Race day was insane but went very smoothly! Those of us who drove in or took the Metra Electric arrived in the city early with plenty of time to spare. Some of the F’N Runners braved the Rock Island Metra and arrived a little later and we didn’t see them before the start. Here is our early bird “skeleton” crew. See the green sparkle!
It was fun seeing a few of our friends pre-race but it was short-lived before we ran off to our corrals so that we wouldn’t be locked out like last year! The photogs had a hay day between all of us dressed up and the fact that we were also early before the big crowds arrived. I bet we got stopped for photos 10x before we made it to gear check. Me, Rachel & Lisa.
Each year, the organizers change a few things. Starting last year, they separated gear check into two locations and it was a challenge. However, this year we knew what to expect and dropping gear was easy and smooth.
In Corral B awaiting the start, we had plenty of time to chat, do some light stretching & take some photos with Maggie’s (MagMileRunner) camera since the rest of us checked our phones/cameras with our gear. Source: MagMileRunner: Maggie, Kelly (Running Kellometers), & Me.
The boys: Brian & Kevin:
The race started on time, as usual, and being that we were toward the front we were across the start line in a matter of minutes. The first mile is always a little clogged and I didn’t run as fast as I should have but it was good and exciting to see all the people waiting and cheering for us. I was trying to keep the boys in sight because I knew they would run just outside of my comfort zone. The temperature was perfect in the mid 50s and the sun had not yet broken thru the clouds so I was hoping for a good race.
All was good until the mile 2 clock when I realized I made a judgment error by wearing arm sleeves for the first time ever. They were cute, comfortable, fit perfectly PLUS they matched my ToughChik irun tank so it didn’t even occur to me pre-race that they weren’t a good idea. However, at mile 2 I was burning up and they had to come off! The theory behind arm warmers is that when you get warm you just pull them down to about your wrist and leave them “on”, or take them off and tuck them into a pocket, etc b/c they are small. I tried pulling them down but was so warm I was “kinda” freaking out. Plus they were covering my watch and didn’t look good inside out. I ended up pulling them all the way off but didn’t have anywhere to stash them so I was holding them in my hands. Then I realized the guys were gone. Ugh! I carried them until mile 3 and knew I had to ditch them. But I didn’t want to ditch them since this was the first wear! They were so cute! However, I couldn’t carry them
and am not sure how people run carrying their cameras, fuel and other valuables because I just can’t do it so I scanned the crowd for a worthy recipient. Any Tough Chiks out there spectating? It took a while but I finally saw a lady in what I thought/hoped was a Chicago Marathon half zip and she was in the front row. In a very dramatic fashion, I pointed at her and said, “ToughChik for YOU!!!” and I threw the arm warmers between her feet. I can only hope she not only keeps them but also orders a green irun tank to match. May my sacrifice bring another Tough Chik into the ranks?!?
With the arm warmers gone, I tried to refocus on the race but apparently just zoned out in the 4th mile with an 8:08 split. Not sure why, I was running, slightly distracted by a father/son interaction that was not positive from my perspective but I was pushing
or so I thought. I skipped the water stop so no excuses there, my turnover was just not as quick as it should have been but I felt good.
The goal was to make it in the 38s this year. As soon as I ditched the arm warmers I switched one of the watch stats to “time” so I could focus. I knew the 38 was barely within reach AND I still had to climb the Roosevelt Bridge. I was apparently slowing down cuz Kelly (Running Kellometers) zoomed past me like I was walking. Was I walking? Maybe. I
clawed my way powered up the bridge and jogged sprinted to the finish line to see that I had barely made it. A 38:56 finish. Woooooooop! Success at the BEST.RACE.EVER.
Lots of photos, here are a few, more to come later (like the pic with the green men!!!!) My favorite race day photo by far is of Rachel & Lisa from WI. The E. family always does a serious pose followed by “muscles”. Cracks me up, every time. Lookin’ good, ladies!
Tim & Aurelia – A couple that Shuffles together stays together!
Me & Susan:
Fun times at the Shamrock Shuffle 2012! The race was great, plenty of water stops, plenty of bathrooms, gear check in was great, gear check OUT was horrid, post race party looked awesome
although I never attend but that may change next year and most importantly, it looked like EVERYONE was having fun.
No Arm warmers while racing if above 50 degrees.
No Knee High socks
even cute ones with Shamrocksif above 50 degrees.
Need more focus in the middle miles.
Early arrival is good!
Special shout out to LaurenRuns for stopping to visit after the race. Thanks, Lauren! Great to meet you!
The End of Shamrock Shuffle 2012, at least until more photos are published!!
Happy Running, Amanda – TooTallFritz