This race runs through Highland Park. It is a large loop course with rolling hills most of the way with a few larger ones thrown in. The course is very pretty running through neighborhoods of giant homes, past the grounds of the Ravinia concert venue area and the start and finish are in the middle of the downtown shopping area.
|North Shore Half Marathon|
I did not know what to expect from myself at this race. I have not been running very much since the Chicagoland Spring Marathon and the day before this race was on my feet a lot touring Milwaukee with family. When I woke up I was tired and could feel my legs were tired. And the most tragic thing of all- I had the wrong headphones for my Ipod so it wouldn't work. Ahhh the horror...... Once the race started I decided I wanted to push the pace and keep all miles in the nines and try to ignore the no tunes situation. (I would say ten minute miles are my easy, comfortable pace). The hills on the course were challenging because where I live is flat but they never felt too hard except for the one big around mile 8 that was a bit of a doozy.
Official Finish: 2:01:01
By the end of the race my arms were starting to get a bit numb as being wet for that long and the slight breeze was making me a bit chilly. I tried to finish strong and had family at the finish so that was super exciting. Overall I was super pumped with this time, my second fastest half. But then of course you start thinking maybe if I had pushed it through the water stops a little harder or up those last two hills a little harder maybe a sub 2 could of happened. Or if I had some music during those miles that seemed tough- stupid headphones.
Overall a great race and a great day!
One more half to reach my 30 half marathons before 30 goal.
Bring on the Red, White and Boom!