Skip to main content

Soldier Field 10 Mile

One of my friends picked me up first thing this morning (by that I mean 5:20) to head over to Soldier Field for the race. For some reason I figured we had to get there around 5:30 to make sure we found parking... It ended up not being a problem at all - we went right in and parked without an issue, which was pleasantly surprising. Although I did notice that all the signs directing cars to the parking lots said "Soldier Field 10K" - sign fail.

Anyway, we ended up with tons of time to spare (my estimating skills are off for parking since I'm used to just taking public transportation). There was a lot to see, including the tiling of the finish area and the set-up of the finish (below).

My full review of the race is at Newcity.com but the shortened version is: it was really sweet.

The only downside was that I had registered a while ago when I was running at a much slower pace than I am now so I was in corral 10, a bit farther back than I should have been. I probably could have just gone to another corral, but I'm a rule-follower so I stayed in corral 10, which meant I spent a lot of time trying to get around people during the race. But that's not necessarily a bad thing - it also meant that I spent the majority of the race passing people (rather than the other way around, which has definitely happened before). It's kind of motivating to pass that many people in the course of a race, but it also slows your time down when you're spending so much time weaving in and out of a crowd. It did make me especially annoyed by walkers who started in corrals in front of me... if you know you're going to be walking, why would you try to be in one of the early corrals?

But the course was plenty wide and the finish line was as impressive as ever. I did miss my goal by 13 seconds, but oh well, that happens sometimes.

Finish line:

A final note - I know I'm going to sound like a salesman here but I'm really being sincere. The Houdini jacket that I won in a drawing at Patagonia last month was PERFECT for today. It was pretty windy before the race and a little chilly, even though it was in the high 60s/low 70s. Once the race started I immediately took the jacket off and tied it around my waist. And unlike a normal jacket, this one is so light that I honestly kept thinking that it must have come untied and blown away. I kept reaching down and grabbing it to make sure it was still there. For weather like today (a slightly chilly wind on an otherwise warm day) you really can't beat it. Thanks again Patagonia!
Yes I have my eyes closed... it's 6 in the morning.  I was taking a pre-race power nap.

Comments

  1. Haha I noticed the "10K" on the parking signs when I got there at 5am. I thought to myself "that's going to piss off [or at least annoy] some runners." At least they didn't refer to it as a 10-mile marathon.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows in April 2018

April 1: Character Assassination presents The Roast of Disney Princesses at Laugh Factory

The latest entry in the Character Assassination roast show series pits a collection of Disney princesses -played by Chicago comics - against each other. Starring Allison Dunne, Alex Kumin, Sarah Shockey, Gena Gephart, Audrey Jonas, Eunji Kim, Samantha Berkman, Stephanie Weber and Mandee McKelvey.

April 2: Comedy Overload Open Mic at Gallery Cabaret

A weekly open mic open to all forms of comedy that takes place at a sweet venue in Bucktown.









April 3: Shake 'Em Up Comedy Showcase at Shakers on Clark

This free two-hour comedy showcase is hosted by Darrick J and Nate Galloway. Comics get between four and 10 minutes each and the hosts let comedians know a bit needs work by hitting a bell and "shaking 'em up."


April 4: Comedians You Should Know at Timothy O'Toole's

Really you should be catching this weekly showcase at Timothy O'Toole's every week. This week's two hour …

A Daily Guide to Chicago Comedy Shows in May 2018

May 1: Fried Hard Comedy Tuesdays at Rockin Horse Saloon & Grill

Hosted by Chicago comedian Big Keef, this weekly comedy showcase (recently relocated to Rockin Horse Saloon & Grill in Oak Forest) has been running for more than five years.


May 2: Boy/Girl Sleepover at The Pony Inn

This bi-monthly showcase consistently lands top-notch headliners, has an amazing following and always delivers. This show features an impressive line-up and closes out with Chicago great Chelsea Hood.



May 3: April Macie at Zanies

This killer comic was on "Last Comic Standing," is a frequent guest on Howard Stern and is in town for seven shows over four nights at Zanies.



May 4: Chistosos en Chicago at Laugh Factory

A Cinco de Mayo show one day early and all in Spanish. Featuring Jaime de Leon and Sonal Aggarwal.








May 5: H. Jon Benjamin at Wilson Abbey

Actor and comedian H. Jon Benjamin makes a stop at Wilson Abbey on his book tour.








May 6: Ladies' Night Out Comedy Jam at Riddles

Rush Entertainme…

Warrior Dash or It's Not Always About Speed

My parents were in town this weekend from Texas. We rented an I-GO (actually, even better than that, I won the WEGO 10 monthly competition for 10 free hours with an I-GO, which was very sweet) and drove out to Channahon, Illinois for the Warrior Dash. This was my first "mud run" and I was pretty excited about it, because I've been creating an image of the mud run in my mind as a pseudo-hardcore fun run. I would say that I still feel that after running it, but I think now I see it as intentionally not hardcore. They're asking people to have fun, not to kill themselves.

My full review is up at Newcity - I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected, but most of that was just based on seeing it in a different way. This isn't really a run for runners. It's a run that tricks non-runners into thinking running is fun. More on that later (like several weeks from now later, not like later in this blog post).

Anyway, I ran with Brynn, and we made sure to take our req…