Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hot Chocolate Chicago 15k Afterthoughts

Today didn't really go the way I had hoped. Placed in corral E, I thought I had a good position in the corral. I started out with a decent first few miles. Had I been able to keep it up I would have done great. Around mile 4 and again at mile 7 my knee just went crazy. I haven't ever felt this pain before. I've worked through blisters and muscle pain, but never joint pain. The crowded start led to a first mile pace, very inconsistent but given the knee pain, I'm happy with it. Mile 1: 10:57 Mile 2: 8:45 Mile 3: 9:04 Mile 4: 9:13 Mile 5: 9:53 Mile 6: 12:22 Mile 7: 11:33 Mile 8: 12:07 Mile 9: 17:12 That last mile is certainly what did me in. otherwise I'd have been just over 1:30:00 Anyway, the sweatshirt is so awesome. Great fit. The chocolate after the race was very tasty. Check out my review here on Yelp!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hot Chocolate Chicago 15k Tomorrow

Hoping for a 1:30 time. I've run 10 miles at this pace, so I think it's reasonable to expect 90 minutes for 9.3 miles. So I've set up a playlist in iTunes for the race. I've got plenty of music, this is assuming that I'll be skipping songs that don't fit the pace. I had about 6 beers in me when I made the list, so I hope it's not slow stuff!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Upciming Race: Hot Chocolate 15k Chicago

After running a half-marathon race last weekend in Racine Wisconsin, I'm going to run the Hot Chocolate 15k in Chicago Illinois just 8 days later.  This one should be fun.  I've heard it's a huge race, lots of runners so it's not a place to try and set a personal best.  In a 9.3 mile race, I'm really hoping to get below a 9:30 pace.