Did you know I'm running the Illinois Marathon on Saturday? Yes, the FULL marathon. 26.2 miles. On Saturday.
So when I looked at my training plan and saw that I had 10 miles scheduled for this past weekend and that it coincided perfectly with the FirstMerit Bank Lakefront 10 Miler I figured, hey, why not?
The key, not to run too fast. Or fall in a hole. Like this one:
I decided the buddy system would be the best bet and when I realized that Emily was also running the race I asked her if I could run with her. I knew she would keep me honest.
Although, I had no idea what to wear for this race. I was so cold waiting for the race to start that I even put on the race shirt over my t-shirt and arm warmers. Of course, in my usual fashion, I ditched it at mile 2
This is the second time I've run this race. The first time was in 2011 and the weather was in the high 40s and rainy. This time? It was in the low 30s and it had snowed. Yes, snowed. That's what's all over the ground in the pictures. Thankfully the actual path we were running on was clear. Except for the hill.
Since the last time I ran this race they changed the course to go up and over the infamous Cricket Hill. Chicago is FLAT so running up a sled hill is our version of a hilly race.
I admit I was a little concerned about this, mostly because I knew it had rained and snowed all week so the grass was bound to be disgusting. Thankfully, Emily's run 9 minutes, walk 1 minute plan coincided with walking up the hill. Yes, that's what we're telling ourselves.
Anyway, since this was a training run for me we ran at an easy pace and I kept Emily entertained with random conversation topics. My husband, Jason, was there taking pictures so I made sure to ham it up for him.
Overall, it was a good way to finish out my training for the Illinois Marathon. I felt strong during the run and knew I could pick up the pace at any time. I'm a little sad that I'll be running Illinois by myself but hopefully I'll be able to get into a groove and do my thing.
Also, I found out on Monday night that only 1300 people ran the Lakefront 10 Miler. This is such a great race and it never sells out. It felt a little crowded at the beginning but totally opens up. And this year they gave us medals! I didn't get a medal in 2011 so I think this is a new thing. Plus, 10 miles? That's such a great distance. I'm glad I chose to do it for my last long run before Illinois.