Monday, May 7, 2012

Run to Remember 2012

Race #2 of the year was this weekend and I'm happy to say that I'm doing much better post-race than I was for the Shamrock Shuffle.  Maybe it was the distance, as this race was almost two miles shorter than the Shuffle.  Either way, it was a great race run in the most picturesque of race courses.  It started right outside Soldier Field, and went due North around the outer Lake Shore Drive course.  At Randolph Street, it looped back south along the inner LSD pathway and back through Museum Campus to Soldier Field.  I loved the course.  Can't stress that enough.  (Loved loved loved).

My lovely parents came to town to support us and lend us some sideline cheer.  And act as my personal photographer :) The race was the "Run to Remember" fallen police officers and it was just a great experience.  Before the race, a photo op:

There were way more race competitors than I was expecting.  I saw race numbers up to the mid-4000s, so at least that many.

 As a result, it took a few minutes to get to the start line, even after the start whistle blew.

It was so nice having my cheering squad there!

Because it was the "Run to Remember" there were several touches that were unique to this particular race.  The first being bagpipes at the start line.  (I love bagpipes in any circumstance). 

The last several hundred yards of the race featured photos of all of the fallen police officers.  I got choked up (not shocking) and it just really gave me a little extra "oomph" to finish strong.  Police sometimes get a bad rap, but where would we be without them?

Overall, it was a great race and a good distance for me.  Unofficially, we shaved about :50 seconds off our mile pace from the Shuffle.  While I'm never going to be a speed demon, seeing the minutes and seconds inch downward is a motivator.

Next race is in July!

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