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CARA Lakefront 10 Miler Recap

April 30, 2012

Happy Monday everyone! Today is an AMAZING Monday for me! Why you ask? Because I have NO CLASSES! All I have is a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon! Now don’t be getting to jealous, guess what I get to do with all my free time?

STUDY. Ahhhhhh. I have finals on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, so it’s crunch time! What I’m really looking forward to is NEXT Monday, because that’s when I get to fly home for a couple weeks! So excited!

To entertain you all at your jobs/school today, I thought I would give you my 10 miler re-cap from this Saturday!

My day started off bright and early around 6am when I woke up and started getting myself ready. I always chug some water and drink some coffee. This gets things… moving. TMI? Anyway, at 7:00am I had my pre-race breakfast: piece of Udi’s bread with PB and half a banana:

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Before I had breakfast I put all my cold weather running gear on. Of course this included my CW-X compression running tights, and pull-over. It was running ninja all over again!

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Yep, I was getting pretty pumped up.

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Which is surprising seeing as this is what I saw when I got up that morning. Rain. However, it was 45 degrees! Which is warmer than I’d anticipated, so I was okay with it.

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At 7:12am I realized that I missed the bus I had intended to take up to the race start… And freaked out. It came sooner than I expected so I wasn’t ready! To get to the race, I had planned to take a bus up north, and then walk the mile from the bus stop to the race start. However, that wasn’t going to happen anymore, if I waited for the next one I would probably be late.

I ended up grabbing a cab and getting there with PLENTY of time. Too much time really, it was chilly and sprinkling and I just kept walking around to keep warm! Luckily the rain died off for the race, although it was pretty windy out there! At one point I was being sprayed by lake water because of the wind!

Once the race started I was ready to go! The first few miles of the race wound around Montrose Harbor, which is up in Lakeview. I kept thinking to myself that I felt bad for anyone trying to PR this race! A lot of the trails we were on were very tight, and I kept having to slow down quite a lot until I could find a way to squeeze around people. The giant puddles didn’t help either! There was actually one spot under a bridge where we had to stop because everyone was trying to get around a giant puddle of mud! Total mess, but I actually enjoyed it! I felt like those first 4 miles weren’t me running my own race – it was a team of us all trying to beat the obstacles!

They also had the “big hill” during this portion. In the middle of the park there is a grassy hill and they ran the course right up and over it. I saw it coming and got so excited!!! It was fun to power up and over that hill, and everyone was cheering as they made it to the top!


Once we got out of the harbor, things got a little easier since we were all much more spread out. At mile 5 I started working on a GU Gel and finished about 3/4 of it before hitting the water station, having a sip, and tossing the rest.

Miles 5-8 went by fairly quickly, my music REALLY helped keep my going. That was an awesome playlist – it was like each song came on at the perfect time! Once I hit mile 8 I was ready to push it, I kept thinking to myself: “leave it all on the course!” However, once I hit mile 9, it was harder to keep that attitude… that last mile lasted FOREVER! I pushed it though and sprinted to the finish line! I was grinning like crazy! Especially since I noticed that we got race medals…

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I love medals.

To get home I had to walk a mile to the bus stop, then take the bus. Let’s just say I was a frozen, but happy mess when I got home:

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According to my garmin, I ran 10.12 miles in 1:33:57, for an average pace of 9:17 min/mile. My goal for the race was to run negative splits, meaning that each mile I would get a little bit faster. I generally managed this, although mile 4 was pretty speedy, and I think that was because it included the “big hill”, which I sprinted up and then ran quickly down (thank goodness for gravity). Here are my splits:

Mile 1 – 9:40

Mile 2 – 9:38

Mile 3 – 9:45 (small paths + too many people)

Mile 4 – 9:16

Mile 5 – 9:34

Mile 6 – 9:28

Mile 7 – 9:18

Mile 8 – 9:07

Mile 9 – 8:50

Mile 10 – 8:32

last .12 miles – 7:50 (sprint to the end!)

