water, gatorade, bananas, protein bars...I saw also some people eating popsicles...
This was my 5th RnR race this year! I'm halfway to my 2015 RnR goal...10 races to earn the Gold Record Bonus Heavy Medal. If all goes as planned the 10th race will be in December, San Antonio, TX. Competitor Group puts on a great race considering how big their events are. They have a lot of experience and their races seem to get better over the years.