Yesterday I wrote about Part 1 of my weekend in Chicago, which focused on the Expo. Today I’ll discuss everything that happened on Saturday – the 5K race, #WeRunSocial meet-up and sightseeing in the evening.
|Waiting at the bus stop 🙂|
- Start time: With the heat and humidity, it was nice to have a somewhat early start time of 7:30am. Also the race started on time!
- Medal: 5K races usually do not have a medal so it was cool to not only get a medal, but a pretty cool one 🙂
- Course: While I wasn’t crazy about the course, its mainly flat. Probably would be great for a PR if the weather cooperates!
- Post-race festival: I didn’t stay for too long but I appreciated that it only took 5 seconds to get my beer 🙂
- Corrals: They were SUPER tiny and cramped, which made for a unique start line experience.
- Route: The route was a little tight in the beginning as it seemed we were running on a sidewalk. When you combine this with lots of people walking, it makes it hard to navigate the course and get into a running rhythm.
- Water Stations (part 1): There was only 1 water station for the race, located at Mile 1.5. Typically this may be okay for a 5K race, but the heat and humidity was brutal. There really should have been water at each mile, or at least at miles 1 and 2.
- Water Stations (part 2): Not only was there only one water station, but there were only a handful of volunteers handing out water. The volunteers were amazing and working so hard so I felt very bad that they were so overwhelmed with runners. Rock ‘n’ Roll should have had about double the amount of volunteers.
- Medical (pat 1): I didn’t see any medical staff on the course. I’m not sure if I missed them on the course but again, with the weather, this could have been a problem.
- Medical (part 2): I stopped at medical after I finished in hopes of getting ice for my knee, but they had run out of ice. I’m a middle of the pack runner (for 5K races) so I knew there were still at least 1,000 runners coming in after me and the medical tent had already run out of ice? Not good
- Post-race food/drinks: I think I saw bananas and granola. I’m not sure who eats granola after running in 90+ degree weather, but I need to meet that person. A bagel would have been nice, cold water would have been even better.
|Crossing the finish line – a hot, sweaty mess|
|The Greene girls – putting in work!|
|Runners relaxing after the 5K|
|The finishers area – a.k.a, where we go to get beer|
|#AllTheGoodies. Special thanks to #WeRunSocial,
ProCompression and Brooks for the giveaway items
Photo credit – NYCSweat
|Me, Erica from Erica Finds and Jen|
Gregg, Stephanie, me and Jen
Photo Credit – NYCSweat