This race took place on the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. There was a lot of red, white, and blue (I was dressed all in the blue with a red sports bra). A few people ran with either the American flag or some sort of other Armed Services type of flag. It was inspiring and many people, including myself, were tearing up at the start of the race (and at the finish).
finish line photo!!!
I had a goal, run it in 2:10 or under. That didn't happen. It was just an off day for me, which wasn't helped with the bright and hot sun (though it wasn't nearly as hot as 13.1!).
finishers shoot, i'm sweaty.
I finished in 2:28. Still a solid effort, but my splits...yikes. I just looked at them...only 1 mile, mile 4, was under 10 minutes. Miles 7-13 ranged from 11:01 to 12:57. I just could not keep running no matter how hard I tried. I think that being pushed to the max at RnR, just a few short weeks beforehand, really burned me out as well.
Who knows, but I did finish my 5th half marathon in exactly 1 year (Chicago Half 2010 was my first!). This race also completed the Windy City Challenge, however, not many people are listed as finishers due to the black flagging of 13.1 in June. Regardless, we still got our Windy City Challenge medals. :)
13.1 Chicago medal, Chicago Half 2011 medal, Windy City 26.2 Challenge medal.