After I’d showered and had a sweet potato (STARVING) I read a few blogs and then headed over to my brother’s to pick up his car and drive to the suburbs to meet Chelsey for sushi! The sushi was super cheap and super delicious! I had a bit of an issue with them hiding pieces of batter in my tuna sushi… Had to send that back, but otherwise it was SO GOOD! I hadn’t had sushi in ages!

After lunch we went to see The Lucky One, with Zac Effron.


Um, when did Zac Effron grow up and how can I get my phone number to him?!?! Yea. See the movie. Haha but really, it was a great movie in itself, I really enjoyed the plot and actually didn’t expect the whole ending. The characters, and actors, were great (haha in my non-movie critic opinion). Chelsey was also a huge fan, so at least I have her to back me up.

After the movie I headed back downtown, changed, and went to dinner with my brother, sister-in-law, and then my uncle and cousin who were in town looking at colleges! They were just there for the day, so we had to meet up!

We had dinner at Shaw’s Crab House, and it was a great, upbeat atmosphere. Our waitress was great, and had a wonderful attitude, as did everyone on staff. I had a glass of wine and then ordered the salmon, which came with baby artichokes on the side (I apologize for the dark picture – although at least I have one! I almost started digging in and my uncle reminded me to take a picture for the blog!):

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Haha, okay really dark picture. But it was delicious! Everyone really enjoyed their meals and I loved how fresh all the seafood offerings were.

It was a looooong day, but a really fun one! Now I have those fond memories to think of for the next week while I study. And then study some more. Oh and then I might study. There will be froyo involved, don’t worry.


Anyone else run a race in not so awesome weather conditions?


Thoughts on Zac Effron and The Lucky One?

48 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2012 6:16 am

    Thoughts? AMAZING!!! Thanks for coming out to hang out with me!

    • April 30, 2012 6:21 am

      Haha I already want to see it again! It was great getting to hang out – we need to do it more often!

  2. April 30, 2012 6:25 am

    I’m so jealous that you got to meet Chelsey!!! And I’m jealous of her haha because I’d love to meet you both! And um yea…that movie is AMAZING. Seriously, I was drooling over Zac Efron at some points ;). Awesome job with the race!! Hope you have a great Monday ❤

    • April 30, 2012 8:59 am

      It’s been great to get to know her over the past year – she’s been so helpful with gluten-free stuff and finding a doctor! And haha, I was definitely drooling over Zac!

  3. fitandfuninthird permalink
    April 30, 2012 6:33 am

    Awesome job on the race!! Would you mind sharing that playlist?? I have a half marathon this weekend and I’m desperately searching fr new pump up jams!

  4. April 30, 2012 7:32 am

    Honestly I wasn’t in love with The Lucky One. He didn’t take his shirt off enough. B-. 😉

  5. April 30, 2012 7:51 am

    So jealous you got to hang out with Chelsey!!! haha I’ve heard Mixed Reviews on the lucky one!

  6. April 30, 2012 8:07 am

    Sounds like a really awesome weekend! Great job on the race!

  7. April 30, 2012 8:14 am

    It rained the entire time during a 10K I ran but luckily it was about 60 degrees so it wasn’t too bad! I want to see the Lucky One so bad but the first few people I know who saw it hated it, but now that I’ve heard of a lot more people liking it I’m trying harder to convince my boyfriend we need to see it! I loved the book so I can’t imagine the movie being that bad..

    • April 30, 2012 9:02 am

      It’s definitely a chick flick, so maybe that’s why some people didn’t like it. But I really enjoyed it!

  8. April 30, 2012 8:37 am

    Don’t hot showers feel the best after rainy races?! Congrats on a strong finish.

  9. April 30, 2012 8:52 am

    Great recap, I was hating running in the wind yesterday but at least I didn’t have rain to contend with as well! Well done!

  10. April 30, 2012 9:27 am

    What a fun read. I was more stunned that you had to deal with a bus schedule to get in and out of the race. I have had plenty of messy and miserable runs when I ran cross country in high school (Seattle area) but I don’t race anymore so it has been a long time.

