Also, my write up for Chicago Athlete!
Second year doing this year and happy to report lots of changes for the better this year. It is a 2 loop course for the 50K'ers and 1 loop for the 25K. Race takes place in the Libertyville forest preserve with easy parking, actual toilets at the start and a casual laid back vibe.
It is always a crapshoot with weather in December but thankfully it wasn't freezing which i was thankful for. I still bundled up and wore my trusty Asics lined jacket and warm wear but felt good the entire time. Right before the gun went off, i realized that i forgot my phone.. i really wanted to have it and sprinted back to the car and ended up being the last person to cross the start!
|Beginning of the race|
|Part of the course, nice and wooded.|
Anyways, i digress. I plugged along for the rest of the race, slowing down considerably. My boss called and actually ended up chatting with him for an entire mile. I needed the excuse and walked a glorious 20 min mile with grace! haha. Then after i started picking up the pace, i saw some guys riding horses and asked if i could get a selfie. Within seconds, he was off his horse and wanted me to jump up... Aside from the fact i am allergic, that horse was TALL and I had been running for 13 miles in the cold at this point. After some effort, a leg cramp and the guy basically pushing my butt up to the top, i not have a horse mid race pic. There was no forward progress since you know I am always battling the "bottom 10" spots :)
Hoped off to then complete the final loop around the reservoir and finished 30 seconds faster than last year. After the mile walking and horse pic, one has to question what i was doing last year???
Finished only to turn around and see the winner of the 50K cross. He was from out of town and catching a flight to Alabama so Mr. Uberlube ending up giving me all of his winnings which included a bunch of local gift certificates. As a friend to the RD, I gave them back to him to raffle off but had to laugh as my prize for not getting lapped by the winner was getting the winner's winnings! (say that 10 times)
Special thanks to Powerbar for sponsoring the event and pulling through with a last minute request!