Chi Town Half Marathon: Pacers and Port-a-Potties
New half marathon PR!! woohoo! Sadly the only picture I have for you is the one below for now. Haven't gotten pics from my father-in-law yet. Isn't the shirt and medal pretty though?
My goal was actually to stay with the 1:55 pace group. I started off with them and kept on checking my watch.. they were going too slow. I almost said something but I didn't want to sound like a jerk "um.. you aren't going fast enough." So I just decided to go at my own speed and if they caught up to me, then I would run with them. I only ran the first mile about 7 seconds faster than the pace group should have and I couldn't even see them when I turned around.
Before the race, I made friends with a lady in line for the port-a-potties. Turns out that she was planning on running with the same pace group! It was her first half marathon so we decided to try to run together. She found me after the craziness of the start, a little after mile 1. Since it was her first one, I think she wanted me to help push her, but she actually ended up pushing me. Since I didn't have that pace group, I'm not sure I would have been able to keep that pace up.
And holy cow, I'm am still pretty sore and tight. Hopefully yoga tomorrow morning will help.
My lil brother did amazing too. It was his first half marathon and he ran a 1:45! I'm so proud of him. My other little brother had a rugby game, so my parents went to that. And my in-laws and brother-in-law and sister-in-law all came to support us. I'm really lucky to have married into such an awesome family. James texted me not long after the race asking how I did. And yep, he's pretty proud of me. :)
Also, according to my brother and sister-in-law, the pace group was a good couple minutes behind me. Moral of the story: don't trust the pacers. Oh, and make friends with people you meet in line at the port-a-potties. They might just help you PR.