    I had never even heard of that movie. 🙂

  11. April 30, 2012 9:34 am

    I’m glad that your race went well and you had fun!

    I ran the Detroit Marathon in 26 degree weather one year. It was frigid! What is so ridiculous is that the Detroit Marathon is only 2 weeks after the Chicago Marathon and it’s been 80+ the last two years. I have no idea what was going on but 26 degrees is miserable!

    • April 30, 2012 2:49 pm

      a whole marathon in 26 degrees?! I would have actually froze! Like actually. My fingers went numb during this race!

  12. April 30, 2012 9:45 am

    You’re a trooper – cold and rainy! I think that would make me give the race a second thought. I’m hoping for good weather for my first 5k this weekend!

  13. April 30, 2012 9:46 am

    Congrats on the race! 🙂

  14. April 30, 2012 10:09 am

    I thought I was the only person in the world that eats PB on toast with bananas. I’ts probably my favorite meal. I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life and be perfectly content!

  15. April 30, 2012 10:10 am

    congrats on the race, way to stay motivated.

  16. April 30, 2012 10:26 am

    Good job on the race! In terms of Zac… lol I use to think he was so girly and insignificant but he grew up quite nicely!! 😉

    • April 30, 2012 3:00 pm

      Haha me too – I was skeptical about the movie before seeing it! 5 minutes in I turned to Chelsey and said “I guess he grew up!”

  17. April 30, 2012 10:26 am

    Congrats on the race!! I’m running my first 10-miler in Disney World this September…a new distance! I’ve ran two marathons in terrible conditions. The first amidst a Nor’easter storm in Newport and the second was two weeks ago here in Boston! 🙂

  18. April 30, 2012 12:36 pm

    NICE! Way to brave the cold weather and do tha damn thing, girl! 🙂 Congrats.

  19. April 30, 2012 1:43 pm

    I want to meet both of you!! I bet that was a fun Sat date! I haven’t seen that movie, but Zac does a pretty job acting, so I am sure it was great.

    Oh, and CONGRATS on the 10 miler! WAY TO GO!

    Enjoy studying 🙂

  20. April 30, 2012 3:23 pm

    Sounds like such a fun weekend! I unfortunately spent mine studying, as my finals were all today! One more tonight and I am FREE!!! WAHOO! 🙂
    I just started reading The Lucky One and want to go see it after I read it, I heard he looks AMAZING in it! My sister-in-law said he only wears a shirt about 50% of the time, which I am more than okay with! 🙂 Can’t wait to see it!
    Good luck studying!

  21. Molly L permalink
    April 30, 2012 4:12 pm

    I found your blog via clean eating chelsey on the day that i too am studying for law school finals. i have two to go until graduation, so i am right there with you! good luck studying, and thanks for some amazing procrastination material… love your blog!

  22. April 30, 2012 5:01 pm

    the exact words left my mouth upon seeing the preview for that film. last time i looked he was a kid.. kind of girly looking. now.. mother of god.

  23. May 1, 2012 9:23 pm

    I haven’t run a race in crummy weather (yet…*knock on wood*), but I had my last 7-miler before my 10K on Saturday, and the weather here was almost exactly like yours: 45 and rainy. It just started raining the second I walked out the door, and though I contemplated going back to get a jacket, I really wanted to run the whole seven without stopping once, so I dealt with it. Fun fact: fleeces get really wet and heavy when you run outside in them in the rain for seven miles. Haha. It literally did not stop raining for one second of my run. I actually didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would, though. I had never run in the rain before, but it wasn’t awful. I mean, I don’t think I’d pick it given the option between that and sunny and cool with a slight breeze, but it might be my #2 choice for running weather. Just maybe not for seven miles 😉

    • May 2, 2012 6:01 am

      haha, well at least it was a good workout, carrying the extra weight of the heavy fleece! And I like running in the rain, just not when it’s also cold… haha.

  24. May 5, 2012 5:26 pm

    Congrats on a great race! I think running in inclement weather always make the race or run more memorable and an adventure.

    Totally want to see The Lucky One too!

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