Rock ‘n Roll Chicago – Recap

I am happy to report that the my high expectations of Rock ‘n Roll Chicago were fully met!  Jason and I woke up early Saturday morning and arrived in Chicago around 11:00 and headed straight to the expo held at the McCormick Place.  I had really been looking forward to this for a while. (Notice the super cheesy excited face…)

The Brooks area was really great.  I especially enjoyed the mirrors telling me I looked really fast.

Over all, the expo had a nice mix of vendors, and it wasn’t overly crowded. I was happy.

The race started Sunday at 6:30 a.m. I was up at 4:45, dressed quickly, got some coffee and ate a Cliff bar, and was out the door by 5:45.  I got there, stood in a short line for the bathroom, and was ready to go by 6:10.

My only concerns at the start of the race were that it was already quite warm, and I felt a little under hydrated.  I knew I was going to need to get water at every station.

The first few miles were definitely the hardest.  Immediately after starting, the course goes under an overpass, so my Garmin lost signal, and it continued to go in and out.  I’m guessing because of all the buildings. But it made it difficult for me to determine how fast I was going.  Around mile 6, I felt like I was finally getting in the groove of things.  Overall the course was great.  It was really hot by the end, and the last few miles takes you along Lakeshore Drive, which provided no shade and was pretty brutal.  I was hoping to finish a little faster than I did, but I am still happy overall with my time.   Official time was 1:47:46.  It really was a lot of fun, but one thing for sure is that I am ready for cooler running weather!

I have to also give a big shout out to my parents and in-laws who held down the fort with the kids so that Jason and I could go by ourselves.  We enjoyed our little get-away!