In June this summer I ran the North Shore Half Marathon in the tony suburb of Highland Park, IL. As I had been planning for longer distance running this summer, I was interested in this race for RAM Racing’s awesome goody bags. This race was no different — a great backpack that I think will be great for triathalons — it holds a ton of stuff, and has extra pockets, including a special pocket for running shoes to air out!
So I registered, and that was that.
The actual race was pretty cool. I started out the day early, with the drive out to Highland Park. M helped me to prepare for the race (including waiting at the Port-a-Potty), and holding my stuff. I did a warm-up, running around the Saks Fifth Avenue store and back to the starting line.
When the race started, it was nice and cool out. I started out well adn felt great. Passed a number of people, and saw two hashers along the way. At mile 5 I saw a Port-a-Potty and decided to stop to use the bathroom. There was only one p-o-p, so I had to wait about 5 minutes or so for my turn. Once out, I had to make it up the largest hill of the race – the Park Avenue Hill.
As the race progressed, the sun rose and it got hotter and more humid. I rounded around Fort Sheridan, and then really struggled with the end as we turned back toward downtown HP. M met me around mile 11 (he had seen me at 4.5 & 8) and jogged with me for the last bit. It was a struggle. I was not very motivated, and was having some major trouble with staying in “run” mode.
M coached me to keep going, to put one foot in front of another. Tips on posture (“Run Tall!”) and also to try to pass a runner ahead of me. Both helped, although I was exhausted by that point. When I finished, it was great. Although I wasn’t completey happy with my time, I knew I had given this race my all.