I said that I would NEVER do a half marathon. Never.
Yeah that I was wrong about...I signed up for the Rock N' Roll Half Marathon here in Chicago a few weeks after my first 10 mile race, and signed my death wish once and for all. I thought sticking my hand in the inactive garbage disposal was more dangerous at one point.
|They charge out the ass these days in the garbage disposal|
I think that long run was the reason i felt confident going into this race. Except that I drank the Friday before, quite a fair share of beer I may add. And on Saturday my friend Jordan and I were at Mayhem Fest in Tinley Park for most of the day.....with a hangover. AND I didn't get home until 12:30am.
We woke up at 4am, and headed over around 5 to be there 30 minutes before the start of the race. I was in Corral 20, Sara was in 7. So obviously that made me already feel like a slow poke haha.
Once things started though, it was all up to me - we were running separately.
I was already thirsty beyond belief from the start. I need to start bringing a bottle of water so I'm not standing around going "CMONNNNNNN I DONT CARE WHOS TALKING ON THE INTERCOM SYSTEM."
|Who needs to bring bottled water when you could have a|
I was starting to feel the heat a bit, although I have to say that it was just humid - there wasn't a lot of sun exposure. I was using each water stop but I was continuing to run whilst drinking. Which is hilarious by the way - I spill that shit ALL OVER my face and shirt. It makes me look like I've lost my vision and sense of aim to put a cup of water to my mouth for cryin' out loud...
|This must be some kind of Ancient Greek|
expression of half marathons affecting the body...
18K CHECKPOINT (11.2 miles)
I had some real issues here; much worse than at mile 9. I felt exhausted, and although I kept thinking "5k left; 5k left and that's it dude," it didn't matter. I was having trouble staying focused - my Zune player was fucking up - COOL TIMING ZUNE.
I finally had to take the shirt off near the finish line, where a group of girls "owww owww'd" me. I'm sure it was a joke, as I'm pasty white with the form factor of a cup of jello. I pushed myself to a 8:30ish minute mile for the home stretch - but that was about all I had in me.
I finally did it, 13.1. It's going to be my limit. I can tell you a a marathon is too long and too boring for a chap like myself. And I don't think I'd have the patience for it.
My thoughts on the Xsport Rock N' Roll HM? I thought it was killer. The crowd support was amazing. I mean it was better than any race I've done, albeit I haven't raced as much as some of you folks. The bands along the course were fantastic, the water stations were aplenty. I'd race it again for sure. Sara and I have talked about other cities too - Lexington, Nashville, St. Louis, Las Vegas....NAWLINS (New Orleans for the normal people reading). But seriously, it's a great series to think about traveling for.
Recently this Saturday I also ran the Big Ten 10k.
Sporting the Purdue shirt; that's right. I ran the 10k in around 80 degree lakefront weather in 52:40. Got a negative split and kept my pace almost dead on 8:30 min/mi. It's the only race I've done where wearing the shirt you get for doing the race is almost a must on race day. And it makes you proud of your school. I felt good supporting Purdue doing that. And it was my best 10k time to date - cool that it was the middle of the damn hot summer haha.
So there you have it folks. My long-winded version of the races I just did. Just be glad you didn't see me in person and ask...you'd be out past your bed time.
And since you're all runners, that's like 5:30pm SHARP.
| Nice bed head DUDES.|
photo courtesy of jdn.