The race was certainly not one to post a great time in, check out the course, as charted by my Garmin, below and you'll begin to understand why, although, it barely does the course's many, many turns justice.
|That part on the left must be where we were on the promenade/ waterway walk. Either that or I'm just not remembering the part where we swam to the finish line?|
My official race time was 31:34, which translates into a pace of 10:32 / mile. Not my worst and not at all disappointing, especially given the circumstances. Notably, though, my Garmin suggests that we ran 3.17 miles, which would imply a sub 10 minute / mile pace. Now, I'm not saying that it's not possible that the Garmin is just wacky, buuuuuut....another friend in the group we ran with said that his [non-Garmin] GPS device suggested that he had run 3.15 miles. .15-.17 seems like a lot to be off by, but given the relentless turning in this race course and the fact that all of the crowding / people made running tangents an impossibility...maybe we did just turn in a 3+ mile run.
|Now if only I can figure out a way to get that last .17mi kick home to last me an entire race...|
So, the course's narrow streest were crowded and I didn't run all that fast...but it was a really great experience to run downtown and by some of the charming little bars, cobblestone streets, and crowds of people leaving work. While there's no denying that Central Park is a wonderful place to run - arguably the best place in the city - a little change of scenery can make a world of difference. Perhaps between this run and the Chicago lake front run that spruced me up last weekend I'm seeing a trend...?
Additionally, I ran this race with friends. A group of us signed up through my friend Jackie's boyfriend's work team, and though we spread out and ran different pace, it was fun to know that we were all just out on a nice night getting in some exercise and would be meeting up afterwards to "celebrate".
|A motley crew...everything from Tortoise's 5:01:16 marathon to Megs' BQ marathons and lots in between!|
Post race we Valerie Bertinelli was on hand to name / honor a handful of people who pledged to get heart healthier and lost a lot of weight in the process. It was a bit like a real life Biggest Loser and nice to hear how well these people had done.
|Maybe I should have asked Valerie if she knows Kelly Ripa, and if so, if she could put in a good word for me on getting that co-host spot!|
If you've never checked out the Stone Street area of pubs [because you think that no one goes out downtown and it's far from everything] - I recommend that you give it a try. The cobblestone streets and cute pubs are very reminiscent of a nice little European town. In particular, I recommend attending Oyster Fest in September.
|Post run celebrations at Stone Street|