Although my time at the Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon wasn't great, I still consider the race a good one because I felt great throughout. This alone makes it a huge success in my book :)
All smiles after the race!
Half marathons have been my problem distance for awhile. Last year, I raced four consecutive bad half marathons that included massive cramping, dehydration, injury and worst of all, a DNF.
Even though I was assigned to Corral 3, I decided to move back a few corrals to start at a slower pace. I think it ended up being a smart strategy. I felt great throughout the first five miles - even breathing, strong legs and good form.
As we turned back on to Michigan Avenue, I felt a bit nervous because this is where my race really started to deteriorate last year. This year, however, I couldn't believe how relaxed I felt! I considered pushing harder but held back in fear of falling apart. It's funny, I'm not afraid to go all out during a 5k but when it comes to half marathons, my confidence just isn't there yet.
I decided to kick in the last mile so it was fun counting down the miles til it was time to go. I focused on increasing turnover during the last mile and was looking forward to seeing the finish line. I ended up launching the last bit of my kick a tad too early and was really struggling in the final bit of the race. Ouch. But it was well worth it :)
My confidence is still a bit shaky it comes to racing half marathons, but I'm feeling better about the distance. I know I can run faster with more consistent training (read: no injuries!) and am actually excited to see what types of times I'll be able to post for this distance in the future.
As for the rest of the trip? It included plenty of eating, shopping and more eating! A few highlights:
Enjoying the lovely weather
Believe it or not, this was the petite frites cone!
Finally got my macaron fix at the French Market!
Mom and I can't stop shopping!
Lots of deliciousness at Frontera Grill
So now a few questions for you:
1. Has your running confidence ever been shaken? If so, how did you get it back?
2. What's your favorite distance to race and why?
I think a giveaway to celebrate is in order! Stay tuned for the details next week!