Early this morning, my sister, a couple her/our friends and I ran the Big 10 (B1G) 10k in downtown Chicago. I’ll get into the race details in a second, but first I must share our pre-race prep (because it’s crazy!).
Friday night we had a “pasta party,” which I know is unnecessary for a 10k. I also know that carb-loading the night before a race doesn’t do much for your endurance (you should start a couple days before, not the night before!), but we thought it would be cute anyways… and it was :)
Plates and plates of pasta later, we snuggled on the couch to watch some Sex and the City because we are girly and needed a comedic distraction from our pre-race nerves. We were just starting our second episode when…. we found out that one of their best best friends got engaged! Lots of screaming went down along with loads of excitement!!!!!! That was probably the most perfect distraction for pre-race nerves.
Fast forward to race day. We were out the door by 6am headed to the race. We didn’t do much cardio warming-up because there was literally no space. That made me anxious because it takes me at least 2 miles to feel good, but I did some high knees, butt kicks and jumps in hopes of warming-up my heart a tiny bit. We did have room for a good stretch though and then we spent the rest of the time pumping each other up!
I think about 87% of the runners had no idea what it meant to be in a corral, so that was kind of a mess.
The entire race was a passing game. I was thinking the entire time about making moves through/around other runners because the starting corrals didn’t work at all. I guess that kept it interesting, which was great because the course wasn’t. Chicago is a beautiful city, especially by the lake, but we were led through 2 parking garages. Who wants to run though a dark, dirty, wet and smelly parking garage? Uh not me. The second garage was so dark that I couldn’t see my feet. Hazzard? The water/gatorade stations weren’t well placed throughout the course either. There was one after 1mi, another after 3.5ish mi and the last was at 5mi. I feel like having a station at 1.5mi, 3mi and 5mi would have been a better set up. Finally, I’m pretty sure the course was longer than a 10k. When 6.2mi hit, the runners around me were all talking about how they thought the distance was incorrect like I thought too. I think it was probably closer to 6.5-6.7mi total. That’s cool with me, but event coordinators please tell me beforehand so I’m not sprinting 800m at the end.
That was a lot of complaining, but the race was a lot of fun. So much B1G spirit! It was cool to see everyone representing their schools with the giveaway tech shirt. I definitely felt the B1G bond between us all :)
Big congrats to these 2 cuties for finishing their FIRST 10k!!!! They killed it!
Next up: Chicago 1/2 Marathon :)