Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K (and Chicago Half Marathon) 2014

This past Sunday, John and I participated in the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K as part of the iconic Chicago Half Marathon.

Things were so busy this weekend that I really couldn't think of much to say.  So, to ease my battered brain, my hubby will be offering his recap of the weekend.

Packet pick up
John: Well, I didn't go to the expo but I like the shirts.  It was a good packet; I approve.

Linda:  It felt very easy this year, especially with the parking garages open at Navy Pier.  I walked maybe 200 feet to the festival hall, got the packets in a flash and grabbed some freebies.  Only disappointment:  Unisex shirts for the 5K.

Race Day
John: It was hard waking up because I stepped in for the concert the night before and we were hosting a football party right after the race so I wanted to rest but I couldn't.  It was a nice day and the temperature was just right.  The trade off for waking up a little later was parking farther away so we had to walk a long time.  I don't think this race was very organized... They didn't reset the clock markers for miles 2 and 3 of the 5k;  a friend said her splits were off for the half; I felt like we had to wander around to find the start of the race because there are no signs or flags or anything. Linda kept looking at the course map and we made our way through the park and eventually found the start.

However, there were a lot of volunteers who did a great job of passing out Gatorade and water and cheering the runners on.  There was lot of food at the end, though I wish I had a bag to put it in especially since we had to walk a mile back to the car.

Overall I liked the race.

Linda:  I ran the Lifetime Spring 10K and thought that though the corrals were a bit confusing, the entire course was well marked.  We saw the half runners go by but we must have walked an extra half mile trying to find the start line.

The run
I felt like I had a lot of energy and am glad to have taken the shot block.  It was a feeling of a lot of stored energy, not working too hard (Linda: well, you were running my pace, so....)

I never felt like the course was too long.  I did wonder if the sprint was started too soon and if I was going to make it to the finish.

I liked running past the MSI and the gold statue, though I was too focused on running to think about that.

Linda: I wanted to run faster but resisted because of the half last week.  My legs were honestly a bit clunky but eh, whatever.  Lifetime does always out out a lot of good food so I knew there would be no lack of nutrition.

Last thoughts
Linda:  Would I run this race again?  Probably not... I can't complain about a 5K medal but it was identical to the Spring 10K, except the ribbon.  Besides that, I would hope to run the half instead!

John:  (went off to sleep)

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