While most runners in Chicago are now firmly focused on marathon training, I’ve been focused on TRI training. My life is swim, bike, run, repeat. Swim, bike, run, repeat. This means I have actually been running less than “normal”. My miles are down. In a sense, I’ve been in cross training mode, very unworried about how far or how often I’m running. However, even I have now downloaded a training plan, ran my first workout, and am beginning to think about the fall running & racing season. One thing is for certain, long hard miles in the summer bring fast times in the fall. Where do I want to run fast? The Chicago Half Marathon on September 8, 2013.
While half marathons are now popping up everywhere, we still have a solid few that survive on reputation alone …. not gimmick, or hype, or a promise of a “good time” but rather a solid race that offers a fast & flat road race that brings the serious competitor and first timer alike. One such race, is the Chicago Half Marathon, in Jackson Park, in Chicago. It’s always the second Sunday in September. It’s always the best race Chicago offers in September. It’s always the premier half of the entire fall season for Chicagoland.
The Chicago Half was my first ever half marathon and one which I continue to return to year after year. This will be my goal half marathon for 2013 and the one where I won’t run safe
and smart but with my heart on my sleeve, pushing with everything I have in my tank on that given day. Plus it’s a Southside race and although I’m not born & bred Chicago, I am a Southsider now and love any race that doesn’t force me to travel all the way downtown.
Course map (from 2012 because the website is currently having technical issues from the storms, but it’s always the same) shows a run thru Jackson Park then a
balls out fast race on Lake Shore Drive where you can see your fast friends and those behind you too!
If you’re in it for the bling, here is a sneak peak at the medals for the 5K and the Half, plus the Windy City Challenge medal for those who plan to double up and run both the 13.1 Chicago event (which occurred on June 8th) and the Chicago Half on September 8th.
Now, I know you want to run but I also know that race entry fees stack up fast so US Road Sports is offering a free entry to one reader. To enter this giveaway, comment below and tell me which is your favorite Chicago area half marathon. I’m going to be super picky next year and select only a few quality races, so I need to know which one is your favorite so I can narrow down my choices!
Giveaway is live NOW and will run til Monday, July 1st at 9am when I will select one winner via a random number generator. Good luck!
** Run the Chicago Half Marathon ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **