|Pre-Race: Dude took 3 with his finger in all of them.|
there were multiple locations for pickups including one in the Chicago area (which just happened to be in the suburb where i live, SCORE!) However, quickly realized that was the weekend I was in SC/OH and many of my friends were already committed during the pickup times. Emailed the race to see if there were other options and didn't get too positive of response. Luckily, my friend found someone to get them so we were ok.
The race is located in Kenosha which is ~1 hr from Chicago which makes it an easy day trip. Our friend Tia picked us up at 5:15am and we were looking for parking by 6:20. There is a ton of free parking within .5 miles of the start which made it nice. Got to the start with time to hit the portos. Scott was less than enthused at this point as he was definitely tired from the 5:15 am wake up call and fairly under trained.. however, he made nice, took pics and we mapped out our plan: Let's see how far Scott can run and then we will run/walk. A very well laid out plan, i know.
We got in a groove really quickly and ran a mile or so with Barb, a friend I met at Egg Shell Shuffle. At mile 7, we walked for a bit and then started running again fairly quickly. We did water/gatorade at every stop and Scott seemed to be in a groove. I made Scott a bib to wear on his back that said: "My wife asked me to run a half for mother's day... here i am.... Mothers Day Gift, CHECK!" I found it funny and ladies were commenting to him throughout the course which i knew made him feel good! Who doesn't love hearing "you are such an awesome husband!"
|Mile 8ish, i think|
Could not stop laughing hearing scott repeat over and over (in a faux English Accent)
Bring the action...
When we up in the club... all eyes on us
See the boys in the club... they watching us...
At any rate... the last few miles weren't too bad. Finished the last quarter of a mile with a 8:23 pace per our garmins to bring us in right under 2:30. Crossed the finish line and were medaled and mylared. We chugged some water and Scott wanted to sit while we waited for Tia. I took our food tickets and got our brats and sodas (beer was also an option). We watched the marathon winners come in 15-20 minutes after we finished and Scott was proud we weren't lapped :) Tia finished and she wasn't feeling the brat so I went back into the tent and got another! The food guys gave me a hard time when I got the first two and I got heckled the third time I used Tia's ticket. For the record, I only ate one but have two in the fridge waiting for me!
|Too lazy to flip this.. sorry.|
Some thoughts on running with the husband:
1. I couldn't get too close to him b/c his elbow was in the direct path on my chin so there were a few times I almost got clocked from his arm swinging backwards.
2. We laughed during a lot of the run and I personally really enjoyed his company.
3. Although he said he was a "one and done" guy, I don't think this will be his last. I don't think he will ever be a regular but I do see some special appearances from him maybe once a year?
4. Running next to him for 13.1 miles allowed me to see that for every 5 strides he takes, i take 8. (6'3" vs. 5')
5. He really could be a lot faster if he wanted but I think I enjoyed his company too much to tell him :)
6. Best Mothers Day Gift!!
To round out the post, some pics for your viewing pleasure.
|As a non-drinker, I am exempt from this poll, however, I was impressed she was running with the stakes still in the sign!|
|Dude ran entire half in a suit... he said it was because he was challenged too.|
|Someone found their reward|
|Me and my first brat|
|Might be getting tight and sore at this point|
|The Three Amigos!|