Chicago Monster Half Marathon Race Report

My typical prerace breakfast: Latvian rye bread, sunflower seed butter, bananas, and coffee with soymilk. Not sure if it would work for everyone, but it definitely works for me. I also ate 3 Clif Bloks before the race and then the remaining 3 of the pack at about 7.5 miles. During the race I drank just some water, not much, and one gulp of Powerade.


 I hadn’t seen this before, a disposable chip by ChampionChip, with the race logo on it. These are the kind of small details that make me appreciate quality race directors.

 Before the race, about midpoint of the crowd. Hard to see, but I would venture that between half and 2/3 of the runners were in costume. Didn’t get a photo, so you’ll just have to imagine the Hooters Girl outfit I had on.
I lined up with the 2:00 group, around 9:00/mile pace, but it felt slow, so at around mile 2, I went ahead of the pacers and just ran my own race.

Another cool little item, having a Facebook post for the start and finish; it would be even more cool if they had the timing mats every few miles, so that people could follow you through the entire race!

Not that it’s necessarily right, but my Nike+ measured this race at 13.81 miles, my guess is that is probably correct. The course had so many twists and turns and, with so many runners, it wass not possible to run each tangent, leading to a longer distance.

In a bit of serendipity, President Obama was visiting Chicago and in Hyde Park, where the race was originally planned. for security reasons, we instead ran north from downtown along the Lakefront, through Lincoln Park and past the zoo, then back to the start line, which was near the msueum campus. The benefit of running north first was a stiff headwind on the way out and some tailwind (mysteriously less strong) on the way back. Cold at first, the day became sunny and warmer, just beautiful. As usual over the last few weeks, I wore my new Brooks Nightlife jacket, which performed flawlessly (review forthcoming).

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