You may have seen one or two bloggers giving away entries to the Chicago Half Marathon on September 9, 2012. If you haven’t yet won, then here is YOUR shot! This race is actually filling up faster than ever before so time to either win a freebie or register so you can be on the start line September 9th!
I have fond memories of this race. First, I love racing in September because the height of both marathon training and TRI season is in the done column. The September, October and November races fly. Or more importantly YOU will fly from killing it during summer training and racing. All the hard work pays off in the fall. I always run my fastest races of the year at that point and really just love the sport of running and racing so I am thrilled to be able to giveaway an entry to one of my favorite races.
The best part of this Chicago Half is the lengthy amount of time you spend on Lake Shore Drive. The good, you get to see the elites and fasties barreling back at you on the opposite side of The Drive while you are just settling in and getting started. The best, the views from The Drive of Lake Michigan and its amazing surroundings.
Here are a few notes from the race I did in 2008, yes, even back then I was full of tips and stories…….lots & lots of stories!
The Chicago ½ Marathon (9/14/08)……. Yes, it was raining. Yes, it rained the entire way. Yes, it just kept raining harder. Yes, we were dodging puddles (if you want to call them that) and officials even had to reroute the course due to flooding.
That being said it was a great race. The harder it rained, the further I pulled my hat down to keep my eyes shielded from the pelting rain. I just focused on running rather than the conditions. I don’t mind the rain, actually I prefer it to the heat. Last year (2007) was so hot that I thought I wouldn’t finish, once I did finish I didn’t feel any better (actually felt really horrible) and wanted to give my running shoes to the first homeless person I saw because I was confident that I wouldn’t be needing them anymore. So bring on the cool rain any day!!
1) Don’t worry that the first several miles of a large race are so slow because of traffic, it will thin out and you will be better prepared to cope with the later miles because of the slow warm up.
2) Figure out some sort of race plan and try to stick to it.
3) Don’t let your friends pull you along at a faster pace than you want to run. I heard a guy trying to talk his friends into speeding up before we even got to Lake Shore Drive (LSD) around mile 4. Well, there are at least 3 miles, if not more, on LSD going north then a turn around to go back south to the finish. LSD is full sun/wind or whatever condition are available for the day.
If you aren’t familiar with the course then try to keep it relaxed until after the half way mark, then evaluate your situation and speed up if you can. Running a faster 2nd half is always better than running fast out of the gate and dying.
4) Try to enjoy yourself! Race = Reward.
I have wonderful memories of this race, I hope you run this year and make your own!
In order to enter this giveaway for a FREE entry into the Chicago Half Marathon on September 9, 2012 ($85 value), make a comment below (+1). If you opt to share this giveaway via Twitter (+1), Facebook (+1) or your Blog (+2) let me know when you comment. Go, Share, Win!
Good luck all! Giveaway ends and a winner will be chosen via a random number generator on Thursday, July 19th at 9am!
** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** firstname.lastname@example.org